188 Keefer will soon become an iconic part of the Chinatown neighbourhood.

188 Keefer will soon become an iconic part of the Chinatown neighbourhood.

Achievable living at Westbank’s 188 Keefer

Amenity-rich neighbourhood and spacious homes combine for great value in Chinatown.

Vancouver’s historic Chinatown is welcoming a newcomer to its midst with Westbank’s 188 Keefer, a stunning addition to a community already known for its friendly atmosphere.

“This is an amenity-rich neighbourhood that’s poised for tremendous growth,” says Alexa Paukkunen, sales and marketing director for Magnum Projects. “Chinatown has such a storied heritage.”

With restaurants, cultural activities and shopping right on your doorstep, living at 188 Keefer gives you a downtown Vancouver experience without being right in the hustle and bustle.

“The location is really an advantage,” says Paukkunen.

The one- and two-bedroom homes will feature spacious floorplans ranging from approximately 460 to over 1,000 square feet. Retail space will be located on the ground floor of the 17-storey building, with 156 homes in total. Two different levels of interior specifications are available, divided into tower and podium homes depending on which floor you purchase on. The podium homes up to the ninth floor will include polished granite countertops, premium plank vinyl flooring and stainless-steel appliances, among several other beautiful features, while the tower homes will feature engineered hardwood flooring, Miele and Blomberg stainless-steel appliances and Corian countertops. Tower homes are located on the upper floors.

No matter where in the building you purchase, you’ll find amazing panoramic views of the downtown Vancouver skyline, B.C. Place and the North Shore Mountains.

A feature concrete wall will be included on the tower that will be home to a public art installation by Vancouver artist Ron Terada.

In the building, homeowners will find nearly 4,000 square feet of amenity space, including a huge outdoor terrace, indoor lounge and fitness facility. The outdoor space will include a children’s play area, urban garden plots, outdoor barbecue, fireplace and seating area, while the indoor lounge will feature a large living room seating area, flatscreen TV, kitchen space and a dining room perfect for entertaining.

“This is a unique opportunity to be able to afford a home in a unique community,” Paukkunen says. “It’s an achievable price point and an achievable downpayment option.”

Indeed, buyers are able to own at 188 Keefer with just five per cent down, something that is rarely seen in the Lower Mainland’s housing market.

“We want to minimize the (financial) threshold to get people into homeownership,” Paukkunen says.

The Westbank name has been a huge part of the interest in 188 Keefer already.

“The developments speak for themselves,” says Paukkunen. “They have incredible attention to detail and the quality is evident.”

Past Westbank projects include Living Shangri-La Vancouver, Coal Harbour’s Shaw Tower and the Fairmont Pacific Rim. They are also involved in the redevelopment of the iconic Woodward’s property in downtown Vancouver.

Sales will begin soon, Paukkunen says, and the presentation centre at the corner of Main Street and Keefer Street is slated to open in the near future.

Homes at 188 Keefer start at $239,900 for a one-bedroom and $399,900 for a two-bedroom. To register for more information, visit www.188keefer.com or call 604-620-2018.