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

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Calfornia Occupants?

This was a most interesting house, but I had difficulty getting photos without trespassing, and the photos that I did get are not very good at showing the creativity that went into this house. Since I do not know the history, I am going to create a fictional one. The house was a "starter" purchased by a young UBC professor and his wife who moved to Vancouver in the late 1960's from California. Being 60's people, they liked the rustic cabin look and had the house painted a dark brown. They built a second storey so they could have a balcony looking toward the mountains. They appreciated the larger 57 foot lot and the seclusion that the lush West Coast vegetation provided as it grew. Eventually, they could not care for the house, and it was rented out and then sold. However, its interior needed updating, and the style was not attractive to someone paying over two million dollars. Now for a true but sad statement: the house was demolished sometime between June and October 2013.

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