Richard K.C. Ling, Broker
Harvey Kalles Real Estate Limited, Brokerage
170 Drummond Street, Smithfield
3.5 Acres Immaculate Condition Sumptuous Top Notch Material Used 675' of the Windy Smithfield Creek
Mature Stands of Trees Deep Setback to Road Custom Kitchen Spacious Sun Room 2 Offices
Your Best Weekend/Retirement Home in Spa Country, and easy commute to Kingston or TO!
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Richard's Notes on the Property
I love the Sun Room - flushed with bright rays in all directions, expansive view of green space, toasty warmth from the gas stove. This is country at its finest!
One thing I did notice as I first inspected the house is the immaculate condition it is in - just like new! The kitchen is to die for with ample space for the most meticulous chef - overlooking the gardens. The Dining Room (and two of the bedrooms upstairs) overlooks the windy Smithfield Creek (some 660' of it!). The pool side also has a vantage point of the creek. Ideal for family gatherings - fond memories of a wedding held on the premises last year, which necessitated the construction of the bridge to easily meander from the home to the rest of the grounds. All-in-all, a weekend home aside, I think this place would be best for a semi-retired (it has two separate offices!) or retired couple. Ample room for the extended family and other guests!
Another thing that jumps at you is the top notch material used - evidence of someone who wanted to make this their retirement home. This turned out to be the case - except now they have changed their minds!
Steeped in history, Northumberland was the playground of the Rich and Famous since the early 1800's. That would explain all the majestic estates in the surrounding countryside.
Grafton, Port Hope and Cobourg, the three jewels of Northumberland County, benefit from the growing trend of "city folk" moving out from the hustle and bustle in the "big smoke" to somewhere quieter and safer. With the Internet revolutionizing the way we do business and communicate, many have taken advantage of what telecommuting has to offer. When we placed the Director of Marketing for a major National Bookstore in Grafton 4 years back, he traded his home in North York for a 100 acre farm with a restored Century Home that once belonged to the Masseys for $550,000. I am sure it's worth a lot more now.
Northumberland County is only part of this phenomenon of "managed growth", although Port Hope, being the closest, has positioned itself to be a gateway of sort. Port Hope, indeed, is unique with it's water frontage, Yacht, Golf and Country Clubs, developed cultural events and mildly eccentric denizens. Grafton is the "country" of the region - rich in Confederation History. A stone throw away is the Big Apple in Colborne that opens year round attracting millions. And Brighton turning into a well received retirement community - great success in the development of Brighton-by-the-Bay by a REIT. Then Prince Edward County, with picturesque Picton, is turning into the other Wine Producing region. After selling The Hillcrest in Port Hope to an area Spa, I see a few more popping up that provide a variety of alternatives and choices. Another client from the U.K., now a good friend, is setting up another one in Brighton - www.ElementalEmbrace.com . This quite special - as influenced by her background as a hotelier in Africa and her son as an impresario in the entertainment/music industry in the U.K. and New York. Then there is Trenton and Belleville, led by one of the most dynamic Economic Development Boards in the person of Chris King; and Kingston, which is experiencing phenomenal growth.
I'd be delighted to give you a grand tour when the time comes!
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