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If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live in a different country, but didn’t want to leave the good old United States of America—now you can have the best of both worlds (or countries) with this exceptional house that just went on the market.
This 1782 home sits on the border between Vermont and the Canadian province of Quebec. The 7,000-square-foot home has five vacant apartments, according to its Zillow listing. With nine bedrooms and three bathrooms, owners have plenty of room to lease apartments, create a bed and breakfast or have a spacious one-family home.
The house listing admits the historic home needs some tender loving care (OK, more than some, one estimate puts the renovation costs at about $600,000 worth). Still, it could be a great fixer-upper project for the right owner. And once you learn more about this property, you’ll see why that kind of investment could actually be worth it.
Though, as you can see in the images from the property listing, the home definitely needs a complete renovation:
A House With International Entrances
The home has two entrances: one on the United States side and one on the Canadian side of the border. A border marker sits outside the front door. Brian DuMoulin, the home’s current owner, grew up in the house. He told Time things used to be easier living there.
“In the day, it was a normal and natural thing,” DuMoulin told Time about people moving in and around the U.S.-Canadian border. “Now it stresses everyone out.”
You can see the home on this Google map sitting squarely on the U.S.-Canada border:
The September 11 terror attacks changed everything. The 9/11 commission recommended passports be required at the Canadian and Mexican borders, and that change finally went into effect in 2008. Where previously a driver’s license would do, citizens now need passports to enter and exit into our neighboring countries.
DuMoulin’s home sits across the street from Canadian Border Services and next to U.S. Customs and Border protection. While that makes some feel secure, the home’s location also causes some confusion and stress.
Crossing The Line In Front Of Own Home?
Security officials do their best to get to know the people who live in the house. This allows the residents to move freely on their own property. However getting around the property can become a bit tricky sometimes.
One time, a new Canadian border patrol officer didn’t recognize DuMoulin, his wife and her sister as they stood in front of the house. According to DuMoulin they stood “a good 18 feet into the States.” But it didn’t matter. The officer demanded the trio report to the Canadian border post. After 45 minutes, the tense situation got resolved.
“That’s the awkwardness,” he told Time. “If there is an awkwardness, it’s that you can’t just go this way or this way, you’ve got to go through (the ports of entry) and then back through.”
The home’s real estate agent, Rosemary Lalime, said she refers prospective buyers’ questions about border security to the border patrol. The home’s sale price stands at $109,000 now, but interest in the home has picked up, according to Lalime due to its newfound media attention. So, act fast if you’re looking to grab this international deal.