October 23, 2012

Private Residences offer hotel amenities

Owners can enjoy the comforts of home and the benefits of full-time hotel living

The Private Residences at the Hotel Georgia

Project location: Georgia and Howe streets, Vancouver (667 Howe St.)
Project size: 156 homes in a 48-storey tower
Residence size: From 1,100 to 3,717 square feet
Price: From $1.4 million
Developer: Georgia Properties Partnership
Architect: IBI/HB Architects
Interior design: Mitchell Freedland Design
Sales: Inquiries and viewings for the 25th-floor display suites are available by appointment only
Website: www.residencesatgeorgia.com
Telephone: 604-682-8107 or 1-866-602-6636 toll-free
Occupancy: Tentatively late 2012 or early 2013

BARBARA GUNN
THE VANCOUVER SUN

Some 85 years separate the two buildings at Georgia and Howe in the heart of downtown Vancouver, but they have a one-of-a-kind contemporary connection. One is a refurbished and much-loved city landmark: the Hotel Georgia, built in 1927 for $1.5 million, and now a property of the Dallas-based Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. The other is a modern 48-storey tower with a striking flared design: The Private Residences at the Hotel Georgia, a property that promises to become as much a landmark as its older neighbour.

They’ll be linked by much more than proximity. Occupants of the Private Residences — 156 luxurious homes, most of which offer stunning mountain, water or city outlooks — will be able to experience the best of full-time hotel living. Think not only saltwater lap pool, but round-the-clock concierge and — if residents wish — room service, valet parking and housekeeping.

Within steps from their homes, they’ll be able to access a high-end spa, a state-of-the art fitness centre, a swanky patio and a cosy hotel lobby lounge. And not to go unmentioned, of course, is the dining establishment recently named Canadian restaurant of the year. To say that The Private Residences at the Hotel Georgia is something of a standout is a bit like saying Vancouver is OK. It’s an understatement in the extreme.

In fact, says Bruce Langereis, president of Delta Land Development, Ltd., which has managed the development of the project owned by Georgia Properties Partnership, it’s the project’s attention to detail — both inside and out — that has made it “a unique and world-class residence.” “The PRHG was designed by one of Vancouver’s finest architectural teams — IBI — led by Jim Hancock, and its interiors crafted by a local Vancouver interior design celebrity and his team, Mitchell Freedland,” Langereis notes.

“We spent countless hours on both the interior (and) exterior of the building, making sure one facet does not compromise the other.” The Private Residences, which Langereis says average $2.45 million, are being sold with the assistance of four beautifully outfitted show homes, all on the 25th floor. Each demonstrates the dramatic views courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling windows, and each has a large, efficient and open layout.

Two palettes are on offer in the homes — laminate hardwood floors are in either natural oak or walnut — but all will be accessed via oversized mahogany veneer doors. Suites, which have two, three or four bedrooms and generous outdoor spaces, are fitted with electric fireplaces in most homes, and kitchens have polished quartz slab countertops, stainless steel Miele appliance packages, recessed lighting and Sub-Zero refrigerators. Most will have wine fridges.

Bathrooms will have in-floor heating and wall sconce lighting. Master bathrooms will have Thassos white marble flooring, imported marble vanity counters and — in most cases — Kohler rain shower heads in the glass walk-in showers. Second bathrooms, meanwhile, will have porcelain tile floors and imported travertine slab vanity counters. The building’s lobby, which features a stunning Swarovski chandelier, rises to double height, with floor-to-ceiling glass.

By stepping outside that lobby, residents of the homes will find themselves a stroll away from Hawksworth, the dining establishment that’s been winning multiple accolades since it opened its doors inside the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, and which was last month named by Maclean’s magazine as Canadian restaurant of the year. Langereis notes that a special app was created to help residents connect with the services of the hotel and the restaurant. Appropriately, he says, it’s been called “George: our 21st century cyber butler.”

“With this app, residents will have access to all sorts of features to not only the hotel, but also the PRHG concierge team,” Langereis says. “Imagine granting access to your home to approved friends (or) family when you are running late or while you are away, or being told a package has arrived at the front desk, or that your car is waiting for you in the porte cochère. “All this will be possible with George, your 24/7 butler. We want residents to have at their fingertips the ability to connect with Hawksworth and Rosewood Hotel Georgia.”

(Langereis notes that where the hotel amenities are concerned, residents will only be charged for what they use. “There is no monthly minimum … If you use room service once, you pay once. Likewise, if you valet park your car once, you pay once.”) To date, he says, some 60 per cent of the homes have been sold, primarily to empty nesters moving from detached homes.

“The choice of these buyers seems to be one of lifestyle — the ‘lock and go’ versus all the responsibility of single-family home ownership. The services of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia help distinguish PRHG from other condominium projects, and this is also a factor.” The Private Residences tower, which includes several storeys of commercial office space in the lower levels, is just a short walk from SkyTrain, and across the street from the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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