EDMONTON - Erika Sord and her husband always wanted to live in a loft.
So when the young couple came across a 1,200 square-foot property downtown with high ceilings and a huge bathroom, they jumped on the opportunity to purchase the home of their dreams.
The loft near 107 Street and 103 Avenue was listed for $100,000 less than other comparable properties on the market. The only catch — it had been the scene of a murder.
In 2007, a 35-year-old cocaine dealer was shot multiple times in the home when two teens who worked for him opened fire with a high-powered semi-automatic assault rifle. One of the bullets went through the bathroom wall and a metal drawer, leaving a hole. A few bullets went through the island of the kitchen as well.
But the couple wasn’t fazed.
“Obviously we cared that somebody lost their life, but the property didn’t seem stigmatized to us. It was such a beautiful property,” said Sord, who has since sold the home to move to Fort McMurray.