Sometimes people fall in love with a house when they aren't even in the market for one. Such is the case with Steve and Maureen Bowen. They were living in Toronto at the time ... but not for long after seeing this house up for sale.
Moving was nothing new to the couple. Steve Bowen, a now-retired information technology executive, was often transferred during his career.
In their 44 years of marriage, the Montreal natives – who have two grown children and three grandchildren with another on the way – have also lived in Calgary, Saudi Arabia, Chicago, New York and Short Hills and Moorestown, N.J.
In an email to The Buffalo News in response to our new online weekly feature, here is how the Bowens described finding the house and what they've done with it since they bought it:
"We fell in love with our almost 200-year-old Queen Anne-style home on a Sunday drive to nowhere. Nine years later, we have lovingly and painstakingly attacked every nook and cranny and restored and updated the entire inside and outside," they wrote.
"There is no room that hasn’t been touched and the attention to detail is evident – from buying just the right antique light fixture to acquiring reclaimed brick to build all the walkways – everything has been thoughtfully addressed.
"While the inside is spectacular, the outside has received just as much attention. There are several English gardens and flowers are in bloom from early April until late November. It is truly a gardeners delight.
"A true cottage feel to a grand house which was originally owned in 1832 by one of Youngstown’s first doctors," they wrote.
Do you love your house enough to show it off like the Bowens did? This could be your chance.
The Buffalo News is looking for other beautiful local homes and the stories behind them and their décor. Those chosen will be displayed in a weekly feature at buffalonews.com and could be chosen as Home of the Month with a three-page spread in a Sunday edition of The Buffalo News.
If you are interested, tell us about your home in 150 words or less, and email 10 images (in .jpg form) of the interior and exterior to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those chosen for BuffaloNews.com will be contacted by Home and Style Editor Susan Martin. A phone number is helpful. Single-family homes, condominiums, lofts and apartments are eligible.
The News will include your name and the city or town in which you reside but not your exact address.