Category: Vanishing Vancouver

$600,000 house

December 17th, 2018 — This property on Fannin Avenue in Vancouver is assessed at 18 million dollars. Included in that is the structure, above, which is separately assessed at $605,000. The house has been derelict and empty for at least five years. It’s fire damaged and much of the roof is gone so the interior has been open to the elements for a long time. Who would have thought firewood has this much value.

Updated: December 17, 2018 — 7:00 pm

Land Assembly

November 20th, 2018 — Along King Edward Blvd from Cambie Street to Knight there are houses for sale designated as land assemblies that will turn the properties into multi story condominiums. Some of the houses look almost new. A few blocks away towards Granville Street a new mansion is being built. Because of the zoning on King Edward within a decade it too will be part of a land assembly and demolished to make way for a condominium development

Updated: November 20, 2018 — 7:07 pm

Lot for sale

August 31st, 2018 — The normal sequence of events on the west side of Vancouver was for houses to be sold, then demolished, new houses built which were then sold but things have changed since the NDP government introduced its speculation tax on second homes. There are now a great number of empty lots for sale such as this one at Angus Drive and 35th Avenue as developers bail out on quickly lowering prices.

Updated: September 1, 2018 — 6:01 pm

Dark and probably empty

December 5th, 2017 — A few days ago in the Vancouver Sun, Gil Kelly, Vancouver’s general manager of planning, was quoted as saying the following; “In fact, we’ve actually been creating a large supply of housing … it’s just that supply has been targeted at the high-end and for investors, and leaving out many of the folks that live here in Vancouver and want to work and raise families”. Possibly that’s why so many of the apartments in these condominiums in the area of Richards Street and Beach Crescent have no lights on and seem to be empty at half past eight on a Tuesday night.

Updated: December 5, 2017 — 9:39 pm


Circa November 1978 — Eight of the original homes in the 1000 block of Pacific Street were being raised above their foundations so they could be restored, renovated, and rented out. While up on the blocks one of the houses collapsed.

Updated: November 14, 2017 — 9:22 pm

New house on Dunkirk Street

In February of 2016 this house on Dunkirk Street at 26th Avenue sold for $3.3 million dollars.
In December of 2016 it was demolished.
The house just finished that replaced it is currently for sale at $7.1 million dollars.

Updated: September 16, 2017 — 7:55 pm

Almost new

Vanishing Vancouver August 31st, 2017 — An almost new house in the 500 block of West King Edward Avenue is demolished along with two other houses to make way for a condominium.

Updated: August 31, 2017 — 3:05 pm