Granville Island Village

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1345 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Granville Island Village
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Exterior shot of Granville Island Village
Building Information
Management Company Ascent
Number of Units 146
Number of Floors 3
Year Built 1985
Construction Method Wood Frame
Type of Roof Tar and gravel
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1345 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 20 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning FCCDD
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Granville Island in 1922


Granville Island Village is a three story strata that's not actually located on Granville Island, but near enough so that its name isn't too misleading. This wood frame building was constructed in 1985 and features 146 townhouse style homes.

Granville Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vancouver. In the city's earlier days, however, it was a light manufacturing district with factories and warehouses. These relics from an industrial age are still present today, but are recycled as artists' shops, studios, a brewery, food market, and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

The public market featuring a farmers' market and arts and crafts vendors is undoubtedly Granville Island's most attractive feature. Granville Island opened to the public in 1978. Prior to this, Vancouver had no central food market. The federal government made the island into a shopping and cultural destination along with the redevelopment of False Creek to prepare for Expo '86, the largest international event in Vancouver's history before the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Granville Island is an artificial island at the south end of the Granville Street Bridge. It's is only a five minute walk from Granville Island Village to the entrance of the island.[1]


Location

Granville Island Village is located on 1345 West 4th Ave, which converges with West 6th Avenue and Birch Street. As mentioned above, this is a prime location to walk to Granville Island where residents can buy fresh, local produce and handmade goods from the public and farmer's market.

Granville Island entrance

Situated near Granville Street Bridge, there is a lot of traffic going to and from downtown. To the west of the bridge, West 4th Avenue is a main shopping and dining area in the trendy Kitsilano neighbourhood. Residents of Granville Island Village also have close access to numerous parks and walkways, such as Sutcliffe Park, Choklit Park, Granville Loop Park, and the large Charleson Park. South Granville Street lies just southwest of the condominium, offering over 15 art galleries, clothing stores, pubs, restaurants, and the Stanley Theatre for entertainment.[2]

The two closest coffee shops to Granville Island Village take a very different approach to their names: Innocent Coffee or Wicked Cafe. Depending on what kind of mood residents are feeling may be the deciding factor on which one to step into. Dean's Food Store is the nearest grocery store. There are many places to grab food and drinks on Granville Island - some popular ones include Bridges, Dockside, and Cats Social House. An Aquabus ferry can transport visitors from Granville Island to downtown Vancouver if they prefer an alternative to busing or driving over the bridge. Excursions around scenic False Creek are also available at the Aquabus ferry terminal.

Other nearby attractions to walk to include Science World and the Olympic Village where athletes from all over the world stayed for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The Village boasts public art, restaurants, cafes, walking and cycling routes, and the Olympic Village Canada Line SkyTrain station.

Construction

Granville Island Village has a wood frame construction dating from 1985 with a stucco finish. The condominium is a low-rise building with only three stories. The entranceway has a large, triangular-shaped pediment that echoes the triangular roofs of the townhouses. The roof is made of tar and gravel. The exterior of Granville Island Village boasts a soft grey facade. The ground-level suites feature patios and the second and third floors have balconies, some two. Underground parking is available for each suite.

Layout and Features

The 146 suites at Granville Island Village typically have two to three bedrooms with a two-floor layout. Residents in homes on the ground floor can take advantage of large patios, while residents on the other floors can enjoy mountain and city views from their balconies, in addition to barbecuing when the weather is warm. With large windows and vaulted ceilings, there is plenty of sunlight and space to these suites.

Units feature laminate or hardwood flooring and granite counter tops with in-suite laundry. Individual owners can make upgrades.[3][4]

Each suite gets a parking stall in the secure underground parking lot and storage lockers are rented on a first-come, first-served basis.

Floor Plans

Below shows a sample floor plan at Granville Island Village:

Amenities

Here is a list of amenities offered at Granville Island Village:

  • bike storage
  • elevator
  • in-suite laundry
  • storage lockers for rent
  • underground parking
  • city and mountain views
  • balconies
  • common courtyard


Bylaws

Granville Island Village Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


Granville Island Village is a pet-friendly community.

The strata also allows barbecues and rentals, and does not place age restrictions on ownership.

Sustainability

Modern upgrades have been done to Granville Island Village since its construction in 1985, in large part due to the building's active strata council.

Over the past few years, the building became fitted with a rainscreen, new windows, decks and siding.[3] The condominium was completely repiped in 2006.[5]

For a complete list of project updates, visit the strata council website in the References section below.[6]

The high walkability of this West side neighbourhood and easy transit access provides another environmentally-friendly feature in the building's favour.

Trivia

Concrete plant on Granville Island
  • Granville Island was originally named Industrial Island, a fitting label given its use as an industrial manufacturing site. It was created with 1 million cubic yards of fill dredged from the surrounding waters of False Creek. A concrete plant is still operating on the site today. This plant and a machine shop are the last vestiges of industry on what Project for Public Spaces named "One of the World's Great Places" in 2004.[7]
  • Granville Island is the location for Vancouver author William Gibson's science-fiction story "The Winter Market." The story's theme of recycling garbage or junk into cultural and economic capital ties into the history of Granville Island, which Paul Delany describes in the following way: “The success of Granville Island has been based on its mixture of uses and its (post)modernisation of existing buildings. Post-industrial society can afford to feel nostalgic about factories: abandoned machines and structures are not experienced as mere junk, but rather as relics of an heroic age when goods were hammered out, with toil and skill, from recalcitrant materials.”[1]
  • Those who like having real Christmas trees during the holiday season may be deterred from living at Granville Island Village as the building is a wood frame construction and only allows artificial trees.[8]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Article by Paul Delany
  2. Walk Score
  3. 3.0 3.1 Luise Realty
  4. Wendy Hunter Realty
  5. Van City Condo
  6. Granville Island Village
  7. Wikipedia-Granville Island
  8. Granville Island Village Strata Council


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