Friday, March 28, 2014

Uptown Kingston: hip and historic

Uptown Kingston's time has finally arrived. With Boitsons, the Stockade, BSP, Outdated, Duos and a slew of food, retail and entertainment venues, the historic Stockade area is jumping all week long. Then there is the Farmers Market, the O+ Festival, weekly concerts at the Old Dutch Church and the occasional movie shoot. The only authorized Mac repair in more than fifty miles is here, plus vintage clothes, organic plants and, rumor adds, a bakery is on the way! Yoga, meditation,  used books, coffee coffee coffee!

Just a quick walk from the bus to NY is a great storefront with a neat and simple two bedroom apartment above. Great tenants and a great investment at $399K.
A GDMRE exclusive.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday

When I was a young woman, I used to love to read the column from the Philmont correspondent in the chatham courier newspaper. I loved the Courier anyway. It was a great litle weekly with insider info and just enough snarkiness to be entertaining. There were local gossip columns, penned by A Red Headed Secretary and The Man in the Black Hat. And there was the news from Philmont.

If I remember rightly, Mr. Kimball was our intrepid correspondent, and the news was more likely to be about what his neighbors had to say, or why his bathrobe was so wonderfully comfortable that he refused to buy any other brand, than about events at the town meeting. But thanks to Mr. Kimball I felt like I knew Philmont.

He painted a portrait of a quiet hamlet filled with local characters who somehow managed to get along, at least well enough to avoid a small town Cold War.
I thought it sounded wonderful.

I finally got there today. It is a lot like I expected it to be; rows of small Victorians lining the winding road, a tiny business district, then more houses until the yard d's grow bigger and bigger, finally becoming fields and farms.

It still seems somewhat undiscovered,  but it has a what so many of us long for. There is a lake, sweeping views of the mountains, and most importantly, a sleepy charm that invites you to relax and stop rushing by.

Mr. Kimball is probably long gone, but his Philmont is still here.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

21st Century Real Estate

Thank you, Cullen Burnell, for hooking me up with Instagram and explaining the mysteries of Twitter, FB, blog linking. Plus a great cup of coffee at Millerton's Irving Farm on a blustery day.