blog entries by ania › November 2011


New Telus Headquarters Building

An iconic new development is scheduled to break ground in the heart Downtown Vancouver, check out the new Telus headquarters.

"Set for completion by 2014, Architect Gregory Henriquez and Westbank Corp. developer Ian Gillespie; the team behind the Woodward’s Building, have joined forces again to build Telus Garden which is set to occupy a city block between Robson, Seymour, Georgia and Richards.

Once complete, Telus's new headquarters will be unique in North America, featuring 10,000 square feet of green roofs providing organic produce for local restaurants, two elevated roof forests, British Columbia artwork, LED lighting on the western façade projecting programmable coloured images on to fritted glass, and media walls where cultural events such as symphony concerts can be broadcast to the public.


The $750-million plan is to build a total of one million square feet, comprised of a 22-storey office tower and a 46-storey residential tower. For the office tower, there are plans for three interior sky gardens high up, cantilevered out over the street, as well as a public plaza at street level. There will be 450 residential units and cutting-edge green technology, such as a geothermal heat exchange that taps heat from the existing hub of Telus circuits."

More information available on this project here via the Globe & Mail

Downtown Streetcar Project

I recently leaned about the Downtown Street Car Project and thought it would be something interesting to share with you. Would be very happy to see this concept progress; it would most certainly make getting around the city easier when driving is out of the question. Also a smart addition to the city's "green" agenda!

"The success of last year's Olympic Line demonstration has reaffirmed the City's commitment to the Downtown Streetcar Project. There is more work to be done, including coordination with the City's highest transit priority - the UBC Line Rapid Transit study on Broadway. In the meantime, the City will continue to safeguard right-of-way for the future development of the Downtown Streetcar and look for opportunities to move the project forward."

More information is available on this plan here


Forget craigslist.. is the way to go if you are looking for new place to call home in the rental world!

I remember my experience with Craigslist a few years back when I was looking for my first rental apartment Downtown. It was like sifting through my spam folder trying to find real emails. I'd click and read each listing, only to find out that it was in a bad location, or it looked like a slum.

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PadMapper makes apartment hunting less awful, almost fun. It does this by plotting the apartments are on a big (google) map, and let's you filter your results till you find exactly what you want. If you’re particularly interested in a place, you can zoom in very close, see all the listings details and check out nearby restaurants, shoping etc. You can even save the specific listing to your favorites if you create a profile! There are also neat overlays to help you learn about the different areas.

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Happy apartment hunting!

the austin

It's about time! While spending the day n Coquitlam yesterday I was thrilled to see a new development announced along the Austin Corridor.

This new project called The Austin is being built by the highly respected Beedie Group and will bring well needed revitalization to the area. Pearched atop a hill, it will no doubt be home to stunning views in every direction, Downtown to Mount Baker.

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" The neighbourhood of Austin Heights, has long been a favourite place to lay down roots. Its border with Burnaby, and its proximity to Lougheed Mall, Simon Fraser University and Highway 1 make it a central hub. Yet it still feels tucked away, more peaceful, in the sort of neighbourhood where people spend time walking their dogs and enjoying the outdoors. 

Set in this established West Coquitlam neighbourhood, 1-bedroom homes will be priced from the low $200s and 2-bedrooms will start from the mid $300s."

Download plans here: The Austin Plans

For more information on The Austin visit the Project Website

{before & after} Nursery Makeover

With a baby on the way within the family (future sister in-law is due next month) I've found myself checking out nursery pictures and thought this was a simple makeover that took this nursery to the next level!

Loving the mixture of patterns going on here! A beautiful environment for a baby to explore, but also one that is sophisticated and modern enough for parents to enjoy!

Nursery before


Nursery after


Nursery after 2


Nursery before 3


Nursery after 3


Nursery after 4


Key points:

  • Focal wall (paint treatment or wallpaper)
  • Area Rug
  • Statement Chair & accesories

More from Design Sponge here!

fully automated robotic parking @ jameson house

A great video; never park your car again! Yes please!

Check out the fully automated parking at Jameson House, a new development in Coal Harbour by Bosa Properties + Foster and Partners. This style of robotic parking garage is the first of its kind in Vancouver, let alone across Canada!

"Completely hassle free, it saves space, energy and time while increasing security for you and your vehicle. Never again will you circle the underground, searching for your spot or haul packages long distances from trunk to elevator.This precision system has been proven for over forty years throughout Europe."

Located at 838 West Hastings Street, Jameson House is a unique modernist luxury condo tower in Coal Harbour by internationally renown Foster and Partners of London and their first-ever residential project in North America. They’re renowned for enhancing the urban environment around the world, from London to New York to Hong Kong and now Vancouver!

For more information on this distinctive development, feel free to contact me.

Recently Sold Listing #411 - 1990 E KENT AV, Vancouver, BC

V906992 - #411 - 1990 E KENT AV, Vancouver, BC, CANADAI have just recently sold this listing at #411 - 1990 E KENT AV, Vancouver.