Name: Dan Horton, audio engineer & Sarah Prowse, kinesiologist
Location: Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada
Size: 7 bedrooms, 5,000 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months; owned
When kinesiologist Sarah Prowse and audio engineer Dan Horton were ready to take the leap from their rented loft to purchasing their first house together, they discovered that affordable homes in good condition are few and far between in Toronto’s hot real estate market. The quest for ample space in a good location kept them exploring the messy frontier of city real estate to no avail, as they found themselves struggling to justify the asking prices of the fixer-uppers that fell within their budget but not their aspirations. That’s when a phone call from Dan’s sister changed everything.