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

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Walk on West 34th Avenue

Along West 34th Avenue between Dunbar Street and Blenheim Street, the lots are large, with 50 foot wide frontages in the 3500 block and 60 foot wide frontages in the 3400/3300 block. The original homes were built in the 1920's and are disappearing.

Heading east away from Dunbar Street, we see #3530 built in 1928. This house appears to be remodeled at the front entrance, but the unique roof line is probably original. It was sold in September 2013 for just over $2 million dollars. The first photo is from a dark day in November 2013.

The second photo is from February 2016.


Continuing east, #3425 was built in 1930. It was for sale in 2012 as a "country cottage in the city". Unfortunately, I never got a better photo of this cottage.

Across the street, #3433 has also disappeared. I have no photo of it because I did not expect this 1990 house to be torn down. It sold in September 2014.

A lovely home was built in 1925 at #3341. These are photos from November 2011 and March 2012.


 By January 2016, demolition was beginning.

I'll be taking a future walk on West 34th because I see other 1920's houses slated for demolition.

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