This Toronto couple bought a $1.1 million 19th-century farm in Everett. A few months later they got married on the property

This Toronto couple bought a $1.1 million 19th-century farm in Everett. A few months later they got married on the property

The buyers: Jesse Hayman, 34, chief growth officer at Greenspace Health, a mental health technology company; Veronica Consales, 32, an architectural designer with her own pottery company, Softspotceramics.

The story: In early 2018, Jesse and Veronica purchased a three-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse in Moss Park for $690,000. The place needed some renovations. It was quite worn and the ground floor layout was cramped, with a bedroom right next to the kitchen.

On a budget of $40,000, the couple did a complete job of knocking down the walls of the bedroom that abutted the kitchen and opening up the main floor. They also added wooden floors, painted the walls, refinished the stairs, redone a fireplace, and redecorated both toilets. The renovations were completed that summer.

Jessie and Veronica have always loved nature, but before the pandemic, because they both worked in the city, they could only do outdoor activities on weekend trips or vacations. So when a large part of the workforce started working from home in 2020, they had an idea: what if they sell their house and buy something out of town?

In July 2020, they began their search, scanning homes within an hour of the city. On their wish list: a detached house with a backyard, privacy and enough space to host their family on the weekend and maybe raise a few children of their own. Veronica planned to quit her day job to focus on architectural design and a pottery business, while Jessie thought he could work remotely and commute to the office a few times a week.

They decided to sell their mansion before bidding, offering it for $875,000, taking into account the added value of the renovations. The pair had 36 performances over the next few weeks, but unfortunately no offers came through.

(Shortly aside: In December, Jesse proposed to Veronica over a weekend getaway in Prince Edward County.)

In January 2021, the offer expired and the house was off the market. At that point, two agents contacted the couple and asked if they were still willing to sell. They were. Of the two offers that came in, Jesse and Veronica accepted the higher, right at their $875,000 offer price. The couple planned to use all the money from the sale to buy their next home.

The quest: With a maximum budget of $1.15 million, Jesse and Veronica looked at properties across the county: Uxbridge, Georgina, Caledon, Milton, King City, Nobleton, Adjala Tosorontio, New Tecumseth, Aurora and Everett.

In February, they found a three-bedroom, two-bathroom detached house in New Tecumseth, an hour’s drive northwest of Toronto. It was listed for $1.3 million. The place checked all the items on their wish list: backyard, privacy, space for family. So the couple put in a $1.15 million offer, maxing out their budget, but the seller turned it down.

About a week later, they visited a three-bedroom, two-bathroom detached house in Adjala Tosorontio, also an hour’s drive northwest of town. It was trading much lower, at $799,000. This place also met their criteria, with the added charm of a large fireplace visible from the front entrance. Jessica and Veronica again tried to maximize their budget, but came up short by $5,000.

Then they discovered a three-bedroom, two-bathroom detached house in Everett, a small town of 1,200 people, near New Tecumseth and Adjala Tosorontio. It was listed for $1.15 million. Dating back to the 1880s, the Victorian home stood on just over two acres of hobby farmland.

They instantly fell in love with the place. Inside there were stained glass windows; cornices; and original hand-carved wooden stairs.

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Outside it had a few outdoor patios; a wraparound deck with a porch swing; and a barn that Veronica imagined converting into a pottery workshop. And as if that wasn’t charming enough, the property was surrounded by a Christmas tree farm. When it came to the wish list: check, check and check.

On the other hand, the house needed some work. The electrical panels had to be certified. The kitchen floors had to be renewed. The stove and oven were outdated (so wood fired). Jesse and Veronica estimated it would cost about $85,000 to make the necessary changes, but they had some cash in hand from the sale of their Moss Park mansion, and Veronica thought the house would be an exciting design project. So they went for it.

The outcome: The couple made an offer on the home in Everett in March, going back and forth with the seller a few times. Initially, they offered $1.05 million, but the sellers came back with $1.15 million. A few days later, they settled the deal for $1.1 million.

They moved into their new home in May and began remodeling almost as soon as they unpacked their bags. During the reno, they used one bathroom and cooked every meal on a barbecue, as they couldn’t use the kitchen. They were ready in August.

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Upstairs Landing

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Master Bathroom

A week after the renovation was done, they had their wedding on the property.

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They have two dogs, three cats and seven chickens. They are slowly learning how to take care of the farm. Next, the couple consider making their own honey to complete their transition from city dwellers to peasants.


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