It was not love at first sight.
After Buffalo, New York, couple Nick Weith and Damian Mordecai spotted a grand Victorian-style home on a popular Instagram account called Cheap Old Houses, they drove an hour south to a village called Gowanda (population 2,700) to tour the historic property.
Initially, Mordecai, a 39-year-old nonprofit executive, was less enthused about the idea of living so far outside the city. But the pair was drawn to the propertys stately brick façade, dramatic slate tile mansard roof and widows peak tower. By the time they got back in the car, Mordecai was sold. We have to buy it, he said to Weith, a 26-year-old educator.
Their visit to the 1870s manse took place the weekend of March 13, when President Trump declared the coronavirus a national emergency.
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