It’s one of Vancouver’s most aesthetically unique homes, and now the “Hobbit House” on King Edward Avenue near Cambie Street is up for sale.
Located at 587 West King Edward Avenue, and originally built in the 1930s, the “Storybook Cottage” – otherwise known as The James Residence – was awarded a City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Honour in 2017, in recognition of the “the retention and thoughtful restoration of this one-of-a-kind residence,” the listing states.
According to the listing, the home – which measures over 2,900 sq. ft – features an open concept main floor plan with 12 ft. vaulted ceilings, as well as “spacious” principal rooms, a gourmet kitchen, and a deluxe master bedroom.
The lower level features a family room, media room/gym with built-in cabinetry and eclipse doors opening onto a patio, as well as 2 bedrooms.
So how much does it cost to make the “Hobbit House” your own? The property is listed at $2,698,000.
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In 2017, Vancouver City Council approved a rezoning proposal to allow for the preservation and restoration of the 84-year-old Vancouver Hobbit House.
The decision came after the property was sold the previous year to a heritage-friendly developer, and at the time there were immediate concerns by heritage and Tolkien fans that it would be demolished.
Adjacent properties on the block were also purchased for the rezoning proposal to allow for the plan to construct a townhouse development that would incorporate the Hobbit House.