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As Gananoque’s newest development, Stone & South Condos has made its mark on the village-like community with its prime waterfront location, resort-inspired amenities and impressive features and finishes. With the warmer weather upon us, the much anticipated residential project by CaraCo Development recently held a Season Kick-Off Party at the Gananoque Brewery. Attended by locals, homebuyers and the CaraCo team, the successful event was followed by a showing of Rick Miller’s BOOM! at the renowned Thousand Islands Playhouse, located just east of Stone & South.

“The Playhouse and myself in particular are really looking forward to this project because it’s going to be right next door to us on the waterfront,” says Brett Christopher, General Manager at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. “I’m really excited that the property is going to be developed into such an amazing building.”

However, the start of the summer season wasn’t the only thing the Kingston-based developer was celebrating. Sales at the 118-unit condominium has been a resounding success with 50 per cent of south-facing suites now sold. Part of the attraction is the project’s proximity to the St. Lawrence River. While other developments are within walking distance, Stone & South is actually situated directly on the shore, allowing for spectacular views of the river. In fact, 90 per cent of suites have beautiful views of the St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands, while the remainder offer sweeping views of the town and its historic architecture.

“It’s not your regular waterfront because you have views of the islands,” say Stone & South purchasers Luc and Tess Lalonde. “When we were looking around for waterfront property, we saw that there were a lot of places for sale, but on the other side of the river you had industrial stuff, while here you have islands and clear water.”

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The serene and simple waterfront lifestyle has also been a hit with empty nesters looking to downsize, driven by the real estate boom in urban centres like the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

“Retiring from an urban centre to a small town can enable retirees to realize retirement options they never dreamed possible,” says Mariah Hamilton, Marketing Director at Stone & South Condos. “We’re seeing quite a few people from the GTA coming because it’s an opportunity to cash out.”

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Retirees like recent Stone & South purchasers Andree Thorpe and husband Bill Vanderwoude were attracted to the quality of life that Stone & South and Gananoque offers. The pair were won over by all the local amenities close at hand without the traffic and the huge crowds.

“It’s the perfect setting for us,” says Thorpe, in an interview with the Toronto Sun. “After having lived in Bermuda, we couldn’t return to a big city. And for us to have the same type of condo in Toronto, we’d need to spend four times as much. Gananoque is country living yet you’re only 20 minutes from Kingston, which has all the amenities of a bigger city, including a university.”

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Residents of Stone & South will also have access to a wealth of amenities directly within the complex. An elegant lobby with fireplace and concierge provides a warm welcome home, while a state-of-the-art fitness centre as well as bike, canoe and kayak storage makes it easy to maintain an active lifestyle.

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When it comes to entertaining, the expansive party room and lounge will come complete with a kitchen, dining room, games room and WiFi internet access. Also within the property will be a private off-leash dog park, swimming dock and a fully-equipped private marina with boat slips, power supply and deckhand.

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Priced from $276,900, the homes range in size from 524 square feet to 1,547 square feet and boast spacious open concept layouts with generous outdoor space, including eight-foot deep balconies and terraces up to 325 square feet. Designed by Kingston-based interior design firm Reid & Siemonsen, the suites feature wide plank engineered hardwood floors, high ceilings and custom-designed kitchens with shaker-style cabinets and the choice of open shelving or full height uppers.

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The kitchens also come equipped with granite or quartz countertops and an appliance package with a stainless steel dishwasher, stove, range hood and counter-depth Fisher & Paykel refrigerator.

To learn more about Stone & South, be sure to visit the Stone & South Discovery Centre located at 5 King Street East in Gananoque. Hours are 11am to 5pm Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10am to 5pm Fridays through Saturdays and 12pm to 4pm on Sundays.

For more information call 613 876 2524 or email info@stoneandsouthcondos.ca.

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