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'HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN' SELLS HOUSE IN AMHERST

Close readers of the real estate listings published in The Buffalo News may have gotten a chuckle from Monday's paper. There, among the Amherst home sales, was the notice that Her Majesty the Queen had sold a home for $150,000.

It wasn't a misprint, just a typographical quirk.

It wasn't Queen Elizabeth II but actually the Canadian Consulate that sold the home at 57 Ranch Trail after owning it for 25 years. The home sold in less than a week for $150,000, about $23,000 more than its assessed value, according to property tax records.

A listing several months ago noted that Her Majesty the Queen had bought a home in East Amherst for $255,000.

The consulate's transactions always generate a lot of interest because the name under which it buys and sells properties -- Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada as represented by the Canadian Consulate General, Buffalo, N.Y. -- is so long, it gets chopped off and what appears is "Her Majesty the Queen."

"When we bought the East Amherst home everyone thought Queen Elizabeth was moving to Buffalo," said Beverly Deinhart, mission administration officer at the consulate.

The consulate houses Canadian officials and their families while they work at the consulate, which is located in the HSBC building in Buffalo. The consulate decided to sell the Ranch Trail home because it was beginning to show its age after 36 years.

e-mail: lhaarlander@buffnews.com.

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