Horse barn to be converted into a home in East Vancouver heritage property redevelopment

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      A Vancouver heritage home known as the Hardy House is up for redevelopment.

      The plan includes converting the old horse barn at the back of the 2625 Oxford Street property into a one-family dwelling.

      The City of Vancouver has received an application for a development permit from Samilena Projects Ltd.

      A design rationale document that forms part of the application states that the project aims to “rehabilitate & preserve the existing Hardy House & its Heritage Barn”.

      The plan involves “subdividing the existing 66.02’ lot into a 28’ lot & a 33.02’ with a Heritage Building on each site”.

      “These original buildings combined with a new duplex & infill (with a convenanted shared walkway between) will form an interesting residential Heritage development which respects the rhyme & personality of the street & strengthens its historical, residential character,” the document explained.

      The paper made reference about a statement of significance that also forms part of the submission to the City of the Vancouver.

      Specifically, this statement of significance recalled that the property’s original owner, George Hardy, was a delivery man.

      Hardy used “horses, wagons & carriages to deliver goods across Vancouver”.

      Hardy was also the “permanent care-taker of the Hastings Park 1/2 mile harness racetrack”.

      “His House speaks to his success & prominence in an early Vancouver & the Barn to his profession & the by-gone days of horse & carriage transportation in the city,” the design rationale stated.

      The Vancouver Heritage Register identifies 2625 Oxford Street as the Hardy House.

      The register lists the Hardy House as category C, which means it is a “contextual or character” property.

      Category C represents “buildings that contribute to the historic character of an area or streetscape, usually found in groupings of more than one building but may also be of individual importance”, the register explains.

      Per B.C. Assessment, 2625 Oxford Street has a 2022 valuation of $2,834,000.

      The agency recorded a February 11, 2020 sale of the property for $2,591,000.

      A previous listing for the home, which is found on the website of realtor Elena Yelizarov, indicates that the asking price was $2,430,000.

      This means that the 2020 sale went over the listed price.

      “This Edwardian Heritage Home, built in 1912, is set on one of the quietest, historic streets of the original Town of Hastings,” the listing stated.

      It also cited an “opportunity to re-imagine this historic beauty”, which includes “original stained-glass windows, fir floors, wainscoting, wrap-around porch, 10 ft ceilings”.

      “At the back is a horse barn with 848 sqft hay loft and back lane access,” the listing stated.

      At the time of the listing, the home had five rental suites.