Downsizing Options, Retirement – Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Crystal Beach … Retirement is looming. Big changes are on the way. Thoughts of downsizing have been dancing through your head. With house prices being what they are in the GTA however, downsizing isn’t always feasible dollarwise – especially if you are looking for a bungalow. As you may have already discovered, this is a mission that often necessitates looking at smaller communities beyond the fringes of the GTA. One area that often comes up in discussions such as these is the Fort Erie region, in particular the charming little Village of Ridgeway which you will find ninety minutes (or less) down the QEW from Mississauga and an hour or so from Burlington.
Downsizing Options, Retirement – Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Crystal Beach … Located next door to Crystal Beach, the Village of Ridgeway is conveniently located 15 minutes from the Peace Bridge and 25 minutes from Niagara Falls. In other words, central to the Galleria Mall and Niagara Falls Outlet Mall – perfect if shopping is your raison d’etre. In the mood for live theatre? Ever been to Shea’s in Buffalo? Absolutely gorgeous! Why pay inflated prices to catch a Leafs game at the ACC when you can head to Buffalo instead. Big box retailers, quaint boutiques, charming restaurants, entertainment, museums, arts & culture, outdoor activities, are all part of the local landscape. Not quite retired yet? It’s not uncommon to meet recently arrived area residents who have opted to make the move now, having determined a commute to and from Mississauga not to be unreasonable in the least. And, if need be, you can always pick up the GO bus at Grimsby or Niagara Falls.
Downsizing Options, Retirement – Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Crystal Beach … On to the business of real estate and homes for sale in Ridgeway and Crystal Beach. Looking at the area from a strictly dollars and cents viewpoint, the affordable nature of local house prices certainly has an allure that merits a closer once-over. Affordable is a relative term of course, but it is assuredly a justified impression when comparing prices to those you may be expected to find in Mississauga where you would be hard pressed to find a bungalow under $500,000. Take for instance, a mid-70′s raised bungalow – say 1100 sq.ft. or so – and you’d be looking at a price that starts from around the $200,000 mark while something a little bit newer (0-5 years old), comparably sized, may start in the low to mid $200,000′s.
Downsizing Options, Retirement – Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Crystal Beach … At Ridgeway By The Lake you’ll find a new Active Adult / 55+ community featuring bungalow townhomes as well as detached bungalows starting from the mid $300′s to the high $600′s. And, should the sound of waves lapping on the shore inspire you, check out Crystal Beach Tennis & Yacht Club, an East Coast-style gated waterfront community where homes currently listed range from the high $300′s and up.
Overall, when looking at homes in Ridgeway, in the most general of terms, you can do quite well within a budget of $300,000 or less.
Downsizing Options, Retirement – Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Crystal Beach … Having family and other interests in the area, Ridgeway has become my home away from home which is why I can enthusiastically encourage you to consider this community to be a potential retirement destination. Want to take a closer look? Let me know and I’ll be happy to show you around.
As to your house, with Mississauga, Orangeville, and Burlington being primary service areas for yours truly, I would be able to handle things on this end as well. How’s that for one stop shopping!
Hot MLS Listing- Ridgeway Ontario …. Located in the historic Village of Ridgeway, next door to Crystal Beach. This is an absolutely wonderful home with an abundance of charm, character, and quiet elegance. Gracious handcrafted beamed ceilings, French doors, hardwood floors, high baseboards, hand painted murals, classic plaster finishings, and a gorgeous backyard pool and oasis are just a few of the highlights.
Stately 1 1/2 storey brick home with over 2600 sq.ft. on the main levels plus a finished lower level. If you’ve been considering pricier areas such as Creemore, Niagara On The Lake, et al, you might find Ridgeway to be a pleasant surprise and most certainly a worthy alternative. Click here for more pics & info or contact me here.
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Condo and House Prices in Mississauga, Orangville, Burlington – How Much Is My Home Worth … The market’s hot. The market’s cold. Prices will rise this year. Prices will fall. Bubble, crash, boom. Pay too much attention to the real estate headlines and it won’t be long before you are completely at sea. Where exactly do you fit into the headlines? Call me today so you and I can sit down and make sense of it all.
Together we’ll look at what has sold, what’s for sale, and where the housing market is headed in your neighbourhood. You’ll find my numbers below along with a comment card and a contact form. Please let me know how I can help.
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