On Quebec St, at the edge of the Fruit Belt and an easy walk from Friendship Park and McBurney, the downtown core, is a tidy row of six yellow-brick-fronted duplexes. You’ve driven by them without really noticing perhaps. I find I do that a lot. I dream my way through the neighbourhood.
SOLD. From the sky-high rooftop deck of this downtown red-brick triplex at 9 Balaclava St, the tenants can look out over McBurney Park. Perhaps the playground is shrouded in mist, the distant and fogged-in treetops not much more than vague notions, a suspicion of elms...
SOLD Corrigan St. If you’re trying to place the address, it’s just north of Raglan Rd and runs between Rideau and Bagot. There’s a cool old farmhouse on the north side of the street, and a view across the Cataraqui River of Barriefield and St Mark’s Church in Barriefield.
Sold. This three-bedroom one bath sidesplit is on a handsome 60 by 180 lot on a Collins Bay sidestreet. You’re a two-minute drive to Tim’s and the same to the wonderful Bella Bistro, one of my favourites. And for the first little while after you take possession, the best part of the day might well be when you get to head out the door and drive away for coffee or dinner.
Sold. Here’s the thing (and you should know this up front): You buy this house and you’re going to end up with a realtor for a neighbour, because I live three doors down. And that may put off a good number of you. I understand that.
Sold. We don’t do a big trade in student rentals and I doubt we ever will. We’re just not the first names that come to mind. We don’t have the long track record in that part of the market, or the Rolodex full of investors’ names, the monied parents of Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College students. So I understand.
SOLD! 167 Bagot St is located south of Princess between Earl and William on the east side. It’s one of a short row of red-brick townhomes. Step out the front door and look left, you’ll spot City Park at the end of the road. To the right you’ve got the library...
SOLD! This very pretty, understated brick home at 70 Quebec St was built in 1911. The neighbours on either side went up about the same time and in the same style. It’s a good little stretch, one of my favourites in the area.
Sold. This pretty townhouse condominium complex was built in the late 1970s, and it’s difficult but not impossible to imagine the Bee Gees, wrapped in very white, very thick towels, flip-flopping along the short path from Number 71 to the sun-hit pool on some down-day afternoon.