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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The Smithe by Boffo coming soon to Yaletown

Quick info on The Smithe:

  • Building name: The Smithe – “Refined City Living”
  • Location: 885 Cambie Street (address changed from 225 Smithe Street in April 2016)
  • Developer: Boffo Developments Ltd.
  • Architect: GBL Architects
  • Interior designer: Trepp Design Inc.
  • Number of suites: 94, over four levels of office, with retail at grade
  • Suite types: 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom, penthouses
  • Parking: Awaiting details
  • Deposit structure: Awaiting details
  • Sales: Registration underway, presales to begin January 2017
  • Website: thesmithe.ca
The Smithe condos
New rendering of The Smithe by Boffo.

Boffo sent out the following email to registrants on December 21, offering up some more details on the development. It appears the presentation centre will be on Seymour Street at Nelson Street.

The Smithe presents thoughtfully designed 2 and 3 bedroom residences ranging from 1,000 to 1,400 square feet, plus penthouses up to 4,500 square feet. Stunning finishings include natural stone flooring throughout the entire home, air conditioning, custom Italian imported kitchens with integrated Wolf and SubZero appliances. You will really need to see the display suite! It will showcase a stunning two bedroom + den display home, furnished by renowned interior designer Trepp Design Inc. 

We will begin previewing our 6,000 square foot presentation centre in January. This opportunity for an early preview will enable you to be among the first to receive our finalized floorplans and pricing. 

We continue to meticulously finalize all of the details and ensure that when our Presentation Centre doors open you will experience nothing short of the best. 

We will keep you updated as we move closer towards our presentation of this one-of-a-kind development to Downtown Vancouver.

Smithe Boffo
New renderings of The Smithe by Boffo, a new condo presale coming soon to Yaletown. Credit: GBL Architects
The Smithe by Boffo
New renderings of The Smithe by Boffo, a new condo presale coming soon to Yaletown. Credit: GBL Architects
The Smithe by Boffo podium
Redesigned podium at The Smithe. Credit: GBL Architects
The Smithe podium
Redesigned podium at The Smithe as seen from Smithe St. Credit: GBL Architects
The Smithe by Boffo
The Smithe by Boffo, as seen from the corner of Smithe and Cambie streets.

Boutique developer Boffo Developments Ltd. is preparing the launch of sales for their first-ever downtown condo tower, called The Smithe.

The 26-storey, mixed use condo tower will be located at 885 Cambie Street, at the corner of Smithe and Cambie Street in Yaletown.

The site was originally supposed to be developed into a small boutique project called Thalia, but the original developer, James Schouw & Associates, ran into financial difficulties.

Schouw was also the developer of Grace, a distinctive building most Vancouver residents would recognize immediately. The building on Richards Street is known for its distinctive European-style tower fitted with statues on the outside of the building.

Boffo Developments Ltd.’s proposal, which has been approved, is much more conventional than the previous scheme.

There will be 94 “boutique city homes,” seven of which will be large penthouse residences measuring over 2,000 square feet with private rooftop decks.

The Smithe by Boffo
The Smithe by Boffo, coming to Yaletown this Fall.

The building will be a mix of two and three bedroom units, along with office and retail space on the lower floors. Plans for call a restaurant on the corner of Smithe and Cambie streets.

The developer will be making a large contribution to the neighbourhood as part of the rezoning for the development, including $7.2 million for non-market housing in the Downtown South neighbourhood; $1.4 million towards phase two of the Comox-Helmcken Greenway; and $1.4 million for the Vancouver Public Library, located just one block away.

The site is currently occupied by a small heritage building which houses the Artworks Gallery.

Also included in the proposal are the city’s plan to run a separated bike lane past the building. That work should be complete by the end of June 2016, far ahead of building construction.

The Smithe will also be located close to the new casino development next to BC Place, called The Parq Vancouver. The casino will feature 600 slot machines, eight restaurants, two luxury Marriott hotels and Vancouver’s biggest ballroom.

There’s no word yet on pricing, finishes or amenities, but we can expect a well-built, luxurious project that fits well into the neighbourhood.

Marketing has already started, and interested buyers can sign up for updates at www.thesmithe.ca

The Smithe by Boffo
Location of The Smithe, at Cambie Street and Smithe Street in Yaletown.

Last updated February 22, 2017

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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