Family buys Dresden’s former funeral home and gets a TV show

Dresden is about to be thrust into the national spotlight for what some might consider a chilling reason.

The Blumberg family recently left the Toronto area after purchasing their dream home in Dresden. The house is a former funeral home and Discovery Plus television contacted them to do a home improvement series called “We Bought a Funeral Home”. The show will start on Saturday.

The six episodes will document the original journey of Heather and Arryn Blumberg and their two children, Rafferty and Noa, who traded big-city life to buy, design and renovate the 12,000 square foot 1800s Victorian funeral home.

Heather told CK Mornings with Chris, Jen and Matt that the family didn’t know at first the house was a funeral home, but that didn’t deter them from buying it as they believe funeral homes are a place for celebrate life.

“At first we didn’t even know it was a funeral home and when we saw the house in the article, we fell in love with the architecture and made an appointment to come and see it. Then I, being me, stalked it online and the night before I realized it was a funeral home, and then we kind of said ‘no’. said Heather.

Arryn said the family fell in love with the size of the property and realized it met all their criteria.

“I think it was the scale, it’s such a huge building. We always dreamed of having a big house where we could play baseball and let the dogs run free,” Arryn said.

Heather said the family like weird and strange things and they don’t mind strange shadows, scary noises and shocking discoveries.

“In the old basement there are a few old swords and when you come across the ones with a torch and no light and it’s cold, it was a bit disturbing in the old part of the house”, Arryn said.

The three-story house has 38 rooms and is filled with winding maze-like hallways and staircases and should be a spooky sight for Halloween.

In the first of six episodes, the Blumbergs will encounter a series of chilling events while settling into their new funeral home. Heather and Arryn will choose a local contractor to undertake the massive $400,000 renovation project and the whole family gets their hands dirty as demolition begins on the sprawling property.

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