Europa

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63 Keefer Place, Vancouver, BC

Europa
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Europa from street level
Building Information
Developer Henderson Developments
Architect Dys Architecture
Management Company Wynford Group
Number of Units 191
Number of Floors 27
Year Built 2000
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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63 Keefer Place, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 40 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Present day Chinatown


Europa lives in Vancouver's Chinatown. No, this isn't the princess of Tyre in Greek mythology who was wooed by Zeus in the form of a bull and carried off by him to Crete. Same name, different story. In Vancouver's context, Europa is a 27 story high-rise built by Henderson Development and Dys Architecture in 2000. There are a total of 191 units comprised of 181 condominium units and nine townhouse units.

Europa is one of several condominium buildings to make up International Village, a large-scale, master planned community by Henderson Development. In the Village are 1300 condominium homes, 400 000 square feet of shopping and services, the 10 acre Andy Livingstone Park, a child daycare facility and a future elementary school.[1] Basically all of one's amenities are right in this neighbourhood.

Vancouver's Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in Canada, while the one in Victoria is the oldest. While this area still has many historic buildings and Chinese community centres, grocery stores, and shops, there is increasing pressure to develop Vancouver's Chinatown because of the high housing demand and because according to surveys conducted by The Chinatown Historic Area planning committee, businesses experienced a decrease in revenue from 2008-2011. The City of Vancouver undertook this research to come up with ways to preserve the heritage aspect of the neighbourhood while keeping it financially and socially viable.

In 2011, Vancouver City Councillors raised height restrictions to allow for more population density. Taller towers like Europa are cropping up all along Expo Boulevard and near the Stadium Chinatown SkyTrain station. There are, of course, opponents to the changes happening in Chinatown and the fear of lower-income residents getting displaced in the process known as gentrification.[2]


Location

International Village Mall

Europa is located at the intersection of Keefer Street and Taylor Place in Chinatown. The exact address is 63 Keefer Place. This corner unites three historic Vancouver neighbourhoods: Chinatown, Gastown, and Yaletown. As stated above in the Background section, Europa is one of the condominiums that make up International Village Mall by Henderson Development. The Mall is marketed as an arts, shopping, an entertainment space. It is anchored by a Cineplex Odeon movie theatre and flanked by Rexall Drugstore and Yokoyaya 123.[3] In the Village is a mixture of clothing stores, professional services, eateries, and businesses. Residents therefore do not need to wander far for day-to-day errands or entertainment.

If residents need a bit of a break from their downtown city life, the 10 acre Andy Livingstone Park provides the perfect oasis with meandering trails, a waterfall and pond, and huge artificial turf ideal for playing soccer, football, Ultimate, softball, and field hockey. There are also skateboard parks, tennis courts, basketball courts and washrooms on the premises.[4]

Another oasis is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden on 575 Carrall Street built in 1986. It features beautiful ponds, flowers, and a pagoda.

Europa is also easy walking distance to Rogers Arena, BC Place, Costco, T&T Supermarket, and the Seawall. The Stadium Chinatown SkyTrain stop is only five minutes away.

Construction

Panoramic view of Europa

Europa is a concrete high-rise of 27 floors. Its diagonal position on the corner of Keefer Place and Taylor Street also gives it a strong street presence.

Europa has a slim and sleek appearance with a glass exterior and a central circular column leading to an oblong roof. The column resembles the central shaft of Eugenia Place in the West End, although they were built by different architects.

Europa's architecture resembles the modernist style. Henderson Development in collaboration with Dys Architecture designed the building, which was completed in 2000.

Layout and Features

The 212 units at Europa range from studio to three bedrooms, and are thus suitable for single urban professionals as well as those with a family. The interiors are bright and spacious and boast high quality European finishes and features that's fitting given the building's name. Kitchens have granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and plenty of European kitchen cabinets. The seven appliances in the package include:

  • stainless steel frost-free refrigerator
  • gas range
  • self-cleaning oven
  • dishwasher
  • washer/dryer
  • garburator
  • microwave with venting hood exhaust fan

There are gas fireplaces and balconies included with most of the suites.

In-suite laundry makes washing clothes that much more convenient, as does a garage door opener to let housemates or visitors in and out of the secure underground parking. The units have air conditioning for those hot summer days.

The bathrooms have Kohler fixtures, European chrome plumbing fittings, a ceramic tile tub and shower surround, and full vanity mirrors.[5]

Homes at Europa are equipped with high speed ISDN internet technology.[6]

Floor Plans

Here is a sample floor plate that is available at Europa:

[7] - Otherwise check out this video in the References section for some shots of an interior.

Amenities

Europa offers the following amenities to residents:

  • Indoor swimming pool and hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Gym
  • Secure underground parking
  • Balconies with city and mountain views
  • Playground
  • Courtyard
  • Concierge
  • Landscaped courtyard at podium level
  • Conference rooms
  • Multimedia room

Bylaws

Europa Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


Pets (maximum two) are permitted at Europa, as well as rentals.[5]

There is no age restriction.

Barbecues can be set up on the balconies.


Sustainability

The main sustainability feature at Europa is its location.

Surrounded by urban amenities and green space, residents are likely to walk or take public transit for most daily errands, and the use of community amenities and parks fosters social sustainability and interaction with neighbours, leading to a diverse and culturally rich Village.

As far as interiors go, individuals are free to do their own eco-friendly upgrades in the units.

There are gas fireplaces and balconies provide a space to grow a small garden.

Trivia

The Tinseltown Cinema sign
  • Andy Livingstone Park was named after former Park Commissioner Andy Livingstone who served the City of Vancouver from 1969–1988.[8]
  • International Village Mall is three stories tall with a unique design and high ceilings. It is commonly referred to as "Tinseltown" by locals because of the movie theatre on the second floor. The theatre was previously operated by Cinemark Tinseltown and is now run by Cineplex Odeon International Village.[9]
  • International Village Market is very close to Millennium Gate, the iconic gateway or entrance to Chinatown that was donated to the City of Vancouver after Expo 1986. Many tourists snap a picture next to this landmark when they visit Vancouver's historic Chinatown.


References

  1. Henderson Development
  2. Wikipedia-Chinatown, Vancouver
  3. Henderson Development - International Village Shopping Centre
  4. City of Vancouver - Andy Livingstone Park
  5. 5.0 5.1 BC Condos
  6. Les Twarog & Sonja Pedersen Europa
  7. Anita Marler - Bay Realty Ltd
  8. Vancouver Park Board - Andy Livingstone Park
  9. International Village Mall


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