3463 West 40th Avenue, Vancouver



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


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 bungalow.

"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," he says.

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.