Two One Two

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212 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC

Two One Two
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Two One Two as seen from Lonsdale Ave.
Building Information
Developer Brody Development
Architect Graham Crockart
Number of Units 33
Number of Floors 5
Year Built 1998
Construction Method Wood Frame
Type of Roof Torch-On
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212 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality North Vancouver
Zoning RM-1



Contents

Background

Once a sleepy bedroom community of Vancouver, North Vancouver has grown to take an identity of its own and has become a highly sought after place to live. The street that Two One Two is on, Lonsdale Avenue has become the epicenter of this burgeoning community featuring a number of shops, restaurants and bars, each with their own unique North Vancouver flavour.
Two One Two is located in the Lower Lonsdale Neighbourhood. It is visible on the lower right hand side
While Two One Two is close to all the amenities one comes to expect from a major city, it is North Vancouver's proximity to nature that is its biggest draw.

North Vancouver is unique to most cities in that it is located directly at the base of the North Shore Mountains. This has resulted in a city that is able to benefit from its natural surroundings to create an outdoor experience that is unparalleled by any other large city.

There are a plethora of parks and green spaces within North Vancouver that draws outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide. At the same time North Vancouver is directly linked to downtown Vancouver via the SeaBus. Enabling residents the ability to work downtown and then escape to the serenity of nature afterwards.[1]

Location

Two One Two's location on Lonsdale Avenue places it right in the middle of a vibrant community. The main transportation hub of this area is Lonsdale Quay, departure point for the SeaBus and all of the major bus routes within North Vancouver. Residents of Two One Two will notice that it is much easier to walk down to Lonsdale Quay then it is coming from the opposite direction. This is because North Vancouver is built directly on the North Shore Mountains. As a rule of thumb, half the travel anywhere in North Vancouver means going up hill. Creating streets that rival San Francisco in terms of their steepness. Lonsdale Avenue is one these streets and residents will soon find that the brief stroll from the Quay is still a moderate workout.

This works to the city's advantage by positioning it on a natural amphitheater overlooking the Burrard Inlet. It affords the south facing units of Two One Two an unobstructed view of Vancouver's Harbour and its downtown skyline. Two One Two is ideally suited for those looking for a respite from city life.

Being located on the North Shore enables a quick escape into the wilderness, whether it be for a few hours via pathways such as the notorious Grouse Grind or a few days in Whistler via the Sea to Sky Highway, the confines of British Columbia's natural splendor is always within reach for those that call Two One Two home.

Those looking for an abundance of nightlife or other late night activities, may want to live elsewhere since most of the areas businesses are closed by early evening. However, there is a growing contingency of local pubs that are beginning to migrate to the area as it continues to develop.

Downtown Vancouver is still the epicenter for nightlife activity in the area which will become obvious by the large groups waiting to take the SeaBus downtown on the weekends. However, those that do may need to seek alternative transportation back since the last sailing is at 1:00 am. For those that prefer to be closer to nature while still having shops and services at their doorstep, North Vancouver is worth considering.[2]


Construction

Exterior shot of Two One Two

Two One Two was constructed in 1998 and has 33 units over five floors. Like most condominiums built in North Vancouver, Two One Two is a wood framed structure with stucco exterior finish.

Residents can rest assured that their building won't succumb to leaks that have plagued other buildings in the past since it has a fully integrated rain screen.

The building consists of one and two bedroom units with open layouts, balconies and large windows throughout. [3]

Layout and Features

  • The units of Two One Two have a contemporary open layout design.
  • Each unit has walnut laminate flooring.
  • In-suite washer and dryer and interior storage come standard in each unit.
  • Bicycle storage is also provided

Floor Plans

Unfortunately there are no floor plans provided online.

However there is a virtual tour through the link provided in the References Section of this article.[4]


Amenities

Two One Two does not have the amenities found in larger condominium complexes, although some might say this is made up for by its location.

Two One Two provides beautiful vistas to those in the south facing units and the surrounding area is fully developed and features all amenities found in a large urban centre. The area is also fully serviced by public transit.

Bylaws

Two One Two Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Pets are allowed
  • Rentals are allowed, though limited to six units
  • There are no age restrictions for ownership
  • Barbecues are allowed on patios


Sustainability

Two One Two is built with large windows and an energy efficient lighting system which reduces the amount of energy required to illuminate each unit.

Lonsdale Quay is a major transit exchange centre, enabling residents to utilize public transit to access virtually all of the lower mainland. The SeaBus also offers a direct link to downtown Vancouver, the SkyTrain and the Canada Line.

The City of North Vancouver has three community gardens and encourages residents to host a plot as a means to take advantage of the area's fertile climate to grow their own vegetables. The closest Garden to Two One Two is the Lower Lonsdale Community Garden located next to the North Shore Neighbourhood House. [5]

The City of North Vancouver encourages community driven initiatives to reduce waste. Currently the city recycles 48% of its garbage through is extensive programs. Their latest program allows residents to dispose of food scraps with their yard trimmings.[6]


Trivia

  • Lonsdale Quay originally was a shipyards that opened in the early 20th century. During its tenure as the Burrard Dry Dock over 450 ships were launched, predominately during World War Two. Today the site is a nationally recognized historic landmark and its 700 foot long pier is open to pedestrian traffic.[7]
Lonsdale Quay during its early years as a ferry terminal
  • Lonsdale Quay has also been a ferry terminal to the North Shore since 1903. The SeaBus being the latest incarnation of the service, opened in 1977. [8]
  • Lonsdale Avenue was serviced by a street car service from 1906-1947. The line went from the Capilano town sight, up Lonsdale Avenue and onward to Lynn Valley.[9]
  • The area encompassing North Vancouver is actually divided into two municipalities, The District of North Vancouver and the City Of North Vancouver. Lonsdale is located in the City of North Vancouver.
  • Unlike West Vancouver and The City of Vancouver (who each have their own police force,) North Vancouver still utilizes the service of Canada's national police force, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).


References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. North Shore Tourism
  3. North Shore Realty
  4. Virtual tour of Two One Two
  5. City of North Vancouver Community Gardens
  6. City of North Vancouver Green Can Program
  7. I Love Lonsdale
  8. John Jennings North Vancouver History
  9. North Vancouver Museum and Archives


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