This is the first Amish home I’ve seen listed online for sale in Canada. Amish have had a presence in Canada for nearly 200 years, the vast amount of that time only being found in Ontario. In recent years they’ve settled in three other provinces.
From what I can tell this home is found in Huron County, in what would be known as the Lucknow community, a settlement nearly 50 years old with six church districts. Canada has one very old settlement at Milverton (founded 1824) – then all the rest of the current communities came about after World War II (in a nutshell, a number of Amish moved here in response to the military draft in the US).
This home happens to have a very plain appearance. But despite that it’s not cheap – probably due to having nearly 100 acres of property attached.
Back to the home, here’s the description on Zillow:
This tranquil property is the ideal spot to build a life for your family, surrounded by 98 acres of forested area. This large home is ready for you to convert into your family dream cottage or permanent residence. With large bedrooms, open floor plan and a full basement. This property will easily convert into any layout you desire. Currently no hydro on property.
This six-year-old approx. 1900+sqft Amish built barn has an insulated workshop for a handyman’s dream, drive in shed, through the center to store recreational vehicles or outdoor tools, and animal stalls in the remaining area great for horse lovers or those wanting livestock on a small scale. You will have 98 acres of bush ready to be logged for extra income or enjoy at your own leisure. Recreational enthusiasts can walk the current paths, snowshoe in the winter, bird watch or create their own ATV trails. Be sure to pack your binoculars because this bush is packed full of natural vegetation, flourishing plants, wildlife like owls, deer and some bird species native to this area!
This property is located a short drive to neighbouring towns such as Lucknow, home to the Music in the Fields Festival, Lake Wawanosh Conservation Area, the Blyth theatre and 30 minutes to beautiful beaches on Lake Huron. Toronto Pearson airport only 2.5hrs away, with London and Kitchener-Waterloo less than 1.5hrs. Come take a look at this property and start envisioning how you could transform this property into your dream lifestyle away from the noise of the city.
Let’s have a look inside. You can see right off that the home has some very large spacious main rooms, as is typical in Amish homes:
Here is the also wide-open kitchen area.
Feels so spacious. Probably pretty comfortable when preparing meals.
You can see back into the first room we saw in this shot, giving an idea of the layout.
Here’s a kitchen table and pantry. The table is not too large but this could be a family with even five or six children.
They’ve gotten their money’s worth out of those hats.
Oil lamps on the walls indicate a more conservative Amish group.
That appears to be a maple leaf wall hanging.
Interesting curtain covering an opening in the wall. Not sure what that is.
These rooms are unfinished.
In the basement. Canning has been going on.
The multiple coolers also suggest they are a plainer group. More traditional groups rely on ice cooling.
Basement wood stove and wood for burning.
So obviously the home itself is quite a bit different than the one we saw last week. It is quite a plain and simple home, nothing luxurious about it. As the description says it is one “to convert” and certainly a non-Amish buyer would need to install electricity as well as bathrooms (the home has five bedrooms and no bathrooms). The description also says there is “no hydro on property” which I take must be a Canadian way of saying there is no plumbing hooked up to the home, which fits for a plain Amish home.
I don’t know much about Ontario and certainly not the real estate market, but I imagine this is not a bad location at all (about 20 minutes from the shores of Lake Huron). And while the home is plain, you are also getting 98 acres of land. So what’s the price?
It’s listed now at C$899,000, which translates to about $697,418. The listing agent is Megan Proper of Realty Executives Platinum Limited (Seaforth) Brokerage.