February 13, 2013

A Big Attraction

Three display suites at Pacific Point demonstrate Bosa Development’s makeover that has updated these larger-than-usual condos.

STORY: FELICITY STONE | Photos: Ward Perrin / PNG

It’s no secret that Vancouver condos have shrunk over the years, but Bosa Development’s do-over of Pacific Point, built in 1991, illustrates how much bigger they used to be: many of the Pacific Point suites are large enough to divide into additional rooms. Bosa purchased the 29-storey Yaletown tower at 1323 Homer Street in the fall of 2012 and is converting the 214 rental suites to market condos; sales launch this month.

“Everything about this building is big,” says Lisa Murell, Bosa’s sales and marketing manager. “The suites are big. The views are big. The windows are big.” Although junior one-bedroom suites are just 453 square feet, larger one-bedrooms range in size from 741 to 969 square feet, two-bedrooms are 925 to 1,032 square feet, and three-bedrooms are 1,476 square feet. Many have separate dens and spacious dining areas. The two two-storey penthouses, 1,572 and 1,678 square feet, have soaring double-height areas and expansive outdoor space.

The interiors have been updated and reconfigured by designer Cristina Oberti, who has kitted out three display suites with different types of buyer in mind. A 925-square-foot junior two-bedroom, one bath and den (starting price in the mid-$500,000s) is furnished for a couple with no kids. The guest bedroom was originally part of the living room, still a good size along with a dining area and adjacent den, both with floor-to-ceiling windows.

“People are getting used to living in smaller spaces, but this is bigger than most and we thought, ‘Let’s make it as usable as possible,’” says Murrell. “We opened up as many walls as we could to try and encourage more of that open concept.” In this suite, the kitchen was opened to the living area and a custom eating bar added. All kitchens have been updated with cabinets imported from Italy, quartz countertops and backsplashes, a concealed Broan hood fan and new appliances. Every suite now has a front-load Bosch washer and dryer.

The largest show suite, 1,078 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths and a den (starting in the mid-$600,000s) might suit a family or a mature couple upsizing from downtown or downsizing from a house. The second bedroom, down the hall and separated from the main living area is furnished with stylish kid-size Louis Ghost chairs. The spacious living/dining room accommodates a dining table large enough for eight, and there is room for two cooks in the galley-style kitchen. Off the kitchen, a breakfast room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooks False Creek and David Lam Park, as do the living room and master bedroom. The laundry doubles as a mud room.

Storage is plentiful in all the suites. The third show suite, 935 square feet with one bedroom and den, has just one bath, but it contains a floor-to-ceiling storage cupboard. Starting in the low $500,000s, the suite could appeal to a single person or a couple with no kids and has been decorated in a vibrant mix of hot pink, gold, grey and white. The living area is L-shaped, providing a spacious dining area. A galley kitchen stretches from the dining room on one side to a breakfast room or office on the other, again with floor-to-ceiling windows. Originally a large one-bedroom, this suite now includes a second bedroom or den, carved out of the living room. The view is to the north, of city and mountains. Because of the building’s shape, there are views on all sides, and the interiors have interesting angles; some even have little skylights and turrets.

Like the rest of the building, the amenities combine the best of old and new. There is a massive indoor swimming pool, hot tub, steam and sauna, new workout facilities, changing rooms, yoga stretching area and residents’ lounge. “Like we’ve done with the suites, in all the common areas and all the amenity space, we’ve tried to use every little nook and cranny in an intelligent way,” says Lisa Murrell.

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