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Could you call this Egyptian-inspired house home?

The outside of 5642 Morris St. looks like any other stately Victorian home for sale in Halifax. But step inside, up three flights of stairs, and you'll find a unique room created by a local artist.

The attic of this Halifax house is an ode to ancient Egypt — complete with a sarcophagus bathroom

Artist Michael Lewis created the Egyptian art in the attic of 5642 Morris St. The home is for sale. (Robert Short/CBC)

The exterior of 5642 Morris St. looks like that of any other stately Victorian home in Halifax.

But step inside, climb three flights of stairs, and you're transported back in time — not to 1859 when a Scottish immigrant built the place. But way, way back to ancient Egypt.

The attic bedroom is called the Tomb Room thanks to artist Michael Lewis, who painted the walls, ceiling and skylight with Egyptian-inspired scenes.

The most unusual feature is a bathroom inside a towering sarcophagus. 

The real estate listing is right. It's "not like the other houses."

The attic is also called the Tomb Room. (Robert Short/CBC)
Real estate agent Sandra Bryant says the owner was 'trying to create a lot of great atmosphere and creativity.' (Robert Short/CBC)

The house is on the market for just under $1 million, and real estate agent Sandra Bryant is looking for a "discerning buyer" who appreciates a unique home as much as the current owner does.

"The owner is a storyteller," Bryant told CBC's Mainstreet. "He's a historian. He's a filmmaker, so ... I am sure that it's his creativity that has captured this, created this and styled it in many ways."

The toilet and shower on the third floor are inside a sarcophagus. (Robert Short/CBC)
The unique Egyptian room isn't the only room with character in the house. The current owners have added details they've picked up from around the world. (Robert Short/CBC)

Owners Sophie and Paul Donovan have added details to the house that they picked up from their adventures around the world. Paul Donovan is an award-winning film and television writer, producer and director.

There are Mexican tiles in the kitchen and Italian marble in a Roman bathroom.

Even the skylight is covered with ancient Egyptian symbols. (Robert Short/CBC)

"The swan faucets are from Spain. He found them in a dusty old Toronto warehouse and was able to bring them back," Bryant said. 

But as unique as those details are, nothing beats the Tomb Room.

Bryant, who has been selling homes in Halifax for nearly 40 years, says she loves older homes with character. (Bryant Realty Atlantic)

It might not be everyone's esthetic, but Bryant, who has been selling houses in Halifax for nearly four decades, isn't worried about finding the right buyer. 

"I love older homes with character," she said. "I believe that these older homes should be taken care of, that they were incredibly built to last forever and they are filled with history and beauty."

The 3,700-square-foot home is part of the historic Schmidtville neighbourhood. (Robert Short/CBC)


With files from CBC's Mainstreet


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