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1003 Burnaby Street, Vancouver, BC


A snapshot of Milano in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Cressey Development
Architect Paul Merrick Architects
Management Company Assertive Property Management
Number of Units 136
Number of Floors 18
Year Built 1999
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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1003 Burnaby Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Bus/SkyTrain accessible
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (287)
Title of Land Strata



A shot of the other side of the building

Cressey Development is a firm with significant experience in building residential structures. Their approach to the process may be somewhat slower than most, as they prefer to take a more cautious approach compared to others; when all is said and done, however, it appears as though this ethos has served them well, given that their portfolio of completed buildings includes structures like Donovan and Elan. Milano is one of Cressey's earlier works, but there is no doubt that it was built with the same level of care and precision that its predecessors and successors all carried.

Constructed in 1999, Milano is a 18 floor tower with 136 units for both sale and rent.[1] The design portion of Milano's development was handled by Paul Merrick Architects, a Lower Mainland based firm with offices in Victoria and Vancouver.

As expected of a building with its pedigree, Milano has a selection of amenities to offer its residents. What might be even better for them, however, is its location, as Milano is located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, meaning that all the sights, sounds, and shopping of the city's most vibrant neighbourhood are nearby, waiting to be experienced.


The popular English Bay

Located on 1003 Burnaby Street in Vancouver, Milano is right in the middle of the city's Downtown Core. There is a wide selection of shopping and restaurants nearby, with Burnaby's cross street, Burrard, holding much of it. Other notable sights nearby include the popular English Bay beach, a busy location during summer to say the least. There is also Granville Island, home to a large public market and many performing arts venues and small craft studios. Hockey fans also have the option of taking in a Canucks game at Rogers Arena, which also houses a variety of musical concerts at various times throughout the year.[2]

Residents of Milano will be happy to find out that there are many stores and services located within easy walking distance, with some even being located on the ground floor of the building itself. Thus, ownership of a car is more of a luxury as opposed to an absolute necessity. Furthermore, if one needs to travel somewhere outside they neighbourhood, then they can simply rely on Vancouver's transit system to take them there; not only does Milano have 46 bus options nearby, but there are also three SkyTrain stations as well, meaning that most of the Lower Mainland is accessible even without a vehicle.[3]


A bathroom at Milano

Milano was designed by Paul Merrick Architects, and it only takes one glance to ascertain that they put more than a little work into making this building stand out, in spite of its rather orthodox construction. Like many of its contemporaries, it is a traditionally constructed condominium that is equipped with a full rain screen for Vancouver's wet weather, but luckily the architects were not content to follow the grain all the way through the design process.

The most obvious design touch would be the two different facades; the first picture of Milano in the info box shows a fairly typical structure, with a light coloured finish and symmetrical window settings. Simple, but effective. The second picture, however, shows off a sleek, angled facade comprised primarily of large glass panels. The contrast between the two is tremendously effective from an aesthetic viewpoint, but not so much as to be jarring or off-putting. It is a difficult task to mix old and new aesthetics well, but there is no doubt that Paul Merrick Architects rose to the challenge beautifully.

Layout and Features

Milano's 136 units come in three configurations; studio apartments, one bedroom residences, and two bedroom residences. There is a fair size variance between the three choices, with the smallest units measuring in at 400 square feet and the largest units measuring in at around 1300 square feet; it is safe to say that smaller families or those seeking single occupancy would be satisfied with the size range.

In terms of equipment, the units at Milano come with features like stone slab counter tops, maple veneer cabinetry, vertical blinds, porcelain floor tiles and stainless steel appliance. Certain units also have enclosed balconies as well.[4]

Floor Plans

As Milano does not currently have free floor plans for public viewing, curious parties will need to rely on video footage from YouTube to get an idea of the building's highlights and features.

[5] - View video from "References Section" at the bottom of this page.


Some of Milano's amenities include:

  • Fitness centre
  • Screening room
  • Bike room
  • Ground floor retail
  • Inner courtyard


Milano Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Rentals are allowed
  • Milano is a pet-friendly building
  • There is no age restriction on residents
  • Barbecues are allowed


Milano was built in 1999, at the tail end of a decade where sustainability simply was not a big concern among developers. Thus, Milano was not built with sustainable materials or with green measures, though to be fair it is highly unlikely that it is any worse than its contemporaries in this regard. Energy efficiency measures (such as dual glazed windows) most likely would have been utilized had it been built today, and one could certainly make the argument that the large glass panes on the outside can at least cut down on the amount of energy used for illumination.

Residents, of course, can offset the lack of sustainable features by making their own lives a little greener. For instance, if they have not started recycling already, they could start. Alternatively, they might consider using transit more in lieu of driving a car, should it be feasible.


  • Milano won the 1999 Silver Georgie Award for Best Commercial High-Rise
  • There may be some confusion at first one when sees Milano's address, as Burnaby is also a name of a city east of Vancouver that is third behind Surrey and Vancouver proper in terms of population
  • The building's design possesses a fair bit of Italian influence - considering that Milano is another name for the famed Italian city Milan, this is probably not a coincidence
  • Other works from Paul Merrick Architects include City Square in Vancouver and the Transportation Management Centre in Coquitlam
  • English Bay is also known for hosting the annual Celebration of Light fireworks competition, a Vancouver summer staple


  1. BC Condos - Milano
  2. Wikipedia - Downtown Vancouver
  3. Walk Score
  4. 6717000 - Milano
  5. Milano on Youtube

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