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1280 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC


An exterior shot of Grace, on 1280 Richards Street in Vancouver, B.C.
Building Information
Developer James Schouw & Associates
Architect Merrick Architecture
Management Company National Pacific Real Estate Services Inc.
Number of Units 71
Number of Floors 30
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1280 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Bus and Skytrain nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (182)
Title of Land Strata



Constructed in 2008, Grace is a 30 floor, 71 unit complex that epitomizes the kind of living space desired by Vancouver sophisticates. Located in the heart of Vancouver's famed Yaletown district and designed by Merrick Architecture, the building has a classical European influence about it, making it an exceptionally striking building in a region already filled with exceptionally striking buildings. With plenty of amenities within the building and plenty of shopping and sights outside of it, there is no doubt that Grace counts itself amongst Vancouver's most desired places to live.[1]


The Skytrain in operation

The Yaletown district has long been renowned for its style and nightlife; what may surprise some is that the vibrant neighbourhood was once a drab warehouse district. The arrival of the 1986's World Fair (known colloquially to Vancouver natives simply as Expo 86) changed all that, with the area being a prime candidate for redevelopment. The next 24 years saw the formerly industrial district be filled with trendy restaurants, chic boutiques and living spaces galore, with Grace managing to stand out among them.[2]

Grace is located close to a number of bus stops, making it easy to get around. In addition, it is also in close proximity to the Skytrain, Vancouver's light rail system, named as such due to the elevated tracks utilized by the trains. There are many shops and cafes for the discerning shopper, and there are a number of schools nearby, all targeting different levels and types of education.


Built from a combination of concrete and steel with more than a little old world European design, Grace is a structure that stands out immediately when gazed upon. With architectural touches like breezeways and pillars, it can be difficult at times to remember that Grace was constructed in 2008. As classical as the exterior is, however, the interior is fully modernized and equipped for today's lifestyle, with a complete fire suppression system, full acoustic insulation, and a geothermal heating setup.[3]

Layout and Features

A snapshot of a kitchen

The 71 units at Grace come in one, two, three, and four bedroom configurations. They also come fairly well equipped, with hardwood floors, high ceilings, granite or marble counter tops, fireplaces, and floor heating in the bathrooms being only some of the unit features.

Additional features include stainless steel appliances, Kohler toilets, and built-in air conditioning. Certain units also come with balconies.

Floor Plans

Unfortunately, Grace does not currently have free floor plans accessible to the public. There is, however, video footage that provides a suitable glimpse into Grace's features and design.

[4] - View video from "References Section" at the bottom of this page.


Grace has a number of amenities available for its residents to use at their leisure:

  • Concierge
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Fitness center
  • Bike room
  • Biometric security measures for common areas
  • Playground for children


Grace Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Rentals are permitted
  • Grace is pet friendly
  • There is no age restriction on residents
  • Barbecues are allowed


While sustainability was not necessarily the absolute priority in Grace's construction, the fact remains that a number of design choices certainly reduces its negative effect on the environment. For instance, the geothermal heating system takes natural heat from the ground, thus greatly reducing the amount of energy needed to create heat during cooler seasons. In addition, the building's gardens utilize water recycling to cut down on excess water consumption. Finally, Grace's close proximity to both bus stops and the Skytrain ensures that the residents can comfortably opt against using motor vehicles to travel around Vancouver.


Developer James Schouw
  • Developer James Schouw is a noted green designer; Grace was the first building in the city to use geothermal heating
  • The yearly total reduction in energy is equivalent to taking 100 cars off the road
  • Grace was a finalist in the 2008 SPARK design awards, winner of the 2008 Georgie High Rise of the Year award, and was in the running for best multi-family housing for the SAM awards[5]


  1. Grace on
  2. Yaletown on
  3. Grace on
  4. 1280 Richards Street on Youtube
  5. American Energy Council on Grace and James Schouw

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