All posts by Katherine Bacon

Blogging with Buddy, December 14th, 2018

November has proven to be a hot market with local sales hitting a 13-year high!!!  It was the best month of November for sales since 2005 and the second-best ever!  The average price of homes sold in November 2018 was $197,463, jumping 21.9% from November 2017.  The number of new listings was down 35.5% making this the lowest number of new listings to hit the market in the month of November since 2004 proving that winter is an excellent time of year to be on the market as Mama always says.  Her and Charlie were out there selling away to mark a portion of these statistics with their sales of 105 Cedarwood Drive, 90 Second Street plus three others from MLS!  Quite a November!

Jane and Nick Rocco are ecstatic about the sale of their home at 105 Cedarwood Drive in Millidgeville listed at $675,000.  Their impeccable ranch home with panoramic water view will go to new buyers from Ontario.  Congratulation Jane and Nick and thank you for being such a pleasure for Mama and Charlie to work with.   Mama was also happy to help you with your purchase of a new home in the valley closer to your precious grandchildren!

 The sun is shining brightly, 105 Cedarwood!

Nicholas and I are busy getting ready for Christmas, putting up our tree and hopefully (paws crossed) a visit from Santa Paws!!!  I’ve been good all year for the most part but I worry about the little fella.  He so mischievous and for weeks has been snooping into every bag Mama brings into the house (even sneaked in the Christmas room a few times).  There he came across a couple of gifts for our new neighbours, Darcy & Bennett, and came flying out with such gifts in tow!  He says one for him and one for me.  Let me tell you I was tempted and just as I was about to get up and take a closer look Mama came flying around the corner freak’n out because he’d found the neighbour’s gifts.  Well I’m sure glad I was a bit slow on the draw that day!!!  Mama says the elves are hiding around the house and reporting what they see to Santa Paws.  If this is the case, then Nicholas is in trouble.  I can’t figure it out, we’ve been looking and looking for these nosy elves but haven’t come across hide nor hair of them yet!  All I know is when I’m a good boy Santa Paws leaves me some nice toys and treats Christmas Eve, my two favourite things!

  Every ornament is a dog, cat, raccoon, etc.

 

I’m sure you’re busy at home too, decking the halls making sure everything is shinny and bright!  Mama will start Christmas baking this week between showings and you can bet your bottom dollar that Big Buddy Bacon won’t be too far from the kitchen!!!  Papa won’t either!  Our Auntie Blue has been baking for weeks and she surprised Mama with a beautiful Christmas table cloth for our kitchen yesterday.  We just love it!  Happy shopping and we’ll see you soon.

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogging with Buddy Dec 1st, 2018

We have new neighbours!!!  And they are a couple of cuties, little Darcy & Bennett Evans are 3 month old standard poodles and we’re soooooo happy to have them living next door.  They come over to visit Nicholas and I several times a day.  We were shocked at first to hear barking right next door, let me tell you our heads snapped around and then two furry balls come flying through the hedge and it was Darcy and Bennett.  Darcy is more quiet but Bennett is very brave and came right up to me barking in my face!  I let one big bark out and he went and hid behind his Papa.  I love the little guys buy they need to know their manners and also that Big Buddy Bacon is Top Dog (don’t tell Nicholas, he thinks it’s him!).  Mama and Papa just love the puppies and I have to admit I get a bit jealous when they make too much fuss about them.  I think we’re going to have lots of fun as the puppies get bigger and can run and play with us!  Can’t wait!

 Bennett on the left, Darcy on the right.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around our house!  Nicholas and I have been helping Mama decorate the big wreath at our front door and we helped Papa place the Christmas lights on our vines.  It was a big job converting our wreath from summer to Christmas with Mama up and down the ladder many times but we’re happy with the results!  It was so cold the day we did it that Mama  had to keep running into the house to warm her hands to continue.  Each flower and decoration is wired in separately so that the wind can’t blow them off this winter so it must be done with bare hands, no gloves.  Poor Mama, doesn’t have the nice furry paws like me to keep her hands warm.  I just waited out side for her to come back out and continue while Nicholas ran around with his favourite ball.

  Our Christmas Wreath 2018

Congratulations to Charlie on the sale of his listing at 90 Second Street in Rothesay!  Didn’t take long to sell this large ranch-style home.  Get ready to welcome a new neighbour into your neighbourhood!

  SOLD 90 Second Street

Hope you have a great weekend. Nicholas and I may see you at Spy Glass or out and about the town parking lots as we wait in our red SUV for Mama while she does some Christmas shopping. See you soon.

You pal,

Big Buddy Bacon

 

Blogging With Buddy, November 16th, 2018

Baby it’s cold outside!!!  Nicholas and I can’t believe how quickly the temperature has dropped and what high winds!  I’m not having a problem but it’s only mid November and the little guy is already wearing his sweater.  Even in the high winds and cold temperatures Wednesday Mama still took us for our daily walk but instead of heading for the hills of Spy Glass where it was gusting unbelievably we stayed sheltered on the trails surrounded by trees on the low land near Allison Drive.  I had to laugh to myself as I have never seen Mama walk so fast!!!  She was all bundled up like an Eskimo and we flew in and out of those trails.  Needless to say we didn’t bump into any friends they were probably snuggled up by a warm fire, which we did when we got home.

We snuggled by the fire again this morning after a wonderful morning in the fresh fallen snow!  Nobody but nobody enjoys the snow more than Nicholas and I.  We flew out the door early this morning with Mama, threw ourselves down on the snows and just started rolling in it!!!  When Mama said, “It’s snowing, it’s snowing”, we couldn’t get our collars on fast enough.  She threw the ball and we chased it (I actually got it a few times) and we had so much fun.  Now back inside for breakfast, a nap and then repeat!

  

The market is still cooking with offers in this week on three of our properties ranging from $200,000 to $675,000.  Mama and Charlie are busy negotiating, looking after our clients and making sure every i is dotted and t is crossed while I’ve got my paws crossed that they all come together successfully!

We have an interesting open house this Sunday from 2-4 pm at 100 Mount Pleasant Avenue (corner of Burpee Ave) MLS# 013894 within walking distance to Rockwood Park.  What a fantastic location!!!  Personally I’d love to live near the park, simply take a stroll down the street and the park opens up for miles!!!  In the summer time Nicholas and I would take a refreshing swim in Lily Lake.  How sweet would that be!  This house is lovely too with an abundance of updates, new kitchen with fancy appliances, several cozy fireplaces and a beautiful flat yard with huge trees and lawn for playing.  I highly recommend it! Great value at $299,000.  Could easily be made into a 2-family if you wished.  Special thanks to my colleague David Nicholson from Coldwell Banker for hosting this event.

 

 

 

Hope you have a good weekend.  I see the Christmas Craft Shows are starting so if you see me out and about come over to say hello.  I may be big but I’m friendly!  Be careful though, Nicholas will be with me and he’s known to sneak in a kiss any chance he gets!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon

Blogging With Buddy November 9th, 2018

Enjoy the sunshine today because they are calling for lots more rain on Saturday starting tonight and heavy tomorrow!  Nicholas and I are getting a bit fed up with it but we are looking forward to a nice long walk to Spy Glass Hill and beyond even thought the ground is pretty soggy later today.  Mama will get out her fancy poke a dot rain boots so she’ll be dry.  She’ll be busy too trying to keep us guys out of every pond and wet hole we encounter.  What’s more fun than jumping is a deep puddle and splashing around!!!  She says we had better be good boys!  Sunshine for Sunday and Monday!!!

We’re excited about a lovely new listing coming our way the first of the week just steps from the Rothesay Common priced at $450,000.  Totally private, professionally landscaped, gorgeous yard with landscape lighting and attractively fenced with wrought iron and chain link.  The house circa 1900 is 2600 square feet and has retained many upgrades; siding, windows, roofing, wiring, insulation, plumbing, etc.  Main floor bedroom and full bath!   Amazing location!!! What a great yard for children and pets, not only fenced but totally flat!  Watch for more details.

Hope you have a relaxing long weekend and get out to some of the Remembrance Day Memorials.

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

Blogging with Buddy November 2nd, 2018

Well we survived another Halloween with Mama dressing us up and all kinds of scary little creatures coming to our door with very spooky faces!  Nicholas loved it and was unexpectedly calm, didn’t say boo but I was terrified.  Papa was at the door giving out the treats and I thought one of the goblins was going to eat him up so I let my big voice be heard!  Mama was trying to calm me down and ensure me that all was well but I just couldn’t see how it could be.  We had everything in our foyer  from devils to dinosaurs, witches to vampires!  Nicholas was dressed as a Jester (he loved his costume, wore it until he fell asleep and Mama slipped it off him) and I was a business man with a neck tie and button down collar.  Not sure if anyone recognized me or not!!!  Nicholas says that’s ridiculous, that anyone would know it’s me!  I like to think I was incognito!

  

We went to a Halloween party at a friends house after we finished giving out our treats and wow, did they ever go all out for the night!  We have never seen a thing like it.  The house was decorated to the nines inside and out and the lady made this fabulous cake shaped like a spider with long legs.  Everyone was oohing an awing at the sight of it and then when they tasted it they took it up another notch!  Nicholas and I played with their little boy and we all had a great time.  It was late when we got home and Nicholas and I were pooped.  We went right to bed and were out like lights the minute our heads hit our pillows!  This was a Halloween to remember!

  

Halloween Spider Cake                                        Spider Taking Over The Building

We are very excited about two new listings.  The first is at 3218 Rothesay Road.  This stunning home offered at $850,000 is on 2.8 acres and offers complete privacy.  What a perfect big yard for children and pets alike to run and play!  Nicholas and I would have a ball here!  The heritage home has been totally restored marrying the old with the new by way of the tasteful addition which gives the open concept kitchen/family room, main floor laundry, mud room, media room/home theatre, home office and master with 5-piece ensuite bath.  All the things we treasure in fine homes today.If your dream lifestyle is to live within walking distance to the Rothesay Common and all this location has to offer, then I suggest you take a closer look!

Our second new listing is located at 8191 Route 102 at Public Landing on the St John River, offered at $625,000.  With 2.82 scenic acres and 315 feet of beach with dock and deep water mooring.  The original house was built in 1890, restored in 2005 and the stylish addition was added in 2016.  This home offers a massive deck, Avandale kitchen with 6-burner gas stove, great room with wood-burning fireplace, exterior access from most rooms and impressive main floor master complete with sitting area, propane fireplace, patio doors, walk-in closet and spa-like 5-piece ensuite with European-style separate flush.  If you like to boat, kayak, canoe, sail, Seadoo or enjoy bonfires on the beach,  I can attest that this is the place for you!

 

Button down the hatches this weekend as we are supposed to be getting 80 mm of rain!  Is this what they mean when they say it is raining cats and dogs???  I can tell you that Nicholas and Buddy Bacon will be curled up in front of the fireplace; cozy, warm and dry this weekend!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon

Blogging with Buddy, October 26, 2018

There’s a chill in the air and I’m loving every moment of it!  While Mama and Charlie are getting ready for this Sunday’s Open House at 12 Morrison Lane in Quispamsis I’m hanging out in the long awaited cold, rolling on the cool frosty grass and thinking I’m in Heaven!  I thought this weather would never come after such a long hot drawn out summer.  I had a hard time this summer with my big Newfie coat as our weather was not only hotter than normal but the humidity was higher too.  We never, never never get high humidity in NB!  It’s one of the things I love so much here.  One Saturday on our morning walk I was go sooooo slow and just dragging my feet along that Mama thought I was getting sick.  Once I got back in the air conditioning I was okay, just can’t take the heat!  Now as the weather has cooled she can’t believe the difference in me.  I’m running around, hopping and bouncing like a little pony, trying to get the ball before Nicholas and everything!!!  You should have seen Nick’s face the first day this fall when I took off across the yard at a full gallop and grabbed that ball before him.  He just froze looking from me to Mama, back and forth as if to say, “what just happened?  Where did this guy come from?”  Mama says there is a guy named Mr. Frost who comes out at night this time of year and magically sprinkles the ground with it.  I don’t know who you are man, but I love you!  Nothing but nothing feels better to Big Buddy Bacon than a nice morning roll on cool frosty grass!

Hope you are able to stop by our open house this Sunday from 2-4 pm at 12 Morrison Lane in Quispamsis (the lane runs from Gondola Point Road to Chelsea Dr).  This four bedroom, three full bath home has possibly the most amazing river view in the valley overlooking Gondola Point, Mather’s and Long Islands.  Priced at $425,000, MLS#NB013634.

  

Hope to see you there if not beforehand out and about the town!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

Blogging with Buddy October 20th, 2018

It’s a busy weekend with no less than 7 open houses!  Rothesay to Millidgeville, Kennebecasis Park to Drury Cove. Mama, Charlie and colleagues from Coldwell Banker are vamping up the schedule to be sure you get an opportunity to view these exciting homes!  Special shout out to Coldwell Banker Realtors; Aretha Chevarie, David Nicholson and Michelle Hardy for helping us host!  Looking forward to seeing you today!  These stunning homes are warm, inviting and toasty inside and many feature a cozy fireplace.  Looking forward to seeing you today!

Saturday, October 20th 2-4 pm

41 Fox Point Drive

$625,000  MLS#SJ180958, Drury Cove

70 Dunedin Road

$599,000   MLS#SJ180260, Rothesay

142 Dunedin Road

$369,000 MLS#NB011019, Rothesay

90 Second Street

$270,000  MLS#NB011897, Rothesay

35 Broadway Street

$244,500  MLS#NB011464, Kennebecasis Park

Sunday October 21st, 2- 4 pm

105 Cedarwood Drive

$675,000 MLS#NB008143, Millidgeville

35 Anchorage Avenue

$895,000 MLS#NB008019, Millidgeville

Yesterday I closed up the camp in New River Beach.  Whew, what a job!!!  I laid back on the couch urging Mama and Papa on as they cleaned and scrubbed, packed and hauled bags to my truck.  Nicholas slept through most of it!  It took way longer than we expected (never finished until 8 pm) so I missed out on my last swim in the bay for the year.   Mama said not to worry, she will take me down the next nice day we get before the snow flies!  No one wants to hear it but I love snow almost as much as I love swimming!  Matter of fact, I love swimming when it’s cold, doesn’t bother me any with my big thick Newfoundland coat!  My my side kick is another story!  Nicholas loves to swim in the middle of summer when it hot.  He’s a good strong swimmer, faster than me and he loves to dive leaping right from the beach!  Nobody but nobody is going to get to a stick thrown in the water before Nicholas!  He’s super athletic and Mama says if he was a human boy she’d put him in the Olympics!

Wishing you a great weekend, say warm and drop in to see us if you have the chance.

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon

 

Blogging with Buddy October 12, 2018

We’re excited about our Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Waterfront Open Houses this Sunday 2-4 pm!          Mama and Charlie will have the fireplaces blazing and the apple cider hot.  As you tour the scenic autumn countryside (one of the best we’ve seen in many years) we invite you to stop by Darlings Island to view two stunning upscale waterfront properties.

Our handsome log home at 232 Darlings Island Road, MLS NB006806 is offered at $750,000 (far below investment cost).  It features 9.14 private acres, a huge 1248 square foot wrap around covered veranda, main floor master, 3-4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, built-in 4-car garage plus and an amazing detached 2-car heated workshop, that most men only dream of!

Our inviting cedar home at 60 Meadow Drive, MLS SJ181056 is offered at $560,000.  It features a huge deck with access from the kitchen, family room & dining room as well as a screened porch, 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, and a three-car attached garage and covered bridge garden shed on 9.3 private acres.

Both properties are exceptionally well-built, boast water frontage on Darlings Lake, soaring cathedral ceilings, impressive master suites with walk-in closets and ensuite baths, home offices, ductless heat pumps, wood-burning fireplaces and extraordinary landscaping!

  

232 Darlings Island Road, Darlings Island.

  

60 Meadow Drive, Darlings Island.

I’m on Mama’s s_ _ _ -list this morning!!!  I wouldn’t go out last night in the rain before going to bed so I got her up at 5 am this morning!  Once she’s up, she’s up so she went in her office to work.  Meanwhile I came in 20 minutes later and went back to bed!  Hahahaha.  Little Nicholas doesn’t get up until 8:30 and he did go out for a few minutes last night, so he’s the hero today!

More rain on the way tomorrow so try to stay dry but calling for sunshine on Sunday for our open houses!  Have a great weekend and stop by if you can.  Hope to see you soon.

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon

Blogging With Buddy October 5, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving from Nicholas and I on this glorious blue-sky day!  It’s been a busy week with a lot accomplished so we’re looking forward to a relaxing weekend for the holiday.  Hoping Mama and Papa will share the turkey because you know us Bacon Boys love turkey!  Yum, yum, yum we can just smell it now.

We have a new listing with panoramic sunset water view over the Kennebecasis River at 12 Morrison Lane, Quispamsis, MLS#NB013634.  $425,000.  This inviting 4-bedroom home has a beautifully updated crisp white kitchen with new appliances.  The open concept great room features propane fireplace, there is a large wrap around deck, finished walkout basement, ducted heat pump and best of all is the breathtaking view (one of the best in Southern NB)!  Watch for our open house here in October.

Watch as well for several open houses at several of our beautiful homes in October.  We have something for every price range and every lifestyle!  Mama will have the fireplaces burning and serving hot cider and I may have a special surprise myself so stay posted!

Charlie is looking for a new dog!  Yup, you heard it right.  Doesn’t have to be a puppy but he does want a medium-sized dog, smaller than Nicholas and myself!!!  I don’t think he’d want to be feeding Big Buddy Bacon!!!  Mama says it’s like feeding a longshoreman!  Please!!!  So if you or someone you know has a nice dog that needs a good home you won’t find a better Papa than Charlie.  He is very kind and will love the dog to pieces!  Days will start with an early morning walk with his friend Ted and it will be a very pampered pet. Male or female doesn’t really matter but it will help if he or she likes football because Sunday evenings will be curled up on the couch cheering for his favourite team!  Lucky the furry friend who finds a home with our Charlie!  Call him directly at 636-0748.

Don’t forget that hunting season has started so get out your hunter’s orange if you are heading into the woods or even the trails of Spy Glass Hill.  We hear that the beautiful big buck with his huge rack that has been wondering East Riverside and the golf course for years was killed by a bow-hunter at the top of Spy-Glass Hill this week.  He was a real beauty and will be surely missed.  He seemed very kind as well as all last winter he had a little orphaned fawn tagging along that he looked after and got him through the cold winter.

Have a great holiday weekend.  This will probably be one of my last swims of the year!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

 

Blogging with Buddy September 30th, 2018

Loving this gorgeous weather!!!  Is our long hot sunny summer the reason sales have taken off this year and still continue into the fall?  Usually we have about eight true weeks of summer so buyers feel a time crunch for barbecues, boating, deck parties, camping, hiking, biking, sailing, kayaking, swimming and the beach; but not this year, it just keeps coming!  Everyone is asking; where are the buyers coming from?  Well several are coming for jobs with large corporations and new doctors for the hospital and many locals are either buying their dream homes, down-sizing to one level or families up-sizing to larger homes as well as first time home-buyers who are tired of renting.  Everyone is on the move!

Mama and Charlie are excited about their two closings coming up this Monday at 20 Antler Crescent, Quispamsis MLS#NB011319 at $374,900 and 18 Wild Fox Drive, West Saint John  MLS#NB011569 at $184,900.  Both properties were sold on their very first showing!!!  Whoot, Whoot!!!  Congratulations to our buyers and sellers and we wish the new owners every happiness in their new homes!  We especially wish our dear friend Alexei a smooth move.  Nicholas and I will pop over to your new place for a play date Alexei!  Ask your Mama to have a few treats ready and we’re bringing you something special!!!

  

October is the month that Mama and Charlie go into full swing with their fall open houses along with some help from their Coldwell Banker colleagues!  They be serving hot apple cider on cool autumn day and the fires will be roaring in the fireplaces to keep you warm and make you feel most welcome as you tour some of the most beautiful homes in New Brunswick.  I’m hoping Papa will let me come to a few and just hang around outside.  I like to greet everyone too and show off the exteriors!  I’m calling it ‘Meet & Greet’!  Papa says I will have to be on a leash because someone could be scared of a big black dog!!!  Scared of the Budster???  Not likely, I love everyone and I never jump up, not ever!  But I agreed with the leash, just in case anyone feels nervous.  Stay posted for the day, time and location!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you soon!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

 

 

 

Blogging with Buddy, September 21st, 2018

I’m very excited about our exciting new Global Luxury Listings in Saint Andrews By the Sea.  219 King St, MLS#NB013168 at $2,250,000 is a stunning historic property circa 1897 which has been meticulously restored to it’s former glory.  With stunning chandeliers, spacious rooms, numerous cozy fireplaces, intriguing architectural details, a true 5-star chefs-kitchen and 1.1 acres of total privacy in century-old garden, this property is dressed to impress!  All overlooking Kingsbrae Garden, a multi-award winning 27 acre horticultural masterpiece and the Bay of Fundy beyond.

  

  

The second Saint Andrews property is no less spectacular than the first located at 208 Prince of Wales Street, MLS#NB013165 priced at $1,750,000.  Located near the Algonquin Resort, it has an amazing custom kitchen with commercial quality S/S appliances, huge island, breakfast bar, walk-in pantry, soaring 14 foot ceiling with clerestory windows and patio access. There are two grand staircases, one circular and one turned and all bedrooms with full ensuite baths, some with balconies overlooking the garden, several with fireplaces.   There is also a convenient staff quarters, over-sized 2-car attached garage with heated floor and a private flower and herb garden.   The original 1870’s house is magnificently restored and the 2004 addition is tastefully in keeping with the era!

  

  

Congratulations to our dear friend Lexxi McMackin who is busy helping her mother and father pack boxes up at 20 Antler Crescent, Quispamsis MLS# NB011319.  Lexxi’s house is another one that sold on the first showing ($379,900) and she has a very quick closing.  Don’t overdo it Lexxi, slow and steady wins the race!  One box at a time!

  

Charlie is excited about his new  listing located at 91 Stockfarm Road, MLS NB011483.  Just listed last week and sold this week on the first showing with all conditions met today!  This is the fourth property Mama and Charlie have listed in the past few weeks that has sold on the first showing.  Way to go guys!!!  Another happy seller!

It’s been a heck of a week with Mama and Charlie negotiating hard on one of the large estate size heritage properties in Rothesay.   Their local buyer loves the turn of the century grandeur, the spaciness and interior detail of these properties.  I hope you two ate your Wheaties this morning because you’re going to need them.  Hang in there.

Calling for rain this weekend so needless to say Big Buddy Bacon won’t get any swimming in!  Boohoo. I live for a good refreshing swim.  I have been walking each night before dark at Allison with Mama and Nicholas.  We’ve bumped into some interest pooches, many of whom love to run and play with us.  We are very social!  Have a great weekend.

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon