There’s something a bit magical about this whimsical little house and I hurried over to 587 West King Edward. to photograph it before townhouse construction will see it hidden for quite some time to come. Built in 1930 the 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom storybook cottage has the original ship-deck flooring, a lovely knotty pine kitchen and an elevator that leads to a lookout room with views of the North Shore mountains.
Last spring, the cottage was on the market and there were immediate concerns by Vancouverites that it would be demolished. Fortunately, the developer agreed to retain the house intact, and to build his planned townhouse development around it
The first owners of the little house were William H. James, a foreman with the Cdn. Pacific Railway and his wife Winnifred in 1942
Arn Pentland, a doctor and his wife Mabel bought the “Hobbit House” in 1976. “Like everyone else, my wife and I were in love with it,” Arn told reporter Kim Pemberton in 2004. “I used to drive by it quite a bit and one day I saw a ‘for sale’ sign.” Arn died a few years ago and Mabel passed away at the end of last year; the house is now an estate sale ($2.68-million). That they loved their house is evident —from the family photos in the kitchen to the gnome statutes and the painting of their house that hangs over the fireplace.
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