Big Fat Deal: $4.5 million to live the Olympic dream

Each week, BCBusiness takes you inside one of the most outrageously upmarket real estate offerings in the province

Address: 502 – 151 Athletes Way, Vancouver
Price:  $4,450,000
MLS: R2043879
The skinny: Two-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,739-square-foot condo in the Olympic Village on False Creek.
The bling: Imagine living the dream in the Olympic Village. You’re right on the seawall for all your running/biking/dog-pooping needs, and if your life plan includes a yacht, you’ll be able to keep an eye on it from your living room. But the Olympic Village is a barren, soulless strip of concrete towers and empty shop fronts, we hear you cry. Fret not: where once your only choice was an off-season gelato or an adventure at the Sin Bin, the once much hyped ’hood is finally chockablock with competing bars selling small plates of globally inspired fried foods. Go on, “appy hour” yourself silly, then retreat to your sub penthouse… Whoa! What? No, no. Not sub par, just not quite the actual penthouse. But what did you expect for four and a half million? Views from every aspect? Well, from the one side you can see those beautiful curved False Creek bookends of the BC Place dome at one end and the geodesic Science World ball at the other. But step into the rest of the living space and see where the real community is at: you can practically lean over and take amusing selfies with your neighbours while they’re taking a snooze or a shower. And if the sun’s shining, you could even string your clothes lines across, creating a chic backstreet European vibe. Seriously, whoever said this part of town would never become an authentic village knows absolutely nothing about real life.  
The hidden extras: Storage for bikes, private garage, clubhouse, media room, exercise room.