While reporting on this story, I had an amazing time with Bruce Langereis, President of the Delta Group.
Showing up at his office, I didn’t know what to expect; Bruce greeted me with a big smile and a firm handshake. We spent a few minutes in his office, chatted about Tower Trip, his upcoming land development projects and about cycling – as I noticed his very sexy road bike parked right next to his desk.
Then we were en route to visit two penthouse units inside The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia. Listed at $18M, the top penthouse is one of the most luxurious properties in the entire city.
Bruce explained how residential apartments in Vancouver’s Central Business District (CBD) are becoming a rare thing, as office spaces are the types of projects usually backed by the city (which seems reasonable enough, as they prefer buildings that will provide jobs first).
So, in that sense, the luxury and value of owning such a huge space at the epicentre of the business district may be a good investment. Oh, and living in the Vancouver landmark that is Hotel Georgia is pretty hard to beat. After a long day at work, getting to enjoy a drink in a place where all the important and influential people meet and connect is possibly the best thing about living in the CBD.
A Matter of Perspective
Working in Yaletown, I ride my bike around Vancouver’s CBD everyday. We tend to forget about the heights that surround us when walking around Downtown Vancouver. With those huge mountains (Grouse, Cypress, Fromme, etc.) and the Pacific Ocean wrapping the whole city, it’s somehow hard to get a proper sense of how tall the buildings really are. That is what’s interesting about The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia penthouses: You’re literally above everything and everyone else, with a breathtaking view of the whole city and its suburbs, mountains, and beaches.
*Note that some parts of the units are still not finished in order to give maximum customization options to a future buyer.
Luxury is the Standard
The interior design of both penthouses I visited featured many impressive amenities; custom BBQ counter, high quality wood flooring, impressive soundproofing, tons of light from those huge windows, etc. One detail that caught my attention as Bruce was showing me the magnificent kitchen is how interior designers actually did not focus on those fashionable overrated Italian kitchen brands, but used budget and space in a wiser way: Bruce and his team spent a lot of time to make sure every unit features the best efficiency for every square foot. Fancy ceiling detail in entry ways, custom walk-in closets that come standard, hallway and door designs that optimize the intimacy and versatility of the space, etc. Normally, you would pay extra charge to get those bonuses. Not here. These are standard.
Additional pictures by Delta Group.
The patio comes with, to put it simply, Vancouver’s best view.
I mean, Bruce could charge tourists more than what the Grouse Grind Gondola does for a peek up here. The full penthouse features a 360 degree view of the city. You’re so high up even those ships parked in front of Jericho Beach look tiny, as do Stanley Park’s huge cedars.
The Importance of Culture
Chatting with Bruce, I listened to his wise words about how important it is, when creating such a huge residential initiative, that you focus on ensuring a certain lifestyle, a certain culture within the whole building, starting with the inside of every unit. The same way ‘traditional neighbourhoods’ have a vibe and a culture, The Private Residences have this ‘neighbourhood going up in the sky’ thing going on. Social gatherings, à la carte condo fees, heartwarming staff, all those little details that end up making a huge difference.
Mr. Langereis had tons of insightful information to share about the penthouses, his vision, the way he worked to build this property, the way he his, the way he thinks, the way he gathers great minds on great projects and I’d like to personally thank him for his time and insightful generosity.