58 Derby Avenue, Vankleek Hill
A lovely beauty, tucked away near the end of this street. A wraparound verandah
adds living space during the summer and gives this home a welcoming air year-round — and lovely gardens surround it during the summer.
It’s a cozy and tastefully decorated heritage home in Vankleek Hill, often the subject of paintings — artists seem to love the gables on this cute home.
Thanks to the Vankleek Hill and District Historical Society for the house history below!
House History ~ Construction 1905
This is a one-of-a-kind home in Vankleek Hill. There is no other example like it.
Built in 1905 by Barbara and John Browne, Anne of Green Gables would approve of the deep triple gables on this charming wood frame picturesque style home.
They purchased two adjoining lots the same year producing this seemingly secluded, and cheerful yard that borders on two streets. The 3-sided wrap-around porch ensures enjoyment of the gardens.
The mortgage of $1200 was paid-off 11 years later in 1916. In all, about $27,000 today.
At the time of construction, there was a carriage-way to the west of the house known as Elm Lane that linked Higginson and Grout streets.
The Vankleek Hill Public School with its large schoolyard was just across Derby Street, giving this home years of children’s laughter while they played outside at recess.
To give an idea of value, in 1954 the house sold for $5,000, which is about $47,000.
Vankleek Hill street view 1905.