Davie & Nicola 128 homes in a 22 storey tower at 1485 Davie Street by Vivagrand Developments

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Davie & Nicola presents rare opportunity for old-world glamour, high-end features in West End highrise

The Province

Those fortunate enough to live in one of Vancouver’s oldest and most beloved neighbourhoods, the West End, never take their surroundings for granted, and for good reason. Bounded by English Bay, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and the downtown core, this is one of the most festive and downright exciting places to live, where natural beauty and urban bustle happily co-exist, and one is never at a loss for things to do or see.

But it’s also a neighbourhood with a scarcity of new residential options, which makes the new Davie & Nicola boutique residential highrise all the more noteworthy. Marketed as a rare opportunity to live in the West End in homes that combine old-world glamour with high-end features, Davie & Nicola by Vivagrand Developments is the first residential project to be planned in the vicinity in over 11 months. Its 128 homes (which start from $789,900) are ideal for local downsizers who want to remain downtown or anybody longing for the vibrancy of this unique urban setting.

While Davie & Nicola’s location is enviable, its specific address is also noteworthy. Situated across the street from the heritage-designated Gabriola House, the tower’s west-facing residents are guaranteed unobstructed and permanent views of the sunset over English Bay, in addition to being just blocks away from the beach and the shops of Davie and Denman streets.


Matt Stone, sales manager for Rennie, says, “Vivagrand appreciates the history and character of the West End and has created a 21-storey building that pays homage to the neighbourhood, with an exterior that is consistent with the architecture of its immediate surroundings with extensive use of stone, marble and wood. It really is an exclusive and highly-anticipated project.”

The floor plans of Davie & Nicola consist of one bed, one bed and den, two beds and three bed condos, penthouses, and three townhomes. Vivagrand has outfitted the building with amenity spaces including a gym with cardio machines and weights, a meeting room, concierge service and a lobby with library lounge. The lobby was inspired by those of international hotels, bringing a warm welcome to residents with natural marble, dark wood tones, luxury metallic accents and dramatic light fixtures. A cozy landscaped courtyard will provide residents with peace amid the hustle of downtown.


The homes themselves, from Cristina Oberti Interior Design, reflect Vivagrand’s commitment to bring traditional luxury to the project. The over-height solid core interior doors are elegant and act as added soundproofing, while engineered hardwood flooring is evident throughout. The living areas feature one-of-a-kind cove lighting that provides warm and diffused illumination. The kitchens have Italian-imported Binova cabinetry with soft-close hardware; solid quartz countertops that complement statement-making marble slab backsplashes; and large islands with solid quartz countertops and waterfall edges.

Binova cabinetry with soft-close hardware also adorns the bathrooms, which are encased in marble with oversized tiles blanketing the floor and walls. In addition, the bathrooms have oversized showers in frameless glass enclosures with marble mosaic-tiled bases and linear drains.

Attention to detail is evident in all the homes. Master closets feature built-in organizers; smart locks on suite entry doors provide optimal security; the bathrooms have in-floor heating by Nuheat controllable via smart phone; and Kohler is the fixture brand for all bathrooms and kitchens (the top of the line appliance package is by Sub Zero and Wolf). As for the balconies, they are articulated to maximize outdoor living opportunities.

Davie & Nicola homes are built for comfort thanks to high efficiency heating with heat recovery ventilation, air conditioning systems, smart NEST thermostats for efficiency and wireless control, plus durable triple-glazed windows that act as an enhanced acoustic buffer, creating a tranquil living space in addition to welcoming an abundance of natural light.

But as impressive as Davie & Nicola’s features are, at the end of the day its biggest selling draw is its location. This is a neighbourhood of predominantly young professionals, although families also thrive thanks to the schools and parks in the vicinity. Plus, it’s a famously walkable neighbourhood, close to transit – and a cyclist’s paradise.

Stone says, “We’re getting ready for private appointment previews in March, and given that Davie & Nicola is such a special project, we’re expecting enthusiastic response from a wide range of prospective buyers.”

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