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

Friday, April 10, 2015

Gone, Now Only Memories

Why has this house been one of my favourite houses on the west side of Dunbar? For one thing, the design is not typical to Vancouver; it has its own "country" style. It sat on the northwest corner of Crown Street and West 36th Avenue. Driving by, you could not help but notice the white picket fence, the flowers, the well-kept property. A few years ago, the windows were replaced but in keeping with the style of the house. Sitting far back on the property allowed for a magnificent front garden. When it went up for sale in February 2012, a resident of 36th Avenue told me that it was going to be torn down. I did not want to believe her. But two months later, the white surveyor stakes appeared. Still, those stakes do not always indicate a demolition, so I held out a sliver of hope.

The lovely front garden three years ago in April.

Sadly, in December 2014, it was clear that the house was going to go.

On April 5, 2015, the magnolia was blooming.

This is the space today, April 10, 2015.

 The front garden is destroyed.
Built in 1942 on a 60.2x130.18 lot. Demolished April 9 and 10, 2015. (In 2012 I did an earlier blog on this house.)

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