Harbour Cove

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Harbour Cove

Harbor cove overlooks the marina, offering brilliant views to all the residents
Building Information
Developer Wynford Group
Management Company Wynford Group
Number of Units 304
Number of Floors 12
Year Built 1982 - 1986
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar and gravel
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1470 Pennyfarthing Drive
Distance to Public Transit Within a 5 minute walking distance
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning FCCDD
Title of Land Condominium



Harbour Cove is located just steps away from the famous Granville Island.

All of Vancouver was originally called Granville until it was renamed in 1889. False Creek was twice the size it is today during the late 19th century. It had many tidal flats and sand bars. One of the sand bars spanned the original Granville Bridge, which is now Granville Island. In order to stabilize the sandbar, piles were drilled around the perimeter.

In 1915 a commission was approved the reclaim the False Creek area as an industrial area. A 35 Acre Island was to be built, and almost a million cubic yards of land fill created the island under the bridge costing $324,000.

The very first inhabitant on the island was BC Equipment Ltd. Today, that same building is houses the Granville Island Public Market.

Emily Carr University of Art and Design located on Granville Island in 1980

During the great depression, several shanty towns located themselves on the False Creek Flats. The homeless would live on the island, in the town, or in the float-houses and lived off of selling salmon, smelt, and wood door to door. Several sawmills shut down around the area, but Granville Island was still thriving. In 1949, an eviction notice was issued to the seven hundred people in the shanty towns when a typhoid scare and murder made the city realize the area had to be cleaned up.

During the post-war period, the industrial need declined, and the factories became oily and dirty, making them a fire hazard. The factories disposed of their waste into the waters, and the tenants were paying the lowest rent rates in order to keep their business alive. Since the area was becoming a ghost town, a decision was made to fill in the remainder of False Creek and have Granville Island locked onto the land. For $50 million the creek was saved.

In 1950, a brand new eight lane bridge replaced the 1909 original Granville bridge.

The island was once again at risk when fire burned factory after factory to the ground. Instead of rebuilding, the owners quit all together or relocated. Soon there were more vacant lots than occupied ones.

In 1970 the federal government redeveloped the site at the cost of $19 million. Now, it is a people friendly area with many attractions including a large public market, marina, hotel and many craft stores.[1]


Vancouver's Seawall in the Stanley Park area

The building is located near Granville Island, the Island Market, theatres, restaurants, cafes, shopping, Seawall and the False Creek Ferry.

It sits right on a Marina, so residents enjoy spectacular views and those who enjoy being on the water have a place to park their yacht.[2]

The area has recently been named the Armoury District. It is considered to be one of Vancouver's trendy neighborhoods, attracting artists, architects, and interior designers. Over the years, the area had been referred to as Fairview Slopes, Kitsilano and Granville Island-adjacent.

Residents got together and decided the Armoury Distract was an adoptable day, and they hope that one day, Vancouver City hall will recognize the area as a distinct neighborhood.[3]


Brick veneer exterior corner of Harbour Cove

The building is a concrete structure with a brick veneer finish.

Concrete has always been a very popular building material in British Columbia and is used on all buildings greater that four levels due to code requirement, and it is used for all foundation systems.

It is possible to build up to nine stories with a wood material. Cross-laminated timber is an engineered wood, but while those practices are currently popular in Europe, engineers in British Columbia are skeptical about the idea.

Vancouver experimented with this engineering innovation when the Richmond Olympic Oval ice-rink was constructed for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Beams were capable of spanning much further than they would be if they had been concrete or steel, so now some engineers are having second thoughts and may be giving Cross-laminated timber a second chance.

Unlike concrete, which is very brittle, wood has a certain amount of elastic flex to it, and even after it reaches the maximum of its elastic strength, it has some inelastic strength. This means it holds up much better in an earthquake because it is capable of absorbing some of the forces. It is also a heavy timber, so therefore, unlike light timber, it is considered fire resistant.

The first phase of Harbour Cove building was constructed in 1982. The building has 12 stories and contains 124 units.

Phase Number Two was delayed three years and was completed in 1985. It has 10 stories, with 90 suites.[4]

In 1986, the third and final phase of the project was finished. It stands 8 stories and holds 120 units, with two-level top floor penthouses.[5]

Layout and Features

The maintenance fees cover caretakers, gardening, garbage pickup, hot water, management services, and the recreation facility.

Originally, the one and two bedroom apartments offered an in-suite washer and dryer, a range oven, sinks with a garburator, a dishwasher, a trash compactor, and a refrigerator with an ice maker. Some suites have decks with sunrooms.[6]

Since the suites were sold to the very first owners, renovations have taken place in many of the units.

Some suites feature a terrace, open floor plans, a chef's kitchen, a limestone staircase, a wine cooler, a wet bar, laundry washer and dryer, a dishwasher, a garage door opener, a built in oven, a range, and a refrigerator. [7]

Others units may have views of Bowen island, renovated kitchens with granite counter tops, and hardwood flooring. [8]

In addition, some suites might have a solarium, hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, floor to ceiling windows, and views of the city, mountains, and the ocean.

The exterior grounds are abundant with landscaped gardens, fountains, park benches and an outdoor patio off the pool area.

Floor Plans


Amenities are charming, they include:

  • pool
  • jacuzzi
  • sauna
  • racquetball and squash courts
  • exercise room
  • library
  • party room
  • bike room
  • indoor golf tee
  • storage lockers
  • meeting rooms
  • club house


Harbour Cove Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets No

  • Pets are not allowed
  • Rentals are not restricted


BC Hydro's wind turbines

This building was not designed with green technologies, but it does have a few unintentional features that make it green.

Since it is constructed out of concrete, which is a readily available product in British Columbia, there is not as much exhaust emitted by the production of concrete as there would be if it had been made of steel. Also, the gardens create green space which the city is lacking.

By having green space, we reduce the heat-island effect and improve the environment for the entire community.

20% of British Columbia's energy comes from Independent Power Producers. An IPP is a clean source of energy that uses wind, water, biomass, and waste heat to generate electricity.[9]


Harbour Seal
  • The Granville Island market has over 50 permanent retail shops and over 100 day vendors.
  • The Sea Wall is a 22 kilometer path that follows urban Vancouver's shoreline.
  • False Creek area is known for its marine activities such as dragon boating, canoeing, kayaking, Aquabus ferries, charter ships, and pleasure craft.
  • Since the industrial nature of Granville has been cleaned up, wildlife such as cormorants, ducks, herons, kingfishers, owls, geese, crows, seagulls and harbour seals have returned. In 2010, a grey whale entered the Harbour.[10]


  1. Wikipedia - Granville Island
  2. Harbour Cove website
  3. BC Living - Armoury District
  4. Harbour Cove
  5. BC Condos - Harbour Cove
  6. Harbour Cove - Promotional Brochure
  7. Heather Jones Properties - 76 Heather
  8. Houses in Vancouver
  9. BC Hydro - "How Power is Acquired"
  10. Wikipedia - False Creek

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