96-Year-Old Woman's House Hid More Than People Could've Imagined
Finally, Gladys and Carla Spizzirri had the opportunity of opening the house at 148 Jane Street in Toronto, Canada. The sisters and realtors had anticipated opening the home and seeing what was hidden there for years. Now is the deal day they reasoned, and we are ready to see the worst possible things in the building.
Opening the house was a shocker; they found something incredible. Who would have believed such a thing lies in the house they just opened for the first time. Gladys and Carla Spizzirri knew the widely spread rumor about the house, and now, 148 Jane Street is about to be sold. That seemed a perfect opportunity for people to uncover or at least peep to see the hidden things in the house for years. Read through to find out what these sisters saw.
A Typical Ordinary Home
148 Jane Street was just an ordinary house at first glance. It locates in a regular Street in Toronto, Ontario. One could suspect nothing about the house since Jane Street was just a regular one having no distinctive landmark or any unique figure noticeable around. Also, more regular houses flanked the home; some even have a resemblance with the exterior of house 148 Jane Street.
The opportunity to open the house came when the realtors needed to pay a visit. They had got a call asking them to list the building for sale. Only a few people had entered 148 Jane Street, all they know about the place was that same faces had lived in the building for as long they could remember.
Priced To Sell
It was a typical day at the agency where the realtor sisters worked. Everyone was busy with the usual day jobs, and things were working quite well for the workers. No one had expectations of experiencing a different day at work that day; they took calls, tried to land contracts, send follow up emails, and showed houses like they do every other day.
Gladys and Carla Spizzirri enjoyed their partnership working in the agency; they had decided to work together in 2009 when they discovered they would make a perfect match. The sisters were enjoying progress as they worked in the agency which they own. One sister would search for houses they could list, and the other would seal the deal and ensured the listing sells fast. It made sense as the duo worked together to achieve tremendous success.
The Call That Started It All
Gladys and Carla Spizzirri hadn’t always worked together. After enjoying individual success as realtors, they both understood the business as they were geeks in the game. Both knew the in and out of real estate business. As for their agency, there weren’t many surprises, but it was time for them to put up with one. Sometimes, even the experts of real estates can be surprised, and this was the time for the realtor sisters.
What A Strange Call
At first, the call seemed like every other call. Of course, it is not uncommon for phones to ring now and then in a realtor’s office. However, the caller was essential to bring about a significant transformation for the agency as a whole. Behold, the caller was Joyce. She told Gladys, and her sister about selling her home; although she was yet to conclude.
From the conversation, it was apparent Joyce struggled with the call. She was hesitant to sell the house as she talked to the realtors on the phone. On the other hand, Joyce seems persistent, and she would sell the house come what may, what then could be the reason for the indecision. It was only a few seconds later that Joyce let slip a secret that Gladys and Carla would never have expected to hear. It was something that will make a significant change in their lives.
Selling her house for Joyce was altogether a different experience. For most people, it is a decision that will better their lives. Many believed selling their home is a sign of a new beginning and an opportunity to do something bigger. A call to a real estate agent is a happy one to commence the listing process. The decision to sell her house was a reluctant one for Joyce, but she will have to sell it anyway.
Realtors are smart dealing with their clients, and in this case, they were quick to discern there must be something they don’t know about the house of Joyce. Maybe it was a secret that will keep buyers off the house, none could tell. They’ve had experiences of people who conceal secrets about their home before, since such secrets may damage the chances of selling their home.
Taking On The Challenge
Joyce wasn’t playing a hide and seek game. She wasn’t trying to hide one of the typical homeowner issues, like black mold or broken water heater. Her secret was far from the usual things homeowners want to keep from their realtors. It is what anyone would find irresistible to learn about.
The realtors decided to face the challenge since they were sure they could list just about any building. It seems an opportunity after all, and a new milestone to achieve in their real estate business. Although they had faced several challenges together in the past, this is the first time they will be discovering something so bizarre in their job after several years of practice.
After so many years in real estate business, the sisters thought they’ve seen it all or at least, most of it. Little did they know that they were about to see a shocker. Gladys and Carla had dealt with challenging issues that would make most people give up real estate business. Now they were ready to handle just about anything at least, that is what they thought until they entered Joyce’s house.
Gladys and Carla were wondering what this secret would be? They kept asking themselves this silent question until they arrived at 148 Jane Street. First, they needed to, at least, reach the place and do a walkthrough. Different thoughts ran through their mind, despite some crazy guesses, the duo was yet to come close to the shock they would experience at Joyce’s home.
Opening The Door
Gladys and Carla have been in real estate business for three years, and they are familiar with the city as well, of course, that is usual for any professional realtor. But the sisters were particularly famous for listing houses in the most prominent neighborhood in Toronto. Not only were the sisters expert in what they do, but they had also learned a lot by experience.
Few times they had the opportunity to handle homes that would almost sell themselves; such homes often do not require much legwork. But for Joyce’s house, they were skeptical that would occur. However, they were brave and positive about the outcome of Joyce’s home.
Ready To Move On
Gladys and Carla had listened to Joyce while she talked with them. The 96-year-old woman had mentioned something significant that would help them rate the property. Joyce had given them a hint to the big surprise they would see when they walk through the door of 148 Jane Street.
For Gladys at her sister, the age of Joyce was something to deal with; they were further surprised how the aged woman could be so lucid and had no earing problem. That was impressive to Carla Spizzirri in particular; she recalled how she raises her voice for her grandmother to pick any sound from her. Both girls were pleased they could hear Joyce clearly over the phone, but the biggest was just on the way when they saw where the woman was living.
A Hidden Surprise
Soon, the realtor sisters approached the house; they were yet to understand what was to come. After all, nothing seems unusual about the building; it had no unique design that differentiates it from other blocks around. But the surprise was awaiting them; they would be shocked by what they will find once they opened the door.
As Joyce discussed with the duo, she revealed to the sisters that she’s had lived in 148 Jane Street for 70 years now. She further told them that nothing had been done to the house in terms of renovation in the seven decades she lives there except for kitchen remodel. That led the realtor sisters thinking when they heard only the kitchen had been worked on for 70 years; could the situation of the house be too terrible to find a buyer?
Anticipating The Worst
Still worried about the things they’ve heard Joyce say and what they were about to find in the house, they sisters mounted the steps to Joyce’s home. How would Joyce have managed to keep the house in good condition at her age? These thoughts ran through their minds, but they were ready for the worst in Joyce’s home.
The big day was approaching so fast when the duo will inspect the house, and the realtors were still anxious about the condition of the aged woman’s home. How clean would the place be, or would there be piles of dirt? Maybe the older woman had been a hoarder, who had piled up the house with debris collected over the seven decades she lives in the home.
The Plus Side
The location of the house is at least a good one; it was the plus side for the real estate agents, no matter what they were going to find in the building. Houses in that location have been enjoying a rise in price for some time now, the home of Joyce would worth quite a bit. They knew location plays an essential role in the real estate business, and this particular home had that down pat.
Gladys and Carla starting putting figures together as soon as they hung up with Joyce, they need to know how much the house might worth. From their calculations, this might be a goldmine for their agency because their estimation was far more than what they had imagined. They decided that the next thing was to check the house so they could figure out how to sell it quickly.
Better Than Expected
Joyce house was in the Old Mill district of Toronto; it was in a perfect location for the listing. Other houses the realtor sisters had sold in that neighborhood had all earned them something considerably huge, but they were yet to know the exact worth of Joyce home when it appears in the market listing.
From the calculations, the Spizzirri sisters had come up with a value of $968,000. That was an estimated value that largely depends on the interior condition of the home and what it would take to bring the house to a working state. Joyce disposition to sell her house was another issue the sisters had to deal with, would she change her mind about selling? That was a question none could answer.
The Decision To Sell Or Not
At first, Gladys and Carla were worried after they had their first conversation with Joyce on the phone. The older woman was uncertain about the decision to sell her house. But she had assured them she intends selling despite living in the home for about 72 years now. Leaving the place would be heartbreaking for Joyce; she had spent the better part of her life in that house with unforgettable memories.
The real estate agents could not precisely figure what was in the mind of Joyce. Could the senior citizen be hiding something about the house, or was she just upset about evacuating her home of over seven decades? It is only reasonable for Joyce to feel hesitant about relocating from her home, where she had almost the most of her life memories. But if the condition of the house is so terrible, that might be a setback for the real estate agency to sell it.
The Big Surprise
Before they could conclude on the worth of the house, the sisters had to visit the place for inspection. There may be repairs to make to bring the home to an acceptable living standard. As for the time of completing the renovation; that would depend on the condition of the place. But things must be fixed in the house to attract buyers.
Finally, it was time for the real estate duo to inspect the house. They chose a date to visit the place in person and figure out the repairs that the house would need. They were shocked to find what they did; it was a scene that will surprise anyone whether a real estate agent or not.
A Final Choice
At this point, all Gladys and Carla based their plans on was the photo of the exterior and the address of the house. But these were pretty mundane parameters for any real estate agent to judge the worth of a building. The exterior picture of the house had no much difference compared to other typical homes in its environs.
This time, Joyce had made up her mind about her home. She was willing to sell now as she patiently awaits the visit of the real estate duo to come to check the place in person. Finally, the pair arrived at 148 Jane Street, and as soon as Joyce opened the front door to the duo, they were stunned to see what that front door had kept hidden for years.
An Incredible Interior
When the front door opened, Gladys and Carla knew they never prepared for what they saw when that front door was ajar. The interior of the house outclassed the expectation of the Spizzirri sisters; it was far from being a hoarder’s paradise. They realized Joyce took pride in maintaining her home, and she has worked hard to keep the place at the highest acceptable standard.
Everything inside the house was intact; from the decorations to the furniture and knick-knacks. It was a stunning sight to behold for a home that an aged woman lived for decades. The surprise was how Joyce had managed to keep the house in such condition despite her age, and she had kept the furniture spotless clean and the curtains free of dust. Guess what that want the end of the surprise.
Back in Time
Gladys and Carla Spizzirri felt they’ve won the lottery seeing the impeccable interior of Joyce house. It was a fantastic sight they expected to see from the home they all anticipated to inspect. All the repair they had thought the place would need were baseless. Finally, they were going to make more money than what they had estimated. But that want the end still.
The home brings you back in time. You could travel back in time when you walk through the front door of Joyce home. Back to the 1940s, Joyce had moved into the place and had put things in place for her comfort. She had placed beautiful wallpapers on the wall, the curtains were fixed, and the furniture as well. Joyce had taken her time to furnish her home to the current standard in vogue at the time she moved in.
A Very Special House
As they all moved from room to room, Gladys and Carla discovered each living space excelled the previous in grandeur. Joyce place was the cleanest and best-maintained home the real estate agents had entered in their long years of practice. Far from being a mere home..., it was a tribute to decades of years back. The older woman had taken so much time to beautify her homemaking her hesitant to leave.
While the realtors enjoyed the fascinating designs in the living spaces, the sisters spotted a severe issue that could pose a challenge in selling the house. It was one that could break a deal if a potential buyer considers it a big problem, but they hoped it wouldn’t.
A Big Problem
The house largely had a feminine decoration. Although, the home was in a perfect state; that single issue might put off some potential male buyers who are not pleased with pink and floral colors in most of the rooms. Except a particular buyer decides to redo the decor, the color scheme could be a challenge. Joyce home was a perfect one for a female tenant.
It would cost a considerable amount of money to redecorate the place, and that may require some time to fix. That can affect the price that the real estate agents intended to charge. The purple, pink, and gold that color each room will leave an unfavorable experience on anyone walking through the door. The most exciting aspect is that one of the rooms stood out.
A Unique Space
In the home, the most superior room was a sight to behold. That part was in the basement with a wet bar, and there was an elegant wood paneling that made it suitable for a man. That part of the basement was prepared like a man's cave, and it would only require a little touch to make it perfect. With such an arrangement, it was evident that a man had spent some of his time here. The basement had an excellent decoration, and everything was in good shape.
It seemed Joyce's husband had his own private space to hang out on his own or with some of his friends. That was somewhere far away from the floral and pastels that filled the upstairs rooms. That particular spot was a haven from the girly features elsewhere. It was so pleasant and magnificent.
Behind The House
The home was perfect; however, the back yard was not in any way, close to perfection. The place looked neglected for a long time. Someone had, at a point, put down Astroturf. Besides that, there was nothing like improving the look of the land. The back yard was also not given the care that is required, that affected its look.
Despite the horrible state of the back yard, Gladys and Clara were optimistic. They were confident that they could get a fantastic price for the property, and the only thing they need to do was to come along with inspectors. They wanted to ensure there were no hidden flaws in any part of the home before listing the building.
The Inspectors Arrive
Even a perfect looking house can still have some flaws that would be difficult to spot or observe by those that live in it. There could be a foundation problem or in some cases, mold growing inside the walls. If a home is having any of these problems, then there could be an issue regarding the price. Such issues can affect cost significantly. However, Gladys and Clara were confident that the new listing would fetch or attract a reasonable price. They believe that the property would be fine after seeing the way Joyce had decorated it.
Despite the level of confidence that Joyce and Clara had, there is always the fear of the unknown. What is the unknown? It could be possible that there had been something hidden for a long time. Such an item might be unnoticed by the homeowner. However, as soon as the inspectors arrived at the home, it was time for them to see surprises.
Under It All
The inspectors started working as soon as they arrived at the place, they began to scrub everywhere in the home with soap and water. They continued to carry out a thorough inspection of the decoration and were surprised by some of the things they saw. They were confident that some of the surprises might be hidden in the wall or somewhere under the house. The inspection took them a while because there was a lot to cover.
Surprisingly, the house was in pristine shape. That is to say; the house remained in good condition even after so many years of use. It was better off the day the original owners arrived. The bottom line is, with the support of her husband, Joyce's had cared for her home in such a way that there was nothing extra to fix. That was a sign that the house was ready for listing.
Gladys and Clara arrived office, and the next thing they did was to put Joyce's house up for sale at the total value of $699, 000. However, despite the high price on the property, something interesting happened. Guess what; a bidding war began among those that showed interest on the property. The fact that the property at 148 Jane Street was well preserved made a lot of the potential buyer to go nut. As soon as prospective buyers saw the interior of the property, they quickly showed commitment, and that drove the bidding.
The house in question was a no brainer for the potential buyers interested in Joyce's property. However, the most exciting aspect is that people that were not initially interested in the property began to show interest at once. Some of the potential buyers never had it in mind to push for the ownership, but the uniqueness of the place made them develop an interest in the property.
A True Time Capsule
Within a short time, the news about the fantastic house went viral. The news about its stunning interior captured the attention of the press, it appeared and went viral on the internet. Many people that got to know about the story of the house became fascinated. They were surprised by the incredible ability of a 96-year-old woman to maintain such a place. That was not all; the ever-increasing price also made the story famous.
To many who came across the posts on the house, it was a different story. A lot of them saw something more than a home. Many believed that the house assumed the preserve-in-museum status. A closer view of the inside of the house reflected the 1940s. It seems nothing had changed ever since Joyce began to live in the house.
A Whole New Kitchen
While the house looked untouched, Joyce couldn't but admit that there had been a change in the kitchen. The 1960 kitchen was modernized in such a way that any chef would be impressed. The original design wasn't really what people use nowadays. Anyone who buys the house may decide to change some of the kitchen appliances and the interior decoration if he so desires.
However, even though the last update was in the 1960s, it is most interesting to know that all the kitchen appliances are still in excellent working conditions. Based on how well Joyce cared for her home, the state of the kitchen was never a thing of surprise to Gladys and Clara.
Where Joyce Went
Since it was evident in her way of decorating her home, the 96-year-old adult considered herself to be an interior designer. She disclosed it during an interview with Daily Mail, and it seems she took that aspect seriously, especially with the significant work done on her property. However, now that she was ready to sell the house she cared beatified for years, where would she for?
Joyce was going to sell her home to help her relocation to a retirement home. Based on her explanations, Joyce would like to enjoy her remaining days without all the hard works that were involved in keeping and maintaining a home. It was also revealed that the 96-year-old woman worked as a seamstress, and though her house was magnificent, she never learned professional interior design. According to HGTV, she said, 'I've always tried to be individual and follow my own styles'.
Nothing Stays The Same
Since 1942, 148 Jane Street had been Joyce's home along with her husband. As far back 1940, the war was on everyone's mind, and the level of the destruction that took place was immeasurable. The war had a lasting effect. However, during that period, Joyce and her husband had moved into the two-level brick house.
What many people wanted to know was whether or not the new owners would maintain the interior decoration or carry out a remodeling. However, it would be shameful to put Joyce's hard work into the sink. Notwithstanding, the issue of renovating is not such a bad idea. The new owners can do whatever they want with the interior decoration.
The Bad News
There is unpleasant news for whoever ended up buying the house. Despite the perfect work done on the interior, it is essential to note that the furniture wasn't part of the buying price. They were not part of the listing, and whoever buys the property will have to make a provision for that. This news might sound disappointing to those that have been waiting for an update on the property.
Based on the arrangement on ground, Joyce's daughter was to take on the furniture as her inheritance. It shows how significant the furniture means to her daughter. That would probably remind her of her childhood memories; the furniture contributes mainly to the beauty of Joyce's home. However, no matter what people do to the house in the future, it will continue to be a reminder about what history looks like.
After 70 Years
Joyce had relocated to 148 Jane Street at age 24; she had stayed there for seven decades. Somehow, she managed to keep the house just the way it looked like the day that she moved in despite having a child and all that living. It was a real transformation. From the outside, it may just have seemed like a small brick house.
If you were opportune to get a view on the inside, you would be astonished at the beautiful Joyce had created. She achieved that with the help of her modeling skills. Places like the main bedroom remain clean and sparkling. That was the place Joyce spent most of her later years. The chairs and bed appear to be new even though they date back to the 40s.
Joyce shared with the media how she made her décor the tone on tone style. She further revealed that she loved colors that seem soft and matching. When you observe her home, it is easy to tell that colors like pink in different shades pastel, aqua, blue, and purple are colors that Joyce enjoys. Several years after she fixed the décor, the house still looks and feels comfortable and inviting.
Everything in Joyce home was unique and meticulously selected. She was so detailed that not a single item was unexpectedly placed. Towel, toilets sit covers, and photo album all matched the design of the rooms they were placed. Most houses would look old after a long period of 70 years, but this one stood out. A step into the house could take you back through to the past decades.
All The Pretty Details
Joyce three-bedroom house had two bathrooms. The home featured carpets from wall to wall and wallpapers that linked to all the post-war decades. From the wallpapers, you would observe that they have the following characteristics: metallic, baroque patterns, touches of gold, and floral sweeps. Also, there were warming fireplaces to keep the house warm through the cold winters of Toronto.
The interior of every room was a product of a careful plan and the right mix of décor. One would not be wrong to describe it as something out of a museum. The master bedroom featured purple and lilac colors, while each room had a unique scheme of color that revealed professionalism. The cupboards were custom well fit for its exact purpose. All things were in a describable state of perfection.
Below The House
Taking a look at the main floor of Joyce’s home, one can’t dispute excellence it revealed. The basement also stands to be incredible. Wooden cabinets were used to outfit the room for laundry. They looked new and shinning. Laundry machines in the laundry room complemented the place, although they had no same timeline as other items in the room.
Joyce did not enjoy decorating her home; she had maintained to a level people could hardly imagine let alone achieve. It was an excellent standard for most owners. Looking at all the pictures of Joyce's home, one would but agree that Joyce and her husband looked after what they own, and they did it well. Surely, they deserve some accolades.