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.

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