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Main Photo: 66 E 56TH AVENUE in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2268810
$2,599,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2268810
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
6
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,143 sq. ft.
Remarkable new house built in 2017 sitting in a central location one block west of Main Street. Includes a lane way house with a one car garage and another parking area next to the garage. Basement has 2 entrances. One is a 2 bedroom suite. Walking distance to... More details
Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 3354 MONMOUTH AVENUE in Vancouver: Collingwood VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2267704
$2,198,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2267704
Bedrooms:
10
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,094 sq. ft.
Central located, extra long lot with 33' x 138'. Well maintained 2 level house with new Laneway house(built in 2017 Nov). featuring 10 bedrooms,7 baths, and 4 kitchens, tile roof, radiant heating, 1 gas fireplace. Total rental income $4650/m. (1200/m for 2 bd suit... More details
Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 2668 E 8TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Renfrew VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2263724
$2,348,888
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2263724
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,472 sq. ft.
PRE-SALE for 2019. Take advantage of the pre-sale and save yourself on GST and lesser transfer tax. Plan features 3 level home and a laneway house. Above level features 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms and laundry. Main level has open concept, living, dining, kitchen... More details
Amex - Fraseridge Realty
Main Photo: 6273 ST. CATHERINES STREET in Vancouver: Fraser VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2261784
$2,788,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2261784
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,547 sq. ft.
BRAND NEW custom built gorgeous home in a beautiful quiet street of central Fraser area. This luxurious home offers a functional, open layout with an office on main floor and rarely available 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms upstairs, 2 bdrm laneway home, 2 bdrm legal suite... More details
Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 2610 E 8TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Renfrew VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2259018
$2,268,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2259018
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,457 sq. ft.
Gorgeous, modern BRAND NEW house with LANEWAY house in hot neighborhood! Close to schools, restaurants, parks & transit on Renfrew & Broadway. Main floor features open concept living room, dining room, office, gourmet kitchen with new stainless steel appliances & family... More details
Maxcel Westcoast Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 2783 E 27TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Renfrew Heights House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2295966
$1,828,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2295966
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,166 sq. ft.
New House! Final finishes! Perfect time to choose your finishing touches. Three level house with a laneway house. This is a sale of the house at it's current stage. Buyer would need to finish the house or builder can finish it for you. Sold as is... More details
Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 172 E 60TH AVENUE in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2296102
$2,788,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2296102
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,244 sq. ft.
Fantastic opportunity to own this custom built home just west of Main St, blocks from LANGARA COLLEGE/GOLF COURSE, SUNSET COMMUNITY CENTRE, transit, Marine Drive Commercial District for shopping. FUNCTIONAL layout with no wasted space, wok kitchen, shower and bedroom on... More details
LeHomes Realty First
Main Photo: 7250 GLADSTONE STREET in Vancouver: Fraserview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2309077
$2,980,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2309077
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,250 sq. ft.
Custom built home in Fraserview area with over 4200 sf living space. This beautiful contemporary 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... More details
Pacific Evergreen Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 5206 CHESTER STREET in Vancouver: Fraser VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2306145
$2,598,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2306145
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,142 sq. ft.
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING new home in one of the most desired pockets, FRASERHOOD! This 7 bed, 7 bath home has the most incredible layout! The main floor features an open plan w/an abundance of natural light, high ceilings, engineered hardwood floors, gas fp, full bath... More details
Macdonald Realty
Main Photo: 518 E 60TH AVENUE in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2304894
$2,168,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2304894
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,044 sq. ft.
Luxury custom-built home between Main & Fraser! Impressive attention to details and quality finishing thru out! 3 level 8 bedroom, 7 bath, 3 kitchen including laneway house on 34 X 107 north facing lot. This home is approx. 3,050sqft and features open layout, 9ft high... More details
Sutton Group-West Coast 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.