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 opportunity to renovate or build on this spacious 5 bedroom accessible home in a quiet traffic calmed area in the Grandview Woodlands neighborhood . Convenient location directly across the street from Lord Nelson Elementary. Fantastic mountain views from south patio. Priced to sell. Act now ! ... more
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy) MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2181406 House/Single Family 5 3 2257 1983 Active
  • MLS®#: R2181406
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sq Ft: 2257
  • Built In: 1983
  • Status: Active
Renfrew Heights VANCOUVER SPECIAL CORNER lot, located in one of the most prime locations in East Vancouver! 2900 sqft home with 5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, double detached garage with and ample parking, along with a fully completed basement suite. Renovations worth well over $80K include new windows, washroom tiles updated granite countertops, laminate floors, fresh painting and so much more! Bright skylights and plenty of windows around house bringing in plenty of natural lighting. Beautiful landscaping & fenced in garden all around. Convenient location, direct access to bus stop, transit to E 29th Ave skytrain, steps away to Chong Le supermarket, elementary schools, parks and so much more! Call today for your private showing. ... more
Listed by Sutton Premier Realty MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2179603 House/Single Family 5 4 2900 1990 Active
  • MLS®#: R2179603
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Sq Ft: 2900
  • Built In: 1990
  • Status: Active
Big flat lot 43.6 x 97.3 (4,242 s.f.) with attached double garage and back lane access. Hugh Vancouver Special, solidly and custom built by a Euro builder. On main floor, 2 bedrooms + family room (3rd bedroom). Master bedroom with 2 piece ensuite. Downstairs 2 bedrooms, both bedrooms with ensuites. Only 33 years old. New hot water tank, newer roof, original double-glazed windows. Close to restaurants, banks, grocery stores, coffee shops, church, schools and parks, 1 bus to Downtown, Metrotown & UBC. All showings by appointment only. Allow 24 hrs. to view. First showing on Saturday at 4:30 pm. Property contains unauthorized accomodation. Measurements are approximate and buyers to verify. ... more
Listed by Rebecca Pun Realty Ltd. MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2181171 House/Single Family 5 3 2539 1984 Active
  • MLS®#: R2181171
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sq Ft: 2539
  • Built In: 1984
  • Status: Active
Solid VANCOUVER SPECIAL in desirable Collingwood neighborhood. Nicely updated 4 years ago with newer kitchen & appliances, newer bathrooms, laminate flooring and 4 year old roof.. 2214 SF house with 3 spacious bedroom & full baths upstairs. Basement su9te ha s2 bedroom, one full bath & kitchen 33'x120' lots with south backyard. Excellent location only steps to schools, transit, Slocan Park & skytrain station. all measurements are approximate buyer must verify if important. FIRST SHOWING = OPEN HOUSE June 24th Saturday 3-5pm. Offers if any, email to Johnson by 4:00 P.M. Monday, June 26th. ... more
Listed by RE/MAX Westcoast MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2180352 House/Single Family 5 3 2214 1980 Active
  • MLS®#: R2180352
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sq Ft: 2214
  • Built In: 1980
  • Status: Active
Developer Alert! Land Assembly available! Excellent location near the intersection of Kingsway & Nanaimo under the Norway Village neighborhood centre plan. This property can be potentially rezoned to CD-1 with a 3.8 FSR. Land value only. Property is sold in "as is, where is" condition. Please call listing agent for more information. ... more
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam) MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2180896 House/Single Family 8 3 2000 1970 Active
  • MLS®#: R2180896
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sq Ft: 2000
  • Built In: 1970
  • Status: Active
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!! In the heart of Killarney. This unique 3 level home features 5 bedrooms and 2 baths. Large eating area and open kitchen on main. Move into this wonderful home or build your dream home in the MOST desirable East Vancouver neighbourhood. Steps away from Killarney Park, Community Centre, swimming pool and ice rink. Conveniently located just minutes to transit, schools, Killarney Market, Champlain Mall, the Victoria corridor and so much more. School catchment: Waverley Elementary and Killarney Secondary. Open house Saturday & Sunday, June 24th & 25th from 2-4pm. PRICED BELOW BC ASSESSMENT! ... more
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Van49) MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2179529 House/Single Family 5 1 2016 1974 Active
  • MLS®#: R2179529
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sq Ft: 2016
  • Built In: 1974
  • Status: Active
THANKS A LOT!! 5544 sf Wide Corner with Northshore Mountain View & minutes to West Side. Centrally located facing Sunset Park/ facility/ School, yet close to shopping at Oakridge Center, Main Street & easy commute to Langara College, City Center & Richmond. MOVE IN NOW! 4 BEDs + 2 Baths offers spacious living space that comes with newly renovated livingroom, dining & kitchen, long term mortgage helper below comes bonus. BUILT LATER! Join the multi-million neighborhood with your dream Castle at up to 112 sf frontage. Enjoy the serenity of Park & Private setting while rush onboard with the rapid transformation of South Vancouver. This is truely investment in Vancouver at its BEST! Measurements approximate, buyer to verify if deemed important. ... more
Listed by RE/MAX City Realty MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2180628 House/Single Family 7 3 3385 1981 Active
  • MLS®#: R2180628
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sq Ft: 3385
  • Built In: 1981
  • Status: Active
INVESTMENT PROPERTY, well kept home in Prime Killarney location. HUGE lot dimensions N42/E120/W124.44/S35.52 Features and updated kitchen w/large dining area which has access to to a large north facing deck to enjoy BBQ's & great for entertaining. Main floor has 3 bdrms & 1 bath, incl an ensuite in the master bdrm & lrg bright living room. Upstairs rented $1800. A separate 3bdrm suite downstairs is rented for $1350/m-great mortgage helper. The home has been extensively updated in the past few years w/an updated kitchen, laminate flooring, painted interior & double pane windows & is move in ready. Double carport w/extra parking avail for up to 6 cars. Great proximity to schools, transit, shopping, golf course & Community Centre nearby. ... more
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam) MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2180843 House/Single Family 6 2 2640 1972 Active
  • MLS®#: R2180843
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sq Ft: 2640
  • Built In: 1972
  • Status: Active
All measurements are approximate and must be verified by buyer. Part of a land assembly with 4 Lots or potential 6 Lots. FSR2.3. Boffo and Mosiac has already built within the block. Queen Elizabeth Park behind. ... more
Listed by Sutton Centre Realty MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2178431 House/Single Family 0 1 2023 1978 Active
  • MLS®#: R2178431
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 0
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sq Ft: 2023
  • Built In: 1978
  • Status: Active
All measurements are approximate and must be verified by buyer. Part of a land assembly with 4 Lots or potential 6 Lots. FSR2.3. Boffo and Mosiac has already built within the block. Queen Elizabeth Park behind. ... more
Listed by Sutton Centre Realty MLS Reciprocity
MLS®# Type Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq Ft Built In Status
R2178439 House/Single Family 0 1 2355 1970 Active
  • MLS®#: R2178439
  • Type: House/Single Family
  • Bedrooms: 0
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sq Ft: 2355
  • Built In: 1970
  • Status: Active
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