Kingston & environs a burgeoning market for first-timers and downsizers.

Original article By: Lisa Van de Ven, Special to National Post | October 11, 2014

Located west of Kingston in the village of Bath, the low-rise project by Kaitlin Corp. backs on to an 18-hole
golf course and features a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse, already up and running on the site. It offers a combination of townhouses and single-family homes, while an assisted-living condominium is also planned, allowing residents a chance to age in place as they get older. Construction at the site is well under way, with many homes already occupied in the community; current homes at the site range from 1,269 to 2,879 square feet and start at $262,490.

“Though there are exceptions, I would say we’re averaging a 60-plus buyer — either people retiring, who want to get out of the city, or people ready to move prior to that,” says Paul Hunter, new home sales advisor for the site. Many purchasers, he adds, are coming from as far as off as Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. “People are investigating the different types of lifestyle opportunities.”
In addition to Loyalist’s own onsite recreational amenities — including a restaurant, fitness facilities, meeting rooms, a ballroom, billiards, an outdoor swimming pool and a hot tub — the community of Bath also offers what Mr. Hunter calls an “old-style charm” with a Lake Ontario location that’s appealing to boaters. At the same time, though, it’s close to Highway 401 and the medical facilities, cultural amenities and shopping opportunities of Kingston, giving buyers the option of partaking in a bigger city lifestyle nearby when they want it.

“A lot of people fall in love with it when they get here,” say Mr. Hunter. “The people here are very open, very friendly. When someone new moves in, they’ll knock on their door and introduce themselves.”

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