How consumer tech is changing the way developers build condominiums

If you cannot afford a house in Vancouver but still want the luxurious lifestyle, developers are bringing some fun ammenities to their designs:

1. designated hot and cold food storage rooms for food delivered before you make it home from work

2.  designated spot for Uber and Lyft rides (not yet in Vancouver!)

3. a high-tech shared working space for those who want to work from home

4. an exercise room outfitted with a gym system that mixes arcade-style activities with fitness.

In 2014, condo developer Tridel partnered with Vancouver-based social networking business Bazinga, which runs a platform that lets condo residents chat with each other and building staff, book amenities, access important documents and receive news about their community.

As developers reflect on all the high tech they want in their own homes, they are bringing those ideas to their projects. It will be interesting to see what they bring to Vancouver in the future!


Detached home prices will soar after three-year slump

Metro Vancouver's current housing slump will last until 2021, but will be followed by dramatic doubling in single-family prices, predicts analyst.

A real estate analyst who accurately predicted Metro Vancouver’s housing crash a year ago says the current slump will stretch out for three more years.

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Midrise building envisioned for land assembly near Little Mountain site

Rezoning proposal outlines plan for 55-unit, six-storey residential building.

 A 55-unit, six-storey residential building is proposed for a land assembly near the Little Mountain development site.


The proposal, for which a rezoning application has been submitted, involves property from 4906 to 4970 Quebec St.

 A 55-unit, six-storey residential building is proposed for a land assembly near the Little Mountain development site.

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Vancouver's Urban Design Panel to review Dunbar development Oct. 3

A proposal for a five-story, mixed-use building at 4464 Dunbar St. will be reviewed by the City of Vancouver’s Urban Design Panel Oct. 3

Under the site’s existing C-2 zoning, the application is conditional, so while it may be allowed, a decision by the Development Permit Board is required. The Urban Design Panel advises city council and staff about development proposals or policies, including major development applications, rezoning applications or other projects of public interest.

IBI Architects, in conjunction with Qualex Landmark Ltd., is involved in the Dunbar project.

An open house about was held in the community on Sept. 20 and a decision on the permit is expected from the Development Permit Board on Nov. 26.

The site sits between West 28 and 29th streets and the plan is for 48 market strata units, 10,869 square feet of commercial area, a height of up to 52.9 feet, a total floor space area of 76,907 square feet, and two levels of underground parking with 129 parking spaces.

According to the plans, there will be a “significant setback” at the corner of Dunbar and West 29th for a public plaza
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