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The southern Georgian Bay region is renowned for its natural beauty, the Niagara Escarpment, crystal clear blue water, the world’s longest freshwater beach and unparalleled recreational amenities from boating to private ski clubs and world class golf courses. Long known as the ski capital of Ontario, southern Georgian Bay has been transformed into one of Canada’s premier four season recreational playgrounds offering the coveted lifestyle sought by many luxury home buyers seeking the relaxed sophistication reflected in the ultimate recreational or retirement residence.
Real estate Broker Rick Crouch with Royal LePAGE Locations North Realty represents discriminating buyers and sellers in their quest to buy and sell premium properties around southern Georgian Bay including Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, the Blue Mountains, Grey Highlands and Clearview.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
As previously mentioned the inventory of higher priced homes and condominiums is on the rise and I suspect we will see this trend continue. Why? Over the past year or so we have seen a dramatic increase in vacant lot sales most of these in the Blue Mountains. Buyers of higher priced homes and condominiums in the area are often private ski club members with a desire to be close to their respective club. Of the 96 vacant lots sold through MLS® in the 1st quarter, 58 of those (60%) were in the Blue Mountains. Building versus buying a resale home looks very attractive to many affluent Buyers allowing them to build exactly what they want. This might help to explain why the inventory level of properties over $750,000 is on the rise. I will be watching these statistics closely over the next several months and will report regularly as to what is happening.
Friday, March 24, 2017
There is no question that in many parts of the world, celebrities, politicians, senior executives and others are at risk from terrorists, or just run of the mill burglars and kidnappers looking to make a quick buck. We've all seen movies attesting to this and Jodi Foster in the movie Panic Room is probably the best example. Canada has always been regarded as a safe haven but how long will it be until we start to see our fair share of lunatics such as the gunman in Ottawa a couple of years back. We are also seeing a greater influx of offshore buyers for Canadian real estate. Many of these buyers are coming from parts of the world where crime is more prevalent so security may be more of priority with them when it comes to their place of residence.
Today panic rooms may be nothing more than something to brag about at cocktail parties but I am sure they will become more prevalent in larger Canadian cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver in the years ahead. Unfortunately the age of innocence as depicted in television shows such Leave It To Beaver (I am dating myself) is over. Even in the southern Georgina Bay regions we are seeing more and more homes with elaborate alarm systems and web based camera monitoring both inside and out.
Read the full article on panic rooms as featured in Architectural Digest magazine.