November 18, 2016
Come for the ocean view. . .
By Kathleen Freimond
Proximity to the scenic Centennial Seawalk and trendy Dundarave puts Bellevue, the new the 16-storey tower in West Vancouver, in an enviable location for local residents who want to downsize from larger homes, but remain in the neighbourhood.
“People want to stay in the area they love, but be closer to amenities and able to walk to the stores and coffee shops in Dundarave,” says Linda Gallo, a senior interior designer with the project’s interior design firm, Insight Design Group.
With only 35 residences in the development, ranging from 1,954 square feet to 3,900 square feet, there are only two or three homes on each level—and every one of them has an ocean view.
Floor plans include several options ranging from homes with two bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms to three bedrooms with three-and-a-half bathrooms. However, choosing the home itself is only the first of the many selections that are available to customize each apartment.
Decisions begin with the overall design style options: West Coast offers clean lines and smooth finishes such as flat panel cabinets, while the Classic style has raised panel and double shaker cabinets. In an unusual move, the architectural firm IBI Group has planned three kitchen layouts, with one of the key choices being the placement of the kitchen sink—in the island, or the perimeter countertop.
One of the most dramatic design elements in the kitchen is the ceiling-high single-slab marble backsplash. The choice of Italian marble—Statuarietto, Calacatta or Bianca Oro—also specifies the other stone surfaces in the kitchen, the master ensuite bathroom and the statement fireplace in the living room.
There is also a trio of choices for hardwood floors where buyers have the opportunity to pair the marble with American Walnut, Silver Oak or Natural Oak. The flooring choice dictates the cabinetry that will be finished in a co-ordinating wood veneer.
Storage space in the kitchen is generous with plenty of cabinets and drawers to accommodate all the cutlery, crockery and cooking accessories that a buyer who is downsizing may want to transfer to their new home, says Gallo.
Kitchen layout aside, all kitchens have a high-end Sub Zero and Wolf appliance package including a 36-inch stainless steel five-burner Wolf gas cooktop, an integrated Wolf wall oven, steam oven, side-by-side 24-inch Sub Zero refrigerator and freezer columns. And don’t forget the fully automated espresso machine, perfect for that early morning pick-me-up to enjoy on the balcony along with the spectacular views of English Bay.
While buyers can customize many areas in these luxury apartments, the master ensuite bathroom is standard across all the homes.
“We focused on designing the most ideal space,” says Gallo. “The master ensuite in all the homes has a separate toilet room, an independent shower with heated stone bench and rain shower head, and a free-standing tub. The two vanities are separated by a spacious linen cabinet.”
Several layers of lighting including ceiling lights, wall sconces and recessed lights contribute to the room’s spa-like ambience. If you prefer full levels of lighting at some times of the day and dimmed lights when you’re relaxing in the tub, these preferences can be programmed into the lighting system, she adds.
The roomy interiors are complemented by expansive balconies that range from 375 to 417 square feet—plenty of space for outdoor lounge furniture and tables and chairs to enjoy alfresco meals. Built-in barbecues, sound systems and heaters add to the outdoor amenities.
With construction due to start in early 2017, Bellevue will replace an existing five-storey building on the site at 23rd Street and Bellevue Avenue. A mature hedge and a grove of trees will be retained and enhanced with additional plantings and new trees on the street.
The development comprises four intersecting rectangles with a variety of heights accommodating the tower, a nine-storey street wall on Marine Drive and a two-storey amenity building. West Coast inspired, the exterior of the building is predominantly stone and glass.
Each home has a private garage and parking is underground.
The Bellevue sales centre is located at
Marine Drive and 19th Street, West Vancouver,