West End living reaches new heights

Jul 5 2017, 12:05 am

New developments don’t often come to Vancouver’s West End, so when a renowned developer, architect, and designer team up to build a collection of 149 two- and three-bedroom homes to the corner of Davie and Broughton, it presents a unique opportunity to homebuyers.

Developer Marcon has engaged Vancouver-based Henriquez Partners Architects and Alda Pereira Design to help realize its vision of neighbouring 18 and 19-storey residential towers in the West Coast Modernist style, overlooking English Bay.

“A fabulous location”

Getting to know a community is integral to the development-planning process for Marco Paolella, President of Marcon Group of Companies. “I like to take time to walk around and experience the neighbourhood where we’re planning to build homes,” says Paolella, “The team and I will explore its side streets and take in the main thoroughfares to familiarize ourselves with the community or, in the case of the West End, get reacquainted with it.”

Strolling around the West End, the team witnessed “people on bikes, reading on balconies, sitting on street-level terraces with a dog at their feet.” This outdoor urban activity solidified what the Marcon team already felt about the West End, says Paolella, “What we saw on those walks reaffirmed our thinking: the West End is the next frontier in Vancouver’s evolution. It’s spectacular.”

Richard Henriquez, Founding Partner at Henriquez Partners, shares Paolella’s enthusiasm for the neighbourhood. “When you consider that you can walk to Stanley Park, birdwatch, experience the beach or play tennis right near your home, you know you’re in a one-of-a-kind setting,” says Henriquez, “It’s a fabulous location.”

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Henriquez raves about the area’s balance between urban activity and natural beauty, as well as its potential: “Yes, it’s known for having groceries and nature on its doorstep,” he says. “But, what I find interesting is what’s planned for that neighbourhood in the near future. Think about what’s coming with Vancouver House, and how that Granville Bridge area will evolve in terms of activity, shops and excitement. Mirabel will have all that vibrancy in one direction as well as the unchanging oceanfront in the other direction. How ideal.”

“Built for living”

Alda Pereira, Principal at Alda Pereira Designs, is pleased with the contribution that Mirabel will make to this already thriving area. “What’s coming with Mirabel is even more sophistication,” she says, “Every floor will offer homeowners a different experience. There’s a real cross section of homes here—homes facing the mews, people living with gorgeous views, stylish homes for people new to the market. Plus they’ll get to live in a fabulous place. The closeness of the water, the downtown core and the airport is pretty fantastic.”

Vintage shot of English Bay (Image courtesy of Marcon)

According to Paolella, this prime location was ripe for a project of the quality for which Marcon is renowned. “We knew this was the spot to create something exceptional that could be built for living, without sacrificing the original architectural intent,” he explains, “Because that’s the key: a company like ours wants to showcase great design and architecture while remembering that these homes need to live as beautifully as they look.”

To this end, Paolella says his team has worn its “‘builder hats’ from the first day.” Doing so has enabled Marcon to “create flexible, spacious floor plans that maximize every square foot of space through seamless indoor – outdoor living.”
“We’re proud of the team,” says Paolella, “And we’re really excited for homeowners to experience the attention and expertise that has gone into creating Mirabel.”

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