Although it's filled with modern fixtures and finishes, 1924 10th Line is a little slice of history. 

The home was built in 1872. At that time, it served as a manse for the town's first Presbyterian minister. It was later purchased by Mr. and Mrs. William Nightingale. Their daughter, Florence, was born in the home in 1896 and remained there as a recluse until her death at age 82. 

Yes, Florence Nightingale -- but not the Florence Nightingale. Florence (Mary) Nightingale was named after the famous English nurse, but they are of no known relation. 

Nevertheless, the home and its storied past have garnered plenty of attention over the years. Following Florence's death in 1978, the property was donated to the Red Cross and earned a spot in Innisfil's Municipal Heritage Register. Although the home originally had no bathroom, gas, sewage facilities, running water, or insulation, it was a source of fascination amongst local residents. When it hit the market for the second time ever, it was listed for a mere $27,500, which reflected the extensive repairs that would be needed to bring the home up to date.

In the years since, the historic Nightingale home has passed through a few hands and has been fully restored with modern features and mid-century decor. Now, in tandem with its 150th anniversary, it is for sale once again. This time, it's listed at $1,799,900 -- a price that accounts for its grandeur and historical merit. 

The decked-out Victoria farmhouse includes 3389 sq. ft, 2.5 storeys, five bedrooms, and four bathrooms. It sits on over an acre of fenced land and backs onto rolling farmland, with four large outbuildings and gated parking for over a dozen vehicles on the premise. It's located about an hour north from Toronto's downtown core by car and is accessible by GO transit -- but pack a good book for this scenic two-and-a-half-hour trip.

The interior of the home has soaring ten-foot ceilings, two staircases, three covered porches, a chef's kitchen, a professional butler's pantry, and heated floors in the bathrooms and pantry. A full-height attic adds an extra half-storey to the house and is already plumbed to allow for future expansion. All plumbing and electrical work is new.

And while so much in the home is new, the crown moulding and floors are original to the home.


To boot, the monthly costs won't break the bank. Taxes are $354 per month, and estimated gas and electric are $226 and $135 per month respectively.