Nasty neighbour note didn’t stop Nova Scotia family from embracing ‘tacky’ Easter decor
Lori Perron was intrigued. A trip to the community post office box not far from her Peachtree Hill home in Halifax, N.S., typically yields a stack of bills, some coupons, junk mail and nothing more.
But on March 4 there was something more. Tucked amid the standard correspondence was a plain white envelope with “Home owner” typed across the front.
“I thought we must have won something,” Ms. Perron says. “It is pretty exciting whenever you get something in the mail that isn’t a bill.”
The excitement, alas, was fleeting, and it vanished altogether after the 45-year-old stay-at-home mom sat down on her front porch to read the envelope’s contents, a letter consisting of three sentences.
“Dear Home owners,” it reads.
“Before Easter comes the community asks that you do not demoralize our subdivision and street with yet again your very tacky decorations. Halloween and Christmas was enough.
“Perhaps you should consider that this area is a step above you.” The letter was signed: “A Concerned Neighbour.” (Devaan Ingraham for the National Post)
Want to live like Wayne Gretzky? 13,000 sq.-ft. mansion built for hockey great hits the market for $15M
A sprawling, 13,000 square-foot mansion complete with two guest houses, its own movie theatre and a tennis court — all designed for hockey great Wayne Gretzky — has hit he market for the low price of $14,995,000 in California.
Gretzky owned the Thousand Oaks, California, home until 2007, when he sold it to former baseball star Lenny Dykstra for $18.5-million at the U.S. housing bubble’s peak. Dykstra tried to flip it for $24-million, but couldn’t find a buyer. He’s since gone bankrupt and the house is back on the market. (Redfin.com)
Here’s what $1-million will buy you in Toronto
Despite reports this week that Canada’s housing market is ready to deflate slowly, there continue to be examples in Toronto of homes that sell for more than the casual observer might expect.
Consider the two-storey house at 34 Playter Cres., just north of Danforth Avenue in Greektown. The red brick house is clearly in a state of disrepair: Wire hangs from the front porch awning and paint is peeling from the garage door trim.
But the home was listed for $949,000 and sold for just more than $1-million Monday. That’s a lot of money for something the new owners will likely tear down and replace.