Kingston, ON Real Estate News

By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Raise your comfort level and get some breathing room in this relaxed and stylish century home that's perfect for the people you love - Currently operating as a successfull Bed and Breakfast: Green Woods Inn There's room for everything you've ever collected plus kids and cousins and pets. Just minutes from downtown Kingston, it's got the where and the when: built in 1850 and aged to perfection with a Gourmet Kitchen that will make tongues tingle with anticipation. It's big and bright and loaded with hospitality. Everyone gets their own graciously proportioned bed and bath to stop the growing pains. Built to last,so you can enjoy the moments that don't! (if you are unable to see the photos below Click Here) Turn the Key to Better Living! OverviewMapsPhotosDescription $885,000 Single Famil...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Is there anything nicer than to see the smile on your Seller's face when they know their property has been SOLD !?! Nope! Well maybe the smile on the Buyer's face when they know they're about to own a fantastic Condo in Downtown Kingston. The Landmark Building, 165 Ontario Street, Unit 809 has SOLD, closing at the end of this month. If you know of anyone else who owns a Unit in this building, and is interested in selling, please let me know - there are a bunch of buyers regretting that they didn't act sooner - you know the story:  Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda!  Don't let it happen to you  **SOLD** SITTING PRETTY ABOVE THE CITY OverviewMapsPhotosDescription Video Contact us for pricing Condominium Main Features 2 Bedrooms1 Bathroom Location 165 ONTARIO STREET809KINGSTON, ON K7L 2Y6Canada To g...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Is it HOT where you are??    It sure is here: Hot and HUMID!   We're living on cold salads these days and I try not to even use the BBQ.  I made this the other night and it was just a fantastic taste treat so I thought I'd share it with you here:  Beef Strip Salad with BBQ Vinaigrette Barbecue Vinaigrette 3 /4 cup of olive oil 1/8 cup dark balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce juice from 1/2 of a lime 1 large clove of garlic crushed 1 tsp of fresh ground cumin seeds (or cumin powder) 1 tsp of chili powder 1 Tbsp of fresh oregano chopped fine 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger 2 - 4 slices of bacon crumbled Whisk all of the above together in a saucepan until blended thoroughly. Warm the dressing on the stove until barely hot and put aside to cool. I placed my strips of cook...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
You were so greatly impressed with my water garden ie regrowing green onions in a dish of water . . .  [sarcasm folks!] I DO BELIEVE I SEE A GREEN TINGE ON MY THUMB! I thought I'd share my success with 2 Romaine Lettuce cores and 1 Iceberg lettuce core growing in a dish of water.  The tallest lettuce is less than 2 weeks old and the other 2 are a week old! Plus my Mustard Seeds 2 weeks old (I love them in a salad or a sandwich)  AND   my Basil (love my basil) both growing in good old fashioned dirt!!! !!  I doubt I'll ever have a proper garden but I'm sure having fun seeing what grows in my kitchen.  If you or someone you know is looking for a home with garden potential in the Kingston and the 1000 Islands area, I have just the place!   Give me a call and together we'll find where you c...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Anyone who has visited Kingston will recognize the bridge below.  It is The LaSalle Causeway which has Lake Ontario to the South and the Catarqui River on the North side and separates Kingston's inner and outer harbours. Construction of the causeway was completed on April 15, 1917. Three bridges are incorporated into the causeway, the center one being a Strauss trunnion bascule lift bridge designed by Joseph Strauss, designer of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. We know it as "The Bumble Bee Bridge" because of the sound it makes when you cross over in a car. The video below refers to it as "The Singing Bridge" and you'll see (and hear) why! July 1st is Canada Day - have a Happy one!!     O Canada!Our home and native land!True patriot love in all thy sons command.With glowing hear...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Good friends, good food, good times . . . July 1st is Canada Day and embodies all of the above! One of best kept secrets of Canada is that our orchards produce some of the most delicious Freestone Peaches in North America . . . This delicious drink is called the Muskoka Maple Splash:   10 fresh mint leaves1 1/2 oz Collingwood Whisky1/2 oz Maple Syrup1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice5 fresh peach slicesClub SodaMint and peach slices for garnish Slap the mint leaves in your hand a few times to release the oils. Put the mint and remaining ingredients EXCEPT Club Soda and garnish, into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.  Top with Club Soda and garnish.       Enjoy Canada Day by drinking responsibly.  Don't Drink and Drive:  Arrive ALIVE! F...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Many of you are extremely talented and are able to be self sufficient when it comes to produce! Me? Not so much! I have successfully grown cherry tomatoes (until I caught my dog grazing on them) but that is the height of my expertise (and interest) until now. We like Green Onions (or scallions) in our home.  They never seem to stay fresh until I can use them.  Many of my recipes only call for the green part so I have been known to discard the rest, like you see below: Not any more ! I have discovered that they grow again when you keep them in water -  who knew?   I am now on my way to always having a fresh supply of green onions in my kitchen. Look out world, I just might try garlic and avocados next :)      
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Any idea of what homes and properties are available for sale in the Greater Kingston and the 1000 Islands area?   Let me provide you with a breakdown of listings in 24 of our 29 areas that make up our local Real Estate Board: As of June 16th 2013: 01 - Leeds Lanark   101 listings ranging in price from $25,000 up to $2,300,000.Average List Price is $407,376 and Average Days on Market is 103. I have one listing in this section which can be viewed here 02 - Leeds and 1000 Islands  153 listings ranging in price from $39,000 up to $2,695,000Average List Price is $476,524 and Average Days on Market is 85 I have one listing in this section which can be viewed here 03 - Lansdowne Village  17 listings ranging in price from $95,000 up to $1,200,000Average List Price is $227,752 and Average Days o...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
We've been encouraged to check out our stats to see which of our posts have received the most Clicks, not Views, but Clicks.  This means your Most Read posts. I went back to the beginning of my blogging in 2008 and got quite the kick out of some of my earlier attempts but more so at what people were interested in reading. So, in reverse order, I give you Susan Emo's Most Read posts:   HOW MANY CHILDREN WENT TO SCHOOL HUNGRY THIS MORNING?  posted in September 2009 (3124 Clicks) WARNING: GARLIC IS BAD FOR YOU!  from April 1st 2010  (3462 clicks) BAMBOO FENCES IN KINGSTON ONTARIO - by Jimmy Dean  posted in June 2012  (3552 clicks) Christmas Decorations cause near miss ACCIDENTS!  in December 2009  (3660 clicks)   and in first place with 6058 Clicks, a controversial post from the 28th Febru...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
  Raise your comfort level and get some breathing room in this relaxed and stylish century home that`s perfect for the people you love - There`s room for everything you`ve ever collected plus kids and cousins and pets.   Just minutes from downtown, it`s got the where and the when: built in 1850 and aged to perfection with a Gourmet Kitchen that will make tongues tingle with anticipation.   It`s big and bright and loaded with hospitality. Everyone gets their own graciously proportioned bed and bath to stop the growing pains. Built to last, so you can enjoy the moments that don`t.   Turn the Key to Better Living! Click here if you are unable to view the photos below OverviewMapsPhotosDescription $885,000 Single Family Home Main Features 6 Bedrooms6 BathroomsLot: 0.93 acre(s) Location 136...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
"Synchronicity" is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner. - from Wikipedia (Another term you may be familiar with is:  The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon ) Yesterday I spent the day up north in Plevna.  A gorgeous day and a gorgeous area!  I was invited up to list for sale Pleasantview Lodge (so aptly named too!) on Brule Lake in the Land of Lakes region in North Frontenac County. Stay tuned for more details on this fantastic property for sale! What I found so interesting is that the first thing I read this morning was this message by the owners of Olivea Restaurant in Kingston;   "Today Stev and I are headed out to Seed to Sausage! "Day of the Pig"...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
"POLLUTION" in Kingston can be a good thing, right? Yves Cozin created this sculpture, an arrangement of tubes in Macdonald Park on the shore of our Great Lake Ontario, which was donated by the province of Quebec back in the 70's . . .   (once painted in 1975 as a protest against them to look like Coke and 7-Up cans) There had been a call for a Kingston Sculpture Symposium in honour of the Olympic sailing regatta coming to the city in '76.  We loved playing our own part in that Olympics but sadly, our beautiful waterfront still has this 'artwork' publicly displayed.   Which version do you prefer?  The original or the 'graffiti' version you need to click on above?  
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
KINGSTON, ONTARIO - Kingston is among 21 cities nominated to be named the world's most intelligent communities. The nomination comes from the Intelligent Community Forum, a New York-based think-tank that studies the economic and social development of the 21st century.  Kingston made the top 21 largely through its development of a fibre-optic communications network and a commitment to sustainability and green energy initiatives. For this year's version of the Smart 21, the ICF focused on cities with “a documented strategy for creating a local prosperity and inclusion using broadband and information technology to attract leading edge businesses, build skills, generate economic growth and improve the delivery of government services”. From our city's website: "Utilities Kingston and Kingsto...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
I wrote a blog post  back in 2010 about The Book of Awesome and yesterday, I listened to the author, Neil Pasricha (a former student of our Queen's University in Kingston, ON) being interviewed on CBC Radio with Shelagh Rogers: The Next Chapter.  He was AWESOME!!   The followup success of his idea has just been incredible. What they were asking him was The Proust Questionnaire and I just LOVED his responses and I will tell you my favourite at the end of this post. If you'd like to listen in:  CBC Radio with Neil Pasricha  (Neil's portion of the show begins at 48:48) In case you haven't heard of this all important questionnaire, "MARCEL PROUST was a French writer who believed that people must know and understand themselves before they could know or understand others.   He developed a lis...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
SOLD again -  Susan Emo, Sales Representative with Sotheby's International Realty Canada, Brokerage, has made another Buyer & Seller in Kingston happy and smiling! 3373 Highway 2 today has a SOLD sign blowing in the wind (you'll note our snow has pretty much disappeared!) Nothing makes me happier than to see my clients smiling after a successful negotiation, however I'm sure there will be many disappointed Buyers who were hoping this would be their next home.  The market is hopping . . .   you snooze you lose :) If you want to buy or sell real estate this year, in the Kingston and Gananoque 1000 Islands region, give me a call because What Susan Touches Turns to $old!
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
I like to treat my Sellers like VIPs because that is what they are to me.   I like to make sure their home is opened up, lights on, fire lit and everything looking as welcoming as possible when the Buyers and their agents arrive. Most Sellers are away at work when the Buyers arrive so this extra service is something that is greatly appreciated. Today, our first day back on the job, we had our first showing of the year and I arrived, 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled appointment to see a gathering of workmen in front of the house. YIKES!  A snowplow, a dumptruck and a few other assorted work vehicles were parked in front of the driveway with a couple of men directing traffic. As I pulled up I saw lines/wires down across the driveway.  And there, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the pole ....
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
I like to keep track of my traffic;  who's reading what?  Who's clicking through to the story?  What is of interest to people?  I've found that comments are not the best predicter especially considering my blog does not permit non-members to post.   I do encourage non-members to email me, and they do, thank goodness! So here is 2012 in review: Susan Emo's most popular posts of 2012 January 2012: Top Views: 2174 - DO YOU UNDERSTAND Top Clicks: 564 -  SO YOU THINK I'M NOT INTERESTING   February 2012: Top Views: 4802 THE WORLD'S SMALLEST WORKING DOG Top Clicks: 800  ARE WE RE-LIVING THE 60'S   March 2012: Top Views:  4774  INTERNATIONAL BUYERS WELCOME! Top Clicks:  666  INTERNATIONAL BUYERS WELCOME!   April 2012: Top Views: 3952 CANADA FINALLY MAKES THE SWITCH TO METRIC TIME Top Clicks: 51...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Living On Food Stamps: Newark Mayor Cory Booker Starts Challenge Today This amounts to $30 a week for food - no, not for your lunch today . . .   FOR THE WEEK!  Could you do it? UPDATE:  STUNT OR LEARNING EXPERIENCE? UPDATE:  WHAT ITS LIKE TO EAT ON $4.32 A DAY   (I don't think he's a very good shopper:  Booker will have to survive off 17 cans of beans, seven yams, two bags of frozen vegetables and two apples for the next seven days)  {now we also know he bought Organic Olive Oil and 2 packages of premixed salad greens ???} Mayor Booker is quoted as saying he used the majority of his food stamps to buy mostly on fruits, some vegetables and "lots of beans".  I don't know where he shops but he's not going to get a good amount of fresh fruit and veggies for $30 let alone the rest of his me...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
How would you feel if your brand, what you're known by, was ordered to be changed? Your skillfully designed logo deemed illegal ?  Six big box companies say no more!  They're headed to court to challenge it and they include: Wal-Mart, Costco, Best Buy, Gap, Old Navy and Guess. According to Section 63 of Quebec’s French Language Charter, the name of a business must be in French.   Should it apply to trademarked names? Nathalie St-Pierre, vice-president for the Retail Council of Canada’s Quebec branch says the province wants to change the rules without having modified the law . . . “You know the brand, you know the colours, you know the sign,” Ms. St-Pierre said of the famous company logos. “That’s the work that’s done behind setting up a trademark and there are brands that stand on their...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Kingston, Ontario This week sees another successful sale for Susan Emo, Sales Representative with RE/MAX Riverview Realty Ltd.   After several attempts, (everything happens for a reason!) my first time buyers are celebrating the successful purchase of this cutie patootie that's in the City of Kingston but feels like country living!   Many times, a person will believe a particular place is for them, only to discover there is another plan.   I've seen it over and over again and I always tell my clients to "not fall in love with a place until the keys are in your hand".   Life has a funny way of happening and just when you think you know what is going on, you're faced with something different. My first time buyers didn't know this home existed until they had exhausted what they thought wer...
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