House for Sale in Vermont Falls on Both Sides of the U.S.-Canada Border
In Brian and Joan DuMoulin's household, it’s possible to take an international trip without stepping outside. As the Associated Press reports, the 7000-square-foot home has its foundation planted on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. Now, the owners are looking to sell the property after inheriting it 40 years ago.
A merchant constructed the building on the border of Beebe Plain, Vermont, and Stanstead, Quebec in 1782 as a convenient way to sell goods to farmers in both places. The house's current residents have dual citizenship, but even so, navigating the space can be complicated.
U.S. and Canada border services, which both have outposts facing the house, have permitted the residents to move across the border as long as they remain in their house, front yard, and backyard. But going any further could lead to serious consequences: A hidden gate in the backyard had to be wired shut per U.S. agents’ request.
The DuMoulins are currently living in a different house in Vermont with plans to move to Ontario once the border house is sold. The granite-walled building is divided into five apartments and sits on a property spanning a little less than a quarter-acre. It’s going for an asking price of $109,000, but the dilapidated structure is projected to require $600,000 in renovations.
If the armed border agents and high repair costs don’t sound appealing, there are easier ways to experience the peculiar feeling of being in two places at once, including the Four Corners monument between Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona and a restaurant that straddles the Dutch-Belgian border.
[h/t ABC News]