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#461 lanforod

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 07:29 AM

That price includes cleaning, all utils, wifi, parking, fully furnished. Still seems a bit steep for a 1 bedroom but I could see some execs wanting it on a 6 mo lease basis.



#462 Mike K.

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 07:41 AM

A $1,000 premium seems very high. I wonder what the "exec" market is like in this town.

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 08:03 AM

I guess if the company is paying for it and the alternative is a hotel room, maybe this is quite reasonable.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 08:43 AM

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#465 lanforod

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 08:45 AM

I guess if the company is paying for it and the alternative is a hotel room, maybe this is quite reasonable.

At what point do you have to charge hospitality taxes? I see little/no discernible difference between this listing and a hotel, other than term length.



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 09:01 AM

At what point do you have to charge hospitality taxes? I see little/no discernible difference between this listing and a hotel, other than term length.

 

Sale of accommodation for a continues period of more than a month is exempt from 8% PST and 2% MRDT.


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#467 lanforod

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 09:02 AM

Okay :)



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 03:13 PM

Saw what looked like an A unit being rented for $1350...

 

 

Went by the show suites on the weekend, I was pretty impressed with the units and the views in them. The ceiling difference between 2-4 and 5th is extremely noticeable (just over 8' to 9'), makes the unit seem a lot bigger. Would be concerned with the "bedroom" size, and don't believe that it's a queen sized bed in the demo suites. Not having sliding doors for the closets across from the bedroom could be a bit of an issue too.

 

C units seemed to be the most livable, the flow through from the BR to walk in to washroom is nice, and the BR is a much more liveable size. 

 

A's I liked for a single person looking to live in something that has a little more room separation than a normal studio. Would be killer to get the A with the coutryard patio and grab a ton of outdoor space.

 

One thing I kept circling back to is that they are all rectangular units, but there are only windows on one of the short ends of the rectangle—would be tough to get much natural light penetration back to those bedrooms in A or B.

 

 

Very interesting though—this building feels like an actual addition to downtown and the community. 


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 08:01 PM

Yeah, the ~9' ceiling height is very nice on the 5th floor. 

 

But does anyone know much about the soundproofing on this place? Is the minimum standard they have to build to pretty good? My current neighbour doesn't like it when I even watch TV at a low volume after hours(in an admittedly fairly old building).

 

And I'm aware any apartment is going to let noise through, but not having to talk quietly after 10pm would be swell.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:07 AM

Yeah, the ~9' ceiling height is very nice on the 5th floor. 

 

But does anyone know much about the soundproofing on this place? Is the minimum standard they have to build to pretty good? My current neighbour doesn't like it when I even watch TV at a low volume after hours(in an admittedly fairly old building).

 

And I'm aware any apartment is going to let noise through, but not having to talk quietly after 10pm would be swell.

 

They spoke a lot about the soundproofing materials between the floors, but without being in a unit and having some people stomp about above and play loud music next door you wouldn't really be able to tell. They should really show off the soundproofing at these demos by putting a boombox next door.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:27 AM

From my experience living in a newer wood framed building, it's only your neighbours above (and on occasion below) that you will need to consider. Unless your next door neighbours are hammering nails into walls, you won't hear them. As for above neighbours, you can hear footsteps when shoes are being worn, bass from sub-woofers and occasionally appliances when everything else is quiet.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:37 AM

Bass would drive me nutty.


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:41 AM

Bass would drive me nutty.

 

I actually think salmon could be even worse, that close to the ocean.


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 12:14 PM

Bass would drive me nutty.

 

On the contrary, I hear he's quiet and a very good tenant.

 

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 05:53 AM

Sneak peak of Theatre Alley and a view of Chinatown buildings that you don't often see. The alley should be open to the public soon.

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 09:21 AM

 As for above neighbours, you can hear footsteps when shoes are being worn, bass from sub-woofers and occasionally appliances when everything else is quiet.

 

So nothing has really changed then in the last 30 years.


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Posted 14 March 2014 - 02:38 PM

Went through the alley today on the way back to the office. Interesting... don't often get to see the back areas of some of those buildings.



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 03:39 PM

Really cool to see these old buildings getting fixed up. I can't wait to see the one next door when it's done.

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 11:31 AM

Went through the alley today on the way back to the office. Interesting... don't often get to see the back areas of some of those buildings.

 

This report to the March 13 GPC meeting spelled out registering a statutory right of way to permit public access through the alley.

 

"It will provide access for members of the public to pass between Pandora Avenue and Fisgard Street between the hours of 7am (or dawn if later) and 7pm (or dusk if earlier)."

 

Anyone notice if there is any signage to that effect up yet?


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 01:23 PM

No signage has been installed yet.

 

The way the entrance from Pandora is designed you have no way of seeing the alley from the street. Even though there is a sign that says "Theatre Alley" above the garage it looks more like retail signage than a sign indicating that, yes, there is an alley there.


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