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288 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC


James at False Creek
Building Information
Developer Cressey Development
Architect Foad Rafii
Number of Units 155
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 2012
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof ?
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288 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 50 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning FCCDD Comprehensive Development District(False Creek - South Side)
Title of Land Freehold Strata



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The James is a 17-storey building located at 288 West First Avenue in the Southeast False Creek area of Vancouver. It is a freehold strata with 155 designer homes, including condominiums, lofts, town houses, and penthouses. It has many luxurious amenities the most prominent being “UP”, a tree-lined landscape rooftop terrace that is over 5,000 sq/ft.

James at False Creek was built in 2012 by Cressey Development Group, a locally owned company best known for its condo projects, but has also built retail, office, resort, hotel, industrial, and rental-apartment projects. The building was designed by Rafii Architects and its interiors were conceived by Insight Design Group both, award winning Vancouver based companies.

The James was named after James S. Doherty who was the owner of Progressive Engineering, a company that supplied deck equipment for over 200 Canadian Navy Vessels during World War Two. By using the owner's first name the Cressey Development Group wanted to pay homage to False Creek’s rich industrial history. [1]

Located on First and Crowne, the building is five minutes to the Canada Line, close to downtown and the athletes’ village. It is also right next to the Seawall which connects to Granville Island and the revitalized Cambie Village, a neighborhood that has seen many changes over the years. The James is located in a diverse neighborhood designed to please ecologically sensitive residents who would rather bike or stroll along the waterfront rather than use their cars.


James at Sunset

Southeast False Creek is bordered by Cambie and Main Streets, West 2nd Avenue, and False Creek. Focused on residential housing, it is designed as a mixed-use community with a population between 11,000 and 13,000 people. It is home to the 2010 Olympic Village, a 600,000 square foot (56,000 m²) village with over 600 units. It housed over 2,800 athletes, coaches, and officials during the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics Games hosted in Vancouver. At its eastern end is Science World, a science center run by a not-for-profit organization that also run a variety of outreach programs all over the Province.

False Creek is a short inlet located in between the Burrard Street Bridge and Science World. It was named in 1960 by George Henry Richards, a Hydrographer to the British Admiralty during his hydro-graphic survey. The inlet formerly ran to Clark Drive but to create new land for their yards, the Great Northern Railway and Canadian Northern Pacific Railway filled it in during World War I. Home to many major Canadian railways terminus, sawmills, small port operations, foundries, shipbuilding, metalworking, salt distribution, warehousing, and the city’s public works yard, False Creek was Vancouver’s industrial core well into the 1950s. But as industries began to leave in the 1960s with no replacement, the neighbourhood began to decline.

Its re-development to become the more livable and diverse populous residential area that we know today, began in the 1970s. In 1986, False Creek’s North Shore was the center stage of Expo 86 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication. In 2011 a new ferry dock was built in False Creek right next to the Creekside Community Centre. The new dock connects to five points around False Creek and English Bay, providing access to non-motorized boats.

With its proximity to downtown and the waterfront, the James is considered very walk-able. It is located five minutes to the Main Street-Science World SkyTrain to the east and Olympic Village Canada Line station to the west. It is steps away from the retail hub which includes Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Winners, BC liquor stores, Whole Foods and many others. The building has walkways and bike trails at it’s steps, a community centre and the seawall which is used daily by countless cyclists and pedestrians.


James During Construction

The construction of the James was finished in 2012. It is a 17-story concrete building that harbours a landscaped community, engineered hardwood flooring, granite inserts, water features and a breezeway. A breezeway is an architectural feature similar to a hallway that allows the passage of a breeze between structures to accommodate high winds, allow aeration, or provide aesthetic design variation.

Most of the time it, is a roof connecting two structures and sometimes it can be similar to a tunnel with windows on either side. It may also refer to a hallway between two wings of a larger building that lacks heating and cooling but allows sheltered passage. They are often seen in hospitals and big shopping centers. [2]

Kitchens at the James come with standard task lighting, quartz counter tops and islands with breakfast bars. The bathrooms and master en-suites feature porcelain tile tubs and shower surrounds. Dens have frosted-glass pocket doors. Each unit has a standard built-in entertainment unit to hide the television.

The building also has a 5000 square feet landscaped tree lined rooftop patio that has garden plots & shed and a large children’s play area. It is located in the Southeast False Creek development project which sole purpose is to turn the neighbourhood into a leading model of sustainable development. It features efficient energy solutions and high performance green buildings.

Layout and Features

Every home at James has a balcony, air conditioning and energy efficient stacking washer and dryer. The suites have five inch wide plank brushed engineered hardwood entry, kitchen, dining, living and bedrooms and and in-suite storage with porcelain tile flooring. Additionally, the building has 24 hour video surveillance security.

Here are some additional features:


  • Luxurious limestone counter tops and back splash in the bathrooms
  • 12" x 24" porcelain tile flooring in bathrooms
  • Designer porcelain tile tub and shower surround
  • Custom medicine cabinet
  • Dual flush toilet


  • Contemporary cabinetry with task lighting
  • Composite stone counter tops and back splash with eating bar
  • Suspended back splash track including spice rack and utensil hooks
  • Aluminum roll-up door for hiding appliances or extra counter top space
  • Stainless steel double bowl sink with in-sink waste disposal
  • Designer faucet with vegetable spray
  • Wine storage shelving in island
  • Fully integrated Blomberg bottom freezer refrigerator
  • Fagor 5 burner gas cook top
  • Fagor European convection wall oven with 8 cooking programs
  • Panasonic built-in microwave

Floor Plans

There are 155 floor plans for the James including condos, lofts, town houses, and penthouses. With suites ranging from 553 to 1,449 square feet. Price range for these units varied between $379,900 and $1,299,900 in 2012.


The James at False Creek has many luxurious amenities:

  • Fully equipped fitness Center
  • Yoga studio
  • Steam room / Sauna
  • "UP" lounge: 5,000 square foot tree lined rooftop terrace and lounge with a secure children's play area fully equipped outdoor kitchen and community gardening plots
  • Concierge service which includes dry cleaning service, mail and courier service, party planning, key-holding
  • Business center with white board, boardroom seating and full wireless access
  • Thoughtful car share program


James Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues yes

  • This building allows pets
  • Rentals are allowed
  • There is no age restrictions
  • Barbecues are allowed[3]


The James has environmentally sensitive design elements and progressive community-building features. There is a geothermal heating system and the gardens utilize water recycling. It's proximity to over 50 transit options, participation in a Co-op car-share program and energy efficient appliances makes it a 'green building'.

A green building strategy has been adopted for Southeast False Creek, requiring all buildings on City lands to be built to a minimum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver standard. The Olympic Village is one of the greenest communities in the world, making Vancouver a leader in sustainable development.

Southeast False Creek committed to meeting the LEED Silver standard, with the goal of achieving the Gold standard. The development surpassed this goal by becoming the second neighbourhood in the world to meet the Platinum standard in 2011. By 2020, Southeast False Creek will be home to 12,000-16,000 people and will have six million square feet of development.[4]

Some of Southeast False Creek's green features are:

  • Urban agriculture
  • Green roofs
  • A man-made habitat island with inter-tidal pools has inspired a rejuvenation of sea life, with spawning herring
  • Seaside green-ways and bike-ways
  • Rainwater management systems with a 50% reduction in water consumption through the re-use of rainwater
  • The neighbourhood energy system, an environmentally friendly community energy system that will provide space heating and domestic hot water to all buildings in the area



Coughlan’s shipyard
  • During the First World War, the city block at the foot of Columbia Street (the Canron site) was home to Coughlan’s shipyard, where a large contract to build 8,800 ton naval ships made the company Vancouver’s largest employer in 1918. Here 2,000 Vancouverites fought the war on the home front, toiling amidst great noise and smoke to produce the largest tonnage of steel ships in the British Empire.
  • In the 1890s the city’s residential development first spilled south over False Creek, creating the city’s first suburb, Mount Pleasant, but its shoreline was still not yet built upon.
  • In 1931 the Vancouver Salt Company constructed a one-time salt refinery-turned-paper-shredding and recycling plant at the foot of Manitoba Street. That same building was given a third life when it was converted into community gathering place with a bakery, a coffee shop, a restaurant and a brew pub and is now referred to asThe Salt Building


  1. False Creek Real Estate
  2. Breezeway on Wikipedia
  3. The James on Condoinvancouver.ca
  4. Southeast False Creek on Vancouver.ca
  5. The James on Cressey

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