Seastar

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1003 Pacific Street, Vancouver, BC

Seastar
Seastar-Vancouver-Exterior.jpg

An exterior shot of Seastar in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Concert Properties Ltd.
Architect DYS Architecture
Management Company Gateway Property Management
Number of Units 105
Number of Floors 21
Year Built 1997
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1003 Pacific Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (169)
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

The West End is a neighbourhood that holds some of the city's more upscale residences. Though perhaps not quite in the public eye as the nearby Downtown Core or possessing as much cultural influence as Kitsilano, the area is still quite affluent. In addition to luxury condominiums, the area has a surplus of restaurants and shopping.

Seastar's main entrance
Seastar is one of the many residences that one will find there, and it does an excellent job in not only serving as a home for its many tenants, but also as a barometer of sorts for the kind of life one could expect to lead in that area of Vancouver.

Originally built in 1997, Seastar is a 21 floor high-rise with 105 units available for both sale and rent.[1] Its development was handled by the prolific Concert Properties firm, and the simply named DYS Architecture was responsible for the building's clean, handsome design.

It is customary for condominiums to offer a range of amenities to its residents, and Seastar is no exception, with a variety of measures that are meant to make the lives of the people within it easier. Of course, one might say the best amenity of all might be its prime location, with a number of prominent Vancouver attractions and shopping opportunities nearby.



Location

The nearby Davie Village

Located on 1003 Pacific Street in Vancouver's West End, Seastar finds itself close to a variety of Vancouver landmarks. For instance, the famous Stanley Park also calls the West End home, and welcomes over eight million visitors per year. In addition, the West End is also the location of Davie Village, the centre of Vancouver's LGBT community.

There are of course a number of other parks and beaches scattered throughout the area, such as English Bay, where the annual Celebration of Light fireworks competition is held. Finally, due to its proximity to the Downtown Core, Seastar by extension has access to the wealth of shopping and cuisine that the area possesses, with upscale retailers and all kind of restaurants ready and willing to serve.[2]

Citizens of Vancouver are already well aware that they do not necessarily need to own cars in order to traverse the city; the transit system run by TransLink has excellent coverage, a statement that is backed up by Seastar having a whopping 47 bus options nearby.

In addition, Seastar is also close to three SkyTrain stations, meaning that much of the city is very accessible even without a vehicle. It also must be pointed out that Seastar has many shops and services within easy walking distance of its front doors, so running daily errands on foot is a very real option, weather permitting.[3]

Construction

An example of a living room

The design brainchild of DYS Architecture, Seastar is a traditionally constructed concrete building, equipped with a partial rain screen for Vancouver's inclement weather. While there were not too many bold choices employed with the building's design, Dysarchitecture made sure that there were enough individual touches for Seastar to stand out.

The most prominent of these would be the colour scheme; the use of brown and white in alternating patches throughout the facade is pleasing to the eye, and the end result manages to be complementary as opposed to garish. Also of note is Seastar's general adherence to symmetry, which suits the colour choices quite well and only serves to enhance the aesthetics.

Layout and Features

Seastar's 105 units come in three configurations; studio apartments, one bedroom units, and two bedroom units. For a size comparison, the studios are a little over 400 square feet, while the one bedroom residences range from 594 to 799 square feet and the two bedroom residences range from 958 to 2363 square feet.

The units come equipped with a variety of features, such as gas fireplaces, chrome fittings, high gloss wood cabinetry, double glazed windows, and appliances supplied by Whirlpool.[4]

Floor Plans

Unfortunately, Seastar does not currently offer free floor plans for public viewing. There is, however, video footage on YouTube that does an adequate job of showcasing Seastar to any curious parties.

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

Amenities

Some of Seastar's amenities include:

  • Fitness centre
  • Party room
  • Meeting room
  • Courtyard
  • In-suite laundry



Bylaws

Seastar Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Rentals are permitted
  • Seastar is a pet-friendly building
  • There is no age restriction in place
  • Barbecues are allowed


Sustainability

Interestingly, despite being built a decade or so before sustainability really became a key issue for many people, Seastar actually does have a few features that lend the environment a helping hand.

The first of these is the dual glazed windows; while a fairly common feature now, they were relatively scarce before the 2000s and do an excellent job in lowering energy costs.

Another green measure would be the extra insulated walls, which reduce temperature loss and makes it easier to regulate how hot or cold rooms get, ergo lowering the energy needed to maintain the ambient temperature artificially.

Both also have the added bonus of lowering the residents' energy bill at the end of the month, as well.


Trivia

  • Other projects by DYS include the UBC Thunderbird Stadium parking garage and the BC Cancer Radiation Vaults
  • They were established in 1982, and are a multi-faceted firm in that they handle research and physical planning as well as building design
  • Founded in 1989, Concert Properties is one of the leading property development firms in Canada
  • Older Vancouverites may recall a time when the Celebration of Light was instead called the Symphony of Fire and was sponsored by the cigarette company Benson & Hedges
  • Davie Village was named in honour of A.E.B. Davie, the eighth Premier of British Columbia


References

  1. BC Condos - Seastar
  2. Wikipedia - West End, Vancouver
  3. Walk Score
  4. 6717000 - Seastar
  5. Seastar on Youtube


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