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, November 6, 2013

Three More Houses Have Disappeared

One real estate ad described this type of house as "California living", probably because one could comfortably live on one floor. However, that kind of convenience apparently has limited attraction, since most of these that come on the market in the Dunbar area are demolished in favor of a 3 or 3 1/2 storey shade-casting home with a 3-car garage. This one at 4070 West 38th Avenue looked like this in mid June and was torn down in September or October:

With character that indicates that it was probably built in the 1920's, this one was for sale in June 2013, but when I looked for it in October, it was no longer there. How quickly all that old wood can be sent to the landfill. It sat on a corner at 3896 West 21st Avenue.

Another corner house, 3505 West 36th at Collingwood, was torn down in October. I have three photos, so you can see both the front and side of this large house, which was built in 1924 and later had a substantial addition. The blue shutters give the house unusual character. P.S. on November 20: Vancouver Vanishes reported that the first owner was Robert M. Matheson, Architect, of the firm Townley and Matheson. They designed Vancouver's City Hall! Here's another example of good design being destroyed.

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