Hobbit House in Vancouver listed for sale at nearly $2.7 million

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      One of the city's most recognizable homes is on the market after managing to avoid the wrecker's ball a few years ago.

      The James Residence, a.k.a. the Hobbit House, is up for sale for $2,698,000.

      In 2017, the 2,900-square-foot home at 587 West King Edward Avenue won a Vancouver Heritage Award of Honour.

      There are three bedrooms and four bathrooms, and the main floor features 12-foot vaulted ceilings. The listing describes it as a "Row/Townhouse".

      Prior to the 2014 election, there were fears that the home would be knocked down as part of a large townhouse development. However, the house was retained as a result of a rezoning application.

      According to an article by Irene Lo on the 604 Now website, this is one of three Hobbit Houses in the region designed by Ross Anthony Lort between the First and Second World Wars as part of the Provincial Revivalism style.

      Another is on West Broadway and the third is in West Vancouver.

      Lort was born in Birmingham, England, and began working as an architect in Victoria in 1907 with Samuel Maclure, who was one of B.C.'s best-known architects of the era.

      Lort's firm designed many buildings in Vancouver, including the extension to the Vancouver Art Gallery that opened in 1951. He died in 1978.