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'Haunted house' on the corner of Cambie and King Edward to be redeveloped into condos

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Kenneth Chan Apr 27, 2018 1:05 pm 42,798

Many supernatural tales surround the single-family house located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Cambie Street and King Edward Avenue, but like the many adjacent properties along the Cambie Corridor this property is finally being redeveloped.

A rezoning application by Pennyfarthing Development has been submitted to redevelop the site at 4118-4138 Cambie Street – diagonally across from the Canada Line’s King Edward Station. The development site encompasses both the ‘haunted house’ and an adjacent property.

Both properties are worth in excess of $9 million each, likely because of the redevelopment potential and close proximity to SkyTrain.

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Overhead rendering of the redevelopment at 4118-4138 Cambie Street, Vancouver. (Raymond Letkeman Architects / Pennyfarthing Development)

Designed by Raymond Letkeman Architects, the proposal calls for a six-storey, 64-ft-tall building with 65 market homes, with the unit mix consisting of 33 one-bedroom units, 16 two-bedroom units, and 16 three-bedroom units.

Condominiums located on the top floor will each have a private rooftop patio, and residents will share a courtyard space facing the laneway, which will have a children’s play area and a communal space for BBQ and gatherings.

There will also be 68 vehicle parking stalls and 91 bike parking stalls located underground.

Current condition:

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Site of the redevelopment at 4118-4138 Cambie Street, Vancouver. (Raymond Letkeman Architects / Pennyfarthing Development)

Future condition:

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Artistic rendering of the redevelopment at 4118-4138 Cambie Street, Vancouver. (Raymond Letkeman Architects / Pennyfarthing Development)

Overall, the project will have a total floor area of 64,100 sq. ft. on its 22,300 sq. ft. site, giving it a floor space ratio (FSR) of 2.88 times the size of the lot.

The proposal is being considered under the City of Vancouver’s Cambie Corridor Plan.

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Artistic rendering of the redevelopment at 4118-4138 Cambie Street, Vancouver. (Raymond Letkeman Architects / Pennyfarthing Development)

But what exactly makes this two-storey property, built not too long ago in 1989, haunted?

The house, said to be one of Vancouver’s most haunted locations, has long been vacant following an alleged murder on the property, and ever since the incident, Buddhist monks have lived in the property to confine and suppress the spirits. In fact, the lights are always on at this house.

Daily Hive previously wrote about the various haunted stories relating to this property:

  • It sits on a First Nations burial ground: Legend has it that the original settlers of these lands don’t want you disturbing their final resting place.
  • The couple, the baby, and the crib: The new occupants of the house put their baby in its crib one night. They went back to their rooms, and soon after they heard the baby screaming and crying. The couple ran into the nursery to find the baby at the edge of the window sill.
  • The family that just moved in: A new family that finished their big move into the house went out for dinner. But when they returned, they found all of their luggage and clothes folded and packed neatly, and they took it as an ominous sign warning them to leave.
  • The family on the lawn: A new family had just moved in and went to sleep in their new home. The next day, they woke up on the lawn with all their boxes and suitcases next to them.
  • The woman in the window: A passerby on a bike saw a “For Sale” sign on the front lawn. The realtor had just finished an open house, locked up, and was leaving for the day. The passerby asked if the house had been sold, she replied, “no, not yet. Not much interest in this place, if you know what I mean.” Moments later, the passerby saw a lady-like figure passing by the second storey window.
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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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