Buy in 1 cubic foot at a time: CUBE!

Vancouver has a problem with affordable housing.

No matter where you place the blame: speculators, easy credit, housing bubble, foreign buyers – the problem remains.

As a first time buyer how do you get into the market?

How about one cubic foot at a time?

It can be tough to afford a 580 sq ft one bedroom apartment for $415,000 but anyone can find an extra $199 to get that first cubic foot and get in now!

It’s Real Estate 3.0!

This was posted as a submission to the reTHINK housing competition from the City of Vancouver and already the rave reviews are pouring in:

Doug Farmer says:

4 stars – Very outside the box thinking about something inside the box. Has 21st century written all over it.

Our friend YVR Housing Analyst says

A thoughtful submission. I like how they can stack; I, for one, would first have tried spheres.

And Flo says

This is the least creative solution I have seen submitted. I feel hopeless about my future just looking at this.
I agree with arch. This is not the kind of architectural experience that sustains a human soul.

So don’t miss out on your opportunity.  Get your single square foot in the market today!

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g.t
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g.t

i buy 3… and my husbah buy 3!

registered
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registered

Or rent for $99.99.

Papa Jones
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Papa Jones

LOL

chilled
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chilled

Do these ‘cubes’ come with a dose of schizophrenia and a dash of drug addiction?

Sorry, but deluded and living in a box has all ready been done in Vancouver, seemingly ad infinitum.

Loon
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Loon

Think sub-atomic, this is a new paradigm: quantum housing.

VMD
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Enough with the higgs bosen, those physicists gotta invent the shrink ray real fast! If only we can shrink ourselves and the kids..

jesse
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I still like the idea of subterranean tunnels inhabited by foreign grad students and other forms of life with names best prefixed with “wear”. Down is the new up.

Loon
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Loon

10′ foot ceilings could really put a squeeze on the budget.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

@Loon: “10′ foot ceilings could really put a squeeze on the budget.”

Or cut them to 6.5 ft and you just reduced housing costs by almost 20%! Who uses that top 1.5 ft anyway?

yvr2zrh
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Wednesday’s Sales – 98
Of which were post July 9 – 35

silverfish city
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silverfish city

The 580 ft^2 condo in the “ad” would cost (assuming 8 ft ceilings) 24*24*8*199 = $916,992. Not a great deal.

Dan in Calgary
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Dan in Calgary
@jesse, “I still like the idea of subterranean tunnels …. Down is the new up.” Now that is thinking outside the box. The tunnels would have to be above waterline, so how about Capitol Hill? The main entrance to SubTerraNea (more boringly, “subterranea”) could be located somewhere along the Trans-Canada Trail apparently found on the northern flank of the hill. This would represent the epitome of a green community. Think of the hill as a giant heat sink, lower heating costs in winter, cool in summer. Giant skylights would deliver the sun from street level. Does Capitol Hill still have a large Italian population? Or did I get that wrong? Well, just look at Italy and all he tunnels there; there’s a well-established engineering tradition that could be exploited in Canada’s first underground suburb. SubTerraNea? NeoSubTerra? simply NeoTerra? SFU student… Read more »
900kCrackHouse
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900kCrackHouse

This is sickenly demented. Using this math we’ll start sticking crack adicts and poor people in 100 cubic foot coffins to live. 5x5x5 – thats 125 cubic feet. Plenty of space.

Navin R. Johnson
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Navin R. Johnson

@g.t:

#1

Ha ha

UnagiDon
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UnagiDon
Bag it and tag it
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Bag it and tag it

Wow…they’ve figured out a way to reach an untapped stock of fools. I see McDonald’s employees sitting with their banker working out a way to make monthly payments work on a single cube. And I’m sure their target market won’t figure out that a typical square foot is really 8 cubic feet, so they’ll think they’re getting a great deal. Now the minimum wage set can act douchie when talking about real estate.

Harry Wang
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Harry Wang

Save that picture. When Vancouver becomes the laughing stalk of the world, international media are going to be looking for examples of how delusional Vancouverites were… On second thought, Vancouver isn’t high profile enough to get more than a 30 second clip on CNN.

Boombust
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Boombust

“On second thought, Vancouver isn’t high profile enough to get more than a 30 second clip on CNN.”

Is that your definition of being “defined” in a variety of contexts?

Just curious.

jesse
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@Dan in Calgary: Most of Point Grey — and “the rest” of Vancouver — is well above sea level. There are some earthquake considerations but nothing that can’t be solved.

gokou3
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gokou3

….

What’s next, thinking of one’s wealth by their spe*m count? “Hey congrats, you are a hundred-millionaire!”

Beuller
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Beuller

@g.t: You mean “tree”.

JR
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JR

“Our friend YVR Housing Analyst says

A thoughtful submission. I like how they can stack; I, for one, would first have tried spheres.”

Holy sh!t did this guy not have legos as a kid?

kansai92
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kansai92

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2012/07/19/20120719-equifax-consumer-debt.html

Funny how debt is still growing, but because the growth has slowed down, this is supposed to be good news??

TNT
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TNT

They look just like dice, ante up suckers.

gokou3
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gokou3

“When the (HPI) index came out in February, cynics alleged that its whole purpose was to cover over the beginning of the end of a massive real estate bubble. Interestingly, the bursting of this bubble may have already begun. The average sales price in Vancouver fell 13% in June from one year ago! What did the MLS’ new HPI index show for Vancouver in June? A year over year rise of 1.7%!”

http://www.barelkarsan.com/2012/07/housing-shills.html

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