Coral Court

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907 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Coral Court
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Coral Court
Building Information
Management Company Pacifica First Management Ltd.
Number of Units 101
Number of Floors 23
Year Built 1994
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar and gravel
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907 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Nearly 50 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Coral Court is located at the corner of Beach Avenue and Hornby Street. Residents can enjoy the serenity of Beach Avenue while also benefiting from the close proximity to English Bay and the beach.
Coral Court
It is a short walk to the seawall and an array of international restaurants, cafes, boutique shops along Hamilton Street and Yaletown. The SkyTrain is also only a 10 minute walk away, with bus service at the front door and the Aquabus to Granville Island across the street.

Yaletown began life as a heavy industrial area dominated by warehouses and rail yards. Substantial development after Expo 86 transformed the area into a trendy and hip neighbourhood in the south east corner of Downtown Vancouver. Yaletown is bordered by False Creek, Robson Street, and Homer Street and is one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in the city. With its marinas, parks, high rise apartment blocks, and converted heritage buildings, Yaletown constitute one of the most significant urban regeneration projects in North America. [1]


Coral Court's location on the False Creek waterfront affords residents the opportunity to enjoy a range of recreational amenities and lifestyles that are enhanced by the proximity of miles of seawall and beaches linked to Stanley park, the Aquabus to Granville Island market nearby, a minimal distance to the downtown core, shops, restaurants and cultural venues.

Location

Coral Court is located just west of the heart of Yaletown and its busy yoga studios, chic shops and popular restaurants.

Yaletown and the Seawalk
The arrival of the railway on the west coast was instrumental in the shaping of Vancouver and Yaletown owes its existence to the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). The town of Yale, some 240 kilometers east of Vancouver, was the former centre of the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. When the railway reached it in the 1880s the CPR's repair shops were built there and Yale became home to a large population of rail workers. When the railway was extended to Vancouver, those residents workers followed it to the city, and settled in modest housing close to the new yards. The area was soon known as Yaletown.

The proximity of False Creek and the railway meant that Yaletown became industrialized over time and became filled with factories, rail buildings and warehouses. Many of those older buildings survive to this day. After the real-estate boom and bust cycles over the years, the area became run down and dilapidated, and the property was bought up by the city. The 1986 World's Fair (Expo 86), held on neighbouring former-industrial land, spurred renewed interest in the area which became ripe for development. The Expo site was sold en masse to Hong Kong-based developer Li Ka-shing, setting in motion the extensive redevelopment which continues today.

Restaurants in Yaletown
There were strict guidelines imposed on the community by City planners. Developers were required to include a substantial amount of public space, and to preserve existing heritage sites. The city's new zoning plans helped by also calling for office space within Yaletown ensuring that some workers in the area could also reside in the area. Significant areas were also set aside for parks, waterfront access, community centres, and schools and the Stanley Park Seawall linear park was carried through the area along the shore of False Creek, forming its southern boundary and creating a thoroughfare for pedestrians, cyclists and in-line skaters.

Almost none of the original housing from the 19th century remains, however, several of the older industrial era buildings have been preserved. Hamilton Street and Mainland Street make up two nearly intact streetscapes from that era. They are lined with quaint brick warehouses built on rail platforms that have been converted into loft style apartments and offices, with boutique stores, bars and restaurants at the ground level. Many are fronted by the raised train platforms.

At the corner of Davie Street and Pacific Boulevard stands the old brick CPR roundhouse which has been converted into a Community Centre. As a tribute to the significant rail history of the area the centre uses the old engine turntable as a small outdoor amphitheatre. The community centre also houses Engine 374, the locomotive that pulled the first passenger train into Vancouver in 1887.

Towering over the central core of Yaletown's heritage buildings, most of the other architecture contemporary glass, steel and concrete towers built on the old derelict train yards.[2]

Construction

Built in 1994, Coral Court is a modernist, 23 floor concrete building with a glass and brick red facade that sets it apart from many of its neighbours. Curved glass flowing into the balconies provides some visual interest versus the plain rectangular faces of many other buildings. Coral Court contains 101 suites and stands 68.58 m high.

The building underwent an envelope rehabilitation which was overseen by JSD Engineering.[3] The outer cladding of a building, sometimes called the 'skin' or the 'curtain', is the building envelope. It is the first line of defense from weather conditions and protects both the occupants and the building structure itself from the elements. Evaluations of building envelopes are undertaken by engineering companies who assess various factors that may affect the envelope.

In a moist climate like Vancouver's, one of the predominant factors reported on is infiltration of water. The intrusion of water under the cladding of a structure may contribute to cracks, bulges, and in extreme cases, collapses. In other areas, engineers devote attention to temperature variations, window and door testing, materials evaluation of the 'skin', life-cycle analysis, balcony run-off, and cost-effective repair strategies, should they be required. New structures would get a feasibility proposal for its 'skin' design and existing buildings undergo a physical evaluation of its existing envelope to assess repairs or re-cladding, if necessary.[4]

Layout and Features

The Coral Court features 101 apartments. Layouts are one bedroom and den and two bedroom units. Units have great water or mountain views from their balconies. Open plan kitchens are perfect for entertaining and open onto large living rooms. Floor to ceiling windows throughout give the suites a bright and airy ambiance. Coral Court is located at Beach and Hornby, just a half block from the seawall and a block to Sunset beach. All apartments includes parking and in-suite Laundry.[5]


Floor Plans

Floor plans for Coral Court are not readily available. Below is one example of a two bedroom unit. See references for a video walkthroughs of one of the units.[6]

Amenities

Coral Court is tucked in between George Wainborn Park at Concord Pacific Place to the south and Sunset Beach to the north.Head north to Stanley Park or head south to Science World on the seawall. Residents can take the water taxi just a block away on the pier to Granville Island to buy their groceries on a Sunday afternoon. Alternatively they can walk within a few blocks to some of the best restaurants in Vancouver. Coral Court offers several amenities for residents including an indoor pool with hot tub, fitness room, a sauna and a squash court. An onsite manager keeps the building in good repair and running smoothly.

Bylaws

Coral Court Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



907 Pacific Avenue does not restrict rentals nor does it have any age restrictions for residents. pets are allowed with certain restrictions.

Sustainability

Coral Court is not designated as a "green" building.

However, residents can live a greener lifestyle by doing things such as switching to CFL or LED light bulbs for their homes, recycling as much waste as possible and by limiting the use of a car for their day to day needs.

Numerous shops, restaurants, and cafes nearby mean that most day to day errands can be accomplished on foot.

Upscale grocery stores Urban Fare and Choices are within walking distance and the Aquabus to Granville Island and its popular market is very close to the building.

Easy availability of a large number of transit options and car shares nearby mean that car ownership can be optional for residents.[7]

Trivia

Dedication of the Vancouver Athletic Park in 1913
  • The first athletic park in the area, located in the 5 acres bordered by Smithe St, Nelson St, Hamilton St and Homer St, was in Yaletown. The park, opened in 1905 and survived until 1913, had a stadium and playing field. The park was home to Vancouver's Northwestern League baseball team.
  • Canada’s first gas station opened in 1907 at the southeast corner of Cambie and Smythe (now spelled Smithe) in Yaletown. This station was operated by the Imperial Oil Company, where pails were hand-dipped into a large wooden barrel of gasoline and then transferred to cars. Obviously long before any environmental or health and safety regulations!
  • Vancouver's Aquabus Ferries Ltd. operates one heritage ferry, the Rainbow Hunter, which was built in 1950. They also operate several Cyquabus Ferries, designed to accommodate those with bicycles, strollers, and wheelchairs, as well as regular passengers. The "Cyquabus I" was designed and assembled in 1995 by owner Jeff Pratt in his backyard from pieces made to his own specifications. In 2008 Aquabus converted its seven diesel ferries to clean-burning, biodegradable, non-toxic biodiesel made from used vegetable oil.
  • The Yaletown area is home to 27 heritage sites as listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register as well as the famous Roundhouse Community Centre, which is a provincial heritage site.[8]

References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Wikipedia
  3. JSD Engineering
  4. Building Envelope
  5. Real Estate Channel
  6. Youtube
  7. Walk Score
  8. Yaletown Info


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