Moving Into the Olympic Village

Olympic Village Rooftop Garden
It’s official. We’re moving into the Olympic Village on May 1st. No, we didn’t win the lottery. We’re moving into one of the rental units. We’ll have a 2nd bedroom, so friends and family are invited to visit.

We had applied in January, but we were told we made too much money. At the time I was a bit peeved, and couldn’t believe there were enough people in Vancouver who made less then us that were willing to pay high-end rental prices. Turns out I was probably right, because the City has adjusted its requirements to allow people earning up to 6 times the rent to qualify.

For reference, here are the prices:
One bedroom: $1,501
Two bedroom: $1,902
Three bedroom: $2,096
Four bedroom: $2,368

And here is an application, if you want to be our neighbour. From what I understand, about half of the units are still available.

Olympic Village - 122 Walter Hardwick

I’m looking forward to the move. I’ll miss the neighbourhood we’re currently in, it’s walking distance to lots of grocery stores and veggie restaurants, but we are only moving 8 blocks down the hill. The increase in rent will be hard to adjust to, but we can afford it. $1902 seems expensive compared to what we’re currently paying, but when Dan and I were living on Beach Avenue, we were paying $1750 a month (still the going rate), and the Olympic Village is 100 times better than our old place.

The biggest draws are it’s new, beautifully designed, and full of cutting-edge environmental features. We got to see the bike room on Monday. It was big but I was worried it might fill up once everyone moves in. Then we found another bike room next to it, and another, and another. I counted 6 large bike rooms. There’s a great big rooftop garden with composting – we’re excited to have barbeques there. Our unit will have a personal energy monitor that I can geek-out over. There’s also radiant heating, solar panels, rain-water dual-flush toilets, and energy-efficient appliances. Emily and I are both excited to live somewhere that reflects are green values.

And now that we’ll have a second bedroom, we are welcoming friends and family to come and stay with us. It’s an awesome location for exploring the city.

Kitchen Bathroom Master Bedroom 2nd Bedroom Living Room Living Room Huge Patio Rooftop Garden View Energy Aware Hallway Roof Garden 122 Walter Hardwick

8 thoughts on “Moving Into the Olympic Village”

  1. VERY CLEVER posting the application link! It won’t be long before I’ll be having a closer look, mysefl… I’ve had it in mind for a while! Especially given the environmentally friendly apartments! Congratulations on the move! Sorry I can’t be there to help you haul stuff!

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  2. Congrads!!! that’s exciting. I just did a tour of the units for purchase 2 weeks ago. Posing as a rich inheritor of a large sum of money. The units were very impressive. Can’t wait till the area gets more life in it, because it does have a lot of potential.

    I can help with the move. Can I be your first guest? 🙂

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    1. Yep. And a 2-bedroom condo at the Olympic Village would cost a minimum of $500,000. Even with 10% down, a 5% mortgage rate spread over 30 years, you’re looking at payments of $2400/month plus another $400/month in condo fees and $175/month in property taxes. So, closer to $3000/month at the end of the day.

      I’ve run the numbers through rent vs. buy calculators. With the housing prices the way they are in Vancouver, it just doesn’t make sense to buy right now. There’s also this great article by Garth Turner on Real Men Rent.

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