When hubby first moved here I pointed out to him all sorts of different houses, all of them that I labelled as Vancouver Specials. He had no idea what the heck I was talking about until someone else defined it for him.
What is a Vancouver Special? The house in the picture is a shining example. According to Wikipedia,
They are characterized by their “box-like” structure, low-pitched roofs, balconies across the front of the house, and brick or stone finishes on the ground floor level of the facade with stucco elsewhere. Vancouver Specials have similar floor plans with the main living quarters on the upper floor and secondary bedrooms on the bottom, making them ideal for secondary suites.If you spent any amount of time in the Lower Mainland, these houses are littered all over the place.
In the future, if you need to define to someone who isn't from the Lower Mainland what a Vancouver Special is, point them to vancouverspecial.com, this guy's found a lot of great examples.