2688 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver, BC
Charming blue townhouse in a cookie-cutter neighborhood
|Developer||Brody Development Group|
|Number of Units||40|
|Number of Floors||3|
|Construction Method||Wood Frame|
|Type of Roof||Asphalt|
|2688 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver, BC|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than one block|
|Title of Land||Strata|
Craftsman Estates is located in the Westlynn neighborhood of Lynn Valley in North Vancouver. The Lynn Valley area was initially known as Shaketown. It is assumed that it was so named because of the shake-sided shacks that housed the first lumberjacks, cooks and blacksmiths. Others are under the impression that the name came from the cedar shakes produced by the mill.
Mountain Highway was originally known as Center Road. It was a path used by the oxen pulling the felled logs down to Moodyville waterfront. Lynn Valley was named after the pioneer family Linn.
Mill street was the first lumber mill. It was owned by the Hastings Shingle Manufacturing Company. There were log flumes running down the mountains and quite frequently children, cats and dogs would lose their footings and fall in. The lazy logging employees sometimes chose to take a ride down the mountain in the flume.
Within walking distance, there is Hastings Creek Park, Kirkstone Park and Pioneer Park.
In the general neighborhood is a grocery store, banks, churches, medical services, Olive Grove Child Care, Eastview Elementary School, Ross Road Elementary School, School District No. 44 North Vancouver, restaurants, entertainment, and coffee shops. 
Popular destinations include Lynn creek, with hiking trails to Lynn Canyon. For those rainy days in North Vancouver, when hiking may not be the best option, the Karen Magnusson Community center offers skating, swimming and a gym.
Supporting the building is a concrete perimeter foundation reinforced with steel rebar. This technique has been used for decades in British Columbia. In order to insulate these walls, they are furred out. This means a second wall is built on the interior with its one and only purpose being to stop water. The studs on this furring wall must be pressure treated because they will be in contact with concrete, and concrete is a porous material. All the rebar in the basement is coated with epoxy. The salt from the roads, brought into the garages, is capable of eroding the uncoated steel within the concrete.
The exterior construction method consists of a full rain screen. This defeats the pressure differential that sucks water vapor into the building. As a result, water captured within the building envelope will simply drain out of the weep holes and down the flashing.
The facade is clad with wood paneling. The paint provides protection from staining and rotting due to moisture. Since Vancouver is considered a Temperate Rain forest, Building Scientists' main focus is to prevent water ingress and damage such as rotting.
Layout and Features
Typical features in the suite include nine foot ceilings and open floor plans, allowing for tons of natural light to bright up the space.
There is also a gas fireplace, granite counter tops and maple shaker-style cabinets. In the bathrooms, there are both soaker tubs and showers. The master bedrooms have walk in closets. As a convenience to residents, there is in suite laundry and private patios. The entire complex is gated for safety and security.
Select homes also feature hardwood flooring, vaulted ceilings, finished basements, radiant floor heating and crown moldings. 
The maintenance fee covers garbage pickup, gardening, and management services.
There are a variety of floor plans making up Craftsman Estates, here is an example of a couple:
The amenities that Craftsman Estates provides are typical for detached housing:
- storage room
Neighborhood amenities include:
- Tim Hortons
- Esso gas station
- North Vancouver Christian Academy
|Craftsman Estates Bylaws|
- One pet is permitted
- Rentals are prohibited
- Barbecues are acceptable
These houses were not designed with extraordinary sustainability practices. However, it can be assumed based on the date, they are properly insulated. This reduces the homes energy use because there is less hot air escaping through the walls so not as much power is used for heating.
There are many ways for the home owners to contribute to North Vancouver's movement towards greener living. Simple ways to do this include:
- green up your appliances with brands displaying an Energy Star logo
- watch your homes air tempearture
- preserve water
- use green cleaning products
- use efficient light bulbs such as Compact Fluorescent
- use native plants in the gardens, potentially ones that don't require a lot of watering
- Hastings Creek Park features the Coffee Loop. It is a 3.2 kilometer stroll over dirt, boardwalk and pavement trails.
- Before the mid 1800s, Hastings creek was a part of the prime spawning area for cutthroat, steelhead, coho and chinook salmon.
- Today, the creek is considered to be one of the most important small fish streams.
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