Twelve Notable Buildings in Coal Harbour, Vancouver

Coal Harbour is home to some of the most iconic and luxurious condo buildings in Vancouver. Towering over the downtown this stronghold of beautiful, world-class buildings creates a breathtaking sky scape that surrounds a magnificent harbour of sailboats, powerboats and giant yachts. The seawall that is steps from your doorstep brings epic strolls within reach as people revel at the West Coast blend of ocean, mountains and city knitted neatly together to give you the best of all worlds.


Bauhinia- 535 Nicola Street

Completion: 1998
Number of Units: 85 + commercial
Architect: Perkins & Company Architectural and Urban Design Inc
Developer: ASPAC Developments Ltd
Construction: Scott Canada


Centrally located in the heart of a vibrant part of Coal Harbour in the Waterfront Place.

Bauhinia at Coal Harbour is a luxurious apartment complex offering its residents top class facilities and a relaxing atmosphere in an exceptional location: the result is a uniquely elegant waterfront life style. Several famous restaurants and bars are situated along this part of the Seawall: Cardero’s Restaurant, LIFT- bar, Seawall Bar & Grill, with additional restaurants in the nearby Westin-Bayshore Hotel. The building offers excellent amenities including a fabulous swimming pool, media room, squash courts, gym and one of the best concierge services.

Avila- 560 Cardero Street

Completion: 1997
Number of Units: 93 plus commercial
Architect: Perkins & Company Architectural and Urban Design Inc.


Developer: ASPAC Developments Ltd.
Construction: Scott Canada


Avila & Bauhinia are twin towers connected by townhomes, commercial units and common courtyard gardens. Known as tower 1 and 2 of the Waterfront Place, the towers were the first buildings to be constructed in Coal Harbour by ASPAC Development. Inspired by their waterfront location, the glass, zinc and stone building exteriors reflect the ever-changing hues of their aquamarine setting. Amenities include a racquetball court, indoor pool, and a library

Casina- 590 Nicola Street

Completion: 2003
Number of Units: 146 residential + commercial
Architect: James KM Cheng Architects Inc.
Developer: ASPAC Developments Ltd.
Construction: Ledcor Industries

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The sister towers Cascina and Denia are the last phase of the Waterfront Place development. The towers are surrounded by 34 town homes and connected by a private lagoon courtyard. A luscious watery landscape with serene waterfalls sooth the senses. To maximize the tremendous city, mountain and water views, expansive windows walls are standard in every suite. The interior of each residence combines old world elegance and innovative design for maximum luxury.

Escala- 323 Jervis Street

Completion: 2002
Number of Units: 87 residential + commercial
Height of Bldg: 326 feet (100 meters)
Architect: James KM Cheng Architects Inc.
Developer: ASPAC Developments Ltd.
Construction: Scott Canada

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ESCALA offers a premier waterfront location. Located in Coal Harbour, with just 95 exceptional residences, suites range in size from 1,100 to 3,640 sq ft. With 1, 2 or 4 suites per floor, & several 2 level homes, these 1 bedroom & den to 3 bedroom residences offer open, spacious floor plans & balconies. Escala has exceptional finishings, with 2 colour schemes to choose from. There is a generous use of limestone, granite & washer/dryer & Sub-zero fridges. Some of the many amenities include an indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, steam room, fitness facility & private theatre with DVD. The building has a grand entrance & porte cochere with a 24 hour concierge & a state of the art security system, which includes a monitored CCTV.

Shaw Tower- 1077 West Cordova Street

Completion: 2006
Number of Units: 130 live/work condos on top 24 floors
Height of Bldg: 450 feet (137 meters)
Architect: James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc.
Interior Design: Robert M. Ledingham Inc.
Developer: Westbank Projects Corporation
Construction: Ledcor Industries

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Located on Vancouver’s most prestigious waterfront location, Shaw Tower is among the tallest buildings in the city at 489 feet, comprised of 24 stories of luxury condominiums with a unique live/work zoning designation, on top of a 16-storey office building. Situated on Coal Harbour and adjacent to Harbour Green Park, the Vancouver Convention Centre and extension of Vancouver’s famous Seawall. The residences with interiors by the late Robert Ledingham with a separate lobby from the office building set the standard for a luxury mixed use project.  Construction began in 2003 and completed in 2006. When Shaw Tower was complete it was the tallest building in the City until the completion of Shangri-la Vancouver. Shaw Tower with its light installation by Diana Thater has become one the signatures of the Vancouver Skyline.

West Pender Place- 1499 West Pender Street

Completion: 2011
Number of Units: 143
Interior Design Alder Pereira Design
Architect: IBI Group
Developer: Reliance Properties Ltd
Construction: ITC Construction Group

A contemporary landmark in Vancouver’s most prestigious waterfront neighborhood, the dramatic, faceted towers of West Pender Place bring true modernist architecture to Coal Harbour.   Named Best Urban High Rise at the 2012 Urban Development Institute Awards for Excellence, West Pender Place has become a significant architectural landmark in Vancouver’s most prestigious waterfront neighbourhood and a striking addition to the city skyline.From street level water features to eco-friendly roof decks, West Pender Place combines a modernist aesthetic with state of the art design and materials.  Floor to ceiling windows and curtain wall construction create the faceted towers that have become a significant part of Coal Harbour skyline.  High-efficiency glazing, geothermal heating and ample rooftop greenscaping contribute to a highly functional, energy-efficient, tower design. And by night, programmable LED lights create a subtle shifting colour wash,transforming a slender vertical ribbon into a dynamic work of art. Two angled glass towers and a five-storey podium make up the three buildings of West Pender Place. The strata condominium homes at West Pender Place feature the finest fixtures and finishes available, as well as some of the most spectacular city and mountain views in Vancouver.

Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates – 1011 West Cordova

Completion: 2010
Number of Units: 173
Architect: James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc.
Developer: Westbank Project Corp. and the Peterson Investment Group.


In the summer of 2006, Westbank commenced construction on one of the last remaining development sites in Coal Harbour to add yet another landmark building to Vancouver’s waterfront.  The Fairmont Pacific Rim fuses the luxury brand of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts with Westbank’s reputation for quality design and construction. This property consists of a world-class 377-room Fairmont Hotel and 175 luxury residential homes with unparalleled views along, with amenities and services for which Fairmont is famous for. This exciting new development is now Westbank’s latest stamp on the Vancouver skyline.

Three Harbour Green- 277 Thurlow Street

Completion: 2012
Number of Units: 81
Height of Bldg: 32 floors
Architect: IBI/HB Architects
Developer: ASPAC Developments


Three Harbour Green at 277 Thurlow Street is the last genuine waterfront tower in the Coal Harbour neighbourhood. It is a fitting final chapter to Aspac’s Coal Harbour legacy – a vision that began and ends with excellence.  Three Harbour Green resides at the northeast corner of Thurlow Street and West Cordova Street, soaring 32 floors with 81 units.  Completed in spring 2012, Three Harbour Green boasts an unmatched waterfront location, allowing unobstructed panoramic views of Vancouver’s most iconic sceneries: ocean, Stanley Park, Lions Gate Bridge, Harbour Green Park, Mountains, North Shore, and Downtown Vancouver.

Two harbour Green – 1139 West Cordova Street

Completion: 2008
Number of Units: 71
Height of Bldg: 31 stories
Architect: James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc
Developer: ASPAC Developments


Harbour Green Two at 1139 West Cordova Street, is a modern waterfront Coal Harbour building that offers  some of the very finest design, quality, and style in all of Western Canada.  From the contemporary architecture to the Snaidero design Italian kitchens, Harbour Green has everything and more you would expect from an A+ waterfront building.  From a white marble lobby to world class spa and amenities this tower offers the best luxury in all of Coal Harbour.  Two Harbour Green sets the bar another notch higher for Vancouver waterfront real estate. The sixty 2 and 3 bedroom tower suites, which range in size from 2,400 to 3,600 sq. ft., are crowned by a 5,800 sq. ft. penthouse with a rooftop garden, and a 5,200 sq. ft. sub-penthouse. Eight of the tower suites are two storey lofts that combine chic, metropolitan style with waterfront cachet. Two Harbour Green also offers nine 2 and 3 storey townhomes for those who aspire to the convenience and sophistication of the urban waterfront lifestyle, yet the privacy and individuality of a multi-style house.

Cielo- 1205 West Hastings

Completion: 2007
Number of Units: 141
Height of Bldg: 300 feet (31 meters)
Architect: Downs Archambault & Partners
Developer: Delta Land Development Ltd.


Completion:2007,Number of Units:141, Height of Bldg:300 feet (31 meters), Architect:Downs Archambault & Partners, Developer:Delta Land Development Ltd.

This 30-story tower with four three-level townhomes is developed by Coal Harbour Properties Partnership II and managed by the Delta Group with architectural design by Downs Archambault Architects and interior design by Mitchell Freedland Interiors. Features very good view corridors from Cielo’s tower as it rises to meet its harbourside sister towers–Callisto and Carina-across Cordova Street. The building has an environmentally friendly goethermal heat exchange system and fibre optic hub providing digital entertainment and full networking capabilities.

Callisto – 1281 West Cordova Street

Completion: 2004
Number of Units: 127 residential units
Height of Bldg: 348 feet (106 meters)
Architect: Hancock Bruckner Eng & Wright
Developer: Delta Land Development Ltd.
Construction: Scott Canada


Callisto is the sister building to Carina. A blue, curved glass façade is inspired by the colours of the sea and the shape of a sail. City, mountain and water views are maximized here. Part of the Harbour Green Place development, Callisto maintains the high standard of every tower built in Coal Harbour. Each unit features elegant contemporary West Coast design and a generous outdoor space. Step from your front door onto the Coal Harbour seawall, connecting to Stanley Park and the waterside pathways leading to English Bay and beyond.

Carina – 1233 West Cordova Street

Completion: 2003
Number of Units: 86 apartments + 17 town homes
Height of Bldg: 252 feet (77 meters)
Architect: Hancock Bruckner Eng & Wright
Developer: Delta Land Development Ltd.
Construction: Scott Canada


Carina was the first tower to be built as part of Harbour Green Place-the last residential community in Coal Harbour. The horizontal and vertical curved details on the building’s facade create a sail metaphor that reflects the building’s marine setting. Sister-building to “Callisto” this glass tower is designed to maximize the marvelous views of the city, mountains and water. Seeking an opulent lifestyle? Carina’s state-of-the-art facilities include an outdoor whirlpool, steam, sauna, fitness studio, theatre room, meeting room, lounge and a children’s playroom.

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How to Compete in Vancouver’s Multiple Offer Market

How do you compete in Vancouver’s Multiple Offer Market when buying a property.  Over the past six months we have seen a number of multiple offers, particularly for highly desirable properties in good locations.  Inventory is still very low and good properties at fair market value will typically bring multiple offers. You could be competing against 4-5 other buyers, and the situation can be stressful.

In general, the highest bid is likely to win, but not always. The reality is that when there are multiple offers, it is common that a few of them are very similar on offer price.

The best method of standing out in a multiple offer situation is by presenting yourself as the buyer the seller would like to do business with. Your real estate agent will present you and your offer in the best fashion possible to make you the buyer of choice.

Here are some ways that multiple offer situations are won.

How to Compete in Vancouver's Multiple Offer Market

Confidence in buyers’ ability to close

A really high offer is no good if the seller is worried about the buyer’s ability to actually close the deal. Apart from your offer price, a seller and their agent will look at factors like the size of your down payment, size of your deposit, closing date and motivations for moving. A buyer with a large down payment and a quick close that is clearly not dependent on the sale of another property will usually win, even if there is a bit more money on another offer.

Is your Realtor easy to work with?

Everyone wants a real estate agent who is working diligently for their buyer, working relentlessly for your best interests. In a bidding war, the line between persistence and bullying is a thin one, and you want an agent who is a “professional” and is easy to work with. The winning agent is typically a strong communicator who is persistent and attentive to detail. Listen to the seller’s needs and craft an offer that meets those needs.

Have Inspections done ahead of offer

Get your inspections done ahead of time. If a home sale is going to fail, it is probably because of the inspection results. An offer that has pre-inspected the home and waived the inspection contingency has a better chance of success because it’s removed a huge uncertainty. This is a costly strategy, as you need to spend at least $400-$500 on an inspection for a home you may not get, but it can pay off if the house is right.

Write a letter of Introduction

Sellers often have huge emotional ties to a home, especially if they have been there for a long time and raised a family there. Put a face behind your offer with photos and a personal letter telling why you love the house. You never know what little personal detail can make them feel better about you as a buyer.

Multiple offer situations

Being the Buyer of Choice

Skip the escalation clause and just make your highest and best offer; buyers sometimes use escalation clauses, it allows you to raise your bid in increments to beat the next best offer, without having to potentially overpay. However, stacked against a straight-up offer for a similar price, the offer with an escalation clause almost always loses. If you have one offer for $500 k against another offer that starts at $490 k and escalates to $500 k, the net result to the seller is the same. Sellers almost always pick the offer without the escalation because that buyer shows they “want it more.”

Other Tips on How to Compete in Vancouver’s Multiple Offer Market

1) Submit your offer with a current pre-approval letter, including the mortgage brokers contact information.

2) Place a deposit with the agent’s brokerage before to submitting the offer; proof of the deposit should be presented with the offer.

3) “As-is” with right to inspect offers will usually get more attention from the seller.

4) Submit proof of funds to close with your offer. Cash and financed offers require funds for closing – remove all doubt about your offer.

Don’t get wrapped up in the competition and set your own limits on what you are willing to pay for a home. There will always be other homes to buy. At the same time, focus on the big picture. If the home is right for you and your needs, step up and take the extra steps to try to get it. An experienced agent who has been in these competitive situations is an invaluable resource to coach you through the process and maximize your chance of success.


CBx : Selling your Vancouver home has never been smarter

CBx : Selling your Vancouver home has never been smarter

Coldwell Banker’s sales associates now have access to an exciting new iPad application – CBx . This exclusive marketing tool is now available in Canada.  This innovative app will enhance the listing experience and give sellers a better understanding of their neighbourhood market & potential buyer profiles.

The new iPad application, CBx, pulls a variety of market data from public and private sources about a community to inform the seller who the home buyer may be, and where they may come from. Powered with the insights from this big data, sales associates can utilize the application to not only help sellers price their home more precisely, but identify potential buyers and intelligently craft a strategy to target them.

The home buyer profiles and market data provided by CBx take our listing presentations to the next level by showing sellers something they haven’t seen from other sales associates. No other real estate company has a tool like CBx.

CBx is interactive and easy for agents to use with custom features, heat maps, and a tool that allows agents to modify a search based on neighbourhood details and amenities. Through this application, we can identify the type of buyer most likely to come into the neighbourhood, the estimated value of the home, and the demographic makeup of who is most likely to purchase the home.

Cbx moves technology beyond the website and uses it to create a better experience for the customer.  This is another step in how technology is reshaping the way people buy their next home.

Contact me to learn more about how this technology makes selling your home easier and better!

Coldwell Banker’s innovative app is empowering their agents & in turn, helping sellers & buyers.