Jessica  Hornung

Jessica Hornung

Real Estate Broker

Coldwell Banker - R.M.R. Real Estate, Brokerage*

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Northumberland's FIRST Smart Home

Property: ‘The Duncan House’ 

Builder/Developer: Magnacon Building Group Ltd. & Walsh Development Group

Location: 3472 County Road 25, Castleton, K0K 1M0

(Between Tobacco Rd. And Bonnett Rd., 15 minutes North of Colborne 401 Exit) 

Township: Cramahe Township 

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MLS® # 135194 

MLS® # X4165218


Imagine owning a home smart enough to tell you the traffic when you wake up in the morning to head to work, a home that can turn on exterior lights as you approach the driveway late at night. It knows exactly what temperature you like to set the thermostat at for specific times throughout the day, and it can send you an alert message when an individual approaches the home while you are absent. 


Last week Northumberland Hills County welcomed it’s very first Smart Home Certified Listing to the real estate market, offered for sale at $799,900. ‘The Duncan House’, a recently modernized century farmhouse, includes a diverse package of Smart Home devices easily and conveniently controlled by tablet or smart phone from any location in the world. The new Smart Home Certified Listing comes with over $5,000 dollars worth of high tech gear, including a Nest thermostat, Sonos home sound system, Lutron Caseta interior and exterior lighting, and four Ring outdoor security cameras. 


Many of the homes offered for sale in Northumberland are simply offering buyers ‘more of the same’. ‘The Duncan House’ is packed full of overwhelmingly unique finishes, setting itself apart from any competition on the market today. The 4 bed, 3 bath century home offers the astute buyer a rare opportunity to own a meaningful piece of history, originally constructed by an Irish farming family in the late 1860’s.  Exposed fieldstone foundation and post-and-beam construction features have been tastefully preserved throughout recent renovations. The gabled roof is another architecturally significant aspect of the home, newly upgraded to metal.  The entire exterior has been given a complete facelift, with all new board and batten siding, new windows, and new doors. Turning off of the main road, up the private drive, the romantic curb appeal makes it easy to reminisce of a slower time gone by. 


Preserving several of the key historical architectural features throughout the home was extremely important to Seller, Noel Smith, who partnered with Christopher Walsh for renovations (owner and operator of Magnacon Building Group and Walsh Development Group). “Renovating an older century home is a delicate process, it requires respect and a perfect balance of preserving the old while blending in the new.” says owner Noel Smith. “I had purchased this home with the intention of converting it into a turn-key residence, but finding a builder who could understand my vision - a builder who had experience in dealing with historical buildings - it proved to be quite difficult to find. I hired Christopher because of his experience in the city converting old commercial buildings into modernized condominium lofts. He is a very well known and reputable builder who mainly works large-scale development projects in Toronto”. 


Christopher’s previous projects have included The Tannery Lofts, Liberty Lofts, and Queen West Vintage Lofts. Any potential buyer interested in ‘The Duncan House’ can rest assured that the product they are purchasing is of top quality.  Aside from respectfully preserving the historical aspects of ‘The Duncan House’, Christopher has upgraded the home with many luxurious features, including travertine tile, oak hardwood, granite countertops and a propane gas fireplace. The original floor plan has been altered to now include two new bathrooms on the upper level, which were previously non-existent. The main floor features an open concept kitchen and living room, with main floor laundry, and a study just off of the front foyer. The breakfast bar, Sonos sound system, and swivelling flat screen TV are perfect for entertaining guests and family. 


Functional upgrades include updated copper wiring, new insulation, removal of all UFFI and vermiculite, and a new propane furnace. Additionally, all floors have been levelled out and the Seller has upgraded from oil heating to propane. For buyer’s who are keen handymen or auto enthusiasts, there is an oversized detached double garage (with 11 foot ceiling height) located just to the North of the house. Additionally, the property comes with a BBQ and a partially fenced-in area for dogs and pets. Step inside this one-of-a-kind home and the quality feels like a new build, despite the age of the original structure. It is interesting to find a unique century farmhouse for sale that also offers the convenience of Smart Home technology - there is definitely a ‘coolness factor’ to it, and the listing has not been replicated anywhere else in Northumberland. 


The listing is offered for sale by Sales Representative Jessica Hornung of Coldwell Banker R.M.R. Real Estate Brokerage, and it includes all new appliances and commercial grade gym equipment. Buyers even have the option to purchase ‘The Duncan House’ fully furnished, if they prefer, and they will have the opportunity to request alterations and improvements if any aspect of the home does not meet their needs. 


For further information on ‘The Duncan House’, or to request a showing on Northumberland’s first ever Smart Home Certified Listing, please contact Jessica Hornung direct at 289-251-9640 or visit 


For more information of Coldwell Banker Smart Home Certified listings, please visit 


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