Quaywest

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  • 1033 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC (Quaywest I)
  • 1067 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC (Quaywest II)


Quaywest
Quaywest.JPG

Quaywest II in the foreground with Quaywest I in the background.
Building Information
Developer Concord Pacific
Architect James Cheng
Management Company Crosby
Number of Units 406
Number of Floors 24 & 34
Year Built 2001
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1033 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (324)
Title of Land Freehold Strata


Contents

Background

Artists rendition of the proposed Quaywest development

The Quaywest Resort Residences are a pair of high rise buildings located on the waterfront of Vancouver's prestigious Yaletown neighbourhood. Located on the trendy Marinaside Crescent and next to False Creek, these two buildings optimize West Coast living at its finest. Commuting is not a concern for residents of Quaywest as its location put them minutes minutes from downtown and in close proximity to an abundance of public transit options.

Jet setters can also take advantage of its location since it is a mere seven minute walk to Vancouver's latest addition to its already extensive transit system, the Canada Line. The Canada Line is a subway that enables Quayside residents a direct route to Vancouver's International Airport in just 15 minutes.

Built in 2001 by acclaimed developers Concord Pacific, they were the last towers to be erected on Marinaside Crescent, east of Davie Street. The Marinaside community has become a hot spot in Vancouver. Multiple cafes and restaurants provide ample patio space to both people watch and take in the gorgeous False Creek Views.

Also nearby is the Roundhouse Community Centre. A remnant of the areas former past as a railyard, this provincially designated historic sight was once used to store and maintain locomotives. Now it has become the focal point of the community offering exhibits, seminars and programs for both the young and the young at heart. Due in part to its fabulous amenities and great location, Quaywest has been popular with owners and rental tenants alike.[1]


Location

Quaywest (top of the photo) is located next to the Cambie Bridge, BC Place and False Creek

Quaywest is on the 1000 block of Marinaside Crescent, immediately across the street from False Creek. Quaywest has an abundance of amenities not far from its doorstep. Marinaside Crescent sports two restaurants, a cafe and a pet store, not to mention the endless array of restaurants located in the nearby historic district and throughout downtown.[2]

Speaking of sports, Quaywest's neighbour to the east just happens to be BC Place with many of the residences having commanding views of the newly renovated facility. The 55,000 capacity stadium was the site of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics and is home to the province's Canadian Football League (CFL) team, the BC Lions as well as the Vancouver Whitecaps, the cities major league soccer team. Just across the street from BC Place is Rogers Arena, home to the Vancouver Canucks. These world class facilities also attract the biggest and best musical acts that commonly make their way through the city.

Quaywest backs onto Pacific Boulevard and the parking garage for both buildings can be accessed from either street.

Vancouver's Aquabus foot passenger ferry (not to be confused with the Sea Bus) stops at the Marina directly across the street from Quayside. This is a pleasant way to access Granville Island, The Science Centre as well as other notable stops along False Creek. At its location, Quayside may most definitely be considered as being at the "ground zero" Yaletown.[3]


Construction

Quaywest was designed by long time high-profile Vancouver architect James Cheng. It is a relatively simple modern design, fitting with the look of the neighbourhood, which has been built entirely by the same developer, Concord Pacific.

It is built on a concrete perimeter, and constructed with concrete. The exterior of the building is a mix of glass, steel and brick accents around the lower floors and some of the common areas. This style has grown to optimize the Vancouverism mentality utilized in other major-epicenters. The two buildings also share a parking garage, gym and pool.

There is also a common courtyard located between both buildings that features a garden, palm trees and a koi pond.[4]

On-going Maintenance

At the end of 2011, both a structural engineering survey and a building envelope survey were conducted by the strata corporation. The structural engineering survey, carried out by McCuaig & Associates Engineering, found no major problems although it did recommend a number of minor repairs such as small leaks in the parking areas' waterproof membrane and the resurfacing of balconies, which the strata corporation quickly addressed.

At the 2012 AGM, the strata corporation voted to re-surface all of the outdoor balconies as well as to make improvements to all of the interior carpeting in the common areas.

Layout and Features

The larger tower, Quaywest I contains 223 suites among its 34 stories. Although it does have a 38th floor - in keeping with Western superstition, there is no 13th floor in the building and in keeping with traditional Chinese superstition neither are there 4th, 14th, 24th or 34th floors. Quaywest I measures at 103 metres on the horizon.

Quaywest II contains 129 suites built over 24 stories and like it's taller sister, does list a 28th floor but does not have a 4th, 13th, 14th, or 24th floor. Quaywest II measures at 77 metres on the horizon.

In addition to the condominium suites in both towers, there are a total of 54 town homes included in the strata plan as well, at the bases of, and connecting between the two towers.

Both towers and all of the townhouses form one strata corporation all together.

Floor Plans

1033 Marinaside Cr. Plans (Quaywest I)

1067 Marinaside Cr. Plans (Quaywest II)


Amenities

Bylaws

Quaywest Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


The Strata Corporation allows for unrestricted rentals. At any one time, approximately half of the buildings' occupants are renters.

There are no restrictions on an occupant's or owners age. Occupants may have up to two pets, including larger dogs.

As of 2010, all dogs must be registered with the building concierge.

Barbecues are permitted, but limited to either electric or propane gas.

Sustainability

Quaywest is so centrally located that residents can walk most places for just about anything, making the need for driving within the neighbourhood virtually unnecessary, and in fact, even a nuisance as far as parking is concerned. Some residents may prefer to navigate Vancouver by bicycle, and Quaywest has ample bicycle storage.

Quaywest participates fully in Metro Vancouver's recycling program, recycling newsprint, mixed paper as well as aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles and containers.

Trivia

Expo '86 was a world's fair in Vancouver which was attended by over 22 million people

Like most of the Concord Pacific Developments in Yaletown, Quaywest is built at the site of the Expo '86 World's Fair.

The highest ever MLS sale registered in Quaywest was a penthouse level suite in the Quaywest I tower, which sold in August of 2009 for $2.18 million Canadian dollars.

Despite Quaywest's reputation as being an upscale community, it has been susceptible to crime in the past, albeit such occurrences in the area are very rare. On June 11, 2009 the proprietor of an illegal massage parlor on the 18th floor was stabbed to death during a botched robbery attempt. Two men were later charged in the attack.


References

  1. Vancouver Properties
  2. Vancouver walkscore
  3. Vancouver Condominiums
  4. Vancouver4Life


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