A most unique panoramic view from this one bedroom plus den plus loft/ atrium penthouse suite at the wonderful Metro Vista building in Mount Pleasant. With a truly unique exposure perched high above the neighbourhood, this home stands out on account of its great views and light, the awesome private rooftop loft/ atrium and patio, and of course its top-notch location.
With two levels of living space, the layout is extremely unique in a one bedroom home. On the main level, you’ll find the kitchen, bedroom, large open-plan living and dining area, the bathroom and the den. Upstairs you’ll find a fully glazed loft/ atrium that leads outdoors onto the roof of the building with the lovely private patio.
This separation of space between upper and lower areas is ideal for those that work at home. You have the convenience of working at home and a healthy amount of separation to keep professional life from bleeding into home life and vice versa.
Upon entering the suite, immediately noticeable is the staircase leading up the second level. A bathroom is directly accessible from the entranceway, which is in close proximity to all rooms in this home.
Further into the suite a semi-enclosed kitchen strikes a balance of openness and privacy when entertaining. Keep the drama in the kitchen concealed while still being a good host and engaging with guests.
The dining room and living room area are open-plan, and create a sense of contrast from the other areas of the home which are very much defined in terms of spatial extent. This area is bounded to the west with postcard windows and views over the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Just off the living room area is a bright and private den, which can be both opened up to the main living area or closed off and separated. This space is ideal as an office, meditation/ yoga room, or could even work as a guest or kid’s room.
The master bedroom is quite large, also with a large closet, and is nicely separated from the main living area. Light flows in through the den via glazing on both sides, with openings for air flow or extra sound deadening as circumstances require. A flexible and smart design.
Upstairs is where things get a little magical. The upstairs space is truly unique and is best described as a loft/ atrium, with extensive floor to ceiling glass on the curved western wall. This space would make an ideal office, art studio, or yoga/ meditation space.
A single glass door leads out to the private roof-top patio. This is a large deck that wraps around the atrium with vast views to not only the south/ west/ north from the western edge of the building, but also at the opposite end of the patio facing north and east. This is a super unique layout that we’ve never seen before in any other building.
The views are vast, open and panoramic. Overall, it’s a relatively high vantage point with an outlook that feels like it can goes on forever. Almost more striking however, is the nature of the view itself. With surrounding turn-of-the-century commercial buildings layered over time with successive waves of development, the unique aesthetic of this outlook is something you don’t really see anywhere else in town.
This view is something you see in older cities. It’s a view with a character that is immediately felt upon entering the suite. The brick buildings in the vicinity, the topography of the immediate neighbourhood and the mural installations that adorn the area all contribute to something quite unique. The creative nature of the area is really apparent on the landscape and you simply feel immersed within it in this home.
The current owner reports: “The light in this home is fantastic, especially on dark & grey Vancouver days. I love all the large windows. The unit faces west, is bright, and receives a lot of afternoon light. The floor to ceiling windows in the loft allow for an expansive view. The outdoor space is what I will miss the most - evenings on the rooftop patio are gorgeous. The sunsets are amazing, the city view is a delight, and I love being able to maintain a small rooftop garden.”
The suite has seen a series of updates over the years. New window furnishings within the last few years, new flooring in the den, upgraded lighting throughout, custom paintwork throughout, and a new wood staircase. The kitchen has also been renovated with new stainless appliances, countertops, hardware, etc.
The location is top-notch with all the amenity the neighbourhood is known for within walking distance. Main Street shopping, restaurants, night spots, etc., are all just one block away. You simply do not need a car at this location.
Olympic Village and the False Creek waterfront is just down the hill connecting you to the entire seawall from Kitsilano all the way around Stanley Park into Coal Harbour. Walking to Gastown and the downtown core is very reasonable from this location.
From the current owner: “Being right in the heart of Mount Pleasant has been awesome… 33 Acres, Brassneck Brewery, and Main St Brewing Co. are all less than a 5 minute walk. My favourite stops: Como Tapas, The Whip, Our Town Coffee, Hime Sushi, The Federal Store, The Juice Truck, Tacofino Ocho. Blue Heron Cheese is around the corner. Of course, the community centre and library is right across the street. Lots going on at the Fox Theatre. The Dharma Temple yoga is a 15 minute walk (One of several yoga studios in the neighbourhood). Good ‘ole Kingsgate Mall has a Shopper’s Drug Mart, Buy Low Foods, and a BC Liquor store… Mt Pleasant farmer’s market is two blocks away at the elementary school on Guelph St. I love it there, and visit most Sundays in season.”
Transit is excellent from this location as well with east/ west routes intersecting north/ south routes at Main and Broadway. The Skytrain is just down the hill, a 15 minute walk. Biking is fantastic in all directions from this location with dedicated routes on Ontario Street and 10th Avenue.
The building residents are described by the current owners as being super-friendly, with lots of young professionals and young families. It’s also very pet friendly.
The strata is described as proactive, with planning underway for building upgrades over the next 3-5 years. Repairs are undertaken in a timely manner and the building is security conscious.
Rentals are welcome, as are pets.This home includes one secure parking space. There is in-suite laundry too.
This is a super-unique home with a multi-level layout that feels more like a townhouse/ house than it does a condominium. It’s in turn-key condition and has a no less than magical loft/ atrium that spills out onto a private rooftop patio. With expansive views of a unique character it simply feels just right. And the location is one of the most convenient and desirable in the city.
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|Address||411 288 E 8th Avenue|
|Type of Dwelling||Apartment/Condo|
|Sub-Area||Mount Pleasant VE|
|Floor Area||777 Sq. Ft.|