Reputation, Reputation, Reputation.
There is a sense of purpose behind James Schouw in the way he builds. He has a sense of responsibility to enhance the community and give back to society. In talking to him you get the sense that he sees a bigger picture, integrating the new with the old and preserving the heritage of our buildings because the area’s history needs to be remembered. His last project, named Grace, was influenced by the fact that the project is situated on the site of the old nightclub, Graceland, while at the same time, tied into his last project, Iliad, on Homer.
A new development will soon join this exclusive and luxurious list of residences.
Vancouvers Yaletown neighbourhood will welcome “Thalia”, named after one of Homer's 3 Graces referenced in the Iliad, the fourth and newest development by the reputable and world renowned James Schouw.
Information about the development, the location and price points has been tight lipped up until this past week. I had an opportunity to speak with a sales representative for the development today and attempted to get as much information as possible to pass on to the interested public.
Thalia will be a boutique development with only 28 suites located in the same neighbourhood as the Grace and the Iliad. It will stand tall near the edge of Yaletown close to where Cambie and Smithe meet. The development will be well setback from Cambie Street to ensure future residents enjoy maximum privacy and minimal noise. Residential homes will begin on the fifth floor and climb from there. The lower four floors will consist of commercial spaces - most likely in the form of a high-end grocery store, perhaps something similar to Urban Fare, accompanied with other trendy and exclusive conveniences.
Views. Views . Views. Every suite in Thalia will boast views that owners will be proud of, and visitors, envious. The city and water views can be enjoyed through corner units with floor to ceiling windows. Ceiling heights will soar at 12 plus feet and privacy, security and exclusivity will be ensured with only one or two neighbours per floor. Following in the grand footsteps of her developer, Thalia’s suites will be spacious with the smallest of homes starting at 1300 square feet and the largest stretching to an exceptional 3000 square feet. Price points of the development are still up in the air but I’ve been told they are expected to begin at $1.1 million and climb steadily from there. Thalia will offer 3 sub-penthouses and 1 luxurious penthouse, which are guaranteed to be impressive, lavish and first-class.
Owners can rest assured the finishings throughout Thalia will be the best of the best. James Schouw continues his tradition of building “habitable art” as residences will boast large gourmet kitchens, well thought-out layouts, unique architecture, large and functional outdoor spaces, as well as air conditioning.
Construction of Thalia will begin late winter/early spring but sales of the residences will begin in mid December 2010. Only 28 lucky owners will have the opportunity to own a piece of the luxurious and exclusive Yaletown residence. Don’t wait, call now to get more information on the development and first pick of the homes!
For more information about Thalia and how you can be one of the few lucky owners of the development contact Kelsie at 778.387.6090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Blog by Kelsie Struch posted November 29th 2010
Please read more below about James Schouw and his past developments!
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About James Schouw
Award winning Yaletown developer James Schouw is a designer, green-minded builder, philanthropist, and community visionary. A building by James Schouw looks unlike any other, anywhere else in the world. James is influenced by early Vancouver architecture with neo-classical elements but his designs are truly original and eclectic.
James oversees all aspects of his developments, from conception, to design, to construction. His timeless design with attention to detail and cutting edge construction, has created a devoted following. His buildings are on the ‘must-see’ list of Vancouver architecture and it’s a common site to see people taking pictures of his buildings. The beauty of his buildings have turned them into Habitable Art, art that people live in.
Best known for the dramatic style of his buildings, James is changing the way buildings are built and raising the bar for environmental sensitivity with his innovative designs. His landmark Grace building, at 1280 Richards, is the first high rise in the city to have been conceived with energy efficient geothermal heating, a technology that saves on heating costs, produces minimal greenhouse gases and has set the standard for other high end projects. The carbon emission reduction for Grace is the equivalent of taking 100 cars off the road annually. In addition to the Geothermal heating system, his projects incorporate a rainwater recovery system. He has also installed a fingerprint recognition security system that ensures only inhabitants gain entrance.
Creating buildings with a reduced environmental footprint is a reflection of James’ overall development philosophy. He has sense of responsibility to enhance the community and give back to society. A minimum of 50% of each year’s net corporate and personal income will be donated to humanitarian efforts over a ten-year period. Charity work is ingrained into his company’s values and culture.
Born in Winnipeg and raised in Vancouver, James studied physics at university but became fascinated with construction after spending time helping his architect father at a construction site. A natural entrepreneur he left school to start a successful ice cream distribution business and to pursue his interest in design and construction. His own dissatisfaction with what he saw on the market prompted him to build his first multifamily development, Iliad. James is a long time resident of Yaletown and always resides in the projects he creates so that they have the liveability that he would expect in a home.
James’ Grace building was awarded the 2008 Georgie Award for High Rise of the Year, was a nominee for best multi-family housing for the national SAM awards, and was a finalist for the international SPARK design awards. James is a past winner of Business in Vancouver’s 40 under 40 Award and he has been featured on CBC Television’s “Living Vancouver”, HGTV’s Lofty Ideas, and CKNW’s “Adler Online”. He is an occasional contributor to Business in Vancouver Magazine, writing articles giving his thoughtful perspective on Vancouver’s housing industry.
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