Vancouver real estate: vacant detached home on West Side lot sells for less than $1 million

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      One often hears that it’s impossible to buy a detached home in Vancouver for under $1 million.

      It’s generally true, but it’s not always the case.

      A seemingly liveable rancher home with a basement on the West Side of the city sold for less than a million on July 15.

      The two-bedroom and one-bath home at 1050 West 70th Avenue went for $988,000.

      The sale came 49 days after the Marpole-area residence was listed on May 27 for $1,245,000.

      The price was reduced to $1,088,000 on June 18.

      The home is vacant.

      The house sits on a lot measuring 30.8 feet by 95 feet, which is smaller than a typical 33- by 122-foot Vancouver lot.

      When asked about the deal, realtor and market observer David Hutchinson told the Straight with the property’s RM-3A zoning, it might be good for a builder to demolish the structure and develop a duplex.

      “It’s on a busy street,” Hutchinson noted.

      It’s within the block west of Oak Street.

      As of June 2021, a typical detached home in East Vancouver costs $1,696,500.

      Homes are more expensive on the West Side, which includes Marpole.

      On the West Side, a typical detached house costs $3,458,300 as of June 2021.

      The property at 1050 West 70th Avenue was marketed mainly for its land value.

      Its 2021 assessed value totals $919,600, of which $908,000 is for the lot, and $11,600 for the structure.

      Real-estate sites and tracked the transaction.