Rosedale Garden

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888 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC


Rosedale Garden
Rosedale-Vancouver-Exterior.jpg

The exterior of Rosedale Garden in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Westbank Projects Corporation
Architect Hamilton Doyle Architects
Management Company Century 21
Number of Units 162
Number of Floors 25
Year Built 1992
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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888 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit SkyTrain/Bus accessible
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning DD
Title of Land Strata


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Background

Vancouver's Downtown Core is widely regarded as one of the city's most popular areas, and for good reason. As one of the most upscale and affluent neighbourhoods in Vancouver, there is a tremendous amount to see and do there, from exploring the many shopping opportunities up and down the intersecting streets to sampling the wares of the myriad of coffee shops that stand eager to serve.

Rosedale Garden's courtyard

Rosedale Garden is one of the many high-end condominiums that lies in the heart of this district, and it certainly offers the kind of living experience that one would expect from a building in its neighbourhood.

Rosedale Garden was built in 1992, and is a 25 floor tower with 162 units available for both sale and rent.[1] It was developed by Westbank Projects Corporation, a fairly prolific luxury condominium developer, and designed by Hamilton Doyle Architects.

As expected of a building in the Downtown Core, Rosedale Garden offers a selection of amenities to enhance the fast-paced lifestyles of its residents. Of course, there is also its prime location to take into account, with some of Vancouver's finest shopping and cuisine a few minutes from its front doors, along with many of the city's more prominent sights.



Location

An aerial shot of the West End

Looking around the buzz of activity that seems to perpetually surround the West End (specifically Downtown), it may seem hard to believe that once upon a time it, like much of the city, was nothing more than untamed wilderness.

Development, however, took place, with the advent of the Canadian Pacific Railway turning it into Vancouver's first real upscale neighbourhood, a reputation that it continues to hold even now. Presently, there is a wealth of retail and restaurants in Downtown, along with a variety of smaller cafes and boutiques. There are also other sights to see, such as the famous Stanley Park, one of the largest parks in North America.[2]

There is no need to own a car if one lives in Rosedale Garden; there are many shops and services near the building's front doors, meaning stepping out to run a quick errand is no problem. In addition, should one need to travel somewhere outside of Downtown, then Vancouver's transit system is ready to serve - Rosedale Garden has 51 bus stop options close by, along with three SkyTrain stations.

As a result, much of the Lower Mainland is easily accessible to the residents, even if they do not happen to own motor vehicles.[3]


Construction

A snapshot of a kitchen

Constructed in 1992 and designed by Hamilton Doyle Architects, Rosedale Garden is a building that very much follows the established design conventions of the time, being constructed from concrete and equipped with a partial rain screen for Vancouver's alleged rainy weather.

While admittedly not a particularly creative structure from a design perspective, Rosedale Garden's exterior appearance is still aesthetically pleasing; its appeal comes from its simplicity, and the refined atmosphere that is the result of said simplicity.

The light coloured finish contrasts pleasantly with the reflective glass panes on the exterior, and the tower's symmetrical profile only complements these aspects of its appearance further. In other words, there was enough done to ensure that Rosedale Garden manages to avoid looking staid or boring, something that cannot be said for other buildings in the city.


Layout and Features

Rosedale Garden's 162 units come in two primary configurations; one bedroom residences and two bedroom residences. For a quick size comparison, the one bedroom units measure in at 622 to 817 square feet and the two bedrooms units measure in at 964 to 1034 square feet.

The residences come equipped with a variety of features, such as granite counter tops, laminate flooring, large windows, and stainless steel appliances. Some units also come equipped with balconies.[4]

Floor Plans

Unfortunately, Rosedale Garden does not currently offer free floor plans for public viewing. There is, however, video footage on YouTube that does a good job of showcasing Rosedale Garden's features and highlights.

[5] - View video from "References Section" at the bottom of this page.

Amenities

Some of Rosedale Garden's amenities include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Bike storage
  • Lounge
  • Playground
  • Sauna



Bylaws

Rosedale Garden Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Rentals are permitted
  • Rosedale Garden is pet-friendly
  • There is no age restriction on residents
  • Barbecues are allowed


Sustainability

As it was built in an era where green living was not as large of a priority as it is now, it does not come as any surprise that Rosedale Garden does not have any green features or sustainable materials used, although one could certainly make the argument that the building's large windows improve illumination, and thus reduce the energy needed to sustain artificial lighting.

Thus, it falls on residents to reduce their impact on the environment by taking measures of their own. For instance, recycling is an excellent way to reduce unnecessary waste. In addition, should they choose to, residents can choose to actively use transit in lieu of using any motor vehicles they may own; this would certainly help the atmosphere, as well as reduce fuel costs.


Trivia

  • Westbank Projects Corporation was founded in 1992, and are best known for their work in developing luxury hotels, though they faced some bad publicity recently when one of their hotels was embroiled in some legal trouble:[6]
  • Other works by Hamilton Doyle Architects include Wall Centre and Rosario Gardens
  • Rosedale Garden stands at a height of 82 metres and has a total floor area of 15793 square metres
  • Century 21, the firm in charge of managing Rosedale Garden, is one of the most prominent names in its field today, with around 7000 offices in 73 countries


References

  1. BC Condos - Rosedale Garden
  2. Wikipedia - West End, Vancouver
  3. Walk Score
  4. 6717000 - Rosedale Garden
  5. Rosedale Garden on Youtube
  6. Business Vancouver - Shangri-La homebuyers sue developers


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