Social

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2321 Scotia Street, Vancouver BC

Social
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Exterior view of Social
Building Information
Developer Onni Group
Architect Lawrence Doyle Young + Wright Architects
Management Company Rancho Property Management Services
Number of Units 125
Number of Floors 9
Year Built 2011
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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2321 Scotia Street, Vancouver BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 15 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning RM-4
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Life is "Social" for residents who live in this nine-story strata just off south Main Street (SoMa) in Vancouver's historic Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. While this area has an industrial past, it has undergone a revitalization with more mixed-use development that makes it popular for homeowners wanting a convenient and dynamic urban location with more space and less cost.

Time to get 'Social'

The marketing language for this 125-unit building plays up the strengths of the area with the slogan, "Life intersects here."[1] Social presents itself as a nexus for urban dwellers wanting quick access to downtown while also embracing the edgier Mount Pleasant and Main Street vibe with its unique, off-the-beaten track stores, boutique shops, and eateries.

The 125-unit building with townhouses lies just east of the literal intersection of Main Street, Kingsway, and East Broadway, forming a triangle slope of land that the public wants to designate a historic district in upcoming community plans. The slope of land northeast of Main and Broadway where Social sits is called Brewery Creek, an area named for the small bottling industries that used to dot the landscape. Only one brewery remains in the area on 6th Avenue and Scotia Street, just north of Social.[2] Brewery Creek Cold Beer & Wine Store nearby on Main Street references the area's industrial past, as does the architecture of Social with its brick facade.


Location

Social is located between 7th and 8th Avenue on Scotia Street in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Locals also call this trendy south Main Street area "SoMa," which could just as easily be shorthand for "SO MANY" options. Individuals or families interested in the arts have a number of art programs and education facilities at their doorstep such as EDAM Performing Arts Society, Arts Umbrella, and Sarah McLachlin School of Music. Dance schools include Capoeira Ache Brasil Academy, Gracie Barra, Goh Ballet, iDance studio, and Argentine Tango in Vancouver.

This neighbourhood has a diverse range of places to worship such as Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Michael's Church, Mahalakshmi Hindu Temple, Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Church of God in Vancouver, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and Filipino Fellowship Baptist Church.

A key attraction is the Mount Pleasant Community Centre, located on 1 Kingsway and Main Street. This large and sustainable civic centre was finished in 2010 and houses a branch of the Vancouver Public Library, 3 Corners Child Care Centre, a fitness centre, youth lounge, rooftop playground, multi-purpose rooms, and many recreation and language programs. This great asset to the neighbourhood is especially appealing for families but is sure to offer something for everyone.[3]

Nearby parks are Sahalli Park, Jonathan Rogers Park, and Major Matthews Park. For residents who enjoy the outdoors, the Seawall that wraps around the south shores of False Creek provides a great pathway for walking, jogging, and cycling. Additionally, there are many restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores (including organic options) on Broadway and Main Street. All these nearby places offer residents a youthful and energetic street scene where people intersect to grab a bite to eat after work, run errands, or head to a dance class.

Social boasts a prime location from which to get around the city. Main or Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain stations are the closest in the area, and a number of bus options are also available from the transit hub at Main and Broadway.[4]

Construction

Social was designed by award-winning architect Lawrence Doyle Young + Wright Architects of the IBI Group. The structural material is concrete but the exteriors have a distinguished red brick and glass facade that references its industrial ties to Brewery Creek while also showcasing a modern, 21st century look. It was built in 2011 and developed by the Onni Group, one of North America's leading private real estate developers. Social has two elevators, a rain screen, and over sized punch windows that pop out of the facade.

Layout and Features

The 125-units in Social consist of open-concept apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms as well as two-story townhouses. The units are packed with elegant design features such as detailed cornices, over height ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and two balconies - one enclosed and the other open-air to allow residents their choice of outdoor or semi-outdoor space.

All units have in-suite storage and laundry facilities. The interiors have hardwood flooring with Berber style stain-resistant carpeting up the staircase and on the second floors of the townhouses. The gourmet kitchens come fitted wood cabinetry, composite stone counter tops, and stainless steel appliances.[5]

Its "social" atmosphere is derived from the generous communal spaces it provides its residents such as an indoor amenity room and a large outdoor roof deck with communal vegetable garden plots, a children's play space, and an entertaining area.

Floor Plans

Here is a sample of one and two-bedroom floor plans at Social:

Amenities

Social offers a variety of amenities for its residents:

  • fitness centre with top of the line cardio equipment
  • landscaped rooftop deck with garden plots and a children’s play area[6]
  • balconies with mountain and city views
  • amenity room with kitchen and garden tool storage[7]
  • parking space
  • in-suite washer and dryer
  • evening concierge
  • storage
  • two guest suites[6]
  • six bike rooms[8]


Bylaws

Social Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



  • Rentals and pets are allowed at Social.[5]
  • Social is marketed towards young couples, families, or singles because of its central location that attracts an active urban lifestyle, but there is no age restriction.[7]

Sustainability

Social takes a very green approach to its building. It was designed to LEED Silver standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) with modern rain screen technology and a cistern tank for collecting rainwater.

Other sustainable features include low-flush fixtures, energy-efficient appliances, and the punched windows on the facade that help with insulation.[2]

In addition, residents have the opportunity to grow their own vegetable gardens in the common plots on the roof deck.

Six bike rooms and a fitness centre further promote an active lifestyle, as does Social's central location from which to walk, bike, or take public transit for daily errands.

Trivia

Interestingly, Mount Pleasant was considered Vancouver's first suburb. There are remaining traces of Victorian and Edwardian-style houses dating from the late 1880s in this area. Because of Vancouver's rapid pace of development and expansion eastward towards municipalities like Surrey, Mount Pleasant is no longer the definition of suburbia. Rather, residents are precisely attracted to Social for its central urban location and proximity to downtown, as this Vancouver Sun article discusses.[2]

References

  1. Angela Abbe Real Estate
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 ‘Central’ attracts family to Mount Pleasant’s Social
  3. Mount Pleasant Community Centre
  4. Walk Score
  5. 5.0 5.1 Uptown Vancouver
  6. 6.0 6.1 Main Street Real Estate
  7. 7.0 7.1 Mount Pleasant Real Estate
  8. Eco Realty


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