Ivy

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1265 Marine Drive, North Vancouver, BC

Ivy
TheIvy-Exterior.jpg

The Ivy shading the Vancouver sidewalk with timber columns supporting large overhangs, much like the ancient forests of British Columbia shading the earth below
Building Information
Developer Executive Group
Architect Chris Chung
Management Company Rancho
Number of Units 24
Number of Floors 4
Year Built 2012
Construction Method Wood Frame
Type of Roof Torch-On
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1265 Marine Drive, North Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality North Vancouver
Zoning C-9
Title of Land Freehold Strata


Contents

Background

The Ivy shares the same elegant brick facade as some of Vancouvers historic building's located in Gastown

The context of British Columbia's vast timber forests and Vancouver's historic character are tied into the design and atmosphere of the Ivy. Located in North Vancouver's somewhat dated Norgate Park neighbourhood, it stands out as a bright addition to what the areas future can become. The Ivy is a mixed use building, built in 2012 by the Executive Group of Companies. The Ivy on Marine is a "boutique" building of just 24 residential suites atop four commercial storefront spaces facing onto Marine Drive.

The Ivy draws onlookers attention with its classic heavy-timber features, angled rooflines and brick detailing. It was designed with the intent to be the exact opposite of the shapeless high-rise towers. In order to do this a west coast contemporary design was selected and perfectly represents the context of Vancouvers natural beauty and character.

Location

The Lions Gate Bridge reaching across from North Vancouver to beautiful Stanley Park

The Ivy was built at the site of what had formerly been two commercial properties; one being a veterinary clinic, and the other being a small house built in 1926, which went through various owners and uses but was probably most famous as being the location of the Moustache Cafe, long known as one of North Vancouver's finest dining choices.

Directly opposite the Ivy at 1250 Marine Drive is Pemberton Plaza, a strip mall which includes restaurants, a bank, liquor store, coffee shop and a Save On Foods.

The Ivy is located just eight blocks from Vancouver's iconic Lions Gate Bridge and access to downtown.

There are bus stops within walking distance of the Ivy, including an Eastbound stop located directly out front.[1]

Construction

The Ivy during the construction phase

The Ivy was designed by Vancouver architect Chris Chung, of CMTC Architect Inc. It is a west coast contemporary design, fitting with the guidelines laid down by the District of North Vancouver's Marine Drive Task Force.

It is built on a concrete perimeter, containing the commercial units for fire seperation. The residential portion is constructed with wood-frame.

The exterior of the building is a mix of Hardieplank and brick veneer with rain screen technologies. Cedar details add a natural and contrasting appearance making it an attractive building.

Layout and Features

Features in the units include wood laminate flooring, electric fireplaces with concrete surround, 9 - 14 foot high ceilings, imported floor tiles, stain resistant carpeting, wood baseboards and outdoor balconies and patios.

The bathrooms feature an under-mount vanity basin, wood laminate cabinetry with brushed metal hardware, a glass and chrome light bar, an oversized vanity mirror, limestone counter tops, a deep soaker tub, limestone mosaic wall tile, and porcelain floor tiles.

The kitchen features tiled walls, wood laminate cabinetry with brushed metal hardware, a breakfast bar, large single bowl sink with in sink waste disposal, energy efficient stainless steel appliances, glass back splash, and granite counter tops.

There is also and advanced security system, sprinklers, fully secured underground visitor and resident parking, smoke detectors, and security camera entrance to ensure the safety of everyone. [2]

Floor Plans

The Ivy features four commercial storefronts on Marine Drive, ranging from 1,240 square feet to 2,140 square feet. There are eight units on each of the residential floors for a total of 24; twelve one bedrooms of approximately 652 square feet, three one bedroom and dens of approximately 720 square feet, and nine one bedroom units ranging from 844 to 907 square feet. All of the one bedroom units face South onto the alley, while all the larger units face Marine Drive.

Six out of the eight second level units feature abnormally large outdoor balconies, ranging from 235 to 582 square feet, while four of the top-floor suites feature 12 to 14 foot vaulted ceilings.


Amenities

Amenities at the Ivy include:[3] [4]

  • landscaped courtyard
  • wellness center - featuring a yoga studio
  • underground parking
  • bike lockers
  • additional storage
  • courtyard/terrace
  • in-suite laundry
  • wheelchair access

Bylaws

Ivy Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


The Developer's Disclosure Statement currently allows for unrestricted rentals.

There are no restrictions on an occupant's or owners age.

Occupants may have up to two pets although dogs may not weigh more than 30 pounds.

There is no restriction on patio barbecues.


Sustainability

The Ivy features double-glazed vinyl windows for heat retention. Less heat escaping or entering the building means less energy is needed for heating and air condtioning.

All suites come with a package of GE Energy Star appliances.

It's location at 1200-block Marine Drive makes it a prime location for using public transit - with many east-west bus routes offered along Marine. Using public transit and other alternative forms of transportation improves the health of the entire community by helping to prevent pollutants form effecting the air quality.

Additionally, the flat topography of the Norgate neighbourhood and proximity to Lions Gate bridge position the Ivy perfectly for even a novice bicycle commuter to access downtown Vancouver readily. The Ivy will come with bicycle storage.

Vancouver encourages sustainable living. They have helpful tips on their website informing people of simple ways to improve the city and make it a greener area. Some of their tips are:

  • reduce energy used for heating water, do laundry with cold water
  • be mindful of groceries that come in recyclable packaging
  • try to keep errands local, reduced travel distance means reduced exhaust emissions[5]

Trivia

The original home built at the site of Ivy in 1926 - since demolished
  • During its opening for pre-sales, the Executive Group used the small existing house at the site of the Ivy as its show home. The building had formerly served as a number of restaurants and other business ventures since about 1980.
  • Ironically, the house was built in 1926 to serve as the home office of Whitaker & Whitaker - an early North Vancouver realty company. Thus, the small home ended its 85-year old life exactly as it had begun; as a real estate sales office!


References

  1. Walk Score
  2. The Ivy at Marine
  3. The Ivy Living
  4. Progressive Vancouver
  5. Vancouver - Tips for Sustainable Living


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