1188 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC
Park Plaza is located in Vancouver's trendy Yaletown neighbourhood
|Developer||Pacific Columbia Estates|
|Architect||Hamilton Doyle Architects|
|Management Company||Vancouver Condominium|
|Number of Units||186|
|Number of Floors||24|
|Type of Roof||Tar and gravel|
|1188 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than a block|
|Title of Land||Strata|
Yaletown is arguably the hub for condominium living within the City of Vancouver. This is because Yaletown was specifically designed to be a condominium community and all of the services within the area are tailored to support this type of living. As a result, it is a very walk-able neighbourhood that has blossomed to establish its own identity.
Yaletown has conjured a negative impression by outsiders who feel that it is inhabited by latte fueled yuppies who spend their days strolling the streets with their pint-sized canines. This stereotype hasn't kept hordes of visitors away from its historic district that occupies two city blocks along Hamilton and Mainland Street. Nor has it kept people from pouring onto the ocean side stroll of Marinaside Crescent during one of Vancouver's beautiful sunny days. The truth is that Yaletown is a community with an infectious vibe that continues to draw in visitors from both near and far.
Park Plaza earns its namesake from overlooking the beautiful Emery Barnes Park. This newly expanded urban oasis has extensive water features as well as an off leash area for the numerous dog owners that call the area home. Park Plaza also backs onto the Yaletown's ever popular historic district.
While Yaletown's reputation for its abundance of small dogs is indeed accurate, the labeling of residents as urban yuppies was created out of envy by those who can only wish to live in a neighbourhood that is as beautiful as it is vibrant. 
There are a number of factors that contributes to Yaletown's reputation as being one the most desirable places in Vancouver to live. Its location next to downtown Vancouver allows residents an easy commute to their office. Its very own Canada Line subway station also grants residents a direct connection to the YVR Airport. This has made the area a popular place to have a second home as well as brings visitors directly to the area from the airport.
The area itself is beautiful. The heritage district and the Roundhouse give it a refined industrial feel such as that found in Gastown without the accompanying issues spilling from Hastings Street nearby. The community is also located on False Creek, giving the area an ocean feel that Vancouver is, of course, famous for. Its location next to Rogers Arena and BC Place also brings an influx of people to the area during events further adding to the excitement.
Though the City of Vancouver is actually quite small, each neighbourhood has its own distinct feel. Some are quiet and residential while others are the exact opposite. Yaletown falls in the middle of this spectrum. It has all major services within walking distance and a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene. Yet it is surprisingly livable for being in the heart of an internationally recognized city. 
Park Plaza is 23 story concrete high rise that includes both condominiums and street level town homes. Built in 1995, it has a total of 186 units within the structure. Its facade is comprised primarily of glass. Though its design also utilizes beige brick to help create some contrast and also allows the building to standout from the contemporary glass structures around it.
All modern condominiums including Park Royal are built with underground parking garages. This is important as there is little in the way of parking in the area. While Vancouver has an excellent transit system, many Vancouverites still utilize their vehicles to commute to work or outside the city. Residents without a vehicle can rent their space for additional revenue.
Park Plaza was one of the first projects to be undertaken as part of the redevelopment of the former rail yards that occupied the north end of False Creek. Before being revitalized during the exposition of 1986, the area was home to industrial activity. Developers preserved two entire blocks of former warehouse buildings to pay homage to the area's industrial heritage.
Units in the building are one or two bedroom variations, not including the penthouse suite or the town homes. The building also features a full rainscreen. Units have a dramatic view and are among the most affordable in the Yaletown. 
Layout and Features
Units at Park Plaza include:
- Open layout
- Hardwood flooring
- Laminate bathroom flooring
- Granite counter tops
- Stainless steel appliances
Unfortunately there are no floor plans available online for Park Plaza. A video tour is provided through the link provided. 
Amenities at Park Plaza include:
- Fitness centre
- Private courtyard
|Park Plaza Bylaws|
- Pets are welcome at Park Plaza
- Rentals are permitted
- There are no age restrictions concerning the sale or rental of units at Park Plaza
- Barbecues are also permitted
Park Plaza was built in 1995, prior to modern notions of sustainable construction techniques. Park Plaza is inherently sustainable by its location close to downtown and near a number of public transit options including the SkyTrain and Canada Line.
This allows residents to access most of the lower mainland as well as run their errands without the use of their car.
The City of Vancouver has an extensive recycling program. Residents of Park Plaza can utilize this program through the receptacle bins in place in the building. 
Like many of the condominiums built in Vancouver during the 1990s, Park Plaza suffered from leaks caused by Vancouver's famous coastal precipitation. Known as the leaky condo problem, rainwater was able to seep in causing mold and bacteria to grow within the inner membrane of the structure. As a result, the building was completely renovated in 2006 to correct this problem. A full rainscreen was also installed during this process.
This didn't mark the end of renovations to the building. In 2012, the buildings entire plumbing system was gutted and replaced. These renovations make Park Plaza one of the best values in downtown since future residents are virtually buying into a new building.
While the construction of Emery Barnes Park began in 2003, it would take until 2012 before the Park would officially become complete. The last part of construction involved officials tearing down an aging industrial building on the edge of the park, demolishing the last vestiges of the old Yaletown. In that space, they added shrubs and grass, benches and a curving walkway. The final piece of the Emery Barnes puzzle. 
- Tourism Vancouver
- Yaletown Neighbourhood Profile
- Yaletown Vancouver
- Jill Hannan real estate
- Video Tour
- City of Vancouver
- Inside Vancouver
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