Realtors Expected The Worst After Getting A Call About A 70-Year-Old Home
When an elderly woman called real estate experts Carla and Gladys Spizzirri wanting to sell her house, they did not know what to think. She would not give them any proper information about the property at 148 Jane Street. So, the Spizzirri sisters had to check it out. Despite all their theories about this woman’s home, they were not prepared for what they saw there.
Selling a house can be somewhat difficult, especially if it’s old, but it would be a problem for the Spizzirri sisters. However, the place at 148 Jane Street was totally different from anything in Toronto, Ontario. The real estate agents thought it the interior would be just as unremarkable as the exterior. However, they were wonderfully surprised…
A CURIOUS CALL
One day while working, the sisters received a call that would bring them to an interesting discovery. Originally, Gladys and Carla did not work together but soon discovered that one had a talent for looking at sellable properties and the other was great at convincing clients. After years in the business, it was hard to surprise them. However, they soon received a call…
During a normal day at the office, the company received a call from Joyce, an older woman that was looking to sell her house. This is not a surprise as many elderly people part with their property when it gets to be too big to maintain. However, you could tell that Joyce was not entirely sure about her call or the decision to sell her home. The Spizzirri's would later discover why…
NOT EXCITED FOR THE SALE
For most people, selling their houses can be a great experience. They have decided to move on with their lives and want something new. However, the real estate agents knew that Joyce was hesitant, but they couldn’t tell why. They thought that the property was not in its best condition, and the elderly woman was worried that one would want it.
THE SPIZZIRRIS LOVE A CHALLENGE
The Spizzirris had already dealt with sellers that hid horrible things about the house, but that was not the case for Joyce’s place. Gladys and Carla did not expect what greeted them when they went to that neighborhood in Toronto. But they were up to the challenge of selling a difficult house. Luckily, it ended up not being problematic…
The real estate agents already had several ideas regarding the house, as well as what they could do about them to make it sellable. They had already been in the business together for three years, and only a few times had they found properties that sold quickly. They understood hard work and were not afraid of it. But their theories were all wrong when it came to Joyce’s house...
The only thing that Joyce told them was that “something surprising” might affect the sale of the house. She also revealed that Gladys and Carla would be shocked when they entered their home. Joyce was 96 years old at the time, but the years had not affected her much. She could hear perfectly and was in top shape for her age. Carla was astonished by that.
WHAT THE AGENTS EXPECTED
From the outside, the house was pretty similar to the others in the neighborhood, but the real estate agents knew that it was also pretty old. One of the things they worried about was the condition of things inside, as well as Joyce. Perhaps she was a hoarder and had accumulated all kinds of things during the 70 years she lived there. Was that the surprise?
THE WORST IT COULD BE
The house was probably going to need a lot of work because an old woman couldn’t have possibly maintained it all these years. At some point, they even thought it could be haunted. It had never been renovated in 70 years except for an upgrade of the kitchen. But that’s as far as Joyce would reveal. Carla and Gladys began to worry that it would be a disaster.
NOT AT ALL WHAT THEY THOUGHT
Even it had been badly neglected over all those decades, the Spizzirri's knew that it was located in a coveted neighborhood in the city. They could get a great price just for the land alone, and they began calculating price listings for the area as soon as the call with Joyce was over. The figures would be favorable for their company. So, it was time for a visit…
Any house at the Old Mill neighborhood of Toronto would definitely sell fast even if it was a fixer-upper. The company and the client would end up making a considerable amount of money from it. There were other factors to consider in terms of pricing, but originally, the agents thought that it could go for $968,000. But they had to convince the hesitant owner…
That number could be lower based on any renovations they had to make it. Meanwhile, Joyce had not seemed overly excited about the prospect of selling the house. The agents would have to convince her. During her call, she was just thinking about it, as she had lived there for such a long time. It would be hard for anyone to let go. Would the Spizzirri sisters get the listing?
WOULD SHE LET GO?
It was that hesitation that convinced the agents that something might be wrong with the house. There are all kinds of scenarios, as anything can happen to such an old house if it’s not properly maintained. But things would only be revealed during the big visit to 148 Jane Street. What did the sisters discover there?
THE BIG REVEAL
The date of the visitation had come, and it was one of the most surprising moments of Gladys and Carla’s life. The exterior was so unremarkable that they were convinced that nothing inside would be too outstanding. They were wrong. Additionally, Joyce had come to the decision to sell, and the house needed a proper inspection. The secret finally came out…
THE PERFECT INTERIORS
In the end, Joyce was definitely not a hoard, and she did not neglect her house for one second of these 7 decades. The entire interior was perfectly maintained, cleaned, and shiny the entire time. Additionally, it was beautifully decorated from top to bottom. It was also like walking into the past because of the vintage décor. The sisters were delighted!
A GREAT DESIGNER
The sisters were taken right back to the 1940s, as the house was almost a time capsule. Of course, Joyce moved there around that time and decorated everything herself. From the curtains to the furniture, it was all her work. During their tour of her home, Gladys and Carla discovered how well-kept and lovely it was. Each room had its own theme!
A LITTLE FEMININE
While the house was beautiful, it was a bit too feminine for modern times. Men would probably not want to live there, and if the buyers did not want to renovate, it could be hard to sell it. After all, redecorating takes a lot of time and money. Additionally, some women might also not like the décor despite how pristine and in top shape everything was.
A MAN CAVE
Despite the rest of the house, there was one room that could attract male buyers. The basement had been turned into a man cave, complete with a wet bar and wood paneling. It was probably where Joyce’s husband spent most of his time after retiring. The rest of the décor makes sense after looking in the basement, as women had more control over their houses while men went to work.
Unfortunately, Joyce had not maintained her yard in the same way as the rest of the house. It was probably her husband’s job. But Gladys and Carla knew that with just a bit of landscaping everything would turn out alright. It was a tiny yard, but it could suit a family just like any other. Now, it was time for professional inspectors to take a look at the house…
Many problems could surface from a serious inspection, especially in such an old house. They needed to fix any issues such as foundation damage or mold. Some problems are not immediately noticeable. Those could bring down the price of the listing. However, the agents were sure that the house was great. In the end, the inspectors also discovered something surprising…
GOING THROUGH THE ENTIRE HOUSE
The inspectors went through every part of the house, leaving no part unturned. They had to check thoroughly, but at the end of the day, discovered nothing amiss. The property was probably better than now than when Joyce bought it decades earlier. She and her husband took great care of the house for years, and now the real estate agents only had to finalize the sale.
DECIDING ON A PRICE
When Gladys and Carla got back to the office, they decided on a listing of $699,000. That’s still a lot of money for a house. However, they received tons of responses in no time, and clients even started bidding for the home. As soon as pictures of the interior were loaded online, people rushed to make an offer. It became such a hot topic.
People were amazed that a woman almost 100 years old had kept that house in shape on her own. Additionally, the price of the house increased with all that attention. Interested parties knew the value of only replacing things that absolutely needed to be replaced and maintaining others. The kitchen was the only modern part of the house, as it was renovated in the 1960s.
SEVEN-DECADES OF TLC
The elderly woman moved into that house when she was 24 and spent her entire life there. She designed the interior and made an otherwise ordinary-looking brick house look special. In her old age, she spent most of her time in the master bedroom, but it was still pristine. The laundry room of the house was also great, and the washing machines were modern too.
JOYCE WANTED TO BE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER
You might probably guess that Joyce wanted to be an interior designer, but she was originally a seamstress. Although she worked hard on that home, it was time to let it go. Hopefully, the new owners would love it just as she did. When asked about her talent despite professional training, Joyce told HGTV, “I’ve always tried to be individual, and follow my own styles.”
ALL IN PASTELS
Most of the house was decorated in pastel colors like aqua, pink, blue, and purple. It looks inviting and comfortable. Additionally, it’s exactly what most people think “grandma’s house” looks like. Her attention to detail can also be noted, as everything was chosen with perfect care. Every room is different and the pieces in them match the rest.
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
In case you want to know about the house, it had three bedrooms, two bathrooms, wall to wall carpeting, and wallpaper all over. It was the quintessential post-war place. There were also floral details, baroque patterns, and gold touches in several places. Additionally, there were several fireplaces. The pristine conditions of everything made everyone think it was a museum.
FURNITURE WAS NOT INCLUDED
The property was perfect, but whoever won the bidding for the house would not get any of the furniture. It was not included, and that might seem a bit disappointing. It just goes great with the décor. Hopefully, the clients were fully aware of that before the sale was finalized. While the house was still pretty beautiful, if you take away the furniture, people might not want it.
MOVING IN SUCH A HARD TIME
Joyce and her husband moved there in 1942. If you know anything about history, you also know that it was a difficult time in the world. That’s also why buyers might have wanted to keep things intact, as Joyce had worked so hard for everything. No one knows who bought the house, but the listing is no longer up.
It’s just amazing that Joyce kept her home that way for so long. It shows that anything can last for decades with a little TLC. Let us know what you thought of this lady and her amazing home. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that love these kinds of stories. See you next time!