As you pull into Maple Hill Estates, just 22 or 23 easy and scenic minutes north of downtown Kingston, it’s this marvellous house that you see first at the bottom of the hill, set well back from the road behind its striking black aluminum fence, and amid manicured lawns and a variety of pretty, mature trees.
This very pretty, detached three-bed one-bath home is at the intersection of Plum and Cherry and Chestnut, which is to say it sits at the absolute heart of The Fruit Belt. The world revolves around it.
This large and really interesting 19th century building close to the tumbling river in the fabulous hamlet of Newburgh (the limestone homes such a pale yellow here, the trees so green, the bakery and ice cream shop so impossible to drive by)...
266 GUTHRIE DRIVE #103. Alright, here we go. It’s a one-bedroom ground-floor condominium just a modest bus ride from downtown. Time enough to check your calendar on your phone and your faint, perfectly coiffed reflection in the window.
I wrote a novel, ostensibly a thriller, a few years back, set in the Kingston and the Thousand Islands. There was lots of frantic running about on the ice between the mainland and little bits of land just off Gananoque. And a lot of swearing too.
NEW PRICE. I’m up early. Everyone else is still asleep and the house is quiet. There are birds outside, warning each other to seek cover; the heavy rain is coming. If I concentrate I can make out the early traffic thrumming over the causeway, and the garbage truck up by now on Montreal St.
These are good times to live in Prince Edward County, it would seem. Artist Don Maynard and writer Melanie Dugan moved there from Kingston this summer. And a couple of years back it was teacher Keri Nelson and filmmaker Lenny Epstein. I don’t know if that move was countered by others moving this way, to Kingston, but I’d say the County did pretty well. Lenny is now a councilor there too, and his is a good and progressive voice.
SOLD! I read of a study once that suggested the intense scent of lemons could provoke happiness, cause great blooms of activity in the human mood centres, at least as they are picked up by the MRI machines. So I promptly went out and bought a dozen Meyer lemons, put them in a nice bowl on the kitchen counter.
OFF THE MARKET. This extraordinary triplex is just a ten minute walk from Queen’s campus and less than that to the heart of downtown, to grocery stores, restaurants etc. It’s as fine, and as interesting, as any rental property I’ve seen. So there you go.
It’s fall and I have some new listings. It’s busy out there. First up are a couple of homes on Bagot St, between Charles and James, specifically numbers 618 and 628. Buy one or buy them both. (There’s a real advantage to picking up both of these properties, by the way, but I’ll get to that in a bit.)