Category Archives: Vancouver Specials

The latest news about Vancouver Specials, the most common housing type in Vancouver, BC. Read about successful renovations and tours.

The Vancouver Special Report of 1981

 I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the history of the Vancouver Special.  There’s an article on the evolution of the special here, and a whole section of my website devoted to the history of the special, here.  Today, … Continue reading

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Vancouver Especially, at 271 Union St.

“221A is a non-profit artist-run centre that presents exhibitions, talks, publications and special projects that explore the role of design in the shaping of contemporary societies.” Confession time:  I had never heard of 221A, an organization founded in 2005, and … Continue reading

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Business of the Month: Vancouver Special

For a few years now, I’ve been seeing a store as I walk down Main Street.  ”vancouver special” is depicted in glowing green and white letters, above windows filled with housewares.  Feeling how I do about Vancouver Specials (the houses), … Continue reading

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The Evolution of the Vancouver Special

I spend a lot of time talking about Vancouver Specials.  This is partly out of interest, but also partly because I truly feel there’s a lot to be learned about these homes.  Today, I want to talk about how the … Continue reading

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Stunning Renovations of Vancouver Specials

As many of you know, one of my passions and one of my specialties is the Vancouver Special. I live in one, I keep a database of them, and I’m always looking for ways to show people what truly wonderful … Continue reading

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Vancouver Specials: let’s show them the love they deserve!

When you think of a Vancouver Special, you probably think of a big, boxy, two level house. One that looks just like the another thousand houses in the city, and certainly not something you would want to live in. You … Continue reading

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Vancouver Bike Share Program – Delayed until 2015

The Vancouver Public Bike Share program has yet again been delayed, this time until 2015, as per the City Of Vancouver’s statement on their website. The idea was originally meant to be in place back in 2012,  but it was … Continue reading

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Downtown Vancouver Parking-Free Condo Towers – Yes or No?

In recent news, Vancouver is in discussion about a new development idea where zoning laws will allow condo towers to be built without parking-stalls. The reason for this stems from a similar trend being talked about in Calgary where these … Continue reading

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Vancouver Special Tour – April 26th, 2014

This year (for the second year in a row), I am sponsoring the sixth annual Vancouver Specials tour, run by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation a charity that devotes their time and efforts to the conservation of Vancouver heritage. This tour has … Continue reading

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LGN Breakthrough new 3D viewing technology – Real Estate Vancouver

Recently, a new technology was discovered and put into practice that may completely change the way that we view properties on the real estate market. LGN Studios are a team of highly intelligent people that are developing the use of … Continue reading

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