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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Are We on the Way to $10 Million Dollars in Dunbar?

Astounding--just listed in Dunbar is a house for $8,680,000. Earlier in the summer there were a couple of houses listed for over $7 million. Where will this trend lead?

The expensive house at 3815 West 39th was built in 2015 according to e-valueBC. It has 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.

What was here before? This "castle", which received a lot of publicity.

In fact there were two castles side-by-side, both with turrets, visible in the above photo. The neighbouring house at 3825 is on the left. Here is the before and after for 3825, still under construction:

These original houses were admittedly in need of renovation and upgrading, but they were memorable, and the one at 3825 merited having a drawing of it included in Robin Ward's Heritage West Coast, page 26, available at the VPL.

Kerry Gold wrote a recent article in the Globe and Mail about bland architecture in Vancouver.

For more information on the castles, see my blog of February 24, 2015, or Vancouver Vanishes.  

Monday, August 1, 2016

Those 1940's Houses Along Dunbar Street--Disappearing

Many of the first homes lining Dunbar Street between 32nd Avenue and 41st Avenue were built in the 1940's. After WWII, there was a need for housing, but families' finances were limited  There were a few existing houses, but the many remaining empty lots were developed into modest one-story houses on 33 feet lots. This one, on the corner of 34th Avenue, was one of them. The view shows the side of the house from 34th Avenue. There was no garage. The 2015 assessment for the house was $21,500, indicating that it had undergone very few improvements. There are people who would be happy to live in a small and simple fixer-upper, but they cannot afford the exorbitant cost of the land in the city. Built in 1943; torn down in July 2016. (Also covered by Vancouver Vanishes.)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Just Another 33 Foot Lot in Dunbar

On West 30th Avenue, built in 1931 on a 33 foot lot, this is a small house, but looks to be in good shape. This is how it looked when it was sold in February 2014.

Apparently no one lived in the house in the summer of 2014 because the grass got long.

The house was sold again in March 2015, for $150,000 more. It was still there in early 2016, when a hellebore and euphorbia flowered.

It was torn down in June 2016, over two years after being sold the first time,  probably vacant the entire time, when housing in Vancouver is badly needed. Just another 33 foot lot in Dunbar with a modest home on it; in earlier times it would have been a "starter" to renew the neighbourhood with a young family.