Kingston, ON Real Estate News

By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Looking for a fantastic hair stylist in Kingston, Ontario?   Look no further . . . IMHO, for men, women and children, you'll find no better hair salon than The Market Salon in Kingston, On.  Filled with charm and character, The Market Salon on Bagot Street, is the answer to all your hair styling needs.     The owner, Tim Armer,has more than 30 years of experience and trained in London England with Vidal Sassoon, whose 'wash and wear' philosophy liberated women from the "tyranny of the salon" and "revolutionized the art of hairstyling.  Sassoon's styles became "emblematic of freedom and good health." (from Wikipedia)    This has continued to be Tim's strength as well and his many many clients will attest to that!         The two men have alot in common as it has been said about Vidal Sas...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
If you are local, or if you have ever visited Kingston and the 1000 Islands area, you're sure to have heard of Kingston's LEAST best kept secret:  Chez Piggy!  (see menu) It is one of the favourite eaterys in the City, created by Zal Yanovsky of rock band, The Lovin' Spoonful: ( Nearly 20 years ago, former wacky Lovin' Spoonful guitarist, Zal Yanovsky, renovated an abandoned limestone stable and launched a dining experience that blends grace and gusto, taste and imagination -- and helped make Kingston a destination for food lovers. Located in the heart of Kingston, Ontario's historic downtown, the whimsically named Chez Piggy is the culinary offspring of Rose Richardson and Zal Yanovsky. Yanovsky died of a heart attack in December 2002. He was 57. ) They have a fantastic cookbook that i...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Kingston, On Looking to replace a fence?  Perhaps you're in need of a new privacy fence ?  You should consider bamboo fencing.  Not only is bamboo fencing aesthetically pleasing; it is also a great green alternative to using conventional hardwood fencing. Jimmy Dean of Kingston, On, 613 483 3919 just created a gorgeous fence on the corner of Helen and Brock St, Kingston. Bamboo is one of the most easily renewable natural resources on the planet, and as sturdy as (and sometimes sturdier than) most hardwoods. Bamboo forests grow at a very rapid pace, as bamboo is actually a type of grass. If you need to replace your old fence and are considering bamboo fencing, here are a few more things to consider. You can use them vertically or horizontally as the above photo shows. (not Jimmy's) Types...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Just in case you needed one more reason to buy a home in Kingston Ontario . . . Kingston came in first place in Amazon's 2012 contest The Most Romantic City in Canada !! I was born and raised in Kingston so this comes as no surprise to me.  I now live just a few minutes outside the City, in the Town of Gananoque which is equally (or greater) romantic but this contest was limited to Cities in excess of 80,000 people. (we have 5200 if we're lucky) The fun part is both places are equally gorgeous, both situated on water, Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River respectively.  Both are filled with fantastic architecture and amazing history (think War of 1812) (think home of Canada's first Prime Minister).   You can easily be within 20 minutes of hospitals, university, college,  theatre, world...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
KINGSTON BUYER A HAPPY HOMEOWNER THANKS TO GANANOQUE REALTOR, SUSAN EMO Another SOLD sign goes up in Kingston thanks to Susan Emo, Gananoque Realtor. Susan Emo's Buyer is thrilled with her purchase of this 9 year old, 1400 Sq Ft  Bungalow in Kingston.  The asking price was $277,900. It has many upgrades that include hardwood and ceramic floors, a gas fireplace, cathedral ceilings, beautiful master ensuite with granite counter plus a large Rec room downstairs.  The Kitchen is big and bright, perfect for when friends and family want to hang out! If you, or someone you know wants to Buy or Sell in Kingston, Gananoque or the 1000 Islands area, there is one Gananoque Realtor who is more than capable of assisting you.   Susan Emo with RE/MAX Riverview Realty Ltd, was born and raised in Kingst...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Housing evolution driving average price appreciation  in Canada’s major centres, says RE/MAX   Record investment dollars poured into Canadian housing stock over past decade     Billions spent in new construction, renovation, and infill over the past decade have contributed to a serious upswing in the calibre of Canada’s housing stock, propping up residential average price in the country’s major centres, according to a report released today by RE/MAX.      Since 2000, the value of a Canadian home has doubled, rising from $163,951 to $339,030 in 2010.  Nowhere has the upswing been better captured than in both the value of residential building permits issued nationally between 2000 and 2010—at $340 billion—and the estimated $450 billion spent in renovation.  The impact of these two forces ...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Kingston's Writers Festival is bringing 60 internationally acclaimed writers to the stage in 43 different events . . .  truly something for everyone! Readings, conversations, performances . . . "Events for readers of every age and taste, designed to stimulate, surprise, provoke, and delight. Hear authors read from their work and discuss the ideas that shape our world and stir our hearts. Join the conversation, too, during the time set aside for questions from the audience. Later, chat with authors in the Festival Café as they sign books following their onstage appearance." The festival opens with the International Marquee, featuring Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee, Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Grand Theatre.  A concise listing of all events is below. Click the event name for full descripti...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
* WARNING* From Canada's Oldest Newspaper, The Kingston Whig Standard: A Level 2 heat advisory has been issued for the area served by Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington Public Health in response to forecasts calling for the humidex to reach 43 between today and Friday,  (43 degrees C = 109.4 F)  A Level 2 advisory is the second most severe on the health unit's cautionary scale. Extreme heat poses health risks for all, the health unit advises, but those risks are greatest for older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic illnesses, heart conditions or psychiatric illness. It recommends visiting neighbours, friends and older family members who are isolated, vulnerable or chronically ill to ensure they are cool and hydrated. "Hot and humid temperatures increase perspi...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
First, our own Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland wins the US Open and now Kingston born,  Matt McQuillan ended the John Deere Classic the way he started it and produced the best result of his young PGA Tour career.  Matt closed with a 7-under 64 on Sunday and jumped 11 places to finish in a tie for third at the $4.5-million US event. Matthew Justin McQuillan was born in Kingston, Ontario. His father Mark and mother Donna are members at the Garrison Golf and Curling Club in Kingston, and introduced Matt to golf there in 1991. Father Mark is a single-figure handicap player, and coached son Matt for a few years. Matt received instruction at Garrison, first in the club's junior program from pro shop manager John Holland, and then privately from assistant professional Kevin Dickey (a former...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Kingston, Ontario COMING SOON . . . In the desired Kingscourt area, solid brick home with hardwood and tile flooring . . . 2 bedrooms up and a full 2 bedroom in-law suite on lower level with a private entrance. lovely back yard overlooking green space!  And it has a solar powered Hot Water Tank too. STAY TUNED . . .  
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Who knew!  Kingston is Canada's museum capital with 20 museums and national historic sites. It's all here, from small, specialized museums to national historic treasures.  Guided tours of Kingston City Hall allow you to explore one of the city's most notable architectural sites while costumed interpreters will welcome you to the home of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Discover Canada's nautical heritage at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, including the 3,000 tonne ice breaker Alexander Henry or explore the Canadian tradition of hockey on display at the International Hockey Museum featuring memorabilia from top-calibre NHL players (rumour has it that hockey started in Kingston)? Wonderfully unique, the Correctional Services of Canada Museum houses artifacts tha...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
After a lengthy wait, Lowe's has arrived in Kingston, Ontario!  The new retail store, located at 1035 Gardiners Road, is an estimated 117,000 square feet,  and with over 160 new full and part time employees, coming mainly from Kingston and the surrounding areas, we are so glad it is here!! The Grand Opening is this weekend, Friday January 28th - Sunday January 30th, 2011 Here is what's happening Friday to Sunday, all day long :    Grand Prize Sweepstakes -  take the passport tour for your chance to win a grand prize of $1000 Lowe's Gift Card    First 300 customers receive a Lowe's reusable bag    Grand Opening special values throughout the store    Vendor Demonstrations       Saturday between 1pm and 2pm : Activities include a Q&A with HGTV's Bryan Baeumler, host of Disaster DIY, who wi...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
On Tuesday, February 8, at 07:00 PM, the “Live” Lawrence Welk Show is coming to The Grand Theatre in Kingston, Ontario! I'm told that "wherever it plays, it is one of the most delightful and entertaining experiences to grace a stage". I may be dating myself here, but I grew up with the show every Saturday night. We screamed and laughed at the outfits and cringed at some of the songs but still, we were glued to the set each week. I am embarassed to say, I still recall many of the names of the stars of the show!! Yikes!!! We're told it will be the full production from vocalists, music makers, dancers and the famous Lawrence Welk Show bubble machine! Five original cast members from the weekly television series will be on the “Live” Lawrence Welk Show. They include the effervescent Anacani,...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
What a way to being the day!  To sit down at the computer and open up such a wonderful surprise email . . .  a testimonial from one of my first time buyers!  Thank you Julie and Brad - you were fun to work with and I am so happy that you enjoyed the experience as much as I did !  ******************************************** "Where to start . . . well we have to say, if you are reading this then you are already considering making Susan Emo your Realtor of choice, and that is the smartest first step you can take when thinking about the biggest investment of your life. We had the pleasure of having Susan Emo on our side during our first time buying experience and we couldn't have asked for a better person on the job. She honestly went above and beyond (in our opinion) the extreme "hand hol...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Many people feel our holiday season has become far too commercialized.  Are you one of them?  Perhaps a little trip east on Highway 2 will bring back the spirit of Christmas's past!!!  The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum located at:  located at 2993 Highway 2, East of Kingston at Grass Creek Park has just what you're looking for. On November 28th between 12 noon and 4pm at their Pioneer Christmas you can try your hand at making a candle, a traditional toy and maybe a tree ornament at this fun-filled family event.  As well, take advantage of the Gift Shop's end of season sale in which all items will be marked down for this special occasion.  You will find great and unique gifts for all ages ranging from handmade wooden kitchenware to toys and wooden ornaments including exciting and educati...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Many many moons ago, I grew up next door to Old Fort Henry.  We played there, got into trouble there and it is such a fixture of my childhood.  From Wikapedia:   "It is located in Kingston, Ontario on Point Henry, a strategic point located near the mouth of the  Cataraqui River where it flows into the St Lawrence River, at the upper end of the Thousand Islands. The original fort was constructed during the War of 1812, when present-day Province of Ontario was a British colony known as Upper Canada. The British anticipated the possibility of a United States attack on Point Henry due to its proximity to the Kingston Royal Naval Dockyards (the site of the present-day Royal Military College of Canada). The loss of this vital shipping route would have cut off supplies to Kingston and the rest...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
How would you like more than 60,000 hits a day on your blog?  How would you feel if you were asked to pen a book from your blog experience?  Would that be awesome? You bet it would and Neil Pasricha has done just that.  This former student of Kingston's Queen's University has seen this awesome success stem from his blog 1000awesomethings.com  After a particularly bad day, Neil wanted to remind himself of all the good things in life.  Me, being a believer in Gratitude Journals, I can understand this wholeheartedly.  When things seem darkest, we have to focus on everything that can make us smile.  The tiniest of things that most people would pass over.  That is what Neil focused on with his blog and I am so thankful that he did.  It makes for a wonderful read first thing each morning.  Wh...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Gananoque, ON I am so pleased to annouce the third wave of The Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program (AHP)Homeownership Program which provides down payment assistance to households currently renting within the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, or the separated municipalities of the City of Brockville, Town of Prescott and Town of Gananoque.  Down payment assistance of up to 5 percent of the purchase price of a newly constructed or resale home is provided to eligible applicants in the form of a 20 year forgivable, interest free loan.  To qualify, applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a combined gross household income of $70,200 or less, and have access to mortgage financing.  The home must have a purchase price of $190,000 or less and be located within the United Count...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
I found a full leg of pork the other day and decided I just had to have it.  Didn't have a clue what I was going to do with it but I had to have it.  So I researched online and found this fabulous Cuban recipe by Martha Stewart.  With that settled, what to have on the side?  Well Cuba Libres and Mojito as cocktails for sure :0)  That was easy!! How about Black Beans and Rice!   What else would go with it?   . . .   Twice fried Plantains!   OMG  was that a great meal if I do say so myself :0)  The flavours with fabulous and everyone left happy. To quote Martha: "Not to be confused with ham, a fresh leg of pork is relatively uncommon today, despite its sumptuous layer of excess fat and accompanying flavor. This natural cushioning is rendered during roasting, enveloping the meat in goodnes...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Queens University, Kingston, Ontario This is the time of year where students and parents alike are awaiting news of acceptance into the university of their choice.  For many that choice is Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.  Queen's is one of Canada's leading universities with an international reputation for scholarship, social purpose, and spirit. With great teaching, people, spirit, tradition and a strong sense of community, the Queen's learning environment is unique in Canada and the world. The autumn semester will be upon us before we know it so now is the time to begin your search for that perfect place to purchase - a safe and secure home for your child to spend the next 3 - 4 years.  Residence is a great place for some first year students but it is not for everyone.   Each ...
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