Alright, Vancouver property seekers, it’s time to lower your sights to raise your expectations.

Collection 45, a MYIE Homes development in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver, is raising the real estate stakes by offering a low rise development that claims to outdo its high-rise counterparts.

Sitting 6 stories high with 45 homes, the folks behind Collection 45’s design claim that by focusing on the history of the community and the cultural vibe of the neighbourhood low rise apartments are able to offer lifestyle and design components that high rises just can’t compete with, and theirs is a prime example.

We spoke with the man with the vision, Andrew Emmerson of GBL Architects, who let us in on what’s so awesome about Mount Pleasant’s latest low riser.

Collection 45's killer view, and unique use of natural light

So what does Collection 45 offer to its neighbourhood? “The Mount pleasant area is in sort of a transitional period. It’s densifying; it’s a very eclectic neighbourhood,” Emmerson said of the unique neighbourhood. “There are a lot of old buildings mixed with the new. We wanted to draw more of a historical feeling but at the same time produce a modern building that would really keep pushing the development in Mount Pleasant forward.”

One of the ways Emmerson achieved this was by pulling back on density to allow for more space around the building, so small commercial spaces, like Vancouver’s well-loved coffee shops, can thrive.

Light spa-like washrooms

Diversity was also a high priority. “We wanted to keep a human scale to the project, not a cold hard edge commercial element. Again, we’re drawing on themes on the local neighbourhood and community. We worked on creating a diverse mix that would provide something for everyone, from smaller studios, to two bedroom suites with the rooftop patio.”

When life gives you lemons, make an awesome apartment. Living spaces and kitchens are as spacious as they are bright

And it’s not just buyers and locals taking note. At the design panel at City Hall, the project had unanimous approval and praise for its unique and neighbourhood-friendly design.

So what do you think? Are you ready to aim low and get more of your neighbourhood?

For more info call 604 569 1555, email, or visit their website.

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