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Main Photo: 3369 E 23RD AVENUE in Vancouver: Renfrew Heights House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2194986
$2,488,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2194986
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,256 sq. ft.
QUALITY CUSTOM BUILT 3 levels house with laneway home, this well designed home (3367, 3369 & 3371 E 23 Ave) has enough space for your family & it still generates thousands rental income covering mortgage. Located at a very convenient location, close to shopping... More details
Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 6076 KERR Street in Vancouver: Killarney VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2195426
$2,388,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195426
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,096 sq. ft.
Arguably the best location in KILLARNEY area, this brand new South facing house has two legal suites. There's still time to put in your personal touch for your home. Just a few steps from the recreation centre, parks, schools, this home comes equipped HRV system... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Van49)
Main Photo: 3369 E 23RD Avenue in Vancouver: Renfrew Heights House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2194986
$2,488,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2194986
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,256 sq. ft.
QUALITY CUSTOM BUILT 3 levels house with laneway home, this well designed home (3367, 3369 & 3371 E 23 Ave) has enough space for your family & it still generates thousands rental income covering mortgage. Located at a very convenient location, close to shopping, easy... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 1891 UPLAND DRIVE in Vancouver: Fraserview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2163520
$3,388,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2163520
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,572 sq. ft.
Brand new, luxurious home in prestigious Fraserview area. 4 bedrms on top floor, all w/ensuite. Master bdrm w/jaccuzzi, luxurious chef kitchen, solid wood custom cabinetry & bosch stainless steel appliances. Extra wok kitchen. In-floor radiant heat, air... More details
Homeland Realty
Main Photo: 406 E 49TH AVENUE in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2188001
$2,651,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2188001
Bedrooms:
11
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,402 sq. ft.
WOW! Phenomenal INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY... 11 beds, 8 baths, 4 kitchens, & a large 49' x 125' corner lot just minutes to Langara College & easy bus access to UBC! Welcome to this well-kept 14 year old home just blocks to the Westside, between popular Main &amp... More details
Royal LePage Sussex Klein Grp
Main Photo: 5515 ARGYLE STREET in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2189387
$2,300,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2189387
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,612 sq. ft.
Brand new house with lane way in Vancouver East. 4 bedrooms on top floor, den on the main floor, 2 bedroom suite below, and 1 bedroom lane way suite. Additional one bedroom on lower level of the house. Great rental income & mortgage helpers. The house features... More details
Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam)
Main Photo: 2761 MCGILL STREET in Vancouver: Hastings East House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2183638
$2,199,900
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2183638
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,513 sq. ft.
WORK/SHOP/DINING IN DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER IN 10 MINUTES ...SUPERB LIFESTYLE... brand new 2-story w/ basement plus lane way house for extra income. Quality built by local builder. Open, bright & spacious main floor w/ 9 ft ceiling. Fabulous kitchen w/ large island... More details
Royal Pacific Rlty. (Kingsway)
Main Photo: 268 E 48TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2176570
$2,780,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2176570
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,870 sq. ft.
Excellent location at 48th Ave & Main St. Only steps to shopping, schools & transport. Functional floor plan & top quality materials & finishing. 10' & 9' ceilings. NO CARPETS. Main house has den & full bath on main floor. Top floor has 4 bdrms... More details
RE/MAX Westcoast
Main Photo: 4908 INVERNESS STREET in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2133413
$2,580,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2133413
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
6
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,216 sq. ft.
43' x 116' Corner Lot on Inverness St. and 33rd Ave. in Knight Area. Must see this gorgeous 3 year 3 level home with "LANEWAY HOUSE" in Knight area! Custom finishings with 3 bedrooms up (all with ensuites), 1 Den on the main floor (or the 4th Bedroom), 4 Bedrooms down... More details
Regent Park Realty Inc.
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
Listing information last updated on October 21, 2017

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.