Californian

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1080 Pacific Street, Vancouver, BC

Californian
CalifornianVanExterior.jpg

Exterior shot of The Californian
Building Information
Management Company Colyvan Pacific
Number of Units 84
Number of Floors 7
Year Built 1981
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Asphalt
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1080 Pacific Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 40 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning RM-5A
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Front of The Californian with its angular sign


Residents at The Californian are living the dream West Coast lifestyle in this freehold strata that lies just one block north of Sunset Beach and the Seawall in downtown Vancouver. The lifestyle here feels like "downtown" and more coastal with balconies and windows overlooking water and mountain views. The shared roof top is another attractive feature where residents can sit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, especially if Sunset Beach gets too crowded. According to the City of Vancouver Park's website, however, Sunset Beach is one of the less crowded beaches along Vancouver's popular waterfront, so this isn't likely to be a huge problem for residents.[1]

The Californian is a seven-story concrete mid-rise dating from 1981, but it offers modern amenities such as a hot tub, fitness centre, underground parking, and the recent addition of ten free laundry machines, similar to London Place also in downtown Vancouver.

The Californian is a well-run building, as evidenced by the scope of exterior and interior upgrades it experienced over recent years. There are 84 suites in total with spacious floor plans.


Location

The Californian's greatest asset is undoubtedly its location. 1080 Pacific Street at Thurlow Street is literally steps away from Sunset Beach and Park, as well as the Seawall. The Vancouver Aquatic Centre is just one block south beneath the Burrard Street Bridge. If residents take the Seawall north, they will eventually reach English Bay and Stanley Park.

This West End neighbourhood has beautiful aesthetics and a quieter, more residential feel even though it is still in the downtown core. Many trees and shrubs help give West End residents privacy on their million and multi-million dollar homes.

Granville Island is a short ferry ride away by a water taxi. Granville Island is known for its fresh local produce at the Public Market and its arts and cultural scene with comedy clubs, theatre shows, and the Emily Carr University of Art & Design.

Nearby Davie Street in the West End provides a myriad of coffee shops and restaurants for residents to enjoy. Yaletown-Roundhouse is the nearest SkyTrain station several blocks east. Numerous bus lines service the area and the address has a high Walk Score of 93 out of 100.[2]

Construction

Back of The Californian

The Californian is a solid concrete building classified as a mid-rise since it is seven stories tall. It has a grey-brown colour that seems to camouflage or hide behind its natural surroundings since it is encircled by green shrubs. It has a solid, bulky appearance with angular sections on the facades and large balconies or patios on the front and back sections. It was built in 1981 and contains 84 suites. The building has undergone significant upgrades including new plumbing, boiler, roof, exterior paint, re-piping, and a new elevator.[3]

Layout and Features

The suites at The Californian are typically one or two bedrooms, some with dens. They feature modern upgrades in terms of kitchen appliances, fresh paint, and hardwood laminate floors.[4] The well laid-out floor plans provide ample space for living and entertaining, as do the large balconies or patios on ground level. Depending on which way the balconies face, residents could be waking up to views of beautiful English Bay, the Seawall, Burrard Street Bridge, or the downtown city skyline.

Floor Plans

Unfortunately no public floor plans exist for The Californian.

[5] - Instead, this link shows a brief glimpse of an interior.

Amenities

The Californian offers these amenities to residents:

  • common rooftop deck
  • balconies with views of English Bay, Seawall, and downtown
  • fitness room
  • sauna/steam room
  • hot tub
  • elevator
  • large storage locker
  • underground parking
  • free shared laundry facilities with new machines

Bylaws

Californian Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Pets and rentals are allowed at The Californian with restrictions.
  • No age requirement is put on owners.
  • Barbecues are permitted on the balconies.

Sustainability

While The Californian was built in 1981 before sustainable design was prevalent in the construction industry, the building has remedied this fact with sustainable upgrades including a new roof, elevator, exterior and hallway paint, new plumbing and boiler, new hallway carpets, appliances, and ten new laundry machines free of charge for residents.[6]

Additionally, residents would be remiss not to take advantage of their idyllic location just steps from Sunset Beach, the Seawall, and the Vancouver Aquatic Centre, all of which encourage an active lifestyle. The condominium's central downtown location is also convenient for doing day-to-day errands on foot or bus.

Trivia

Burrard Bridge
  • Sunset Beach Park was originally referred to as Ay-Ay-yul-shun or “soft under the feet” by First Nations people. In the early 20th century, pioneers began calling it Sunset Beach. This beach boasts white sand, a dog park, volleyball nets, Seawall access, and the nearby Aquatic Centre.[7]
  • Burrard Street Bridge, or just Burrard Bridge, is an Art Deco heritage site that opened in 1932. It is a steel truss bridge with five lanes that crosses False Creek and connects downtown Vancouver to Kitsilano. Vehicles pass under a sculptured archway with busts of Captain George Vancouver and Sir Harry Burrard-Neale sitting in ship prows that protrude from the two concrete columns on the side. Blue and green tilework spans the central portion of the archway. Drivers sitting in traffic in peak rush hour times get a good look at these details when approaching the bridge from the north.[8]
  • Emily Carr University of Art and Design was formerly called the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. It was established in 1925 and named after renowned Canadian artist Emily Carr. Notable people who attended the school include Douglas Coupland, Stan Douglas, and Jack Shadbolt.[9]


References

  1. City of Vancouver-Sunset Beach
  2. Walk Score
  3. Eco Realty
  4. Bonnie Hastings Real Estate
  5. Shelly Smee Realty Video
  6. My Downtown Vancouver Condo
  7. City of Vancouver-Sunset Beach Park
  8. Wikipedia-Burrard Bridge
  9. Wikipedia-Emily Carr University of Art & Design


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