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.
View Teardowns in the Dunbar area of Vancouver, BC in a larger map

Demolitions West of the Dunbar Community Centre

Friday, January 21, 2011

"Starter" Becomes Nonstarter

"Great starter home on Dunbar's most beautiful block!!" That is how the realtor described this 1912 lovingly upgraded and maintained house which still retains some of its old character. Unfortunately, the block will never get back the charm of this small and modest house, torn down in November 2010.

The speed of the new construction is remarkable as you see from these last two photos of January 21 (front) and January 23 (rear). However, it is too early to tell what this larger house will look like when finished, probably very similar to many built in the last several years in Vancouver. But how many 1912 houses do we still have in our city?

1 comment:

  1. The original home was a diamond worth loving and keeping. I can easily imagine the interior woodwork. Some of these homes are the perfect size for seniors. It's a pity to lose them. The large new homes will bring a change of the types of people that will want to live there. I wonder if any of the small gems can attain landmark status to protect them.