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Mapping Vancouver's Most Beautiful Apartment Buildings

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It's no secret that Vancouver gets a lot of slack for having a lack of design innovation among the sea of glass residential buildings. Be that as it may, we are determined to shine a light on some of the more interesting buildings in the skyline. From the iconic Woodwards redevelopment tower in Gastown to the wildly out of place (but stunning nonetheless) Grace Tower in Yaletown, check out the map to see our top picks for the most unique buildings that renters can live in.

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1. Woodward's Building

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128 W. Cordova St, Vancouver
Canada V6B0E6, Canada

Renters can live in a piece of Vancouver history in the Woodward's building. A redevelopment site from the original Woodward's Department store in 1903, the tower features a unique façade and irregular shape making it one of the more interesting buildings in the Vancouver skyline. One bedroom rentals range from $1,600 - $2,500 depending on size and configuration.

2. Living Shangri-La

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1128 West Georgia St., Vancouver
British Columbia V6E 0A8, Canada
(604) 689-1120
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Currently the tallest tower in Vancouver and British Columbia, the Shangri-La doubles as a hotel and high end residences. It's located in the centre of downtown and has some of the best views of the city. One bedrooms rent for around $3,000 - $6,000 depending on size and configuration.

3. Private Residences at Hotel Georgia

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667 Howe Street, Vancouver
BC V6C 1P7, Canada

Another redevelopment site downtown Vancouver, the residences at Hotel Georgia offer luxury living at its finest. The tower itself has quite a modern and unique design to it with its triangular points at the top and its sleek glass facade. We found a two bedroom furnished rental for $6,500 per month.

4. Eugenia Place 1919 Beach Ave.

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1919 Beach ave., Vancouver
B.C., Canada

The infamous "tree building" in the West End - how could we make a list of architecturally significant buildings in Vancouver without including this one? Designed by Henriquez Partners Architects, the tree atop of the building is an oak tree and it was planted as a tribute to the natural history of the area. It changes colour by season offering a stunning mosaic of orange, red, and yellow leaves in the fall. Rentals will cost anywhere from $3,000 - $8,000 per month.

5. The Grace Residences

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1280 Richards St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

One of the most unique buildings in Vancouver, the Grace Tower. Built in 2008, it's a relatively new building but still features a ton of character in the boutique style tower. There are gargoyles on the exterior (!!!), arched windows and entry ways, and a weave of internal terraces that could make you feel like you're in the middle of Italy. It is truly a one of kind building in Vancouver and even if renters cannot afford the $6,000+ monthly rent, it is a pleasure just to walk around it and take in its beauty.

6. Hotel Europe

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43 Powell Street, Vancouver
BC, Canada

Vancouver's very own Flatiron Building - the Hotel Europe. Built in 1909, the hotel was renovated in 1983 and converted into affordable living space. Today it provides 84 units of non-market housing.

7. The Erickson

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1560 Homer Mews, Vancouver
BC V6Z 0A5, Canada

The Erickson is a waterfront tower designed by the late renowned architect Arthur Erickson. It's "wave" like stance offers a refreshing look for a cluster of waterfront condos that all appear to be the same. Living waterfront is not cheap though, rentals range from $5,000 - $10,000 per month.

1. Woodward's Building

128 W. Cordova St, Vancouver, Canada V6B0E6, Canada

Renters can live in a piece of Vancouver history in the Woodward's building. A redevelopment site from the original Woodward's Department store in 1903, the tower features a unique façade and irregular shape making it one of the more interesting buildings in the Vancouver skyline. One bedroom rentals range from $1,600 - $2,500 depending on size and configuration.

128 W. Cordova St, Vancouver
Canada V6B0E6, Canada

2. Living Shangri-La

1128 West Georgia St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 0A8, Canada

Currently the tallest tower in Vancouver and British Columbia, the Shangri-La doubles as a hotel and high end residences. It's located in the centre of downtown and has some of the best views of the city. One bedrooms rent for around $3,000 - $6,000 depending on size and configuration.

1128 West Georgia St., Vancouver
British Columbia V6E 0A8, Canada

3. Private Residences at Hotel Georgia

667 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7, Canada

Another redevelopment site downtown Vancouver, the residences at Hotel Georgia offer luxury living at its finest. The tower itself has quite a modern and unique design to it with its triangular points at the top and its sleek glass facade. We found a two bedroom furnished rental for $6,500 per month.

667 Howe Street, Vancouver
BC V6C 1P7, Canada

4. Eugenia Place 1919 Beach Ave.

1919 Beach ave., Vancouver, B.C., Canada

The infamous "tree building" in the West End - how could we make a list of architecturally significant buildings in Vancouver without including this one? Designed by Henriquez Partners Architects, the tree atop of the building is an oak tree and it was planted as a tribute to the natural history of the area. It changes colour by season offering a stunning mosaic of orange, red, and yellow leaves in the fall. Rentals will cost anywhere from $3,000 - $8,000 per month.

1919 Beach ave., Vancouver
B.C., Canada

5. The Grace Residences

1280 Richards St, Vancouver, BC, Canada

One of the most unique buildings in Vancouver, the Grace Tower. Built in 2008, it's a relatively new building but still features a ton of character in the boutique style tower. There are gargoyles on the exterior (!!!), arched windows and entry ways, and a weave of internal terraces that could make you feel like you're in the middle of Italy. It is truly a one of kind building in Vancouver and even if renters cannot afford the $6,000+ monthly rent, it is a pleasure just to walk around it and take in its beauty.

1280 Richards St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

6. Hotel Europe

43 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vancouver's very own Flatiron Building - the Hotel Europe. Built in 1909, the hotel was renovated in 1983 and converted into affordable living space. Today it provides 84 units of non-market housing.

43 Powell Street, Vancouver
BC, Canada

7. The Erickson

1560 Homer Mews, Vancouver, BC V6Z 0A5, Canada

The Erickson is a waterfront tower designed by the late renowned architect Arthur Erickson. It's "wave" like stance offers a refreshing look for a cluster of waterfront condos that all appear to be the same. Living waterfront is not cheap though, rentals range from $5,000 - $10,000 per month.

1560 Homer Mews, Vancouver
BC V6Z 0A5, Canada