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New North Shore rental building Lonsdale Square set to welcome first residents in April

The pet-friendly building offers residents the best of everything, from proximity to transit and nature to high-end amenities

The first phase of the much-anticipated Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands redevelopment project in North Vancouver will welcome its first rental residents in April. Spearheaded by Darwin Properties in partnership with Minto Apartments, Lonsdale Square is being built to meet the growing demand for rental housing on the North Shore and contribute to the general revitalization of the entire Lonsdale corridor. 

The North Shore has been grappling with a notable housing shortage, exacerbated by its rapid population growth. Between 2020 and 2022 alone, the City of North Vancouver tied as the third fastest-growing municipality in British Columbia, with a 6% increase in residents according to Statistics Canada. 

This surge has put pressure on the local housing market, highlighting the need for more rental options. Lonsdale Square seeks to alleviate some of this pressure by offering 113 purpose-built rental units, ranging from one to three bedrooms that will cater to diverse household needs. 

Meeting the rental and lifestyle needs of North Vancouver

Rendering via: Darwin.

Leasing now and set to be move-in-ready in April of this year, the pet-friendly building promises easy access to the surrounding natural beauty and commercial amenities. Proximity to the future Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre aims to enhance residents' quality of life by offering a range of recreational opportunities including an arena, aquatic space and indoor and outdoor basketball and volleyball courts. 

Lonsdale Square is also adjacent to the Green Necklace, a 7.5 km urban greenway that circumnavigates the city connecting parks, grocers, schools and restaurants. Commercial partners on the main floor of the building include Steamworks, Supplement World and Guardian Pharmacy. 

The Steamworks North Shore Taphouse and Restaurant will have 20 Steamworks taps and 10 variable guest taps from the area’s lively craft beer scene. 

“Our flexible, large group-friendly dining room and expansive patio at Lonsdale Square will be serviced by a full kitchen featuring some of our classics, new fusion creations, plant-based delights, and of course, weekend brunch," describes Carl McCreath, director of operations at Steamworks Brewing Co. 

The building is also within walking distance to popular restaurants, grocery stores, fitness centres, and coffee shops while occupying a highly connected location, offering quick access to Vancouver via Highway 1 and adjacent to a bus stop with quick access to Lonsdale Quay. 

Fusing form, function and accessibility

Rendering via: Darwin.

High-end building amenities will include a rooftop patio with 360-degree views of the North Shore mountains and Downtown Vancouver, as well as a sixth-floor social lounge. Designed with modern living in mind, the building features Scandinavian-inspired aesthetics, aiming to provide a serene and contemporary living space for residents. 

With further phases intended, including additional residential, commercial, and amenity spaces, the larger Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands Development is set to be a key contributor to the revitalization of the north end of the Lonsdale corridor. 

This first phase is part of a larger vision that includes not only residential homes, but also commercial and amenity areas, aiming to create a vibrant, interconnected community. In addition to the residential rentals, a seniors community care facility by Sunrise Senior Living will be opening with 100 senior living homes.

"The opening of Sunrise at Lonsdale Square will mark a significant milestone in our mission to serve more families in North Vancouver,” shares Walter Downey, executive director of Sunrise at Lonsdale Square. “As we extend the Sunrise presence into rapidly expanding areas, we are attuned to the preference of seniors to stay close to their loved ones, friends, and cherished neighbourhoods." 

Creating a comprehensive community on the North Shore

In creating Lonsdale Square, the developers’ stated intention is to bring renewed energy, activity and amenities to the heart of the North Shore. Darwin Properties particularly emphasizes the importance of balancing new development with environmental preservation and community values. This rental building acts as the first step towards a more vibrant core. 

For more information on Lonsdale Square residential rentals, visit and move in as soon as April 2024.