Main Photo: 3638 VIMY CRESCENT in Vancouver: Renfrew Heights House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2320635
$2,588,888
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320635
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
8
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,964 sq. ft.
East vancouver realtor specializing in homes with Laneway homes. ELEGANT with exceptional design and quality craftsmanship inside out. Like nothing else on the Vancouver East Market. High ceilings 10ft and 8ft doors throughout with expensive lighting flow through open... More details
RE/MAX City Realty
Main Photo: 1135 RENFREW STREET in Vancouver: Renfrew VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2320972
$2,058,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320972
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,420 sq. ft.
Homes with Laneway homes in East Van. Elegance, opulence and incredible income potential!! This brand new, beautifully finished detatched home is situated on a full sized lot in East Vancouver, close to the shops and restaurants in Hastings Sunrise and easy access to... More details
RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 7183 QUEBEC STREET in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2320933
$2,368,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320933
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,280 sq. ft.
Main Street real estate in Vancouver. CUSTOM DESIGN 3 level brand new house with back lane access. Beautiful tree line street nestled West of Main. Upstairs 4 spacious bedrooms & 3 full baths. Main floor open concept living, dining room, kitchen with a large island and... More details
Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 1968 NASSAU DRIVE in Vancouver: Fraserview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2318501
$2,298,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2318501
Bedrooms:
5
Bathrooms:
5
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,489 sq. ft.
Brand NEW North South facing home in prestigious Fraserview neighbourhood. Convenient yet quiet. Over 2800+ sq ft living space. Main house have 7 bedrooms + den. Including a 2 bedroom legal suite and 1 bedroom in basement. Plus a 2 bedroom laneway house at the back as... More details
Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 2474 ETON STREET in Vancouver: Hastings East House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2316959
$2,499,800
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2316959
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
6
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,581 sq. ft.
Combination of location, layout and quality on undeniably one of the best tree lined streets! Mountain view throughout the year and water view in Fall. On a quiet 33 x 122 lot and over 3580 s.f. of living space (with 2BR laneway house) Open concept and high ceilings are... More details
Jovi Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 3343 WELLINGTON AVENUE in Vancouver: Collingwood VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2314976
$2,088,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2314976
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
6
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,223 sq. ft.
Brand new condition home with 2 bedroom laneway! 33 x 138.5 Lot. This home shows like new in excellent condition. Rare 4 bedrooms upstairs with nice gas fireplace in living room. Crown mouldings, granite countertops, maple wood cabinets, HRV & alarm system, security... More details
RE/MAX City Realty
Main Photo: 787 DURWARD AVENUE in Vancouver: Fraser VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2314793
$2,595,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2314793
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,367 sq. ft.
Home with Laneway home off of Main street. Stunning new 7 bedroom 7 bath home in highly coveted fraser street and Main street! Main floor boasts a bright and open floor plan w/ eng hardwood, floor to ceiling tiled gas fp, full bath, designer kitchen with waterfall... More details
Amex - Fraseridge Realty
Main Photo: 3351 PARKER STREET in Vancouver: Renfrew VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2315582
$2,698,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2315582
Bedrooms:
7
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,693 sq. ft.
Custom built brand new luxurious 3,693 sf home plus 860 sf laneway home on large 5,300 sf+ lot situated in convenient Renfrew neighbourhood. Open concept floor plan with superior craftsmanship designed by renowned interior designer. Great backyard patio, large kitchen... More details
Multiple Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 7142 INVERNESS STREET in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2312740
$2,658,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2312740
Bedrooms:
9
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,957 sq. ft.
Welcome to 7142 Inverness Street. A stunning newly built custom home in a quiet family friendly neighbouhood. Over 3900 sqft of living, this 9 Bedroom 7 bath residence offers a bright open concept floor plan with 10ft ceilings . Features a Gourmet kitchen with S/S... More details
Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 2768 E 25TH AVENUE in Vancouver: Renfrew Heights House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2313081
$2,239,800
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2313081
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
7
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,110 sq. ft.
Prime Renfrew Heights location! A must see brand new, 3 level, 3112 sq ft lovely house with nice mountain view. Brilliant & functional layout with 3 bdrms & 2 full baths upstairs, a legal 2 bdrm suite in the lower level & a 2 bedroom suite in laneway. Other features... More details
Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
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.