While Vancouver winters aren’t typically too cold, its summers weren’t too hot either, until recently. In the past, Vancouver’s summer months didn’t reach extreme temperatures which explains why many homes and strata/condo buildings in Downtown Vancouver didn’t install central air conditioning; it wasn’t worth the time or cost and was seen as an unnecessary luxury.
What buildings have Air Conditioning in Vancouver?
With temperatures across the globe rising and more extreme summer months being experienced in Vancouver, there has been a noticeable shift in residents’ attitudes toward the need for air conditioning and cooling systems in the city. Today, the buildings that have air conditioning in Vancouver are:
- Buildings that have previously installed a cooling system. There are only a handful of these alongside a number of penthouses.
- Pre-sale developments that included air conditioning as a value-add.
- Strata/condo buildings that permit the installation of air conditioning units
The following lists detail the most up-to-date buildings that have air conditioning in Downtown Vancouver by neighbourhood.
What Buildings have Air Conditioning in Yaletown?
Yaletown is a residential tower community that was built mostly during the early to mid-2000s which explains why a number of the buildings in this area have air conditioning. Check out the list below.
1033 Marinaside Crescent – Quaywest
1055 Richards Street – Donovan
1072 Hamilton Street – Candrall Building
1077 Marinaside Crescent – Marinaside Resort
1111 Richards Street – 8x On The Park
1155 Mainland Street – Del Prado
1180 Homer Street – 1180 Homer Street
1275 Hamilton Street – Alda
1328 Marinaside Crescent – Marinaside Crescent
1480 Howe Street – Vancouver House
1483 Homer Street – Waterford
1515 Homer Mews – King’s Landing South Tower
1560 Homer Mews – The Erikson
1600 Hornby Street – Yacht Harbour Point
198 Aquarius Mews – Aquarius II
428 Beach Crescent – King’s Landing West Tower
455 Beach Crescent – Park West
628 Kinghorne Mews – Silver Sea
633 Kinghorne Mews – Icon 2
638 Beach Crescent – Icon
38 & 68 Smithe Street – One Pacific
8 Smithe Mews – Flagship
87 & 89 Nelson Street – The Arc
9 Smithe Mews – The Villas at Cooper’s Lookout
918 Cooperage Way – Mariner
980 Cooperage Way – Cooper’s Lookout 1
- 989 Nelson Street – Electra
What Buildings Have Air Conditioning in the West End
The West End is known for being a quiet, almost solely residential area on the southwestern quadrant of downtown with a number of older buildings and some new ones which feature air conditioning. Check out the list below.
1005 Beach Avenue – Alvar
1028 Barclay Street – Patina
1111 Alberni Street & 1128 W Georgia – Shangrila
1171 Jervis Street – The Jervis
1180 Broughton Street – Mirabel by Marcon
1221 Bidwell Street – Alexandra English Bay
1233 Beach Avenue – Ocean Villa
1289 Nicola Street – 1289 Nicola
1483 Beach Avenue – Cinque Terre
1550 Alberni Street – Alberni by Kengo Kuma
1762 Davie Street – O2
1788 Georgia Street – Devon Gate
1863 Alberni Street – Lumiere
1928 Nelson Street – Westpark House
909 Burrard Street – Vancouver Tower
What Buildings Have Air Conditioning Downtown?
Downtown Vancouver is well-known for its proximity to every amenity you could imagine—world-class shopping, delicious cuisine from all over the world, events galore, and close access to impressive greenspace. In the past few years, there have been a number of developments that have included air conditioning. Check out the list below.
1009 Harwood Street – Modern
1050 Burrard Street – Wall Centre
1102 Hornby Avenue – Artemisia
1133 Hornby Street – Addition
12 Water Street – Garage
1277 Hornby Street – 2 Burrard Place
1280 & 1288 Richards Street & 499 Drake Street – Grace Tower
1283 Howe Street – Tate on Howe
1335 Howe Street – 1335 Howe
1351 Continental Street – Maddox
1372 Seymour Street – The Mark
36 Water Street – Terminus
499 Pacific Street – The Charleson
63 Keefer Place – Europa
667 Howe Street – Private Residences at Hotel Georgia
777 Richards Street – Telus Garden
788 Richards Street – L’hermitage
838 Hastings Street – Jameson House
885 Cambie Street – Smithe
889 Pacific – The Pacific
- 938 Nelson Street – One Wall Centre
What Buildings Have Air Conditioning in Coal Harbour?
Coal Harbour is known for being affluent, quiet, and consisting primarily of newer residential towers, many of which would be categorized as high-end or luxury towers many of which, include air conditioning.
1011 Cordova Street West – Fairmont Pacific Rim
1077 Cordova Street West – Shaw Tower
1111 Pender Street – The Vantage
1128 Hastings Street West – Marriott Pinnacle Hotel
1151 Georgia Street – Trump International Hotel & Tower
1189 Melville Street – The Melville
1205 Hastings Street West – Cielo
1211 Melville Street – The Ritz
1233 Cordova Street West – Carina
1281 Cordova Street – Callisto
1409 & 1477 & 1499 Pender Street – West Pender Place
1515 Alberni Street – Fifteen Fifteen
1616 Bayshore Drive – Bayshore Gardens
1710 Bayshore Drive – Bayshore 6
1790 Bayshore Drive – Bayshore 5
277 Thurlow Street – Three Harbour Green
323 Jervis Street – Escala
499 Broughton Street – Denia
590 Nicola Street – Cascina 2
620 Cardero Street – 620 Cardero
Am I allowed to install Air Conditioning in my strata/condo?
If your building isn’t on the lists above, the short answer is it depends. Most older buildings do not have a centralized HVAC installed so owners are responsible for the installation of air conditioning themselves. Typically, bylaws state that any changes to common property require strata approval so in the case of air conditioning, here are a few items to consider-
- Outdoor space for the heat-pump
- Additional permits
- Responsibility for envelope issues
What Strata/Condo Buildings Allow Air Conditioning Installation?
For the most up-to-date information regarding which strata buildings allow for air conditioning installation in Vancouver, or if you’re looking for a buyer’s agent to acquire one of these properties, please reach out and connect with our team.
1438 Richards – Azura 1
We will continue to add to and maintain this list as new information becomes available. If you are aware of any other strata properties that allow Air Conditioning installation in Vancouver or would like to notify us about incorrect/outdated information, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.