In the spring of 2015, two heritage houses at 248 and 252 East 5th Street were doomed to the wrecking ball to make way for the Kings Walk townhouse project.
The project includes the legal protection and restoration of the 1911 King Residence at 244 E 5th St, however, the other two heritage houses had to go.
To avoid demolishing two of North Vancouver’s historical homes, the developer offered the houses to anyone who could pay to move them. Word spread quickly about these “free” heritage houses, however, only a few understood the logistics and costs associated with moving houses.
After several interviews, Charan Sethi of Tien Sher Homes selected an energetic young couple, Heather Patterson and Sean McQuillan, to tackle the massive move. Heather and Sean hired Nickel Brothers to move the houses by flat bed truck on August 7th down St Georges to the Seaspan dock. From there, the houses were placed on a barge and transported up the Fraser River to their new home in Port Hammond, Maple Ridge.
Port Hammond is an area rich in history with links to the CPR, Chinese labourers and a large sawmill. Heather and Sean have discovered a passion for saving heritage homes and hope to continue moving at risk homes in the future.
At a time when our communities are losing so many of our heritage buildings, this truly was a happy ending!
This square, upright house displays typical Edwardian massing and details but with distinctive, projecting window frames on the upper storey.
The house was first owned and occupied by Percy Ward and Zellah Celestine Ward. Percy was employed as a broker with Ward, Burmester & Von Graevinitz, a financial and real estate firm. In 1916, he enlisted for overseas service with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces.
The house was included on the City of North Vancouverís 2010 Draft Heritage Register; however, it was removed in the final version in 2013 when a developer bought the lot, as well as the two neighbouring lots, and the house was slated for demolition.
The developer was allowed to demolish this house in return for legally protecting another heritage house on the development site, the King Residence.
North Vancouver Market Update
In September, there were 108 houses sold.
The benchmark price in September was $1,212,400.
The September 2015 benchmark price is up 17.8% from September 2014.
In September, there were 111 apartments sold.
The benchmark price in September was $373,300.
The September 2015 benchmark price is up 6.1% from September 2014.
8 heritage homes have sold since May 1, 2015.
The houses were located in Queensbury, Central and Upper Lonsdale, Forest Hills and Grand Boulevard.
Sale prices ranged from $1,005,000 to $2,305,000.
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