Kings Landing

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  • 1515 Homer Mews, Vancouver, BC
  • 420 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC
  • 426 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC
  • 428 Beach Crescent, Vancouver, BC
Kings Landing
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Kings Landing complex
Building Information
Developer Concord Pacific
Architect James Cheng
Management Company Rancho Property Management
Number of Units 158
Number of Floors 18
Year Built 2005
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1515 Homer Mews, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less then a block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning RS-1
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The City of Vancouver historic map

Kings landing is composed of four buildings, three being low-rise and one high-rise, that make up the 158 units.

Yale town and the rest of Vancouver, was heavily influenced by the Canadian Pacific Railway. Yale had originally been a center of the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. As the railway extended into Vancouver, many residents traveled with it and populated the area that was soon after named Yaletown.

Yaletown went through an industrial phase as the rail buildings and factories were built and operated. Many of these buildings are still present today.

There was a real estate boon in the 20th century and the area was bought by the city, After the 1986 World's Fair, the entire neighborhood became rapidly developed.[1]

Today, Yaletown still holds its historic character and is abundant in old brick buildings, and tall sleek high-rises. About 12,000 residents call Yaletown home, many of them being wealthy young people between 20 and 40. [2]


Location

Roundhouse Community Center

Kings Landing is located right on the edge of waterfront in Yaletown.

Yaletown has two parks, Coopers park and Helmeken Park. Coopers park is beautifully landscaped and right on the edge of the water. It's the perfect place to take in city and water views as well as take your dog for a walk or go for a picnic.

The most significant landmark in Yaletown is the Roundhouse Community Center, formally the terminus station of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Inside, it still holds Engine 374, the first passenger train to enter Vancouver in 1887. Also in the area is BC Place, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.[3]

The area is very walk-able and offers many restaurants and shopping so typical daily errands don't require a car. A short distance from the building is Guu Garden restaurant, Yaya's Cafe and Bubble Tea, and Ash market groceries. Robson Street is just a short distance away and offers some of Vancouver's most high-end shopping. [4]

Construction

Kings landing began in 2003 and was completed in 2005. It was constructed with a concrete structure supported by a concrete perimeter foundation.

The exterior is composed of glass, limestone, aluminum and concrete with a rain screen system.[5]

Between the units are concrete block walls. This is a common practice and it has many benefits. First of all, concrete is thicker than stud walls, so the acoustic properties are much better and therefore there is not as much sound transfer.

Secondly, concrete is a fire proof material. Having separation between the suites is important to stop fire spread to not only protect the adjacent owners and their properties, but it also delays the spread of fire so that the building can be evacuated in an orderly fashion.

Usually, there are two stages of alert. First, there is a silent alarm that alerts staff that something is happening and they need to go investigate. If there is a fire, and not just burnt toast, then the floor on which the fire is, is evacuated.

Then, all the floors above are alerted and evacuated, and finally, the floors below are evacuated. This prevents a chaotic rush of people trying to squeeze out the front door.

Layout and Features

The entrance foyer features cherry finished entry doors, custom marble finishes with granite detail, and cove ceiling with recessed pot lighting.

Each suite has nine foot ceilings, expansive windows displaying panoramic views, central heating and air conditioning, crown molding, door casing, and baseboards, solid core doors, custom interior closets, gas fireplaces with marble slab surround and mantle, 70 ounce carpet, hardwood flooring, fiber optic, three interior schemes.

The kitchen features custom wood cabinetry with crown moldings, granite counter tops, porcelain flooring with granite accents, SubZero side by side refrigerator with raised wood front panel, stainless steel wine fridge, stainless steel gas range and convection oven, stainless steel hood range with granite back splash, double drawer stainless steel dishwasher, stainless steel microwave, custom glass back splash and under cabinet lighting.

The master en suite bathroom is finished with curved marble or granite vanity with matching back splash, marble flooring with custom detail, marble soaker tub and steam shower wall surround and glass enclosure, custom faced mirrors,

The balcony is next to the living area and is done with large format porcelain tiling and dual natural gas hook-up for barbecue and heating.

Security wise, there is a 24 hour concierge, a secured parkade, encoded entry, video controlled enter phone system, and built in systems with door contacts including motion detectors and secured keypads. [6]

The maintenance fees includes a caretaker, garbage pickup, gardening, gas, hot water, recreational facilities, and management.

Floor Plans

Amenities

Gardens
Harbor

Resort-style amenities include:

  • Out door terrace
  • Amenity rooms
  • Washrooms with showers
  • Grand room with daily coffee and treat service
  • Catering kitchen
  • Concierge desk
  • Fort ecocher driveway
  • Courtyard water garden
  • Children s play area
  • Lounge
  • 80 foot swimming pool
  • Whirl pool
  • Sauna
  • steam room
  • Yoga and dance studio
  • Fully equipped fitness room
  • Meeting rooms
  • Hollywood theatre
  • Hollywood screening room
  • Billiards room
  • Massage and spa room [7]

Bylaws

Kings Landing Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Barbecues Yes



  • rentals allowed
  • two pets allowed
  • barbecues allowed

Sustainability

Kings landing did a good job of maintaining green space on the property. The many courtyards and terraces make the environment better for everyone by reducing the heat island effect and improving the environmental air quality.

Residents can do their own part when it come to the conserving our natural resources. Some helpful tips include:

  • turning off the lights
  • unplugging appliances that aren't in use
  • being conscious of excessive water use
  • don't leave lap tops plugged in when they done charging

Trivia

  • Vancouver is named after Captain Vancouver, when he first explored the area it was a rainy day and he hated the place.
  • It rains about 165 days of the year in Vancouver.
  • Greenpeace was founded in Vancouver in 1971. It is an organization known for promoting international environmental campaigns.
  • Vancouver is voted the third best city in the world to live in.
  • Vancouver has the fourth largest cruise ship terminal in the world.
  • Vancouver has the highest population of Asians in any city in North America.
  • Famous people who were born in or have lived in Vancouver include Bryan Adams, Michael Buble, Pamela Anderson, Jason Priestly, Margaret Trudeau, Joe Sakic, David Suzuki, Sarah McLachlan, Michael J. Fox, Raymond Burr, Douglas Coupland, Arthur Erickson and Nat Bailey.


References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. About Vancouver
  3. ABout Vancouver
  4. Walk Score
  5. BC Condos
  6. Concord Pacific
  7. Concord Pacific


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