Vancouver Specials

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rob_zwick_vancouver_special_east_vancouver_real_estateVancouver Special is a term used to refer to houses built in a particular architectural style, in mass quantities, in the period from roughly 1965 to 1985 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and its suburbs.

Vancouver Specials are characterized by their extremely typical “box-like” structure, low-pitched roofs, balconies across the front of the house. Brick or stone finishes on the ground-floor are characteristic of the ground level facades, with stucco on the 2nd or 3rd floors. Vancouver Specials have similar floor plans with the main living quarters on the upper floor and secondary bedrooms on the bottom, making them ideal for secondary suites (“mortgage helpers”).

From a builder’s point of view, this is a very sturdy — yet cheap in material and time — design to build, with lots of possibilities for renovations and customization. Depending on the zoning of the property, you might be eligible to build a laneway house.

Take a look at this video about Vancouver Specials from REW.ca; I’m featured in the last half of the video thanks to my knowledge of the renovation process and Vancouver Real Estate.

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation has a great description of Vancouver Specials (and other styles of Vancouver houses).

Check out all the currently listed Vancouver Specials in East Van, and please contact us if you have any questions about the listings or possible renovations costs and issues.

Vancouver Specials For Sale

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Great Location, Just ready to Move in!! This immaculately kept home boasts updated kitchen with large quartz countertops, S&S appliances, new Paint, updated bathrooms and much more. Upper level offers 3 bedrooms, bathroom, dining room, Spacious living room, functional kitchen, master bedroom ensuite and huge patio to relax. Lower floor has great size Rec room and 3 bedrooms. Laneway house potential. Situated just one block to David Thompson Secondary School. Short walk to bus stops, and quick access to downtown and the airport. Call today to book your private showing. All measurements are approximate, buyers to verify if important. MUST VIEW!! ... more
Listed by Century 21 Coastal Realty (Surrey) Ltd. MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2197097 House/Single Family 6 3 2890 1970 Active
  • MLS®#: R2197097
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sq Ft: 2890
  • Built In: 1970
  • Status: Active
Lovely family home in Fraserview area! This 2 levels house got completely upgraded last year - kitchen, bathroom and flooring. Functional and generous size living / dining room with southern Richmond view. Gourmet kitchen with sliding door off to the entertaining size sundeck. 3 bedrooms / 2 baths up and an extra bedroom down for your growing kids. 3 bedrooms suit with separated entrance in lower floor perfect for grannies. Douglas Annex Elementary / David Thompson Secondary catchment. Short drive to Richmond, airport and shoppings. Steps to transit. Ready to move in without headache. Call today for details and book your private showing. All measurements are approximate, buyers to verify if deemed important. Open House: Aug-19-2017(Sat) 2-4pm. ... more
Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Services MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2197920 House/Single Family 7 2 2818 1983 Active
  • MLS®#: R2197920
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sq Ft: 2818
  • Built In: 1983
  • Status: Active
RARE! 204 ft length! HUGE 37x204. Endless options with this 7566 SF lot. Live in, rent out, build now or later. Build your dream home of over 5200 SF + huge laneway! 3 bedrooms up/master bedroom with ensuite bath. Very well kept, renovated over the years. New double glazed windows. 2 mortgage helpers below! 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom separate access suites. Rec room, large sundeck, huge back yard, 1 car remote control garage, electric gate to paved driveway allows for ample parking. Close to Fraser Street, shops, bus, Canada Line. Easy to get to downtown, central location. Close to airport and all surroundings. Total 6 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms. This is the one you have been waiting for! Act fast! ... more
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Van49) MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2197492 House/Single Family 6 3 2610 1972 Active
  • MLS®#: R2197492
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sq Ft: 2610
  • Built In: 1972
  • Status: Active
Heart of Killarney! This south facing Vancouver Special is situated on a huge 6,279 sqft lot and has over 3,000 sqft of spacious living. Steps away from public transit and a short drive to Metrotown, Champlain Square and Killarney Community Centre, this home is perfect for a growing family with potential for a mortgage helper down. School catchment; Captain James Cook Elementary and Killarney Secondary. This won't last! call for your private showing today! ... more
Listed by Sutton Grp-Vancouver First Rty MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2197582 House/Single Family 7 2 3084 1972 Active
  • MLS®#: R2197582
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sq Ft: 3084
  • Built In: 1972
  • Status: Active
Rare find extra long lot 33x155 Vancouver special located in a tree line and quiet street. Very functional layout with 3000 sqft living space, 3 bedrms and 2 bathrms upstairs, 3 bedrms and 2 bathrms downstairs with kitchens and separate entry, hardwood floor/tiles through out, granite kitchen counter top, freshly painted, new energy efficiency boiler and hot water tank. Huge sundeck and gate in the back yard. Open house Sat & Sun Aug 19 & 20 2-4pm. ... more
Listed by Sutton Group - Seafair Realty MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2196978 House/Single Family 6 4 3000 1987 Active
  • MLS®#: R2196978
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Sq Ft: 3000
  • Built In: 1987
  • Status: Active
This is the house of your dreams! Tastefully renovated top to bottom. Features include, new kitchen cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliance package, new flooring, paint, crown mouldings, two FP's, pot lighting, nest thermostat and fire warning system. Bathrooms totally redone with high end fixtures and cabinetry including walk in shower in master bedroom. The ground level suite one of the nicest you will ever see. Totally redone top to bottom with a family sized dining room that was designed to be a second bedroom if needed. Perfect for in laws or as a mortgage helper. Other upgrades double glazed vinyl windows, upgraded doors, outdoor paint re-surfaces large covered deck and heating system. A REAL gem! ... more
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam) MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2197029 House/Single Family 4 3 2425 1974 Active
  • MLS®#: R2197029
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sq Ft: 2425
  • Built In: 1974
  • Status: Active
Central location! 2 levels Van special in a quiet neighborhood. Nearby 29th Ave skytrain station, Transit and all levels of school. This spacious home has large living room, master bedroom with huge closet and a covered sundeck is perfect place to relax and enjoy delicious BBQ lunch / dinner. Open house Sat 2-4pm. ... more
Listed by Multiple Realty Ltd. MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2197134 House/Single Family 5 3 2116 1981 Active
  • MLS®#: R2197134
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sq Ft: 2116
  • Built In: 1981
  • Status: Active
34 years old solid Vancouver Special in Renfrew heights with views of North Shore mountains. Very livable house with extensive use of ceramic tiles. Walking distance to elementary, high school, community centre & transportation. Family oriented neighborhood. This home features 3 bedrooms up and 2 bedroom suite on ground floor with separate entrance. All measurements are approx. and to be verified. Open house this Saturday & Sunday, August 19&20, 2-4pm. Don't miss this one! ... more
Listed by Macdonald Realty MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2196342 House/Single Family 4 2 2167 1983 Active
  • MLS®#: R2196342
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sq Ft: 2167
  • Built In: 1983
  • Status: Active
Open house August 13 Sunday 2 - 4pm. Clean and well kept 1 owner Vancouver special in an excellent location close to Victoria drive ! Features 3 bedrooms up with ensuite bath and finished ground level, newer roof with warranty, newer fridge/stove, covered sundeck. Ready to move in or update to your taste and style! Close to Kingsford elementary, David Thompson and Killarney high school.All measurements are approx and to be verified by buyers. ... more
Listed by RE/MAX City Realty MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2195315 House/Single Family 3 2 2679 1977 Active
  • MLS®#: R2195315
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sq Ft: 2679
  • Built In: 1977
  • Status: Active
Choice quiet location within walking distance to 41st & Victoria, school & bus. 30 yrs old Vancouver Special in need of some simple TLC - Otherwise solid. Ground level basement is completely finished with a 2 bdrm suite plus a bachelor suite. Kitchen has granite countertops & stainless steel appliances while the living room has solid hardwood flooring plus a fireplace. The backyard has a remote gate off the lane, covered deck, along with a double attached garage. Owner wants quick sale. Priced accordingly. All measurements are approximate, please verify if deemed important. ... more
Listed by Amex Broadway West Realty MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2195948 House/Single Family 5 4 2433 1987 Active
  • MLS®#: R2195948
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Sq Ft: 2433
  • Built In: 1987
  • Status: Active
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