New Westminster, BC Condo Reviews : 200 Keary Street

200 Keary Street, New Westminster, BC - Anvil

Anvil
200 Keary Street
New Westminster, BC


Year Built:  
2007

Storeys:
9

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It begins with the air you breathe in the brightly sophisticated and freshly air conditioned Anvil. In the kitchen, all four appliances are stainless steel. Even the bar pulls on cabinets are brushed stainless. The living room has ample living area and a lovely fireplace to create a cozy ambiance. The spacious balconies and patios invite you outdoors - where the views are outstanding, many of them looking toward the ever-changing Fraser River. There is a fitness centre to keep you in shape, a media room with a fireplace to keep you company, and a building designed to maintain your privacy - the parking garage is secured and brightly lit; windows are sound-engineered; building security is state-of-the art, right down to the individual floor key fob access. This building will be completed 2008.

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    Rented a unit in this building

    Reviewed on Jun 8 2017

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"exterior issue"

The building has envelope problem and is undergoing negotiation with the insurer. The insurer will not pay for the entire assessment. The owners will have to pay the rest. Many leaky condos in GVRD has exterior issue.

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    Reviewed on Dec 22 2016

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"Train noise"

How is train noise on this building? Loud trains?

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unregistered user on January 26 2017:
Loud. If you're a light sleeper, it will wake you up.
unregistered user on June 13 2017:
Extremely loud, mostly in summer months too! Very annoying!

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    Reviewed on Feb 10 2015

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"Rumor has it"

I personally did not have any problems when I lived here but I know there is an ongoing issue with the cladding that the strata would like to the insurer to cover. Rumor has it that the strata has had an engineering report done and the insurer has agreed to fix at a cap of a certain dollar value. There needs to be agreement on the repair strategy. The Strata is proactive and I believe the repairs will be done sooner than most of these cases if a suitable agreement between strata and the insurer can be reached.

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    Reviewed on Aug 5 2014

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"Frustrating!"

Tried to buy a unit in this building, discovered after the offer was accepted that there are deficiencies the realtor/seller attempted aggressively to downplay; strata is in the process of suing the developer and the insurance company as a result of these construction deficiencies.

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unregistered user on December 3 2014:
What are the construction deficiencies? Is there a settlement? I'm looking to buy because of the great location.
unregistered user on January 24 2015:
I am reading strata minutes and it looks like the exterior cladding was designed and built by deadbeats. I actually used to install exteriors, so I understand the terminology, and the effects these effects will have on water pe extraction. Insurance company will pay 2. 5 million and they are suing developer for the other 2 million. Presently , the fear is that pieces of the exterior will fall off and kill someone. I thought about buying here, and factoring the cost of repair into my offer. It may b years till the court case is settled, until then, the damage and danger nust continue to grow.
unregistered user on February 10 2015:
The insurance company has a cap of 2.5 million for the repairs. That leaves 1.7 million that the strata is trying to get covered off. There are 100 units in the building so the cost per unit could run anywhere from 17,000 to 30,000 if the owners pay - if they are successful at suing the subtrades, that is another story...just a ballpark. Buying into the building would mean the seller would have to agree to covering off the repairs if selling at market value, or deduct the proposed repairs from market value and sell at a lower price. Depends if the seller and buyer would be comfortable with this. Yes, there is an issue, as with many condos in the lower mainland but a remedy is already underway. The location is excellent. It does have that going for it.
unregistered user on November 23 2016:
Must be a slow moving process..here we are years later..no resolution. The original developer appears to be United Properties and they are no longer in business (at least according to the BBB). Surely the repair costs are not going down as this drags on..

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    Owned a unit in this building

    Reviewed on Dec 3 2012

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"Very comfortable building"

The building is very well maintained, there are no problem neighbours that I'm aware of, there's a nice mix of professionals, families, retirees, and young couples. Council is pro-active but never in your face. The views are excellent. Location is top notch, a block from 24 hr Thrifty's, TD bank, doctors offices, Royal Columbian Hospital, and numerous interesting shops are along Columbia St. I don't plan to leave anytime soon, very pleased with my condo, and I've lived here from the beginning. By the way. there is no air conditioning, as per the deveoper's description that accompanies this.

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unregistered user on February 9 2016:
If course the owner is not going to say anything , that wpuld negatively affect their interest. Even though they know there will be a special levy coming up.

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    Reviewed on Sep 10 2010

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"Anvil"

Building is good. Hallways need to be cleaned. Conveient access to skytrain. Up and coming area. Strata council proactive.

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unregistered user on February 9 2016:
Yes , we know that ( anybody can see) the location is good . The only advantage is the skytrain. Very loud , noisy area.Trains , trucks ( 24/7) huge traffic on the highway. Used to rent in the building. There is a serious problem with the building and the resolution will take long time. Risky to buy in this building
unregistered user on March 24 2016:
I fail to see how this is a risky investment. It's all about location, and it couldn't be better. Yes, there is an ongoing lawsuit with the trades but council was very diligent in budgeting and for the time being has enough to cover legal fees and does not anticipate any additional levies any time soon. Regarding the trains, the city of New West has made a commitment to make the entire city whistle free by the end of the year - no further concerns there. Also, the building is right in between the Skytrain transfers to the Expo and Evergreen lines, again location. And finally, there are many new developments going up around the area which will only increase the average per square foot charged in the Brewery District. If anything, now, during the lawsuit, is the best time to push forward and buy as buyers have much more leverage to negotiate, the prices will soon be increasing, there is no doubt about that. The only tough part is actually finding units for sale, as of today, there are none.
unregistered user on April 30 2016:
Clearly written by either an owner or a realtor ^
unregistered user on May 11 2016:
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unregistered user on May 11 2016:
If course, one of them wrote this review. Anyone can see lol. Just now, before a bunch of suites going for sale in the building. What a " coincidence" they think everybody stupid.
unregistered user on May 11 2016:
Assesment is a very scary, risky thing. Been there, done that , paid the big price for being naive. Contractor gave the quote for the repair. Once they were half way repairing the exterior " just realized "there is more problem underneath. We ended up paying almost twice as much than we were told at the beginnig. Unfortunatelly it happens very often. The cost of labour, and building materials going up. Usually the strata hires the cheapest company for the work, so it doesn't hurt to give the lowest estimate for the repair. When its halfway done, owners can't do anything but pay whatever it cost to finish the job. It happened to us inBurnaby, Beresford st. highrise 8 years ago.
unregistered user on May 11 2016:
Almost forgot, the original assesment fee was paid by the seller( who we bought the condo from). But all the extra expenses is the new owner's responsibility. Think twice.
unregistered user on November 23 2016:
"I fail to see how this is a risky investment" You're kidding right? While the hood might show promise..a building with issues and no solid resolution in sight is anything but promising. Who are these "trades" you sight? That sounds pretty loose...I wouldn't be holding my breath on any real results..Sounds like those Trades are Labour Ready Guys. The developer United Properties is long gone too. No solution is No solution.
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unregistered user on February 23 2017:
The lawsuit is ongoing. It has been for 4 years. Slow process yes. The building is still there. There should be a resolution at some point. The location is good. The developer is gone yes. The new condos in the area...small 1 beds are going for over $300,000.

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