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Dec 21, 12 • all, listing my favouritesNo Comments

Vancouver Specials

A gingerbread house kit for building a Vancouver Special (it’s a type of house common here):


I love these houses- people make fun of them, and some people even think they are ugly- but they are special to me. Driving through town, my kids and I play a game where we try to find the longest row of Vancouver Specials built next to each other. I think our record is six so far…


In the meantime, developers are tearing down old bungalows and postwar homes and replacing them with giant stucco monstrosities – often peach or brown, and always hideous. There should be a limit to how many similar houses you can put on one street – it should be part of the building permit application…

…unless it is the blueprint for a Vancouver special, of course -

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