Vancouver Special

What does “Vancouver Special’ mean?

What is Vancouver Special?

Typical “Vancouver Special” -type houses

There seems to be a lot of confusion in regards to what does the term “Vancouver Special” really mean. Essentially, it is the type of the houses that were copiously built in Vancouver in the period of its mass urbanization from 1960’s to 1980’s.

From Wikipedia:

“Vancouver Specials are characterized by their typical “box-like” structure, low-pitched roofs, and balconies across the front of the house. Brick or stone finishes on the ground floor are characteristic of the ground level facades, with stucco on the 2nd or 3rd floors.”

You can still find a lost of these houses around Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Richmond and Delta.

The distinguishing feature of these homes is a very poor sound isolation. It is very common to know the routine of your neighbours from another floor or from the other side of the wall. In most cases soundproofing is necessary – consider it the cost of urban density.

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