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.
View Teardowns in the Dunbar area of Vancouver, BC in a larger map

Demolitions West of the Dunbar Community Centre

Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Dutch Colonial

In 1930, houses were built with strong materials. This one was a lovely home, but it met the same fate as the one next door at 4018 and of many others in the Dunbar area, getting demolished on March 29 or 30, 2016.

The above photo is from September 2014. Here is one from January 2015:

I looked inside and saw a brick fireplace surrounded by traditional leaded glass book cases.

The backyard had an apple tree--here are the last apples to be produced by that tree. Will the new house have an apple tree?

Under that stucco, brown wooden shingles!

In this view from the lane, you can see a bit of the gambrel roof, indicating that the house was a Dutch colonial style. Construction on neighbour 4018 has begun.
I do not know if the house was occupied in recent years. Beginning in July 2014 the grass was looking neglected. It was sold in September 2013 and then for half a million more in February 2015. The replacement house will likely sell for at least 2 million more. Does all that money benefit our community in any way? Will the new house be a home for anyone?

No comments:

Post a Comment