A VIEW OVER THE FIELDS - SOLD!

$395 000
321 DAYS ROAD

There are lots of reasons I’m fond of this new listing. There is the building’s history for starters. The Crystal Springs schoolhouse is where it all begins, a pretty two-storey limestone affair that opened in 1869. The classroom was at the front of the building, facing east, with herringbone-patterned hardwood planking and bright light pouring in from all sides. You can still just about hear the scraping of a few dozen chair legs and the constant shuffling of half-done homework, the push of a chewed-up lead pencil over unlined paper.

The teacherage, or living quarters, were upstairs, in a series of elegant, high-ceilinged spaces. An early live-work set-up is what you’re looking at.  And that sort of story, the narrative possibilities inherent in it, the tree of life that spreads far and wide from those beginnings, pleases me immensely.

I like also that you can sit on the front porch and peer eastwards over prison farmlands that stretch for miles to a distant tree-line. And, yes, I know what you’re thinking: you’re not going to win any awards by mentioning a prison in your real estate copy. But to heck with that. This is precious (and mighty scenic) arable land that’s being re-devoted to good, important work. And I for one would like to bear witness to a little of that.

321 Days Road is a family home now, and set as it is at at the rough mid-point of a long row of mostly brick homes, the effect is rather like that of a milky grey precious stone set into a slim gold bracelet. The brilliant old classroom does double duty as both a living room and an art studio. We could see it being used that way again. In fact, I really don’t see how the buyer won’t bring an easel or a manuscript with them, or at least a designer’s vision of how best to use this old building in the 21st Century. It is an artist’s house, a creator’s space, always has been.

A very tall kitchen, like something out of the Oxfordshire countryside, is tucked in behind the classroom, and beyond that is a family room. Upstairs, it’s three really lovely bedrooms, with baseboards nearly up to your knees (well, shins, but you know what I mean) and window ledges deep enough you can sit in them with an old book, then stare meditatively perhaps across those seemingly endless fields. 

There’s a large attached workshop or garage too, stuffed right now with a lifetime’s memories, and a south-side patio for wine-filled late summer evenings at a property that doesn’t feel like it’s situated in Kingston, not to me. In part I suppose that’s because a listing so full of history and charm and really exciting promise just doesn’t come along very often.

So yeah, I like it a lot. And you might too. The plain mls® details are here. And the iGuide tour is here.