For less than the price of a small Toronto condo, you could be the owner of a historic house where John Diefenbaker was born.
A real estate listing for the four-bedroom, one-bathroom house in Neustadt, Ontario, entreats prospective buyers to “own a piece of history” for just $369,900.
“This lovingly maintained historical home was the birthplace of John Diefenbaker, the 13th Prime Minster of Canada,” the posting says. “The current owners have felt privileged to live here and were careful to maintain the character and nostalgia of this 19th-century home while savouring a peaceful life with gardens and animals and reminders everywhere of days gone by.”
Diefenbaker was born in the house in 1895, which is located about two hours northwest of Toronto, and about 90 kilometres north of Guelph, Ont. His family, though, moved to what would later become Saskatchewan, in 1903.
The house he was born has made news before: During the 2015 election campaign, then-Conservative leader Stephen Harper said if the Tories won the election, they’d make the house a national historic site.
The current owners said the house was “love at first sight,” according to the listing on realtor.ca. It still has its original flooring from when it was built in 1890. The yard has a barn and a greenhouse; the greenhouse is made with the original front door of the house and the windows. (The current owners had to replace the windows.)
“As you enter the house, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time with the wood flooring, tasteful linen-coloured walls, gently blowing lace curtains, lovely antiques and a bathroom complete with an ornate clawfoot tub,” the listing says. “You’ll appreciate character paired with good modern upgrades.”
Realtor Angela Boersma, with Royal Lepage RCR Realty in Hanover, Ont., said the house is located in a “quaint little village in rural Ontario,” with a brewery and general store nearby.
Diefenbaker, who lived most of his life in Prince Albert, Sask., was the only person from Saskatchewan to ever become prime minister. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1949, and held the seat in Prince Albert until his death in August, 1979, at the age of 83.
He was prime minister from June 1957 until April 1963.