Vancouver could benefit from slimmer homes

A detached house in Vancouver has sold for $1.35 million despite being just 3.6 metres (12 feet) wide.

The Point Grey split level residence was built in the late 1980s on a half-size lot. The four levels, which total just 945 square feet, comprise master bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms, kitchen, living room and den. There’s also a garage and landscaped outdoor space.

So should we go back to the future and start building thin homes again to help tackle Vancouver’s affordability issues? CBC spoke to aptly-named Realtor Ken Wyder who said that he’s never sold one, but has been inside and describes it as “like a dollhouse”.

Asked if he thought it could be an answer to affordability Wyder said no. The thin houses may be narrow but they take up more space than a typical duplex or triplex, he said, noting that extra space is taken up by the properties being detached. 

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