14 Greenview #603. As I write down that short combination of words and numbers this morning it reads to me more like a secret code than the street address of a new listing. Some fancy play a quarterback might call on the football field. There’s something inscrutable about it, and the more I repeat it to myself the stranger it sounds.
The first time I walked into this bright and clean and ready-to-go condominium, I headed over to the patio doors and looked out over what seemed an entirely different city. It just didn’t look like Kingston out there. It was an odd, though not in the slightest bit unpleasant experience.
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.