By Tess Kalinowski Real Estate Reporter Thu., May 2, 2019 Rob Thompson’s 1939 bungalow has a sweet, cottagey facade befitting its position across the street from Lake Ontario. You can’t see the water from his west-end window but the houses across the road — mostly newer and bigger with a few veering to mansion-like proportions — have the lake in their backyards and are fronted by large, leafy trees. The 1,000-square-foot interior of his house is just the right size for its single occupant, Thompson says. But the home’s comfort is fading. The front steps need replacing, cold air seeps through the windows and there are boards tacked to the dining room ceiling to prevent its collapse under a roof that has been leaking since 2016 after a windstorm blew away the shingles. The fix doesn’t entirely mask the spreading damp. It was designed to be temporary, to keep the place habitable while Thompson rebuilds — something many of his Long Branch neighbours have done. “I’m not ashamed of the fact that I have the worst house on Lake Promenade. This house needs a lot of money to make it right, which is not going to happen. This house is… Read full this story
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