Why Should I Buy in Georgina
Why Buy in Georgina?
Value is a top reason to live in Georgina. First-time home buyers still have an opportunity to get into the market. Those looking to upgrade will find it affordable too. And if you’re willing to buy an older home, the lots are generally larger, with mature trees. The influx of buyers from the south is also bringing new shopping areas and revitalized downtowns.
And…you can breathe easier!
As a lifelong resident of Georgina and former commuter to Toronto, I consider one of the best things about Georgina to be the air. You can breathe here. When I worked in Toronto, my commute was over an hour each way. Every time I drove south, I felt like I was suffocating. Both the crowds and the air would get thicker. Driving home, on the other hand, I always felt better, and breathed easier!
Living next to a lake isn’t too bad either!
Just about everywhere in town is close to Lake Simcoe. Many city dwellers make the trip up the 404, especially in summer, to enjoy all the lake has to offer. But for most of us it’s only a short walk away. Locals also know that, while many of our beaches are filled to capacity on hot and steamy summer weekends, on weekdays they are often quiet and peaceful, with plenty of room for play. In the winter the lake provides access for snowmobiling, ice fishing, and other winter activities.
Some of our best known beaches are:
• De La Salle Park
• Jackson's Point/Bonnie Park
• Willow Beach Conservation Area
• Willow Wharf
• Sibbald Point Provincial Park
Click here for a great site to check out for a more detailed list of municipal parks and amenities.
Sibbald Point is Georgina’s biggest park. Set on the shores of Lake Simcoe, it offers a great beach and boat launch, camping, picnic areas, and hiking trails, and The Eildon Hall Museum (also known as Sibbald Memorial Museum, formerly the home of Susan Sibbald, the first European settler on the property).
Georgina also has The ROC, a Recreational Outdoor Campus that in summer offers rock climbing, zip lining, a climbing wall, a splash pad, a bike park and labyrinth. It also has basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. In the winter there’s skating, and a hill for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Go to The ROC for more details.
But we aren’t just about the beaches and parks; we also have art and culture.
The Georgina Military Museum (www.georginamilitarymuseum.ca), for example, is hosting a wide variety of events: Military Day on June 4th, the Georgina Idol auditions on June 12th, a Civil War Weekend on June 25 and 26, a Music in Streets Festival on June 25th, Georgina Pioneer Weekend on June 25th and 26th, along with a host of smaller events.
During July there’s Music in the Parkette at Jackson’s Point every Saturday evening. On July 9th and 10th there’s the Purple Turtle Art Festival, featuring more than 35 artisans from around Ontario, as well as local artists. You can also enjoy a BBQ prepared by the Briars resort’s chefs.
The Georgina Studio Tour & Sale, held every September, is a self-guided tour of local artisans’ open houses. Held for the past 22 years, the tour offers an opportunity to meet skilled craftspeople while sampling their one-of-a kind wares.
And many more events will be announced as the summer progresses.
A Little bit of Culture and History
The Georgina Arts Centre, located in the heart of Sutton, contains a rich collection of art and offers art programs for all ages and skill levels year round. You can buy from local artists in the gift shop.
The Stephen Leacock Theatre has been putting on stage performances since 1985 and offers a range of productions: Yuk Yuks comedians, Roy Orbison tributes, the Queensville Players, to name a few.
The Georgina Pioneer Village provides a glimpse into our past, whether you’re simply strolling among the historic buildings or attending Canada Day 19th-Century style. It also features a Harvest Festival in September and Old Fashioned Christmas in November. It’s a great backdrop for weddings and other events.
One of the unique places to visit is the Chippewas of Georgina First Nation, located on three islands—Snake, Fox and Georgina, the last being the largest, with trails, camping, and cottage rentals for vacation getaways. More on the Chippewas and Georgina Island at http://georginaisland.com/
As you can see, Georgina is a vibrant place and growing more so all the time. Isn’t it time to call Georgina home? (see CallGeorginaHome.ca)
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