1211 Melville Street, Vancouver, BC
The Ritz in Coal Harbour
|Architect||Hancock Bruckner Eng & Wright|
|Management Company||Baywest Management Corporation|
|Number of Units||185|
|Number of Floors||38|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|1211 Melville Street, Vancouver, BC|
|Distance to Public Transit||Over 40 options nearby|
|Title of Land||Strata|
The Ritz adds a splash of red to the sea of blue in Coal Harbour's waterfront area with its two vertical stripes. This condominium knows how to "put on the ritz" in providing unbeatable views of the North Shore mountains, downtown streetscape, Stanley Park, and sailboats and cruise ships sailing by on their way to and from Canada Place. All these sights and the urban conveniences of downtown make Coal Harbour a much sought-after place to live. Additionally, The Ritz boasts world-class amenities that provide for residents' almost every need.
Built in 2008, The Ritz has residential living on all floors except the bottom, where it houses commercial spaces and townhouses. There is a total of 185 suites. The Ritz keeps company with Carina and Callisto, two other sleek glass high-rises in Coal Harbour designed by the same renowned architects, Hancock Bruckner Eng & Wright.
The Ritz is located at 1211 Melville Street in Coal Harbour. This is one of the most desirable areas in the downtown core with quick access to the Seawall and waterfront area, as well as shopping on Robson Street. There is a Starbucks just across the street. Other nearby cafés and restaurants include Waves Coffee, Tim Hortons, Sushi Go, Green Leaf Salad Bar, Loden Vancouver, and Prestons Restaurant. Melville Market provides groceries on the same street as The Ritz.
For outdoor facilities, Harbour Green Park is a short walk away, as well as The Coal Harbour Community Centre with a park and play area for children. It is about a fifteen minute walk to the 1001-acre Stanley Park.
The Ritz is also considered a rider's paradise with numerous bus and rail options.
The Ritz has a modern glass exterior typical of the many condominiums that dot the Coal Harbour landscape. What distinguishes The Ritz is the vertical red stripes at the corner edges that connect to the solid red facade of the building at ground level where the commercial units are housed, creating a pleasing line for the eye.
Renowned Vancouver architects Hancock Bruckner Eng & Wright designed this elegant 38-story building in the postmodern style. The building features many angular and protruding sections that jut out from the facade.
Layout and Features
The Ritz offers one to three-bedroom suites, many with dens. There is both a sub-penthouse and a penthouse floor providing the best views of the city and mountains.
Most units also feature a solarium (a sun room) and enclosed balconies. All units are air-conditioned and furnished with an electric fireplace. Nine foot ceilings, large windows, and an open concept layout contribute to a spacious and bright feel.
The gourmet kitchens are fitted with designer cabinetry, granite counter tops and back splash, and the high quality Architectural Series KitchenAid stainless steel appliances.
Bathrooms have polished granite vanity counter tops and chrome faucets. The bathtub is lined with ceramic and porcelain tile.
Here is an example of a floor plan at The Ritz:
The Ritz comes with a long list of state-of-the-art amenities:
- party lounge
- 24 hour concierge
- private health club with indoor pool
- hot tub
- steam room/sauna
- fitness room
- meeting room
- billiards room
- locker/bike storage
- TV room
- outdoor playground
- underground parking
- There is no age restriction at The Ritz
- Rentals and pets are allowed with restrictions
The Ritz was built with high design standards and the latest construction innovations such as a rain screen. Central air conditioning and electric fireplaces are some interior sustainability features. Residents can use the many recreational amenities on site and green spaces nearby to exercise, as well as reduce their carbon footprint by walking or biking thanks to The Ritz's convenient downtown location.
The expression, "puttin' on the Ritz" was actually inspired by a piece of architecture - not The Ritz condominium in Coal Harbour, but The Ritz Hotel in London. This 5-star hotel is located in Piccadilly and features extravagant and swanky rooms. The expression means to dress very fashionably, suggesting one would match the décor of a place like The Ritz Hotel. The Ritz condominium in Coal Harbour imitates and plays into the London hotel's opulence yet situates it in a West Coast context.
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