2250 INDIAN RIVER CRESCENT in North Vancouver: Indian River House for sale : MLS® # R2217214

2250 INDIAN RIVER CRESCENT North Vancouver V7G 2N7 : Indian River

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Prop. Type:
Residential Detached
MLS® Num:
Year Built:
WHAT IF.... you could acquire the most incredibly private sanctuary, within 20 mins of downtown & your only visible neighbours would be your other two acreages? There are 3 separate titles, over 14 acres, a 9000 sq.ft., custom built West Coast home, a self-contained Guest House, working 12 stall paddock/barn & Greenhouse. The main residence is nothing less than spectacular, 2 levels melding stone, fir & glass, spilling onto the maturely planted grounds: water features. The homes are mechanically superior & the West Coast architecture and Japanese influence create the perfect backdrop for this retreat. Never before offered as one estate, possibilities are endless & with RS3 zoning the future potential, if important, could be tremendous. This could be the last of its kind.
Property Type:
Residential Detached
Dwelling Type:
House with Acreage
Home Style:
Carriage/Coach House
Year built:
1987 (Age: 31)
Total Floor Area:
Switch units of measure9,002 sq. ft.
5.0 (Full:-/Half:-)
Lot Area:
Switch units of measure14.08 acre(s)
Listed Date:
Nov 23, 2017
Original Price:
Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
Listing information last updated on 8-Dec-2017 8:19 PM

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.