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  • 2108 E 28th Avenue in Vancouver: Victoria VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2359353

    Main Photo: 2108 E 28th Avenue in Vancouver: Victoria VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2359353
    • Photo 1: 2108 E 28th Avenue in Vancouver: Victoria VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2359353
    $2,795,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2359353
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    2,598 sq. ft.
    New custom built 4 bed, 3.5 bath home with 2 bed, 1.5 bath laneway home. Perfectly located steps from Nanaimo Skytrain, new T&T Market, Gladstone Secondary & Trout Lake Community Centre. This spacious 2598 sq ft. 3 level home offers open concept dining and living areas, fully equipped gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances, separate wok kitchen, brushed white oak floors, triple height exposed metal staircase, split insulation, radiant in-floor heating and central air conditioning. Upper floor features 3 bedrooms, large master bedroom with an ensuite and balcony, flex room, separate laundry room and second bathroom. Top floor offers a large bedroom with ensuite and access to your rooftop deck with beautiful city and mountain views. #Vancouver East Realtor #East Vancouver Laneway Realestate #Kensington Cedar Cottage Realtor More details
  • 3454 E 4th Avenue in Vancouver: Renfrew VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2358799

    $2,199,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2358799
    Bedrooms:
    10
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    3,702 sq. ft.
    New residence conveniently nestled in affluent Renfrew, East Vancouver where you will find ease of accessibility to shops and services and transit. Built in 2018, this prestigious home features over 3,700 square feet, spanning 3 levels, including an efficient large laneway home in the rear of the property. Additional features include porcelain tile flooring, quartz countertops, built-in speakers, air conditioning, wok kitchen, tasteful finishing throughout, and potential income being generated through legal basement suite. #Sunrise Vancouver Real Estate #Vancouver East Realtor #Laneway Realtor More details
  • 1248 E 23rd Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2357720

    Main Photo: 1248 E 23rd Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2357720
    • Photo 1: 1248 E 23rd Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2357720
    $1,568,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2357720
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,535 sq. ft.
    With Absolute Pleasure, we welcome this Newly Built Masterpiece. A perfect balance of timeless style, modern comforts & unrivalled quality, this 2 Bed & Den Infill House boasts all the benefits of a detached home. A short stroll to Glen Park, Up & Coming Restaurants, and Charles Dickens Elementary School, find safety while your kids ride their bikes & relish in the ideal Vancouver family life. Inside the home, enjoy a touch of French Country, while smart design accounts for integrated endless storage & functional living. On the top level, bask in the privacy of your own west-facing deck. With an abundance of street parking, your attached garage has many uses. This is one of Vancouver's most quality new homes located in one the the city's most peaceful & family friendly neighbourhoods. #Cedar Cottage Realtor #East Vancouver Real estate #Knight Real estate More details
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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.

 

 

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