Main Photo: 2771 MANITOBA STREET in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2310925
$1,299,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2310925
Bedrooms:
2
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2
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Switch units of measure1,240 sq. ft.
Get the best of the East & the West! Our COACH HOUSE is privately set at the back of a very large lot & located within walking distance to Cambie & Main, offering you the best selection of restaurants, cafes, grocery stores & so much more. Large front deck w/4 seater... More details
KellerWilliamsRealtyVanCentral
Main Photo: 179 W 15TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2302486
$1,248,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2302486
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,084 sq. ft.
Detached Coach House- Fantastically located in Mount Pleasant next to the Cambie corridor, close to parks, schools, restaurants & transit routes, yet tucked away in a quiet family-friendly neighbourhood. This special home offers you all the best comforts including 2 gas... More details
KellerWilliamsRealtyVanCentral
Main Photo: 32 W 14TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308146
$1,249,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2308146
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,099 sq. ft.
A delightful coach house nestled in desirable Mount Pleasant location, walking distance to an abundance of shops, restaurants, amenities, schools, transit and parks. This well laid-out and bright 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home welcomes you with an open floor plan boasting... More details
Faith Wilson Group
Main Photo: 309 W 11TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VW House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2304542
$1,699,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2304542
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,336 sq. ft.
Tired of cookie-cutter homes? Introducing The Heirloom. Inspired by its heritage status these 4 unique homes present the most superior craftmanship and quality finishings. This custom built detached coachhome makes exceptional living possible with refined kitchens... More details
Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 2448 LARCH STREET in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2298924
$1,428,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2298924
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,207 sq. ft.
This is a DREAM home to many and a unique addition to Kitsilano! It offers a spacious living room, radiant heating, solar panel system, quartz counters, 2 bright/massive bdrms, 2 full bthrms, stainless steel appliances, a large entertainment area, a private garage and... More details
Maxcel Westcoast Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 5635 WILLOW STREET in Vancouver: Cambie Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280982
$1,588,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280982
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,105 sq. ft.
Newly renovated by painting and whole laminated floor in 2018. It is a coach-house, (single & no shared walls with two sides), no noise from two sides’ neighbors. One big storage room, approx. 300 sq ft, with parking stall. Located in quiet communities and steps to... More details
Interlink Realty
Listing information last updated on October 18, 2018 at 03:24 AM (UTC)

Coach House

Otherwise known as rearyard infill, coach houses are an older version of laneway houses that have been around for many years. Although they can look similar from the outside, they are administered by a different set of bylaws.

Vancouver homeowners and developers build them behind the main houses with entrances at the rear lane. Coach houses are a great way to add value to your property without purchasing a new piece of land.

 

What is a Coach House?

A coach house is a detached structure in the rear of a main house. These ancillary buildings have their own entrances and are complete houses on their own, similar to a duplex. They can be strata-titled and are saleable separate from the main property, making them more valuable than a simple laneway house. Because they are “ground-oriented” with their own entrances, their usage is flexible: they can be rented out to relatives or tenants or can be sold off as part of the strata complex.     

 

Why build a Coach House / Rearyard Infill Home?

Although coach houses add value to a property and can be rented out, the most common reason for building a detached house in the rear is to re-sell it. Other benefits include:

 

  • No sharing walls: Unlike townhouses, coach houses are detached, so there are no shared walls with other buildings and residents.
  • A real home: They feel like full homes, rather than apartments or townhouses.
  • Bright and fresh: Because there are no shared walls, the interior often has more natural light and windows that open to the fresh air.
  • Sell when you’re ready: Strata-titling allows owners the flexibility to sell the coach house on their own schedule, renting it out until the market is good or their home situation is right.
  • Max out square footage: For those with older main houses, your property may be eligible for the Heritage Revitalization Agreement. This allows you to max out the buildable square footage limits set by the city.
  • What’s your zone? Many two-family lots (RT zoned) in Vancouver are eligible for infill houses. This colour zoning map will determine which zone your property is in.   

 

Below is a sample lot floor plan for a coach house.

 

What are the Requirements Needed to Build a Coach House?

There are such a variety of ways that coach houses can be configured. Most are built on larger lots (50 x 122), but it’s still possible to have a small infill on a 33 x 122 lot. Here are the basic features:

  • 16 foot yard
  • A maximum height restriction of 2.5 storeys / 35 feet
  • Parking at grade is accessible from the lane or the courtyard

 

How Big are Coach Houses?

The unit size and maximumFSR(Floor Space Ratio) varies depending on the size of the site and the zoning. For example:

  • On an RT-6 lot of 50 x 122 with an existing house built on it, you could tear down the original home and replace it with 3 units, while also building a coach house in the rear with parking. TheFSRwould be .75 for a total of 4,950 square feet.
  • On an RT-10 lot of 33 x 122 with an existing older building and an empty 33 x 122 lot beside it, the original house could be restored and 2 separate duplexes built on the combined lots. TheFSRis now .8, allowing for more square footage.

 

There are many other scenarios that can be used with coach houses. If you have questions about your specific property, you can email or call me directly. I look forward to speaking with you about your project.