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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

On West 35th Avenue

In 2014, this house was "Vancouver's most expensive teardown" at $3,038,000. It sold in 24 hours without a single viewing, all according to CBC News. The buyer was probably more attracted by the wide lot of 66 feet than this 1931 house. The following photos are from June 2014, December 2014, and July 31, 2016. Demolished early October 2016.

Continuing on 35th Avenue, this was the scene at 3608 on August 12, 2016.

Here are three views of this charming 1939 home on the corner of 35th and Dunbar, memorable because of its red metal roof. It appears to have sold in 2008, 2010, and 2016.

Comments on Vancouver Vanishes wondered whether the fig tree was spared. The one on the boulevard is still there!

A third one, at 3726 West 35th was torn down in June 2016. Here is a photo from January 2016 with a bag of salt on the porch. The demolition of this classic 1927 home has also been included in Vancouver Vanishes.

Houses of three different styles are gone. We can expect more demolitions on West 35th.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

On a Quiet Street

You would not realize that this house was built in 1927 because renovations to "modernize" it must have reduced the size of the windows, and it probably had a wood shake siding. West 26th Avenue on the west side of Dunbar is only two blocks long and is a quiet street leading to Chaldecott Park. The first photo was taken in the summer of 2013 shortly after the house was sold. In the second photo taken August 3, 2016 shortly before the demolition, the empty lot to the right is visible, the former home of 3737 West 26th. Unfortunately, I do not have a photo of that house. Both of these lots are now construction sites.

Houses of this age were built with solid lumber. It is sad that these structures are considered only for demolition. If we had different zoning rules and less of a bottom line mentality, these two lots with a total 100 foot frontage, could contain several family- and neighbourhood-friendly townhouses, badly needed in the Dunbar area. There could be 12+ persons living there instead of zero.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Larger Map!

Most of you know that demolitions do not happen only in Dunbar; they occur all over this changing city. Caroline Adderson has a Facebook page called Vancouver Vanishes, which also documents demolitions. Many thanks to Andrea Leung who has recently created an interactive map combining the data from Vancouver Vanishes and from Disappearing Dunbar. Here is a link for information about the map (you will need to scroll down): Vancouver Vanishes. For the map itself, go to

For your convenience in viewing this larger map, I have put a link to it on the right hand side of the web version of my site.