As a private real estate investment company, we aim to create a positive impact in the communities we work in. To that end, we invest in emerging neighbourhoods around Vancouver, acquire unique properties, and transform them into alternative spaces that showcase their character. Each building is approached differently and we take great care to ensure that we create spaces that make sense for each community.
01Create A Positive Impact
We began with a property in the heart of Kitsilano that was in need of an update. 1995 Cypress Street is a small building on the corner of Cypress and West 4th Avenue. The property stands on one of the busiest shopping thoroughfares in Vancouver, but had fallen into disrepair. By upgrading the ground level retail space with fresh paint and a patio, and renovating the apartments above, we were able to give the building a new lease on life. The location attracted Tractor, an innovative restaurant that quickly became a favourite among locals. This positive change encouraged us to continue.
02Acquire Unique Properties
In Mount Pleasant we identified other properties that needed similar attention and care. 123 West 7th Avenue was a rundown space with beautiful wood beam architecture and great potential. Located across from Jonathan Rogers Park, and near a number of Vancouver tech startups, this building was perfectly located for office or manufacturing space. We upgraded with new windows and lowered the floors to increase ceiling height. It is now the headquarters for Kit and Ace, a rapidly growing, Vancouver-based clothing company that attracts many young professionals to the city.
03Spaces That Make Sense
We are passionate about spaces that create potential for communities. At 895 East Hastings in Strathcona, we found a property on a prominent corner. It had good visibility and the opportunity to become a stand-out space in the neighbourhood. During renovation, we found structural wood architecture behind the drywall, which we restored to showcase the building’s character. The updated space, located close to Chinatown, Railtown and Gastown, attracted Strathcona Beer Co., a brewery enriching the craft brew market in Vancouver.