Vancouver’s treasured “Hobbit House” is for sale and may face demolition

National Post | Life

Just picture Bilbo Baggins stopping to smell the roses that climb over his front porch and up towards the chimney on his way over the terracotta steps to the recessed front door.

Granted, it’s a romantic notion for a house that sits virtually in the path of the Cambie Corridor intensification plan, but this low-slung heritage home really does hark back to an idyllic time, with its irregular steam-bent cedar shingles, three wonky brick-and-stone chimneys complete with chimney pots, and its leaded windows, stone quoins and tudor timbers.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom storybook house was built in 1942, and has seen a few updates, including a skylight and an elevator to the small roof terrace out back.

Its 2,416-square-foot footprint isn’t far different from those of its neighbours’ — it’s the skin it wears that has made it famous. Inside, it could be made to feel Hobbitesque, as it already features…

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