Types of Homes

This page covers non-strata homes, see Strata Ownership for information on condominiums.  In BC we call condominiums strata.

Single Family, Detached Home:  This is what most people think of as a house, a single family house on its own land with no other dwelling attached to it and with a yard on all four sides. Detached homes can also include a suite. On Vancouver Island, mobiles on their own land also fall into this category. These are the most expensive type of dwellings, and they also provide the most freedom and privacy. Home owners are responsible for all maintenance costs.

There are many styles of detached homes, and the Island has some differences from elsewhere. The styles range from Ranchers (single floor) to split level and multi-floors (see Building Styles).

One difference on the island compared to some other places in Canada is basements. Some homes here do not have basements, the home may be on a slab, just a foundation or a foundation with a crawl space. The island ground can be very rocky compared to the prairie's dirt ground, and a basement is not feasible due to this or to a high water table. Unless you want an indoor pool, putting a basement down into the water table causes some problems. With our mild winters there is no risk of water and sewer lines freezing so those services do not have to be deep.

Another difference is how homes are measured.
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A farm tracker working a field under the Comox Glacier

Farming under the gaze of the Comox Glacier.

Dawn breaks with clouds reflecting over businesses in the Town of Comox and bay.

The Blackfin pub and restaurant at sunrise in Comox.

Semi-detached Home: This is a term that is not used much on the Island, we tend to refer to these as a duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, townhouses or patio homes.  Here the homes share a wall with another home and usually have their own front and back yards.

Duplex: The majority of duplexes are side-by-side, with a single common wall separating the two sides, though occasionally there are up and down duplexes. Many duplexes are legally set up with a strata title but do not have strata fees, strata council or contingency reserve funds. However, the Strata Property Act does apply to them, including the Act's bylaws. In some rare cases there are duplexes (either side-by-side or up and down) in which both units are on one title and have only one owner. The owner either rents one or both units or a family member occupies the other unit.
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Triplex and Fourplex:  These are similar to duplexes, but rather with three or four units. They can be freehold title with all units as one property, or they can be strata title with separate title for each unit.  See Home Ownership for definitions.

Manufactured/Mobile Home:  These homes are pre-constructed and moved onto the location. On the island, mobiles which are on their own land are categorized as single family homes. The term Manufactured/Mobile is used here to mean mobiles in a mobile home park. Park mobiles rent a "pad" from the park owner which the mobile sits on, and the rental includes parking and some yard area. Pad rents vary from park to park and range from about $350 to $500/month. Pad rent increases are subject to the Residential Tenancy Act and a maximum increase is published each year.
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Modular homes: These homes are pre-constructed in sections, then assembled together on-site on a foundation or pad. As the sections are constructed indoors in a controlled environment the building materials are not exposed to the weather during construction (like regular frame houses). Some people feel this results in a high quality home while others don't accept this view. There are very few modular homes on Vancouver Island, and while they are categorized as single family homes, the construction type is noted on the listing so buyers are aware that it is a modular home.


A sailboat and a float plan on the Comox bay with snow covered mountains in the background.

A Harbour Air aircraft taxis to its destination in the waters of the Comox Bay.

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