60 EASY LANE, WOLFE ISLAND - $499,000
A year-round home on Wolfe Island, with a private stone beach looking west towards Amherst Island. Two main-floor bedrooms, a third upstairs, and even a studio above the garage. Extensive decking, lawns, and a dock edging tentatively into Lake Ontario.
The Bigger Picture
When we first visited this remarkable property, we stood for a bit down on the stone beach. It was a day just like the one you see in the pictures here. I could see windmills miles away on Amherst Island. Their long blades slim as the wings of dragonflies. And I don’t suppose the water is ever more still than it was that day. There was not a mark on its surface. To take a kayak out would have been almost a cruelty, so sharply would it have cut the water into sections. Like a geometry problem being solved, is how it would have looked. I remember gazing down at my feet sheepishly. A bit inadequate is how I felt, or just enormously fortunate. It’s complicated for me. I could see that there was a small fossil in the rock closest to my boot, the forever impression of a fern that once wobbled in a much deeper sea.
It’s a humbling sort of waterfront, that’s all I’m probably getting at. You’re at the very eastern end of Lake Ontario, where it funnels somehow into the St. Lawrence River. The sun drops into the water every night like some sort of offering. Some days it’s like an egg yolk being introduced to flour. Other times it’s like watching a clementine drop in slow motion from the edge of a steel counter. You can never get used to such things. You just hold your breath and wait. You realize that such movements in the universe should make much more noise. That there should surely be some sort of accompanying hum, the soft grinding of celestial gears.
The sellers say, though, that when the wind picks up it’s like another world. The crested heft of a Great Lake thrashes about like an angry toddler, and a fathomless rage comes at you in long, irresistible waves. It would be good to arrive by boat as much as you can, I think, if you buy this home. To arrive like a pirate, whether it’s on smooth seas or muddled, to be the swashbuckling star of your own bio-pic.
Realtor.ca has all the more prosaic details; you don’t need me describing the photographs. You can see how special this place is. The iGuide tour will even let you pull up the floor plans and drag your furniture around the house to see if it will fit. Call us afterwards with your questions.