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This Vancouver Bungalow Is Selling For $11 Million

It's not about the house, it's about the transit that runs beneath it.

08/22/2017 13:58 EDT | Updated 08/23/2017 10:41 EDT

Just when you thought Vancouver housing couldn't get any crazier, along comes an $11-million bungalow.

That's the asking price for a three-bedroom, one-bathroom, one-storey house currently listed near Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Park.

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This Vancouver house, seen in a screen capture from Google Street View, is on sale for $11 million.

Even by Vancouver standards, that's a hefty price tag. The benchmark price for detached homes in Vancouver was $1.61 million in July, according to the city's real estate board.

What's more, the company that owns the property bought it a year ago for $5 million, Global News reports. Overall, detached house prices in Vancouver grew by just 1.9 per cent over the past year.

But there is some method behind this madness: The area around the house is being redeveloped as a higher-density neighbourhood.

The house sits on the corner of Cambie Street and 35th Avenue, directly above the Canada Line, the underground light rail the city built in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Much of Cambie Street is lined with single-family homes similar to this bungalow, but the city is working overtime to turn the strip into high-density housing.

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Vancouver's Canada Line train runs beneath Cambie Street, making the Cambie Corridor a target for densification.

This past June, Vancouver unveiled the next phase of its plan to redevelop the Cambie Corridor, as the area is known. The plan is to add 11,500 residential units by rezoning land to allow for denser housing.

The listing makes it clear the owners want to sell to a developer: It offers "renderings, environmental reports, surveys and other documents" to the winning bidder.

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In areas under redevelopment, massive price hikes like this aren't uncommon, said Tsur Sommerville of UBC's Sauder School of Business, in an interview with CBC News.

"As we're getting rezoning and increasing densities, what that's doing is basically providing a source of value," Sommerville told the broadcaster.

"A piece of land when you can only build a single family house on it might be worth $2 million, but that same land, if you can build a six-storey condo building or a six-storey rental apartment building, might be worth $4 million."

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