1177 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC
Exterior shot of London Place
|Management Company||Colliers International|
|Number of Units||143|
|Number of Floors||14|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|1177 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC|
|Distance to Public Transit||Over 45 options nearby|
|Title of Land||Strata|
London Place, a 143-unit condominium in downtown Vancouver, doesn't bear much resemblance or association with anything British aside from its name. This concrete building on 1177 Hornby Street was converted from an office tower to residences in 1994. Some commercial businesses continue to operate out of the ground floor.
While its exterior brick facade gives the building an older "London" look perhaps, its inside speaks more West Coast with its California-style recreation centre on the rooftop. The hot tub is also located up here. This common rooftop provides a space for residents to soak up city, mountain, and ocean views considering there are no balconies on the suites. The large windows make up for this lack as well.
One thing London Place has going for it that not many other stratas can boast is free laundry. No keeping quarters or traipsing laundry piles up and down stairs because there are facilities conveniently located on each floor.
London Place has the address of 1177 Hornby Street, which puts it between Davie and Helmcken Streets in downtown Vancouver. This location sits on the edge of two trendy neighbourhoods - Yaletown and the West End. Some landmarks in the area include the Davie Village Community Garden at Davie and Burrard Streets, Sunset Beach to the south with the Seawall route, One Wall Centre, Electra, and St. Paul's Hospital.
Emery Barnes Park and Nelson Park are the nearest green spaces. London Place is a close walk to restaurants in Yaletown such as Yaletown Keg Steakhouse and Bar and the Yaletown Brewery Pub. There are also many options along Davie Street. Some places to check out in the area include La Terazza, Games Big Fish, Urban Thai Bistro, George Lounge, Fresh Japanese Take Out, Drew Cooks, BG Urban Cafe, Lickerish Restaurant and Lounge, Patterson Wonton House, and Nippon Ichi right below the condominium at street level. Robson Street is a few blocks north for world-class shopping.
There are several bus stops nearby, including one right outside the complex, as well as SkyTrain stations such as Yaletown-Roundhouse, Vancouver City Centre, and Granville Station all in close proximity.
London Place is a concrete building designed in the modernist style with a brick facade. It was completed in 1994 and has a distinct appearance with horizontal bands of brown brick alternating with horizontal strips of glass. It rises 14 stories and contains 143 suites. The building has an elevator, basement storage, and underground parking.
Many of the common areas including the lobby have been renovated. The lobby features granite floors and brass accents with marble walls surrounding the elevators. While there are no balconies, residents can enjoy views of downtown, the North Shore Mountains, Mount Baker, English Bay, and the Seawall from the large roof top patio.
Layout and Features
Most units at London Place have one or two bedrooms with a den. The layouts are spacious with open floor plans and high ceilings. Wrap-around windows provide fabulous views of downtown Vancouver or English Bay, depending on which way the suite is facing.
The windows are tinted for privacy. Various upgrades are possible in the suites ranging from flooring to kitchen appliances.
Residents are provided with a storage locker (sometimes two) and an underground parking spot. Laundry is convenient and cheap - free, in fact. Facilities are on every floor but residents can also choose to install their own in-suite washer/dryer if they wish.
Not many floor plans are publicly available for London Place, but here is one example:
London Place offers the following amenities:
- Sauna/Steam room
- Fitness centre
- Outdoor hot tub
- Bicycle storage
- Laundry facilities free on every floor
- Secure underground parking
- Storage lockers
- Common roof deck
- Social room with surround-sound theatre, library, and billiard table
|London Place Bylaws|
London Place allows pets and rentals at a 20% limit. There is no age restriction either. Barbecues would not be an option as there are no balconies in the building.
Since London Place was built in 1994, there aren't many 'green features' to this building apart from individual upgrades owners can do in their suites, such as environmentally friendly appliances and finishes. The renovated bamboo flooring in the suites is strong and durable and is gaining a reputation as being an eco-friendly alternative to traditional hardwood. Even the United States Green Building Council's LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gives points to bamboo floors as being a highly renewable resource.
Additionally, London Place encourages an active lifestyle as it's situated on a bike route and is just a few blocks from the beach and the Seaside route popular for cyclists and walkers. There's also a gym on site. The condominium's central urban location makes owning a car unnecessary as daily errands are easy to perform on foot or by public transit.
- The words "London Place" are near the top of the condominium on the main facade in a bright red script.
- Not surprisingly, another "London Place" exists in the world. "One London Place" is an office tower in the city of London, Ontario. It was completed in 1992 and stands as the tallest building in Southwestern Ontario. In addition to office space, it houses a restaurant, fitness centre, car wash, newsstand, and underground parking lot.
- Bamboo is a better renewable material than wood because it grows much faster and can be harvested without being replanted due to its rhizome root structure that holds the soil in place. Bamboo reaches full maturity in about 3-5 years whereas hard woods can take between 20-120 years to mature.
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