8 Smithe Mews, Vancouver, BC
|Architect||Hudson Baaker Boniface Haden|
|Number of Units||115|
|Number of Floors||28|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|8 Smithe Mews, Vancouver, BC|
|Distance to Public Transit||Within two blocks|
|Title of Land||Strata|
Built in 2009 by Concord Pacific, Flagship is a waterfront high-rise of 28 floors and 115 units located in trendy Yaletown at Coopers Quay overlooking False Creek. The history of False Creek dates back to the summer of 1791 when the first European explorers entered English Bay. At this time, False Creek was five times the size it is today, and stretched all the way to Clark Drive.
It is said that the high tides of False Creek in its earlier days caused Downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park to transform into two Islands. Overlooked by the first European explorers, False Creek wasn't actually discovered until 1859 when Captain George Richards was surveying the coast, searching for potential coal deposits on the south shore of Burrard Inlet. He thought he was going up a Creek on the south side of the deposit but discovered it was in fact an inlet, thus coining the name ‘False’ Creek.
When the Canadian Pacific Railway extended its line from Port Moody in 1885, things changed rapidly. A fire set out in Downtown Vancouver, causing many to relocate to False Creek. The first Granville Bridge was built in 1889, connecting the South and North shores of False Creek, causing a boom of industry in the area. The CPR installed rail yards centered around the now refurbished Roundhouse, and workers began to settle close to the yards. With a history of working at the Fraser Canyon town of Yale, the workers decided to name their new location in False Creek ‘Yaletown.' By 1891, the vast majority of Vancouver's saw mills were located on False Creek.
Now False Creek serves as a hot destination for outdoor activities, socializing, and shopping, and provides a serene yet peaceful place to live. Designed by architect Hudson Baaker Boniface Haden, Flagship is a part of a community of four buildings, namely the Mariner, Cooper's Lookout and Cooper's Pointe, residents of which have access to the Esprit City Club. The Esprit City club offers the residents one of the best lists of amenities in the city, including a Club Concierge, a fleet of kayaks, and much more.
Located in the central area of Yaletown, Flagship is has the best of both worlds: city and relaxation. Neighbouring the building is Coopers Park with an off-leash dog area, and along the False Creek water side is a bicycle and walking route.
Six blocks North West from the Flagship is the heart of Yaletown, where some of Vancouver's best restaurants are found, as well as plenty of entertainment and shopping. The Cambie Street Bridge lies just West of Flagship, allowing for easy access in and out of the downtown core. A quick walk to the West side of the Cambie Bridge is Marinaside Crescent where restaurants, shopping, and cafes can be found. Just two blocks North of Flagship are the sports and music stadiums Rogers Arena and BC Place.
A water taxi is available within one block of the Flagship to go across False Creek into Olympic Village or to Granville Island for some fresh food shopping.
The Edgewater Casino is just three blocks East up the walking path from Flagship, which continues on towards Science World.
Flagship is a concrete constructed building with a glass and concrete exterior. The Flagship has floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies with glass panels. Corner balconies, side balconies, and select rooftop balconies can be seen from the exterior. Red accents on the exterior east and west exposures of the building match the interior kitchen color scheme.
Since its construction in 2009, the Flagship has undergone little maintenance work. Some cracks in the concrete foundation can be seen from its settlement, and the building has undergone some updates in their security management. 
Layout and Features
Layouts are open and vary depending on size and number of bedrooms. One to three bedroom layouts are available.
Interior features of the Flagship include expansive, floor-to-ceiling windows for maximum exposure of the surrounding nature and landmarks of False Creek, Olympic Village, Science World, Granville Island, Yaletown and Downtown. Also featured are open balcony windows, in-suite heating and cooling systems, fireplaces with stone surrounding and wood mantles, and marble or granite entry ways.
Kitchens include custom design wood cabinetry, many of which are red or yellow in color, with polished chrome hardware, granite countertops, glass backsplashes, porcelain floors, stainless steel appliances, gas cooking, and wall ovens.
Ensuite bathroom off the master bedrooms feature marble or granite flooring, marble counters, tub and showers, wood cabinetry, double under-mount sinks, and dual flush toilets. Main bathrooms feature large format porcelain flooring, full size soaker tub and shower, glass vessel sink with deck mounted and single lever faucet.
Limited floor plans available. Here is a brief selection.
The Esprit City Club at the Flagship offers amenities that include:
- Club Concierge
- 60 Foot Indoor Lap Pool
- Hot Tub
- Steam Room
- Fitness Centre
- Yoga/Pilates Studio
- 10 Pin Bowling Alley
- Theatre/Multimedia Room
- Fleet of Kayaks available for rent
- Pets are permitted at Flagship
- There are no age restrictions on ownership
- Rentals are allowed at Flagship
- Barbecues are also permitted
Easy access to bike routes, water taxis, and public transportation - as well as car sharing programs - makes the Flagship building sustainable for its residents based solely on its location. Its wide range of offerings for amenities and close proximity to shopping and restaurants also promotes sustainable living. Bike storage is available for residents of the Flagship.
Energy-Star compliant appliances throughout the Flagship are included, as well as individually-controlled heating and cooling systems throughout different rooms in each of the units. 
Around 150 years ago when the First Nations lived in harmony with the False Creek area, a dense temperate rainforest encompassed most of the land, and many creeks existed that emptied into the Ocean through tidal flats. Fresh water sources and salmon were abundant in the area, and the creeks were a daily source of transportation by canoe. Today a historic native village site can be visited at Jericho Beach. In the local indigenous Squamish language, Jericho Beach is iy'a'l'mexw which translates to "good land."
Today, water transportation still exists in False Creek, but for much different purposes. Kayaking and race canoeing has become a popular sport on sunny days in False Creek, and the chanting of the racers can often be heard from the shoreline of both Yaletown and Olympic Village that border False Creek. Flagship's location offers intimate views of those partaking in the kayaking and canoeing sports just below your windows.
Kayaks can be rented and stored at the Flagship's very own Esprit City Club.
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