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Life in lotus land: a pricey crack shack could be yours

Can you tell the difference between a mansion and a “crack shack”, a run-down home to crack addicts? Most people would picture the latter as a boarded-up hovel with broken windows in a dangerous neighborhood. Don’t be so sure.


A quick visit through the website www.crackshackormansion.com will undoubtedly change your mind. This site, a tongue-in-cheek creation by two Vancouverites, gives web users a scary– not risky scary but pricey scary — introduction to this coastal city’s real estate market in British Columbia, Canada. What a million bucks buys for habitable property in Vancouver these days ain’t much.


To emphasize this point, the site offers a questionnaire with photos, asking site visitors to identify which photo is a crack shack and which is a mansion. Your answers will undoubtedly amaze you. The site creators are having some obvious fun along the way, but they make their point: If you want to buy a home in Vancouver that’s more than a tear-down, be prepared to pay at least one million. And that’s not even for waterfront or a sea view.


(The website drew such a popular response that there’s now a new version of the questionnaire, Crack Shack or Mansion II, available on the same web page. Have fun with it.)

May 24, 2010 at 7:50 am
  • November 13, 2010 at 4:41 pmLink Building Services

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  • June 7, 2010 at 12:52 pmWendy

    Lower housing prices are the silver lining to living in the province of Quebec where everyone, from time to time, stirs up the separatist manifesto!

  • June 4, 2010 at 8:25 amJenny Shields

    great blog, bookmarked it to show my friend :)!

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