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This historic dream home in New Brunswick can be yours for only $225,000

Living in the city is dumb.

You're tired, you don't own a house, you will never own a house, and no one believes it when you say you're still living there because one of your "creative projects" is close to a "breakthrough."

So why keep doing this to yourself? Reposition your fate in a place that's small and beautiful. Enjoy your life.

Move to this majestic house in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Okay. I'll tell you about the house.

This Gothic revival, six bedroom, three bathroom, two-storey home in the heart of Sackville could be yours for a mere $224,900.

Built in 1892 by Thomas Egan, a shipbuilder and sea captain who wanted a home not far from the sea, it was later sold to Fred Fisher, a prominent industrialist and head of a stove manufacturing company.

Fisher made significant additions and renovations so that he could house his father-in-law, Reverend C.F. Wiggins, a priest who served as rector of the local Anglican parish for 45 years.

Fisher's son — John Wiggins Fisher — would grow up to be one of Canada's earliest radio drama performers, was a longtime CBC journalist who later became internationally known as "Mr. Canada" after serving as the organizing commissioner of Canada's 1967 Centennial Celebration.

All told, the house has 4,000 square feet of floor space. A home of similar size — based on their respective median price per square foot — would set you back $1.2 million in Montreal, $2.9 million in Toronto, or $5.1 million in Vancouver.

The main floor living room boasts french doors leading out to the back patio and garden. Crucially, it is where the home's original brick fireplace has been maintained.

There's a formal dining room on the second floor overlooking the backyard, with cornered cabinets and a beamed ceiling.

An elongated kitchen has ample cabinet space and room for a more informal breakfast nook.

The six bedrooms are all quite spacious, and the home was designed with lots of windows to produce strong natural lighting.

There's also a bright and spacious study.

And the house comes on a 0.7-acre lot that plays host to fruit trees, gardens and a private, fenced backyard.

There's a sizeable vegetable plot where you can grow your own assortment of food.

The home, which sits in the core of the community and is a five minute walk from the Town Hall, is also a registered historical site.

Wait where is this, again? It has the word "sack" in the name?

Sackville, New Brunswick is the closest thing Canada has to cool American liberal arts college town.

Home to Mount Allison University — which has been ranked the best undergraduate-focused university in Canada by Macleans for most of the past three decades — it sits near the border of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in a region dotted with marshes, rivers, wooded trees and brooks.

While the town of 5,300 people was historically driven by a shipbuilding and manufacturing economy, it's now driven by post-secondary education and tourism, making it a welcoming place for young professionals with affordability in mind.

That also means it has all the hipster amenities you would probably frequent in your city neighbourhood. Your local microbrewery, your local cafe, your greasy spoon. There's also boutiques, a farmer's market, second hand shops, a record store and several galleries.

And it's eastern Canada so all the pizza places have extremely good donairs.

In August, Sackville plays host to Sappyfest, an independent, non-profit music and arts festival that is one of the coolest things that happens in Canada.

The small, intimate affair has previously hosted Arcade Fire, Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta, Toronto punk stalwarts Fucked Up and PUP, Sandro Perri, legendary soul singer Charles Bradley, and Owen Pallett. 

Is there stuff around this Sacktown? 

Sack-ville.

But yes. You're a five-minute drive from the Nova Scotia border, where you can navigate that province's world renowned natural landscape.

If you feel the pull of box stores, you're 30 minutes from Moncton, New Brunswick's most populous city.

It's a 40-minute drive to Confederation Bridge, which crosses over to Prince Edward Island, where you can eat the best oysters in the world and summer on red sand beaches.

You can also visit Shediac, about a 35-minute drive, known as the "Lobster Capital of the World" because, well, it's the lobster capital of the world.

If you want to visit a bigger city, Halifax is a two hour drive.

Lead photo by

Royal Lepage


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