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

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Overlooking Chaldecott Park

Most houses in Vancouver are on east-west streets, but this one and the one next door have a special setting, facing west over the long expanse of Chaldecott Park. The house appeared to be from the 50's and was not in as good condition as many houses that get torn down. My records indicate that it was listed for sale for $1,238,000, a price now unheard of in Dunbar, perhaps because the lot is small. Although it has a wide frontage, it is shallow. Note that the white stake is quite near the house, indicating that much of what appears to be a front lawn and plantings is in fact owned by the City.

The house was demolished a few days prior to March 15. A Dunbar resident, Robert Gordon, was on the spot shortly thereafter and took this photo. He reported that neighbours said that the house was demolished quickly.

On March 26, barely 2 weeks after it was torn down, the foundation was well underway. Most of the plantings at the front of the lot have disappeared under the typical mound of soil despite the initial protective red fencing. This half block lacks a sidewalk on both sides of the street, so perhaps the City will construct a sidewalk.

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