Forty-eight floors above Georgia Street sits an exquisite secret, a 6,830-square-foot penthouse with stunning views over the city. The distant scene from the floor-to-ceiling windows is pretty awe-inspiring all day long, but it’s at night when the drama really unfolds, with the lights delineating the streets from the structures and from the darker sea.
The penthouse, sub-penthouses and 150-plus units are linked with the heritage Rosewood Hotel Georgia on the same property, and its super-stylish restaurant, the Alessandro Munge-designed Hawksworth. The hotel’s services are on call for residents; these include private dining in the comfort of your own suite (imagine ordering from this dinner menu whenever the mood strikes), a 52-foot saltwater lap pool, a spa, fitness centre, valet, 24-hour concierge services and housekeeping. Leave everything to the staff, and pop across the street to see the latest exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery, or do a bit of shopping in the neighbouring blocks.
The suites in the 48-storey Private Residences building (there’s only one tower taller anywhere in the city) start at $1.175-million and top off at $18-million. The two sub-penthouses command $7.7-million and $8.1-million for 3,480 and $3,785 square feet respectively. Find floor plans for all units here. Many offer glassed-in den/office space and gas fireplaces.
The development has taken home Reader’s Choice for Best Residential Highrise at the Urban Development Institute’s Awards of Excellence, as well as its Best Environmental Innovation award.
The Hotel Georgia was built in 1927, and today’s design — both original details and refurbished areas — reflects the era’s sensibilities while offering cutting-edge technology to guests and residents. At the end of the day, pop down to the hotel’s new and aptly named speakeasy, Prohibition. It’s located underground as it would have been in the 1920s. Ladies, don your cloche hats and men, your best wide lapels, and enjoy a Sidecar and White Lady before a meandering stroll home that will take about, oh, a full three minutes.
Source: National Post, 02/06/2015