Broadway Crest

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418 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Broadway Crest
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A stylish building in Mount Pleasant
Building Information
Developer Sabra Development Ltd.
Architect Ian Kent
Management Company AA Property Management Ltd.
Number of Units 76
Number of Floors 4
Year Built 1999
Construction Method Wood Frame
Type of Roof Composite
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418 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning C-2C
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Broadway Crest stretches along East Broadway and Prince Edward Street


Situated prominently on East Broadway at the corner of Prince Edward Street, this four level residential building is in the heart of Vancouver’s trendy Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Broadway Crest is situated near the SoMa (or South Main) area of Mount Pleasant, where Broadway and Main Street intersect. It is within walking distance of several parks, schools, restaurants and coffee shops, and minutes from downtown.

Mount Pleasant is considered by many to be the first suburb of Vancouver. Prior to its annexation by the City of Vancouver in 1911, the community was once called "Brewery Creek", named for a creek that once flowed there, and the numerous breweries that opened near it. It soon grew into a thriving, working class neighbourhood, enticing residents from pricier neighbourhoods with more affordable properties.

By the 1970s and 80s, the area's reputation was becoming tarnished. Alleyways had become havens for various forms of street crime, including vandalism, illegal drug use, and street prostitution. Buildings had become dilapidated and run-down. But by the early 1990's, a process of gentrification had slowly begun, as a new wave of first-time home buyers began to seek inexpensive property in a neighbourhood that was, once again, thought of as "up and coming".

Broadway Crest was built in 1999, at the tail end of this gentrification wave. Its humble, four storey stature befits the neighbourhood it is a part of, stretching sideways into the surrounding community instead of towering above it. With commercial units integrated into the design at the ground floor, Broadway Crest stands as an emblem of the cosmopolitan lifestyle enjoyed by so many residents of Mount Pleasant. It is within reach of all the conveniences of modern life, and all the comforts of a vibrant and dynamic residential neighbourhood.[1]

Location

Broadway Crest is situated beside Kingsgate Mall across from the Mount Pleasant Community Centre. It’s within a few city blocks of the Mount Pleasant shopping district, where Broadway, Main Street and Kingsway converge.

Mount Pleasant is known for its eclectic shops, artistic population, and heritage buildings. The neighbourhood hosts numerous festivals, including Car Free Day, the Autumn Shift Festival, and the Drift Arts Festival. A thriving farmer’s market runs near Main Street SkyTrain Station in the summer, and there are numerous community gardens throughout the neighbourhood.

Mount Pleasant is extremely popular for first time home buyers, owing to the relatively accessible prices, the vibrant community, and the convenient location.[2]

Throughout its history, Mount Pleasant has gone through more than one period of revitalization. Broadway Crest stands as a monument to the infusion of investment that occurred during the 1990s. Today, it continues to undergo rapid transformation. A proposed expansion of Kingsgate Mall, next to Broadway Crest, and the proposed development of a new condominium project, have made gentrification a hot-button issue for neighbourhood residents, once again.[3]

Construction

Between the concrete perimeter of Broadway Crest, which defines its foundation, and the asphalt rooftop which caps it off, is a wood frame structure that contains a simple yet elegant design.

The 76 residential units of Broadway Crest are impressively contained within only four floors. Stretching wide rather than tall, the building's humble stature helps to preserve the striking mountain views which the neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant is so well known for. The ground floor of Broadway Crest is punctuated by several commercial units, which integrate the residential low-rise seamlessly into the commercial surroundings. The building runs the entire length of the city block it occupies on Broadway. The interweaving of commercial and residential units on the ground floor of the building embodies the fusion of urban and domestic life that residents of the community enjoy.

The storefront units on the ground floor help to accentuate an overall feeling of modern sophistication in the building's design. The exterior of the building, finished with stucco, is dominated on all sides by giant windows. This provides Broadway Crest, and each of its suites, with an open and airy feel. The numerous windows provide an element of near-transparency to the building, which resonates with the open skies above and around it. They also give the exterior a reflective, glossy finish, adding to an overall look that is functional, streamlined and modern.[4]

Layout and Features

The sleek, elegant units at Broadway Crest are relatively spacious by Vancouver standards. They range from 700 to 800 square feet, with layouts that are functional, efficient, and well organized. Most of the suites utilize an open kitchen concept, with island counter tops facing out into the common living area. Residents may make use of the ample counter space that borders the kitchen on three sides, while remaining in a room that feels open and relaxed.

Several of the ground floor units come with their own private entrances, giving these suites the feel of a private townhouse. Many of these units may be entered from the landscaped courtyard the building encloses. A typical suite will come with a private balcony or patio, accessible to residents through sliding doors.

The floor-to-ceiling windows at Broadway Crest provide each suite with an open, airy feeling, befitting the expansive views they also offer. For many suites, the building's courtyard or garden is likely to form a part of the view. In addition, depending on which way your suite faces, you may find yourself with a charming view of the surrounding Mount Pleasant community, or a spectacular view of the distant North Shore Mountains.[5]

Floor Plans

Floor plans are currently unavailable for the public to view. However, a video tour of a typical two-bedroom suite is available by following the link from the reference section below.[5]

Amenities

  • In-suite laundry
  • Storage lockers
  • Parking
  • On-site caretaker

Bylaws

Broadway Crest Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No


  • Rentals are allowed
  • Two pets are permitted per suite
  • There are no age restrictions
  • Barbecues are not permitted

Sustainability

Each suite at Broadway Crest varies in its use of eco-friendly appliances - individual owners must take matters into their own hands, in this regard. The building itself is not LEED certified, and cannot boast of taking any significant measures to preserve the environment. However, its location in Mount Pleasant allows for residents to participate in a green lifestyle in other ways.

Not only is Broadway Crest within walking distance of most modern conveniences, but also to numerous transit options, including the 99 B-Line, which travels the length of East Broadway, and the Canada Line, which provides access to the downtown core and to the Vancouver International Airport.

The neighbourhood itself features numerous environmentally conscious cafes, shops, restaurants and markets which residents may choose to support. In addition to organically and locally grown food, residents of Mount Pleasant have easy access to other products that are hand-made, local, ethical, and sustainable.[6]

Trivia

Mount Pleasant
  • Emmy-award winning documentarian Peter W. Klein resides in the Mount Pleasant area.
  • CBC personality Ian Hanomansing also lives in Mount Pleasant.
  • The Mount Pleasant neighbourhood is part of a pilot project by the City of Vancouver, to convert under used streets into mini-parks.
  • Vancouver City Hall is located in Mount Pleasant.
  • The city's east/west divide, (where West Broadway, for instance, becomes East Broadway) occurs on Ontario Street, just blocks away from Broadway Crest.[6]

References

  1. Condo Advisory
  2. City of Vancouver
  3. Vancouver Courier
  4. Les Twarog & Sonja Pederson RE/MAX Crest Realty (Westside)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Video Open House
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wikipedia - Mount Pleasant


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