Union Bay’s heritage quotient takes sudden leap forward

A rare site will take to the streets of Union Bay as a heritage house will make its way to its new home.

A HERITAGE HOUSE from Vancouver is getting a new address in Union Bay.

A HERITAGE HOUSE from Vancouver is getting a new address in Union Bay.

A rare site will take to the streets of Union Bay today (Friday) at 9 a.m., as a heritage house will make its way from its temporary resting spot at the boat launch to its new home.

Owners Jen and Ben Ford said the 1915-era Vancouver house appealed to them because of its character.

“It’s got tons of original features still intact in the house — it’s just really a gorgeous house,” Ben said Thursday.

The 1,800-square-foot two-storey house originated from Vancouver’s Dunbar neighbourhood. Jen said the biggest challenge was how quickly the move unfolded.

“(It was) just getting everything to come together in a really short period of time,” she explained. “We’ve been keeping our eye out, and this one came up really fast.”

Ben added a lot of the appeal of owning a heritage home is the connection to the past.

“You can build a new house, but you can’t recreate the history that’s there. Like any antique, there’s a connection with the past and you can’t reproduce that,” he said.

In addition to the home being featured on Massive Moves, a TV show about the excitement and challenges of moving houses, Ben said the house has already been featured on the silver screen.

The house was featured in the 1990 film Short Time with Teri Garr, which was primarily shot in Richmond, New Westminster, Vancouver and Seattle.

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