A Sold Stone Home

This home was the oldest standing home in Port Colborne. The original lock masters house for the Welland Canal.

What a piece of Canadian History. Originally built by the noted local stone mason David Price for Hiram B. Ostrum – the original lock tender on the Sugar Loaf Street lock from 1834 to al least 1836. This home is recognized as the “First Canal” structure and is the oldest existing building with a direct Canal Related History along the Welland Canal.

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This home had been listed with several local real estate agents for over 2 years.    After several attempts to sell without success they made the decision to ask A Stone Home for help.

We listed it in late December and very quickly found 2 families that wanted to own it.  The successful family had a home to sell so it took a month or so to get everything in place – but the deal was done and closed in a matter of months.


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As the community of Port Colborne developed, one can only imagine the conversations about the future that were had inside the walls of this home. Hiram Ostrum was described as a “A Friend of William, Hamilton Merritt and an employee of the Welland Canal Company. he was also a contractor for the Canal Construction and also built the first Hotel in Port Colborne.

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When we sold it,the home retained much of it’s working class charm and feel while evolving gently with the times and offering a tremendous and comfortable lifestyle. Expanded over the years you would have loved the space and comfort. Located near the mouth of the canal, this home was always in the middle of everything that makes Port Colborne living fun !!


There was an attached 1 bedroom apartment / guest house that lended itself perfectly to either added income or a space for extended family. A zoning variance allows for a home business as well – no limit to potential on this great property.

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Dave Chomitz has been focused on matching stone home sellers with the families that dream of owing one since 2008. Having extensive experience in historical restoration prior to entering real estate, working with these beautiful structures was a natural fit. Dave understands the magnitude of the decision to sell and respects and honours stone home owners feelings about the process. He also is in the unique position to help stone home buyers understand the investment they're making. Being custodians of these legacy properties is as much a privilege as it is a reward for a life well spent. Let Dave help you.