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Strathcona Updated Heritage 3 Bedrooms + Den McNair House
proudly presenting: McNair House
address: 630 Princess Avenue, Vancouver
exclusively offered at: Already rented
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Levels: 3 Flooring: refinished original fir floors
Bedrooms: 3 + den Area: 2,000sf finished + 1,000sf unfinished basement
Bathrooms: 2 Lot: 50 x 61
Parking: street parking
Included items: fridge, microwave, gas stove, electric oven, washer, dryer, landscaping & gardening
Not included: natural gas, electricity, telephone, cable, internet

LOCATION: The heritage "B" McNair House is located on a corner lot on Princess Avenue near Keefer street in historic Strathcona neighbourhood east of Chinatown. One alleyway from MacLean Park; one block from famous Benny Foods, 3 blocks to the east is Union Food Market; and revitalizing Chinatown with a mixture of old and new establishments is just 3 blocks west. This is one of those few last remaining communities where neighbours volunteer to shovel snow for the elderly; strangers say hello to each other and become friends; and community involvement in looking out for each other can be felt in residents' daily lives. Gastown, Commercial Drive, Downtown core are all minutes away by transit. 8 blocks walk to Main Street Skytrain Station.

FEATURES: The McNair House was built around 1895 and was James Archibald NcNair's first house from 1901 to 1904. Mr. McNair, also known as the Shingle King of North America, was the President and General Manager of the Hastings Shingle Manufacturing Company Ltd. which was the largest shingle mill in the world at that time. While there is no way to find out how much the McNair House resembles the original structure and how much materials left are originally dated back to the 1900's, the heritage home has distinctive architectural cues from that Victorian Queen Anne-era such as patterned shingle sidings (imbrication), finials decorated gables, offset porch, bay windows, spindlework and jigsawn spandrels over windows and porch.

A recent renovation includes new paint job throughout, refinished original fir floors on main and top floors, and updated bathrooms. This home features wide baseboards, 10' ceilings, wide hallways, plenty of long tall windows (some with stained glass), and various different styles of moldings throughout. Up a few steps to the covered front porch, you enter the formal foyer with an antique chandelier from the 20's. To the right are the partitioned sunlit formal living room and formal dining room with large stained windows. The antique chandelier in the dining room was once fueled by natural gas for the top bulbs. At the back of the house is a very spacious kitchen featuring an antique style fridge, antique range with 6 burners gas stove & double electric ovens, a long wooden antique buffet cabinet, wooden center island with white Italian Carrara marble countertop, lovely wainscotting, and a handy pantry room. You can access the yard from here through the side porch. On this floor is a spacious 3 pcs bathroom with pedestal lavatory, glass chandelier, antique wooden medicine cabinets, clawfeet tub and a Kohler toilet. Up the stained glass lit staircase to the top floor are the 3 bedrooms and den. All bedrooms are spacious and brightly lit. Den can be used as office or library. Brand new 3 pcs bathroom on this floor comes with a brand new doorless walk-in shower with large format slate style tiles from floor to ceiling, both handheld and rain shower, one piece Toto toilet, antique style wooden cabinet vanity fitted with a bold above counter sink, and a large circular mirror. The basement is a huge unfinished space with racks, work benches, laundry area and storage area. The yard has a stone-paved patio, bridge over a pond, gardens populated with rosemary, sage, mint, raspberry and chives.

AVAILABILITY: Already rented. No smoking please.

For all inquiries, please contact:
Gary Park at 604-618-6002, or email:

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