It may seem like a dream come true: a tiny, detached house just perfect for a student, a young couple, or someone moving out of their parents' place for the first time. Vancouver's laneway homes are all close-to-brand-new (the program was only launched in 2009), usually well-designed, and more private than an apartment or basement suite.

But are rents affordable? With the announcement last week that the city has issued housing permits for more than 1,000 laneway homes since 2009, and Mayor Gregor Robertson constantly touting them as the solution to Vancouver's affordable housing issues, we decided to check out Kijiji and Craigslist to see whether the average person could afford to rent one of these postage-stamp homes.

Check out the below slideshow of the city's most and least expensive laneway homes for rent, then let us know what you think. Are laneway homes just a fad? Are any of the ones listed within your budget?

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  • The Most Expensive Laneway Homes For Rent In Vancouver

  • #1- $2950 Laneway Home in Shaughnessy

    <a href="" target="_blank">This one</a> costs just less than $3000, but it is also 900 square feet, bigger than most laneway homes. It boasts all stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops and its own tiny lawn.

  • #1- $2950 Laneway Home in Shaughnessy

    Look at those hardwood floors!

  • #2- $2695 In Point Grey/Kitsilano

    We're not super surprised about the <a href="" target="_blank">cost of this one</a>, given the neighbourhood. It has a flat-screen TV, a fireplace and its own private patio, as well as ensuite laundry. Perfect for someone who wants a cozy place to entertain. However, you might have to split it with two other someones in order to afford it.

  • #2- $2695 In Point Grey/Kitsilano

    Do the bowls come with it?

  • #3 - $2500 in Point Grey

    This one is <a href="" target="_blank">750 square feet</a>, so also roomier than most. It has two bedrooms, a balcony, and apparently a very pleasant view of the mountains. The seller also claims it's close to UBC. Can't imagine they're pitching this place to students, though.

  • #3 - $2500 in Point Grey

  • #4- $2500 in South Granville

    <a href="" target="_blank">This one</a> is also pretty big at 980 square feet. It has hardwood floors, ensuite laundry, and a separate entrance. Darn, all these laneway homes look pretty.

  • #5- $2390 in Cambie Village

    <a href="" target="_blank">750 square feet</a>, with two bedrooms and all the fixins'.

  • #5- $2390 in Cambie Village

    Ohh, that kitchen.

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  • $900 in Hastings-Sunrise area (East Vancouver)

    <a href="" target="_blank">Now this is more like it</a>. $900 is approaching reasonable, for someone who doesn't have a ton of cash. This one-bedroom, 500-square-foot laneway house is brand-new, according to the listing, and has a little balcony with a view of the mountains.

  • $980 in Killarney (Vancouver)

    <a href="" target="_blank">This listing</a> has no pictures, so we have to speculate, but we're guessing it's small. The listing proclaims the house has one bedroom, two bathrooms and ensuite laundry, all squished into 550 square feet.

  • $1045/month in Willingdon Heights

    None of these other listings seem to have photos, which is a shame, because we really want a laneway home now. For $1045 a month, you get <a href="" target="_blank">600 square feet</a> of space, including a bedroom, a bathroom and living/dining room area.

  • $1095 near Marine Drive

    <a href="" target="_blank">This one-bedroom place</a> seems like a steal. It's just off Marine Drive between Fraser and Main Streets, boasts spiffy stainless-steel appliances and heating control in each room, and isn't even that costly if you're splitting rent with a significant other. The square footage isn't listed, but we're pretty sure it's not going to be spacious.

  • $1100 in Hastings-Sunrise area (Vancouver)

    <a href="" target="_blank">This one bedroom</a> has a full-sized kitchen and ensuite laundry. Seems these owners were brave enough to post a photo, and it looks pretty cute!

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