Oscar

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1295 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC

Oscar
Oscar-Vancouver-Exterior.jpg

A snapshot of Oscar in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Concert Properties
Architect Bingham Hill Architects
Number of Units 211
Number of Floors 25
Year Built 2003
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1295 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning DD
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Richards Street is well known for having some of the finest that Vancouver has to offer on tap. From shopping to restaurants, Richards houses some of the city's best, and it should come as no surprise that high-end residences fall under its purview as well. This is not too surprising, considering its close proximity to Yaletown, but there is no doubt that the area has many enviable living options to choose from, with Oscar being one of the more prominent choices available to prospective residents.

Oscar's main entrance

Constructed in 2003, Oscar is a bold looking 25 floor tower with 211 units available for both sale and rent.[1] Designed by the prolific Bingham Hill architectural firm and developed by Concert Properties, its heritage is reflected in its handsome exterior and high quality units. Its location near Yaletown places it within walking distance of many stores and restaurants, and as an added bonus many of Vancouver's more famous sights are located nearby as well, and thanks to the city's efficient transit system, they are all within easy reach.

As befitting a building of its pedigree, it offers a variety of amenities to serve the needs of its residents, ranging from exercise equipment to a playground for any young children who may be living in the building. When one takes everything into account, it becomes clear that Oscar is a structure that perfectly fits in with the Richards Street paradigm, and ranks quite highly among the city's available real estate.


Location

Located on 1295 Richards Street in Vancouver, Oscar finds itself in the heart of Downtown area, located close to the Yaletown district and by extension some of the city's most prominent attractions. Yaletown was originally an industrial district in the 19th century, being filled with structures such as warehouses and rail yards; much of this was cleared out in 1986, however, when Vancouver hosted the World's Fair.

The subsequent redevelopment found many of the older buildings replaced chic coffee shops, stylish boutiques, a multitude of bars and lounges, and of course luxury residences. While a few of the industrial structures were kept around and classified as heritage buildings, it was undeniable that the neighbourhood had been totally transformed, resulting in the trendy, vibrant Yaletown that Vancouverites populate today.[2]

Living at Oscar means that daily errands do not need the use of a car. Many stores and services are within walking distance of Oscar, so ownership of a vehicle is very much a luxury instead of a necessity. Of course, should one need to travel somewhere that is further away than a few blocks, then Vancouver's exceptional transit system comes into play. Not only are there 49 bus stops located near Oscar, but there are also multiple SkyTrain stations nearby as well, meaning that the bulk of the Lower Mainland is accessible via transit.[3]

Construction

A traditionally constructed condominium at its core, Oscar still manages to look distinct from its neighbours - a credit to Bingham Hill Architects, to be sure.

A primarily concrete structure equipped with a full rain screen for inclement weather, Oscar's appearance certainly merits second glances.

A reason for this is the painted finish on the concrete, which enhances the aesthetic appeal as compared to the normal drab grey.

In addition, the glass in the many windows are tinted, and the metal accents that adorn the building were given a black powder coating. The resulting visual contrast between the many elements at work makes Oscar quite the striking condominium, to say the least.

Layout and Features

The residences at Oscar come in a variety of configurations, with studio apartments, one bedroom units, two bedroom units, and town homes. The residences vary in terms of size, with the studio homes ranging from 449 to 475 square feet, the one bedroom units ranging from 548 to 583 square feet, the two bedroom homes averaging around 740 square feet, and the town homes ranging from 926-1000 square feet.[4]

In terms of features, the residences at Oscar come equipped with a variety of luxuries, such as tile flooring, Frigidaire appliances, laminate counter tops, and floor to ceiling windows. Other features include balconies and in-suite laundry.

Floor Plans

A selection of Oscar's floor plans are available from this site:[5]

Amenities

Some of the amenities that Oscar has to offer include:

  • Secured parking
  • Rooftop garden
  • Fitness centre
  • Children's playground
  • Party room
  • Club lounge



Bylaws

Oscar Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Rentals are permitted
  • Oscar is pet-friendly
  • There is no age restriction on residents
  • Barbecues are allowed


Sustainability

While Oscar was not built to be specifically sustainable, at least one measure that the designers put it proved to be eco-friendly; the large tinted windows are double glazed and energy efficient, meaning a reduction in unnecessary electricity use for illumination and temperature management.

Residents can take measures of their own to live green as well - recycling regularly would be a good start, as would monitoring and reducing excess water usage.

Trivia

  • Concert Properties was founded in 1989 and specializes in developing rental apartments and condominium homes, as well as acquiring/developing other properties for a variety of purposes.
  • Other works by Bingham Hill Architects include Fitzsimmons Walk in Whistler and Venus in Vancouver.[6]
  • The actual construction was undertaken by Bosa, who have built Georgie Award winners in the past.
  • As stated earlier, the Yaletown area is home to a number of heritage buildings; one such example is Holy Rosary Cathedral on Richards Street.[7]


References

  1. BC Condos - Oscar
  2. Wikipedia - Yaletown
  3. Walk Score
  4. Vancouver Condos - Oscar
  5. Listings for Oscar
  6. Condopedia - Venus
  7. Wikipedia - Holy Rosary Cathedral


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