Elyse has the amenities and the location

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Main Street: With 48 different layouts on nine storeys, buyers have plenty of options to choose fro

Kerry Moore

Den/enclosed balcony Photograph by : Jon Murray, The Province

Spacious master bedroom in one layout connects with den/enclosed balcony (in next photo), a setup new parents favour as baby is right there. Photograph by : Jon Murray, The Province

Kitchen has durable, sleek glass counters, although granite is an option for those who favour it. Photograph by : Jon Murray, The Province

Living space flows into open kitchen area. Photograph by : Jon Murray, The Province

Elyse has it all: location, layouts and good looks.

What’s not to like? It has 48 different layouts over nine storeys, quality finishings, floor-to-ceiling windows, big balconies and patios, and you can walk to Canucks games, Science World, and all the boutiques and coffee shops you could ever want.

“Elyse will be built in an open V shape on a slope beside a new Mount Pleasant Community Centre,” says Vesna Troha of L & T Marketing and Dexter Associates. By the time Elyse opens in 2009, she says, “the centre will boast a daycare, library, gym, steam room, perhaps a climbing wall, and an outdoor running track. There is also talk of a car co-op there, too.”

Troha is enthusiastic about what she terms “a hot area.” Main Street is already a desirable area for its shops, art scene, restaurants and coffee shops, she notes. And stretch that scene a little further, and “imagine it in another few years: This will be the place to live,” Troha predicts.

The selling points in the units include hardwood flooring in all the living areas, in-suite storage large enough to be a spare room, and some enclosed balconies.

“There is an enclosed balcony in a one-bed unit [floor plan 321] that some buyers intend as a baby room as it connects to the master bedroom. It would also be a good solarium or a den,” she says.

This bright enclosed balcony leads directly to an outdoor balcony that’s shared with the living room. This same layout also features an eating nook as well as a formal dining area. “For a one bedroom, it’s very accommodating,” Troha says.

Buyers will find some unusual standard features including etched tempered-glass counters and backsplashes in the kitchens. Visitors to the display suite are shown how food can be cut on this surface without leaving a scratch. “It’s more durable than granite and easy to maintain.” Granite or quartz counters are options, “and, ironically, cost us less.”

As is common, there is a choice of two neutral colour schemes, one slightly lighter than the other. In this case, they can be matched to two similar choices in flooring and in cabinetry.

As part of the standard stainless GE appliance package, a retractable hood fan is included along with a refrigerator, dishwasher, gas self-cleaning oven, garburator and 24-inch microwave drawer — “a really urban-savvy feature.” An electric fireplace tucks into the living area.

Some advantages of the building will be hidden from street traffic.

“We’ll have a wellness walkway with a pond on the south-east corner, and one of our two lounges will lead off the fifth floor to a common deck with bench seating, gazebos and landscaping.”

Troha says an inaccessible green [planted] roof atop the seventh floor is intended as an environmental element.

Because the building is so close to urban biking routes, secure bicycle storage is included as well as a designated parking space per unit. An entry phone connects with video surveillance for personal security.

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What: 119-condo, nine-storey development

Where: 7th and Scotia, one block east of Main Street, Vancouver

Developer: Eden Group

Sizes: 639 sq. ft. to 1,775 sq. ft. One bedroom, one bedroom and den, two bedroom and den, and on the ground floor, three-bedroom townhomes.

Prices: From $379,900

Open: Display unit, 1819 Quebec St. (Quebec and 2nd), open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Closed Fridays. Call 604-633-0922 or check elyseliving.com

© The Vancouver Province 2007


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