Capilano River shoreline transforms with exclusive riverside development

September proved to be another record-breaking month for real estate in Metro Vancouver, with a 56.2% increase in residential property sales from …

September proved to be another record-breaking month for real estate in Metro Vancouver, with a 56.2% increase in residential property sales from the same period in 2019.

British Columbians are discovering more and more the impact their living environment has on their lives, especially during these challenging times. Now, things like personal space and the views from our windows are valued at a different level.

In North Vancouver, a new move-in ready collection of 23 beautiful rowhomes fulfils these needs, offering an urban residential escape. PC Urban Properties began working on the vision for Holland Row back in 2014, and today, it’s the first project of its kind built along the Capilano River shoreline.

The spacious Lions Gate Village rowhomes range from 1,614 to 2,355 sq ft in size, starting at $1.35 million for a three-bedroom and $1.5 million for a four-bedroom property. Every home has been designed for residents to feel as though they are in a single-family unit, maximizing privacy and unobstructed views to the river.

Located in the rapidly-transforming Lions Gate Village neighbourhood, Holland Row puts prospective residents at the gateway to North and West Vancouver. The area will soon become home to a growing number of multi-family homes, a state-of-the-art recreation centre with a full-sized gym, a library, community spaces, and a public plaza.

Living in this pedestrian-friendly area gives locals ample opportunities to explore on foot, adventuring through the diverse trail network and connecting with nature in the old-growth rainforest. Grouse Mountain is also nearby, with year-round hiking trails and world-class ski runs offering unparalleled views in winter.

Closer to home, Holland Row residents can relax to the tranquil sound of the Capilano River in motion. It was inspired by the park-like setting and the auditory escape provided by the sound of the river.

“We are tucked away in a quiet corner, beside a park, in a serene node on the river,” says PC Urban Properties CEO, Brent Sawchyn. “It’s a gem of a neighbourhood and we are really proud of how we were able to integrate indoor-outdoor living and proximity to nature with European-style craftsmanship and the generous spaces families and downsizers need.”

The launch of Holland Row comes at a critical time. In September, townhome sales in North Vancouver specifically were twice what they were in September 2019, with a 7.7% benchmark price appreciation since this time last year. This marks the highest number of monthly sales for townhomes priced over $1,079 million ever in North Vancouver and the third consecutive month of breaking monthly sales records.

According to MLA Canada, median sales prices for North Vancouver townhomes in September was $1,039,150. “This is a 14.2% increase in prices during COVID — a huge nod to the pent up demand for North Vancouver,” says Ryan Lalonde, President of MLA Canada.

This particular rowhome collection and its location strike a rarely seen balance between indoor and outdoor living. Residents can open their French doors (or fold together accordion-style doors) to connect their living space with the patio for entertaining or inspiration while working from home.

Natural light floods in through expansive windows, high ceilings add to the spacious, airy feel, and open-plan layouts allow for easy transitioning between functional spaces.

Award-winning firm BYU Design is behind the simplistic yet elegant features found throughout each home, from the cozy fireplace that anchors the living area, to the spa-like bathrooms with marble detailing, to a full sized laundry room with side by side washer dryer, and the modern kitchen with high-end Gaggenau appliances.

On the lower level, residents have their own secure, private-entry garage to keep their vehicles safe and weather protected. Also on this level is the mudroom where active gear can be arranged in a designated space without cluttering other areas of the home. Suffice to say, thoughtful design and finishes can be found throughout each level in the three- and four-bedroom homes.

To really get a feel for what it would be like to live at Holland Row and in the Lions Gate Village neighbourhood, visit for more information and to register for a viewing.

The Presentation Centre is located at 16-1960 Glenaire Drive, North Vancouver. The development is open Saturday through Wednesday from 12 to 5 pm, closed Thursday and Fridays.”

From hyperloops to hailing rides: North America’s biggest transportation conference hits Vancouver

Not a day goes by in Vancouver where people aren’t talking about the interaction between transit and real estate development — but that conversation …

Not a day goes by in Vancouver where people aren’t talking about the interaction between transit and real estate development — but that conversation is going to get awfully loud this week.

Rail~Volution is North America’s largest conference, which has a self-declared aim of “building livable communities with transit.”

Its 25th anniversary is taking place this week in Vancouver, with over 1,300 delegates sharing best practices by taking in a variety of forums and panels.

And its CEO says Vancouver is an ideal place to host the conference, for somewhat conflicting reasons.

Dan Bartholomay, Rail~Volution’s CEO., said Metro Vancouver has done a good job of doing regional planning around sustainability. It’s also developed a “robust” transit system, including bus, rail and biking.

“So there’s a lot of lessons to learn about planning and design,” Bartholomay said.

On the other hand, he noted that it’s also a place experiencing challenges around affordability.

‘Unintended consequences’

Metro Vancouver’s successes and struggles with development this century have been well documented.

While transit ridership is at a record high — with billions of dollars committed for more projects — municipalities across the region have faced pressure to keep land around transit-oriented developments affordable for those that need transit most.

“Vancouver is certainly one of the places with what I would call ‘unintended consequences,'” said Bartholomay.

“Great planning and development has brought more people into the city, more development, and in some cases left some people behind.”

One of the keynote sessions at the conference is called “the challenge of getting it right: success, housing affordability and displacement in the Vancouver context.” Among the speakers will be Andy Yan, director of Simon Fraser University’s City Program.

“I think that it presents the ability to learn from the strengths and challenges that other cities are facing,” Yan said.

He noted Metro Vancouver has one of the largest percentage of people who take transit to work.

“That is an accomplishment but that being said we certainly face sizeable challenges.”

“Intercity Hyperloop Technology: Economic and Transportation Implications” is one of the workshops taking place during the conference. ( Radio-Canada/TransPod Hyperloop)

‘We have a great story to tell’

But most of the conference will focus on more general issues beyond Vancouver’s borders: some of the panels have titles such as “Community Streetcar Coalition,” “Reimaginging Curb Spaces,” and “Elevating Cultural Assets in Placemaking.”

(To say nothing of more technology-based panels like “Intercity Hyperloop Technology” and “Ditching Diesel”). The hyperloop is a form of high-speed ground transport still under development, which could see passengers travelling at speeds up to 1,100 kilometres an hour.

The event is being hosted by TransLink, which has a number of staff who will be presenting during the course of the conference.

“We have a great story to tell when it comes to transit oriented development and livable communities,” said Sarah Ross, director of system planning at TransLink.

Ross added the conference would be a learning opportunity for decision makers inside the region as well.

“I think our approach in this region is we need to be looking at any and all different strategies that can help advance that and so that’s something I know many local attendees will be keeping an eye out for.”

‘Oscar’ sorts waste at YVR using artificial intelligence

Enter Oscar, YVR’s artificial intelligence-powered trash-sorting system. Designed by Vancouver-based company Intuitive AI, the system uses a 32-inch …

With nearly four million travellers already passing through the gates of Vancouver International Airport this year, one can imagine a lot of waste of waste can pile up.

Enter Oscar, YVR’s artificial intelligence-powered trash-sorting system.

Designed by Vancouver-based company Intuitive AI, the system uses a 32-inch display screen and an AI-driven camera to automatically identify recycling from trash.

It then instructs users whether their plastic containers can be recycled, or if their banana peels can be composted – instead of throwing them in the garbage.

“The airport has provided Oscar with an opportunity to constantly improve itself and nudge hundreds of travellers into diverting waste away from landfills every single day,” said Hassan Murad, Intuitive AI’s CEO.

According to YVR, the three smart bins powered by Oscar are the first to be used by an airport. They’re currently located located across from the A/B Pier Security station, opposite to the International Terminal Building Food Court and at the bottom of the SkyTrain escalators.

As part of the airport’s environmental management program, YVR has aimed to divert 50 per cent of their total terminal waste from landfills by 2020; when the airport exceeded their goal by one per cent, the waste management program was awarded with a 2018 ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Award.

The airport says it’s the third year in a row it’s exceeded their goal.

“Aiding our passengers with waste sorting through artificial intelligence is an innovative way of improving the airport’s environmental footprint through technology,” said the airport authority’s senior environment specialist Shaye Folk-Blagbrough.

“We couldn’t think of a more innovative place than YVR,” added Murad.

In March, YVR came in sixth on internet-based travel company Netflights’ top 25 list for wellness in airports, and earlier this month Skytrax World Airport Awards named YVR for the 10th time in a row as the best airport in North America.

Pitt Meadows joins cry for Uber

At its Jan. 15 meeting, Pitt Meadows council voted to support and endorse ride-share services such as Uber, and to send a letter outlining the city’s …

At its Jan. 15 meeting, Pitt Meadows council voted to support and endorse ride-share services such as Uber, and to send a letter outlining the city’s support to the province.

The motion said the city “appreciates transit and taxi services continued to provide valuable services in both Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, but that particularly during peak periods, there are capacity issues that result in delays for consumers.”

The motion also spoke to public safety and, “safe transportation alternatives when it comes to impaired driving.”

At its Dec. 11 meeting, Maple Ridge council voted to send a letter to Premier John Horgan supporting ride-sharing services.

Maple Ridge’s letter noted that “with a population of close to 83,000 citizens spread across 147.5 square kilometers, Maple Ridge is a large and dispersed suburban community. Due to limited taxi and public transit service, citizens are often left waiting hours for transportation. This creates a barrier for some resident in accessing local business, community services and local activities that are integral to a vibrant community. It also makes it more difficult for people enjoying a night out to find a safe ride home.”

Pitt Meadows Coun. Bob Meachen spoke in favour of the initiative.

“This has been a topic in social media for months lately, and I fully support this, and I am sure a lot of the citizens of Pitt Meadows will 100 per cent support something like this,” he said.

Staff changes

The City of Pitt Meadows has received two resignations from its legislative services department.

Corporate officer Tina Penney and deputy corporate officer Karen Elrick both surprised CAO Mark Roberts by giving notice.

“This will leave a significant gap in legislative services given all their combined experience and education and knowledge,” said Roberts.

He noted both are leaving for career growth opportunities. Penney is going to the City of Vancouver, as director of legislative operations. She has a combined experience of 30 years as a municipal employee and consultant for seven different municipalities in B.C., including three years in Pitt Meadows. She lives in Vancouver.

Elrick is going to the Village of Anmore as manager of corporate services – a promotion after six years in Pitt Meadows, noted Roberts.

Role of the corporate officer is to make sure city operates according to legislation.

Mayor Bill Dingwall said the loss to Pitt Meadows will be gain to other municipalities, and thanked both women.

West Vancouver Library’s “The Lab” opens

… high-risk takedown in North Vancouver · Richmond RCMP vow to catch librarian kicker · Unexploded mortar found near North Vancouver trails · Dog killed in possible electrocution at Lonsdale Quay. The space will support coding, robotics, digital media, green screen and emerging technologies. next.

Nadine and David Urqhart watch as West Vancouver Memorial Library public service assistant James Barth places their green-screen picture photo bomb into a mountain climbing photo at the library’s March 1 open house of “The Lab,” the library’s new digital learning space.

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