Residences on Georgia East Tower

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1200 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC

Residences on Georgia East Tower
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The Residences as seen from Georgia Street
Building Information
Developer Westbank Projects Corporation
Architect James KM Cheng Architects
Management Company AWM Alliance Real Estate Group
Number of Units 249
Number of Floors 36
Year Built 1999
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1200 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than a block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Residences from Street Level

While Arthur Erickson is considered to be the most famous architect from Vancouver, James Cheng is not far behind, having redefined the Vancouver skyline with his iconic glass towers. The 1990s was a decade that brought a large concentration of development to the area. The British handover of Hong Kong to China forced many to transfer their assists to Vancouver. As well, the former 1986 World Exposition grounds were being redeveloped into what is now known as Yaletown. Other downtown properties were also being bought up with an emphasis being placed on future condominium living.

The Residences on Georgia East Tower was built during this frenzy. Towering at 36 stories, this building is one of many built by Cheng in downtown Vancouver. Cheng's buildings are generally easy to spot, they are the ones that use the most glass. There are more to his structures than their transparent facades. They are also constructed to the same standard one would expect from a five star hotel. Cheng's intent from the start was to bring the luxury hotel experience to daily condominium living.

This is very evident upon setting foot in the Residences on Georgia East Tower. It feels more like a hotel than a condominium complex. For those looking to live in the lap of luxury in a highly coveted Vancouver neighbourhood, the Residences are worth considering.

Location

The Residences at Georgia East Tower are about as central it gets in Vancouver. It is located on Vancouver's main thoroughfare, Georgia Street. Providing residents an easy escape route to British Columbia's beautiful back country since Georgia Street provides direct access to the Sea to Sky Highway via the Lions Gate Bridge.

If urban living is more your speed, the Residences are in the heart of the largest city in Western Canada. A short walk North will bring residents to the spectacular shoreline of Coal Harbour, an upscale neighbourhood nestled on the Burrard Inlet. Its views are truly legendary and one can spend hours watching the working port.

A short stroll to the south and residents will find themselves at the shopping mecca that is Robson Street. This street is rich in Vancouver history and continues to be a hot spot in Vancouver as a location with most of Vancouver's finest dining.

For a slice of nature a little closer to home, Stanley Park is just a few blocks west from Residences on Georgia East Tower. This 1001 acre nationally recognized park is equal in size to all of downtown Vancouver and is a beautiful oasis, featuring old growth forests, world class views and the famous seawall. The Residences truly provide a lifestyle very unique to this pacific city. [1]

Construction

Prominent architect James Cheng designed the Residences on Georgia East Tower

The first thing one will notice upon laying eyes on the Residences is its size. At 36 stories it's one of the taller buildings in Vancouver. This concrete structure has 249 units, nearly a hundred more than the average Vancouver Condominium building.

Going big is one of the hall marks of James Cheng. He designed Vancouver's tallest structure, the neighbouring Shangri-La building. The Quaywest development in Yaletown has 406 units spread over two connecting towers and the Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel is 48 stories tall. Both of these were also designed by Cheng.

Noteably, Cheng has left his mark in Vancouver. There is a reason why Cheng is behind the most comprehensive projects in the city. He is able to design functional structures that are of exceptionally high quality while still being aesthetically pleasing.

The Residences is another structure that fulfills all of these categories and as a result is still in high demand. The developer, Westbank Projects Corporation, is also a prominent developer in Vancouver having been behind such iconic developments as the Shaw Tower and the Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel.

The Residences caters to young professionals and second home owners by offering predominantly one bedroom units on the sixth- 27th floors. Floors 28-34 have mostly two bedroom units. These units in particular offer striking views of Coal Harbour and the North Shore mountains or English Bay and the The Georgia Straight. Depending on which way the unit is facing. All residents benefit by having floor to ceiling windows that enable the sun and city views to be enjoyed by everyone. [2]

Residences on Georgia East Tower actually compose two structures. Located next door is the Abbott House. Built in 1899, this iconic red structure has only five units and offers its fortunate residents a remarkable chance to experience a piece of Vancouver's rich history.

Layout and Features

During the construction of the Residences on Georgia East Tower there was an emphasis on quality and attention to detail. Units feature:

  • Granite counter tops
  • Hardwood floors
  • Open kitchens
  • Spacious living rooms

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Floor Plans

In place of floor plans of the Residences on Georgia East Tower, Condopedia presents a video tour of the building through the link provided in the References Section below.[4]

Amenities

Residences on Georgia East Tower offers its residents a host of amenities

Bylaws

Residences on Georgia East Tower Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Pets are permitted
  • Rentals are permitted
  • There are no age restrictions on the sale or rental of units at the Residences
  • Barbecues are allowed on outdoor terraces

Sustainability

Residences on Georgia East Tower has had a number of sustainable features integrated into it. These include low flow facets and the installation of energy efficient lighting and appliances.

The Residences are also sustainable by having 249 units on one small footprint. This helps with the problem of urban sprawl and lessens the burden on infrastructure by having less people commuting from suburban communities into downtown to work.

The Location of the Residences is also inherently sustainable since it eliminates the need for a car to commute around most of the city. Most amenities are within walking distance and there is a SkyTrain station two blocks away as well. Also there are numerous bus stops on Georgia Street, allowing residents to easily utilize public transit for most of their commuting if they so choose.

The City of Vancouver is trying to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in their landfills in half by 2020. Help them reach this goal by utilizing their extensive recycling program found in each condominium building. [5]

Trivia

The Abbott house, built in 1899

As part of their agreement to develop the Residences on Georgia East Tower, developers were required to preserve and restore the Abbott House. This heritage building is easy to spot since it is one of the few remaining houses within the area.

Henry Abbott built the house in 1899. Abbott worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway and was instrumental in its construction across Canada. He was present in Craigellachie, BC where the last spike was driven and was also on Canada's first transcontinental railroad crossing.

During its renovation the Abbott House was divided into five units that are part of the strata of the Residences on Georgia East Tower. Units come in one and two bedrooms. Allowing residents a once and a lifetime opportunity to live in one of Vancouver's most famous historic structure. A video tour is provided through the link.[6]


References

  1. Residences on Georgia East Tower
  2. 6717000
  3. Vancouver Condos
  4. Two Bedroom Suite Tour
  5. The City of Vancouver Recycling
  6. Abbott House Tour


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