Columbus

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1383 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC

Columbus
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The Columbus is located on Marinaside Crescent
Building Information
Developer Concord Pacific
Architect IBI - HB Architects
Management Company Vancouver Condominium
Number of Units 119
Number of Floors 25
Year Built 1998
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1383 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit One block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Marinaside Crescent


Marinaside Crescent is constructed on a former rail yard by developers Concord Pacific and is the centerpiece of Concord Pacific's redevelopment of the 1986 exposition site.

Their ability to transform a former industrial site into a city hot spot has garnered Concord Pacific wide acclaim and this model has been duplicated by other cities. Marinaside Crescent is one of the trendiest places to live in Vancouver and has become a favorite meeting place for the entire lower mainland of British Columbia.

The Columbus was one of the first developments to take place on Marinaside Crecent. It is located right next the Roundhouse Community Centre, a provincially designated historic site and remnant to the area's history as a railroad depot. This area has all of the urban amenities one comes to expect from an internationally acclaimed city.



Location

The area's drawing feature and street namesake is the ocean side marina that seems to act like a magnet and draw Vancouverites to this eastern most end of Davie Street. The sheltered waters are also a haven for recreational boaters, paddle-boards, charted cruises and even an occasional grey whale.

Across the street is the upscale grocer, Urban Fair where it is not uncommon to be waiting at the check out with the numerous celebrities and sports figures that seem to dot the area. Spark up a conversation or pretend you don't notice, either way everyone is very approachable in this community.

Columbus is right in between two great parks, David Lam Park to the West and Coopers Park to the East. Both parks are great for relaxing and sunbathing though David Lam Park is much bigger to allow for outdoor sports.

Downtown Vancouver is a ten minute walk from Columbus while the nearby Canada Line Station enables residents quick access to one of the countries most expansive public transit networks.[1]

Construction

The Columbus is located on the left

The Columbus is a concrete building with 25 floor and 119 units. Units are offered in two, three and five bedroom configurations.

Columbus was one of the structures that pioneered a notion of urban revival known as Vancouverism that would be successfully adopted in other cities.

A defining feature of this mentality are condominiums with a glass facades much like the Columbus. These large windows offer spectacular views of Falsecreek and the City of Vancouver and every unit features an outdoor patio.[2]

Layout and Features

The luxurious suites at the Columbus include granite counter tops, open kitchen design, walk in shower, in-suite storage and laundry, gas stove and deluxe gas fireplaces.

Spectacular water views of False Creek, high ceilings and inner gardens bring the beauty of the outside in.[3]

Floor Plans

At this time, there are no floor plans available for public viewing of the Columbus. However, there is a link to a slideshow depicting one of the five bedroom townhouses available in the References Section of this page. [4]

Amenities

The Columbus features a number of amenities that include a fitness centre, pool, common room and bike storage.

Bylaws

Columbus Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Pets are allowed at the Columbus
  • The Columbus places no restrictions on rentals
  • There are no age limits concerning purchasing or renting
  • Barbecues are allowed at the Columbus

Sustainability

Columbus' completion date of 1998, unfortunately, predates many of the sustainable initiatives that took hold after the year 2000. Residents can take it upon themselves to be more environmentally responsible by utilizing their building's location to take advantage of the abundance of public transit options available to the area.

New residents to downtown Vancouver will find that one of its biggest advantages is that it is very walk-able and designed primarily for pedestrian traffic. The Seawall is also at the foot of Columbus and is a viable option for cyclists and foot traffic as well. Plus, its views are amazing!

Vancouver has a an extensive recycling program all residents are encouraged to take part in. While this program requires residents to sort their recyclables ahead of time, this system is very easy to use and quickly becomes part of the weekly routine.[5]

Trivia

The first gas station in Canada was on Cambie Street and Smithe

The section of Vancouver known as Yaletown, gets its name from the town of Yale, about 150 miles to the east. It was situated at the end of a Canadian Pacific Railway line and was a small gold rush-era town. When the rail line was extended to Vancouver, residents of Yale made their way to the city and organized their own settlement, calling it Yaletown.

Yaletown also has the distinguished honour of being home to Canada's first gas station located at the corner of Cambie Street and Smithe, now the site of the Pacific Landmark building. This station was opened by Imperial Oil in 1907 and by all accounts was a crude... (get it?)... operation using rubber hoses attached to kitchen hot water tanks. There are no reports of any accidents. Imperial Oil's legacy lives on as it still operates one of two gas stations that exists in Downtown Vancouver. Only the address has changed to Burrard and Davie Street. [6]

False Creek was once an industrial water way and as a result became highly polluted. Efforts to reverse the damage done to False Creek payed off when a Grey Whale swam its entire length on May 5, 2010. The sighting brought a lot of excitement to the area and showed that the environmental state of False Creek is still improving. [7]

References

  1. Vancouver Condos
  2. Vancouver Modern Homes
  3. Rent it Furnished Realty
  4. Columbus Slide Show
  5. City of Vancouver
  6. Yaletown Info
  7. CBC News


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