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Penticton company offering not one, but two free houses

These two Ellis Street houses in Penticton are free to anyone who can take them away.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Danielle Sturgeon
August 12, 2020 - 6:30 AM

How does a free house sound? How about two?

Of course, there is one small string attached.

Danielle Sturgeon works for All Elements Custom Home company. She says All Elements recently purchased two lots located at 553 and 575 Ellis Street in Penticton, and instead of demolishing them, the company decided to offer them free to anyone who wants to remove them.

Sturgeon’s online ad says the houses are available Sept.1, for free, but the recipient must move them from their existing properties at  their own expense.

“It’s basically two homes for roughly $50,000. Not a bad deal,” she says.

One home was built in 1949, the other in 1950. The two homes are 900 square feet and 2,150 square feet.

Sturgeon says the offer is a first for the company, and, as might be expected, has stirred up a lot of interest.

“(I've) had at least 25 people call right away, asking why it was free. Now people are asking more cautious questions, like what the square footage is and whether they have asbestos in them,” she says.

She says some people wanted to have the homes moved onto their properties, but not necessarily at their expense.

“It’s a free house, but you’re in charge of moving it, however, some people have high expectations,” Sturgeon says.

Sturgeon says she believes townhouses will be built on the properties. She’s contacted home moving companies in order to research that potential resource, but says no one has called her back.

There are pros and cons on both sides for demolition versus moving, Sturgeon says.

Anyone interested in a free house should contact Danielle Sturgeon at 250-808-3283.

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