09 Sep '11, 11am

Right up your alley: the hidden housing trend

Right up your alley: the hidden housing trend

Before I get into all the reasons why I love this new housing concept, first, a bit of an explanation. Laneway homes are basically miniature versions of single-family homes -- in the range of 500 to 1,000 square feet -- that are built in what has traditionally been the garage location of a single-family lot: in the backyard facing the lane. They can't be subdivided or sold separately from the main house on the lot. They can only be used for additional family space or rental income. Their introduction into the frenetic Vancouver real estate scene was part of a larger "Eco-Density Initiative " invented by former mayor Sam Sullivan and championed by current mayor Gregor Robertson. The intention is to "help reduce [the city's] carbon footprint, expand housing choices, and ensure Vancouver remains one of the most liveable cities in the world."

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-09-09-right-up-your-alle...

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