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, December 31, 2014

Those 1940's Houses on Dunbar Street

From a quick observation, it appears that the strip along Dunbar Street south of 30th Avenue was developed in the 1940's. Due to the wartime economy, the houses were mostly modest one-storey buildings, and many have been replaced. Dunbar Street handles more traffic every year, so the assessments of these homes is less than if they were situated on a quieter side street. Another factor is that the depth of the lots is more shallow than the lots on the side streets. This house across from the park at the Dunbar Community Centre went up for sale twice recently, November 2013 and August 2014, both times for a bit over $1M, close to the assessed value. Interesting is the fact that the assessment of the buildings jumped from $8,600 in 2012 to $13,500 in 2013. Following the first sale, the landscape was stripped--here is how barren it looked in January 2014.

A Halloween decoration was still there in this photo from early November 2013, and you can see the large bushes that are missing in the later photo.

Built in 1944. Torn down December 30, 2014.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It's Getting Boring

Another 1950's bungalow falls on hard times. It was for sale in July 2012 and again in March 2014. The first photo is from November 2013. Although the house looks empty, there is a wreath on the front door.

This is in March 2014; the asking price was $2,970,000, higher than the latest assessment of $2,468,800.

For months, the house looked like this. The stucco probably had asbestos.
The latest assessment of the buildings was $43,800. The block has assessments on buildings as low as $16,100, so this house must have had some renovations. Torn down late November 2014.

It's getting boring to see these 1950's bungalows torn down in the 1950's enclave near St. George's Senior School and the QE Annex. Will there be any left? Here's a count of the 51 that remain of the 117 houses (44%), pretty much in their original state on the street side, without second storey renovations:

27th Avenue north side   6
27th Avenue south side   2
28th Avenue north side   7
28th Avenue south side   4
29th Avenue north side   7
29th Avenue south side   7
30th Avenue north side   9
30th Avenue south side   6
31st Avenue north side    3

More to come...