Governor's Villas II

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1318 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC

Governor's Villas II
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Shot of the Governor's Villas II
Building Information
Developer Concord Pacific
Management Company Vancouver Condominium
Number of Units 237
Number of Floors 12
Year Built 1995
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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1318 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (182)
Title of Land Freehold Strata


Contents

Background

Governor's Villas II on Homer Street


Built in 1995 this building was developed by Concord Pacific which is a Canadian residential developer and real estate investment firm with focus on projects in Vancouver and Toronto. A local company, Concord Pacific is based out of Vancouver and is one of Canada's leading developers.[1]

The Governor's Villa II at 1318 Homer Street, Vancouver is a 12 storey high-rise with 237 units. The building is home to one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as penthouses. It is located at the end of Yaletown and has water view over David Lam Park.[2]

The residents of Governor's Villa II have access to many amenities including a bike room, a fitness centre, in-suite laundry, an indoor pool and sauna. Yaletown is considered to be the fastest-growing residential neighbourhood in North America and is definitely one of Vancouver's hippest neighbourhood. The median age of this district is 37 and it is mostly populated by young urban professionals.


Location

The Governor's Villa II is located in the Yaletown neighborhood of Vancouver at the crossroads of Homer and Drake Street.
The Governor's Villa II at the crossroads of Homer and Drake Street
It is two blocks away from the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre which houses a black box Performance Centre, an exhibition hall, woodworking classes, pottery and dance studios, a full size gymnasium, a café, and various multi-purpose spaces.

It is also home to Engine 374, which pulled the first passenger train to enter Vancouver on May 23, 1887. Additionally it is adjacent to the Yaletown-Roundhouse SkyTrain station of the Canada Line which serves the fast growing residential and retail areas of Yaletown and the southern part of Downtown.[3]

The building is at proximity to mane boutiques, high end restaurants, clubs, lounges, yoga studios and countless parks. The neighborhood is also home to ESl schools and its residents can easily access English Bay, Rogers Arena, Vancouver Public Library, Edgewater Casino and the Vancouver Art Gallery on foot.

The Governor's Villa II is right across Granville Island and the Aquabus and False Creek Ferries provide passenger service from Yaletown to various stops around False Creek, including Granville Island and Science World.

Construction

concrete perimeter foundation

The Governor's Villas II is a concrete high-rise building with a concrete perimeter foundation. Concrete is by far the most common material for foundations. Also called a footing (or footer), the foundation of a building is located about 12 inches below the frost line and its purpose is to distribute the buildings’s weight to prevent settling or movement.

A conventional perimeter foundation has a poured concrete wall supported by a poured concrete footing. Both are strengthened by steel reinforcing rods and is used in connection with both raised floors and slabs. [4]

The building has a rain screen which provides a building with better moisture management and energy efficiency. It is basically an envelope support mechanism, whose primary function is to limit the amount of water that could potentially come into contact with the primary building envelope’s moisture barrier, thereby reducing the chance of water finding a way into the wall assembly. It does this by defending the wall assembly against the five forces that drive rain into buildings: kinetic energy, gravity, capillary action, surface tension and pressure gradients. [5]

Layout and Features

The Governor's Villas II building consists of 237 units spread across a twelve storey building. Appartments range from range from one, two and three bedrooms. Most of them have balconies that offer great views of the water, the city and False creek. There are also some penthouse suite.


They all feature an open layout, come with a variety of features, such as stainless steel appliances, designer cabinetry, granite counter tops, and porcelain tiles in the bathroom. Other features include blind window shades and high ceilings. Their gourmet kitchen feature high end appliances and self-closing cabinet drawers.


Parking and bike storage is available underground at ground level.


Floor Plans

The Governor's Villas II building is home to one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as penthouses. The are various floor plans for its many apartments. Below is an example of a typical floor plate as well as the floor plan for a one bedroom apartment.

Amenities

The many amenities at the Governor's Villas II Include:

  • Bike Room
  • Exercise Centre
  • In Suite Laundry
  • Playground
  • Indoor Pool
  • Change Rooms
  • Whirlpool
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • Wheelchair Access


Bylaws

Governor's Villas II Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Pets are allowed with restrictions
  • Barbecues are permitted
  • No age restrictions are applied
  • Rentals are allowed with restrictions

Sustainability

Though the Governor's Villas II was built in a decade where sustainability was not as widely discussed as it is now, its proximity to transit and many amenities allows its residents to minimize their carbon footprint by walking to do their daily errands and commuting to work.

Additionally, the building is a participant in Metro Vancouver's recycling program which separates mixed paper, newsprint, plastic, metal, cardboard and glass.[6]


Trivia

124th Anniversary of CPR Engine 374 – May 22nd 2011
  • Engine 374, exhibited at the Roundhouse Community Center, pulled the first passenger train to enter Vancouver on May 23, 1887. It sat lonely and deteriorating in Kitsilano Park for many years until train lovers rescued and restored it in time for Expo 86.
  • Caprica, a spin-off prequel of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, was shot in and around Vancouver. In the pilot, most of the buildings seen in the background are the real constructs from the city, although several shots are augmented using CG imagery. Many of the external scenes were filmed in the Yaletown area of the city, including one distinctive shot of the old railway turntable next to the Roundhouse at Davie and Pacific.[7]
  • Yaletown got its name in the nineteenth century when the Canadian Pacific Railroad moved its rail yards and repair facilities from Yale, in the Fraser River canyon, to the new Yaletown on the north shore of False Creek.

References

  1. Concord Pacific
  2. Governor's Villa II on Vancouver Condos
  3. Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
  4. Foundation Types on Home Tips
  5. Rain Screen
  6. Metro Vancouver recycling program
  7. Caprica on Wikipedia


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