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Main Photo: 3782 W 29TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Dunbar House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2233309
$2,888,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2233309
Bedrooms:
5
Bathrooms:
5
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,456 sq. ft.
Rare opportunity to own 2 houses for the price of 1! This West of Dunbar adorable bungalow main house feat. 2 bedrooms on the main floor w/ hardwood floors & lots of original character features & charm. There is a spacious sunny south facing deck off the kitchen... More details
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Main Photo: 749 W 64TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2212344
$5,180,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2212344
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,985 sq. ft.
EXCELLENT PRICE! AMAGNIFICENT CUSTOM BUILT RESIDENCE LOCATED IN MOST DESIRABLE NEIGHBORHOOD. Almost 5,000 sq.ft. new home sits on beautiful SOUTH FACING level lot. This beautiful QUALITY HOME simple offers grand foyer w/high ceiling thru-out the main, extensive used... More details
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Main Photo: 5445 MANITOBA STREET in Vancouver: Cambie House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2199560
$4,780,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2199560
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,517 sq. ft.
VIEW OF CITY, MOUNTAINS. BEAUTIFUL MAGNIFICENT CUSTOM BUILT HOME IN CAMBIE LOCATION. Steps away to QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK, OAKRIDGE MALL, SKY TRAIN, BUS, GOLF COURSE, SHOPS, RESTAURANTS. CLOSE TO ERIC HAMBER HIGH SCHOOL, YORK HOUSE PRIVATE SCHOOL, UBC. Over 4,510 sq.ft... More details
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Main Photo: 1606 W 66TH AVENUE in Vancouver: S.W. Marine House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2089108
$3,288,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Sold
MLS® Num:
R2089108
Bedrooms:
4
Bathrooms:
5
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,616 sq. ft.
Brand new Quality Built Home with Laneway House 585 sq ft. Located 1 block west of Granville at 66th. Corner lot with view of Northshore Mountain and Richmond. Walking distance to all shops on Granville. Main House: 5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms. Large open kitchen, living... More details
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Listing information last updated on April 27, 2018 at 03:40 AM (UTC)

Laneway Homes

Beginning in July 2009, the City of Vancouver has permitted laneway housing in some single-family neighbourhoods. 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.  

970 LWH have been approved and 464 have been given final inspection as of May 2013, since January 2013 there have been 57 finals approved.

 

What is a Laneway House?

Laneway housing is a detached dwelling on a single-family lot, usually facing the back laneway where the garage is located. One 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-1 and RS-5 single-family zoning
  • Minimum 10 metre / 32.8 foot wide lot (narrower lots may be permissible; call the Board of Variance at 604-873-7611)
  • 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.

 

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 0.125.

  • On standard 33’ x 122’ lots, this allows a maximum of an approximately 500 square foot home.
  • On a 50’ x 122’ lot, this allows a maximum of approximately 750 square feet.

 

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.