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Twitter Drags Toronto Couple For Moaning About Their $2.2 Million Home

By Kristy Puchko | Social Media | August 20, 2020 |

By Kristy Puchko | Social Media | August 20, 2020 |


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When talking about those negatively impacted by the pandemic, the media often focuses on the millions who are out of work, who are facing eviction, who are being forced back into jobs that could put them at risk of contagion. But what about the rich real-estate developers who flipped a house and now have to actually live in it? Where are the tears for them? The Toronto newspaper The Star shares the story of one such couple.

Julie Dyck and Michael Humphries paid $50,000 for a shed on a rundown corner. They tore it down and erected a 2,560-sq.ft, 5-story “tower,” which boasts a garage, two workspaces, two bedrooms, kitchen, living room, a glassed-in stairwell, and a rooftop deck with a hot tub and view of Toronto’s skyline. In January, the couple listed the tower for sale for $2.2 million. They’d hoped to sell it and move to the country, where they could build a new home with bigger offices and a garden. Then their dreams were crushed when COVID hit.

“So,” The Star article reports, “the couple hunkered down to watch the sun set over a suddenly silent city from their rooftop terrace.”

Sure, they got an offer on the purple-brick tower, but it wasn’t as high as they liked. So, they are stuck in the posh dream home they custom built. What a nightmare!

Want a look inside this hell on earth scenario? Here’s the real estate promo video from January:

The Star’s article is paywalled. But the tweeted tidbits below got tongues wagging.

While The Star paints Dyck and Humphries’ story as one of the bravery to learn to accept the millions-dollar home they’ve got, Twitter users called out gentrification, tone-deaf privilege, and an article that reads like a sponsored ad.

Here are some highlights of the dragging.


Sources: The Star, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Storeys




Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.



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