Rize Q&A: Tanya McLean of Mango Design Co. talks Rolston design

The newly-completed The Rolston tower is the first new tower to open in the dramatically changing Downtown South neighbourhood, and they’ve recently opened two new show suites to sell the last 20 homes. Built by developer Rize Alliance, The Rolston building on Granville and Drake features a dynamic geometric design that zig zags its way up the building’s […]

How The Yale was saved

The Yale Hotel, Vancouver’s legendary jazz and blues bar on Granville Street at Drake, has been given a new life. Originally built in 1889, The Yale has a fresh new façade and is now preserved and legally protected as a designated heritage building.

The Yale’s rebirth is thanks to the City of Vancouver’s heritage revitalization process and the willingness of innovative real estate developer Rize Alliance — and completed at a cost to taxpayers of just $10.

In 2008, under the city’s heritage revitalization agreement, Rize Alliance agreed to fully renovate The Yale, allow the building to be legally designated as heritage, and refurbish the 43 single room occupancy rooms (SROs) on the upper two floors. The rooms would be returned to the city as much needed social housing. In exchange, the city allowed for increased density at the adjacent Rolston mixed-use development site, also to be built by Rize.

The Rolston steals our hearts on Valentine’s Day

On Valentine’s Day, it’s only fitting that we share with you a video and photos of our latest crush: The Rolston. We’ve written about her stunning exterior many times before, but now we’d like to show you how she’s just as beautiful on the inside. (Take a peek at this video to see what we mean).
It was love at first sight for many passersby who caught a glimpse of The Rolston’s eye-catching geometric design. Located on the foot of the Granville Street Bridge, 160 of the Rolston’s 187 homes are now occupied. For those lucky 160 homeowners, they managed to turn their love affair into a long-term commitment and have moved into their newly completed homes over the past couple of months. Now the building’s two display homes are open to the public for those still looking to woo her.

Rize Picks: Our favourite iconic buildings around the world

Christmas may still be a few days away, but Rize Alliance got an early present this year. The Rolston is finally complete! Many of our homeowners moved in earlier this month, just in time to settle in and put up their holiday decorations.

It turns out The Rolston’s presence in Vancouver’s Midtown neighbourhood hasn’t gone unnoticed. Last month, local newspaper 24 Hours interviewed our sales manager, Sean Stevens, about The Rolston’s distinctive geometric design. Our team has always loved the eye-catching design, but it turns out we weren’t alone. Pedestrians walking past have been stopping and pulling out their phones to snap pictures the tower’s unique architectural style.

As Rize Alliance prepares to hand off the keys to The Rolston, we hope that our pride and joy will one day be considered an iconic building in the downtown Vancouver skyline. In the meantime, our team members are reflecting on some of the iconic buildings around the world that have shaped our love of architecture and design.

Buzz is building for the Rolston, set to be completed in November

There’s an old lyric by American outlaw country legend David Allan Coe: “It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.”

While a solid foundation is a necessary part of any soundly-engineered building, the Rize team can’t help but disagree with the first half of that quote when we look at any of our projects, especially now whenever we glance up at our soon-to-be-finished Rolston building located at Granville and Drake.

When we first started our plans for the Rolston, we strove for a design that would become more than just a typical Vancouver building. We envisioned a modern living centre that embraces urban rejuvenation, striking a level of harmony between the bustling energy of downtown and the serene sea views of False Creek.

Celebrity clairvoyant Latoyota makes bold predictions about the Canucks, Johnny Depp, and Vancouver real estate

An internationally renowned psychic is predicting that thousands will soon flock to the Rolston sales centre at 140-1265 Granville Street in downtown Vancouver.

The said prognosticator, known to her adoring fans as Latoyota, is famous for her earth-shattering prediction percentage. Among her recent successes? Predicting that the Canucks would face a goalie dilemma in 2013 — something almost no one saw coming!

The amazing Latoyota also bravely forecasted that Johnny Depp will make another pirate movie (he’s only made four so a fifth would be a real shocker). She also predicted that people would visit her website, latoyotapsychichotline.ca, after seeing a Georgia Straight ad and — guess what? — they did.