|GLOBE & MAIL
Asking Price: $908,700
Selling Price: $925,000
Taxes: $4,346 (2007)
Days on Market: n/a
Listing Agent: Walter Wells, Sutton Group West Coast Realty
BY THOMASINA BARNES
The previous owners had this house for over 40 years, and 20
years ago they transformed it into something all their own. The house, which was
built in 1925, underwent renovations which changed it into a Chicago style
"Although unusual for Vancouver, this type of home was popular
in the eastern United States in Al Capone's time," says agent Walter Wells.
"Vertical windows, brick exterior, and a slanting front distinguish this style,"
The most unique aspect of the 2,574 sq ft. home is the choice
of building materials. "Because of our milder climate, and because of the
readily available supply of lumber, brick is not usually the construction
material of choice in Vancouver" says Mr. Wells. "The owner did not stop there;
he also installed a concrete tile roof."
The three-bedroom home's interior was redone as a split level
with radiant heat, a steam shower and built-in vacuum and security systems. The
master bedroom was enlarged but could easily be converted back into two separate
bedrooms. A sundeck off the kitchen leads out to the backyard.
"This particular street has no back lane," says Mr. Wells -
another unusual characteristic which will allow the new owner added privacy.
"Parking is accessed from the street, which is more typical of Vancouver's
suburbs," adds Mr. Wells. "This is a truly unique home," he says.