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, July 2, 2014

Torn Down April, May, or June 2014, Part I

I was out of the country for five weeks in May and June. Upon my return, I discovered quite a few demolitions. Here are five of them. 

This one at 4028 West 30th Avenue was the first one to go, torn down April 27 or 28. It is one of the affordable 50's houses built for young families in the undeveloped 4000 blocks between West 31st and West 27th Avenue. Many of these sturdily built but unfashionable bungalows have been replaced. This photo is from 2011 when the house was for sale, although I think it sold again in 2012.

Across the street at 4015 stood this bungalow. It was torn down in May or June 2014.


The little 1928 cottage at 3518 West 31st Avenue was torn down in late April or early May 2014.

The 4000 block of West 33rd leads to a popular entrance to Pacific Spirit Park. It is also a popular block for sales and demolitions. This one at 4049 was torn down in early June 2014.

You may have seen a photo of this one in the Vancouver Sun. The  home stood in a prominent place at the corner of Blenheim Street and West 32nd Avenue. Both the setting and home were spectacular. However, among other things, the minimal second floor was probably totally unacceptable to the new owners.

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