Picasso

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711 East 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Picasso
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Picasso
Building Information
Developer Fountain Garden Estates
Management Company Condex Property Management
Number of Units 97
Number of Floors 4
Year Built 1969
Construction Method Wood Frame
Type of Roof IRMA
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711 East 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 15 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning RM-4
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

The Mount Pleasant area is one of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhoods and considered by many to be Vancouver's first suburb. Between 1888 to 1912, the area first began to develop. During these years, the main businesses were breweries, which were built there because of a stream running through the area. Due to the presence of the breweries, the stream became known as Brewery Creek. The only brewery building remaining from this era is the 1903 Vancouver Brewery building, which is now converted to condominiums.

The classic-looking Picasso exterior

When the street car arrived in 1890, the area really began to expand. The intersection at Main and Kingsway quickly became a hub for both commercial and industrial enterprises. As the area grew, it first was called False Creek, then The Hill, and finally Mount Pleasant. In conjunction with the commercial and industrial growth was a substantial residential growth. This was partly because it was easy to commute to the Brewery Creek industrial and commercial area as well as Vancouver City Centre. This growth continued into the 20th century.[1]

The Picasso was constructed in 1969, as a result of the continued demand for housing in the Mount Pleasant area. It was built as a wood-framed, four story apartment building with 97 units. It has proved to be a popular and well maintained building. In 2004, the roof, boiler, and pipes were replaced and the hallways and lobby were updated. The building is managed by Condex Property Management.[2]


Location

Picasso is located on a quiet tree-lined street

Picasso is located in the Mount Pleasant area of Vancouver East. It is on a quiet, tree lined street at the intersection of Fraser Street and East Sixth Avenue. The Mount Pleasant neighbourhood runs from False Creek southeast and up the slope toward the Mount Pleasant shopping district, where Broadway, Kingsway, and Main Street meet. It is considered an excellent residential neighbourhood with many heritage buildings and schools. The area attracts many first time homeowners and young professionals, as well as a growing number of families.

The building is close to Main Street shopping and restaurants as well as the VCC SkyTrain station. It is a short walk to China Creek Park, Sahalli Park, Guelph Park, Vancouver Community College, Cliffhanger Climbing Gym and St Francis Xavier Church. [3]

Construction

Picasso facade

The Picasso building was built in 1969 on a rough U-shape plan. It is a four story wood framed building. The exterior is painted white interspersed with large sections of brick facade. Balconies run the length of the main building and have white railings that match the white trim around the windows. The balconies on the wings are on the corners of the building.

The building was updated in 2005 and a new IRMA roof was installed. The pipes were also replaced and the hallways and lobby were renovated.

Layout and Features

The Picasso building was built in the 1960s. The roof and pipes were redone in 2005 at the same time the lobby and hallways were updated. The features in each unit vary according to the tastes of the current owner, however most feature open floor plans and balconies overlooking a landscaped garden.

Units feature a combination of the following:

  • Open kitchen
  • Polished concrete counter tops
  • Soaker tub
  • Maple hardwood floors
  • Balcony

Floor Plans

The Picasso has numerous floor plans available from studio apartments to two bedroom units. Units in the building are generally between 500 and 1350 square feet.

Amenities

Building amenities include:

  • Bike room
  • Shared laundry
  • Storage
  • Landscaped garden

Bylaws

Picasso Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • One dog or cat of any size is okay.
  • Rentals are allowed.
  • There is no age restriction.
  • Many units have balconies where barbecues can be used.

Sustainability

The Picasso building was constructed in 1969 before buildings began to be designated as "green". However, if you are concerned about your carbon footprint, consider the following:

  • Renovations have installed some energy efficient appliances and windows in some of the units.
  • Public transportation is convenient with the VCC SkyTrain station and numerous bus lines just a few blocks away.
  • Units contain outdoor balconies, which could be used for patio gardening.
  • The building is surrounded by a park like setting.
  • There are lots of restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, and other amenities within walking distance.
  • There is a bike room in the building and a number of bike lanes in the area.[4]

Trivia

China Creek Park
Sahalli Park
  • Many artists and writers live in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, including CBC personalities Ian Hanomansing and Tod Maffin, The Tyee editor David Beers, and documentary filmmaker Peter W. Klein.[5]
  • Over the years, the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood has had several different names and nicknames. In the early 1900s, it was nicknamed Church Hill due to the large number of churches in the area. Later it was nicknamed Honeymoon Hill because so many young couples were buying land and moving into the area.[6]
  • Part of nearby China Creek Park was once the Maddams Ranch. It was owned by Charles Maddams, who came to Canada as part of the staff for the Marquis of Lorne, the fourth Governor General of Canada. Maddams eventually left the service of the Governor General and purchased the China Creek site as a farm. He lost the farm to taxes in 1922 and it then became part of China Creek Park.[7]
  • Chinook Jargon is a language that aboriginal people and the first European pioneers created in order to trade and communicate. The language is a mixture of Indigenous, French, and English words. From the early 1800s to the 1920s more than 80% of the residents of Vancouver spoke Chinook Jargon. Some people even listed it as their first language. Sahalli Park, which is just a few blocks from Picasso has a Chinook Jargon name meaning high place of ground.[8]

References

  1. The History of Mount Pleasant
  2. Mount Pleasant
  3. Walk Score
  4. Walk Score
  5. Mount Pleasant
  6. The History of Mount Pleasant
  7. Vancouver Park Board
  8. Vancouver Park Board


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