Ridgeway Place - Commercial Drive Condo - Leads the way with it's new Non-smoking Bylaw

 1450 E 7th Ave Commercial Drive Condo

Ridgeway Place is located @ 1450 E 7th Ave in East Vancouver. According to Realtor.ca and other mls systems the subarea is known as Grandview but to those in the community it is affectionately refered to as Commercial Drive. 

This strata (VR1289) in my humble opinion is one of the best in the area. They have led the way in terms of building maintenance. In 2005 the redid their parking membrane. In 2007 they reenveloped the entire building with the help of McCuaig and Associates and Heatherbrae Construction. In 2008 they repiped the entire building with the help of Manna Plumbing. Shortly thereafter they upgraded all the common area hallways.

Now in 2012 they are leading the way by passing a non-smoking bylaw.

At the most recent AGM on March 29, 2012 the owners passed a 3/4 resolution to make the entire building non-smoking. Any new owner, tenant, occupant or visitor is not permitted to smoke in a strata lot or on common property including limited common property. This includes outside the building on private patios. Current owners tenants and occupants are grandfathered in so that they can smoke within their strata lot, but not on common property. This is a bold move by the owners. But they feel that since the majority of the condo owners (89-91 %) in BC are non smokers and the health risks of second hand smoke are so significant that it was a change they wanted to make. 

The building also boasts green initiatives such as commissioning a private company to recycle materials not covered by the city of Vancouver program and a community run compost station to reduce waste.


The building has 38 condos in it each one is assigned one parking spot and one storage locker which are both designated as common property.


Rentals are currently restricted to 6 and 2 pets are welcome. There is no restriction on size or weight.


If your interested in a buying a condo at 1450 E 7th Ave. Feel free to give me call or send me an email. I have been involved in the sale of 10 of the last 16 condo sales at Ridgeway Place and often have an idea of what may be coming on the market in the near future.

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In an effort to provide the best online imagery for my listings, I have discovered a way to do an augmented Reality video of any room. If you open it on your ipad, iphone, or smart phone you can press the AR button and it will let you check out the room as if you are actually in it! You turn the phone to the right and can see whats to the right in the room, you turn the phone left, it shows you whats left in the room. Up, down and around work too. I believe it is going to be a great way for me to market Vancouver homes and condos. Please take a peek of my living room and tell me what you think!





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Commercial Drive Real EstateWhat's unique about Commercial Drive on a rainy day? Well the umbrellas of course! What other community has the environmental mindset to turn their colourful communuty banners into bright and sturdy umbrellas with a lifetime warranty? Oh and reuseable bags to boot! 


Commercial Drive Umbrella on Patio

The Commercial Drive Business society replaces it's  256 nylon street banners almost every year in an effort to keep the Drive alive. That left them with the question of what to do with the 256 banners they take down every year. Their answer was genius on so many levels. These banners are remade into reusable shopping bags and umbrellas.

According to the Commercial Drive Business Society, as of December 2011, this has prevented  over 14.3 tons of CO2 emissions, eliminated 805 lbs from going to the landfill & saved enough BTUs of energy to power a typical vancouver home for 2.5 years!


This years editions of the bags are being made by The Kettle Friendship Society. This give opportunity to a local non profit society that enables individuals with mental illness. 


The umbrellas are also made in Vancouver at The Umbrella Shop. Talk about keeping things local. The people of Commercial Drive love local, and this is just one fine example. When the current stock of bags and umbrellas are sold, there will be $14,000 in the bank and it is all in a green space Fund which is dedicated to deevolping green spaces in the neighbourhood.

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