Monday, 14 April 2014


About 14 months ago, Jeremy and I noticed that one of Port Perry's famous century homes was up for sale.  They always say to buy the worst house on the best street, and that was what this looked like. At $699,900, it was listed way over our budget, so we looked at the pictures online then didn't think much else of it. Fast forward a few months, and the house was still on the market.  They dropped the price a few times, but nobody seemed to want it.  Maybe it was the overgrown gardens, the miles of wallpaper, or the knob and tube wiring that was scaring everybody off...who knows? But, it just sat there.

 We love the Magnolia tree!

It was around the beginning of October that I finally convinced Jeremy that we should go and take a look at it.  They had dropped the price again, to $549,900.  The moment we walked through the front door, we were in love.  Everything about this house screams "character" and we wanted it all! Jeremy immediately fell in love with the large dining room.  For me, it was the four original stained glass windows that captured my heart.  We knew that the price would still break our budget, though, so we left broken hearted.
The stained glass window in the living room

A few weeks later, we noticed that the price had been dropped yet again.  This time it was down to $524,000. With some good negotiating, we could actually make this work!  We went for a second visit, and knew that we were still in love with this place, possibly even more than the first time!  To our dismay, so were two other couples.  We lost out.

Around the middle of February, we received an email from our realtor asking if we were still interested in the property.  Are you kidding me? Of course we are!  The couple who had purchased the home in the fall were unable to fulfil their conditions, and had backed out.  That started a whirlwind of activity for us - doing the few small repairs that our current home needed to get it ready for the market, staging, checking insurance and banking, etc.  The past two months have been hectic, to say the least, but we are pleased to say that we officially own 220 Cochrane.  Our current home sold last week, and we can begin packing.  Our official moving date is June 30, which seems so far away!  We know, however, that time will fly and moving day will be here before we know it.  Then, the real work begins.  


1 comment:

  1. It's gorgeous!! I can see why you two fell in love with it! It was obviously meant to be:).