Brava

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  • 1155 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • 1199 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Brava
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Brava Towers flanking the International Film Festival venue
Building Information
Developer Amacon and Onni Group
Architect HEWITT and COMPANY
Management Company Baywest Management Company
Number of Units 420
Number of Floors 27 & 33
Year Built 2005
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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1155 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 DD
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

The Brava Towers North and South sit proudly in the 1100 block of Seymour Street with the south tower situated on the corner of Davie Street and Seymour Street. Directly across from the towers is Emery Barnes Park with its dedicated off leash area, ponds, play areas, grass and seating areas which takes up half a city block. Not only an amazing respite for anyone spending time downtown but a guarantee that there will be no building in direct view of the units facing Seymour Street.

Between the North and South buildings is the Vancouver International Film Festival venue showing films year round. Considered to be in downtown, these buildings are at the south end of Seymour Street which runs one way north so you don't get the parking congestion that you find in the core downtown streets closer to Georgia Street.


Location

Emery Barnes Park

Many of Vancouver's streets are now one way which seems to help traffic flow but can be frustrating for visitors that are not familiar with which ones go in what direction. The Brava buildings are one block north of the Seymour Street off ramp from the Granville Street bridge so there is a fair amount of traffic at times. This location is within walking distance to just about everything, the Seawall that winds around almost all of Vancouver, Yaletown, Downtown, Rogers Arena and BC Place. Emery Barnes Park is a beautiful park directly across the street, VIFF is at your door step and the Scotia Dance Centre right around the corner.

Although just one block to the east of Granville Street, Seymour Street has a much different feel. Granville has been a main street in Vancouver for much of its history and has gone through much transformation and clean up as it experiences gentrification. It is a busy business street while Seymour Street is residential and mixed-use.

The Roundhouse sky train station is two blocks east and there are busses available on every downtown street, taxis, and there are more and more bike lanes being incorporated into the street scapes every year. (not always a popular thing for drivers that lose a lane to the two wheeler)


Construction

The South tower at 1199 Seymour Street was the first tower built with 35 floors and 230 units. The second tower built at 1155 Seymour Street is 27 stories and home to 190 units. Somehow during construction a large cavity formed in a lower parking level leaving a corner of one of the towers on unstable ground. This was remediated with no trouble and the building still stands!

Vancouver had a spell of problems with water ingress into buildings during the 1980's to 2000 when builders were using building methods that did not suit our wet and often windy climate. This building was built with rain-screen technology so residents can be assured that they will not encounter the same type of problems associated with the "leaky condo" era.[1]

Amacon, the developer of Brava, is recognized as one of Canada’s most influential real estate development and construction firms. They have been developing quality buildings in Canada for over 40 years and their projects are found on almost every downtown street in Vancouver.[2]

Layout and Features

Fireworks in English Bay

An alternate entrance with bike racks, turnaround and access to parking is found via the rear alley. Residents have the benefit of 24 security and concierge located in the North building. The outdoor lap pool and hot tub are located on the fourth floor and is accessed from either tower. Security only allows access to the common amenities on this level. The common areas are impressive and include, outdoor and indoor play areas, two guest suites, nicely finished party and event lounge with kitchen and big screen TV, gym, steam room and of course the pool.[3]


The layouts seem spacious with the generous use of floor to ceiling windows and the suites with balconies give the feeling that your square footage extends a little further. Particularly the higher suites will offer fantastic views of Vancouver and attractions like the annual fireworks displays. Balconies are popular in Vancouver for barbecues and bike storage. Some bikes are worth more than a car these days and residents like the ability to have their bike where they can see it, usually next to their recycling and a couple of outdoor plants.

Floor Plans

An example of a one bedroom suite in Brava.

Amenities

The outdoor lap pool and hot tub is popular in the summer months not only by users but by viewers. Brava has an entire floor in the north tower dedicated to amenities such as:

  • lounge with kitchen
  • media room
  • meeting room with kitchen
  • two guest suites
  • parking and guest parking
  • storage lockers
  • 24 hour concierge
  • dry cleaning pick up service
  • outdoor lap pool and hot tub
  • gym and steam room
  • billiard table
  • indoor and outdoor children's play area

Bylaws

Brava Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



This building is very pet friendly and dog owners love the location being right across the street from an off leash dog area in Emery Barnes Park. Many suites have balconies and gas barbeques are allowed. There are no rental restrictions in the Brava and owners have an easy time finding renters for this desirable building.

Sustainability

Built in 2005, this building would incorporate energy efficient systems and appliances. Since the pool is outdoors, there is less energy used in heating and maintenance. This address has a walk score of 100 and is in a great location for biking. Bike storage is available as is a bike wash area.[4]

Trivia

Vancouver International Film Festival


The Vancouver International Film Festival's main venue sits between the two Brava towers. The Festival started in 1982 and has become one of the five largest film festivals in North America. It has a strong following among Vancouver film lovers who enthusiastically attend some of the top films in the world.[5]

References

  1. BCCondos
  2. Amacon
  3. BCCondos
  4. Walk Score
  5. Wikipedia-VIFF

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