We recently bought a new house in downtown Toronto.
After living in a compact row house, I was excited to find a fully detached property on a beautifully quaint street. After six years of looking, we had a specific criteria in mind: we wanted a semi or fully detached house in our specific location, a good sized lot and backyard, and most importantly, the house must be a complete and utter wreck. We wanted to renovate. Over the years, our (very patient) real estate agent, Steve Fudge, showed us some pretty scary properties. There was the house that required a flashlight during viewings; the house with the “bathroom” in the dining room (a stand alone toilet with a curtain in front of it); and the house with the crawl through basement with bedrooms that resembled jail cells. The worse the wreck was, the more we seemed to like it.
As we viewed each terrible looking house, we imagined transforming the space into our renovated modern dream home. A house with exceptional light and a great air flow, combining indoor and outdoor space as one. Then one day, we found it. Our new home. Only slightly wrecked, moderately livable but very lovable. We saw our new home a mere one time and gave them an offer. Offer accepted and now we are in the renovation process which will take about 8 months. Time to transform!
And special thanks to Toronto Real Estate Agent, Steve Fudge, for his time and patience! But we still must warn him, we will probably want to find another wreck in the future. Check him out at www.urbaneer.com.