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Coal Harbour’s Flatiron, Vancouver

What’s that at 1277 Melville in Coal Harbour? Flatiron? 

Triangles. A triangle meeting of the West End, Coal Harbour and Stanley Park.

The triangular intersection of Melville, Pender and Jervis, and the Flatiron: designed with inspiration from the old triangular Flatiron building in New York City. Described as a “lithe and elegant tower”, the Flatiron makes maximum use of a small triangle of land.

flatiron

The Flatiron will be one of Coal Harbour’s most exclusive residential buildings, with only 52 homes in a sleek 28-story tower, to be completed in 2008. Taking advantage of the extraordinary views of that this tower offers, the building features only two exclusive homes per floor, each fronting on to incredible waterfront & mountain views.

This building truly participates in the luxury concept that Coal Harbour residences are known for, and will be an example of extraordinary Vancouver living, close to everything from the marina to the park to downtown and Robson Street, not to mention the recreational seawall.

Flatiron location

Homes in the Flatiron are lightfilled spaces with glass on 3 sides, and sustainability features such as gardens on all rooftops and design for effective low energy use, including geothermal heat. Open windows will bring in the sea breezes.

flatiron in context

The Flatiron building is seen here in context, shaded aqua.

There’s a great video that shows 3D rendering of the completed building in context, and it really gives you a sense of the building and its presence in the new Coal Harbour. Check it out here on the developer’s site.

(Images are from the Flatiron site, which includes lots more info, including building amenities and residence details)

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Snow on the Harbour

Here’s a view from the Bayshore webcam showing the recent blanket of snow this morning. bayshore webcam decCheck here to see how that view is looking now.

(Note: This post orginally appeared in the shared blog, Coal Harbour: Urban Living on the Waterfront, now discontinued)

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Kitsilano Demographics

In this video clip, I lay out the boundaries of the Kitsilano neighbourhood, discuss a little Kitsilano history (from campsite to rooming houses to hippies to yuppies) and end with the current demographics.

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Autumn in Stanley Park

The fall in Vancouver can be quite mild, and these past few days have been perfect for brisk walks along the seawall and through Stanley Park. The winter rains are coming now, but on a clear day, these paths that the City of Vancouver Parks have outlined can be followed directly from the Coal Harbour recreational paths. Here’s part of the city’s map that shows its relation to the Coal Harbour area.Coal Harbour and Stanley ParkTo view or print out the full map, go here to the City of Vancouver Parks site. You can find a lot more info on Stanley Park there as well.

(Note: This post orginally appeared in the shared blog, Coal Harbour: Urban Living on the Waterfront, now discontinued) 

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Some Kitsilano History

I decided to have a little fun with video and do a few video blog postings about Kitsilano. Because I’m so very interested in history, I’ve started with Sam Greer, the first owner of the area after the CPR. Here’s a photo of Greer’s Beach just after the turn of the century.

greer’s beach

I’m standing around the same spot here in this video:

2007

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Kitsilano Streets Named after Trees – Arbutus Street

 Arbutus is a quintessential West Coast tree, and is a most fitting tree name for a street in the Kitsilano neighbourhood. On Arbutus street, just north of Broadway, is the small converted corner store: Arbutus Market. Now a coffee shop, it exemplifies the feeling Vancouverites have come to associate with Kitsilano.

Arbutus Street in Vancouver bears the name of an extraordinary broad-leafed coastal tree, with a magnificent twisting shape and stunningly coloured peeling bark. The subject of much painting and photography, it is Canada’s only evergreen hardwood and is only found here on the West Coast. Easily recognized by its dramatically twisting branches, leaning, crooked shapes, and rugged form, the arbutus can grow up to 30 metres tall, and has been known to live to 500 years. Its dark leaves are glossy and leathery, and its peeling red-brown bark reveals a smooth greenish to cinnamon-red trunk. The arbutus flowers in drooping dense white clusters in spring, attracting bees with their strong honey scent. Waxwings and robins eat the berry-like fruit of the arbutus, which is a bright orange/red.

The arbutus is also known as Madrone or Madrona, and is very closely related to the “Strawberry Tree” of the Mediterranean. The tree was known in ancient times: Pliny gave the tree the name of Arbutus; Horace praised its shade and Ovid praised its ‘blushing fruit.’ Virgil recommends young arbutus shoots as winter food for goats and for basket-work.

The wood itself is prized by west coast woodworkers, and many examples of exquisite carving and wood-turning show the beauty of the arbutus hardwood. Tannin is taken from the leaves, bark and fruit, and a brown vegetable dye is prepared from the bark. The fruit is rarely eaten.

Here, Arbutus is often found on exposed rocky bluffs overlooking the ocean, and as it doesn’t like shade, it is also seen growing tall in clearings. It can survive our harshest climate: cold, wet and windy with snow in winter and hot droughts in summer. The shape and glossiness of the leaves allows heavy rainwater to run easily off their surface. The tree survives drought by growing burls that store water for release when needed, or by letting a branch or part of a branch slowly die off so that the tree can live.

Salish First Nation honors the arbutus tree as their Tree of Knowledge because it knows how to find the sun. Its search for sunlight is shown in its bending around for optimum light exposure, even growing horizontally to reach the most light. Beautiful in the rains of winter, the arbutus seems to shine with rich depth of colour in its bark and the deep green of the evergreen leaves.

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Kitsilano Stats for August 2006

 thought you might be interested to see this graph put out by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, showing the average prices from January 1977 to August 2006. Comparing these empasizes the changes that have gone on in this city over the years. In 1977 Coal Harbour hadn’t even been developed yet, and is now Vancouver’s prime luxury waterfront neighbourhood.

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Price Summary Vancouver Real Estate

I thought you might be interested to see this graph put out by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, showing the average prices from January 1977 to August 2006. Comparing these empasizes the changes that have gone on in this city over the years. In 1977 Coal Harbour hadn’t even been developed yet, and is now Vancouver’s prime luxury waterfront neighbourhood.

price graph

(Note: This post orginally appeared in the shared blog, Coal Harbour: Urban Living on the Waterfront, now discontinued)

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Kitsilano Streets Named after Trees – Yew Street

As the season changes, I thought it would be fun to look into the interesting aspects of Kitsilano’s street names: particularly all the streets named for trees. Starting with the Yew, I looked up some tree lore and here’s what I found.

How to recognize a yew tree:
First, it is an evergreen conifer. Green year round. Look at the needles, spiraling on the smallest branches. They are shiny and flat with a sharp pointed tip, and very dark green on top, with a paler yellow-green underside. Normally yew looks like a lowspreading shrub or small tree, with branches spread out or downwards and the trunk can even be twisted. Young trees look square, older trees are conical, and they tend to grow from 5 – 15 metres high, although some very old trees have been known to grow to 25 metres. The Western Yew is native, and is found at low to mid elevations on the coast and interior of BC. It has pollen cones on the male trees, and seed cones on the female. These are red and look like berries, each of which contains a single seed. Yew bark is darkish red or purply, thin and scaly, which peels to show a rosy underbark. This inner bark was traditionally used for braiding and weaving.

In the wild, Pacific yew generally live 200-300 years with some specimens living 400 years or more.
Taxol which is used in some cancer treatment, is made from yew bark. First Nations peoples used the Pacific Yew as an anti-inflammatory, and for rheumatism, scurvy, lung and bowel complaints. Although it has medicinal uses, the yew is considered poisonous.

The yew tree produces a great deal of pollen, and in England, Druids used to gather pollen to create special magical effects during clan gatherings, throwing yew pollen into the fire at night to create beautiful little sparks. Yew was considered one of the guardian trees, and was traditionally planted near wells or over blind springs. In the olden days, people gave thanks to the water by singing to the well at Midsummer night, or by ‘Well-dressing’ – decorating the well with petals and sprays of yew. In the old mythical stories, Yew sprays were sometimes used as dowsing tools to find things which were lost.

Yew Street is very green, thanks to City of Vancouver tree-planting, but any yews you see there are courtesy of the independent gardens and hedges of residents and owners. Yew Street ends at the beach, where it meets Cornwall. Just up from Kits Beach, on this street named for the Yew, we find thriving businesses and cafes. To name a few of the eateries: Rossini’s, Café Zen, Café Dall Aqua, Sunset Grill, and Yew First. Then there are Kingshead Inn, Kits Sushi, Urban Well, Malones, Viva Fine Food and Bakery, not to mention the Tangerine Lounge, and more.
And remember to check out the market at 1575 Yew – one of the best places to pick up some fresh flowers and potted plants. Maybe even a little sprig of yew!

And now for Yew Trivia!
What does Robin Hood have to do with Kitsilano’s Yew Street?
The Latin name for the Yew is “taxus” which means “bow” and Robin’s bow was supposedly made from yew wood, which is dense, strong and resilient.

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Coal Harbour Hot Deal

New Coal Harbour Listing priced to sell fast at 1239 W. Georgia, Unit 2502.PRICE REDUCED $25,000 FOR IMMEDIATE SALE.List price: $449,000.00

Desirable S.E. Corner in The Venus, steps to the waterfront. Two bedrooms. Features 2 full baths and gas fireplace. 24 hours concierge, 80 ft indoor pool, gym, sauna, steam, party room, ballroom, visitor parking, guest suite. 795 sq. ft. Tenanted at $1600 per month.

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Coal Harbour Listing – price reduced for immediate sale

New Coal Harbour Listing priced to sell fast at 1239 W. Georgia, Unit 2502.PRICE REDUCED $25,000 FOR IMMEDIATE SALE.List price: $449,000.00

Desirable S.E. Corner in The Venus, steps to the waterfront. Two bedrooms. Features 2 full baths and gas fireplace. 24 hours concierge, 80 ft indoor pool, gym, sauna, steam, party room, ballroom, visitor parking, guest suite. 795 sq. ft. Tenanted at $1600 per month.

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Lap Pool at the Venus

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View from the suite

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The Venus at Coal Harbour, built in 1999.

Contact me for more info.

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Positive Densification

So many real estate blogs feature statistics.

Although I like to add these from time to time, your best source for these would be to subscribe to my e-zine, or check my website, which has many pages devoted to this data. In this blog, I want to reveal more about Kitsilano, to celebrate the community, and add my voice to define its character and nature.

While the demographic of Kits has shifted many times over the years, the value of Kitsilano to Vancouver has increased from decade to decade. As Vancouver becomes increasingly densified, the neighbourhood definition and integrated development in Kitsilano will be seen more and more as an example for development elsewhere.

Even with some larger condominium projects, which enable even more people to make this area their home, the neighbourhood impact of this densification is positive.

Attention by developers to the scale and scope of the neighbourhood, and the placement of denser structures (mostly) on the main streets has preserved the feel of this neighbourhood of tree-lined streets, well-tended gardens and heritage homes.

From the Greeks to the hippies to the families, couples and singles who invested in the area from the 80’s on, Kitsilano has provided homes to a wide range of Vancouver’s population.

Sit outside with a coffee or smoothie at Capers’ patio on 4th, between the Capers store and Duthie Books and do some people-watching. This is one version of Kitsilano. Many of the people walking by have come to Kits as a destination, from other parts of the city. Others are running errands – they live here.

In fact, it is so convenient they don’t need to use their cars for so many of these errands. The essentials are all here: groceries, drugstore, bank, even a hardware store, within a short radius. Not to mention all the other retail necessities: books, music, hiking gear, coffee, garden supplies, gifts and, of course, fabulous shoes!

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The Character of Kitsilano

Much of the character of Kitsilano is drawn from the historic houses that can be found while walking the tree-lined streets.

As well, the landscaping and gardens of the homes here reveal wonderful examples of West Coast gardening – from Zen to English gardens.

One lovely example of Kitsilano character can be seen on Stephens Street, where many houses have been listed as heritage buildings by the city. Take a walk on Stephens Street, and in particular check out these blocks: 1600, 1800, 1900 with an eye for the heritage character of the houses on these streets. The 2200 block has even more heritage-listed homes, then there are a few more on 2300 and the 2400 blocks. I find these heritage homes offer not only character, but an anchor to the area that keeps it in touch with the past. The heritage designation means that these homes are less likely to be significantly changed without preservation of their original intention.

But heritage does not mean that a building cannot be revitalized, and you can see a great example of this at 2990 West 5th Avenue. An existing house, built in the 1920’s, is listed in the Vancouver Heritage Register, and is also part of a significant streetscape of similar Craftsman or “California” Bungalow style architecture. It has been renovated and remodeled in a method of conservation called “adaptive re-use”. The single-family house was converted into a back-to-back duplex through a 12 foot addition to the back of the house, and two bays extending out on either side. This adaptation respects the historic fabric of the existing building, and retains the character of the area.

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Kits Market Heats Up Compared to a Year Ago

The Market in Kits has Heated Up.


Comparing the sales of Kits houses and condos between last May, 2005 and May of this year reveals a dramatic increase.
Just look at these figures.

Condos:A year ago, you could buy a kits condo for as low as $195,000. Now it’s up to $225,000. The median price in may ’05 was $349,000, while this May it was $444,000.This year, Vue at Kits (2386 Cornwall) has achieved the highest $ per square foot price ever for a Kitsilano condo, at $2.3 Million for 1800 sq. ft.
In general, Kits condo prices have increased 14% over the last year, 60% over last 3 years and 100% over last 5 years.

Houses:
The median price of a Kits house a year ago was $756,000, now its up to $951,000.
This May, 21 house sales were recorded, at prices ranging from $735,000 – $1,818,000. 14 sold over list price, 4 sold full price, only 3 were less than list. Of these, only 12 sold under $1M.
Contrast this with May 2005: 11 sales, with 8 sold under $1Million. 2 sold over list and 3 at full price.

This May saw townhome sales at 35. Of these, 6 were under $500,000, and 32 were under $1Million. Of these, 8 sold over list price, while11 sold at full price.
Contrast this with the statistics for last year, May 2005, with 22 sales. At that time, 10 sold under $500,000, all 22 sold under $1Million; 4 sold over list and 4 sold at list price.

A total of 47 condos sold this May in Kits. The least expensive of these: $225K for a 475 sq ft studio at 1425 Cypress. The most expensive? 2385 Cornwall: $2.3Million for 1790 sq. ft.
Next expensive: 2268 W. Broadway (The Vine, which is under construction) selling 988 sq. ft. for $610,000. 30 of these sales were one bedroom suites. The most expensive was 2175 Salal, where 756 sq. ft. sold for $465,000 (or $615 pr sq ft). Compare this with its selling price in February ’04 of $345,000.
The least expensive 2 bedroom condo was 1990 W. 6th, where 759 sq ft sold for $355,000. This May only 9 sales were under $300,000, while 20 sales were under $400,000 and 5 were over $500,000.

Once again, compare with May ‘05 Kits condo sales when 59 condos sold. The least expensive was 2565 W. Broadway at $171,500. The most expensive was 2263 Redbud, $670,000. Of these, 3 were studios, 32 were one bedrooms, the rest were two bedrooms. The least expensive one bedroom was 2125 W. 2nd at $195,000, and the most expensive was 2288 Marstrand at $366,000. In two bedrooms, the least expensive was $305,000 at 1845 W. 7th.
In May ’05, 28 sales were under $300,000; 50 were under $400,000 and 4 were over $500.000.

I have always known Kitsilano to be one of the most desirable areas of the city, and these stats confirm that many others agree. Ask me about current availability in Kits – I’d be more than happy to help you.

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Kitsilano Living

So many people want to live here, aKitsilano is one of Vancouver’s most sought-after neighbourhoods.

There is good reason for this. Not only is it close to downtown, but the beach is so close. In the early days of Vancouver, this beach was used for outdoor camping, and archival photos show lines of tents along the beach in the summertime.

It’s still an extremely popular beach, and today, along the seawalk/bikepath that goes around Kits Point connecting to False Creek, you can see all the sunscreened people playing at the volleyball nets. On days like today the beach is filled with people enjoying themselves in the sun, or having a picnic at a table in the shade of the trees.

 Living in Kits means access to the beach, by bike or walking. And when summer ends, and the crowds have gone home, the beach is still there waiting for you.
Next time you’re on Broadway and 4th you can see the Greek restaurants and stores in their connection to the early days of Kitsilano, when it was home to Vancouver’s Greek community. Acknowledging that heritage, yesterday was the annual Greek Day, part of Hellenic Culture week.

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Kitsilano Living

As you can see from the stats in my last posting, Kitsilano is one of Vancouver’s most sought-after neighbourhoods. So many people want to live here, and there is good reason for this. Not only is it close to downtown, but the beach is so close. In the early days of Vancouver, this beach was used for outdoor camping, and archival photos show lines of tents along the beach in the summertime. It’s still an extremely popular beach, and today, along the seawalk/bikepath that goes around Kits Point connecting to False Creek, you can see all the sunscreened people playing at the volleyball nets. On days like today the beach is filled with people enjoying themselves in the sun, or having a picnic at a table in the shade of the trees. Living in Kits means access to the beach, by bike or walking. And when summer ends, and the crowds have gone home, the beach is still there waiting for you.
Next time you’re on Broadway and 4th you can see the Greek restaurants and stores in their connection to the early days of Kitsilano, when it was home to Vancouver’s Greek community. Acknowledging that heritage, yesterday was the annual Greek Day, part of Hellenic Culture week.

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Compared with Last May: Kits Market Has Heated Up

The Market in Kits has Heated Up.
Comparing the sales of Kits houses and condos between last May, 2005 and May of this year reveals a dramatic increase.
Just look at these figures.

Condos:A year ago, you could buy a kits condo for as low as $195,000. Now it’s up to $225,000. The median price in may ’05 was $349,000, while this May it was $444,000.This year, Vue at Kits (2386 Cornwall) has achieved the highest $ per square foot price ever for a Kitsilano condo, at $2.3 Million for 1800 sq. ft.
In general, Kits condo prices have increased 14% over the last year, 60% over last 3 years and 100% over last 5 years.

Houses:
The median price of a Kits house a year ago was $756,000, now its up to $951,000.
This May, 21 house sales were recorded, at prices ranging from $735,000 – $1,818,000. 14 sold over list price, 4 sold full price, only 3 were less than list. Of these, only 12 sold under $1M.
Contrast this with May 2005: 11 sales, with 8 sold under $1Million. 2 sold over list and 3 at full price.

This May saw townhome sales at 35. Of these, 6 were under $500,000, and 32 were under $1Million. Of these, 8 sold over list price, while11 sold at full price.
Contrast this with the statistics for last year, May 2005, with 22 sales. At that time, 10 sold under $500,000, all 22 sold under $1Million; 4 sold over list and 4 sold at list price.

A total of 47 condos sold this May in Kits. The least expensive of these: $225K for a 475 sq ft studio at 1425 Cypress. The most expensive? 2385 Cornwall: $2.3Million for 1790 sq. ft.
Next expensive: 2268 W. Broadway (The Vine, which is under construction) selling 988 sq. ft. for $610,000. 30 of these sales were one bedroom suites. The most expensive was 2175 Salal, where 756 sq. ft. sold for $465,000 (or $615 pr sq ft). Compare this with its selling price in February ’04 of $345,000.
The least expensive 2 bedroom condo was 1990 W. 6th, where 759 sq ft sold for $355,000. This May only 9 sales were under $300,000, while 20 sales were under $400,000 and 5 were over $500,000.

Once again, compare with May ‘05 Kits condo sales when 59 condos sold. The least expensive was 2565 W. Broadway at $171,500. The most expensive was 2263 Redbud, $670,000. Of these, 3 were studios, 32 were one bedrooms, the rest were two bedrooms. The least expensive one bedroom was 2125 W. 2nd at $195,000, and the most expensive was 2288 Marstrand at $366,000. In two bedrooms, the least expensive was $305,000 at 1845 W. 7th.
In May ’05, 28 sales were under $300,000; 50 were under $400,000 and 4 were over $500.000.

I have always known Kitsilano to be one of the most desirable areas of the city, and these stats confirm that many others agree. Ask me about current availability in Kits – I’d be more than happy to help you.

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