R-2000 houses replace iconic family home

By Elsa Chang

A home that has graced the south end of Halifax for more than 80 years was torn to the ground and replaced by a new R-2000 home, meaning many prominent features are eco-friendly.

New R-2000 home on Fairfield Road is opening for visits this week (Elsa Chang photo)

“One of the key benefits of living in an R-2000 home is the air quality,” said Tony Thibault, construction manager. “It maintains the house at the same temperature year round.”

Leslie Carrie, president of Excel Real Estate Inc., believes an R-2000 house is the new way to live.

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“There is what is called ETS (Electric Thermal Storage), which allows you to buy power at the time of day rates. It’s a very efficient house to run,” adds Carrie.

The second half of the lot is being prepared for another R-2000 home.

Saying Goodbye

Prior to sale in 2007, the lot belonged to the Gill family, who bought the family home in 1925. This was the first house built on Fairfield Road.

“The house was built in between ‘25 and ‘26. It (the land) belonged to the railway. My dad leased it from the railway for 35 years. Then he had the chance to buy it,” says Donna Gill, daughter of the original owner.

Donna’s father lived in the home until his death at the age of 101. Donna and her husband Kingsley, a retired family doctor, lived in the house until 2007, when they had to leave because they could no longer handle the stairs.

John Yoon purchased the home for $600,000 in October 2007. A year later, the house was demolished and the land divided in two.

Leslie Carrie (Broker, right) and John Yoon (Land owner, left) discuss the last stage of the house (Elsa Chang photo)
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It was an emotional process for Donna to sell the house her father built. Even worse was seeing the house being torn down.

Donna says, “This is what we expected he would do. We knew it was going to happen.”

Many neighbours fear new developers will be pushing away homeowners from one of Halifax’s oldest neighbourhoods.