Laneway House Tour

Elizabeth Wilson
October 14, 2014

Vancouver is looking to the laneway to provide more housing without  destroying neighbourhood character. But though City Hall only approved laneway houses in 2009, there are some that date back over a hundred years. Back then, these cottage-sized homes would be built to house relatives or servants or to serve as temporary residences while the main house was built.

Here’s your chance to see both new and old examples of laneway housing.

As part of its popular series of self-guided Vancouver home tours, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation presents “100 Years of Living on the Lane,” the 2014 Laneway House Tour.

Included is a 900 sq ft Victorian house from 1890 that actually pre-dates the lane. It was added after the small house and a larger residence on the same property were built. A 1980s example was built as part of a strata and designed by well-known architect Paul Merrick. As well, six post-2009 laneway houses demonstrate how small can be beautiful.

2014 Laneway House Tour details:

Saturday, October 25th

1pm – 5pm

Tickets: $30+tax or $23+tax for eligible students

To purchase tickets for the Vancouver Heritage Foundation's Laneway House Tour visit: or call 604 264-9642

Ticket holders can visit these homes in any order, and are asked to follow guidelines designed to protect the properties from damage.

Elizabeth Wilson
As content editor, Elizabeth spends every day immersed in real estate news and opinion so she can deliver fresh, relevant articles to’s visitors. She comes from a varied background in Internet marketing, book publishing, multimedia writing and radio, but what prepared her best for this position is her experience as a renter, seller and buyer in the Vancouver real estate market.