Last week sometime I stood on the small back deck of this smart new listing at 131 Patrick St in downtown Kingston. (The listing is here, and you might want to make that jump sooner rather than later, since I’m about to digress).
SOLD I have to admit that while I’m happy to list just about any house, and sincerely appreciate and respect the trust placed in me at these moments, I get the biggest kick of all out of selling houses in my own neighbourhood. It’s an act and a process that makes me feel more solidly rooted in this downtown community each time it happens. I feel that while I might not be changing the world, and while middle-aged real estate agent didn’t seem a likely future a dozen years ago, I’m doing my own small bit to help out.
SOLD! 57 John St was listed this week, and on the first day I met some clients there. These good people don’t know whether to move into this neighbourhood or stay in Portsmouth village, and I can see why that’s a difficult decision.
SOLD! I assumed when I listed this glorious, high-in-the-sky, heart-of Sydenham-Ward condominium that it would be snapped up immediately. But it's been an odd year in the condo market and today the price was reduced to a ridiculous/marvelous $299,900. You really ought to have a look.
SOLD! Sydenham is a pretty village wrapped around lakeshore about twenty minutes north of Kingston. There’s a decent school, grocery store, beer and liquor stores, gas pump, and the second you leave its northern edge you’re into the handsome rugged landscapes of South Frontenac.
SOLD! This new listing is just around the corner from my place, and in my opinion this is the most vibrant, lively part of the city right now. The streets are thick with artists and chefs, writers and
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.