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Townhomes and rowhouses

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Townhouses – homes that share one or two walls with their neighbours – are a great way to increase density without altering the character of a neighbourhood.  They have a lot of features that many first-time buyers seek: a bit of a private yard, low heating costs, and the ability to paint your door when you damn feel like it without having to check with the strata.  They are energy efficient (because there’s no heat loss through the shared walls), and greatly help develop walkability and public transit, all things that lower the energy footprint of a city. And, square foot for square foot, they are cheaper than detached houses.  (We would need a change to the BC Land Act that forbids them, though.)  Here’s a sample, from Vancouver.  They’re varied, and pretty, but the fact that they are under the Strata Act means that each unit looks like the other, unfortunately.

An oldie in East Van, recently renovated.  Each unit has three floors and a basement!

An oldie in East Van, recently renovated. Each unit has three floors and a basement!

Another set of nice rowhouses, north Grandview area

Another set of nice rowhouses, north Grandview area

Koo's corner in Strathcona, including three rowhouses with solar power

Koo’s corner in Strathcona, including three rowhouses with solar power

Street party in the Cedar Cottage area

Street party in the Cedar Cottage area

A narrow house on 8th. Note the lack of side windows. This model could be stacked into rowhouses.

Fancy townhomes, near Marpole (and unwanted by the neighbours!)

Fancy townhomes, near Marpole (and unwanted by the neighbours!)

The Woodshire on East Georgia

The Woodshire on East Georgia

A brand new development on Quebec street.

A brand new development on Quebec street.

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Written by enviropaul

October 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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