In Vancouver, you don’t just have to downsize to get an affordable home, you have to microsize.
Thanks to the city’s insanely high real estate costs, a mysterious prankster (we’ll reveal who it was later) has found a way to sell homes that an average Joe can actually buy. They’re artfully crafted, boast waterfront views and even come with white picket fences and some extra yard space. If you’ve always dreamed of owning a home, you can finally have one! Even on the west coast. But we should warn you, there will be a few, er, little issues. For one, you might not like your 200-ft. tall pigeon neighbours:
“Totally legitimate normal-sized home for sale,” the ad reads. “Don’t even worry about the 200-foot-tall birds. Their vision is primarily based on movement.”
See, nothing to worry about! But you may also notice some of the “interesting” landscaping around some of the properties:
“Sure, it’s a bit rough around the edges but give it time – it’s an investment, bro!” the ad reads. “Craft breweries will start popping up any day now. You will get used to the smell.”
Still not sold? You can always attend one of the group’s open houses. You know, if you can fit your head through the door:
“Vancouver property seems almost too good to be true,” this final ad begins. “Yep, there’s literally nothing wrong with this place. Not a thing. Not a teeny, tiny, itty bitty thing.”
These postings, which are obviously jokes, were created by advertisement agency Rethink Canada to poke fun at the city’s outlandish real estate costs.
“The point was to have some fun and to rethink something about Vancouver and provide an insight that relates to people, that people are talking about,” the agency’s co-founder Ian Grais told CTV News.
In that case, job well done.