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, September 23, 2016

A 1920's House on King Edward Avenue

The 3600/3700 block of West King Edward (just west of Dunbar Street) is near one of the highest points in Vancouver. Five of the houses on the south side of that block were built in 1924 and 1925. Two more were built in 1928 and 1930. The remaining original houses have been replaced.  This house was built in 1924 and obviously modified over the years. I liked the tradition it brought to the area, with its original wooden shingles, windows, and window boxes. It has been in the same family for the past 40 years, then sold in August 2015 and again in November. Enjoy these photos from August 16, 2015 taken around 4:30 pm with the sun slanting from the west, because the house is now gone. Demolished in mid September 2016.

It is interesting to note that two of the nearby 1925 houses were sold in 2013 and have been completely renovated, retaining and enhancing their initial character. It's unfortunate for the streetscape that this one did not enjoy the same treatment.

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