Condo of the Week: An East Van loft with a rooftop patio

For $750,000 you can live just off of Commercial Drive with views of the city, water and mountains

July 15, 2016

The details: 405-1718 Venables St. | $750,000 | 1,058 sq. ft. | 2 bed, 2 bath

The Condo: This bright top-floor loft with a private rooftop patio is an entertainer’s delight. The spacious main floor living area is highlighted with vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors throughout. The open kitchen area features a breakfast bar for guests, stainless steel appliances and wood cabinetry. A large dining area could comfortably seat eight, while the offset living room makes for a cozy seating area. The second bedroom and guest bathroom are on the main floor, while the master bedroom, with a walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom, are upstairs in the loft. Aside from the architecturally interesting interior, there’s also water, city and mountain views from the rooftop deck. In short, it’s a great place to host guests or unwind after a busy day.

The Building: City View Terraces is a boutique 21-unit building built in 2005 with mixed-use commercial space on the ground level. Pets and rentals are welcome, and one underground parking stall is included.

The Neighbourhood: With a walk score of 97, this condo truly is in the heart of the Commercial Drive community. With Bump ‘n Grind Coffee right downstairs, Choices Markets, and The Reef in the next block, your staples are all a short stroll away. Easy access into downtown is also a bonus for both work and play. And if you’re not already familiar with Havana, a long-time neighbourhood staple, you soon will be.

Potential Downsides: For new parents, the bedrooms split between the upstairs and downstairs may be a deterrent. There is also some traffic noise that you’ll hear from the patio.

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