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20th of October 2018

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Here's the skinny on 'refreshing' Vancouver thin house listed for $3M

The thin home has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study and library, plus plenty of "thoughtful" built-in storage.

A thin house on St. George Street in Vancouver is listed for sale at $3 million. It has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study and library. Jason Payne / Postmedia News

A six-metre-wide house on St. George Street three blocks east of Main was recently listed for just shy of $3 million.

Photos of the super skinny abode — with 11 skylights and crisp white walls — appeared in Dwell magazine in early September and have helped fuel interest from prospective buyers, realtor Clair Rockel said Saturday.

“It looks and feels so different from what you’d typically find in Vancouver.”

There’s no denying the two-storey home is narrow, but it doesn’t look cramped. It’s also very long and boasts 2,093 square feet of living space, with huge windows and an inner courtyard that allows light to flood the space.

Built by Moosehead Contracting and designed by architect Randy Bens — with interiors by Falken Reynolds — the home has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study and library, plus plenty of “thoughtful” built-in storage.

In addition to the middle courtyard, there’s a backyard with walkout deck, fire pit and a 100 square foot studio that matches the house.

The 20×197-foot property is shaped like a laneway, but it has never been a lane.

“It’s always been this unique piece of land,” said Rockel, who works with Macdonald Realty. The house was built this year, but before that there was another house on the lot.

Narrow lots are an “anomaly” in Vancouver, said historian Michael Kluckner, the author of Vanishing Vancouver. There are several dozen half-lots in the Dunbar area that were once side yards.

“Around the turn of the century, people often bought two lots and they’d have an orchard or a garden on one,” he said.

Many of the lots were eventually sold and the city allowed people to build on them in the 1970s and 80s. While the St. George property is not a half-lot, it is still the product of the “weird land surveys” done in the city’s early years.

Kluckner believes narrow lots are interesting and add diversity to the city’s landscape.

“They’re lovely little places — small and interesting,” he said. “I wish Vancouver wasn’t quite so boring. Anything to break up the banality, the strictly-regulated lots sizes, is so refreshing to see.”

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