CALGARY — Home is where the heart is -- and Jason Hastie says he just doesn’t have the heart to tear his down.
The Calgary bungalow has to go: a growing family and lack of space and amenities in the 62-year-old house means Hastie, his wife and four-month-old daughter are planning to build anew on the residential lot.
And so, not wanting to see the handsome 1,200 sq.-ft. house carted off to the dump, Hastie has posted his home on kijiji.ca, offering it to anyone in need of new digs -- and he’s throwing in $1,000 to help move the building to a new property.
“This house has been my home for the past 10 years and I have done many renovations to it. The LAST thing I want to see is for this to be torn down. It is an awesome house and would make a great home for anyone in need,” reads the ad.
“Even if you don’t need a house, but know someone in need (perhaps someone who has lost their house in the floods this past summer), please contact us as well.”
Dirt cheap houses aren’t a new thing, and plenty of people offer their homes for a pittance, hoping to defray demolition costs that can run between $10,000 to $30,000, depending upon factors like asbestos.
But a look at such giveaway properties on sites like realtor.ca shows such homes are generally rough shanties, in desperate need of renovation.
The bungalow belonging to Hastie, on the other hand, appears show-home immaculate, with renovations like a jetted tub and modern kitchen with an island and skylight.