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'$5.2 million, all cash': Big bucks offered for this 100+ year old Tree Stump House

The home was located in what's now Prince Edward Street in Vancouver's Riley Park neighbourhood
Tree stump home
The 3-bedroom home was situated on what's now Prince Edward Street in Vancouver's Riley Park.

Vancouver's housing market leaves a lot to be desired but at least you're not living in a literal tree stump like B.C.'s pioneers did over 100 years ago.

Back in around the year 1910 this Mount Pleasant tree stump contained a three-room home and was situated on what's now Prince Edward Street in Vancouver's Riley Park neighbourhood.

A photo of this unique and bizarre building is kept by the City of Vancouver Archives where archivist Major Matthews provided additional details about the home. 

"It was built by a Mr Berkman and was on the east side of Seacombe Road, now Prince Edward Street, between 26th & 27th Avenues. The location is now 4230 Prince Edward St. It was reached by a short forest trail from Horne Road, now 28th Ave," Matthews wrote of the home. 

"The lower stump on right was the kitchen, the lower part of the higher stump on left was the living room. The bedroom, doorless, was reached by a ladder removed in daytime to the kitchen," Matthews explained.

The photo was given to Matthews by W. J. Moore a photographer whose home was nearby. Matthews also noted the photo appeared as an illustration in the "Province," magazine section on May 29, 1943.

The century-old home recently received a new wave of attention with its photo appearing on social media. 

Vancouver Redditors offered $4.6 million for the long-gone home but in true Vancouver fashion, there were plenty more bids.

"$5.2 million, all cash, used unmarked bills," joked notreally_bot2287. 

With files from Lani Russwurm

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