Humble Country


We’re two guys with a frisky female boxer dog who sold their home last year in Toronto’s west end.

<Coming Soon: Humble Country>

After that exercise was done and over with, we decided to forgo buying again in the Big Smoke. Instead we became renters after 20 years of serial homeownership.

Then gradually we toyed with the idea of living away from the hubbub of urban life, with less distractions and ample room for our creative interests. After countless property viewings, and with only three months left on our lease, we found it.

Our new home is a modest yet fetching Victorian hobby farm situated on 1.5 lush green acres surrounded by century-old maples and farmers’ fields. The neighbourhood is for the most part agricultural, with a handful of rural homes thrown in for balance. The vistas are spectacular, including a breathtaking northerly view of the rolling hills that form the Oak Ridges Moraine.

The main building and three outbuildings are designated heritage, meaning they can’t be f’d around with — thou shall not install eighties style triangular windows!!! As such, many of the interior and exterior architectural details are original and will remain that way long after we’re gone. Other aspects are equally old-fashioned. We use oil for heating, our drilled well produces clean, potable water courtesy of the Moraine, and a septic system handles our waste water.

IMG_0787The previous owners purchased the property in 2001, using two of the three outbuildings as studio space for their busy sign making business. We’ll continue that tradition with our own creative endeavours, namely art painting and furniture making — the latter to pick up speed after I retire.

This is a big change for two Toronto townies. We carefully weighed the pros and cons before submitting an offer, knowing exactly what we were in for. Commuting to work is a car intensive activity, especially when you live 90 KM away, versus a relaxed (…?) subway ride. Even our pup will find it challenging here with fewer dog pals to butt sniff and no off-leash parks to dart around in.

On the other hand we have this amazing opportunity to preserve and enjoy a chunk of Southern Ontario history with the serenity, quiet and adventure that goes along with it. This is the stuff you can’t find in a city.

I won’t call this our “forever home,” though we do expect to stay put for a long time, which is a foreign concept for two restless vagabonds bent on selling their home every handful of years!