For the last 2 days I have been working at the much publicized Athletes Village, aka Millennium Water, aka Vancouver’s Olympic burden. The whole development is a triumph of modern architecture, urban planning and should be a shinning example of the Olympic legacy in our city. Unfortunately someone forgot to tell Millennium, the developer of the Athletes Village, that they were supposed to be building something great and that beauty should be more than skin deep.
From the outside the project is stunning but once inside the illusion quickly fades away and you are left with poor workmanship and unsellable homes that are priced at the upper end of Vancouver’s real estate market. I was able to view the nearly 4700 square foot penthouse in one of the units recently and was stunned by the quality of finishing and material used in this supposed premium home. I’m not going to go into detail about what building or what penthouse other than to say that I know people who were involved in the building of all of the units and the quality is consistently poor throughout the entire development.
Just out of curiosity I decided to do a little comparison shopping in the area between 2 bed 2 bath units around 1100 square feet. At the Village the typical price for something in that configuration runs between $700k and $1.1 million where as a comparable unit closer to Broadway and Cambie runs between $590k and $1.4 million. The lower end is older buildings but the price actually compares quite well which leads me to believe that I am not the only one who noticed the poor quality at Millennium Water.
I suppose that’s why Millennium recently went into receivership and I strongly believe that once Ernst & Young, along with condo sales ace Bob Rennie, get a plan together the issues will be solved and the units sold at reduced values.
On a happier note I have discovered a great new dive in the same area called Argo Cafe. Located at 1836 Ontario street, just across from the Village, I am apparently the only one I know who had never been there. I had the House Chow Mein with BBQ pork, chicken and shrimp. What a great Chow Mein!!! Crispy and soft noodles, bok choy, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower, so good from a place that you wouldn’t expect from its outside and inside appearance. You can read more about the history of this great little spot here as well as drool over their menu and read about their upcoming feature on The Food Network.
My Movember Moustache is still going strong and I am eagerly looking forward to the Gala Party at Fortune Sound Club on December 2nd. I recently had a little Movember get together with some close friends and raised an additional $300 to add to the $1200 we have raised so far in the fight against prostate cancer. If you would like to donate you can do so here. I am officially dedicating my Movember efforts to the memory of David Lam who was taken from us on November 22nd after a battle with prostate cancer. He was an inspiration to all Canadians and you can learn a little more about him here.
Thanks for reading everyone and I hope you have a great week!!!