Soooo in 2016 we bought our first home!….which also happened to be a haunted house…YEP, the things you do for a deal, right?
We found a 70 year old (estimate because nobody actually knows) saltbox house in the heritage area of the small quiet town of Carbonear on the ocean in our home province of Newfoundland, Canada.
Too good of a find to pass up. And a struggle to manage as well as we had to arrange the whole deal from Australia. Had to make the final sign off with Larry scooting home for a few days from a business trip in Vegas. With living away from local gossip, the rushed time, the owner living in Russia and the house being older than the town’s documentation, details of the house’s history was extremely limited. But how bad could it be right??
My dear, you can’t even make this shit up.
Ohhh did the stories start rolling in.
As mentioned the house is more than 70 years old. But just in the last 30-40 years from what we know so far, the house and property has been linked to no less than FIVE UNRELATED DEATHS. At least two of them MURDERS, another, a SHOTGUN SUICIDE!
Many locals also lovingly refer to the house as the Crack House…
Awww, Home sweet home!
When we finally moved home and moved into the house, of course there was mice and bugs. But there was also exorcist paraphernalia EVERYWHERE! Bird feathers and cross weaved palm reeds were in the ceiling of every room.
When we started working on the yard we uncovered a completely buried, underground TOMB (Some call it a root cellar but whatever it’s a grave).
And to finish it off, we have been finding what we HOPE are animal bones buried across the property, I think one of them was a cat skull…
But lemons to lemonade right? Mom lovingly refers to the collective house spirits as Fred, my aunt gave us a bottle of holy water and my 94 year old grandmother stopped by to secretly bless the house.
Aside from this dark side to our adventure as home owners, we still took on a challenge to renovate the house over 6 months to create our new home base.
Challenge: Overhaul the house with just $8,000 and that INCLUDES all furniture.
Result: We increased the valuation of the house by +60% in just four months!
Over the coming months, we’ll be sharing what we did, the mistakes we made and what we learned along the way. From landscaping, electrical and plumbing to design and furniture building and restoration, we’re sure there will be something you guys can use for inspiration or help on your own projects.
That’s it for now. Will update again soon.
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