Lower Lonsdale’s Top 10 Buildings

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Written on May 15th, 2019

Lower Lonsdale has some great buildings in the area where residents own, live and rent in.

We have compiled our list for the Top 10 in the area and some rationale as to why.


1. Pinnacle Residences at the Pier
When it comes to Lower Lonsdale, the residences at the Pier is truly the pinnacle for luxury living. Aside from being in the heart of the area (Southwest corner of Esplanade and Lonsdale), the Pinnacle offers what no one else can – hotel style living. The Residences allow direct access to all the Hotel amenities from the 3rd floor. These world class facilities include full lap pool, hot tub, sauna, steam, large gym, bike/yoga room as well as a south facing sundeck with a water view to relax on. This boutique building has 79 units, across 11 floors, and among them are some of the nicest 1 bed, 2 bed and 3 bed units you will come across in Lower Lonsdale. To boot, there are handful of units that boast some of the nicest outdoor areas with panoramic views of the city and harbour. There’s a reason why many units never come for sale in this building…there is no where to go from here. This is the “IT” building for a lot of people.

2. Promenade at the Quay
Polygons newest project is set to complete in Lower Lonsdale in late 2019 and it is one for the ages. For 20 years, developers have been trying to develop this site and with the applications of the museum and the art gallery to the area (and lots of controversy) – Promenade was born. This 14-storey masterpiece is complete luxury with high ceilings, open floor plans, high end finishings and appliances. AND comes with a building concierge. The Promenade has 5 rooftop penthouses, as well as many 3 bed and 2 bed units towering over the quay, with of course expansive city views.
The last bit of new construction to the heart of Lower Lonsdale will be a beauty to look at, for years to come.

3. Cascades at the Pier
True waterfront living DOES exist in Lower Lonsdale. The final phase of the shipyards district was the two Cascades buildings on Victory Ship Way and it needs to be said – they are stunning! A total of 201 units make up these buildings, and views range from good to I just dropped my cell phone off the patio and its in the ocean. Recently completed, these units check all the boxes on the interior with open floor plans, stunning ensuite and large walk in closets. These buildings also encompass some of the largest condos in the area, with some of the front units totaling 3000 sqft, and many large penthouses. Cascade has access to all the Pinnacle amenities and is at the foot of a ton of new restaurants, shops and stunning outdoor spaces, including a basketball court and an outdoor skating rink.
The only knock on these buildings is lack of storage and parking, which accompany the suites. They also have to share a parking gate with 5 of the buildings in the area.

4. Wallace and McDowell
Built in 2017, by Staburn, this eclectic building has that rustic look and feel that fits right in with the Lower Lonsdale vibe. This development spans the east side of Lonsdale between 1st and 2nd street and has a ton of unique units and varying floor plans throughout. Up above you will find many larger units with huge rooftop terraces or outdoor spaces that aren’t comparable to much in the area. If you’re looking for something high end, unique and right in the heart of Lower Lonsdale – this building would be a great place to look. But don’t stare too long, as listings are scarce and don’t last long.

5. Aberdeen Block
While we’re on the topic of rustic and unique – The Aberdeen takes the cake when it comes to that. Originally built in 1910, this heritage conversion was rebuilt in 2005 and turned into designated residential live/work lofts. Exposed brick and steel, concrete floors, soaring ceilings and loft spaces make this building exceptional. This boutique building encompasses 19 units across 5 levels. The first floor being commercial and the 4th and 5th floors were an addition in the reconstruction. This building is truly a piece of art, and history, and no two units are alike.

6. Capstone
Capstone is a boutique concrete building built in 2014, by Fairborne at the Crown of West First Street (although located on 2nd Street). Well laid out units, quality finishings, 9 foot ceilings coupled with an ideal location make this building highly sought after and very liquid in the Lower Lonsdale market.

7. Time
Time is one of the most popular buildings in the area and for good reason. Built by Grosvenor in 2004, in one of the most ideal locations – on the south side of 1st Street – this building, which consists of 2 towers and a well landscaped roundabout is easily the largest strata development in the area. The Time is one of the original buildings that was developed, in what we know today as the core of Lower Lonsdale. Nestled on the bench, units here vary from quiet 1st Street outlooks, North facing views of Grouse Mountain and the Lions to panoramic South facing waterfront views. An incredibly well run and well built building. Condos here trade for a very good price, as the layouts are still timeless (sorry had to hit that pun) and mostly just need some aesthetic renovations. The building comes with full time Monday to Friday concierge, which is definitely a nice to have. The parking/locker setup is exceptional, roughly 1/3 of the units have a private storage room directly in front of their parking stall, which is incredibly rare and a huge convenience.

8. Trophy
Trophy, at 199 Victory Ship Way, is one of the 3 waterfront buildings in Lower Lonsdale. Built in 2015, these units are all West facing and all boast some kind of water view, allowing residence to enjoy everything the Shipyards district has to offer. 9 foot ceilings, A/C, access to the Pinnacle Hotel amenities as well as a shared rooftop terrace space, which has a hot tub, fire pit, BBQ and stunning harbour, bridge and downtown views. The only knock on this building is its close proximity to Cascade East which blocks some of the views and natural sunlight. But the living is good here people.

9. First Street West
A wood frame building, REALLY Kit+Coop?? YES. This is the last piece to the puzzle that is on 1st Street between Chesterfield and Lonsdale. Built in 2017, by Marcon and developed by Fairborne, this boutique building consists of 60 suites over 5 floors of residential, with commercial units on the first (Earnest Ice Cream, Ride Cycle Club – nbd). Incredibly functional floor plans range from good sized 1 beds to 2 beds+den. Some plus features include 9 foot ceilings (12 foot on the top floor corner units), gas ranges, islands, walk in closets, in-suite flex spaces and large storage lockers in the parking levels. Unique to this building is the common rooftop patio space, which has a kitchenette, bathroom, TV/internet, BBQ, Outdoor area with 15+ planters that can be used by residents to plant flowers or grow vegetable gardens. Great for reserving private party or to enjoy a glass of wine and some nice views well you tend to your growing veggies.
AND there’s a pretty cool Real Estate office just below this 😉

10. Observatory
This building put Lower Lonsdale on the map as its first large high rise. And it’s still towering above all other buildings, as the highest condo tower to this day in the area. Built in 1990, by BOSA, this 29 floor building is incredibly private and exclusive with only 3 units per floor. Almost all units enjoy the stunning south facing views. Large grounds on this buildings site, which contain lush gardens, outdoor lap pool and hot tub.


Honorable mentions go to – Premiere, Sky, One Park Lane, Chadwick court, Mira