I can’t think of a better spot to watch a Vancouver sunset than here. This magnificent West End apartment has an unobstructed, fifty foot wall of glass that faces west over English Bay Beach; on a clear day you can see the blue mountains of Vancouver Island. And a few nights each summer you can host the world’s best fireworks party. Dale Menzour can fill you in on the rest.
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It was a dark and stormy night, but as you can see, it’s still possible to get some nice twilight scenes if you time it right and have a backdrop like the downtown lights. We shot this for Sue and Sarah’s listing some time ago.
Living in a home at the top of Vancouver’s tallest building has a distinct advantage — there is nothing blocking your sightline. I’ve seen lots of incredible views of the city before, but none from this height. Even on a grey, overcast day, the panorama offered by the floor to ceiling windows takes your breath away. I don’t have a fear of heights, but just getting close to these windows made my pulse race a little.
I would love to have spent a few hours there, but time was limited and the conditions were not ideal. Most of the furniture was in transit to the owner’s new home, and although the cloudy sky gave me a nice soft light to work with, an evening shoot would have produced some jaw-dropping images. But I can’t complain. Not too many people get paid to take pictures of homes like this.
We all know that discussions of Vancouver’s history pale in comparison with some of the great places of the world. What other city would put a plaque on a house once owned by Jimi Hendrix’s grandparents, for crying out loud? But we are not completely devoid of culture. The West End has a few architectural gems that are approaching 100 years old. The Queen Charlotte Apartments is one, and realtor Craig Rushton recently listed a two-bedroom suite for sale, a rarity in this neighbourhood. The building has an impressive two storey entrance, art deco finishings, and the original bird cage elevator, among other charms. It’s on the market just today, so now’s your chance to be first in line!