Kingston, ON Real Estate News

By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
If you're into nature, this is the place for you!!!  Gorgeous Canadian Shield views over Environmentally Protected waterfront with wildlife galore.Perfect for canoeing or kayaking into Frontenac Provincial Park as well as Desert Lake, Birch Lake and Kingsford Lake.  Easy access off a 4 season municipal road.Priced at only $129,900.There is also a great home and 11 acres for sale right next door but with a different Seller  . . .  Perhaps you'd like a comfortable 18 acres ???  See below! CUSTOM HOME ON 11 ACRES - WATERFRONT! Overview Maps Photos Description $550,000 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms1 Bathroom2 Half BathroomsLot: 11.00 acre(s)Year Built: 2008 Location 2572 Holleford RoadHartington, ON K0H 1W0Canada Our recent listings Log Home on 14 Acres, Wolfe IslandUnique Hea...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
With it being so damp and cold up here this week we decided to give the grill and rest and have some warm comfort food. We don't have Pasta very often anymore but boy oh boy was this sauce tasty (and easy to prepare!)   We chose to have ours over Fettuccine and it went down a treat. Let me know if you try it! Ingredients 2 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 3 large garlic cloves, chopped 1 16-ounce can diced tomatoes 2 teaspoons dried basil, crumbled 2 teaspoons dried oregano, crumbled 1 14 ounce jar of marinated artichoke hearts 12 ounces Fettuccine, freshly cooked (I like fresh pasta but boxed will do too) 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese Fresh Basil to crumble on top Preparation Heat olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until ...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Main level Master Bedrooms and Master Suites are a must for many Buyers, regardless of age.   We all have had situations where climbing the stairs to the bed or bath is impossible.  Builders are thinking ahead and making homes that enjoy main level conveniences.  Take a look at these Main Level Master Suites that are currently For Sale in the Greater Kingston area:This beautiful Master Suite with custom cabinetry and granite vanity can be found at 7 Dawson Drive - click here for more details There's an understated elegance in this lake front home on Draper Lake - click here for more details on 1601 Shales Road. This unique home has many Asian influences throughout including this sunken Japanese Bath!  Click here for more information on 346 1000 Island Parkway off the St Lawrence River.W...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
1150 Deer Park Lane - only 30 minutes from Kingston, ON Exquisite Open Concept Bungalow with 300' of pristine waterfront on exclusive 14 Island Lake with clean, deep water (35' off the dock) and fantastic views from every window.   Many upgrades in the past 5 years include Custom Kitchen with quartz granite worktops/breakfast bar and classic white subway tile backsplash,walk-out to spacious deck complete with screened gazebo, C/Vac, HRV, and 40 year shingles in 2012.   Skylights scoop up sunshine and pour it into the interior with a wood burning fireplace to light up the nights. The main level Master Suite has a walk-in closet and a stunning view from the bed that may make you late for appointments!   Fully developed lower level with French Door Walkout to water. This honey of a home f...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
  7 DAWSON DRIVE 6300+ SQ FT sitting on 2.5 ACRES   OFFERS INVITED AT $925,000 Canadian only $770,031 USD today 17th May 2015   Book your own private showing today THIS MUST BE SEEN! The quality of workmanship is unmatched   AN ABUNDANCE OF SPACE ARTFULLY ARRANGED Overview Maps Photos Description INTERACTIVE FLOOR PLAN $925,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1 Half BathroomLot: 2.50 acre(s)MLS #: 15602994 Location 7 DAWSON DRIVEGANANOQUE, ON K7G 2V4Canada Our recent listings DOG LAKE MAINLAND HOME + YOUR OWN ISLAND!LOOKING FOR LAND IN LANDON BAY EAST?Vintage Home Aged to Perfection in BrockvilleATTENTION: CFB KINGSTONATTENTION NATURE LOVERS Subscribe to our listing feed See more GANANOQUE, ON real estate for sale
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Close enough to bike or jog to CFB Kingston, schools, shops, sporting activities - the perfect location. This is a generous sized home which is far more spacious than it appears from the outside.On the main level is a light and bright living room with gorgeous hardwood leading to the spacious eat-in kitchen with centre island and patio doors to the entertainment deck and fully fenced yard with greenspace for little ones or pups.Master bedroom with ensuite bath and 2 more nice sized bedrooms and full bath plus main level laundry.Downstairs, for those kids who insist upon growing, a fun sized rec room plus 2 more bedrooms, an office/den and another full bath and utility room. Didn`t I say this was bigger than it looks?  Freshly painted and in move-in condition - all you have to do is unpa...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
The results are in . . .cue Drum rollCanada makes the Top 5 in UN's list of World's Happiest Countries!!!"Only the slightest of margins separates Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada in the top ranks of the United Nations’ World Happiness Report released today."And, if it wasn't for Vancouver, we'd have ranked even higher!!  For some reason they're not happy out there???  In a survey released this week, Statistics Canada revealed that of 33 census metropolitan areas in Canada, Vancouver ranks the lowest in life satisfaction. (United States has yet to crack the top 10 and remains just below Mexico at #15)Giving of themselves is one of the reasons Canadians are a happy lot, according to the report: Canada tops the ranking for volunteerism, with the "highest shares of populatio...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
1.99 Acres on Dog Lake, in the Kingston Area Offers invited at $745,000 Canadian ($612,362 USD today)(565,745 Euros Today)   Dream a little dream today!  Your very own island with a footbridge connecting you to your mainland property with a sandy beach.    It gets better -  located on the Rideau Waterway, the deep and clean part of Dog Lake,  complete with 200' of dockage, this spacious and romantic 4 season home has plenty of room for year round fun with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths with the potential for 2 other bedrooms.  Mainfloor Master Suite with double sided fireplace.  On the Lower Level a Family Room with wood stove for the cooler evenings.    The views are spectacular from every room and the screened sunroom will be where guests gather.  Eat-in granite and stainless Kitchen plus a ...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
  Offers invited at $795,000 Canadian ($656,725 USD  today) (606,728 Euros today) (5,079,483 HKD today) (78,478,516 JPN today) (4,021,854 CNY today)   Custom designed home inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and with unique Asian influences throughout.  Plus 4 season guest annex situated on a private peninsula on protected Landon Bay with over 1000` of shoreline.     With a sandy beach and a substantial dock,this waterfront is perfect for kayaking on the Bay or power boating out onto the St Lawrence River.   Beautifully landscaped,the mature Carolinian forest is under planted with rhododendrons,azaleas,and magnolias with the front lawn overlooking the St Lawrence River.   The one of a kind interior has vaulted BC fir ceilings,skylights,and glass walls to maximize the stunning water and gard...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
 WHAT COULD YOU DO WITH A +2000 sq ft BONUS ROOM?   This Is The Complete Package And Wrapped Beautifuly -An Abundance Of Space With An Artfully Arranged Open Floor Plan Provides For Remarkable Physical Beauty On Both Sides Of The Front Door. Offers invited at $925,000 Canadian ($764,112. US $ today!) (705,942 Euro today!!)   With Over 6300+ Sq Ft Of Living Space,This ICF Home Sits On A Gorgeous 2.5 Acre Fenced Lot With The Prettiest Patio With Pergola And Wrap Around Concrete Deck.    But It Also Provides An Oversize Builders Workshop Of Approx 2800 Sq Ft. A Sinful Main Floor Master Suite, Statement Kitchen With Custom Cabinetry Plus A Spacious Butlers Pantry Is On Everyone`s List.   Upstairs, 2 More Bedrooms Plus A Huge Family Room.  Open The Double Doors To A 1 Bedroom Apartment Perf...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Yes, it is real and YES it is STILL up!!   I know so many of you have yours down on the 26th Dec but ours is a little tricky to get out because it is usually +12 feet high and there is only one door that it can get out without becoming a lumber jack in the living room.  We close that door up and seal it for the winter after the tree comes in and with Spring being so late this year, we've not yet opened it up!We love to decorate our tree for Valentine's Day, then St Patrick's Day and then Easter.  The egg decorations have all been put away and the only thing still up is the lights (which are kind of pretty still)I think tomorrow is the final day for this tree.  We'll put it outside for the squirrels and birds to play in for awhile and then it can become mulch of some sort.How many of you...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
  By the time you read this my points number will have changed but I just felt the need to capture the moment! I notice numbers a lot.  The clock at 11:11 or 12:12 etc forever jumps out at me.  I often wonder what we noticed prior to digital clocks? Did you know that if you multiply 1111 x 1111 you get 1234321  ?   Your day is now complete!  LOL I used to be fantastic at remembering phone numbers but now, not so much.  Everything is programed and the numbers hidden. One cool thing I don't have to remember is . . .  The Shamrock Shake is back!!   I wrote this post back in 2011 and thought it important to share with you again: ******************************************************************************************* We're quickly approaching St Patrick's Day and it seems everyone wants t...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
When March comes in like a Lion, it is said that it will leave like a Lamb. Today in Kingston and the 1000 Islands, the temperature is a bit more mild than it has been but it is snowing!  Snowing enough to say March 1st has come in like a Lion. I believe I speak for many when I say, bring on the Lambs!!! We surrender!
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
We have an apartment in our home for my 86 year old Mother.  Her kitchen window faces our back door and we had a system in place to let us know she was ok each morning.  She would wave to us or put her light on when she would get up.  We would then know that all was well. Now, she's so little she can't see over the snow that separates us!   We pop in these days and share a cup of coffee together and count the days until we can enjoy the same out on the deck :) If you're experiencing snow and ice in your area, please make a point of checking on any of your elderly or infirm neighbours - a quick Good Morning won't hurt anyone and you could make someone's day, if not save a life.
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
So many Buyers concentrate only on "Sticker Price" when purchasing a new home.  I hear horror stories from Buyers who previously had never considered what it would cost them to LIVE in the home. I like to help Buyers to understand that sometimes, when house shopping, they're comparing the things that really are not that important in the general scheme of things:  paint colours or other decor, counter tops, light fixtures, appliances . . .  things that are easily changed and not that expensive.  Things they want to learn to look past like staging which is smoke and mirrors to get the Seller a higher price.  What I like them to compare is running cost$   How much $$$ can they save on month-to-month expenses that will allow them to use that same savings to pay down the mortgage each year. ...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
As mentioned in an earlier post, the Kingston and Area Real Estate Board had approx 11 months inventory on the books.  Below you will find a 3 year comparison as to what we have available, what has expired and what has sold. As you can see, we've had more sales this year than last year and at a higher volume too.  Not all have closed as yet. This is good news for both Buyers and Sellers.  There is enough to let everyone enjoy the market. If you're thinking of Selling, we have Buyers. If you're a Buyer, we have homes available too. Give Susan Emo a call if you're interested in the Kingston and 1000 Islands area!  
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
This is one of those days where you don't have to wonder what's for dinner . . . It's PANCAKES PANCAKES PANCAKES "Known formally as “Shrove Tuesday,” Pancake Day has historically been a time to load up on carbs before the 40 days of fasting leading up to Easter and is particularly popular in the U.K. The day celebrated by excessive pancake devouring, it is also observed in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Poland and Sweden." I'm not sure why the US doesn't share in this    (anyone?)  "The circular breakfast staple, whose origins date back to the 15th century A.D., symbolized the sun, conjuring feelings of warm weather and marking the beginning of spring. (ha ha)The ingredients involved in pancake making represented four pillars of the Christian faith – eggs for creation, flour as the...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
(sorry, couldn't resist the title!)      Today is National Flag Day and is also the 50th Birthday of our Canadian Flag.   I learned many things about it that I never knew before today. One thing I learned is that our flag's designer, George Stanley, modeled it after the flag of our local Kingston Royal Military College's (RMC) flag.  RMC's flag contained the school's coat of arms on a white square in between two red bars. This design inspired Stanley, who was a professor at the school.   RMC is the military college of the Canadian Forces and is the degree-granting university creating military officers. (think Sandhurst in the UK and West Point in the US)  It was established in 1876 and is located on 101 acres in Kingston, Ontario.  The college is a blend of older, historic buildings and...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
So many opinions on the 14th of February . . . Is it a true holiday or just a made up holiday to line the pockets of business? Did Hallmark create it or is it a day of Love? No matter how you feel about it, it exists like the falling tree in the forest! Do you enjoy a romantic night in with a specially prepared candle light dinner     OR would you prefer to dine out in your favourite restaurant enjoying the delicacies de jour ? My inbox is filled with special menus from local restaurants that serve two purposes: 1.  They give me options from which to choose should we decide to eat out 2.  They give me options from which to choose should we decide to stay in and create our own masterpiece! Here are three wonderful Menus: from The Trinity House in Gananoque:   from The Socialist Pig in Ga...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Many people dream of retiring on an island and allowing their stress to drift away. Here in Kingston, Gananoque and the 1000 Islands, we can make it happen for you! The largest island in the 1000 Islands group is Wolfe Island and it is accessed by Ferry from Kingston as well as from Cape Vincent in New York State.  You can find it at the entrance to the St Lawrence River in Lake Ontario off the shore of Kingston, Ontario. I wrote a blog the other day about riding the ferry on a day when the windchill was approx. minus 38 degrees.   Click Here In the comments section I spoke of the bubble system that allows the ferry to cross in open water in the winter months.   Many years ago we would have seen Christmas trees on the ice marking the route for cars to drive over on the ice as well as sn...
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