Imperial Tower

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811 Helmcken Street, Vancouver, BC

Imperial Tower

Imperial Tower, located in Downtown Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Jakin Group
Architect Buttjes Architecture
Management Company Kyle Properties
Number of Units 129
Number of Floors 20
Year Built 1995
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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811 Helmcken Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than a block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Condominium



Imperial Tower places residents in the heart of downtown. Its address on Helmcken and Howe Streets is close to both downtown's business district, as well as the Granville Entertainment District. It's hard to talk about Vancouver without bringing up its acclaimed scenery. Vancouver has some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. Its combination of ocean shores with towering mountains truly has to be seen to be believed.

Imperial Tower is located on the corner of Hornby and Howe Street
Potential condominium buyers have an array of options if they are considering living in downtown Vancouver.

This urban centre is home to countless developments and has become the epicentre of condominium living in Vancouver. Since the 1986 Exposition, Vancouver's Transportation and Communications World's Fair event, the downtown core has been reconfigured to cater to the condominium lifestyle.

This is perfect since it enables residents to live work and play within the proximity of their residence, often without the use of a car. This revered city has many places to live, each with their own characteristics.

While it's impossible to have it all, downtown provides the best of all worlds by giving its residents scenery, entertainment, and culture all within a very walk-able city centre. All transit routes, including the SkyTrain and Canada Line, depart from downtown allowing easy access to all of the lower mainland, and the rest of Metro-Vancouver.[1]


The City of Vancouver is Canada's third largest behind Toronto and Montreal. Unlike these two other cities, it is located on the Pacific Ocean, making it a true maritime city. Many Vancouverites will claim that the ocean is their favorite feature. This is hard to contest since it gives Vancouver a true beach scene, brings mild weather year around and gives the city a relaxed feel. Though this last feature can be attributed to the province of British Columbia since it is as widely known for its relaxed attitude as it is for its beautiful scenery.

The mountains also give the city its venerable alpine culture and acts as a gateway to some of the world's best skiing, climbing, and mountain trails for hiking and biking. As a result, this city attracts new citizens from far and wide and they have brought their culinary expertise with them. Residents of Imperial Tower will enjoy some of the best cooking on this side of the country. Emphasis is placed on seafood and a wide assortment of Japanese cuisine. Sushi is a particular local favorite.

Imperial Tower places residents in the heart of the action. Close to work, entertainment, beaches and the best of everything else this city has to offer. It is hard to be particularly critical about living in downtown. Of course, it's going to have the noise associated with living in a large city. This is a small price to pay to live in the centre of a city that is considered one of the most livable in the entire world. [2]


Imperial Tower 811 Helmcken Street Downtown Vancouver Condos.jpg

Construction of the Imperial Tower was completed in 1995. It is a 20 story concrete structure with a total of 129 units.

Units in the building consist of one or two bedrooms. Its unique design has some units featuring balconies while others have solaria incorporated into their design. Imperial Tower also has an exterior facade of stucco and porcelain tiles.

The building's most notable mark on the Vancouver skyline is its red roof. This roof stands out from the sea of glass towers that dominate downtown Vancouver.

In total, the building offers 102,500 square feet of residential floor space and another 2,500 square feet of retail space. [3]

Layout and Features


  • Granite counter tops
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Open kitchens
  • Porcelain tiled bathrooms

Floor Plans

[4] - A video tour reviewing one of the layouts is presented in the References Section of this page.


Amenities at Imperial Tower include:

  • Fitness centre
  • Sauna
  • Billiards room
  • Bike room


Imperial Tower Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Pets are welcome at Imperial Tower
  • Rentals are permitted
  • There are no age restrictions on the sale or rental of units at Imperial Tower
  • Barbecues are permitted
  • Imperial Tower is a non-smoking building


Imperial Tower was built in 1995 before sustainable building practices became widely adopted. However, Imperial Tower has some "Green" redeeming qualities. Its location downtown enables residents complete access to all shops and other neighbourhood amenities in a major city without having to drive.

Imperial Tower is also close to all forms of public transit offered by TransLink, the lower mainland's public transit provider. This enables residents further access without a vehicle.

Metro Vancouver's goal is to reduce the amount of material they send to landfills in half by 2020. Residents can help achieve this goal by using the recycling receptacle bins located at Imperial Tower. [5]


  • The Granville Street Bridge, just a few blocks from Imperial Tower is an impressive portion of Highway 99
    The Granville Street Bridge not far from Imperial Tower is an eight lane behemoth of a bridge that towers 30 metres above False Creek. The bridge opened in 1954 when it was believed that the automobile would lead the way for modern transportation. Engineers also designed the bridge to allow clearance for the biggest ships of its day since it was thought that False Creek would be used as a deep water port. In the end none of this predictions came to fruition. Still, the Granville Street Bridge is an impressive city landmark. [6]
  • Imperial Tower is located on Howe Street which is part of Highway 99. This highway takes motorists all the way from the American border up into the Sea to Sky Corridor and beyond. The route has a number of engineering marvels constructed to overcome the numerous natural obstacles that Highway 99 bypasses. For instance the George Massey Tunnel takes motorists below the depths of the Fraser River while the Lions Gate Bridge takes them high above the Burrard Inlet.


  1. Les Twarog
  2. Vancouver Condos
  3. Jakin Group of Companies
  4. Video Tour
  5. City of Vancouver Recycling
  6. South Granville

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