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, January 27, 2016

A 1919 House on Dunbar Street

The corner of West 32nd Avenue and Dunbar Street directly across from the Dunbar Community Centre has been a derelict site for years. The heavy vegetation obscured the 1919 cottage and the debris that had collected. Typical for its time, it had a front porch, which faced 32nd Avenue, but it was later enclosed, and a deck with satellite dishes was installed above it. The front yard was large because the house was set back very close to the lane.

The steps to the deck on the Dunbar Street side had long ago rotted away.

This is the east side, facing the lane.

The house was sold in May 2015, but it also appeared to be for sale again in August. The lot has a 50.85 foot frontage on Dunbar Street, and for some reason, surveyor stakes appear to indicate that it could be divided into two 25 foot lots. The intrepid photographer of Vancouver Vanishes took photos of the demolition and of the interior of this one of the older houses in the area. Demolished middle of January 2016.

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