Condo of the Week: a dream apartment next to Chambar

With not one but two dream fireplaces

The details: 601-546 Beatty St. /$1,398,800 / 1,412 sq. ft. / 3 bed, 2 bathThe condo: This stunning sub-penthouse loads up on the cool factor without compromising function. For the practical buyer, you’ve got three bedrooms and two bathrooms spread over an open 1,400 sq.-ft. plan. And for those looking to wow, there’s the 600 sq.-ft. private west-facing patio with an outdoor gas fireplace. The patio is accessible via two garage-door style openings and offers mountain views. Not to be outdone, the interior is highlighted with beautiful polished concrete floors, windows everywhere, and a two-way gas fireplace that centres the living area and master bedroom. The kitchen features a large island, stone counters, even a wine fridge. And there’s an added-bonus you don’t often get in Vancouver: air-conditioning.The building: The Crane building is a heritage conversion done in 2009.The neighbourhood: Chambar is right downstairs, and you’ve got all of the great dining and drinking options of Gastown, Chinatown, and Yaletown accessible by foot. The SkyTrain station is a block away as well in case you need to get anywhere else in the city. You’ve got two secure underground parking stalls, though how often you’ll use your car here remains to be seen.The potential downsides: This one will be popular. Prepare to get competitive if you want to call this space home. UnknownThe Crane building is a heritage conversion completed in 2009. Chambar is just up the street.Unknown-1The spacious private patio is over 600 sq. ft. and faces west for some lovely sunshine when you get home from work.Unknown-2Cozy up in front of the outdoor gas fireplace to stay warm without going inside. Great for crisp fall evenings and late summer nights.Unknown-3A nice view over the city and towards the mountains (hidden in fog here of course).Unknown-4Open kitchen with large island for entertaining. The built-in wine fridge is likely to come in handy as well.Unknown-5The gas range is bound to please aspiring and accomplished home chefs out there.Unknown-6The dining area easily seats six. For bigger parties, take it outside.Unknown-7Check out the two roll-up garage doors off the kitchen and living area. Enjoy ‘al fresco’ living all summer long.Unknown-8The living room is centred around a two-sided gas fireplace. Note the retro radiator in the background for a little extra cool factor.Unknown-9The large master bedroom with fireplace, walk-in closet, and ensuite.Unknown-10The master ensuite with separate tub and walk-in shower.Unknown-11The second bathroom has nice cleans lines and a fresh look.Unknown-12The second bedroom easily fits a queen-sized bed.Unknown-13The third bedroom, meanwhile, offers direct outdoor access and makes for a killer office if you don’t need the extra bedroom.