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Home in Metro Vancouver being given away free, with a catch
In Metro Vancouver's over-heated housing market, deals like this don't come along every day.
Greg Cormier has offered up his relatively new laneway home in North Vancouver, complete with two bedrooms and a full bathroom, completely free of charge.
There is a catch, however: the taker has to arrange to have it trucked away from the property.
The house has been reviewed and approved for transportation, according to the owner, but there are some obvious limits.
"Please consider where you think you would want to move it to. It can't go over bridges, under overpasses or into other city neighbourhoods as the logistics of such a move are prohibitive," Cormier wrote in a Craigslist post offering up the home.
The house is just five years old, and also features a kitchen area and a garage, taking up almost 850 square feet. The reason Cormier's giving it away is that the property is being cleared next year to make room for townhomes.
Tearing down a perfectly good coach house would be a waste, he said.
"That's not the right thing to do with a good quality home," Cormier told CTV News. "I've put a lot of effort into the development, into the design, and I built it myself. And the last thing I would want to see is to have it demolished."
The owner has already consulted with a building company that estimated it would cost up to $35,000 to move the home within his same North Vancouver neighbourhood. Taking it on a barge to an island would likely be closer to $100,000, according to his Craigslist post.
That doesn't include extra costs for things like a new foundation, permits, or utility hook-ups, but Cormier said it's still half the price of building a laneway house new.
Fortunately, since offering the home on Craiglist last week, he's had dozens of people express interest.
"Within 10 minutes of posting the ad on Thursday night I had five or six calls. In the last three days I've had over 70 inquiries," Cormier said.
Anyone who has a "realistic plan" to lug the laneway home away is encouraged to contact the owner. Potential takers can also visit the property on East 3rd Street, but are asked not to bother the tenants.
With a report from CTV Vancouver's Shannon Paterson