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2181 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC


A snapshot of Carlings in Kitsilano
Building Information
Developer Concert Properties
Management Company Gateway West
Number of Units 100
Number of Floors 4
Year Built 1998
Construction Method Wood Frame
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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2181 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Bus/SkyTrain accessible
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (326)
Title of Land Strata



The main entrance

There is no denying that Kitsilano is one of Vancouver's more colourful neighbourhoods. Known primarily for its many cultural events and festivals, it is not surprising that people may overlook it when thinking of places to buy a home simply because it is not as glamorous as Downtown or Yaletown.

Spearheaded by Concert Properties, Carlings is a four floor building that contains 100 units that are available for both sale and rent.[1] Unlike many contemporary residential structures, Carlings is not a tower, its designers opting for a wider profile with less floors. This has the benefit of giving Carlings a distinct, almost nostalgic charm, certainly befitting of the neighbourhood that it stands in.

Carlngs has its share of amenities to offer its residents, though it must be pointed out that the selection is less than what residences in more upscale areas may have on tap. Its location may very well make up for this, however, as in addition to the areas many social events there is also a large retail presence nearby on West Broadway, ensuring that even the most ardent shopaholics never tire of exploring their neighbourhood.


The popular Kitsilano Beach

Located in Kitsilano (otherwise known as 'Kits' by Vancouver natives) Carlings finds itself in one of the city's most unique neighbourhoods. Named after a former Squamish chief, August Jack Khatsahlano, Kitsilano was originally a gathering place for the counterculture of the 1960s, but now attracts an eclectic range of residents due to its proximity to both Kitsilano Beach and the University of British Columbia.

Nowadays, Kitsilano holds a variety of festivals, such as the famous Celebration of Light fireworks competition at English Bay, and the Bard on the Beach festival, in which Shakespearean performances are put on at nearby Vanier Park. For those who would simply like to enjoy the area when it is not crowded by audiences, there is the wealth of shops and restaurants along West Broadway and West 4th Avenue. There is also Kitsilano Beach, a landmark Vancouver attraction, especially during summer.[2]

Residents of Kitsilano will find their daily errands to be a simple task. There are a myriad of shops and services close to their front doors, making tasks like grocery shopping or bank runs as easy as opening the door and walking a block or two. Should one need to travel outside the neighbourhood, then Vancouver's transit system is ready to serve. Carlings has 19 bus stops close by, and while there is no SkyTrain station within walking distance, it is a simple matter to reach one via bus.[3]


A typical bathroom in the building

Carlings has two major aspects of its construction that differ from many condominiums today. The first is that it utilizes a wood frame at its base; this is a rather large contrast to the more common concrete or steel based structures that populate much of Vancouver. The second is the tar and gravel roof, differing from the many residential condominiums that use IRMA roofs.

Of course, these choices do nothing to affect the quality of the building, as Carlings is still a solidly built piece of architecture. Its exterior eschews the sleek glass and steel facade that many high rises prefer, opting instead for a more subdued appearance with a warm color scheme and a finish consisting of bricks. The result is a aesthetically pleasing appearance, and one that seems to hark back to earlier days.

Layout and Features

The 100 units available at Carlings come in one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom configurations. The residences do appear to be fairly compact, with one example of a one bedroom measuring in at 748 square feet, a two bedroom example measuring in at 821 square feet and a three bedroom example measuring in at 1156 square feet.

In terms of features, the units come equipped with stainless steel appliances, in-suite laundry, and gas fireplaces. Some units are also equipped with balconies as well.

Floor Plans

Unfortunately, there are no free floor plans for Carlings available at the moment.

However, there is a video clip on YouTube that has close up footage of the building, so curious parties can get a glimpse of the features within it.

[4] - View video from "References Section" at the bottom of this page.


A list of Carlings' amenities include:

  • Secured parking
  • In-suite laundry
  • Personal storage
  • Fitness centre


Carlings Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Rentals are allowed
  • Carlings is pet-friendly
  • There is no age restriction in place
  • Barbecues are permitted


As Carlings was built in a decade where sustainability was not the hot topic that it is today, the lack of green measures may come as no surprise.

Had it been constructed in the 2010s, it is highly likely that the building would have some kind of energy efficiency measures installed, such as dual glazed windows or more effective heating systems.

Alternatively, the area around the structure may have been landscaped to allow for better irrigation and drainage for the excessive rain that Vancouver has grown famous for.


  • Kitsilano is also a hub for celebrities; notable residents include environmentalist David Suzuki and past and present Vancouver Canucks players Trevor Linden and Ryan Kesler.
  • Greenpeace's first office home was in Kitsilano, along with the first offices for the Green Party of British Columbia.
  • Carlings is part of the larger Arbutus Walk neighbourhood, also built by Concert Properties.
  • The neighborhood still has many historic buildings that are not necessarily famous; certain streets have craftsman houses that are from the early 1900s.


  1. BC Condos - Carlings
  2. Wikipedia - Kitsilano
  3. Walk Score
  4. Carlings on Youtube

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