Sunday, November 18, 2018


We have moved five times in our early lives so it 
is unlikely a surprise that we are on to our next home, but I swear we were not intending to move this time.

Photo by Tom Vogel,

In fact, we just had this sweet forest clubhouse built for our kids by Flamborough Patio Furniture.

Photo by Tom Vogel,

To top it all off, we’ve been through two bathroom renovations -- main floor  and bedroom level -- and just last year we built this stunning new kitchen for ourselves (not your typical flip finishes). Case and point: Black does not appeal to the masses but we absolutely loved the final results!

Photo by Tom Vogel,

Photo by Tom Vogel,

Photo by Tom Vogel,

So you must be thinking, why the heck are we moving after all this? Well, beyond changing family dynamics and the need for a proper in-law suite, we found a place that tugged at our emotional heartstrings.

“They say buy with your head and not your heart, but I feel you always end up much happier if you buy with your heart (and that is what we did).”

House No. 4 at 250 James Street South. Photo by Tom Vogel,

As a bonus, the new house offered the most incredible backyard oasis with an in-ground pool. We hummed and hawed but after visiting an open house we HAD TO HAVE IT.

From sight to capture, it was a nearly 5-month physiological roller coaster.  I had mixed feelings, as it was not an old home. In fact, the age of the house was 1983. A vintage that made me sick. Lol.

However, it did not feel like 1983. The place was extremely custom with designer finishes and unique architectural features including a winding steel staircase and floor to ceiling wood framed windows.

In my journey as a homeowner, I always thought I would only buy old.

We have lived in homes from 1880s to 1960s and my favourites have been the oldest. All that said our recent move was not about any frustrations around restoration and maintenance. It was, and has always been, about finding something that connects with us emotionally.

House No. 2

I have realized age does not matter. Its character that counts. My heart still belongs to old houses but I want to empower others (and myself) to realize it is not being a traitor to your core if character happens to come in a newer package.

Therefore, my new mantra is, “I will never buy cookie cutter.”

Below are memories of our old (old) home and glimpses into the other homes we considered but did not settle on.

We will miss you 4 Freeman Place!

Photo by Tom Vogel,

Photo by Tom Vogel,

Photo by Tom Vogel,

View tour from Tom Vogel HERE

Homes we looked at but 
didn't settle on

5 Hilton Street in #HamOnt
View tour from Tom Vogel HERE

Photo by Tom Vogel,

Photo by Tom Vogel,

Photo by Tom Vogel,

Photo by Tom Vogel,

395 Queen Street South in #HamOnt

View my blog post HERE
Now offered at $1,299,000

841 Book Road West in Ancaster 

79 Markland Street in #HamOnt

We viewed with the former listing agent. 

Still for SALE

View listing HERE
Offered at $1,190,000 (Previously $1,400,000)

House No. 6....

Our new home will remain a mystery except to those who know but here is one more teaser to our next chapter J

Photo by Tom Vogel,


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