1225 Richards Street, Vancouver
Eden, as seen from street level
|Management Company||Vancouver Condominium Services|
|Number of Units||177|
|Number of Floors||25|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|1225 Richards Street, Vancouver|
|Distance to Public Transit||Bus stops nearby, Skytrain|
|Title of Land||Strata|
With one hears the name Eden there are certain expectations that immediately come to mind, seeing as how the name comes from a biblical garden known for being a luxurious paradise on Earth, filled with lush greenery and all the creature comforts that the inhabitants could have asked for. While admittedly it is certainly not a garden utopia, there is no doubt that the Eden condominium offers its residents a luxurious home, with a generous amount of amenities on tap to make their lives easier and more enjoyable.
Developed by Bosa, Eden was constructed in 2004 on Richards Street, home to a few other upscale residences. Unlike many of its close neighbours, however, Eden was the design brainchild of Rafii Architects, and it shows its lineage in the clean and elegant exterior. With 25 floors and 177 total units available, there is plenty of room for residents. Eden also has the added boon of being located very close to Yaletown and all the excitement that it boasts.
Offering an excellent package of amenities and a prime location, there is little doubt as to why Eden was named as such. A fantastic choice for a homeowner who wants a high-end residence and can afford to foot the not-unsubstantial bill.
Eden is located at 1225 Richards Street, and finds itself quite close to Downtown Vancouver; to be more specific, it is just a few blocks from Downtown's Yaletown district, itself a prime example of the positive effect that redevelopment can have on a region. The Yaletown neighbourhood used to be exclusively focused on industry, with the majority of buildings within it being rail yards, warehouses, and other similar structures.
The decision to hold the 1986 World's Fair in Vancouver, however, changed the situation drastically. The arrival of Expo 86 brought with it the total transformation of the area, with the industrial centre turning into one of the trendiest areas in the city, chock full of retail businesses, coffee shops, and condominiums.
Luckily for residents, many of those business and restaurants are within walking distance of Eden. With many local markets and stores nearby, one does not need to own a car in order to run daily errands. Indeed, Vancouver is a city whose public transit system is renowned for its efficiency, and for good reason; there are 49 bus stops close to Eden alone, and the SkyTrain elevated light rail is just as easy to get to, meaning a resident could easily rely solely on transit for getting around without being the least bit inconvenienced.
Designed by Raffi Architects and constructed primarily from concrete, Eden's build quality and approach is very much in line with its contemporaries. Its design, however, does deviate from the norm, as the building is not simply a tall cube.
Rather, Eden is comprised of a tower and a shorter, wider base structure, with the base structure being shaped like an 'L'. The tower extends upwards from the middle section, resulting in an asymmetrical profile that is quite distinctive.
The effective placement of the glass windows on the facade give Eden yet another touch of class, and the end result is a building that, while different from the norm, possesses a quiet elegance about it that befits its nature quite nicely.
Layout and Features
Eden's 178 units are split between the tower and the base, with the tower containing apartment suites and the base containing mainly townhouses, with some street level commercial units. The residences come equipped with a variety of conveniences, with stainless steel appliances, Karadon counter tops, halogen track lighting, and a self-cleaning range being only some of the standard options.
Other building features include energy efficient fireplaces, balconies, and brushed metal windows.
Eden unfortunately does not have any free floor plans currently available to the public. There is, however, a video clip that shows off much of the building and its surroundings, allowing an adequate glimpse at what it might be like to live there.
 - View video from "References Section" at the bottom of this page.
Some of the amenities that Eden offers include:
- Fitness centre
- Hot tub
- Bike storage
- Underground parking
- Rentals are allowed
- Pets are permitted
- There is no age restriction on residents
- There is a barbecue patio in the lounge
While there is no indications that Eden was designed specifically to be sustainable, the building was still nevertheless equipped with a few green measures.
The fireplaces are energy efficient, as are the halogen lights.
Thoughtfully, the website also has a section on 'Greening Eden', an attempt to help residents use less energy, with laundry advice and other helpful green tips.
- Rafii Architects have designed a number of buildings around Yaletown
- Bosa Development deals in both commercial and residential project
- One of the few buildings that has an official recycling program set up
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