Main Photo: 3412 E 27TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Renfrew Heights House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2326103
$2,488,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2326103
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,347 sq. ft.
East Vancouver laneway homes. Custom built home in Vancouver East, Renfrew Heights. 33x120 level lot. The house has a total of 4 Kitchens, multiple suites with their own laundry, BONUS Lane-way home, "Below" measurements are for lane-way house. Good property for extra... More details
Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 5216 RUPERT STREET in Vancouver: Collingwood VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2326101
$1,888,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2326101
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,850 sq. ft.
Home with new Laneway Home - 730 sqft, built in 2013. Great location in Vancouver East on Rupert Street, very close to Kingsway. Lot has good potential for re-zoning and land-assembly. Updated kitchen, windows, fence, floor, and bathroom. Walking distance to library... More details
Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 5874 BATTISON STREET in Vancouver: Killarney VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2324696
$2,628,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2324696
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,876 sq. ft.
Quality on a wide lot with an excellent design. Front of the house is symmetrical giving a nice balanced curb appeal. When you enter the open Living room, Dining room, family room flow to a covered rear deck, great for spacious living and entertaining. On the right is a... More details
Multiple Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 2252 E 6TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2323778
$2,499,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2323778
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
6
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,899 sq. ft.
Home with Laneway home. Custom Home with Legal Suite & Laneway House in highly desirable Grandview-Woodlands area. The main floor features open living with 9' ceilings, gas fireplace, chef's kitchen, large dining area & south facing deck. Upstairs you'll find 3 bedrooms... More details
RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 3454 E 4TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Renfrew VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2322769
$2,288,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2322769
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,327 sq. ft.
Home with Laneway home. An elegant brand new home located in East Vancouver, Renfrew Area with high-income potential! The home is built on a full-size lot 124 x 33 close to shops, restaurants and easy access to sky train and Hwy 1. The home has a clean finish with... More details
Sutton Group Seafair Realty
Main Photo: 3525 E 28TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Renfrew Heights House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2322936
$2,788,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2322936
Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,165 sq. ft.
Home with Laneway home. Gorgeous luxury new 3 level house on 44.0 x 110.0 South facing level lot in Renfrew Heights. The house features 9 bed, 9 bath. Upper floor has 4 bed, 3 full bath and huge patio to relax with a beautiful mountain view. Main floor has 1 bed, full... More details
Amex - Fraseridge Realty
Main Photo: 749 E 38TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Fraser VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2321770
$1,875,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321770
Bedrooms:
5
Bathrooms:
4
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,512 sq. ft.
Home with Laneway home. Fraser home for sale. Come view this beautiful Character home in one of Vancouver's hottest neighbourhoods. This 3 bedroom house (2 up and 1 in basement) is on a 33x122 lot & bonus 2 bed Laneway House! The interior of the house has been updated... More details
Engel & Volkers Vancouver
Main Photo: 2537 E 15TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Renfrew Heights House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2321358
$2,688,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321358
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure4,116 sq. ft.
Home with Laneway home. This spectacular newly built luxury home is conveniently located in Renfrew Heights, This home comes w/all the bells and whistles. With over 3300 sq feet of living space in the main house and a 2 bedroom laneway home, the options for this... More details
Sutton Group Seafair Realty
Main Photo: 3895 VICTORIA DRIVE in Vancouver: Victoria VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2321074
$1,698,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321074
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
5
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,700 sq. ft.
Fantastic investment opportunity! Land assembly nearby. Recently fully renovated 2000 SF HOUSE + 4-year old 700 SF 2 level 2-bed & 2-bath LANEWAY HOUSE Added Value, cozy, quiet and clean, very well-kept, ready to move in! Hardwood flooring throughout bedrooms, upgraded... More details
Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 2726 E 56TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Fraserview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2320140
$2,588,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320140
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,918 sq. ft.
Prime Fraserview area walking distance to the golf course on quiet! 8 years old 3 level modern home with 2 bedroom laneway. over 3300 sqft of living area in Main house and 600sqft in laneway. Main floor is an open layout with 9' high ceiling including spacious living... More details
LeHomes Realty Premier
Listing information last updated on December 12, 2018 at 01:21 PM (UTC)

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.