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Main Photo: 2277 E 28TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Victoria VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2207417
$2,999,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2207417
Bedrooms:
10
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,918 sq. ft.
Brand new custom designed 3 level luxury home on a huge 6039sf. South facing level lot with over 4900sf. of living space in Victoria area. Supreme finishing & quality workmanship throughout with attention to every details. Cedar-look aluminum siding, Grand foyer... More details
RE/MAX Real Estate Services
Main Photo: 1951 E 38TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Victoria VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2209517
$2,198,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2209517
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
6
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,580 sq. ft.
Two level plus a laneway house, less than one year old, in a very Central location close to everything. Walking distance to buses, shops, restaurants, park, schools & Kensington Community Centre. Nice street appeal with Jones Park sitting at the rear of the house... More details
Sutton Grp-West Coast (Van49)
Main Photo: 172 E 60TH AVENUE in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2216506
$2,998,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2216506
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,343 sq. ft.
Beautiful custom built home, in a prime South Vancouver area! Features include a limestone exterior with a patio in front and a patio in the back, great for summers. This beautiful home is located walking distance to bus stop, Canada Line, Sexsmith Elementary School... More details
Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 717 E 61 AVENUE in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2215524
$2,180,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2215524
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
5
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,007 sq. ft.
Brand new two storey + 789 sq.ft. laneway house. Property built on the high side of the road, and has south facing to some water views in Fraser River. Close to transportation, Superstore, the new cineplex theatre, about 8 minutes to go to Richmond, and about 15 minutes... More details
Selmak Realty Limited
Main Photo: 5950 ARLINGTON STREET in Vancouver: Killarney VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2215499
$2,980,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
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: 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: 3388 ANZIO DRIVE in Vancouver: Renfrew Heights House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2217020
$3,188,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2217020
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,071 sq. ft.
This development simply sets a new benchmark for sustainability & quality for Vancouver’s Eastside. The home & coach house have high end-finishes throughout, boasting a total of 9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a spectacular roof deck & a total of 4,071sf of... More details
RE/MAX Crest Realty
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)
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.