WHAT: The Mark, 300 units
WHERE: 1372 Seymour Street,
at Pacific Boulevard
DEVELOPER: Onni Group
SIZES: 480 sq. ft. — 1,400 + sq.
PRICES: $299,900 — $1 million+
OPEN: Sales centre at 1035 Seymour;
hours noon — 6 p.m., Sat
The Onni Group’s new-home project
at Seymour and Pacific — The
Mark — is easily earning its
The first 214 of the 300 homes on
offer were presented to the pre-sale
market and attracted
a lineup of buyers, some of whom
camped out the night before the
sales centre doors opened. By the
end of the first day of sales, 163 of
those homes were snapped up.
Talk about making a mark.
“There are very few gateway sites
of this size and type in any city,” says
Beau Jarvis, Onni’s vice-president
of development of the residences
that will rise at the base of the
Granville Street Bridge.
“We took advantage of every single
aspect, working closely with the
City of Vancouver and the architects
to optimize the location, density
The property, handily located at
Yaletown border of the bridge’s offramp,
has even managed to gain
attention while it’s been vacant.
Onni offered the land to area residents
for a temporary community
garden. The experiment was such
a success it led to urban agriculture
being incorporated into the project
Overall, the project has been highly
praised at city hall for its architectural
and urban design merit.
The elegant stand-alone podium
with open courtyard captivates
interest near grade, while the rest
of the project rises up dramatically.
The project is currently approved
at 35 storeys, but with six more on
the boards, at 41 storeys, this will
be a significant marker on Vancouver’s
skyline with great views.
Contemporary styling in the kitchens features flat cabinetry and composite stone counters.
As well as being big and tall, The Mark is
will be a flagship project for Onni in terms of
“The Mark is the greenest project that Onni
has done to date,” says Jarvis. “This is the way
the world is going and everybody needs to
jump on the train, including us.”
The Mark features high-efficiency heating
and air conditioning, with rooftop solar panels,
a living wall and green roof, with rain
water harvested for irrigation, exterior walkways
for cross ventilation and light exchange,
electric automobile outlets and on-site carshare.
As well, The Mark is designed to match
the gold equivalency for LEED — Leadership
in Environmental and Energy Design — monitored
via a third party.
Amenities include a yoga and dance studio,
a wellness centre with treatment rooms,
steam and sauna, outdoor pool and hot tub
and large equipped gym.
There will also be a party room with commercial
kitchen for catering.
The Mark has a diverse range of units starting
as small as 480 square feet, some of which
were priced at just under $300,000. (Prices
for the homes remaining on offer range from
$399,900 to $943,900.)
The bulk of the inventory is mid-range, averaging
580 square feet, but larger luxury units
at approximately 1,200 square feet will feature
two bedrooms, with king-sized bedrooms,
kitchens and living spaces overlooking
Interiors offer engineered oak floors and
berber-style carpeting underfoot with compact
European AEG, Faber and Blomberg
appliances in the efficient layouts and fullsized
KitchenAid appliances in the more substantial
suites. Flat-panel kitchen and vanity
cabinetry, composite stone countertops,
oversized porcelain tile and contemporary
styling define the overall living spaces.
Playing on both pre- and post-Olympic projections,
the developer is betting the local
market is ripe for this offering now and
released upwards of a couple of hundred
homes, while reserving a good supply for
release “to the world” during and after the
“We are releasing a portion of the building
now because of demand,” says Cam Good of
The Key, the project’s sales and market leader.
Jar vis and Good say there are lots of
investors eager to jump back into the Vancouver
market, plus many first-time buyers
gearing up for smaller price points as interest
rates remain accessible.
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