Friday, December 27, 2019


117 Wilson Street West, Ancaster, ON
Smith/Gooderham House circa 1855

This heritage designated home was a thumb-stopper and jaw dropper from the minute it landed on the market this fall. My original Facebook post garnered 8,584 views, 187 reactions, 73 comments and 37 share! 

No surprise given her Gothic Revival good looks and many surviving character details from quoined brick, intricate gingerbread trim, high baseboards, rich crown moulding, plaster ceiling medallions, solid wood-framed windows, pine plank floors and wood-burning fireplace (mantel replaced).

I personally gave this property a lot of thought. The curb appeal was off the charts, the history was alluring AF, and the potential was undeniable given the central Ancaster location. Not to mention the 100x150 forested lot was for sale next door at 121 Wilson Street West for $789,000. 

For the right price, the combination would score ½ an acre of prime real estate featuring a landmark heritage home, rarely offered in such original condition.  A True home for the holidays, and all any FreshBrick lover could really want. And obviously so, as it is now freshly picked, aka SOLD (lot at 121 Wilson Street West is still available)!

  • 5 Beds
  • 2.5 baths
  • 3,539 square feet
  • 60 x 125 foot lot

117 Wilson St W, Ancaster, ON from Hamilton 3D on Vimeo.


~ Originally, a large 200+ acre lot (Lot 41, Concession 3) granted to three sisters by the Crown in 1796.

~ 85 and ¾ of an acre bought in 1852 for $1,000 by Captain Charles Hammersley, a retired English officer.

~ The property was then purchased in 1871 for $5,750 by Jesse Smith, whose family was originally from London England and immigrated to New Jersey before arriving in Canada after the revolution. 

~ Jeremy lost the house in a court case in 1885  to Joseph Hancock who then sold to Amos Freshwater in 1906. 

~The porch in the 19th century was a gabled overhang, trimmed with treillage whereas the current is screened and boxed with a plain slanted roof.

Source: Carolyn Hawlay, Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee. 

(Originally listed at $849,000. Last listed at $829,900).
Represented by Nancy House of Royal LePage State Realty:

Fireplace BEFORE

1 comment:

  1. Somewhat disappointed in the asking and more so the selling prices considering what some shoehorned and unadorned north end cracker boxes and going for, especially when the woodlot next door is listed for almost as much.