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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Are We on the Way to $10 Million Dollars in Dunbar?

Astounding--just listed in Dunbar is a house for $8,680,000. Earlier in the summer there were a couple of houses listed for over $7 million. Where will this trend lead?

The expensive house at 3815 West 39th was built in 2015 according to e-valueBC. It has 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.

What was here before? This "castle", which received a lot of publicity.

In fact there were two castles side-by-side, both with turrets, visible in the above photo. The neighbouring house at 3825 is on the left. Here is the before and after for 3825, still under construction:

These original houses were admittedly in need of renovation and upgrading, but they were memorable, and the one at 3825 merited having a drawing of it included in Robin Ward's Heritage West Coast, page 26, available at the VPL.

Kerry Gold wrote a recent article in the Globe and Mail about bland architecture in Vancouver.

For more information on the castles, see my blog of February 24, 2015, or Vancouver Vanishes.  

Update: Check out 4055 West 39th, for sale at $10,800,000 in August 2016. The answer is "yes", we are on the way to $10 million dollars in Dunbar.

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