Shopping for real estate is like opening a box of chocolate, you never know what you are going to get. When Gladys and Carla Spizzirri, two Toronto-based realtors, were hired to represent the seller at 148 Jane Street, they didn’t know what they were signing up for. However, after stepping into the building, they were blown away by what they found. Instead of a 100-year-old home in need of repair, they ended up finding a living time capsule.
Life of a Real Estate Agent
Working as a real estate agent can be riveting or boring, depending on whom you ask. Most real estate agents get called in to help move your average home. When Gladys and Carla Spizzirri were contacted by an elderly woman named Joyce, in Toronto, they assumed that a similar process would play out. If you keep on reading, you will quickly learn that this was anything but the case!
Selling Property In Toronto
Toronto’s housing market is almost always booming. Toronto is the capital of Ontario as well as the largest city in all of Canada. As a cultural hub, Toronto is considered an international destination for art, food, and business. With a high quality of life, people are always looking for a place to live in a nice neighborhood.
Meet Our Real Estate Agents
Before we learn more about Joyce and her fascinating home, let’s take a moment to introduce Gladys and Carla Spizzirri. Both sisters and real estate agents, Carla and Gladys had been working in the Toronto market for years. While they weren’t considered a real estate team, the Spizzirri sisters decided to stick together when they were contacted by Joyce. In all of their years in the real estate industry, they had never come across a home like this!
The Iconic Property
Here we see the iconic home at 148 Jane Street. With a relatively inauspicious exterior, there is really no hint as to what is inside of the building. Fortunately for us, Gladys and Carla had stumbled across something quite magical. Instead of this property being overlooked by the world, their work would bring Joyce’s incredible home, and story, to people everywhere.
A Time Capsule Home
In the real estate world, there are all kinds of different homes. You’ll run across properties that are completely updated, you’ll find retro homes, you’ll even find homes that are soon-to-be-condemned due to their structural integrity. What Gladys and Carla had stumbled across was a time capsule home. Incredibly rare and extremely exciting, very few realtors get to come across these properties. We’ll get more into this later, so keep patient!
Reasons For Optimism
When talking to potential clients, real estate agents know not to get excited too quickly. Many sellers end up backing out of the process, especially elderly homeowners who don’t need to get rid of their property. Still, Gladys and Carla were feeling pretty good. Joyce had reached out to them and that had to mean something!
Meet Our Protagonist, Joyce
Meet Joyce, the 96-year-old woman who created this wonderful story. Joyce and her husband had purchased the property on 148 Jane Street as a wedding gift, over seventy years ago. The couple would live their entire lives inside of the home, so it obviously was a very important place to them. Deciding to sell the house was a big deal. All of a sudden, the Spizzirri sisters realized that they were selling something dear to Joyce’s heart.
Growing Area of Toronto
Despite how important the home was, Joyce knew that she was ready to move on. After revealing the location of the property, the Spizzirri sisters were overjoyed. As we mentioned before, Toronto has long been a world-class city to move to. Additionally, Joyce’s home was located in a region of Toronto that had become very trendy. Carla and Gladys knew that they could help Joyce to get a great price.
Deciding to Sell
After talking further with Joyce, the homeowner revealed that she was ready to ‘retire’ and ‘move to Florida’. While Joyce dearly cared for the home, she admitted that it was time to be close to the rest of her family. Besides, at 96-years-old, she felt like she deserved to take it a little easier. What could Carla and Gladys say to that?
Seeing the Home in Person
Now, our story takes off. Gladys and Carla arrived in front of 148 Jane Street on their momentous day. Ready to photograph the property for the listing, they made their way to the front door of the home. What would they find inside of the property? Would the building be decrepit inside? Was Joyce secretly a hoarder? Was the home actually a complete mess?
Managing Their Expectations
While Joyce had sounded strong and confident on the phone, the realtors knew that there could be any number of ways that this sale could be derailed. While they were sitting on a potentially huge sale, they knew that real problems could still manifest. What if Joyce changed her mind? What if they couldn’t agree on a price point?
Confidence From Joyce
Despite their initial skepticism, the Spizzirri sisters drew optimism from how Joyce comported herself. Clearheaded and ready to get the sale done, Joyce was an anchor throughout the entire sales process. With nothing to lose and nothing left to do, the Spizzirri sisters took a deep breath before entering the home.
Walking Into the Foyer
As you can see, upon stepping into the home, the Spizzirri sisters were blown away. Far from some sort of hidden disaster, Joyce’s home was pristine. The entrance to the property felt like a portal to the past. Suddenly, Gladys and Carla were standing in a beautiful new home from the 1950s.
Incredible Themed Rooms
As Gladys and Carla began their tour of the property, they were blown away by what they saw. Joyce had taken time to give each room in the home a unique theme. From beautiful pink curtains to the accented wallpaper, Joyce had made sure that every little detail was perfect. How could you not love what you saw?
Authentic Antiques In Every Room
While making a theme room was impressive, Joyce took her interior design skills to the next level. Each room was filled with the original home decor that she had purchased over fifty years ago. The home was a museum, a time capsule, and an antique-filled wonder.
Beautifully Preserved Dining Room
Here we see an extension of Joyce’s talents as a housekeeper. This beautifully preserved dining room looks exactly like it did fifty years ago. Could you see yourself sitting down for a relaxing dinner here? From the beautiful decor to the hanging chandelier, we can’t help but be impressed by Joyce’s work.
Purple Theme Brings Nostalgic Dreams
As the realtors continued their tour of the home, they came to realize that they had walked into something quite special. This beautiful purple-themed room was another extension of Joyce’s artistic design talents. Each room had a unique personality that set it apart from the one beside it.
Joyce Reveals Her Career Passion
Speaking of beautiful antiques, Gladys and Carla were knocked off of their feet by this gorgeous dining room. The Spizzirri sisters would soon learn that Joyce had a passion for interior design. Joyce had grown to love designing and maintaining her home. It was clear to see that she was meticulous and thorough in her approach!
Heading to the Basement
As the Spizzirri sisters toured the property, they came to appreciate and grow concerned by Joyce’s design choices. While Joyce had done an incredible job in each room, the house had an overwhelmingly feminine feel to it. This all changed when they went to the basement. Joyce revealed that her husband allowed her to go wild designing the house, so long as he could have the basement. Even after he had passed away, she preserved how he had kept his favorite room.
Home Filled With Memories
When Joyce and her husband had first moved into the property, they were young newlyweds. Now, 70+ years later, Joyce was looking to leave the home for the last time. Such a momentous occasion was surely weighing on Joyce’s conscience. Despite how much love she had for the home, she still knew that it was the right time to move on from 148 Jane Street.
Stepping Outside to Think
Here we see the picturesque backyard of 148 Jane Street. Not confined to the interior of the home, Joyce had showcased her design talents outside, as well. The backyard was cozy to be sure, but it was meticulously groomed and as adorable as ever. Could you see yourself relaxing out here?
Touring the Bathroom
After taking a brief respite, the tour had to continue. Here we see one of the guest bathrooms in the home. From floor to ceiling, Joyce had spared no expense when it came to designing her home. It is easy to see how she could fall in love with the property for so long. What do you think? Would you be willing to live in a 50’s era home?
Elaborately Themed Living Room
By this point in time, Gladys and Carla knew that the home was going to be easy to sell. Their concerns over a potential disaster were pretty much put to rest. Joyce clearly respected her property and had made sure to take care of it. After all, she had been living in this home for almost one hundred years and it was still in great condition. So why were the Spizzirri sisters still hesitant to celebrate?
Home Inspection Worries
As it turns out, old homes have trouble passing modern inspections. Often, older homeowners simply forget to perform the updates that are required to ‘meet code standards’. When this happens, costly repairs and upgrades are required for the property to be sold. While the realtors were happy with what they saw around them, they were worried about what they couldn’t see!
Dealing With Doubt
While the inspection was still looming, the realtors had to put a price tag on the home. After detailing similar listings around the area, the Spizzirri sisters settled on a price of $968,000. Suddenly, Joyce’s dream home looked like an amazing investment. Not only was Joyce going to be rewarded for her hard work, but she was also going to become a millionaire as a result!
Good News on the Way
Despite their concerns over the inspection, Gladys and Carla plunged on with their work. As they would soon find out, their worry was for nothing. The house passed its inspection with flying colors. The inspector even noted that Joyce had done a fantastic job at keeping the property in good condition.
Posting the Listing Online
With the inspection approved and a sale price settled on, Carla and Gladys took their listing to the internet. It wouldn’t take long for 148 Jane Street to start making some noise online. The listing quickly went viral and suddenly potential buyers were pouring in from all over the place. People were stunned and impressed by Joyce’s story and her love of the property.
Making the Hard Decisions
Now that a potential sale was on the table, Joyce had to give her final approval. This was the final test that had to be passed in order for 148 Jane Street to find a new owner. After having lived in the home for 70+ years, Joyce was ready to move on. Instead of wrestling with the decision, Joyce decided to stick to her guns. She was ready to rejoin her family in Florida but before she did, she wanted to look at her old room again.
Visiting Joyce’s Bedroom
For her own bedroom, Joyce had settled on purple as the primary color theme. It is easy to see how she could fall in love with the property. Joyce’s bedroom featured a unique wall-mounted dresser as well as a massive closet. Did we mention that she even had her very own master bathroom?
Home of Many Memories
While we can look at Joyce’s bedroom and be impressed by the condition, Joyce doesn’t see the property the same way. For Joyce, each home possessed decades worth of memories regarding the people she loved and grew up with. The house was a time capsule for Joyce. Each room meant something special and had been there during an important time of her life.
Master Bathroom in Great Condition
Though Joyce cherished the memories that she had made in the property, she was still ready to move on with her life. Instead of being saddened by the sale, it became easy to be impressed by what she had accomplished. Here we can see Joyce’s private bathroom. The unique counters and large bathtub make this perfect for just about anyone!
Joyce’s Fingerprints on Every Detail
Even if Joyce had restrained herself from over-decorating her home, she still made sure to include plenty of details. If you look on the wall to the right of the door, you can see a collection of family photos. As a 96-year-old woman, Joyce had authentic antique photographs of her parents. Isn’t that something?
Key Upgrades When Needed
Among the many minor details worth pointing out is the laundry area. Despite Joyce’s commitment to authenticity, she understood that it was important to keep certain aspects of her home more modernized. This gigantic laundry room features pretty much everything you’d need to get through your chores. Can you imagine a 22-year-old Joyce working in this laundry room?
Sellers Inspired By Location
As Joyce reflected on her life in the home, Carla and Gladys continued to rally buyers in order to come to a deal. While many buyers were inspired by Joyce’s story, the majority of them were interested in the home primarily due to its location. When Joyce had purchased the property alongside her husband, they had struck gold without knowing it.
Closing on a Deal
Eventually, the Spizzirri sisters were able to settle on a number that left both Joyce and her new buyer happy. With the sale officially complete, Joyce and the Spizzirri sisters were ready to depart. Despite the relatively short relationship that they had shared, Joyce and her realtors had accomplished something special.
More Than a Home
Even though Joyce couldn’t take the home with her, she had managed to live in a property that she had loved for her entire life. The Spizzirri sisters had made sure that Joyce was able to get the best price possible, and they also were instrumental in helping Joyce’s story go viral. Now that you have heard Joyce’s story, do you have one of your own?
This Dying Woman’s Heartwarming Note To The Future Owner Of Her Cat Is A Must See
Adopt-A-Cat Month is one of the most important months of the year for those who advocate for the rights of animals. The American Humane Society takes time out to celebrate this occasion every June. Sadly, this is the time of year when the most kittens are born. Unfortunately, they are not able to find forever homes to call their own.
The American Humane Society is doing their absolute best to assist these shelter cats. They are encouraging those who have adopted cats of their own to share their stories, in hopes of providing them with valuable motivation. These feline stories are awesome and they remind us of all the times we’ve shared with our own cats.
In 2015, a woman whose health had started to fail knew that she had to find a home for her cat. She did not want to pass away and leave the animal to fend for themselves. Her son had a rental property that did not allow him to take in any pets. As a result, her cat had nowhere to go. While most people would be thinking of themselves at a time like this, this cat owner is not most people.
Susie the cat was surrendered after her passing. The good folks at Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center were going to find her a home. The woman also left a note with the cat and it is touching. You just might need to grab a Kleenex or two. The owner told the facility about all of the times that they shared together. They enjoyed a quiet life but Susie was the perfect companion.
She’s a shy cat at heart but very friendly. The woman also spoke about the time that she let the cat out for the first time. She tried her best to make sure that Susie knew where her home was but the cat got lost for a few days. After being gone for four days, the cat reappeared during a particularly loud thunderstorm. Susie’s owner knew just how lucky she was and resolved to never let the animal go again.
At that time, she became an indoor car for good and Susie was better off for it. It took her a long while to realize that this kindly woman was actually her friend, though. Once the woman’s health began to fail, she stopped being able to take the cat outside. The animal was afraid to leave the house without her mother but the woman was not able to go much further than her own front porch.
The caretakers knew that she would need some extra love. She was very shy when she first arrived at the facility. Since the shelter knew that Susie would probably have a tough time finding a home, they decided to share the woman’s letter with the general public. They knew that Susie would not be able to find a home as easily unless they were willing to tell her whole story.
The idea worked like a charm. Within two months, they received word from a woman who decided that she was ready to take the cat home. She felt like she had the experience to handle her special needs. These are the happy endings that make our hearts smile. We are glad to see that Susie was able to find a new home before it was too late.
Without this woman’s help, who knows what might have happened to poor Susie? Please be sure to share this story with your closest friends and loved ones as soon as possible. Let’s all do our part to assist the animals who need help when it comes to finding their very own forever homes!
This Football Player Is Standing Up On Behalf Of Dogs Everywhere
Tyrann Mathieu is a well known football star who goes by the nickname Honey Badger. The Badger just so happens to be an outspoken animal rights activist as well. While some will try to make excuses for certain behaviors, Tyrann is not one of them. This man was willing to go above and beyond to make a very powerful statement on behalf of dogs everywhere. These animals deserve to be treated with a certain level of respect.
People’s lack of respect for dogs is always evident during the summertime. There is always some joker who is ready to leave their animal in the hot cat while they “just run inside for a minute”. These practices cause the animals to be left in harm’s way. Worst of all, the animals cannot speak up for themselves. That’s why makes this story such an important one.
Mathieu decided that he would be the one to sit in the hot car, so that people could see the effects of these selfish decisions. After all, most people who engage in this practice are not typically willing to do so themselves. All it takes is a few minutes in a locked car to put a dog’s life in danger. When Tyrann emulated these actions, the car’s temperature rose over 100 degrees in the blink of an eye.
Tyrann is also luckier than the average dog because he has the ability to sweat to cool himself down. Our four legged friends are simply not that fortunate. No one ever stops to consider their needs, do they? Instead of putting themselves in the dog’s shoes, they are too concerned with their own wants and needs. Once his head started to spin, he knew that he had to get out of the car immediately.
This begs the question….since a star athlete cannot handle these temperatures for a short period of time, what makes people think that their dogs can? All it takes is one quick trip to the grocery store to place an animal’s life in danger. Even a brief stop at the convenience store around the corner could leave your animal in harm’s way.
This is the point that Mathieu is trying to get across and we commend him for it. He was ready to place himself in harm’s way just to shatter some common misconceptions. Sadly, a sizable number of dogs have already passed away because their owners did not care about giving them the help that they needed. PETA estimates that over 100 dogs have perished within the past year because their owners did not want to think of their needs.
Everyone who is currently reading this story right now probably has their own horror story to tell. We have all seen dogs stranded inside vehicles and wishes that we could do something about it. That’s why the police are typically called in these instances. They have the authority to shatter a window and even issue a ticket, so don’t make the mistake of trying to confront these owners on your own.
Dogs need to be treated like a true part of the family. Tryann’s message is important. He says that people are not always willing to truly act as if their pets are a member of the family and we could not agree more. Too many people talk the talk when it comes to their pets when they are not willing to walk the walk.
The message that Tyrann is trying to send is an important one and we urge you to share it with your closest friends and loved ones. If you know any dog owners who are careless when the summer months roll around, be sure to have a talk with them. You just might end up saving an animal’s life!
Local Woman Takes in Stray Dogs in Nassau to Protect from Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian, a category 5 storm, and the strongest to hit landfall on record, deeply impacted the Bahamas when it hit over Labor Day weekend. Winds reached a sustained speed of 185 mph, causing flooding, a lot of damage, and lost lives. Death toll was at over 50, but may be more as more bodies are recovered. There are also many who are displaced from their homes that were damaged in the storm. Among the displaced, are the many stray dogs who call the Bahamas their home.
The Bahamas has always had a stray dog population, but when a hurricane, or even a tropical storm is occurring, people look after themselves first, and often overlook the dogs that roam the streets. Not Chella Phillips of Nassau. Phillips took it upon herself to take in as many dogs as she could into her tiny home. In total, she took in 97 stray dogs before Hurricane Dorian hit.
The dogs had food, water, blankets, and a home to call their own while they waited out the storm together, with Phillips by their side.
Phillips has always loved animals and has been rescuing dogs in Nassau since she moved there over 10 years ago. She started a shelter in her home called “The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas,” keeping a Facebook page that documents her efforts, pictures of the dogs, and more information about . While in her care, dogs are taken to the vet, vaccinated, and cared for until they are adopted or a rescue in the states is able to take them in to adopt them out.
Hurricane Dorian affected the Abaco Islands more than Nassau, but it still caused damage. Phillips house flooded and she lost power. But she remained calm and remained focused on her mission — finding all stray dogs happy and loving homes.
She has said in a post that out of the 97 dogs she took in, she still has 79 that need homes. There aren’t many rescues that are willing to help her, mostly because they are inundated with animals. But she still has hope that the promise she made to these dogs will come true — that they will find happy and loving homes and will no longer live on the streets.
Because of her efforts in saving the homeless dogs of Nassau, people have been trying to help in whatever way they can. A fundraiser was set up with a $20,000 goal, but they have far exceeded that goal. They have raised over $84,000 in donations, so far. The money will go towards food, blankets, supplies, and vet costs that will help in caring for the dogs in the shelter.
You can find more information about the dogs and Phillips shelter on her Facebook page, “The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas.”
Bow Ties Helps Dogs Get Adopted
There are so many animals waiting for homes in shelters. Why are so many of them unable to get adopted? How can we fix it? What happens when they don’t get adopted? These are some questions 12-year-old Dazhai “Darius” Brown of New Jersey asked himself after discovering how many animals live in shelters year-round.
Brown had struggled with his speech and fine motor skills since he was two. To overcome this and to help develop his skills, he began assisting his sister in making bows for her cosmetology school. Brown first started to help cut the ribbon and sew it together. His skill progressed, and he moved on to making his own bows and bow ties.
He enjoys wearing them and wears one every day. He then started making matching one for his dog and liked to take selfies and posting them on social media using his handle “Sir Darius Brown.”
After seeing how many displaced dogs there were after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017, his heart grew heavy and thought about ways that he could help these animals. That’s how he came up with Beaux and Paws. His company combined his love of making bow ties and animals and was a way for him to give back. He thought that dogs wearing bow ties would be adopted out faster. And he was right.
What could be better than a dog or a cat wearing a bow tie? Nothing!
Most animals in homeless shelters are older or are breeds that many don’t want or are portrayed in a negative light. Adding a little sparkle to their appearance, like a bow tie, may help a dog stand out, when they often may have been overlooked. Also, due to overcrowding, dogs that are in shelters for too long may be euthanized. Brown wants to put a stop to that. He wants all animals to have a furever home and live happily ever after.
His mission has even caught the attention of many people, including Former President Barack Obama. Obama sent Brown a letter recognizing his community service commitment and for lifting up the spirits of whoever he comes in contact with.
Beaux and Paws has donated hundreds of bow ties to animal shelters and adoption centers throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Brown often visits local shelters and volunteers and travels to adoption events to help with the adoption efforts.
Since starting his organization, he has received fabric and supply donations that will help him continue to make bows. Most of the fabric was bought out of his own pocket, so donations have helped a lot to fund his mission. He has raised over $20,000 on his Go Fund Me page. He says that funds will not only help with costs of supplies and shipping, but he also needs a new sewing machine to make more bow ties.
This Mechanic Had Twins And Was Inspired To Create An Awesome New Invention
When we first have babies, there are a number of concerns that need to be addressed. You have to buy a crib, a bassinet, all sorts of clothing, a car seat, a stroller, the works. However, the changing table is one of the most crucial pieces of equipment that you are going to have to obtain. That’s what makes this story such an incredible one.
The changing table is pivotal, for a number of reasons. Parents have to be prepared for any and all circumstances that come their way. When things go wrong during a change, this can cause major problems for the little tyke. A parent has to be able to snag a wipe while they are in the process of changing their baby. They will also need access to fresh diapers.
If either of those steps cannot be handled in a timely fashion, a number of issues can occur. Let’s just say that every parent probably has a story about being sprayed with an errant stream of urine…if they are lucky. David Pike is well known to many because of his excellent YouTube channel. As the MotorCityMechanic, he offers all sorts of useful advice.
Once he learned that he was having twins, he came up with the most amazing idea. Since David already had two daughters, he was well prepared for what was about to come next. They did not have a changing table the first couple of times around and David’s wife decided that this simply would not do. He’s a smart husband and he readily agreed with her assessment on the matter.
The idea he came up with was quite unorthodox. He was going to create a tool box changing table. He knew that his wife was likely to push back against the idea, though. Luckily, David is a smart guy. Instead of proposing the idea early on and giving his wife a chance to veto it….he waited until the very last minute. He did not want to offer the chance for her to say no.
The end result of this project is a sight to behold. Thanks to David’s quick thinking and ingenuity, his twins now have access to a changing table unlike any other that you are going to see. The tool box comes with a wide range of drawers, so that Mom and Dad can change their baby more easily. They have easy access to all of the items that they need.
The pull out racks that are located at the bottom are certainly a nice touch. Denise is David’s wife and she admits that it took her a few months to come around on this idea. She did not like it at first. “She sees what I see, and she gets it,” David said. In his mind, she went along with this plan because it would allow him to be more enthusiastic about the process of changing his children’s diapers.
Mom just might be the smartest one of them all, in our humble opinion. Sometimes, you just have to let Dad think that he is getting over on you. It’s called playing the long game, people. The idea has since gone viral. Once the family shared their changing table with the rest of the world, no one could resist sharing it with their friends and loved ones.
If you are anything like the rest of us, you are going to want to share this changing table idea as well. This man’s practicality is definitely worthy of praise and we love that he was willing to stick to his guns. Be sure to pass this one along to all of the expecting parents in your life.
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