Vivagrand’s new development, Davie & Nicola, offers a chance to call this desirable part of Vancouver home
Few places on the planet offer the kind of lifestyle enjoyed by those lucky enough to live in Vancouver’s West End, where big-city style meets stunning beachside vistas.
It’s a quick walk to the office for those who work downtown, yet the West End feels worlds away from the corporate grind. From your front door, you can head out just as easily for a quick swim at English Bay’s Second Beach as you can for a bit of retail therapy on Robson Street. You can even grab a cup of locally roasted coffee and stroll over to hear the waves lap against Siwash Rock, or meander to the other end of the seawall to watch cruise ships sail and seaplanes soar.
The established neighbourhood’s eclectic, tree-lined streetscape is a glorious historical hodgepodge: Victorian mansions built for 1880s sugar barons, Art Deco and Tudor-style flats from the thirties and forties, mid-Century modern apartments and clusters of the 1960s and 1970s-era high-rises that sprouted in the area’s last big building boom.
But while the juxtaposition of styles makes for a satisfyingly Instagrammable neighbourhood, it offers few options for those who love the West End lifestyle. The area has seen little real estate activity for decades, which means the number of existing opportunities are outpaced by market demand. The last project to launch in Downtown Vancouver was Landmark by Asian Standard in early 2018. It's been 13 months since the area has seen a new project in the works.
Enter Vivagrand’s new development, Davie & Nicola, which will launch soon with a rare presale opportunity in the heart of Vancouver’s historic West End.
Davie & Nicola may be the new kid on the block, but the building’s façadeand colour palette pay loving homage to the heritage and character of the neighbourhood. The 128 one-, two- and three-bedroom homes, including penthouses and townhomes, feature contemporary styling by Cristina Oberti Interior Design and are made with luxurious natural materials including stone, marble and wood. The boutique hotel-style lobby offers a warm welcome to residents returning from busy days at work and play. The design relies on classic lines and luxurious touches of natural marble, dark wood tones, metallic accents and eye-catching light fixtures.
Home sizes start at 517 square feet. The two-bedrooms measure 686 square feet, while two bedrooms with a den tally 1,161 square feet. Units boast engineered hardwood floors throughout as well as imported BINOVA Italian cabinetry in the kitchen, bathroom and master closet. Dramatic flourishes such as floor-to-ceiling marble are incorporated on all four walls in the ensuite bathrooms. The homes also feature a unique, customized cove lighting system that illuminates living areas with a warm and diffuse glow. For added security and convenience, “smart" systems offer high-tech controls for door locks, lighting and blinds.
Amenities include a cozy landscaped courtyard to provide a tranquil reprieve from the bustle of downtown and a fully equipped gym with cardio and weight training equipment. The building also has a private meeting room available—a perk for residents who are self-employed or work from home.
One of the perks of West End living is the smorgasbord of dining options at your doorstep. Whether you’re in the mood for plump soup dumplings from Dinesty Dumpling House, a locally sourced farm-to-table entrée from Forage or a gourmet seafood experience at Joe Fortes, this diverse neighbourhood has you covered. But even with the bounty of delicious food available, nothing beats a home-cooked meal. Cooks will appreciate Davie & Nicola’s Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and the option in some units to choose an in-wall steam oven for healthier cooking or a Sub-Zero wine fridge to ensure perfectly chilled pairings.
Davie & Nicola promises a rare opportunity to enjoy the vibrant West End lifestyle, along with all the clever and cozy conveniences of a modern home. Those seeking to own a place that’s as connected to the red cedar trees and sprawling beaches of Stanley Park as it is to the vibrancy of downtown should keep an eye on this rare chance to call Vancouver’s West End home.