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821 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC


Raffles - Exterior
Building Information
Developer Aurmon Development
Architect Hancock, Bruckner, Eng
Management Company Crosby Property Management
Number of Units 150
Number of Floors 23
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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821 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 50 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (431)
Title of Land Strata



Completed in 2008, Raffles is a live/work development in one of Vancouver’s trendiest neighborhoods for the young professional set. Today, Yaletown is known for its bistro cafes, swanky coffee shops, and boutique clothing stores.

Raffles - The Logo

It’s come long way.

Yaletown was born when rail workers from the tiny town of Yale BC followed the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks into Vancouver and settled together in an area then dense with factories, warehouses and rail scrap yards. Over the years, the CPR turned the original “Yale-town” into a shoddy, polluted railway bone yard.

Before Vancouver hosted the Expo ’86 World’s Fair, the vast majority of Yaletown and nearby False Creek were still largely castoff industrial parks. As something of a testament to possibility, the city bought the land, cleaned it up, and redeveloped it as the hub of the 1986 global exposition.

During the few short months in 1986 when Yaletown and False Creek played host to hundreds of thousands of visitors, city officials saw the potential. They saw what Yaletown could be: a place where youth, vibrancy, and potential meet professional class and culture.[1]


Raffles is at home on Cambie Street, minutes away from great shopping and dining in Vancouver’s commercial center. For sports fans, the excitement of BC Place is just three blocks from Raffles’ front door, and with more than 50 public transit options in easy distance, the whole of downtown – and, truthfully, all of Vancouver – is at one’s fingertips.

Dining in Yaletown: Covered red brick patios, and lots of greenery. A great place to meet-and-eat.

Relax in Yaletown Park, or hop a bus to Granville Island for some theatre, artisan crafts, and a visit to the Public Market. Meet some friends for coffee at a virtually inexhaustible list of funky little spots, or hit Granville Street for something a little stronger.

Yaletown is certainly one of the city’s it-places when it comes to making a home, but the whole of downtown Vancouver isn't exactly huge. Enthusiastic walkers can make it across the downtown core in 20 minutes or so. Put simply, downtown Vancouver is a small place with big life. Any downtown location is minutes away from anywhere else via public transit.

Since convenience isn't much of a concern downtown, the only question is where one wants to start from, and come back to at night (or early morning). There are plenty of neighborhoods to choose from, but for the young up-and-comer Yaletown is one of the best.[2]


At a modest 150 units over 23 floors, Raffles isn't exactly looming upward on the Vancouver skyline. It’s a clean, strong building in the concrete and glass tradition of modern architecture. In that same tradition, private balconies and large windows feature prominently in its design.

As a live/work building, Raffles’ suites are an interesting balance of clean usable design, and high quality material. Raffles takes Yaletown’s young professional lifestyle a step further – for a generation more accustomed to working remotely, it offers life space and work space under the same roof, and with the same attention to refinement and style.

Layout and Features

Raffles’ suites are available in one or two bedroom layouts, with master, or master and guest, bathroom arrangements. Most units feature private balconies, and either office spaces, or a combination of office and flex/loft space. Suites range from 560 to 940 square feet.

As mentioned, Raffles’ design team chose clean, quality construction over flash and “innovation”. Units are finished with genuine teak, or chestnut flooring. Cabinets are shaker style, in white oak or black mahogany, and counter tops are either polished granite or marble. Major appliances by Maax Villa, Caroma, La Torre, Miele, and Whirlpool.[3]

Floor Plans

A selection of floor plans from Raffles:


The whirlpool.
The fitness room.

Amenities at Raffles include:

  • Concierge
  • Fitness room
  • Lounge
  • Whirlpool spa
  • Multimedia area
  • BBQ area/deck
  • Secure underground parking
  • Pre-wiring for high speed Internet
  • Bike storage
  • En-suite laundry in select units.


Raffles Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Raffles welcomes pets. Check with management for most current details.
  • Suites are available for either rental or purchase.
  • There are no age restrictions on residency.
  • Barbecues are permitted in designated areas.


The Energy Star mark.

Opened for sale in 2008, Raffles falls well within Vancouver's concentrated effort to take home top honors as the world's greenest city by 2020. With that in mind, the building's over sized windows have been sealed for maximum insulation and heat efficiency. All suites at Raffles feature low-flow and water/energy efficient appliances with Energy Star approval ratings.

A note on the Energy Star System: Like the LEED System of energy efficiency, Energy Star is an externally rated benchmark designed to help energy managers and providers to assess how efficiently their buildings use energy.

Buildings like Raffles are judged against similar developments throughout Canada, on a 1 to 100 scale. A rating of 50 indicates average energy performance, while a rating of 75 or better indicates top performance. Appliances, window and roof seals, water and waste - it all counts toward Raffles' overall Energy Star rating.

On a citywide level, prospective residents at Raffles are encouraged to keep in mind the over 50 public transit options within easy distance of the building. Environmental impact aside, Vancouver authorities have limited the amount of parking available downtown in an effort to reduce congestion. By doing so, they've also given those who live downtown a wonderful opportunity to reduce individual carbon footprints.[4]


The Canadian Pacific Railway moves through the original town of Yale, BC.

Today, Yaletown is one of Vancouver's most densely populated neighborhoods. The same can't be said for the original town of Yale, BC. Yale is still there, in the Fraser Canyon. As of 2006, it was home to 186 people. Yale was featured on a Season One episode of Gold Trails and Ghost Towns, and some current residents say Yale's population of lingering spirits is larger than its population of real live people.


During its gold rush heyday, the entire town of Yale burned down. Twice. Like many tiny pioneer towns, isolation, extreme weather, and widespread poverty made both rescue and medical services more than a little difficult. The town burned down twice, and the disturbingly large number of people who couldn't get out? They burned with it.

Today, modern day Yale is a great place for white water rafting.[5]


  1. Yaletown Online
  2. Walk Score
  3. Wayne Pasco
  4. Energy Star: How it Works
  5. Fraser Canyon Travel

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