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201 HIGHWAY 15

$324 900

UPDATE: THIS WONDERFUL HOUSE IS NOW SOLD! I like this one a lot. Check out the virtual tour here and the listing here, and I think you’ll see why. This redbrick farmhouse is set on five fantastic, varied acres (field in front; Canadian shield out back) and has been restored and updated with a real empathy and love. It just might be the best house of its type that I’ve seen. Let me tell you some of the reasons why I say that.


The Fruit Stand

We were almost home. I had already caught glimpses of the cabin across the water—its leaning screened-in porch, the soft, sloping lawn. But my nine-year-old son, Josh, wanted me to stop anyway. “We should buy some blueberries,” he said, meaning from one of the many stands set up along the eastern shore of the lake this time of year. “Or apples, what about apples?” Didn’t I think apples were a good idea? “Maybe David will make a pie,” he said. “Isn’t that a good plan?” He looked at me expectantly, as if I should congratulate him for his insight into the day¹s ripe possibilities. He cocked his head neatly to one side and grinned.



tulip chair

That’s right, I bought a chair. Doesn’t seem like the sort of news that should appear at the top of page one, does it? But this is a bit special, and a classic, sort of. The chair is based on the iconic tulip chair, designed in the mid 1950s by the Finnish American architect and designer, Eero Saarinen, and produced by Knoll, the American furniture company.


the garage

We just bought a property. It’s the cinder-block garage pictured above, along with the lot it sits on. And I have little doubt that most of you glanced up and decided instantly that it’s one of the least inspiring bits of real estate you’ve seen, this year or any other, and that whatever I paid, it’s too much and I should have my head examined. And I hear you. But let me explain.




I had lunch today with a colleague who rarely gets downtown. I’d suggested the Wellington, but waiting outside for her to find parking (you have to live down here to know how to do that in a timely fashion) I remembered that Red House had opened on King, and I was anxious to try it. So we walked the extra block and into a space that’s been transformed mightily since its last incarnation as a dry cleaner’s.



mark sinnett

There’s a good chance this is your first time on the site. It’s been in the works for several months, and intermittently alive and breathing on its own for maybe a dozen days. But it’s only the last week or so that I’ve started nudging it gently out into the world—the odd email here, a casual mention of it at the office, and finally a couple of small advertisements in the newspaper. However you got here, I’m glad you’ve come.


building inspector

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.



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.



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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