Eleven West 2655 Maple Street 10 homes in a 7-storey building by Nadeau Developments

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Eleven West merges old and new in Kitsilano project

Shawn Conner
The Vancouver Sun

Eleven West

Project Address: 2655 Maple St.

Project Size: 10 homes, 815 — 1,973 square feet

Bedrooms: two one-bedroom-and-den artist’s studios, two two-bedroom townhomes, one three-bedroom townhome, five three-bedroom condos

Price: starting at $978,000

Developer: Nadeau Developments

Architect: Ankenman Marchand Architects

Interior designer: Eleven West Group

Contact name: Cheryl Nadeau

Contact phone: 604-802-0001

Sales centre: 2126 W. 41st Avenue

Centre’s hours: by appointment

Website: elevenwest.ca

Completion date: August 2018

Developer Cheryl Nadeau can’t conceal her enthusiasm over her latest project — and doesn’t try to.

The reason for her excitement is Eleven West. A collection of homes at Maple and West 11th Avenue in Kitsilano, the project is modest (“boutique” in marketing terms) in size by developer standards, comprising 10 homes. But it has a neighbourhood-friendly concept, Nadeau says: they’re keeping and renovating an on-site structure that is a neighbourhood icon, while planning an entirely new building.

“It’s one of the last Spanish Colonial Revival buildings in Vancouver,” Nadeau said. She and her husband and business partner, Duane, went before city council to have the building, built in 1929, deemed heritage and turn it into artists’ studios. “They were so thrilled we were going to keep it,” she said. “It cost us a lot of money, and a lot of time.”

 “I would hear this all the time, ‘I biked by there all the time as a kid,’ or ‘I bike by there now and I see it.”

Buyer Markus Chernoff is well aware of the site’s iconic status, both for the Spanish heritage building on the lot, as well as the heritage building next door: the 83-year-old Bessborough Armoury.

“It’s such a cool Art Deco-looking building,” he said.

“Being right next door (to the armoury), I see the project as a complementary thing. Even though there’s a contradiction in terms of the modern portion, it seems to be so complementary to the entire neighbourhood, including the Bessborough Armoury. Some of the other buildings in that neighbourhood don’t have the same kind of architectural design or stature as the concept in this one. It just seemed to be kind of a superior design development. It also gave me the opportunity to think about what I could do in my portion.”

Chernoff has bought an artist’s studio in the preserved building, which will house two studios with one bedroom and a den and the studio out front.

Another building has been demolished to make way for the new build, and although it had no heritage value, it too had a history of housing artists, Nadeau says. “For years, it’s been an artisan type of building, nothing big but with really creative people.” She notes that building was once home to the studio of Wendy Williams Watt; here, the designer created her signature “big love balls,” giant balls inscribed with the word “LOVE” that are sometimes seen at events in town like Diner en Blanc.

When complete, the new building will house both townhomes and condos. There are two two-bedroom townhomes and one three-bedroom; the latter, a 1,200-square-foot home, is on the southwest end of the building. A 1,068-square-foot two-bedroom takes up the middle, and a 1,038-square-foot home is on the northwest corner. This home has a unique feature, Nadeau notes: it’s the only townhome that can be accessed by the elevator.

This makes it perfect for an elderly couple who still want to maintain their independence, she says.

“They could have that main-floor living for a caregiver or adult child.” The home also has a wraparound deck.

For the condos, each of which is just over 1,800 square feet (the penthouse is nearly 2,000), Nadeau envisions families or downsizers who “don’t want to do the downtown thing” and “want to stay in the community. It’s the kind of residence you can live in as long as you want. The elevator opens right into your unit, and it’s one-floor living.”

Each three-bedroom condo takes up a floor. The third-storey condo has a wraparound balcony, while the others each have four decks, one of which is enclosed. The penthouse has the entire (1,336 square foot) rooftop deck with seating areas, an outdoor kitchen, room for a hot tub and panoramic views.

“We’ve done quite a bit of droning,” Nadeau said. “The views are city, mountain, water. It’s going to be absolutely spectacular.”

Most of the homes have views, and one of the main features of the homes is “all the glass,” Nadeau said. “Even from the lower floors, you still get views of the city and mountains.”

While they’ll put in “as much glass as possible in order to capitalize on the views,” Nadeau says that the concrete building will have “nothing but the highest quality materials on the outside, rock and brick and metal.”

Most of the homes have open-concept layouts and nine-foot-high ceilings (eight feet in the studios and 10 in the penthouse). Condo features include an integrated Bosch, Sub Zero and Miele appliance package in the kitchen and gas fireplace in the main living space. Townhome kitchen features include a Bosch dual fuel range and integrated fridge and Miele dishwasher, while studio kitchens come with a Liebherr integrated fridge and Porter & Charles dual fuel range. All homes have a generous master bedroom with walk-in closet and spa-like ensuite. 

The two-storey artist suites will feature a funky mix of different influences in finishings, including Spanish and Italian.

“We’re trying to live the space with people in mind, to really make sure we’re capturing a group of people, whether families, downsizers or artists. We really wanted to add into the community.”

A part-time musician, Chernoff says that he is planning to use his studio for a boutique, high-end vintage guitar shop.

“I know a violin-maker occupied the space I’ll be in, and bands have played in those buildings. I know it has quite a history. And I thought, You know what, it would be the perfect space, the perfect neighbourhood, the perfect design, and something I would be super proud to live in.”

He added: “I was born and raised in Vancouver and I’ve seen a lot of beautiful buildings go down, and a

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