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749 W 64TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2212344

749 W 64TH AVENUE Vancouver V6P 2L2 : Marpole

Main Photo: 749 W 64TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2212344
Prop. Type:
Residential Detached
MLS® Num:
Year Built:
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 hardwood floor & granite, entertaining sized living & dining, total 7 bedrooms & den, 6.5 baths. Large open gourmet kitchen w/high-end kitchen cabinetry & Top of line appliances, huge center Island w/granite counter top. HOME THEATRE, WET BAR, radiant floor heating, A/C, HRV, Steam shower. Secured fenced yard w/ PARK-LIKE GARDEN. Lower level one bedroom suite as mortgage helper & 2 bedrooms Laneway House at the back. CLOSE TO GOOD SCHOOL CATCHMENT; CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL W/IB PROGRAM, LAURIER ELEMENTARY, YORK HOUSE, CROFTON & ST. GEORGE'S PRIVATE SCHOOL, UBC. RICHMOND, OAKRIDGE MALL, LANGARA GOLF COURSE & TRANSIT. MUST SEE!
Property Type:
Residential Detached
Dwelling Type:
House/Single Family
Home Style:
2 Storey w/Bsmt.
Year built:
2016 (Age: 2)
Total Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,985 sq. ft.
8.0 (Full:-/Half:-)
Lot Area:
Switch units of measure5,950.34 sq. ft.
Listed Date:
Nov 07, 2017
Original Price:
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Listing information last updated on 7-Nov-2017 9:35 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.