Seastrand

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150 24th Street, West Vancouver, BC

Seastrand
Seastrand-Vancouver-Exterior2.jpg

An exterior shot of Seastrand in West Vancouver
Building Information
Developer International Land Corporation Ltd.
Architect Lund, King and Associates Architects and Planners
Management Company Ascent
Number of Units 112
Number of Floors 16
Year Built 1963
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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150 24th Street, West Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit One block
Region Vancouver
Municipality West Vancouver
Zoning RS5
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Seastrand's main entrance
West Vancouver has long been a popular site for condominiums and other types of residences. Not only is the area fairly upscale and affluent, but it is also close to the Downtown Core, a neighbourhood that is arguably the centre of Vancouver in every sense of the term but geographical.


As such, over the years many families have flocked there, and as a result more and more residences were needed. Seastrand is one of the many buildings that populate the area, and it serves as an excellent barometer for the kind of living experience one can find in West Vancouver.


Built in 1962, Seastrand is a 16 floor building with 112 units available for both sale and rent.[1] Located by the water, the building has a simple but attractive exterior, and reflects the decade in which it was built quite well.


As expected, the building has a selection of amenities for its residents, all of them geared toward making their lives a little bit easier in the long run. Of course, Seastrand's location may very well be the best amenity it possesses, given its proximity to the water as well as some of Vancouver's most prominent sights and attractions.


Location

The nearby Park Royal Shopping Centre - the north part of the mall is pictured
Located in the Dundarave neighbourhood of West Vancouver, Seastrand finds itself in one of Vancouver's quieter areas. The region has a number of attractions and sights to peruse, with the most prominent example perhaps being Cypress Provincial Park, a park that was used as one of the many venues during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.


Also of note is Park Royal Shopping Centre, the first shopping mall in Canada and still an establishment that offers some of the city's best shopping. There are also a number of smaller parks scattered around the area, such as Whytecliff Park, a notable destination for avid scuba divers.[2]


Residents of Seastrand will be glad to know that ownership of a vehicle is not a strict necessity; there are many shops and services within easy walking distance, so one does not need to drive in order to make a quick grocery run.


In the event that one needs to travel outside the neighbourhood, Vancouver's transit system is prepared to serve. Seastrand has seven bus options close by, and Vancouver's light rail system, the SkyTrain, is accessible via bus as well, though it must be noted that it does require travelling to the Downtown Core proper first via bus.[3]


Construction

Seastrand-Vancouver-Logo.jpg
Originally built in 1962, Seastrand is very much in line with many of its contemporaries construction-wise, being a structure made primarily from concrete with an exterior finish consisting of the same material. Every suite features a view of the ocean.


Two towers were built, connected in the middle and accessible with their own front doors and separate elevators on the east or west sides of the building. Only the ground floor hallway and three laundry floors connect the two towers for residents interested in walking between the two sides. On the north side of the building, long balconies on the laundry floors are seen between the buildings.


The original pool had the ocean waves crash up against the retaining wall that still exists today. Now the West Vancouver Seawall has been built in front of the building, and one of the many Seawall entrances is right outside the Seastrand's front door at the foot of 24th Street.


Generally speaking, it is unremarkable from a design perspective, but this simplicity may very well be its strength. Its exterior is handsome and clean without any extraneous adornment, resulting in a sense of subdued refinement. Seastrand's light colour scheme only serves to enhance this, as the choices complement the design quite well.


Layout and Features

A sample of a kitchen
A typical bathroom


Seastrand's 112 units come in studio apartments, one bedroom residences and two bedroom residences.

The area of each unit is determined based on the strata plan and whether or not the balcony has been enclosed by the owner.

In terms of size, a studio unit might measure in at 400 to 500 square feet, a one bedroom unit would be around 700 square feet, and a two bedroom example might be around 1200 square feet.

The original pool had the ocean waves crash up against the retaining wall that still exists today.

Access to the West Vancouver Seawall is just steps from the door, arguably one of the most scenic walks along the sea in all of Vancouver, shorter than the Seawall in Stanley Park, but presenting a different perspective.

The units come fairly well equipped, featuring large windows, laminate flooring, stainless steel appliances, and balconies.

Every single unit in Seastrand has an ocean view. Almost all the suites come with storage lockers and the larger units have secure underground parking stalls.

Floor Plans

Except the for the three laundry floors, the ground floor, and the penthouse levels, most floors in the Seastrand are configured with the following floor plans:

  • East Tower #08's 1 bedrooms - facing North, East and some South views
  • East Tower #05's 1 bedrooms - facing East and South
  • East Tower #06's studios - facing South
  • East Tower #07's 2 bedrooms - right through the building facing North and South
  • West Tower #03's 2 bedrooms - right through the building facing North and South
  • West Tower #02's studios - facing South
  • West Tower #01's 1 bedrooms - facing South and West
  • West Tower #04's 1 bedrooms - facing North, West and some South views

Amenities

Some of Seastrand's amenities include:

  • Secured parking
  • Personal storage
  • Bike storage
  • Swimming pool
  • Lounge with full kitchen
  • Laundry facilities on three different floors
  • Ready access to the West Vancouver Seawall


Bylaws

Seastrand Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • Rentals are permitted
  • Seastrand is pet-friendly
  • There are no age restrictions for ownership within Seastrand


Sustainability

As Seastrand was originally built in 1962, an era in which green living was not yet the concern that it is today, it may come as no surprise that it has no modern sustainable measures built in, nor was it built with the sustainable materials commonly utilized in newer construction.

Had it been commissioned today, it is quite likely that the build would have been equipped with greener measures such as dual glazed energy efficient windows, or with more natural and renewable materials.

In lieu of what-ifs, residents can be proactive about reducing their impact on the environment. For example, they could reduce unnecessary waste by recycling at home, or they could cut down on excess electricity and water use.


Trivia

One of the main attractions at Whytecliff Park. At high tide, the rock walkway is covered with water. Time your picnics well.
  • Whytecliff Park was named after Colonel Albert Whyte, who requested a name change from White Cliff City.[4]
  • West Vancouver is one of the wealthiest municipalities in the country. According to a 2006 census, the average annual household income for West Vancouver was $120,000 - almost twice that of Metro Vancouver at $63,000.
  • Some houses in the area have sold for over $30,000,000 CAD.
  • The area is prohibited by law from having any manufacturing industries. Instead, the economy consists of retail, service, and recreational businesses.
  • The West Vancouver Memorial Library lends out more books per capita than any other library in Canada.
  • West Vancouver is connected to the main part of Vancouver by the Lions Gate Bridge, originally opened in 1938.
  • Presented here is a quick time capsule montage of key events in West Vancouver's history, a video presentation by Vancouver's North Shore Tourism:


100 Years, 100 Seconds (AmblesideNOW)


  • Additionally, here are some vintage vantages of bygone days in West Vancouver:
A 1927 view of the Capilano River Bridge entering West Vancouver[5]
Prior to the construction of the Lions Gate Bridge, this was the only way to get to West Vancouver - photo ca. 1919
The first bus service in West Vancouver run by the West Vancouver Municipal Ferries - photo ca. 1917

References

  1. BC Condos - Seastrand
  2. Wikipedia - West Vancouver
  3. Walk Score
  4. Wikipedia - Whytecliff Park
  5. West Vancouver


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