July 9, 2012
New Cambie+7 location lures buyers
BY FELICITY STONE
Cambie+7 — a 10-storey, 57-unit residential tower — is aptly named. It will be located on West 7th Avenue about halfway between Cambie and Ash streets. The neighbourhood is Fairview Slopes, the birthplace of Vancouver’s redevelopment as a livable city. Today we take urban livability for granted, but in the 1970s that was a novel concept. The city planners of the day thought building a freeway through Strathcona was a good idea. Vancouver residents emphatically did not, and that sparked a new way of looking at urban living and planning.
City planners began to consult with citizens, leading to the rezoning and redevelopment of False Creek and Fairview Slopes from industrial to a mix of residential and commercial uses. Granville Island became a draw for tourists and locals alike, with Fairview Slopes a pleasant, convenient and vibrant community in which to live. More recently, the addition of the Canada Line along Cambie has attracted even more commercial and residential development to the area.
The location has been a major draw for potential buyers, many of whom already live or work in the area, says Dave Bauman, sales and marketing director of Magnum Projects, which is marketing the Cambie+7 development. “People really understand the vibrancy of this area, and they are attracted to the fact that we are just steps away from transit stations for the Canada Line. We’re around the block from Whole Foods, Best Buy, Save-On, Home Depot, Starbucks, HomeSense. You can connect to the seawall, you can walk to downtown, and you’ve got all the shops and restaurants right around the corner.
“We’re in the middle of this hub, yet on a quiet tree-lined street,” he continued. “In fact, West 7th is the main cycling thoroughfare, so when you hit Ash only cyclists can go straight through. It creates this nice little pocket, yet [is] around the corner from this major hub.” The glass-and-brick tower will be anchored by six two-storey townhomes at street level along West 7th with 51 condos on the upper floors. All homes have large windows, some stretching from floor to ceiling, to maximize natural light and, in many suites, views of the city and mountains.
Although suites on the north side of the building face the view, the two layout options on the south side are popular because of their floor plans, Bauman says. “What people really like about these two plans is that there’s the width in the living area. A lot of condos now are quite narrow and long, whereas these plans really focus on the width.” A useful feature common to every floor plan is a flex room which, depending on its location and the resident’s needs, can be used as extra storage, a study or — as in the display vignette — a pantry with built-in wine rack.
The colour scheme in the display is “Sunset.” It is darker than the alternative, “Sunrise,” but the colours in both are subtle and sophisticated: browns, greys, white. In the bathroom, striated marble on the floor carries up the tub apron, high-gloss white ceramic tile is used for the tub surround, cabinets are wood veneer, and countertops are white Caesarstone quartz. The same Caesarstone quartz reappears in the kitchen on counters and backsplash. The Fabor fridge and Fisher & Paykel dual-drawer dishwasher are integrated into the wood veneer cabinetry. Upper cabinets are white lacquer which, combined with the white counters and backsplash, lighten the space. A built-in stainless steel Fisher and Paykel range and wall oven with a Panasonic Genius microwave/range hood complete the package.
Every condo has either an enclosed or open balcony; some have spacious terraces, as do most townhomes. A landscaped terrace off the ground-floor fitness centre and lounge area is a common amenity space. Both sides of the building are set back from adjacent structures, which, combined with the back lane, provides breathing room on all sides. The lane also provides access to underground parking. Every home comes with a parking stall — and with efficient transit options and the number of amenities within walking distance, Cambie+7 residents may find themselves leaving their cars parked much of the time.
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Project size: 51 condos + 6 townhouses
Residence size: 1 bedroom-3 bedrooms; 465 — 1,100 sq. ft.
Prices: From $319,900
Sales Centre: # 101 — 678 West Broadway, Vancouver
Hours: noon — 5 p.m., Sat — Thurs
Email: info Yuanheng Holdings
Builder: ITC Construction
Architect: W.T. Leung Architects
Interior Design: Trepp Design
Completion: August 2014