ant farm or acreage

June 16 2010:  House bought, moving begins friday.  Blogging has been nearly non-existant of late as I pack the fourth dimension house into too few boxes.  Amazing how much cr*p the family has accumulated in a few short years.


Apr 13 2010:  Agent selected, listing begins soon and then let the circus begin.   Over the past several days I have received conflicting advice about how best to work with a real estate agent – maybe it’s the company I keep, but there does seem to be a high degree of suspicion regarding agents motives and their willingness to obtain the best price for you.  As one colleague commented, “if they can convince you to drop your price by $10k, all that is to them is $500 bucks”; the inference from this being that your agent only tries as hard as is necessary to sell the property, not necessarily obtaining the best price for you.  We’ll see.


Apr 07 2010:  And now the adventure begins – selecting a listing agent (throw darts at the wall – or go for a ‘name’), decluttering and tidying, chivvying the two fierce creatures into cleaning their rooms on a regular basis (if nothing else this might actually have the effect of establishing a habit – ha!) and devoting the evening hours of the coming weeks to tramping through countless houses until the magic ‘one’ is discovered.


Feb 27 2010:  Lately Herself has been bitten by the ‘it’s time to move’ bug and it seems that Junior has become far more familiar with the real estate listings than he might otherwise care to be.  Having arrived more or less at a figure sufficiently large enough to consider a range of neighbourhoods, the next step seems to be, well which neighbourhood?

We seem to agree on most everything we want in a new  (to us) house – bedrooms, kitchen amenities and so on –  but get rather tangled up when trying to determine whether living cheek by jowl beside other folks, or removing ourselves to some acreage surrounding the city is preferable.  Personally I would love to settle onto a little country property and hang the commuting expense, but then reality intrudes.  Things like getting to work, getting the heir and the spare to their various recreational pursuits impose themselves upon my desires.  Meanwhile, Herself wants the ‘perfect’ house situated in the kind of neighbourhood which will retain lasting appeal. 

At any rate, all of this agonizing has brought me to think about my own neighbourhood, its charms and drawbacks.  Undoubtedly there are features unique to each Kingston ‘village’; what do you like most about yours?  What does your area possess that others don’t?   Why do you live where you live?


5 thoughts on “ant farm or acreage

  1. Well, you’ll want to be near the beer store……..just joking. Portsmouth Village Baby. Tons of parks for the heir and spare (including a real forest on Mowat ave), a couple of convenience stores, a weird but fascinating hardware/general store, the Olympic Harbor, you can walk downtown in a pinch, great schools, 10 minute walk to the Queen’s Football Stadium, and then, of course, there is the Portsmouth Tavern…………………
    plus of course, I live there!

  2. and great neighbours such as the Kingston Pen….

    Porstmouth isn’t off the radar screen just yet, but must first reconcile my desire for elbow room with Herself’s desire not to have to commute.

  3. Does “Herself” not work at KGH? I.t’s a 10 minute walk to KGH from Portsmouth Village itself (park beside harbour). Even you could walk it! Plus, no one has actually escaped from the pen in about 15 years. And he certainly did not stick around! (captured in TO ~ a week or so later). And your kids can come and play on my acre lawn……..

  4. We moved into the neighbourhood near Skeleton and Artillery Park. Loads of amenities (grocery, liquor, beer, fitness and what’s left of the downtown). You can walk almost everywhere, our neighbours are great, bus stop is steps away and our sidewalks/street has to be one of the first to get cleared. Having said that, some neighbours are more desirable than others, but I suppose you can say that about any neighbourhood. Ours is up and coming, but it certainly isn’t all the way up yet…and so we get to enjoy some colourful characters from time to time.

  5. Of course it’s a bit late now, but you could also have considered the option of moving back to God’s country and re-establishing yourself in an area where the Senior Service’s writ prevails 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you, Herself and the kinder from out on the left coast.

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