The Flats: Joining Vancouver's Chinatown

Dec 19 2017, 1:27 pm

There’s a new kind of development taking place in Chinatown that is aiming to strike a balance between preserving the character of the historic area and offering thoughtful living that appeals to the new urbanite.

Or, to developers Brian Low, Brian Roche and David James of Panther Constructors Ltd., a collision of past and present to cultivate a rich future to match the storied past of the area; their project, The Flats at 219 East Georgia, is aiming to do just that.

Capping the size of the development at 28 homes, on a 25 FT wide infill site, The Flats is very unique, very urban and very social. Residents are encouraged to get to know their neighbours and use the shared spaces, including the roof top patio and full outdoor kitchen, or hangout in the vibrant retail space on the ground floor. In addition, each home has access to a secure bike locker as well as an onsite bike washing area and tune-up service station to encourage biking and chatting about their latest adventure.

All 28 homes offer a blend of Asian heritage and contemporary West Coast. Boasting spacious open floor plans, sleek modern décor and cultivated urbanism in the exposed raw material used throughout – including accented concrete walls, polished concrete floors and painted corrugate steel ceilings.

The Flats is also dotted with hints of charm from centuries past, found in the slotted shutters, Juliette balconies and window boxes. Floor-to-ceiling windows are staggered across the west façade, framed in traditional Chinatown yellow and many finished with Juliette balconies. The entire north and south façades are outfitted with floor to ceiling wall-to-wall glass sliding doors that are almost 25 feet wide.

To Brian Roche, “There is so much eclectic energy in this area and we wanted this to shine through in every element of our design. From the slotted shutters and slim shape of the building to the color palette of slate and sunshine and the bicycle tuning stations, every single detail has been carefully and conscientiously selected by our entirely East Vancouver-based team.”

Inside, The Flats aims for contemporary cool. Kitchens are a sleek, stylish combination of Fisher & Paykel and integrated Blomberg appliances, pure white quartz counters, and flat-panel cabinetry, painted corrugate steel ceilings. Bathrooms have a clean, crisp and airy design with a deep soaker tub, floating vanity and wall-hung toilet.

Chinatown is re-emerging as the vibrant neighbourhood it once was, and continues to interconnect its rich history with a sense of newness and dynamism.

“This area is us. It’s where we choose to live, work and raise our families. Being a part of the fabric of this community and helping make it even better is something very near and dear to us,” said Roche.

And according to Hari Minhas of Colliers International Residential Marketing, “People have migrated to Chinatown throughout the city’s history and as Vancouver grows up, Chinatown will remain a prominent urban destination, but now, with more viable housing options and with the increasing number of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, cinemas and markets, people are realizing Chinatown is definitely where to own next in Vancouver’s real estate market.”

With over 60% Sold within the first weeks of opening for sales it is clear that The Flats is one of the most coveted developments in Vancouver.

The Flats will be located at 219 East Georgia. Prices for available homes start at $312,900. To learn more please visit or call 604-790-8744 to meet up with the Mobile Sales Team.

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