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"Let’s talk density in Cedar Cottage.  Or lack thereof.  In many areas of the city there is a “missing middle” in housing availability, which consists of housing options such as duplexes, town-homes, multiplexes, laneway homes, coach homes and live/work spaces.  Action has been taken to address this need with recent focus being in East Vancouver’s Kensington-Cedar Cottage area.  


The City of Vancouver has proposed the “Making Room Housing Program” which is set to rezone the Kensington-Cedar Cottage area, thus allowing dwelling options that fit into that “missing middle” sector. 


This is great news for people who have outgrown their midrise units, but aren’t yet ready to get into a single detached home.  This approach not only offers affordability options and increased housing choices in the Kensington-Cedar Cottage property for sale market, but also encourages more community living which is great for an already community focused neighbourhood.


East Vancouver Remax Realtors see this upcoming rezoning as an excellent move by the city to increase supply and diversity in housing options and also increase opportunity to provide secondary rental housing options by way of new builds with locked off suites, multiplex builds, and laneways or coach homes for sale.


Kensington-Cedar Cottage is soon to be no stranger to density and diversity in housing availability and the Matt Henry Team looks forward to providing more dwelling options for our clients wanting to invest, reside or relocate to this thriving East Vancouver neighbourhood.     


-Matt Henry Team

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MAIN STREET

The poster child for City Living with a young family Main Street.


An eclectic art hub, fused with an abundance of educational options from pre-K right into College. A culturally diverse delight for your taste buds with no shortage of emerging chef’s, craft breweries, café’s and wine bars. Not to mention the vast amount of green space for exploring, dog walking, picnics and playtime. Main Street succeeds in blending its independant spirit with emerging new families and young professionals.

Main Street grows with you, without asking you to forget who you are.


Fuel up at one of the over 25 coffee bars Main Street has to offer before embarking on your own walking art tour, as Main Street is home to the highest number of multicultural and incredibly vast murals in the city. Continuing your outdoor exploration, you will quickly get a feel for each of the 8 distinct neighbourhoods that Main Street encompasses (Downtown Eastside, Old JapanTown, Chinatown, Strathcona, Mount Pleasant, Riley-Park/Little Mountain, Punjabi Market, and Sunset) as you investigate the rich culinary flavours, the unique blends of old and new, and the individual personalities of each area.


Main Street also offers an abundance of preschool, elementary and high school options. It is abundant in playgrounds and parks. Main Street continues to meet a balance of city living and family dwelling, which is why we are quickly seeing it become one of the fastest growing communities for thriving young families!


-Matt Henry Team

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Mount pleasant is a flourishing area resting mainly on the boundary of the the Eastside of Vancouver. Generally considered to be situated between Cambie and Clark going east to West and 1st to 16th going North to South. With Main Street being the center and focal point of the area. Beautiful houses sit on either side of Main street with great places to shop and eat and great schools in the area as well. All of this creates an interesting opportunity for prospective real estate buyers or sellers in the area. Over the past decade Main Street real estate has transformed into a very desirable location to live.


Main St. has plenty of restaurants and other offerings on the main drag. Toshi Sushi, Chickpee , East is East just to name a few. Also Les Faux Bourgeois a fantastic french restaurant just east of Main St. on fraser. Whether you are looking for a 1 bedroom condo on Main street or a 3 Bedroom Home you will not be wanting for places to eat or shop in the area. Great coffee shops also populate the area 49th parallel is right at Main St. and 14th as well as mighty oak and Cafe Artigiano in the mount pleasant area.
Mount pleasant and the Main street area also host plenty of parks and schools that may be of interest to real estate buyers with kids and dogs. Mount Pleasant park is a lush park right in the heart of Mount Pleasant just west of Main st. on Ontario st. The newly redeveloped park features a central great lawn area, new playgrounds, sports court, parking lot, entry-level skate spot, a community garden, seating, universally accessible paths and picnic areas. Schools in the area for Vancouver real estate buyers with children include General Brock Elementary right on Main Street near 32nd , General Wolfe Elementary just east of Main st. on 16th ave. between Manitoba st. and Ontario St. Also St Patrick Elementary just off of Main street and 12th ave. Essentially there is plenty of options for prospective real estate buyers in the Main street / Mount Pleasant  area with children.


Although the area is mainly a detached home market there are new and intriguing options for condos and townhouses in the Main St. area. Main and Twentieth is a new condo development on , as you would expect, Main St. and 20th. Ave. Set to finish in 2019 sales for available units range in price from $799,900 to over $1,099,900. Main & Twentieth has a total of 42 units. Sizes range from 620 to 804 square feet. Amazing townhouses are available just off of Cambie St. to the west of Mount Pleasant at 2850 Yukon Street.  Campbell Residences include 2 and 3 bedroom townhouses , with an elegant style situated right on the Cambie line perfect for commuters that prefer walking , biking and public transit.


Mount Pleasant real estate is an exciting market for both buyers looking to start roots in one of the most exciting areas in Vancouver as well as sellers looking to cash in on their desireable location. Whether you are buying or selling real estate in or around the Main street  Mount pleasant area now is better than ever and the real estate agents at the Matt Henry Team will be happy to help! Give us a like on social media, subscribe to our newsletter and certainly contact us if you are in the market whether that be in the Main St. / Mt. Pleasant area or elsewhere. We will find the place that’s right for you.

-Matt Henry Team


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Doug Langford will build you a new single-family home on your big 50-by-100-foot lot in South Vancouver.

But that doesn’t mean he likes it.

“The fact that the city of Vancouver still allows a permit for a single family home in the city, is crazy,” said Langford, the co-owner of JDL Homes.

“I have clients that I have built 5,000 square foot houses and four-car garages for, and two people live there.


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Bryn Davidson agrees. The co-owner of Lanefab Design/Build says that while the city moved in the right direction several years ago to allow secondary suites and laneway houses on single-family lots, there is still much more that could be done.

“In our duplex zones, you can build a duplex, but you’re not allowed a laneway house,” he said. “In the single family zones, you can build a laneway house but you’re not allowed to build a duplex.”

In neighbourhoods zoned for single-family homes, three units (the main house, a secondary suite in the house, and a separate laneway house) are now allowed. But they all have to share the same backyard.



http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2016/11/21/vancouver-should-prohibit-single-family-home-construction.html

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