“The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
It’s raining, it’s pouring, and I just feel like watching TV. 🙂 I’m on episode 9 of season 2 of Anne with an E. Have you seen it? I’ve read that some people refuse to watch it because they don’t think it’ll be as good as a previous version, but I never can relate to that mentality. It’s like Anne said, “Different isn’t bad. It’s just not the same.”
The farmhouse at Green Gables is so, so charming, and I mean it when I say I’d watch for that reason alone. That goes for the rest of the backgrounds too. I find myself as smitten with the structures and the scenery as I do the storyline.
(Muriel Stacy’s house is one of my absolute favorites. Her potato-stamped “wallpaper” thrilled my heart!)
I’m head-over-heels HOOKED on the show, so I immediately checked Google to see where it was filmed. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that, just like the books, it’s (mostly) shot on Prince Edward Island, just off the coasts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
A little more research revealed that P.E.I is just 140 miles long from tip to tip, and is marked by red-sand beaches, lighthouses, fertile farmland, and is renowned for seafood like lobster and mussels.
It’s known as the “Garden of the Gulf” because of it’s verdant landscapes, locally grown cuisine, and grand traditions of art and culture.
After that, of course, I began my search for “farmhouse rentals on P.E.I” . It’s what I always do when I fall in love with the backdrop of whatever it is I’m watching. (You better believe I thoroughly researched Goodwood, Ontario after I finished Schitt’s Creek, too- ha!) I was delighted to find this old place, about an hour north of Charlottestown:
The listing says it’s called Condon Homestead because it was lived in for most of it’s life by the Condon family. It’s more than a hundred years old now, but still sits in delicious solitude, at the top of a hill in Richmond.
Apparently, it’s the only property on this long dirt road that winds through fields and forests, and according to the listing, makes for a “wonderfully relaxing walk”. Just a few miles from the sea, too! And with a large front porch that faces the sunrise, and a big back porch that faces the sunset, it sounds mighty heavenly to me. Wild flowers, bicycles…there’s even a Field of Dreams-style baseball diamond straight across the “street”. Swoon!
Anywho, it feels fun to share what I’ve been dreaming about this week. Prince Edward Island. Even the name sounds enchanting! And there’s something so “romantical” about farmland that snuggles up to the sea, don’t you think?
(Image from the wonderful P.E.I Heritage Buildings blog)
And get this- the average price of a house in P.E.I. is around $150,000-$200,000, making it one of the most affordable places to live in Canada. Of course, I want this one, that’s currently on the market for $49K:
(Here’s a link to the listing: 877 Gilbert Road)
It was built in 1880, but has an updated foundation, septic system, and well. And you should see the view across the road. Amber waves of grain as far as the eye can see! Sure, it needs lots of work, but I love dreaming about the possibilities with old places like that. Most folks would take one look and see a structure that would be easier to tear down, but I think those folks just forgot the way to fairyland, don’t you? 😉
Happy imagining, kindred spirits!