Parkview Tower

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289 Drake Street, Vancouver, BC

Parkview Tower
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The Parkview Tower in the trendy Vancouver neighbourhood of Yaletown
Building Information
Developer Concord Pacific
Architect Merrick Architecture
Management Company Bayside Property Services Ltd
Number of Units 100
Number of Floors 26
Year Built 1993
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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289 Drake Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit One Block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Parkview Tower from David lam Park

The Parkview Tower in Vancouver's trendy Yaletown district received its name from the location in which it was built. Parkview Tower has a spectacular view of Yaletown's David Lam Park. As one of the first developments on the reclaimed Exposition 86 grounds, the Parkview Tower spearheaded an entire neighbourhood that would eventually become known as Yaletown. Today, the neighbourhood is a thriving cultural hub and David Lam Park continues to be one of the neighbourhood's premier attractions.

Parkview Tower, (not to be confused with other developments in Kitsilano and West Vancouver that bear the same name) offers spectacular views not only of David Lam Park, but of False Creek and downtown Vancouver as well. It is also in the centre of a very walk-able and thriving community. Rresidents won't get bored living at Parkview Tower. Deciding what to do may be the hardest decision of the day with the entire city of Vancouver being virtually at Parkview Tower's doorstep. [1]

Location

Parkview Tower is located in Yaletown, one of the most coveted neighbourhoods in all of the lower mainland. This is due to a number of factors. Yaletown is located in close proximity to downtown Vancouver yet is just far enough away to have its own identity. During the construction of this relatively new community, developers retained two entire blocks of heritage buildings to serve as the community's focal point. These former warehouses have now become high end restaurants, boutiques and converted lofts and seem to attract a crowd no matter what day of the week it is.

The concept of Vancouverism was born in Yaletown when Hong Kong based Concord Pacific purchased the former Expo 86 site. This allowed developers a blank canvas with which to create a community from scratch. Their experiment with glass condominiums has proven so successful in renewing Vancouver's urban core that the architectural style has been adopted by other cities.

Since Parkview Tower was one of the first developments in Yaletown, developers had their choice of prime real estate. Fortunately, they chose to put it in front of the David Lam Park, thus ensuring unobstructed views of False Creek and quick access to one of Vancouver's greatest parks.

Yaletown is served by the Canada Line subway with a station just a block away from Parkview Tower's front door. This allows residents even easier access to downtown or anywhere else in the lower mainland via Vancouver's expansive transit system. [2]

Construction

Parkview Tower with its distinguishing glass triangle extension

When Concord Pacific debuted Parkview Tower in 1993, they started an architectural movement that would redefine the skyline of downtown Vancouver. The glass towers serve as much purpose functionally as they do aesthetically. The glass facade proved resistant to Vancouver's wet climate (though this building would have water ingress issues) as well as allows views of Vancouver's striking scenery.

Parkview Tower is a concrete structure with 100 units spread over its 26 floors. These units range in size from either two or three bedrooms. The building is actually a mixed-use structure with the first floor reserved for retail space.

Parkview's most defining feature is its triangle glass extension that seemingly sticks out of the building for its entire 26 floors.[3]


Layout and Features

Units at Parkview Tower feature:

  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Open kitchens
  • Granite counter tops
  • Stainless steel appliances

[4]

Floor Plans

To gain an insight to the layout and features of this building, there is a video tour through the link provided in the References Section of this page.[5]


Amenities

Parkview Tower has a host of amenities that include:

  • Fitness centre
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Common room

Bylaws

Parkview Tower Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Pets are welcome at Parkview Tower
  • Rentals are permitted
  • There are no age restrictions on the sale or rental of units at Parkview Tower
  • Barbecues are permitted

Sustainability

Parkview Tower was built in 1993 before the idea of sustainable development became common practice.

Residents can lead environmentally sustainable lifestyles by utilizing the buildings location to walk or use public transit as a means to commute.

They can also utilize the City of Vancouver's extensive recycling program.[6]


Trivia

David Lam Park was the sight for numerous Olympic festivities
  • Parkview Tower and its neighbour, Governor's Tower, were among the first developments by Concord Pacific in Yaletown. The buildings did have some construction faults that have since been corrected. The two buildings were among many condominiums that suffered from 'water ingress'. As a result, all of the exterior windows of Parkview Tower needed to be replaced. The cost of this fix totaled about eight million dollars. Since this occurred after its ten year warranty had expired, the full cost of the repair fell to the residents.
  • During the 2010 winter games, residents had a front row seat to Olympic festivities since David Lam Park was chosen as a site for nightly free concerts and fireworks during the duration of the Games. Afterwards, the park was subject to a complete remediation which lasted months after the Games had finished.[7]


References

  1. Condo in Vancouver
  2. Vancouver Condos
  3. Downtown Vancouver Condos
  4. Vancouver Live High
  5. Video Tour of Parkview Tower
  6. City of Vancouver Recycling
  7. CBC News


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