926 FIRST STREET in New Westminster: GlenBrooke North House for sale : MLS® # R2226194

926 FIRST STREET New Westminster V3L 2J4 : GlenBrooke North

Main Photo: 926 FIRST STREET in New Westminster: GlenBrooke North House for sale : MLS® # R2226194
Prop. Type:
Residential Detached
MLS® Num:
Year Built:
RS-1 Laneway Property with a VIEW! This rare corner property boasting to 7,000 sq ft has views of Queens Park, Victoria Hill & mountains. Laneway access from the side provides great layout of a future brand new home. RS-1 has the allowance to build up to a 3500 sq ft home with a 450 sq ft double garage PLUS a 700 sq ft suite in the laneway with a 226 sq ft garage (almost 500 sq ft total buildable.). Current 3 bdrm home on property is rented to a long term tenant, home is livable & has great value to continue to rent. Roof was just redone 3 years ago. Easy to show with 24 hours notice. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY DECEMBER 10TH, 2PM to 4PM. All offers to be submitted by 5pm on December 11th, 2017.
Property Type:
Residential Detached
Dwelling Type:
House/Single Family
Home Style:
Laneway House
Year built:
1948 (Age: 70)
Total Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,581 sq. ft.
1.0 (Full:-/Half:-)
Lot Area:
Switch units of measure6,969.6 sq. ft.
Listed Date:
Dec 09, 2017
Original Price:
Multiple Realty Ltd.
Listing information last updated on 9-Dec-2017 5:49 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.