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Koret Lofts: Live in a stunning penthouse loft in an iconic 1909 Gastown warehouse

An exclusive look at the best live/work loft in Gastown
By Michelle Hopkins Aug 18, 2020

A sophisticated contemporary penthouse loft boasting industrial-scale windows in the former The McLennan and McFeely Building is up for sale.


About the historic building

Built in 1909, this six-storey brick-and-stone commercial building at East Cordova and Columbia Street. Designed by well-known local architect Edward Evans Blackmore, it remained the headquarters for McLennan and McFeely until 1953.



After standing vacant from 1999-2004, in 2006 it was restored as the Koret Lofts by the well-established Worthington Properties. The developer wanted to stay true to the building’s heritage character, therefore lovingly preserved its large double hung wood windows, brick walls, heavy timber beams and columns, and much of the original fir flooring.

Drawing upon the developer’s love of New York City and London, England’s architecture, Koret’s inspiration fuses together the best of SoHo's Meatpacking District and London's Docklands. They used polished concrete floors, soaring 14-foot ceilings with timber columns, and an industrial-style windows to give the interior a spacious warehouse feel. The Koret Lofts is probably one of the best examples of loft conversions in Vancouver.




Inside this truly incomparable 1,345 square foot penthouse loft:

A luxury penthouse loft for sale in this coveted building is a rare and unique find. Zoned as commercial and residential, this exceptionally spacious 1,345 square foot home offers the ideal home that combines work and life if you want – allowing your residence to transform into the perfect architectural firm, creative office, or post-production. 

Thoughtfully designed, the loft features a fireplace, a sleek state-of-the-art kitchen, a spa inspired bathroom/walk in shower and spacious living room. Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the home in natural light, while the newly added air conditioning provides a comfortable home during those hot summer days.



The piece de resistance might arguably be the private rooftop deck, which showcases stunning panoramic views of the city, harbour and North Shore mountains – a breath-taking spot for your morning latte or for entertaining family and friends in style.



This stunning work/live penthouse loft, located at PH 605-55 East Cordova, won’t last long. This exceptionally sophisticated loft is listed by Yuliya Lys, Stilhavn Real Estate Services, for $1,299,000. You might want to consult your accountant about the tax benefits of owning a property zoned for commercial and residential use. 


MARK YOUR CALENDARS: There will be Open Houses on Friday, August 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Saturday August 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. This is by appointment only. Please call or text Yuliya Lys at 604-500-5838 to book a viewing. Remember to follow Yuliya on social media @yuliyalys_ for all of your real estate needs.


Michelle Hopkins
Michelle Hopkins is a Vancouver-based freelance writer with extensive magazine, newspaper and online writing experience in home décor, new home developments, culinary adventures, wine, travel and more. Michelle writes for many notable publications including Real Estate Weekly and other Glacier Media Group publications, Western Living Magazine, Vancouver Magazine, Home Décor & Renovations, to name just a few. Michelle is passionate about anything to do with real estate.
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