Saturday, June 6, 2020


History really is priceless, but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy it.

In fact, two storied Hamilton homes have recently been offered for sale.

The Tall House on Hess Street circa 1858 has sold, but one of the ‘six sisters’ of the circa 1879 MacNab Street Terrace is currently on the market and available for $749,000.

As one follower recently said,
“The century homes are in high demand and low supply and we aren't building any more of them.”

So if you are craving heritage home ownership, get your hands one while you can!

172 Hess Street North
“The Tall House”, was first introduced to the market in March this year at $600,000. The priced was reduced to $550,000 and 38 days later she ended up selling for just under $525,000.

This proudly perched painted brick property had my heart racing at first sight imagining all the possibilities. She definitely needed a lot of elbow grease, but all the hard work will be well worth the reward for the buyer who had the foresight to bring her back to her former glory.

>View Virtual Tour HERE

When this home was built by carpenter and builder, Thomas Peat, it was the northernmost residence on Hess Street North. Thankfully, construction was complete just before the recession of 1858, which accommodated all the detailed ornamentation that survives today.

In the 1930s, the owners at the time, had the house painted pink using a rubber-based paint form Portugal. Unfortunately, the paint is impossible to remove without damaging the brick.

Source: Heritage Treasures by Susan Evans Shaw

Twin or what ??! to 227 Park St N, Bellwether House (blue and white painted brick Italianate)

252-262 MacNab Street North
‘Sister Five’, #254 MacNab Street North, is offered for sale today at $749,900.

#254 is pictured second from the right

This 2,100 square foot, 4 bed + 4 bath, grand old dame offers unspoiled character beauty over 3 floors (and hopefully preserved woodwork under all that exterior aluminum cladding).

Rear parking available with access through a driveway door between 256 & 258 MacNab Street North (right of way access). How cool would it be to pull your car through this 140+ year old pass through?!! Imagine the history that has come and gone!

>View Full Listing HERE

James Balfour, renowned local architect, designed the six unit Terrace which was (and remains) one-of-a-kind in Hamilton. Balfour was inspired by the all-wood Italianate houses and row houses so common in San Francisco and blended that architecture masterfully with High Victorian Gothic.

Source: Heritage Treasures by Susan Evans Shaw

Today, four of the six ‘sisters’ have been restored to their former glory. #254 is fresh for the picking and bursting with potential with proof of performance in her sensational siblings.

#256-258 are currently operated by the long-time owners as a bed & breakfast/guest house:

Read about #262 MacNab’s recent restoration in The Hamilton Spectator:

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