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Lions West: 1337 Alberni Street, Vancouver, BC

Lions East: 1331 Alberni Street, Vancouver, BC

Lions
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The East and West Lions Towers in Vancouver, BC
Building Information
Developer Wall Financial Corporation
Architect Hyland Turnkey Ltd
Management Company Southview Property Management
Number of Units 451
Number of Floors Lions West: 30 / Lions East: 33
Year Built 1999
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1331 Alberni St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 4S1
Distance to Public Transit one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

East Tower

The Lions is a two building development named after the twin peaked mountain that overlooks Vancouver from the North Shore. Just as the Lions peaks have become an icon within the City of Vancouver, The Lions towers have become an iconic development within the community of Coal Harbour.

The Lions towers occupy an entire block of coveted Coal Harbour real estate. In close proximity to Burrard Inlet and Stanley Park, some of Vancouver's most beautiful landmarks are within walking distance. The Lions are also close to downtown Vancouver and the dining and nightlife that is to be expected from an international travel destination.

This development offers the best of both worlds by allowing residents to live near work as well as the outdoor playgrounds that are Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains. The Lions also offer the Coal Harbour lifestyle without the inflated price tag. This is because the Lions are more reasonably priced compared to some of its neighbours.

Location

Located at 1331 and 1337 Alberni Street, the Lions are about as central as it gets in terms of downtown developments. Just two blocks away from the Burrard Inlet, Robson Street and of course, Stanley Park, finding something to do nearby shouldn't be a problem for residents.

For those looking to flee the confines of the city, the Lions are located directly on Georgia Street, a direct connection to the Sea to Sky Highway via the iconic Lions Gate Bridge. While you're leaving, make sure to catch a glimpse of the actual Lions. One look and you'll immediately understand why developers chose to name their development after them.

For those who would rather stay in town, the Lions are close to multiple forms of transit including the lower mainlands extensive SkyTrain system. Its worth noting that many residents of the lower mainland use the SkyTrain to come downtown during their spare time. So feel free to take advantage of a backyard that many others have to commute to. This is as easy as going for a stroll since downtown Vancouver is best experienced on foot. [1]

Construction

Vancouver's other Lions stand guard over the city

The Lions were built simultaneously and finished within a year of each other. The East tower is slightly larger with 243 units encompassing 33 floors. The West Tower has 208 units on 30 floors.

Each tower is built of concrete and has a glass facade. This type of architecture is very common in Vancouver and is even recognized as its own style aptly called Vancouverism.

The defining features for both of the towers are the half sphere terraces that mark the top three floors of each. For those fortunate to live in a unit featuring one of these terraces, they are afforded spectacular views of English Bay and the Georgia Strait or Coal Harbour and the North Shore Mountains, depending on which side their unit is facing. [2]

Layout and Features

The Lions offer one and two bedroom units in multiple configurations. The Penthouse units featuring those spectacular terraces come with three bedrooms [3]

Floor Plans

Unfortunately there no floor plans available for the Lions. However, there is a video tour provided through a link found in the References Section of this page. [4]

Amenities

The Lions Towers feature a number of amenities

Bylaws

Lions Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Pets are welcome at the Lions
  • Rentals are permitted
  • There are no age restrictions on sales or rentals
  • Barbecues are allowed on outdoor patios

Sustainability

The Lions were not constructed using sustainable features although the strata council does abide by BC Hydro's Power Smart and Green tips.

This includes suggesting that tenants lower their thermostat to 16 degrees Celsius when away from home.

This also suggests that residents use low phosphate dish washing liquid and laundry detergent.

The City of Vancouver has an extensive recycling program that is in place in all condominium buildings in Vancouver. [5]

Trivia

The Lions Gate Bridge is named after the twin peaks that overshadow it

In Vancouver, many titles have been taken after the Lions Peaks. This includes the Lions Gate Bridge. This bridge serves as the gateway to the Lions. British Columbia's Canadian Football (CFL) team the BC Lions are also named after the famed peaks. The peaks themselves stand 1,654 metres (5,427 feet) above the pacific ocean. [6]. This is a popular day hike for Vancouverites.

The Lions neighbour to the north is another condominium development of the name Qube. Built in 1969 as the headquarters for the now defunct West Coast Transmission Co., its unique design is for function as opposed to fashion. It is well known that Vancouver is prone to earthquakes. Architects wanted to design a structure meant to withstand the next big earthquake that is purportedly overdo for the Greater Vancouver area.

The design of the building came from analyzing large trees that had survived earthquakes in other regions. What they found is that trees are able to sway during the quake and are therefore able to dissipate energy this way. The building was then designed to have a concrete core to act as a 'trunk', so to speak, with the elevators and utilities all being routed through this core. The rest of the building was then hung from the core using steel cables. Thankfully, the design has not been put into practice yet, though it has made for a rather unique Vancouver landmark.


References

  1. Vancouver Urban Homes
  2. 6717000
  3. Pacific Northwest Architecture
  4. Lions video tour
  5. City of Vancouver recycling
  6. Wikipedia


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