Gilmore Place 2108 Gilmore Avenue 12 acres with 10 towers total, primary tower 64-storey with 643 homes by Onni Group

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Gilmore Place to be a ‘live, work and play community’

Michael Bernard
The Province

Gilmore Place

Project location: Gilmore Avenue and Lougheed Highway

Project scope: 12 acres; 10 towers in total: seven residential, three office. First phase consists of three concrete highrise towers, providing one-, two- and three-bedroom condominium homes close to shopping (over 500,000 square feet downstairs), recreation and an integrated SkyTrain station

Residence size and price: 540 — 1,085 square feet (not including sub-penthouses or penthouses); from the low $500,000s

Developer: Onni Group

Architect: IBI Group

Interior designer: In-house

Sales centre: 101 – 4190 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby

Hours: By appointment only, starting Sept. 22

Sales phone: 604-488-8986


 Occupancy: Late 2023

The Onni Group’s Gilmore Place is the third of a trio of master-planned communities launched over the last three years as part of Burnaby’s ambitious plan to foster residential development along the backbone of the SkyTrain Millennium line running through its Brentwood and Lougheed town centres.

Gilmore Place, which is being built around the SkyTrain station of the same name, will join Concord Pacific’s Brentwood community and Shape Properties’ massive City of Lougheed further down the Millennium line, creating homes in the sky for several thousand residents.

The first phase of Gilmore Place, Onni’s largest project in B.C. to date, calls for more than 1,550 suites in three highrise concrete towers of 43, 51 and 64 storeys, with the last being the tallest residential building in Western Canada, says Nick Belmar, Onni Group’s vice-president of sales.

The development will ultimately have 10 highrises with homes for more than 3,000 residents, and supply more than 500,000 square feet of retail space and one million square feet of office space on the 12-acre site.

Belmar said it will be a “live, work and play community” that will provide all the residents’ needs on site and putting them within 20 minutes of downtown Vancouver on SkyTrain.

This marks the first time that Onni has integrated a SkyTrain station into a development, he said. “You’re not finding many projects in Metro Vancouver where the station cuts right through the site. You go down the elevator and in a matter of 20 to 30 steps you’re right at the SkyTrain terminal.”

“It’s a one-stop shop,” he said. “You get home and you don’t have to worry about the car. In fact, you don’t even need a car because you have got everything at your doorstep.”

The three towers will be connected via a sixth-floor podium that will serve as a base for 75,000 square feet of amenities, he added. Those include outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a fitness centre, a bocce court, a landscaped dog walk, a bowling alley, a karaoke room, a children’s outdoor play area, barbecue facilities and lounging area, a movie theatre and even guest suites for visitors. To take advantage of the sweeping views that encompass Vancouver harbour to the west, Gilmore Place has a lounge for all residents on the 35th floor of one of the towers.

The construction of the first three towers will have a relatively long time line with the first suites being ready for occupancy beginning in late 2023. Onni’s sprawling 10,000-square-foot presentation facility at 4190 Lougheed Highway will feature two suites and a kitchen vignette, as well as scale models of the 10-building development.

The first three buildings will feature double-height lobbies and 24-hour concierge services in each. The homes have outdoor balconies or terraces, expansive windows and nine-foot-high ceilings that will maximize natural light while capitalizing on the panoramic views. All homes have in-suite controlled air conditioning, heating and ventilation supplied by a utility-managed community energy system, which optimizes efficiency while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Buyers can choose from three colour schemes. Contemporary wide-plank laminate flooring runs throughout the kitchen, living and dining room areas, while a premium wool blend carpet is used in bedrooms and walk-in closets. White UV-blocking roller blinds on all exterior windows will provide comfort and privacy.

In the one-bedroom and junior two-bedroom homes, Onni features a 24-inch Blomberg panelled refrigerator with bottom-mount freezer, a 24-inch Fulgor Milano stainless steel four-burner gas cooktop, a 24-inch Fulgor Milano convection wall oven, a 24-inch slim profile Faber pullout hood fan, a Blomberg Energy Star-rated dishwasher and an under-counter 1.2-cubic-foot microwave. Kitchens come equipped with three-centimetre thick composite stone countertops and matching waterfall gable ends and multi-functional islands with dining space for four people. The larger two-bedroom and three-bedroom homes feature larger 30-inch versions of the same brand-name appliances.

Most of the homes have a built-in nook with composite stone countertop that can be used as a functional desk or computer space. All have a built-in pantry with adjustable interior shelving, and premium marble or limestone tile used for the backsplash.

The bathrooms feature 12-by-24-inch premium marble or limestone flooring and NuHeat-heated floors in the master or primary bathroom. All bathrooms come with a medicine cabinet, soaker tubs and frameless glass enclosed shower with a recessed niche in the shower wall.

All homes are pre-wired for in-suite security systems and feature a solid-core wood entry door with peephole and deadbolt.

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