The twin Tudor homes were Kerrisdale landmarks for more than eight decades.
On Monday morning, they were plucked from their foundations at 2827 and 2837 West 43rd Ave. and moved a couple of blocks north to 2820 West 41st, where they will be part of a new, eight- unit development.
Both homes were slated for demolition last year, when developer Trasolini Chetner purchased them for $1.95 million apiece and announced plans for two new 4,500-sq.-ft homes.
But there was a public backlash and the houses were on Vancouver’s heritage registry, which offered them some protection. So the developer worked out a deal with the city to move the Two Dorothies to the new site.
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SUMMER’S IN THE AIR, AND FOR MANY PEOPLE THAT immediately conjures up thoughts of escaping to the summer cottage. A vacation home is where days are carefree, dress code is casual, and lifelong friendships are often forged toasting marshmallow over a camp re.
Frequently, however, this idyllic lifestyle comes with a hidden cost beyond the actual price tag – it’s hard work maintaining your part time retreat. Now, one Vancouver-based developer is creating an alternative – a strata community that lets owners “lock it and leave it” secure in the knowledge their vacation property will be maintained so it’s ready for use the next time they arrive. It’s a trend he believes will gain signi cant traction among increasingly busy urbanites because it puts the joy back into owning a recreational property.
This issue, New Home Guide chats with Rob Chetner, partner at Trasolini Chetner Construction Corporation, about Boucharie Beach and his vision of this new style vacation getaway.
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“The previous concept had this huge grass field in the middle. That was part of the glue that stuck everything together,” says Chetner.
“All the cottages were oriented toward the centre court- yard and as kids, we all grew up just playing in this courtyard. It was a great way to interact with everyone.”
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Communication is key to building this Kerrisdale home.
A lot of discussion went into the making of this home: discussion with the city, discussion with the
homeowners, discussion with the designers. The home is in an area of traditional-style buildings, and along with its neighbour, it replaced two Tudor-style houses that had a heritage character. The community wasn’t happy about losing the two Tudors to a possibly excessively contemporary building. And the city wasn’t happy about that or anything else that might clash with the traditional aesthetics of the neighbourhood.
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Pair of heritage homes will be on the road to a new location and a new life.
The twin Tudor-style houses dubbed The Dorothies are getting a new lease on life.
Like many of Vancouver’s original homes, the pair of heritage houses located on 2827 and 2837 W. 43rd Avenue were slated for demolition.
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