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Twelve-room heritage stone farmhouse is for sale, basically for free (some conditions apply)

It sounds like the deal of the century: pay what you can for a 150-year-old neoclassical stone farmhouse in Oshawa equipped with 12 rooms. There’s only one catch: the whole building needs to be moved, as the area will soon be razed for the Highway 407 extension. The logistics are harrowing: even after paying the movers to rip the house off its foundation and plunk it on a mobile steel chassis, there are still many ancillary fees (permits, insurance, a new foundation, the removal of overhead utility lines and repairs for any damage caused during the move). Hauling the house even a short distance could cost upward of $300,000, and longer or trickier moves may not be possible at all. If there are no bids by the end of the month, the heritage treasure will be dismantled and either sold in chunks or destroyed. For its own sake, that farmhouse had better be pretty darn charming. Read the entire story [Toronto Star] »

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