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116 W 18TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Cambie House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2222645

116 W 18TH AVENUE Vancouver V5Y 2A5 : Cambie

Main Photo: 116 W 18TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Cambie House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2222645
$3,700,000
Prop. Type:
Residential Detached
MLS® Num:
R2222645
Status:
Active
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
7
Year Built:
2017
This elegant 4 level home plus 459 sqft 1 bedroom laneway house is located in the core of the city. The main house with 2,984 sq ft of spacious living features open concept living/dining/family rooms w/hardwood flooring throughout, 10' ceiling on main, sleek gourmet kitchen with high end Miele appliances, radiant floor heating, smart-home technology, A/C. The 2nd floor w/3 spacious bedrooms & 2 full baths. Top floor with an open loft w/bathroom, could be an extra bedroom or office. The lower level has 2 bdrms, rec room w/wet bar & home theatre room. Private sundeck at the back and well manicured backyard w/sprinkler system. Steps to shops, cafe and restaurants on Main or Cambie St, transit & Simon Fraser Elem, Eric Hamber Secondary School catchment. Extremely convenient location.
Property Type:
Residential Detached
Dwelling Type:
House/Single Family
Home Style:
Laneway House
Year built:
2017 (Age: 1)
Total Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,443 sq. ft.
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
7.0 (Full:-/Half:-)
Lot Area:
Switch units of measure4,026 sq. ft.
Listed Date:
Dec 15, 2017
Original Price:
$3,700,000
Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Listing information last updated on 15-Dec-2017 5:27 PM

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.