Volume 2 - Spring 2009

540 Beatty: Crosstown

by Susan Kerschbaumer

At 540 Beatty, history meets sleek modernity. Our heritage warehouse conversion offers the best of the old – original exposed brick, iron columns, refurbished windows and ceilings soaring to over 16 feet – together with ultramodern finishings to create a New York-style residence with a raw, creative vibe.

When it went up a hundred years ago, the Crane Building was already quite a looker. The largest concrete building in the country, it took up residence among some of Vancouver’s most historically significant structures.

Polished concrete floors, seven-foot-high entry doors and a sliding wall system make an immediate impression. European-style modular kitchens fitted with high-gloss cabinetry and Liebherr and Bosch appliances complete a unique picture.

Of course, the area outside 540’s doors is something pretty special, too. Stroll across the building’s illuminated glass block sidewalk or take a trip in the car elevator. Known as Crosstown, this is Vancouver’s emerging style district. And 540 Beatty is at the centre of it all. Crosstown sits at the intersection of Vancouver’s hottest neighbourhoods, where downtown meets Yaletown, Gastown and Chinatown. Walk to Tinseltown to catch a movie, GM Place to cheer on the Canucks next year, or to one of the fabulous restaurants close-by for a late-night cocktail. Or, hop on the Skytrain to the far reaches of the city.

540 Beatty is now complete and – not surprisingly – nearly sold out. Currently available is a selection of new-construction penthouses on the 6th and 7th floor.

All available penthouses feature: modern kitchens with Corian countertops and integrated appliances; spa-like bathrooms with Carrera marble countertops and radiant in-floor heating; air conditioning; Townline signature garage-door style window-walls, and sliding wall systems.

Currently, 3 homes are available, including two c.1250 square foot, 2 bedroom, doubleheight, super-bright plans; and a 1,818 square foot beyond-your-wildest-dreams penthouse with 1,349 square feet of outdoor space (900 square foot rooftop deck with gas fireplace and 430 square foot terrace) – with city, mountain and water views.

Penthouses are priced from 869,000. That “beyond-your-wildest-dreams” penthouse? 1,649,000. 

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