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Huckleberry Island Property

Listed by Bruce Wilson, Bickerton Brokers, Gananoque, Ontario, Canada

The Thousand Islands is like nowhere else. A mosaic carved by the Ice Age...the fresh water of the Great Lakes flowing by making the pull of the river hypnotic. And Huckleberry Island is at the very heart of The 1000 Islands...a compound nestled amongst the windswept cedars...created for sharing time with family and friends, and making time for yours ...

Listed by Bruce Wilson, Bickerton Brokers, Gananoque, Ontario, Canada

The Thousand Islands is like nowhere else. A mosaic carved by the Ice Age...the fresh water of the Great Lakes flowing by making the pull of the river hypnotic. And Huckleberry Island is at the very heart of The 1000 Islands...a compound nestled amongst the windswept cedars...created for sharing time with family and friends, and making time for yourself. Love, laughter and a special closeness inspired by nature. When you’re here, you will be moved by its magnificence...and part of you will never leave. That’s what the river and the islands are all about.

Highlights:

- Private family compound sleeps 16 in main house and guest house on wooded 3 acres of Huckleberry Island (7 acres) in the very desirable Admiralty Group of the Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada  (halfway between Montreal and Toronto and only 10 miles to USA).

- Historic 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2-story main house (built 1910) carefully restored and expanded. Main house includes living room, dining room, sunroom, kitchen, laundry room, front porch and spacious rear outdoor entertaining deck and covered breezeway to guest house.

- Guest house includes living room, dining, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and front porch.

- Both homes are bright, spacious, open-plan with charming hand-crafted red pine walls and ceilings, stone fireplace plus updated kitchens and baths. A large outdoor dining/grilling deck adjoins both houses.

- Electricity, telephone and high-speed internet installed.

- Both houses are furnished with hand-crafted Mennonite wood furniture.

- A real boathouse with crib docks, post-and-beam trussed roof including two slips, a side dock plus a 60 ft. floating dock. Protected east-facing bay harbor with deep water, excellent swimming and sandy beach cove.

- Boats include a 26 ft. Lyman inboard, 17 ft. Whaler, 14 ft. Whaler, 12 ft. sailing dingy, 11 ft. zodiac and canoe.

- Property is mostly natural...wooded with cedar, pine, maple and birch.

- Over 1300 linear feet of clean fresh water private shoreline on St Lawrence River offer sensational river views in all directions.

History:

The owner, Jim Wallace, has been coming to The Thousand Islands since he was 4. “My family boated here every summer. Then in ’59 my folks sold the boat, bought Barge Island and built a cottage there. The rest is history...I grew up in Montreal but, even after I moved to Naples, Florida in ’90...my heart was always in the islands.”

“We were here every summer. My wife Debbi and I kept our 47 foot ketch here. In ’96 we were anchored off Juniper Island with our 2 young children and noticed a for-sale sign on nearby Huckleberry. We arranged to see it...anchored in the bay...toured the island...and bought it.”

“Our first impression was less than exciting” says Jim. “The boathouse was falling down, the kitchen was painted-plywood, the shower was tiny, the roof needed replacing and there was no septic system. But it was a low 7-acre island with 360-degree water views, only a mile offshore from Gananoque...and they don’t make islands anymore!”

“The foundations were sound, the fireplace was charming, it had power, the bay was leeward and the river views were breathtaking. I knew we could restore and transform Huckleberry into a special place for my multi-generational family...37 years between our youngest and oldest children. It took us 18 years to fully restore and expand it but today its very special”

The original owner of the island was Walter Sampson. The 2-story main house was built in 1910. Frank Becker owned Huckleberry Island from 1915 to 1939. Harry and Marjorie Heagy owned it from 1939-1996. They had no children so, at 82, Marjorie sold Huckleberry to Jim and Debbi Wallace in 1996.

Tom Harrison of Gananoque rebuilt the 3-pier crib-dock in ‘97. Tieco added the 60 ft floating dock. The boathouse was rebuilt in ‘98 by Roger Reed, the same master carpenter who did all the restoration and additions to the main house and the new guest house. Roger used the same techniques as in 1910 so his joiner work makes it impossible to see where the old meets the new…truly seamless.

The Wallaces completely rebuilt the docks and boathouse, added a new kitchen, new master bathroom, new laundry room/office. They gutted the second floor and painstakingly restored the chimney, 3 bedrooms and the guest bath. Then they added an outdoor grilling/dining deck, connecting breezeway and a guest house with living room, kitchen, dining, two bedrooms, a bath and classic front porch.
Now there’s room for 16 comfortably. And with family and guests coming from Montreal, Toronto, Connecticut, Colorado and Florida it sometimes resembles a “bed and breakfast”. Say the Wallaces “We wouldn’t have it any other way. Some guests only know each other from Huckleberry. It’s always full of love and laughter.”

The shallow sandy bay is perfect for grandkids, non-swimmers and old timers. Debbi’s dad, Norm Bruner, came to Huckleberry until he was 98...loved to just sit on the front porch overlooking the bay. “It’s as perfect as ever” he’d say.

The natural river views are the emotional draw to the island...the calm waters of leeward bay or the crashing waves on the windward western shore at the “jumping rocks”. For swimming or scuba diving the rock ledge drops off quickly to 60 feet. Waves have rounded the rock and run through the channels they’ve cut. Then, at the end of the day, the sunset glitters off the waves and turns the tall cedars trees across Loon Bay into vivid orange.

Indoors both houses, the country charm of red pine walls and ceilings is accented with art by renowned painters like Doug Chess and Slade Graves, an interesting contrast in this historic old house filled with handcrafted Mennonite furniture.

Each part of the houses are situated for its best view. The guest house looks west to Juniper Island and the channel. The main house dining room looks east onto Loon Bay. The back deck is a wonderful open dining area for 12 guests overlooking the river.

Huckleberry’s one very special place. Jim and Debbi’s guests often say ”Spend a few days here and it makes you rethink what’s really important in your life...in a sense you never leave.” That’s what the islands are all about.

Specifications:

Main House

- Living room – 12’6” x 19’0”
- Sunroom room – 19’9” x 10’8”
- Dining room – 13’0” x 12’6”
- Kitchen – 17’8” x 12’4”
- Laundry/Office – 13’0” x 11’4”
- Master Bedroom – 11’6” x 19’0”
- Master Bath – 9’0” x 9’0”
- Guest Bedroom #1 – 13’0” x 10’0”
- Guest Bedroom #2 – 11’9” x 12’6”
- Guest Bedroom #3 – 11’9” x 12’4”
- Guest Bath – 8’6” x 8’6”

Guest House

- Living/Dining room – 24’0” x 12’0”
- Kitchen – 13’4” x 12’8”
- Master bedroom – 12’6” x 17’0”
- Guest bedroom – 13’4” x 12’8”
- Bath – 9’0” x 8’0”

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