SOLD! Reddendale is a fantastic, nearly secret neighbourhood between Front Road and Lake Ontario, a mile or so west of Portsmouth village. There are homes along the waterfront in here that are worth well over a million bucks, and some more modest wartime homes that can still be had for something in the 200s, depending on how extensively renovated they are.
SOLD. 664 Old Hillview Road is a very spacious and grand old stucco house sitting proudly on a hill overlooking Collins Bay. I find it interesting in several ways. First of all, it’s a big house. I haven’t measured it but it’s comfortably over 2500 square feet, I reckon, and it has five bedrooms. You don’t see a lot of older houses of that size, it has a pleasant sprawl to it, and I suspect that the living room at the rear is an addition.
A place where you don’t have to worry about too much. Because the roof is good, and the basement is dry. Because the walls aren’t all marked up, and the hardwood isn’t scratched and the carpet isn’t stained. A place that isn’t too big, but also not so small you feel you’re on top of each other all the time.
There comes a time in life for a lot of people when these are the criteria written in bold at the top of the wishlist.
UPDATE: THIS HOUSE SOLD FIRM AFTER ONE DAY ON THE MARKET. I’m pretty excited about 25 Parkwood Place (the listing is here and the virtual tour here). This marvelous 2-storey brick home at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac sits on a large and gracious treed lot. It’s a private, light-filled home, and I’m thrilled to have it listed now.
UPDATE: SOLD!! Wonderful place, this. Really wonderful. And I have to admit, I was taken aback, really surprised, more than once when I went to have a look at 2156 Unity Road (the virtual tour is here, and the listing and map are here) for the first time. I wasn’t expecting such sophistication, I think that’s what it is.
There’s the feeling of a much-loved cottage to this bright and charming 1 1/2 storey 3 bedroom home with maple and pine floors and a wealth of original detail. There are two beds up and a third on the main floor (or perhaps, like me, you’d use this as an office or dining room).
UPDATE: THIS HOUSE IS SOLD. I don’t think most people realize just how close the little hamlet of Elginburg is to the city centre. I can get from my office in the west end to my new listing at 2323 Leeman Road (the specs are here) in about ten minutes. And from there I can make it home, right downtown, in about fifteen. This really is country living without the commute.
UPDATE: THIS PROPERTY IS NOW SOLD! Not every house, every stop in life, needs to be a grand one with clear views of a golden horizon. There are plenty of times and situations in life when what’s most important is a having a good clean spot to hang your hat for a while. And maybe, just maybe, that means a place like the townhouse condo I have now listed in Amherstview.
I like Napanee. I like the linear jumble of pretty buildings and styles along its rejuvenated main street, which seems to me the very epitome of small-town eastern Ontario (and I mean that in a good way), and I like how the town hugs the banks of the Napanee River. That river reminds me of the places in England that I used to fish as a boy. And I particularly like the town’s handsome collection of substantial and well-preserved redbrick homes. Today I was lucky enough to list one of those homes.