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East Esplanade Avenue, Lower Lonsdale North Vancouver

  • Pinnacle Residences At The Pier - 133 East Esplanade Avenue, North Vancouver
  • Esplanade West At The Pier - 168 East Esplanade Avenue, North Vancouver
  • Esplanade At The Pier - 188 East Esplanade Avenue, North Vancouver
  • Atrium East At The Pier - 172 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • Atrium At The Pier - 162 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • The landing At The Pier - 100 East Esplanade Avenue, North Vancouver
  • Premier At The Pier - 138 East Esplanade Avenue, North Vancouver
Pier
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Over view of the Pier community
Building Information
Developer Pinnacle International Group
Management Company Baywest Property Management
Number of Units 1200
Number of Floors Seven buildings ranging in height from six to 23 levels
Year Built 2007
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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133 Esplanade Avenue, North Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality North Vancouver
Zoning M2 on south side of Esplanade M4 on north side of Esplanade
Title of Land Strata



Contents

Background

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THE PIER - A new future. In 1992 the Versatile Pacific Shipyards finally closed their shop doors. It would be the end of an era one hundred years in the making a story steeped in maritime and Canadian history.

The Wallace Shipyards located at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue on the water's edge, first occupied this site around 1906. The name would change through the decades that followed. As Canada prospered and grew, so did the ship building industry. Two world wars passed and the Wallace Shipyards become one of the biggest industrial companies and employers on the west coast. Ship building peaked during World War II when the Wallace yards produced one hundred and nine of the three hundred plus Victory ships made in Canada. The Shipyard's impressive efforts were so significant, Clarence Wallace, the son of founder Alfred Wallace, was decorated as a Commander of the British Empire.

After sitting idle for a few years, some new life for this prime location was needed. A land-use study was completed in 1997 by the City of North Vancouver and the two owners of Versatile Shipyards. The Versatile Shipyard Land Use Study was approved in 2001. A pivotal aspect of the plan was to retain the Vancouver Dry dock on the east side of the site as a working Shipyard, leaving the west side for urban redevelopment.

Pinnacle International purchased the development rights late that year bringing North Vancouver what is now called The Pier.[1]


Location

Market at Lonsdale Quay

Situated on an industrial heritage precinct in the heart of Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver, the Pier Project now encompasses seven buildings, public waterfront access, a performing arts stage, a seven hundred foot dock for visiting vessels, and a hundred plus room hotel called the Pinnacle At The Pier.

At this time, as the Pier is a work in progress, the Pinnacle Group have invigorated the Lower Lonsdale community with one and quarter million square feet of mixed use development.

For North Vancouver, the Pier is a walker's paradise with an assessed walk score of 93/100. Attention foodies, the epicurean wonderland of Lonsdale Quay Market is minutes away on foot from all seven buildings.

For the residents of the Pier along with visiting tourists and sea bus commuters, countless food and lifestyle options are available right there. Those in the Pier community have the market virtually in their back yard.[2]

Construction

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Premier At The Pier - 138 East Esplanade Avenue

The Premiere At The Pier was completed in 2007 and houses 136 suites on 22 levels. Many homes enjoy a full water view of Burrard Inlet and the Vancouver skyline in the distance. This may be the star residence of the Pinnacles group of seven. Constructed of concrete covered in a facade of green glass, the overall look holds its own over its close neighbours on the Pier. Multiple hues of aqua green reflect from the mostly glass exterior. Six of the Pinnacle buildings show an architecturally strong James Cheng Vancoverism style and influence.[3]

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Atrium At The Pier - West building 162 Victory Ship Way - East building 172 Victory Ship Way

The Atrium At The Pier west building is 13 levels and the east building is 12. Completed in 2009 there are around 176 units in these two attractive towers. These high end luxury suites of the Atrium have amazing unimpeded water and harbor views at this time. However, some water views will be lost as mid rise residential buildings are proposed in the next stage of the Pier Plan and they will be located in front of Atrium East. A new road way will separate the next phase of the Pinnacle's development plan from the two Atrium's, east and west

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Esplanade At The Pier - West building 168 Esplanade - East building 188 Esplanade Avenue

Starting with Esplanade East, we have a concrete building with 23 levels. There are 155 units and it was completed in 2007. Town houses and some commercial venues sit at street level. On the second tier, there are more town houses in front of the two towers. This terracing effect and architecturally modern design has created a very livable look to the Esplanade complex.

Esplanade West, looking very similar to its big brother to the east, has only 12 levels and 92 units. Although these buildings are connected by walk up townhouses and shops, these buildings have separate strata management.

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The Landing At The Pier - 100 East Esplanade Avenue

On the corner of Lonsdale and Esplanade sits the Landing At The Pier a six story mixed use low rise built of concrete and bearing the Pier signature look. Completed in 2008 the pinnacle design group mixed up the formula a bit to incorporate Commercial units at ground level, office space on the second, and live work units on the third. With 59 units in all this is a very diverse use of space suitable for the Landings up front and center location. One two and three bedroom units complete the building to its sixth floor. A thousand square foot roof top terrace gains great views across the market and water vistas.

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Pinnacle Residences At The Pier - 133 East Esplanade Avenue

Just across the street from the Landing, at 11 stories high, is the nautically inspired structure the Pinnacle Hotel and Residences. Completed in 2009, the pinnacle residences brings a further 79 units to the community in Lower Lonsdale. On the north side, there’s the Pinnacle Residences and on the water side, the Pinnacle Hotel. Though the other six buildings in the Pinnacle group do have similarities in look and architectural style, the Pinnacle is unique to the group. Terracing and soft flowing lines are in stark contrast to the clean predominantly chiseled and lineal look of the neighbouring group of seven buildings how ever this lightly colored building with its sultry lines seems to belong by the sea. The amenities for all seven buildings are here, the gym, the pool, steam rooms and public venues for food and drink lend a touch of class to the Pinnacle At The Pier way of life.[4]

Layout and Features

With up to 1200 suites destined to be built at The Pier, we can only touch on some of the layout and features of The Pier. As each building offers similarities in design and layout most Pinnacle homes will still vary in subtle ways.

Additional details may be seen on walk-through videos displayed on Youtube:

[5]See reference section below for you-tube walk through 1

[6]See reference section below for you-tube walk through 2

Floor Plans

Amenities

Amenities for most everybody living at the Pier are in the Pinnacle Hotel and Residences building.

  • At The Pier these are some of the amenities:
  • Membership to the Pinnacle Hotel Club which includes use of fitness center, 80 foot pool, steam room, and sun terrace.
  • Home features may include nine foot ceilings and balconies off living rooms. Some master bedrooms feature electric fire places with granite mantles.
  • Air conditioning through out, Berber carpets, laminate hard wood floors, and Bosch equipped kitchens.
  • Most bathrooms come with granite or marble counter tops, soaking tubs with tile surround, and glass walk in showers.

Bylaws

Pier Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



  • Basic bylaws for all seven properties are similar.
  • Rentals are allowed.
  • There are no age restrictions.
  • Some buildings allow two pets, whereas, the Esplanade At The Pier limits pets to one.

Sustainability

Park your Smart car or your hybrid. In North Vancouver there isn't an easier 'green' location to live in.

With the sea bus only minutes away on foot, travel to the heart of Vancouver’s downtown is about 20 minutes. Transit to the Vancouver International Airport departures lounge, is about 45 minutes. At Canada Place, there are train links to the United States.

Next door in Coal Harbor float planes, along with Helijet, provide service to many Vancouver Island locations.

Vancouver has a poor report card on traffic issues, so the Pier location is ideally situated to live car free, part time at least.[7]

Trivia

Ferry boat Senator circa late 1800 s
  • The history of navigating the turbulent waters of Burrard inlet dates back to the mid eighteen hundreds when a pioneer named Nawy Jack rowed passengers across the inlet. In a few short years a ferry service began providing regular service between Vancouver and what was then called Moodyville, the Sea Foam, the Lily, and the Senator sporadically ferried the early pioneers around the inlet.
  • The Union Steamship Company in 1893 signed an agreement with the municipality of North Vancouver to make six return trips a day for one hundred dollars a month.
  • By the turn of the century the municipality took over the ferry service and built the Norvan a steam powered ferry which was later renamed North Vancouver Ferry No. One, In the subsequent years ahead, more ferries were built bringing cars over as early as 1904 on the St. George, later systematically renamed as Ferry No. Two. Over a span of 40 years North Vancouver Ferries carried over 112 million passengers across the Burrard inlet.[8]



References

  1. City of North Vancouver
  2. Walk score
  3. Wikipedia on Vancouverism
  4. BC/Condos.net
  5. Atrium At The Pier you-tube walk through
  6. Esplanade At The Pier you-tube walk through
  7. Translink trip
  8. BC Shipping News

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