The KliffKingsbury house in the Vancouver suburb of Kitsilano is on the market for $2.5 million.
The house is the home of one of the city’s most prominent and controversial residents, Vancouver police chief Greg Horton.
It’s also a reminder that the city is still grappling with homelessness.
“The house has been there since 1876 and it has stood in the same location for about 100 years,” Horton said in an interview last week.
“It is just an amazing piece of history.”
He said the property’s history is a lesson for anyone considering buying a home in the city.
“We have a lot of heritage here and we want to preserve it,” he said.
“That’s why we’re here.
It’s a wonderful piece of property and we don’t want to get rid of it.”
Horton said the house was built in the early 1800s and was used as a guest house for wealthy friends.
“They would come here to spend the night.
They were not homeless.
They didn’t need it,” Horton explained.”
These people were wealthy.
They had great taste.
They lived there.
They went on vacations.”
He continued, “They didn’t care about the city or the homeless.
And that’s why it’s such a beautiful piece of land.”
The house was sold for $1.3 million in February 2018.
In an interview with CBC News last week, Horton said the home had an eclectic collection of furniture and decorative items.
The property has a swimming pool and an outdoor deck.
“I think this is the most amazing property in the whole city,” he added.
Hortons home was once the home to the famous poet William Blake, who lived there for two years in 1873.
Blake was an outspoken critic of British Columbia’s colonial rule.
He wrote of the lack of social programs and services in his poem, The House at Sea.
“Everywhere I looked the houses looked like a prison,” he wrote.
The KliffKensbury house is owned by a trust for the Kliffs and they have not yet made any decisions on how to use the property.