A unique Edwardian prefab cottage has been sold after two-and-a-half months on the market in New Westminster.
The home is at 108 Oakland St., in the Queen’s Park neighbourhood, is one of just eight remaining examples of the B.C. Mills Timber and Trading Company’s prefabricated houses known to remain in the city. The cottage was originally built on the grounds of Queen’s Park for the Pacific Exhibition of 1906 before being moved to its current location, according to the home’s listing on Zealty.ca, and has been “continually improved” since.
The home was reported by Zealty.ca as sold on Jan. 19 for $1,151,000 — slightly above a reduced asking price of $1,148,000. It had originally been listed Nov. 1 for $1.25 million, but the price was reduced twice.
It was listed as a two-bedroom-plus-den home, with two bathrooms, and a total floor space of 1,718 square feet: 877 on the main floor and 841 in the basement. The listing touted its “charming heritage feel,” with high ceilings, fir floors and vintage lighting, and modern features including updated windows, kitchen and new three-piece bath downstairs.
The final selling price was in line with the home's 2023 assessed value, which BC Assessment lists at $1,152,700: $1,053,000 for the land and $99,700 for the house. That was a slight increase from its assessed value of $1,125,000 in 2022.
A heritage conservation report presented to the city in 2021 regarding another of the prefab cottages noted there are eight remaining examples of the B.C. Mills ready-made homes in the city, including this one at 108 Oakland.
(Wondering about the others? They’re at 314, 402 and 408 First St., 527 Fifth St., 125 Third St., 221 Townsend Pl. and the tourism information building on the waterfront next to Fraser River Discovery Centre.)