Neighbourhood Spotlight: VanKleek Hill
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to visit a horse farm just minutes from the charming village of VanKleek Hill. We were doing a pre-listing walk through and decided to visit the village itself prior to the meeting in order to get a sense of the area. Well…we fell in love!
The village has a commitment to community you can feel even as you drive in. There are lovely homes lining the tree-filled streets, beautiful boutiques, a small local pharmacist and hardware store, inviting restaurants with patios and stores that you just have to go in to see what is inside. We ventured into one vintage home goods shop where we were met by the lovely owner who had decided to move to VanKleek Hill to raise her family in an “area with great education, a strong sense of community and really a higher quality of life”. What more could you ask for?
The village is only one hour from Ottawa and one hour from Montreal…a commute that is certainly doable if you are working in one of the major city centers. The village’s famous spots to eat are the Blueberry Hill Bistro, Vert Fourchette and the Trillium Tea Room. The Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday and Beau’s Brewery is located here as well. It is an area known for its festivals such as Oktoberfest at Beau’s, Porchfest in July, the Festival of Flavours in September and the Christmas Market in November…these are to name just a few!
Our new listing at 501 MacCallum’s Lane just minutes from the village is a century farmhouse on 111 acres with a horse farm, hobby farm, landing strip, 30 acres of tree farm and 11 acres of hay field…a piece of heaven! Visit the listing’s site on our website here: http://evansteamottawa.com/listings/501-maccallums-lane-vankleek-hill/
Let us know if you would like to see the home, you will not regret it!
Recipe of the Month: Lucie’s Dressing Formula
I LOVE salad…all times of the year….and enjoy adding seasonal offerings at different times of the year…but the ONE constant is my favourite dressing formula. Yes formula…..I call it Lucie’s Dressing Formula….because that is where it came from!
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp sweet (honey, maple syrup, apple syrup from the market)
1 Tbsp sour (vinegar…be it balsamic, rice, white,raspberry. OR fresh lemon or lime juice)
1 tsp. dijon mustard
Mix and serve.
Thoughts for add ins to salad: dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, raspberries, strawberries, beets, fennel.
Listing Spotlight: 243 Ridgeside Farm Drive
We have a stunning listing at 243 Ridgeside Farm Drive, just minutes from Kanata North. This home has so much space and an open concept kitchen, eating area and great room which makes for a perfect family hub. Upgrades are everywhere including granite countertops and pot lighting, upgraded cabinetry, upgraded flooring, a home theater in the beautifully finished walk-out basement, upgraded bathrooms, kitchen and more! The lovely lot that the home is situated on is private, pool-sized and backs onto a wooded area with walking trails.
What is really special about this property is that while the privacy and serenity provide you with a retreat from hectic day-to-day life, the home is located so close to all of those day-to-day necessities and amenities that you need. We have timed the drive and to reach the amenities of Kanata North it takes approximately five minutes driving time. Here you will find a Sobey’s, Shoppers Drug Mart, LCBO, Metro grocery store and more. There are also numerous restaurants such as Poco Pazzo Italian Eatery, Lone Star, Hockey Sushi and Cora’s. Kanata North holds the Kanata Hi-Tech Corridor making Ridgeside Farm a great place to live if you commute to there OR if you are or in the future will be working at the new DND campus. It is just a five to ten minute drive there using back roads. While the conveniences of Kanata area so close, the amenities in Carp are also just as close. Reach the Carp Farmer’s Market, Alice’s Village Cafe and the fairgrounds and arena in five minutes.
243 Ridgeside Farm Drive gives you all of the wonderful benefits of a country estate without the hassle of extending your commute or driving too far to reach amenities that you need at your fingertips.