Condo of the Week: A Roomy New York-Style Condo in the Heart of Gastown
Your band photos will be next level thanks to the exposed brick
April 19, 2017
The details: 213 – 55 West Cordova St. | $799,000 | 1041 sq. ft. | 0 Bed, 1 Bath | Built 1909
The condo: This 1,000+ square foot loft boasts 10.5 foot ceilings, sandblasted brick walls, exposed wooden beams, and restored heritage windows. The recently upgraded kitchen has European modular features and modern, stainless steel appliances. The bathroom provides spa quality elegance with a translucent bathtub and separate walk-through shower with floor to ceiling mosaic tiles. The property includes a highly coveted parking space in a secure lot, as well as access to the building’s private residence courtyard with shared seating and fire pit, so even if all of the spots on the Chill Winston patio are taken, you’re guaranteed a seat in the sun.
The building: The McLennan and McFeely Building, now known as the Koret Lofts, was originally a distribution centre for hardware and building supplies at the turn of the century, but like so many heritage buildings in Vancouver, it was converted to a 118-unit live-work space in 2004. Rentals and pets are allowed and parking is available.
The neighbourhood: Once an industrial area, this tourist mecca now houses hip start-ups, gorgeous galleries, and countless delicious eateries, all while offering every amenity imaginable within walking distance. The cobblestone streets (a faux heritage addition from the 1970s) give the area an instant historic feel and the proximity to train yards and shipping ports let residents and visitors know of Gastown’s industrial roots. World class restaurants, bars, original boutiques, and even furniture stores are all in your backyard.
The drawbacks: Throngs of tourists flock to Gastown to poke around the shops and stare at the steam clock, making your daily commute a camera-dodging challenge at times. An active nightlife right outside your door may mean contending with noisy neighbours.