Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Old Montreal House - The Meaning of Atmosphere


I'm departing from my own house to show you one for sale in Montreal, my birthplace. It's fair to say that I'm an old house enthusiast. I will choose an original work of art over a print, authentic over fake. You get the picture. What is truly difficult to achieve in a home is real atmosphere. We live in an era of consumerism where people tend to decorate their homes with the latest trends; cheaply made, massively produced objects that have no history and no personal connections with the owner. I wish I could have met the owner of this house.

An article from the Huffington Post

Spooky Montreal Home For Sale Gives Us The Creeps

Described as "certainly the last to be renovated" 1920s homes, the cottage-style house at 6878 St-Denis looks like it's made for an American Horror Story set. "Everything is original. All floors, paneling, doors woodwork are all of Oak. Astonishing richness!" the listing says, and goes on to describe many of the house's features — crystal handles on the doors, a "decorative fireplace mantle in the living room" and a "basket of resin!" Clues to the property's popularity: It's been on the market since May, 2012, and has gone from an original list price of $715,000 down to $660,000 and now lists at $579,000. The four-bedroom house was built by a businessman for his wife and six children, CTV reported when the house first went up for sale. The listing ends with this line: "Sale without legal warranty of quality, at the buyer's risk: Yes."


Entrance
Foyer
Foyer
Dining room
Believe it or not, we have the exact same dining room set, though our chairs are covered in tapestry.
Our set was handed down from Brian's grandparents, who lived in... you guessed it: Montreal.
Dining room
Dining room

Living room

Living room
Staircase
Hallway
Hallway
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
How wonderful. Yes, it's spooky, but certainly not creepy.

13 comments:

Mayfair Mistress said...

I about fell over when this was posted on old house dreams a while back. atmospheric indeed!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello M M,
You neerly fell over, my jaw dropped to the floor. What about those light fixtures - unbelievable. Got a glimps at your beautiful Queen Anne, love your creatures. Thanks for dropping in.
Anyes
xx

JC said...

I also saw this months ago when it first went up for sale, and I got really curious about it.

Apparently (and I don't know how true this is) the people who were living here were hoarders, and it took months to clear out the house. There's also a very good reason that the kitchen and bathroom are not shown. I actually managed to track down a few additional photos of the house from some people who had gone to see it. I ended up with a few photos of the kitchen, but apparently the bathroom was so gross that they didn't take photos.

The kitchen is in pretty bad shape (half the plaster ceiling has fallen down, and it still had the old original sinks which are all rusted. It does have a beautiful floor to ceiling built-in though, but sadly it's been painted (either white or baby blue).

GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Anyes,
I'm so glad you showed that home and interior. I love old homes and love more to look inside! I hope the perfect buyer comes along. Thanks for sharing.
Gina

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello JC,
Yes, the dead giveaway in realestate shots is, what they don't show you. It crossed my mind that the owners could have been oarders, it would explain so much - I know the type. I was saying to Brian, this is a house for JC.
Anyes
xx

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hi Gina,
That's a tricky one, it's so past the point of attratcting the DIY'er who loves old houses. This one needs a team of professionals in every field. Yes, I do hope it's rescued.
Anyes
xx

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Hello, Anyes,

Looking at all that old wallpaper, it makes perfect sense that it survived because hoarders buffered it with so much stuff. The condition of the porch surely points to other possible structural problems! I think the best scenario for the place might be to save the outer structure and gut the inside, but if that were the case, I'd want to save all the interesting details, to reinstall. I'm thinking of a process like the 1940's rebuilding of the White House.

Whether or not the house is haunted, it certainly has interesting stories to tell!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Mark,
I agree, all should be saved to be reinstalled. It would make for a fascinating reality show like BBC's The Manor Reborn or PBS's This Old House.
Anyes
XX

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I knew I'd seen this one before--thanks for reminding me it was old house dreams...

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello A,
If you were considering it when it first came up for sale, it's now come down in price. Still way too high in my opinion, but dream homes are a subjective subject and not to be questioned. I certainly found my dream home. Thanks for leaving a comment.
Anyes
xx

Richard Cottrell said...

Interesting, how preserved, yet worn and tattered. Richard from My old Historic house.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Richard,
Yes, it's a strange combination rarely seen. That's what makes it so fascinating I guess.
Anyes
xx

Anonymous said...

I don't think it's creepy at all - or spooky. It's absolutely wonderful, and untouched by over-enthusiastic renovators. In Australia, it's hard to find an intact old house. I wish I could buy it, move to Canada (to escape the heat) and kindly restore it to its former glory... Sigh...