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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3 levels Custom built home by original owner at Vancouver Collingwood. This cozy house featured with large kitchen and one bedroom on main level, fully finished basement with one bedroom guest suite. Close to school, transit, and skytrain. All measurements are approximate only and to be verified by Buyer. ... more
Listed by Interlink Realty MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2216028 House/Single Family 5 4 2438 1990 Active
  • MLS®#: R2216028
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Sq Ft: 2438
  • Built In: 1990
  • Status: Active
Move in ready! Solid 2708 SF Vancouver Special home on a 33x122 lot with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths upstairs, and 2 kitchens, 2 washrooms and bedroom down. Almost completely remodeled in side & out within the last 1-5 years! Roof, central air conditioning, high efficiency furnace, hot water on demand, laminate flooring, tiles, quartz counter tops, electric fireplace, vinyl windows, blinds, doors, stainless steel appliances, painting, railings and the list goes on. Steps to Moberly School, park, tennis courts & shops. ... more
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam) MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2216007 House/Single Family 4 4 2708 1974 Active
  • MLS®#: R2216007
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Sq Ft: 2708
  • Built In: 1974
  • Status: Active
LAND ASSEMBLY. Measurements are approximate. 2 LOTS (2425 Veneble, 862 Nanaimo) FSR:1.3 These lots have been initiated by the city and can be built 3.5 storeys stacked townhouse. Buyers verify with the city. Please don't walk on the property or disturb the occupants. ... more
Listed by Metro Edge Realty MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2215645 House/Single Family 6 4 2400 1990 Active
  • MLS®#: R2215645
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Sq Ft: 2400
  • Built In: 1990
  • Status: Active
Amazing location. Bring your buyers/investors. A Gardeners Paradise just waiting for your personal touch. Vancouver Special on a fenced corner lot, 33 x 122 with attached double car garage. Upstairs has a Master and 2 bedrooms, living room, dinning room, kitchen and covered patio. Downstairs has 3 bedrooms. Great investment home that is located near all amenities and catchments: Notre Dame Regional Secondary, Garibaldi, Vancouver Technical Secondary School, T & T Market, Minutes to Downtown, Skytrain and Bus routes. Kaslo Park right in front of your door step. A must see. Call or Text Steven @ 604.358.5758. ... more
Listed by Sutton Centre Realty MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2215794 House/Single Family 6 3 2448 1981 Active
  • MLS®#: R2215794
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sq Ft: 2448
  • Built In: 1981
  • Status: Active
LAND ASSEMBLY. 2110 Renfrew, 2118 Renfrew, 2124 Renfrew, 2130 Renfrew. Measurements are approximate, buyers to verify if deemed important. Please do not walk on the property or disturb occupants. ... more
Listed by Metro Edge Realty MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2215880 House/Single Family 5 4 2409 1990 Active
  • MLS®#: R2215880
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Sq Ft: 2409
  • Built In: 1990
  • Status: Active
Meticulously & tastefully renovated Vancouver special-style house on generous, north-facing 35' X 124.5' lot in prime South Vancouver area with great street appeal in quiet family oriented neighbourhood. This fully utilized and functional 2630 sq ft 2 storey, 6 bdrm, 4 full bath house boasts numerous essential and aesthetic BRAND NEW upgrades, including new kitchen cabinetry, appliances, and countertops, new tile and H/W flooring, new paintwork, revamped bathrooms and self-contained ground level suite, plus additional features too many to list, but will be appreciated upon viewing. Your outdoor enjoyment is enhanced by the enlarge sundeck and privatized by your fenced yards. This centrally located, turn-key property is the ideal investment opportunity. ... more
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp. MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2215453 House/Single Family 6 4 2630 1987 Active
  • MLS®#: R2215453
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Sq Ft: 2630
  • Built In: 1987
  • Status: Active
Excellent Fraser Heights Location with View ! Pride of ownership shines in this 4 bedroom meticulously maintained home with Fresh exterior paint, all bathrooms recently updated. New hot water tank, air conditioner, roof replaced in the last 5 years. Just move in and enjoy. Features of the home are 3 bedrooms and a den on the upper level, Main includes Gourmet Kitchen with adjoining eating area, formal dining, Living and Family room perfect entertaining. Basement hosts a newly renovated Media room and Bar area with a seperate bed room for Guests. Plenty of parking at the back of the property with a detached garage. Close to schools and public transit. ... more
Listed by Royal LePage Northstar Realty (S. Surrey) MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2215534 House/Single Family 4 3 2860 1990 Active
  • MLS®#: R2215534
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sq Ft: 2860
  • Built In: 1990
  • Status: Active
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 sized rec room and 3 bedroom suite for mortgage helper. Situated just one block to David Thompson Secondary School. Short walk to bus stops, downtown and the airport. Call today to book your private showing. All measurements are approximate, buyers to verify if important. Must view!! Open House Oct 29, 2pm -4pm. ... more
Listed by Century 21 Coastal Realty (Surrey) Ltd. MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2215891 House/Single Family 6 3 2890 1970 Active
  • MLS®#: R2215891
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sq Ft: 2890
  • Built In: 1970
  • Status: Active
Renovated Vancouver Special house on a 33x122 standard lot in Vancouver. Steps away from Memorial South Park, schools, transit and lots of restaurants & shops along Fraser Street. The house features 3 bedrooms on the top floor, and 2 bedrooms on the lower level with separate entrance - potential rental income with mortgage helper below - Nice family home and great investment property. Modern style renovations with huge open kitchen layout and high vaulted ceilings in the main living room. School catchment: Sir Alexander Mackenzie Elementary, John Oliver Secondary/Sir Winston Churchill Secondary (French Immersion). Call to book your private viewing now! ... more
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Van49) MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2214825 House/Single Family 5 3 2403 1984 Active
  • MLS®#: R2214825
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sq Ft: 2403
  • Built In: 1984
  • Status: Active
Lovingly maintained for over 40 yrs by original owners, this immaculate well kept Italian Built home is truly special. Many updates over the years including brand new flooring/baseboards & paint in the main level. Both Boiler and Hotwater tank are 1 yr old. Kitchen & Bathroom countertops + sinks, toilets & blinds, fridge and stove all replaced within the last 3 yrs. Driveway in the back just resurfaced & all the windows have been replaced to double glazed. Finally the exterior was painted 2 yrs ago. Amazing Bones & Huge rental potential as main level has over 1,450 sf. Ideal property for a family looking for a mortgage helper or a savvy investor looking for a worry free property to gather great income. Act Fast this one won’t last! ... more
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2214900 House/Single Family 5 2 2740 1976 Active
  • MLS®#: R2214900
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sq Ft: 2740
  • Built In: 1976
  • Status: Active
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