Citygate II

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1159 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

Citygate II
Citygate2-Vancouver-Exterior.jpg

Exterior of Citygate II
Building Information
Developer Bosa Development Corp.
Architect Perkins & Company Architecture
Management Company Crosby Management
Number of Units 75
Number of Floors 14
Year Built 1993
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar & Gravel
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1159 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Within two blocks
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Citygate II Exterior

The Mount Pleasant area in Vancouver, where the Citygate complex is located, is separated into two distinct areas of east and west, like many of the neighborhoods in the city. East Mount Pleasant offers many high rise building for condensed living, especially near False Creek, and also features some smaller historic buildings and co-op living.

Bustling streets, convenient public transportation, and many restaurants and cafes that are constantly changing are descriptive of the area.

Built one year after the first tower, Citygate II is the second tower in the three tower development of Citygate in the Mount Pleasant East area of Vancouver, overlooking False Creek.

Developed by Bosa Development, Citygate II is the shorter tower of 14 stories, offering 75 condominium units, including townhouses. This building does not offer as many amenities as its older sister building does, but still offers an exercise center, sauna, steam room, meeting rooms, and an underground parking lot.[1]

Location

There are many outdoor attractions nearby Citygate II, including Science World, Creekside Park, Thornton Park, Vancouver Central Station, Rogers Arena, Edgewater Casino and Olympic Village. Granville Island is accessible by the water taxi service at Village Ferry Dock, where residents can go for shopping, eating, and entertainment.

Citygate II is located behind the first tower of the development, Citygate I, facing Main Street, a busy and eclectic stretch of road that offers many culturally diverse cafes and restaurants. The intersection is at Terminal Avenue is a heavily trafficked road that leads into and out of the downtown core. It accesses the Main Station SkyTrain, providing easy access to the surrounding neighborhoods.

China Town is within walking distance from Citygate II, which offers the Chinese culture in many forms, including shopping, arts, and restaurants. Past China Town is Gastown, which is a vibrant and historic neighborhood at the stretch of Water Street, where visitors and residents can visit the Steam Clock, take advantage of the shopping, or enjoy the many diverse restaurants. Entertainment and nightlife is also bustling in Gastown.

The Dunsmuir Viaduct is located a few blocks north of the residence, and provides quick access into the downtown center for vehicle commuters. Car share programs are located within the area, as well as daily amenities like banking, dry-cleaning services, restaurants, and grocery stores.[2]

Construction

Exterior of Citygate II

With its main entrance featuring the bustling and highly-trafficked Main Street, Citygate II offers views of False Creek from its back, northern exposure between its sister towers. This 14 story building is constructed of concrete and has a similar architectural design as its sisters, reminiscent of the concave design features previously seen. The developer is Bosa Development Corporation, who is responsible for much of the highrise development in the Main Street and False Creek area, as well as the other two buildings that make up the Citygate development, which is home to 2,800 residents in Vancouver.

The entrance of Citygate II is less grand than the first tower, with its lobby doors nestled between two commercial spaces, and slightly setback from the street. The concrete structure has a six-story base with a double-height lobby, which also houses its commercial and retail spaces.

The building has a red-brick exterior façade which matches the development site, with columns of glass on either side of the structure, which provides for the floor-to-ceiling windows in the interiors.

The top five stories in the center of the building is where you will find a repeat of the concave shaped detailing, providing for rounded living spaces and an additional touch to the uniqueness of the design. The flat roof-line of the building provides for rooftop terraces, but this building features no balconies.

The ten acre site where the Citygate development is found was formerly home to a concrete plant in the northern portion during the 1980s. The southern portion of the site was an industrial wasteland until the mid 1980's, when Vancouver hosted the World's Fair and the site acted as the grounds for Expo '86.[3]

Layout and Features

Different sizes of functional layouts are offered at Citygate II, which is a suitable building for singles, couples, or small families. The residences at the northern exposure of the building feature views of Science World and False Creek, while residences at the southern exposure overlook Main Street.

Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for plenty of natural light in the spaces, and while there are no balconies, the top floor residences feature private terraces, some with multiple outdoor spaces. Hardwood floors, commonly oak or cherry, are found throughout the residences, and many of them have been updated since their original 1993 build.

Updated kitchens include custom wood cabinetry, marble or granite counter tops with under mount sinks, recessed lighting, tile floors, modern back splashes, and stainless steel appliances.

Some of the kitchens are large, L-shaped layouts with islands for a breakfast eating bar and ample storage space.

Upper level residences in the building feature rounded living spaces with centered gas fireplaces, which also provides for additional windows and light, maximizing the surrounding views while adding to the living space.

Master bedrooms are large and many of the en-suite bathrooms have been updated with modern finishes.[4]

Floor Plans

Here is a brief overview of the layouts at Citygate II.


Amenities

Amenities offered at Citygate II include:

  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Elevator
  • Exercise Centre
  • Parking


Bylaws

Citygate II Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Citygate II is a pet-friendly building
  • Rentals are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions

Sustainability

Citygate II features the following eco-friendly features:

  • Energy Star rated appliances
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • In-suite laundry
  • Double-pane, energy-efficient windows
  • Sustainable hardwood, granite, and stone materials
  • Durable concrete and brick building materials
  • On-site amenities
  • Nearby public transportation
  • Amenities within walking distance
  • Car share programs in the area

Trivia

Steam Clock in Gastown
  • Gastown, a nearby neighborhood of Vancouver which is within walking distance from Citygate II, is a commonly visited area for tourists and residents together. This national historic site features the cobblestone street of Water Street, with many eclectic and modern boutiques and restaurants lining its sides. There are many architectural and historic buildings, some with large atriums and private, almost hidden courtyards. Many of these brick buildings are utilized as office spaces, while others are residential lofts. The proper name of Gastown is Burrard Inlet, but the name Gastown has stuck and originates from the depths of the area's history.
  • Vancouver first downtown core is named after "Gassy" Jack Deighton, who was a Yorkshire seaman and steamboat captain, who also had an affinity for bars. Gassy Jack arrived in 1867 to Vancouver, and opened the area's first saloon in what is now Gastown. The area quickly began to prosper, and became the site of the Hastings Mill sawmill, and quickly transformed into a center of trade and commerce. The Canadian Pacific Railway was a large part of the area's prosperity, and soon the area houses dozens of warehouses, which now act as residential loft conversions, providing some of the most artsy and eclectic spaces in all of Vancouver.
  • The prosperity and following decline of Gastown is all but too familiar; after being incorporated into the city of Vancouver in 1886, the area fell victim to the "Great Vancouver Fire" the same year. All but two of Gastown's buildings were lost, but the area was quickly rebuilt, proving its resilience. Although Gastown has repeated its cycle of prosperity and decline even in the most recent years, it provides a cultural and eclectic center of upscale restaurants and boutiques today, and continues to grow.[5]


References

  1. 671 7000
  2. Walk Score
  3. Emporis
  4. Century 21
  5. Wikipedia


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