Paris Place

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183 Keefer Street, Vancouver, BC

Paris Place
Paris Place-Vancouver-Exterior.jpg

The exterior of Paris Place in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Henderson Development Ltd.
Architect DYS Architecture
Management Company Colyvan Pacific
Number of Units 172
Number of Floors 30
Year Built 1996
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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183 Keefer Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Bus/SkyTrain accessible
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning HA-1A
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

The ground floor retail at Paris Place


The area around the International Village shopping mall boasts a veritable cornucopia of culturally diverse retail opportunities. Indeed, the mall proper has a variety of Asian businesses that evoke the images of similar complexes in the nearby city of Richmond, and that influence unsurprisingly extends outwards a certain amount. It is in one of the kindred shopping areas that Paris Place finds its home, and the building does its best to live up to the expectations that people have of the booming International Village neighbourhood.

Constructed in 1996, Paris Place is a 30 floor tower with 172 units available for both sale and rent.[1] The building's development was handled by Henderson Development, the Canadian affiliate of the prolific Hong Kong based Henderson Land Group, and it was designed by the domestic DYS Architecture.

Paris Place offers a range of amenities for its residents, but it is a very real possibility that they are overshadowed by the ground floor retail that is at the foot of the building. Not only is there a full service supermarket available, there are also a selection of smaller niche businesses in the same complex, making it tremendously convenient for the residents.


Location

Vancouver's Chinatown

Located at 183 Keefer Street, Paris Place is right in the middle of a vibrant neighbourhood, albeit one that is slightly lower key compared to the non-stop hustle and bustle of the Downtown Core. The centrepiece of the area is the aforementioned International Village mall, which houses a wide variety of shops and services in addition to an excellent movie theatre on the upper levels. Residents, however, would probably patronize the T&T Supermarket and other assorted businesses at the base of the building, if only for the sake of sheer convenience. One would be remiss to ignore the nearby Chinatown, an area of no small historic or cultural importance in the grand scheme of things.[2]

While it is rare anyone in Vancouver really needs to own a car, it is even more of a moot point than normal at Paris Place. With a supermarket at the base of the building in addition to a number of other services, there is absolutely no need to travel to run daily errands. In addition, should residents need to travel at all, they have Vancouver's excellent transit system to rely on. Paris Place has 49 bus stop options nearby, as well as four SkyTrain stations, making getting anywhere in the Lower Mainland as simple as getting a quick ride from TransLink.[3]

Construction

An example of a living room

Paris Place is a building that is very much in line with its contemporaries construction-wise, being a generally orthodox concrete structure that is finished in the same material. Interestingly, unlike many other condominiums in the city, it lacks a rain screen of any kind.

Generally speaking, the structure is handsome but reserved, with DYS Architecture choosing to stick with safe design conventions for the most part. The contrast between the brown and blue that make up Paris Place's two primary colours is an attractive touch, and the use of curvature instead of hard angles on the corners is also aesthetically pleasing. The use of curves over angles can also be seen at the top, where there is a noticeable circular projection at one of the four corners.


Layout and Features

The residences at Paris Place come in one bedroom units and two bedroom units, with the number of bathrooms usually equaling the number of bedrooms. For a size comparison, the one bedroom residences range from 712 to 942 square feet while the two bedroom residences range from 895 to 1181 square feet.

In terms of equipment, the units come with a variety of luxurious features, including stainless steel appliances, laminate counter tops, double glazed windows, carpeting, and wood grain cabinetry.[4]

Floor Plans

A selection of floor plans are below:


Amenities

Some of Paris Place's amenities include:

  • In-suite laundry
  • Bike room
  • Fitness centre
  • Swimming pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Rec room



Bylaws

Paris Place Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


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


Sustainability

It is unfortunate that many buildings built in the 1990s do not have any green measures built into them. It is surprising, then, that Paris Place is not one of them, its designers choosing to buck the trend somewhat.

For instance, the building used double glazed windows before they were truly in vogue for residential structures, and their improved energy efficiency goes a long way toward helping the environment.

In addition, Paris Place is one of the few buildings that has an ongoing recycling program; this is in stark contrast to many other condominiums where recycling is strictly a personal choice, with the onus fully on the residents to make sure it happens at all.


Trivia

  • Another name for International Village is Tinseltown; this stems from the movie theatres that formerly operated under the same moniker
  • Henderson Land Group has been operating in Hong Kong for over 30 years, with one example of their work being the International Finance Centre, Hong Kong's tallest building
  • Other examples of work from their Canadian counterpart include Henderson Place in Coquitlam and Guildford Park Place in Surrey
  • DYS Architecture was established in 1982, and their three pronged approach includes architecture, research, and physical planning
  • The nearby Chinatown is the largest of its kind in Canada


References

  1. BC Condos - Paris Place
  2. Wikipedia - Chinatown, Vancouver
  3. Walk Score
  4. 6717000 - Paris Place


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