Counterculture icon Tommy Chong lowers asking price for West Vancouver home by $1.5 million

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      Home listings rarely mention the name of the seller.

      This one does for a West Vancouver property.

      “Current owner Tommy Chong, of the famous Cheech & Chong duo, knows it is a magical place and ready for the next family to create a lifetime of memories,” says the listing for 4488 Ross Crescent.

      Born Thomas B. Kin Chong in Alberta, the seller is a revered counterculture symbol.

      He’s musician, comedian, actor, director, writer, activist, and cannabis advocate.

      With Richard “Cheech” Marin, he formed the comedy team Cheech & Chong.

      In 2003, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raided his suburban Los Angeles home because of his online bong business.

      Chong pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiring to distribute drug paraphernalia, and spent nine months in a California federal jail.

      Joe Biden wrote the law for which Chong was convicted, and the former senator and vice president to Barack Obama is now U.S. president.

      Tracking by real-estate information site shows that Chong has reduced his asking price by $1.5 million.

      His 4488 Ross Crescent home was listed on November 14, 2019 for $6,999,000, with no sale.

      The two-storey-with-basement residence returned to the market on February 1, 2021 with an asking price of $5,999,000.

      This listing ended on February 4 with a new and higher price of $6,499,000.

      Its current listing started on August 5 with a new price of $5,499,000.

      That’s a $1.5 million discount from its 2019 asking price.

      The property has a 2021 assessment of $4,258,000.

      The listing says Tommy Chong’s home is “nestled in one of the most private streets of West Vancouver”.

      Zealty cofounder and chief technology officer Gary Little told the Straight that the title for the property was registered in 1979.

      Records show that it was registered to Thomas B. Kin Chong, described as a writer, actor, and producer.

      Also on the title is Chong’s wife, Sharon Adelle Fiddis, referred to as an artist, designer, and student.

      A year before the title transfer, Chong and Marin released their now cult classic 1978 stoner-buddy movie Up in Smoke.

      Little noted that the multiple listings service does not show a sale prior to the recent listing.

      “My guess is that he has owned the property for over 40 years,” Little said.

      The home features four bedrooms and five baths.

      “Live close to nature and connect with your soul at this amazing space,” the listing states.

      Moreover, it is “nestled in one of the most private streets of West Vancouver”, and “shares its harmony with the perennial gardens and a tranquil path that leads to the ocean”.

      “With the wood-burning fireplace as the centrepiece of the open concept living room, it is ideal for entertaining. Stairs wind to a large master bedroom with an alcove perfect for a sitting room with views of the water. Feel right at home in a welcoming kitchen and family area overlooking the gardens,” the listing goes on.

      Vancouver realtor David Hutchinson found the listing after the Straight asked about celebrity properties on the market.

      “Everyone likes to be associated with popular people or celebrities like movie starts, professional athletes, artists, TV personalities, politicians, and the like,” Hutchinson noted.