This is the typical houses built on Vancouver, especially the Eastside, after WWII and during the 1950's. Then a new design came upon the scene which maximizes the standard city lot, 33 x 120. These houses have no below grade basement. Just a two level structure and the entrance level is generally considered to be the basement. This design is unique to Vancouver as the houses with outdoor staircases are unique to Montreal.
The next two photos are variations of the Vancouver Specials built in the 1960's and 1970's. The last one is of the ones from the 1990's.