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GETTING THE INSPECTOR YOU DESERVE

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I bought the house I now live in a couple of years before I decided to get into real estate. My partner and I had driven down from Toronto one weekend and looked at a couple of uninspiring places. But at the end of the visit our realtor handed us a fresh listing, and so we took a drive by. A crew was attaching fresh eavestroughs to a handsome brick and limestone semi, and the seller was good enough to invite us in.

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WELCOME

Here we go. I'm going to put aside regular time again to write. There I've said it, and the reasons are many. First of all, it's been almost two years since my last novel was published, and in that time I've written an awful lot of emails and not much else. My life has been turned on its head. I’ve gone from being a midlist writer (here's a link to that world) to being a middle-aged real estate agent.

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PEPE REINA

Is it just me, or is Pepe Reina looking younger these days?

I ran into Liverpool’s Spanish goalkeeper at a Barcelona restaurant recently, just a few hours after his revitalized side had seen off Bolton 3-1. He was dressed casually but smartly in some very expensive denim and a pair of brown leather loafers that must have set him back a good couple of weeks’ salary. My salary, that is. Mr Reina makes at least 75,000 pounds each week of the English football season for throwing himself around on the turf.

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1337 WAVERLEY CRESCENT—SOLD!

1337 Waverley Cres

This house sold today!

1337 Waverley Crescent is a nicely updated sidesplit in Kingston's west end. The full listing is here and that's where you'll want to go for tax information and room dimensions, all the nitty gritty. The price, though, I should tell you immediately: it's $224,900. I've written about Bella Bistro elsewhere on this site. It's one of my favourite restaurants in Kingston and it's just down the road...

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The Descendants

The Descendants

A few weeks ago my partner and I, on a Sunday afternoon, walked downtown to see The Descendants, George Clooney's latest film. What's remarkable about that fact is that this was our first movie date in years. You see, we have young kids of three and eight, and one of the symptoms of parenthood is that movies on the big screen aren't much different from public drunkenness and afternoon sex ...

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FICTION -- THE BOXER

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When I arrived at the Wally Cook Arena one early Tuesday morning in November, Jerry Bolton was at the door waiting for me. He half-scuffed half-skated out into the snow, wheeled and, while never letting the door go, he seemed, I swear, to be attempting a curtsey. “Apres-vous,” he grinned, his face a thick mass of stubble and gristly tendons, and at least half a set of teeth. He had old blue Roots sweats on, double baggy, and a John Deere T-shirt, some beat-up Tiger sneakers green enough that you could argue he was trying to coordinate. A tattoo of the sun on the inside of his right forearm, the blue rays smudged, from age maybe, or the constant clinching.

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38 Ordnance St - SOLD

$359 900

SOLD. 38 Ordnance St is a detached brick home with parking in downtown Kingston. The virtual tour is here. I had this listing for a while, and here's why it hasn't sold yet, at least in my opinion. Firstly there is an apartment building immediately behind the house. And secondly, the 3rd floor loft is a self-contained living space, but the only entrance to it is from the 2nd floor landing

Some Of The Places I've Seen

In the coming months I’ll be describing some of the properties I’ve visited as part of my real estate business. Sometimes I’ll be writing simply because the house is cool, or interesting, or fabulous. And sometimes it’ll be because I’ve seen something (or someone) strange, or because it brings up an issue I think might interest you. You get the idea. Here’s the first.

 

Bella Bistro

We ate dinner last night at a little place out in Collin’s Bay, just west of Kingston proper. Bella Bistro it’s called (the link is at bottom, and the picture is from their website). The place should be packed every minute it’s open (and I think it often is). Quite simply it’s the best restaurant out that way.  Really good food and wine and beer sourced locally and always brought out to the table by a cheerful crew.

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