This is a stunning newly renovated artist's studio on the top floor of a heritage building from 1905 that mixes the modern with the old.
The west facing windows provide great views of the sunset and the mountains and allow beautiful afternoon and evening light to pour in.
It is also incredibly quiet and tranquil; it faces away from the bustle of Main street which means it is close to many cafes, record shops, boutiques and restaurants - but is situated perfectly so you can watch the sunset and the clouds pass by without distraction.
The living room is adorned with beautiful furniture from Poland, Denmark and Norway and includes an antique cast iron bed with textiles from India. There are also many books available to read; classic literature, poetry, history, anthropology, architecture, design and even a book on west-coast seaweed identification if you feel like doing some identifying down at one of the many beaches.
The bathroom is delightful; the claw foot bath tub - which sits on tiles imported from Vietnam - is situated directly next to a large window that allows for a gentle breeze and great views of the blue sky and a view of downtown. As you bathe you can watch birds fly by.
This is also a great place if you like to cook. The newly renovated kitchen has a gas stove, copper pots from the south of France, JA Henckels cooking knives, an Alessi stove top espresso maker from Italy, a Bodum french press, a Japanese ceramic coffee grinder, Danish tableware, hand-carved salad spoons from Turkey and a salad bowl made of Kauri wood from New Zealand.
The apartment also happens to be situated perfectly on a major bike route and is a block away from all major bus routes. Everything is really just a stones throw away.
I can provide you with great recommendations for nearby restaurants, grocery stores, cinemas, art galleries, clothing shops, record shops and cafes.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the apartment or the neighborhood in general.
I will leave you with a definition of the Japanese term Wabi-sabi that I feel helps to articulate the energy of my place.*
I look forward to hearing from you.
* Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.
The words wabi and sabi do not translate easily. Wabi originally referred to the loneliness of living in nature, remote from society; sabi meant "chill", "lean" or "withered". Around the 14th century these meanings began to change, taking on more positive connotations. Wabi now connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.
Davey's apartment felt like home from the moment we arrived. It's right in the heart of Mount Pleasant, in an interesting heritage building on the hipster drag that is Main St.
The apartment is bright and beautifully presented. The filament light bulbs and big free standing bathtub, along with the vast array of books and artwork make it feel like a really special place. The kitchen is beautifully kitted out too, with lovely copper pans and attractive crockery.
With the amazing view of downtown and its great location, it really is a great apartment. Lots of apartments feel like hotel rooms, but with this one, we were sad to say goodbye.
No shower(!!!!!!), tiny bath. This was a 'cosy' environment with a 21st century kitchenette in a early 20th century flat. No breakfast offered, which was a surprise, for a BnB. Didn't see anybody at all and internet wasn't available until we received an email a few hours before leaving. It was clean and quiet as advertised - although we had to have the windows closed to have the quiet and it was a bit hot.
Great place. Very cosy and romantic.
Perfect to discover another side of Vancouver, is a way with more authenticity as there are quite some unique shops and places. Very young and friendly neighborhood. We also discovered Olympic village and another part of False Creek. Downtown is also very accessible by bike or boat.
Davey is a very kind host. He foresees everything is fine for his guests.
Davey's artist studio was incredible; a feast for the eyes! In every nook and cranny one is dazzled by the art and knick-knacks that Davey has collected on his travels throughout the years. The kitchen was glorious to cook in, and the bathtub was a marvel. Last but not least, the view from the roof was the most amazing view of a city I have ever seen. We truly appreciated our stay at Davey's; it made going to Vancouver a huge treat.
My friend and I had an awesome stay here. The apartment is clean, which is important to us, and stylish -- filled with interesting knick knacks, sunny, and breezy, not to mention convenient to the rest of the city. I highly recommend!