Heather at Tapestry

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2851 Heather Street, Vancouver, BC

Heather at Tapestry
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Heather at Tapestry (East Tower)
Building Information
Developer Concert Properties
Number of Units 144
Number of Floors 10
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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2851 Heather Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 10 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Bird's eye view of Tapestry complex


Heather at Tapestry (East Tower), also called The Heather, is a ten-story mid-rise building that is part of the large Tapestry development in the Fairview neighbourhood of Vancouver. The other building is a six-story low-rise called Avenue located at 750 West 12th Avenue. The Heather building is located on 2851 Heather Street.

The overall development seen from above in the picture shows the amount of green space surrounding this development that takes up almost half a city block betwen West 12th and West 13th Avenues.[1] Combined, the Heather building and the Avenue building have 230 units. 144 are located in the Heather building.

Concert Properties is the developer of this freehold strata. There have a few other developments bearing the name "Tapestry" in Vancouver that residents should be aware of lest they find themselves unintentionally in the market for a seniors' retirement community. Concert Properties also developed "Tapestry at Westbrook Village," which is an independent retirement residence at the University of British Columbia and "Tapestry at Arbutus Walk," another retirement home located in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood.[2]

Location

Heather at Tapestry is nestled between West 12th and West 13th Avenues. This picturesque neighbourhood called Fairview is filled with many tree-lined streets and parks, such as Willow Park, Heather Park, Charleson Park, Douglas Park, and Choklit Park. The Tapestry development has a large park right on the grounds, offering residents an easy getaway for some fresh air and relaxation.

The largest and most notable building in the area just steps from the strata is the Vancouver General Hospital, founded in 1906 and the second largest hospital in Canada after The Ottawa Hospital. The Jim Pattison Pavilion houses the Sassafras Cafeteria on the second floor and a café called Café Ami at its main entrance.[3]

Heather at Tapestry is walking distance to theatres, pubs, restaurants, City Square Shopping Centre, shops on Cambie Street, and the Canada Line SkyTrain at Broadway-City Hall.[4]

Construction

The Heather facade reflects Art Moderne design with horizontal lines and curving forms

The Heather building is a solid concrete building with a long and curvy entrance at street level that references the 1940s Art Moderne facade of the original Nurses' Residence at the Vancouver General Hospital on West 12th Avenue and Heather Street.[5] Heather at Tapestry was nominated for a Georgie award (named after Captain George Vancouver) for Best Multi-Family Development High Rise.[6] While developed by esteemed Vancouver developer Concert, Heather at Tapestry has the distinction of being the product of another respectable developer as well - Bosa Development acted as general contractor for the project.

Layout and Features

The 144 units at Heather at Tapestry range from studios to two bedrooms. There are eight penthouse suites with a similar number of bedrooms (two plus a den), but their boasting feature is a private rooftop deck.

The suites are open-concept with high ceilings, hardwood floors, in-suite laundry and walk-in storage space. Most units have a large and covered entertainment-sized balcony offering great park, mountain, or city views.

The modern kitchens come with marble counters and stainless steel appliances. The spa-like bathroom has ceramic tile floor, a deep soaker tub, and stone counter tops.[1]

Floor Plans

Here are two floor plans publicly available for Heather at Tapestry:

Amenities

Heather at Tapestry offers the following amenities:

  • amenity room
  • large park with children's playground
  • bike storage
  • club house
  • day care
  • secure parking with space for visitor parking
  • balconies with views of West Side and downtown skyline
  • billiards/table tennis room
  • storage

Bylaws

Heather at Tapestry Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



Pets and rentals are allowed with restrictions. There is no age restriction.

Sustainability

While no specific sustainability features are listed for The Heather building, on the developer's website, they state that every project they undertake "is benchmarked against LEED and other industry-leading standards of sustainability."[7] The Tapestry at Westbrook Village won the coveted Sustainable and Innovative Community Georgie Award.[8] Residents of The Heather can take advantage of the large outdoor green space joined to their complex and their central location for daily errands.

Trivia

Art in a hospital space

The Vancouver City Hospital Training School for Nurses opened in 1899 with their residence located on 12th Avenue and Heather Street. Their uniforms consisted of blue cotton dresses with a long white apron. The last Vancouver General Hospital class graduated in 1991 as subsequent students graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia.[9]

Today VGH is referred to as the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation because of the close teaching, working, and research relationship between the hospital and the school. VGH is affiliated with the UBC Faculty of Medicine and houses teaching space for third and fourth year medical students as well as postgraduate residents.[3]

A little known fact about the Vancouver General Hospital is that they have an art collection with over 1200 works including pieces by famous Vancouver artists Jack Shadbolt and Gordon Smith. Public tours are offered of the collection every Wednesday night.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wayne Pasco
  2. Discover Tapestry
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wikipedia-Vancouver General Hospital
  4. Walk Score
  5. Concert Properties
  6. Concert Properties-Media
  7. Concert Properties-Sustainability
  8. Vancouver Sun
  9. VGH School of Nursing


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