Vancouver Specials are characterized by their typical “box-like” structure, low-pitched roofs, and 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.
History of the Vancouver Special
Vancouver Special is the term used to refer to a style of house built in Vancouver BC from roughly 1965 to 1985. Shortly after the Second World War, Vancouver experienced a huge influx of immigrants. Since land was subdivided into 33-foot lots the Vancouver Special was designed to maximize square footage on these relatively small lots.
Vancouver Special Renovations
Vancouver Special Renovation Tour
On Saturday Sept. 21st the Vancouver Heritage Foundation is hosting a Vancouver Special Tour of 5 newly renovated “Vancouver Specials”. Tickets for this self-guided tour cost $30 and can be purchased online or on the day of the tour at Memorial South Park on the corner of Ross St. and 45 Ave. starting at noon.
Vancouver Special Purchase Plus Improvements Mortgage
If you are thinking of buying and renovating a Vancouver Special there is no doubt some things that will need to be updated – flooring, roof, cabinets, paint colour of the rooms, etc. If you’re worried that you will not have the money to make these changes after you factor in a down payment, property transfer taxes, and the other closing costs, a purchase plus improvements mortgage is available for just this situation.
Applying is no different than a regular mortgage outside that you will need to obtain quotes for the work required. If you are wanting to take advantage of this program you can contact use the form below and I’ll be in touch.
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