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How do you know if you live in a Vancouver Special?

The "Vancouver Special" is a house style unique to Vancouver and its suburbs. These were built for the same floor plan, in mass quantities, from roughly 1965 to 1985.

Vancouver Specials are known for their wide, boxy style, shallow wrought-iron upper balconies, two-storys and no-basement. They 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"). The goal was to provide ample, affordable, easy-to-build square footage for young families and new waves of immigrants settling largely in the eastern and southern corners of Vancouver, and beyond to the growing suburbs.

From a builder's point of view, this was a very sturdy yet low-cost design, with lots of possibilities for renovations and customization.

If you know the Vancouver Special, and there are hundreds still providing roofs over heads around the region, you will know, too, that for many years, it was the black sheep of our housing stock, a mass market abode that was mocked and maligned for its simplicity, low-pitched roofs, unchanging floor plans, brick and stucco exteriors and utter lack of character, not to mention a footprint that favoured indoor living space over outdoor green space on the average building lot.

The Vancouver Special, though, has undergone something of a renaissance of late, as another generation of young families and working couples looks for affordable housing, and as clever architects and mid-century modernists reimagine new ways to repurpose and tart up the Special's clean lines and airy openness.

Today, possession of a vintage Vancouver Special is becoming a source of pride, especially if it's one that has been renovated to modern standards, with sleek cedar siding, extra powder rooms and expanded outdoor decks. Stories abound about its growing popularity, and the awards that rehabbed Specials have won.

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Vancouver Special homes for sale (between $100,000 and $2,000,000)

GREATER VANCOUVER
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1

4580 NANAIMO STREET
Vancouver, BC
$1,638,000
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
1853 sq.ft. / 2937.89 sqft
2

3266 GRAVELEY STREET
Vancouver, BC
$1,799,888
6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
2392 sq.ft. / 3846 sqft
3

896 NOOTKA STREET
Vancouver, BC
$1,880,000
5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
2093 sq.ft. / 3435 sqft
4

1980 E 55TH AVENUE
Vancouver, BC
$1,885,000
6 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms
2724 sq.ft. / 5566 sqft
5

2027 E 41ST AVENUE
Vancouver, BC
$1,888,888
5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
2816 sq.ft. / 4616 sqft
6

2705 ADANAC STREET
Vancouver, BC
$1,898,000
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
2498 sq.ft. / 4026 sqft
7

6405 COMMERCIAL STREET
Vancouver, BC
$1,899,000
6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
2251 sq.ft. / 3743 sqft
Open House: 25/02/2024 02 PM
8

1699 E 20TH AVENUE
Vancouver, BC
$1,899,900
7 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms
3054 sq.ft. / 4026 sqft
9

3153 PARKER STREET
Vancouver, BC
$1,999,000
4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms
2468 sq.ft. / 4821.96 sqft
10

1115 E 61ST AVENUE
Vancouver, BC
$1,999,999
6 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms
2077 sq.ft. / 3850 sqft
 
   
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$1,638,000
4580 NANAIMO STREET, VANCOUVER
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 1853 sqft

3 bedroom Vancouver special prime Kingsway + Marine area. Great property zoned RM-7N Multiple Dwelling, house is middle of the properties, potential for redevelopment a high side of Nanaimo street, Vancouver East. (id:5347) ... Click for more details

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R2814499

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$1,799,888
3266 GRAVELEY STREET, VANCOUVER
6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2392 sqft

Vancouver Special solid home in Renfrew East Vancouver very desirable location close to transit, schools, parks, highway. Home features 6 bedrooms 3 bathrooms. Huge living room with fireplace with nice adjoining dining room that leads to an updated classic kitchen that has a family style eating area. the Kitchen walks out to a great patio/yard area. Also on the main are 3 good size bedrooms and a fully renovated bathroom. beautifully maintained oak floors throughout main area. Down stairs offers ... Click for more details

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R2847174

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$1,880,000
896 NOOTKA STREET, VANCOUVER
5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2093 sqft

Welcome to this CORNER LOT VANCOUVER SPECIAL located in Renfrew. Top floor features an abundance of light from the windows, large sliding doors & skylights. 3 bdrms with 2 full baths upstairs. Soaring vaulted ceilings with open concept layout. Recent upgrades includes updated windows, appliances, updated bathrooms , drain tiles , TWO hot water tanks both with smart electric heater controllers, Smart locks & Thermostats & Hunter Douglas honey comb blinds. The basement features a brand new kitchen ... Click for more details

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R2845361

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Listing by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.



$1,885,000
1980 E 55TH AVENUE, VANCOUVER
6 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 2724 sqft

INVESTORS ALERT! This Solid Vancouver Special Located in Fraserview Situated On a HUGE 5,566 sqft lot. Upper floor has 3 beds and 2 baths. Tons of natural light coming in. Nice Sized Balcony from living area! Downstairs Has TWO Suites A 2 bed, 1 bath suite and another 1 bed, 1 bath suite. Separate laundry! Close to Schools Sir James Douglas Elementary, David Thompson Secondary, Shopping restaurants, transit, Adn Victoria Drive. Ideal property for Future ""MISSING MIDDLE"" HOUSING & MULITPLEX DEV ... Click for more details

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R2849056

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$1,888,888
2027 E 41ST AVENUE, VANCOUVER
5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2816 sqft

FANTASTIC Classic Vancouver Special | Very well kept | 5 Bdrms | 2.5 Baths | Spacious 2800 sqft floor plan | Excellent condition | Move in ready | New Flooring, Paint, Lighting & Potential for more updates | Bright above ground FULLY FINISHED BSMT with Full Height Ceilings | Large Lot | Large Sundeck with Views to North Shore Mtns | 2 Covered Parking spaces | Very Convenient Location | Steps to Shopping, Schools, & Transit to Downtown, UBC, Metrotown | Excellent investment Future Development Pot ... Click for more details

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R2843944

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Listing by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty



$1,898,000
2705 ADANAC STREET, VANCOUVER
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2498 sqft

Welcome to 2705 Adanac. Nestled in Vancouver's vibrant Renfrew neighbourhood, this Vancouver Special will not disappoint. Situated on well appointed 33 x 122 south facing corner lot, this bright and spacious home is a perfect fit for all your familied wants/needs. Features include: 3 Bedrooms up with a large open-concept living/dining room space. Main floor features an additional kitchen, bedroom, family room and floor plan with multiple options to suit your needs. Locatd in the heart of the "" ... Click for more details

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R2849005

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Listing by RE/MAX Crest Realty



$1,899,000
6405 COMMERCIAL STREET, VANCOUVER
6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2251 sqft

Welcome to this beautifully renovated 2251 sqft Vancouver Special on a 38' wide lot. The upper level boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a spacious open floorplan. A stunning 2016 kitchen upgrade features custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, marble backsplash, and an instant hot water boiler. The lower level offers a 2-bedroom suite with a separate entrance, along with an extra bedroom or office for upstairs use. Enjoy the convenience of an attached 2-car garage and a ga ... Click for more details

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R2844441

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Listing by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty



$1,899,900
1699 E 20TH AVENUE, VANCOUVER
7 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 3054 sqft

Welcome to this original owner, well kept Vancouver Special with RT-10 Zoning in the popular Cedar Cottage area and laneaccess. This home encompass spacious living and well thought layout. Main level features rare 4 spacious Bedrooms, Updated Chef Kitchen, Huge Dinning & Living space, sundeck off the kitchen. Ground level features a 2 bedroom suite with newer kitchen and separate entrance, plus another 1 bedroom suite with own entrance perfect for family member. West facing backyard perfect for ... Click for more details

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R2851308

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$1,999,000
3153 PARKER STREET, VANCOUVER
4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 2468 sqft

A Vancouver Special with Granite entry & staircase & features 3 fireplaces. The above floor features all quality wood flooring throughout, crown mouldings & painted ceiling. Gourmet kitchen with a large dining area & French doors leading to big covered sun deck. Walk out Main floor is a legal 1 bedroom suite (or could be 2 bedrooms) Big Rec room & 2 bathrooms. Granite counter tops & oak kitchen cabinets. Walking distance to transit, Dr. A.R Lord Elementary & Templeton Secondary & Notre Dame scho ... Click for more details

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R2845302

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$1,999,999
1115 E 61ST AVENUE, VANCOUVER
6 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 2077 sqft

Vancouver special W/ 2 SUITES! Sitting on quite street facing south very spacious and functional layout . Amazing modern renovation w/3 bedroom and two full bath up. Basement has 2 bedroom suite and 1 bedroom suite. Two laundries . Very convenient location walking distance to walter Moberly school, shopping skytrain , and more! Come and see. !!!!!!!!******FEB 4 OPEN HOUSE - 12:30-2PM*********!!!!!!!!!! (id:5347) ... Click for more details

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R2811149

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Listing by Century 21 Coastal Realty Ltd.

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# MLS® Address City Price Beds Baths Year SqFt Land
1 R2814499 4580 NANAIMO STREET Vancouver $1,638,000 3 3 1978 1853 2937.89 sqft
2 R2847174 3266 GRAVELEY STREET Vancouver $1,799,888 6 3 1964 2392 3846 sqft
3 R2845361 896 NOOTKA STREET Vancouver $1,880,000 5 3 1986 2093 3435 sqft
4 R2849056 1980 E 55TH AVENUE Vancouver $1,885,000 6 4 1974 2724 5566 sqft
5 R2843944 2027 E 41ST AVENUE Vancouver $1,888,888 5 3 1976 2816 4616 sqft
6 R2849005 2705 ADANAC STREET Vancouver $1,898,000 4 2 1978 2498 4026 sqft
7 R2844441 6405 COMMERCIAL STREET Vancouver $1,899,000 6 3 1976 2251 3743 sqft
8 R2851308 1699 E 20TH AVENUE Vancouver $1,899,900 7 4 1989 3054 4026 sqft
9 R2845302 3153 PARKER STREET Vancouver $1,999,000 4 4 1993 2468 4821.96 sqft
10 R2811149 1115 E 61ST AVENUE Vancouver $1,999,999 6 4 1966 2077 3850 sqft











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