1020 Harwood Street, Vancouver
An exterior shot of Crystallis in Vancouver
|Architect||Hughes Condon Marler Architects|
|Number of Units||104|
|Number of Floors||25|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|1020 Harwood Street, Vancouver|
|Distance to Public Transit||Bus stops nearby, Skytrain accessible|
|Title of Land||Strata|
Crystallis is a condominium that proudly stands in the West End of Vancouver. Developed by the prolific Cressey Development Group, the structure's elegant exterior is much in line with the firm's previous offerings, and meshes well with the upscale neighbourhood that it occupies. Constructed in 1989, the well built 25 story tower has 104 units available for resident occupancy, and offers a wide variety of appealing amenities.
Its proximity to Downtown Vancouver ensures that residents and their guests will have a bustling nightlife to look forward to, as well as some of the finest shopping and cuisine the city has to offer. There is also the added bonus of easy access to public transit, meaning that no location in the city is ever really out of reach at any given time.
Properties on the West End have a reputation for being desirable homes, and Crystallis is no exception. While the cost of living in the area is certainly at a premium, the payoff is worth it for those who can foot the bill and want a home they can be proud of.
Located on Harwood Street between Burrard and Thurlow, Crystallis finds itself at the heart of one of the busiest neighbourhoods in Vancouver. Originally the first upscale neighbourhood in Vancouver, the West End has only built on this reputation over the years, especially considering its proximity to Downtown.
The Downtown area has long been renowned for the sheer amount of activity that goes on there, from shopping to theatre to bar-hopping. There are a wide variety of restaurants very close to the building, so residents have the option of buying fresh, local ingredients to make dinner or going out for a quiet meal at one of Vancouver's many sushi restaurants. There are a variety of nightclubs and lounges around the area as well; something to take note of when the weekend rolls around. Shopaholics will love the the fact that their home is so close to Pacific Centre Mall, with heavy hitter retailers like Holt Renfrew and smaller boutiques like Ermernegildo Zegna ready and willing to serve.
Residents will be glad to know that car ownership in Vancouver is really more of a luxury than a necessity; many stores and businesses are within walking distance of Crystallis, a statement that is backed up by the neighbourhood's walk score of 97. Should they want to head to Metrotown, or Richmond, or any other place outside the immediate area, Translink has over 60 bus stops nearby, with the SkyTrain elevated light rail system being available as well.
With a foundation and exterior that primarily utilize concrete, Crystallis is a traditionally constructed condominium through and through. Of course, traditional does not necessarily mean staid; Hughes Condon Marler Architects did an excellent job of designing a building that looks handsome without being too overbearing, with understated touches like the corners of the tower projecting further outwards, giving what would otherwise be a very tall cube more dimension and presence. The placement and arrangement of the windows is also quite pleasing to the eye, further elevating Crystallis above its neighbours in terms of aesthetics. The end result is a building that, though erected over two decades ago, still looks modern and clean even today.
Layout and Features
Crystallis' 104 units come in a one, two, and three bedroom configurations, with the number of bathrooms varying depending on the unit. The residences at Crystallis offer a wide range of standard features, with quartz counter tops, Sub Zero appliances, Kohler fixtures, a washer/dryer and basalt floors only being some of what is offered in-suite.
Other features include balconies, mahogany cabinets, and fireplances.
Unfortunately, there are currently no free floor plans offered to the public. There is, however, a video that acts as a virtual tour of sorts, and showcases the highlights of Crystallis quite well.
 - View video from "References Section" at the bottom of this page.
Some amenities that Crystallis offers are:
- Fitness centre
- Bike room
- Hot tub
- Personal storage
- Billiards room
- Rentals are allowed
- Residents are permitted pets
- There is no age restriction on residents
Crystallis was unfortunately not built to promote a green lifestyle. It is no worse than its many contemporaries, however, and residents can lessen their impact on the environment by taking independent measures, such as recycling and using less electricity and water. In addition, walking and judicious use of Vancouver's public transit system can further reduce damage to the environment.
- The Cressey Development Group has over 200 projects in its portfolio
- By the same token, Hughes Condon Marler Architects have buildings such as the Whistler Library to their credit
- Crystallis stands at a height of 249 feet/75.8 metres
- Crystallis on vancouvercondos.com
- A Wikipedia article on Vancouver's West End
- Walk Score
- Listing for Crystallis
- Crystallis on Youtube
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