Rendering: Formwerks Boutique Properties

Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood is known not only for its popular Kits Beach and mix of restaurants lining West 4th Avenue, but also its collection of Craftsman-style houses that were built in the early 1910s.

Near West 2nd Avenue and Cypress Street, a new townhome project is currently working to restore a 100-year-old home that will be accompanied by a series of complementary heritage-style residences.

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Heritage on Cypress & Second features the restoration and conversion of a 1906 family home into two townhomes. According to information on developer Formwerks Boutique Properties’ website, the Purves-McBay residence was one of the first homes to be built on the 1800 block of West 2nd Avenue, and was occupied by the same family for over a century. An example of Gabled Vernacular Cottage architecture, many of the original elements of the character home are to be preserved, including the angled entry stairs, brick chimney and cant bay window.

Rendering: Formwerks Boutique Properties

In addition to restoring the 1900s property, the project also sees the creation of four European-inspired infill townhomes. The white brick and stucco exteriors of the new homes will contrast against the darker façade of the restored character property, which will showcase shaker shingles and siding with wood details.

“Today, a meticulous restoration of the main building is the basis for a collage of old and new infill townhome residences, maintaining the form and character streetscape of early pioneering Vancouver,” says the Formwerks website.

Only one floorplan remains in the Heritage on Cypress & Second collection, Plan D2, which spans 1,503 square feet with two bedrooms, a den and two-and-a-half bathrooms. The most recent pricing data available on BuzzBuzzHome shows that Plan D2 was last listed from $2,300,000.

Floorplan: Plan D2, Formwerks Boutique Properties

The three-storey Plan D2 offers an open-concept living, dining and kitchen area on the main floor. A spacious patio shares the lower level with a media area and second bedroom, while the upper floor is home to the principal suite with a walk-in closet and a private ensuite bathroom.

Featuring design work by i3 Design, the interiors of Heritage on Cypress & Second are said to evoke a Scandinavian aesthetic with matte black accents, wide-plank white oak hardwood floors, and quartz countertops in the kitchens and bathrooms. Each home provides a series of rooftop decks, patios and verandas, plus in-home comforts like in-floor radiant heating and under-cabinet kitchen lighting.

Construction on Heritage on Cypress & Second is expected to reach completion by late 2021, according to the latest information on BuzzBuzzHome.

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