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Main Photo: 28 E 60TH AVENUE in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2228401
$2,388,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2228401
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
6
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,962 sq. ft.
Stunning NEW house with 2 bdrm Laneway By Arch Developments. Fabulous open plan design with 10' ceilings on Main floor, radiant in floor throughout Main house and A/C. Sunny South exposure for bright kitchen with Bosch appliances, Quartz counters and island. Fam rm... More details
RE/MAX Select Properties
Main Photo: 536 E 55TH AVENUE in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2228434
$2,098,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2228434
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,228 sq. ft.
Top Vancouver Location!!! Brand new Top quality built 3 level 6 bedroom home with 3 Bedroom Laneway Home! Very functional main floor plan. Total 8 bathrooms, with legal SUITE AND this comes with a laneway home approx 742 sqft with 3 bedrooms. No expense spared! Only the... More details
RE/MAX City Realty
Main Photo: 6930 RUPERT STREET in Vancouver: Killarney VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2228287
$2,780,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2228287
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,303 sq. ft.
Quality Custom Built 3 levels home in desirable Killarney area. Den with full bath on main floor; 4 bedrooms / 3 full baths up. Legal 2 bedrooms in basement plus 1 bedroom granny suite. Bonus: over 750 sf ONE LEVEL laneway home with 2 bedrooms as mortgage helper. HRV... More details
RE/MAX Real Estate Services
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: 3582 FRANKLIN STREET in Vancouver: Hastings East House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2225149
$2,248,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2225149
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,453 sq. ft.
ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: LATE JANUARY 2018! Brand new luxury built home and laneway house in excellent neighborhood. This home features 7 bedrooms & 7 bathrooms, including a 2 bedroom laneway house and 2 bedroom LEGAL basement suite. Walking in from the... More details
Sutton Grp-West Coast (Van49)
Main Photo: 568 E 59TH AVENUE in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2227371
$2,398,888
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227371
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
6
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,558 sq. ft.
Custom built modern luxury home. Those with an exquisite taste will appreciate the many features of this home...from the classic stone face & landscaping, SONOS sound system that allows each family member to listen to their own tunes, high end appliances &amp... More details
SRS Westside Realty
Main Photo: 4452 PRINCE ALBERT STREET in Vancouver: Fraser VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2226466
$2,899,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2226466
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: 2761 MCGILL STREET in Vancouver: Hastings East House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2219315
$2,088,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2219315
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,513 sq. ft.
BRAND NEW luxury 3 level home with legal suite & Laneway house! Amazing convenient location! 1 direct bus to downtown. Quality built by local builder. 2-5-10 new home warranty, high ceiling radiant floor heat, AC, HRV, open floor plan with MOUNTAIN VIEW! Fabulous... More details
Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam)
Main Photo: 2874 E 8TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Renfrew VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2200963
$2,088,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
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
Main Photo: 765 E 41ST AVENUE in Vancouver: Fraser VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2204728
$2,588,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2204728
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
4
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,171 sq. ft.
Welcome to your next home on this large 5639sf lot with room for extended family and/or mortgage helper. Great for investors as well! This 5 year old 2514sf home has 6 bedrooms, 3.5 baths plus a 2 bedroom 657sf laneway house. Marble tile flooring with dark laminate... More details
RE/MAX Westcoast
Listing information last updated on December 16, 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.