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1251 Cardero Street, Vancouver, BC


Surfcest in the West End
Building Information
Developer Pending
Architect Pending
Management Company Sheridan
Number of Units 160
Number of Floors 21
Year Built 1968
Construction Method Concrete
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1251 Cardero Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Within a block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning C-5
Title of Land Leasehold



Surfcrest puts you on top of the world

Buildings like Surfcrest are reasons why anyone who lives in Vancouver doesn't want to leave. While this prepaid leasehold building itself is several decades old (completed in 1968), it's the location that is its main attraction. Residents who love the waves will love living at Surfcrest, a 21-floor building that offers unbeatable views of English Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Residents who wish to swim in warmer waters can always opt for the indoor pool, which comes with a sauna. This is quintessential West Coast living with easy access to the variety of shops and restaurants offered in the West End. For those who really wish to surf, Tofino on Vancouver Island and the Oregon and Californian coasts are your closest bets.

160 units comprise Surfcrest, with balconies providing ocean and city views. Sheridan is the company who manages the complex. The Heritage is another leasehold building in the West End neighbourhood of downtown Vancouver.


Surfcrest is situated just blocks away from English Bay at 1251 Cardero Street and Burnaby Street. The West End is a highly desirable area because of its scenic, tree-lined streets, quieter lifestyle and yet convenient downtown location. Residents can easily walk to Stanley Park, English Bay, and Morton Park. The Seawall is a popular walking, biking, and running trail that wraps around Stanley Park and English Bay and goes all the way east to Coal Harbour and west to Yaletown.

Just one block north of Cardero and Burnaby Streets is Davie Street, where residents can catch a number of buses to various downtown locations. Davie and Denman Streets are the main West End streets offering trendy shops, café, restaurants, and pubs. Some places to check out include Swagat Tandoori Restaurant, Bella Pizza, Bamboo Terrace, Red Umbrella Café, Marble Slab Creamery, Cardero Bottega, Dulcinea Café, and Delany's Coffee House. Safeway is just a block north and Davie Street Market is just a short walk west.[1]

Some nearby schools include Lord Roberts Elementary, King George Secondary, VanWest College, Patttison High School, and Ashton College.[2]


Entrance to Surfcrest

Surfcrest is a fairly typical concrete high-rise designed in the modernist style.

What stands out about it in comparison to its similarly-designed neighbours is the red brick on the balconies, which provides an eye-catching visual line from the red awning entrance all the way to the roof.

Balconies are situated on the corners and in the mid section of the facade.

Layout and Features

Surfcrest contains 162 units offering one-bedroom and two-bedroom layouts with balconies or patios for those on the ground level.

Many suites have been upgraded since 1968 with kitchens and bathroom upgrades, hardwood parquet floors, and renovated balconies.[3]

Storage space is available and parking also comes with the suites.

Residents share a common laundry room.[4]

Floor Plans

- [5]Unfortunately, no public floor plans exist for Surfcrest. However, you can watch a video link in the References Section of this page for a panoramic video tour.


Surfcrest comes with some attractive amenities:

  • indoor pool
  • sauna
  • hot tub
  • bike storage
  • shared laundry
  • parking
  • balconies with city and ocean views


Surfcrest Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets No
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • While Surfcrest does not allow pets, it does permit rentals and pied-à-terres
  • No age restriction is put on occupants
  • Barbecues are allowed on the balconies


In terms of sustainability, Surfcrest offers hot water heating in the suites, which saves electricity. Apart from this, residents can make use of Surfcrest's convenient downtown location for getting to and from daily errands without the use of a car. Garden lovers will enjoy the landscaped grounds and flowers surrounding the building, and can even plant their own little garden on their balcony or patio.[3]


A popular spot even for seagulls
  • Residents living at Surfcrest are minutes from English Bay and the iconic Inukshuk that sits on the edge of a small peninsula. This granite sculpture was created by Alvin Kanak from the Northwest Territories in 1986 as a gift for Expo, the international event that Vancouver hosted and which catapulted Vancouver's tourism. In 2010, this image was used as the symbol of the Winter Olympics that Vancouver also hosted. It is called "'Ilanaaq" - the Inuit interpretation for the word "friend."[6] Many tourists and locals take photographs by this popular sculpture.
  • In case of confusion, 1251 Cardero Street is not located near Cardero Park, also in downtown Vancouver but in Coal Harbour rather than the West End where the leasehold building is located. That being said, it is the same Cardero Street that runs north to south from Cardero Park all the way to the Inukshuk in English Bay. Cardero Street is a bike-friendly route with designated lanes.


  1. Walk Score
  2. BC Condos
  3. 3.0 3.1 Michael Dowling Realty
  4. Vancouver-Condo—Ian Watt
  5. Rob Joyce Real Estate
  6. Venture Vancouver

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