At a certain point in life, it just makes sense to move to a more tranquil setting and to a new home with all the features you want for retirement. Leave the city. Home prices across the Greater Toronto Area have climbed higher and higher. All while traffic has gotten worse. And as one new home buyer in Blythwood’s Ridgeway by the Lake community tells us:
“I have spent many years commuting to work leaving around 7:00AM and arriving back around the end of the day. On retiring I found myself at home all day and noticed that most of my neighbours are gone all day. That is when I thought moving to a small-town environment in an active adult planned community made sense. Now we have lots of new friends who share our interests and a great social life.”
It may be the perfect time to move. With the market going strong in the FTA, now is an opportunity to take a moment to move to Niagara and really enjoy life.
#1 Bungalow Living with the right kinds of space for your lifestyle
When buying a new home, you can enjoy a bungalow plan with all the main living areas on one floor. You no longer need five bedrooms but instead can enjoy a larger great room, spacious walk-in closets, pantries and ground floor laundry rooms. Higher ceilings (from 11′ to 16′ in Blythwood models) are now the norm and provide a wonderful sense of openness.
Houses built by Blythwood Homes are spacious, and not just our detached single bungalows. Our detached homes in The Vintages at Four Mile Creek start at 1585 sq. ft. up to 2300+, while even our townhomes begin above 1500 sq. ft. You will definitely be interested in our communities if you’re looking for more space.
#2 More Affordability and Quality
Making the move to Niagara can give you a chance to get more for your money while enjoying space, peace, quiet, and privacy. You can buy a home from one of Niagara’s award winning custom home builders without breaking your budget, especially when you consider the quality you will get with new construction.
#3 Enjoy New Construction
The construction techniques and quality of new homes make them light years ahead of older homes. In fact, many older homes may end up becoming like albatrosses with the high costs for energy and maintenance. There are a lot of benefits to moving into a new home, too. Below are just some of the perks of buying a new home:
- Energy-efficient technology significantly reduces your energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions while making it much easier to keep your home comfortable in all seasons. Blythwood Homes is an Energy Star certified builder.
- You can customize your adult living home when you work with Blythwood Homes, such as windows, doors, cabinets, appliances, flooring, patios, sunrooms, and even the electrical layout to suit your needs.
- There’s no need to stress about renovating or fixing up the house before you move in.
- There will be less maintenance to do, and with new, plumbing, and HVAC, it will be at least a few years until you need to think about any repairs at all.
- New technology can be built right into the home, such as alarm systems, sprinklers, electric charging stations and surround sound.
With new construction, you can also choose the builder you work with. You know their reputation, and you can be confident that the house you’re buying is a quality build.
#4 The Joys of Towns and Smaller Cities
You don’t need to pay Toronto prices to enjoy great restaurants, culture, or recreation. Plenty of towns and smaller cities in Ontario have “good bones” that promote a vibrant street life: older historic downtowns where you can find shops, restaurants, charming pubs, and plenty of things to do, all within walking distance of your upscale adult lifestyle community.
Nestled in wine country, close to Niagara Falls, and the home of the Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a great place to settle for theatre-goers, wine aficionados, and anyone who wants to enjoy better-than-average weather in Canada. Niagara-on-the-Lake was recognized as the best city in Canada for arts and community, so it’s also a great place for lovers of the arts.
Another favorite town is Ridgeway, which is south of Niagara Falls beside Lake Erie. Ridgeway has a charming downtown and a lot of historic architecture and treed lanes, which make it a pleasure to walk and cycle.
#5 Get Outside
The Niagara Peninsula is home to stunning natural beauty. At our Ridgeway community The Oaks, your home is only a short walk away from the shores of Lake Erie. Enjoy the beach all summer or the quiet beauty of the Great Lakes in the winter, when it feels like you have the whole shoreline to yourself.
The Niagara Recreational Trail is a unique treat for those who love to combine scenic views with wine, and it’s especially great for cyclists who like to stay active. Running from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie, the Niagara Recreational Trail passes numerous historic sites, passing by wineries like Peller Estates, Reif Estate, and Inniskillin Wines.
#6 Stronger Communities
Feel like you never knew your neighbours in the city? At Blythwood Homes, we’re not just committed to building high-quality homes. We want to create strong communities. That starts with beautiful landscaping, a master-planned community with controlled, consistent architecture and, of course, good quality construction in our homes.
Buying into a planned community assures you that your new home will be a sound investment since you know the quality and design of surrounding homes will be there.
#7 The City Doesn’t Have to Be Far Away
Blythwood Homes communities are built in great places with plenty to do nearby, but you’re also never far away from major urban centres. Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and St. Catharines are only a few minutes away with theatre, music and wine festivals. You will find that friends and family will want to come and visit you, so be sure to add a guest room to your home design.
Forget Person international. Flights from the Niagara Falls NY airport or Buffalo are way easier to get to and more pleasant for parking and boarding.
You don’t have to tether yourself to the city anymore. Enjoy more space, greater affordability, natural space, the vibrant life of smaller cities, stronger communities, and new construction, all without the city ever being far away.