1188 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC
Sapphire in Coal Harbour
|Architect||Hancock Bruckner Eng. & Wright Architects|
|Number of Units||112|
|Number of Floors||34|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|1188 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than one block|
|Title of Land||Strata|
Coal Harbour has long been known for its historical significance to Vancouver, but it was only in the last few decades that it started to be reevaluated as a place to live and raise a family.
This can be credited to the developers who saw potential in the waterfront area overshadowed by the North Shore Mountains and decided to start building in this idyllic setting. As a result, Coal Harbour has become a significantly more robust neighbourhood. Sapphire is a fairly recent example of such a building, and possesses much of the same qualities as other buildings in the area do, such as Avila.
Built in 2008, Sapphire is a 34 floor building with 112 units available for both sale and rent. It was developed by Pinnacle International, a prolific firm that specializes in luxury residences and condominiums, and was designed by Hancock Bruckner Eng. & Wright Architects.
Buildings of this class are expected to deliver a number of amenities to supplement the luxurious living experience they offer, and Sapphire certainly does not disappoint with a number of features designed to enhance the lives of its residents. There is also its prime location to take into account, as Coal Harbour has a number of sights and attractions to peruse, as well as convenient access to other parts of Vancouver via public transit.
Located on 1188 West Pender Street, Sapphire is quite close to Coal Harbour proper, as the neighbourhood it was built in was the second area to use that name. Coal Harbour originally referred to a nearby section of Burrard Inlet that is between Vancouver and Stanley Park, and the name eventually spread to the development that emerged as time passed. The Harbour itself is known for its wealth of marine based businesses and its historical significance, as many settlements called the area home in the 1800s. One cannot fail to mention its convenient proximity to Vancouver's downtown core either, as that is where some of the finest shopping and cuisine in the city lies.
One of the benefits of living in Vancouver is the phenomenal breadth of coverage that its transit system has. Case in point, Sapphire has 49 bus stop options available, and not only that, there are three SkyTrain stations nearby as well. One does not need to own a car if they do not want to, as travelling around the city without one is quite a simple task.
Furthermore, residents do not need cars to run errands, either, as many shops and services are within easy walking distance, so quick runs to the grocery store or bank are as easy as opening the door and walking a few blocks down the street.
Designed by Hancock Bruckner Eng. & Wright Architects, an international design firm, Sapphire does an excellent job of setting itself apart from its neighbours in spite of possessing the same general underlying structure, being constructed primarily from concrete.
Like many Vancouver condominiums, it is equipped with a full rainscreen for rainy weather; unlike many Vancouver condominiums, it eschews the typical pure concrete exterior finish, instead opting for a combination with a little glass on the facade.
Also, Sapphire seems to possess a slightly slimmer side profile than other buildings; while one would be hard pressed to call it a large difference, it does give the structure a more svelte appearance, further increasing its unique aesthetics.
Layout and Features
The 112 units that Sapphire offers come in three configurations; one bedroom units, two bedroom units, and three bedroom units, though there are far more of the first two types than there are of the third. In terms of size, one bedroom residences are a little over 600 square feet, two bedroom residences are just over 1000 square feet, and three bedroom residences are 1300 to 1400 square feet.
Sapphire's units come with a variety of features, such as stainless steel appliances, designer cabinetry, granite counter tops, and porcelain tiles in the bathroom. Other features include outdoor patios.
As Sapphire does not currently offer free floor plans for public viewing, prospective residents and other curious parties will need to rely on video footage on YouTube to obtain an adequate glimpse of the building's highlights.
 - View video from "References Section" at the bottom of this page.
Some of Sapphire's amenities include:
- Fitness centre
- Secured parking
- Rentals are allowed
- Sapphire is pet-friendly
- There is no age restriction in place
- Barbecues are permitted
Surprisingly, Sapphire does not possess any green measures or sustainable materials; considering that green living began to be viewed as a serious concern as early as the start of the millennium, it is curious that Sapphire seemed to sidestep this growing trend entirely. Many buildings constructed in this decade utilize dual glazed windows or other energy efficient measures.
Residents can offset this somewhat by taking environmentally friendly measures of their own, such as starting to recycle or actively reduce energy or water consumption on a daily basis.
- Hancock Bruckner Eng. & Wright Architects are now known as the IBI Group, and some of their work includes the popular Holt Renfrew at Pacific Centre and the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Healthcare Centre
- Vancouver possesses 18 total floating homes, with six of them being located in Coal Harbour
- Due to many large mansions being located along it, West Pender was once nicknamed Blueblood Alley
- Baywest is one of the leading firms in British Columbia for strata management
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