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Main Photo: 6381 WINDSOR STREET in Vancouver: Fraser VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2247994
$2,098,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2247994
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
6
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,848 sq. ft.
Perfect location in a family oriented area. Custom built on a level lot features 8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Living room, kitchen, dining area, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms upstairs. Downstairs has 2 bedroom legal suite and 1 bedroom for upstairs use. Brand new 2 bedroom... More details
SRS Panorama Realty (Surrey)
Main Photo: 265 E 44TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2292777
$2,649,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2292777
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,495 sq. ft.
Welcome to this beautiful residence situated on a tree-lined street adjacent to the highly coveted Macdonald Park. Offering 3 levels of spacious & modern living, this home is ready for your family to move right in. Located along the Main St corridor w/ walking distance... More details
Macdonald Realty
Main Photo: 2275 SLOCAN STREET in Vancouver: Renfrew VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2291357
$2,398,888
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2291357
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,453 sq. ft.
CORNER LOT, building plans already submitted to City of Vancouver for new homes with legal suite & LANEWAY home building plans are available. Quality experienced builder, 2-5-10 new home warranty available for new home, total 6 bedrooms, 6 washroom & a DEN on main floor... More details
Planet Group Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 3041 ADANAC STREET in Vancouver: Renfrew VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2288570
$2,138,800
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2288570
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
6
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,880 sq. ft.
Lovely, brand new, 3 level, 2800 sqft home with a Laneway house, ready to be occupied. This home features a modern style with bright open floorplan great for hosting. There are 3 bedrooms up and a 2 bedroom suite down. Other features include 5 baths, 3 kitchens, family... More details
Amex - Fraseridge Realty
Main Photo: 1950 RENFREW STREET in Vancouver: Renfrew VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2288583
$2,399,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2288583
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,484 sq. ft.
1950, 1948, 1946 Renfrew Street, quality built 2016 VANCOUVER HOME w/ panoramic Downtown & Mountain view. 9 BED & 7.5 BATHS home yet under 2-5-10 Warranty equipped with SS appliances, Engineered Hardwood Floor, Chandelier & crown moulding throughout the 4 BEDs main... More details
RE/MAX City Realty
Main Photo: 3582 FRANKLIN STREET in Vancouver: Hastings East House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2286865
$1,999,888
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2286865
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,453 sq. ft.
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 front door your are greeted by a waterfall stone accent wall... More details
Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 5750 INVERNESS STREET in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2285198
$2,288,888
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2285198
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,442 sq. ft.
Newly custom built luxury 8 bedrooms home located at MOST CONVENIENCE in Knight sub-area. Easy distance to Vancouver airport, John Oliver Secondary, Sir Alexander Mackenzie Elementary and. Equipped with most updated security system w/camera & built-in speaker located in... More details
Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
Main Photo: 1615 E 56TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Fraserview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2276635
$3,488,800
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2276635
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,942 sq. ft.
ELEGANT, UNIQUE AND CONTEMPORARY DREAM HOME! Situated on a beautifully landscaped Corner lot in the most desirable Fraserview area with exceptional design and quality craftsmanship inside out. Automated with Control4 and sophisticated Security System, Nest Thermostat... More details
RE/MAX City Realty
Main Photo: 1842 E 64TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Fraserview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2277184
$2,438,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2277184
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,335 sq. ft.
Modern design brand new Laneway house in a desirable Fraserview VE neighborhood with South facing backyard. Sitting on a 4,177 sf lot size, 3,333 living area in total, featuring with 8 Bedrooms and 6.5 baths. The other two rooms in basement can also be used as bedrooms... More details
Maxcel Westcoast Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 6988 MCKINNON STREET in Vancouver: Killarney VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2275147
$3,288,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2275147
Bedrooms:
12
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,625 sq. ft.
A unique, elegant and contemporary house built by a young experienced builder in the heart of Killarney, steps away from Champlain Mall. Offers 48x115 Corner lot with 2 bedroom suites on each side and a three bedroom laneway house. All rented as a great mortgage helper... More details
SRS Westside Realty
Listing information last updated on September 25, 2018 at 03:25 AM (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.