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, November 9, 2016

Four Houses for Sale on West 31st Avenue

Four houses are for sale in my immediate neighbourhood, three on my block and one in the next block. Each one is a different age. None are selling at the time of this writing. They are good representations of the variety of houses in the Dunbar area.

4085 West 31st is a former demolition, now a luxury home marketed at $7,680,000. To the left of it is a 1950's home (similar to the original 4085), marketed at $4,888,000. Both are on 53 feet lots.

Across the street is 4058, built in 1941 and completely remodeled in 2010 and like new inside. Its price has been reduced to $3,499,000. The lot is 33 feet wide.

On the next block is 3942 built in 1990, also on a 33 feet lot. Its price is $3,180,000. (Update November 17: this is now sold.)

What we are missing in this listing is a pre-war original. There is one on 32nd Avenue, built in 1931. The house at 3908 was listed for $2,450,000 and sold fairly promptly within the last month.

Of these 5 houses, which ones will be "tear-downs"? Which ones will be rentals? Which ones will be occupied? Which ones will be second homes? Which ones will be re-sold? Those are the current questions in the Dunbar area as the leaves continue to fall.

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