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Main Photo: 2090 E 23RD AVENUE in Vancouver: Victoria VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2252001
$1,650,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2252001
Bedrooms:
5
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,259 sq. ft.
Charming 2259 sqft house with tons of quality upgrades. Walk into your full width (18x12) living room, sit by your wood burning fire place, and enjoy your private view of the N. mountains. Cozy dining opens to both living and kitchen; kitchen has been updated with new... More details
RE/MAX Select Realty
Main Photo: 4452 PRINCE ALBERT STREET in Vancouver: Fraser VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2236137
$2,788,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2236137
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
6
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,382 sq. ft.
Beautiful Fraser 4bed main house with open plan. 2/5/10 warranty commenced Jan 15, 2016. Below is Laneway house 4448 Prince Albert, basement includes legal 2bed suite 4450 Prince Albert & 1Bed nanny suite. School catchment Sir Charles Tupper & McBride. Glen... More details
RE/MAX Select Realty
Main Photo: 2537 E 15TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Renfrew Heights House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2233406
$2,798,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2233406
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,116 sq. ft.
This spectacular newly built luxury home is conveniently located in Renfrew Heights. This home comes w/ all the bells and whistles. With over 3300 sq ft of living space in the main house and a 2 bedroom laneway home, the options are endless. The main house has 8 beds... More details
Sutton Group - Seafair Realty
Main Photo: 3436 TANNER STREET in Vancouver: Collingwood VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2226818
$1,899,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2226818
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,250 sq. ft.
Great convenient location near 29th & Rupert Skytrain or Joyce Skytrain. Huge lot, 43' x 128.65' with 2 level interior of 2,500 sq ft and 8 bedrooms. Owner spent $100K to completely renovate from floor to ceiling, crown mouldings throughout, granite floor, stainless... More details
Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 6610 VIVIAN STREET in Vancouver: Killarney VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2218421
$2,990,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2218421
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,975 sq. ft.
An elegant mansion with modern design and advanced technology! This high energy efficiency smart home is equipped with Control4 home automation system to control lighting, entertainment, security, energy and other connected devices. Compatible with IOS device. Stunning... More details
Royal LePage Westside
Main Photo: 5950 ARLINGTON STREET in Vancouver: Killarney VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2215499
$2,980,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Sold
MLS® Num:
R2215499
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,139 sq. ft.
Custom built home in Killarney area with over 4100 sf living space. This beautiful home got excellent features including parents ensure bedroom on main floor, gourmet/wok kitchen, 10 ft ceiling, spacious living, family & dining room. 4 good size bedrooms up with... More details
RE/MAX Real Estate Services
Main Photo: 1521 E 58TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Fraserview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2234798
$3,180,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Sold
MLS® Num:
R2234798
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,212 sq. ft.
One of a kind 3 level custom home in the Fraserview neighbourhood. Offering an unbeatable floor plan, craftsmanship, luxury & elegance. Stunning 10-foot ceilings, crown moulding, central vacuum, radiant heating & air conditioning, HRV and built in speakers... More details
Royal Pacific Rlty. (Kingsway)
Main Photo: 2874 E 8TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Renfrew VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2200963
$2,088,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Sold
MLS® Num:
R2200963
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
6
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,819 sq. ft.
North facing luxury custom built home on quiet tree-line street in prime area Renfrew VE. Spacious 3503sqft(Home:2819+Laneway:684) living area with 9 bedrooms(4up+3bsmt+2laneway) & 7 baths. Open concept floor plan, modern design, high quality craftsmanship, high end... More details
RE/MAX Real Estate Services
SOLD OVER THE ASKING PRICE!
Main Photo: 706 2321 SCOTIA Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "The Social" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2194853
$1,189,999
Residential Attached
Status:
Sold
MLS® Num:
R2194853
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,076 sq. ft.
Welcome to the Social. Stunning wrap around N.Shore Mountain VIEWS. This Corner unit at 1,063sq.ft. features 2 bedrooms and a den. Walk into this entertainers home and enjoy large kitchen with island that opens up to living, dining & deck. Both bedrooms are a great... More details
Main Photo: 3665 FRANKLIN STREET in Vancouver: Hastings East House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2172367
$2,288,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Sold
MLS® Num:
R2172367
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,451 sq. ft.
VIEW! Brand new luxury home in excellent Vancouver neighbourhood! Modern open-concept entertainer's main floor includes Spacious exquisite chef's kitchen: thick-slab counters, and high-end kitchen w/ two tone cabinets, & large island with bar seating. Home office... More details
Planet Group Realty Inc.
Listing information last updated on June 18, 2018 at 10:05 PM (UTC)

Laneway Homes

City of Vancouver has permitted laneway housing in all single-family neighbourhoods(RS zoning). A number of residents are adding laneway homes to their existing property, while others have decided to build them alongside their new construction. On average, 11 laneway house permits were issued per month during the first 100 laneway homes built in Vancouver, according to a study done by the city. 1645 LWH have been approved and 1147 have been given final inspection as of April 30, 2015. 

 

What is a Laneway House?

Laneway housing is a detached dwelling on a single-family lot, facing the back laneway where the garage is located. One exterior parking space (minimum) is required on all lots with a laneway home. Houses that already have a secondary suite are still eligible. Note that STRATA TITLING IS NOT PERMITTED, as these dwellings are non-saleable.

  

Why Build a Laneway House?

Every owner has their own reason for wanting to build a laneway home, but most cite the need for alternative housing options. Here are the most common reasons:

 

  • Aging parents: A home in the backyard provides close proximity for parents who are fairly independent but still need some care. This could also be a space for caregivers.
  • Adult children: Instead of moving out entirely, a separate space on the same property provides growing children a cheaper alternative to renting their own place while going to school or starting their career.
  • Extra income: The laneway house can be rented out as an extra income earner.
  • Downsizing: Owners can move into their laneway house and rent out their main residence when downsizing.
  • Building community: Having a home face the back of the property adds liveliness to the back lane, as well as adding the option to plant greenery where there would otherwise be only a garage and concrete.
  • Being green: Adding more housing options on unused space increases housing density and adds an alternative form of rental housing for years to come. Laneway homes are part of Vancouver’s EcoDensity program and must comply with the new Green Homes Program.

 

Read more about the lot requirements and dimensions for building a laneway house.

 


What are the Requirements for Building a Laneway House?

Want to know if your lot is eligible for laneway housing? Here are a few criteria:

  • RS zoning, single-family zoning
  • Minimum 7.3m (24) foot wide lot
  • Must have access to an open lane, either directly or on a corner lot, or be located on a double fronting site served by a street on both the front and rear.
  • The lot must be deep enough for the laneway house to extend up to 7.9 metres (26 feet) from the rear property line AND have a minimum separation from the main house of 4.9 metres (16 feet), allowing for open backyard space.
  • There must be a fire access path along one of the side yards.
  • Exterior parking

 

How Big are Laneway Homes?

Laneway housing can be built in 1 and 1½ storey configurations. The maximum floor area can be determined by multiplying the lot area by 0.16.

  • On standard 33’ x 122’ lots, this allows a maximum of an approximately 644 square foot home.
  • On a 50’ x 122’ lot, this allows a maximum of approximately 900 square feet.

If you choose to build a 1 storey house it is limited to the same maximum height as a garage which ranges from 12ft flat and 15 ft sloped roof. Also they allow you to build 32 feet from the alley instead of 25feet which will give you a larger foot print.

 

There are many other criteria that need to be looked into, like cost, specific lot dimensions, age of the house, house location on the property, and corner lot considerations. 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. 

 

Below is a common lot floor plan for a laneway house.