1909 Edwardian Character Home

1642 Charles Street

$2,498,000 Grandview VE VANCOUVER EAST House/Single Family Residential Detached OTHER AGENT'S OPEN Featured For Sale Open House VIRTUAL TOUR Virtual Tour
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    Agent's open Feb 14 from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Open house Feb 16 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Open house Feb 17 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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  • Address:
    1642 Charles Street
  • Postal Code: V5L 2T3
  • MLS® Number: R2339969
  • Listed By: RE/MAX Select Properties
  • Year Built: 1909
  • Size: 3,508 Sq ft
  • Frontage Size: 33
  • Depth Size: 124
  • Style: Character Home
  • Lot Size: 4,108
  • Lot Dimension: 33 X 124.50
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Parking: 2
  • Tax: $6,699
  • Tax Year: 2018
  • View: Panoramic mountains and city views

Property Description

This four level 1909 Edwardian character home is one of the jewels of Vancouver’s historic Commercial Drive neighbourhood. Situated across from Grandview Park, this trophy property is a “once in a generation” home. This home was built by Peter Duffey who constructed six in a row on the hill across from the park – he chose 1642 Charles as his own residence for the amazing views. There are panoramic North Shore Mountains and downtown views from the top three floors as well as overlooking the park, which is a centerpiece for the entire vibrant Commercial Drive neighbourhood. This grand home was completely restored and added onto starting in 2006 during the current long-time owners’ stewardship. The main floor features a formal entry with original fir floors, original bay windows, working pocket doors, stained glass windows, and gorgeous woodwork throughout. The well thought out space provides an entry hall, formal living, dining, reading room, completely renovated kitchen with family room overlooking the sunny south facing back yard. Upstairs are four bedrooms with two full baths including a spacious ensuite master bathroom complete with soaker tub and custom shower. The second bathroom features a claw-foot tub and separate water closet. On the fourth floor there is a loft with gorgeous views and lots of extra storage. The garden level has a self-contained one bedroom mortgage helper currently generating $1475 per month in rent.  There is also a spacious sitting area, workshop, and plenty of extra room for the downstairs. The back yard features a private mature garden with chestnut & fruit trees, terrace, parking for two vehicles with a one car garage and attached carport.RM-4 zoning provides many opportunities with a maximum buildable of 1.45 FSR and potential to stratify into three separate saleable homes.

This is an incredible opportunity to purchase a “one of a kind” piece of Vancouver’s history.


2006-2007 Renovation

  • Complete renovation and addition done with permits in 2006. Reno started 1 – 1.5 yrs after owners moved in)
  • Addition with permits designed by renowned heritage architect Keith Jakobsen (award winning Jakobsen Associates)
  • New foundation under front porch and addition in 2006
  • Fully remodeled kitchen
  • Restored character details throughout
  • Complete electrical upgrade
  • Matching custom windows
  • Removal of all stucco and restoration of fir siding
  • Front and back stairs redone in 2016
  • New plumbing and drain tile
  • Back deck built in 2015
  • Downstairs suite in 2012


  • 1909 Edwardian Era – double hung windows, hipped roof,
  • Original old growth fir floors and trim
  • Solid wood staircase & hardware
  • Stain glass windows
  • 2 sets of pocket doors
  • Spacious covered front sleeping porch
  • Original fir siding
  • Cedar soffits
  • Edwardian hardware and millwork throughout
  • Bay windows
  • Butler’s pass through


  • Reno in 2006 started 1 – 1.5 yrs after owners moved in
  • Gas range (Five Star)
  • Classic French off white cabinetry
  • Granite counter tops
  • Stainless steel appliances: Panasonic microwave, Maytag and Frigidaire appliances, Double wall ovens
  • Custom built in breakfast table
  • Custom telephone desk


  • Single car garage built with new foundation 2006
  • Covered carport
  • Total parking for 2 cars

Mechanical and Overall

  • Furnace in 2005
  • No oil tank – scan available upon request
  • 50 gallon hot water tank 2011
  • Exterior trim painting 2018
  • Front stairs 3 years old
  • No knob and tube wiring
  • Electrical 150 amp panel 2006 + 60 amp panel for suite
  • Roof approximately 13 years old
  • No asbestos insulation               

Rental Suite

  • $1475 including utilities
  • Approximately $200/ night short term potential rent
  • Current tenancy ends March 3rd, 2019
  • Suite is unauthorized
  • Suite has separate electric baseboard heat
  • Own separate laundry
  • Separate electric panel
  • Sound deadening insulation in some walls and all of the ceiling


  • Entry to yard off study/library
  • Mature fruit trees
  • Extremely private
  • Sunny south facing
  • Terrace
  • Garden Shed