The housing stock in the Dunbar area of Vancouver has undergone significant change in the past five years. Originally a working class neighbourhood with many quite modest homes surrounded by lovely gardens, it is now a neighbourhood that 99% of the people working in Vancouver cannot afford because the replacement homes are built to the maximum footprint and cost millions. Greenspace has been reduced. Included on this website are photos of many (not all) of the disappeared houses.
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Demolitions West of the Dunbar Community Centre

Monday, January 1, 2018

Down in December

Typical of many houses built in the Dunbar area in the 1940's after the war, this small "starter" house likely housed several young families over the years. But in the last 30 years, it has had the same owner. It was sold a year ago in January, shortly after this photo was taken. The 4000 block of West 32nd Avenue is a quiet one with very little traffic, but it's about to get noisier with the construction of a large house.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Eight Decades of Destruction and De-Densification









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The 1912 and 1944 houses were adjacent on 32nd Avenue, and the two lots may become three. At first, it appeared that the huge tree would be saved because there was fencing around it. However, the fencing has disappeared. The house from 1912 was probably originally a "farmhouse". Remember the snow last winter?

The 1973 house was at 4021 West 34th, and it was hard to get a good photo of it due to the fence and vegetation. Here are more photos of the once lovely landscape and hardscape.

The 1934 house had another 1934 house next to it. This photo is from July 2015 showing both houses. The other house is on a corner. Both are across from the park.

The house on the corner in 2016:


These three photos from November 2017 show the corner house being raised, moss still on the roof (!), work on the rear of the house, and the Nickel Bros sign. It is likely to retain some character plus be enlarged in the back.

The demolished 1934 house did not have the front dormer, i.e. less character than the one on the corner. It is being replaced by this:

The land value of all of these properties is in the millions, of course. It is interesting to see what the 2016 assessments were for the buildings.

1912    $17,100
1926    $70,100
1934    $96,400
1944    $47,700
1950    $34,900
1968    $58,900
1973    $80,700
1987  $215,000

The houses built in 1912 through 1950 are likely the first ones built on the property, but the 1968, 1973, and 1987 are likely the second houses built on the property. We have already lost many houses from the early part of the 20th century. In addition we are losing density as unlike the houses that were torn down, the new ones may have empty bedrooms.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Monkey Puzzle Tree

This house was torn down on April 8, 2017. It was vacant for a minimum of three years prior to that. No one cared for the house or garden. The recent hot dry summers were literally deadly for the large monkey puzzle tree. In April 2014, the tree was clearly alive.

By September 2014, there was obvious damage.

Here is a close-up from October 2014:

A close-up from February 2015:

July 2015:

 February 2016:

In March 2017 the tree on the left was being protected, but there was no need to protect the monkey puzzle tree.

The house, built in 1950, was typical of the houses in that area near St. George's Senior School. Most have been demolished, or at least extensively remodeled. This one was sold in January 2014 and resold in April 2015.