Vancouver West Homes w/Laneway Homes

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Main Photo: 4568 W 8TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Point Grey House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2300047
$5,888,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2300047
Bedrooms:
5
Bathrooms:
6
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,402 sq. ft.
VERY MOTIVATED SELLER! GST Negotiable. POINT GREY HOME, IDEAL Location, ROOFTOP View of DOWNTOWN and MOUNTAINS, SPECTACULAR FINISHING, Triple Pane WINDOWS, Aluminium Powder Coated Windows, Steam Shower, Swarovski Chandelier, 2 Indoor Parking + 1 outdoor + 1 bedroom... More details
Luxmore Realty
Main Photo: 2588 COURTENAY STREET in Vancouver: Point Grey House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2268238
$5,800,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2268238
Bedrooms:
10
Bathrooms:
5
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,800 sq. ft.
Unique 9,631 sf corner property in a prestigious West Point Grey neighbourhood; rare 184’ SW frontage; private, surrounded by screening hedges; wide side-yards, offering unparalleled privacy from neighbours; beautiful mature gardens; sloping site with incredible city... More details
Faith Wilson Group
Main Photo: 615 W 23RD AVENUE in Vancouver: Cambie House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2257393
$2,895,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2257393
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
4
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,779 sq. ft.
DOUGLAS PARK renovated family home - PLUS LANEWAY HOME - PLUS 1 BDRM SUITE - Both licenced for AirBNB wth REVENUE on track to EXCEED $70,000 for the year! Located west of Cambie in sought after Douglas Park area, one of the best locations in Vancouver! Open plan... More details
Nexus Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 5088 BLENHEIM STREET in Vancouver: MacKenzie Heights House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2277647
$3,680,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2277647
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
6
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,223 sq. ft.
Well-maintained home with laneway house sits on a 58' x 122' (7076 sqft) corner lot in the MacKenzie Heights area. This 3378 sqft home features 3 bedrooms on main, all updated windows and downstairs with a 2 bedroom legal suite with separate entrance & additional... More details
Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 749 W 64TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280558
$4,488,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280558
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,985 sq. ft.
EXCELLENT PRICE! A MAGNIFICENT 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
RE/MAX Select Properties
Main Photo: 7280 GRANVILLE STREET in Vancouver: South Granville House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281593
$3,800,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2281593
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,500 sq. ft.
Great lot located in a developing South Granville area close to transit, parks, schools, shopping & restaurants, groceries, banks. Potential for 3 & a half levels townhouse development. Please do not disturb the occupants. Call listing agent for... More details
New World Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 3303 W 12TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2282718
$3,680,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2282718
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,442 sq. ft.
This beautifully built 3 level single house + laneway house located in the popular Kitsilano area. The main house has front and back patios, a spacious bright office, open design living room, dining room & a gourmet kitchen. 3 big size bedrooms upstairs, all with... More details
Royal Pacific Realty (Kingsway) Ltd.
Main Photo: 3582 W 37TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Dunbar House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2293023
$5,480,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2293023
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,472 sq. ft.
Gorgeous custom built home in prestigious Dunbar area, lot 50' x 109' (5450 sqft) by award winning architect Peter Rose & top quality builder. This 3761 sqft home features exceptional design and finishing, beautiful H/W flooring, lots of windows to bring in natural... More details
Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 4469 W 7TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Point Grey House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2293903
$3,982,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2293903
Bedrooms:
5
Bathrooms:
5
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,236 sq. ft.
Custom built contemporary home in desirable North of 10th Point Grey neighbourhood. Quality built with attention to detail. Terrific open floor plan with natural light. Gourmet kitchen with top of the line Gaggenau appliances, 3 bedrooms up with a luxurious master... More details
KellerWilliamsRealtyVanCentral
Main Photo: 4691 W 9TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Point Grey House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2295646
$4,188,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2295646
Bedrooms:
5
Bathrooms:
5
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,163 sq. ft.
Beautiful, new contemporary home in desirable Point Grey. High ceilings and expansive glass walls bring in tremendous natural light to this 4-bedroom home. A spacious open floor plan and high-end contemporary finishes incl European fixtures to compliment the stunning... More details
RE/MAX Crest Realty
Listing information last updated on October 18, 2018 at 03:24 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.