Commercial Drive, at the heart of Vancouver, is a funky, eclectic and vibrant neighbourhood. Various weekend festivals are held every year, including cultural celebrations like Italian Day, varied food and cooking related events, and a weekly farmer’s market during the summer months. The annual Car-Free Day shuts down the entire street from Grandview Highway to Venables Street, and all of Vancouver is invited to experience the shops, cafes, restaurants and – most importantly – the spirit of “The Drive”.
The community is known for its older, Victorian style homes, but newer developments that embrace the youthful energy of the area are being introduced amongst the pitched roofs, scalloped shingles and dental moldings. One such recent development is the fresh and funky Grandview Cascades, located on McLean Drive at 1st Ave. Bringing the clean lines and geometry of downtown Vancouver into the Drive, this development still captures the vibe of the area by offering lots of outdoor space, including a rooftop deck.
The Marquee is a fantastic example of a developer maintaining the integrity of this cherished neighbourhood by choosing to refurbish a building rather than tear it down. Bruno Freschi, best-known locally for designing Science World, was the original architect of the former East Van Cinema. Two floors were added to the existing building to create The Marquee, creating more residential units without changing the surrounding landscape or feeling of one of the busiest corners on the Drive. The addition includes many sustainable and environmentally friendly features, to a LEED gold level standard, fitting in with the eco-forward, green thinking, socially conscious spirit of the Commercial Drive community.
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