An agent in our office has listed a new property at 8 HUTTON Road in Lindsay.
An agent in our office has listed a new property at 8 HUTTON Road in Lindsay.
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The Kawarthas are known for their unique communities, clean lakes (over 250) and landmarks. The scenic roads and waterways in Kawartha Lakes connect you to our charming towns and villages. Discover what makes each of them unique while you explore, shop, dine and experience year-round events and entertainment.
Wow! That is a lot of communities/towns. We’ve written this blog to help you narrow down the best place for you, if you decide that moving to the Kawartha Lakes is the right choice for you. These are important considerations to take note of.
The town of Lindsay offers a delightful variety of experiences including theater, festivals, historic sites, museums, artisan studios as well as streets lined with locally-owned shops, galleries, and restaurants.
Lindsay is a small town that comes with a lot of history.
Hosting "Classics on Kent" - a classic car show in July.
Olympia Restaurant, Café & Bar has been a landmark in Lindsay for over 100 years. This is your destination for great Mediterranean cuisine.
During the summer months Lindsay hosts free "concerts in the park" at the Frank Banks Gazebo in Victoria Park on wednesday evenings from 7pm and sunday afternoons from 2pm.
The amount of trails for walking, hiking and biking are bound to keep you healthy and in shape!
Downtown Lindsay is known for having one of the widest downtown streets in Ontario, designed to be wide enough to accommodate the turning radius of a four-horse hitch.
Did you know that Lindsay has a BIA?
The Village of Bobcaygeon is a popular tourist destination town in Kawartha Lakes, offering a vibrant mix of shopping, dining and cultural experiences. Home to the world renowned Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream and Bigley's Shoes and Clothing, a visit to Bobcaygeon is a must when in Kawartha Lakes.
Arriving by boat? Pick up a bike from the Bike Share program at Lock 32 and explore the town on two wheels.
Free “Concerts in the Park” at Lock 32 every Thursday evening in July & August!
The Canada/US Walleye Tournament takes place in May, with a weigh-in and outdoors show hosted at the Bobcaygeon-Verulam Community Centre.
During the last weekend in May or the first weekend in June, Bobcaygeon hosts an "Unlock The Summer" Event, as a kick off for summer, and the first opening of the locks of the season.
Bobcaygeon is a trail town along the Trent Severn Waterway and home to Lock 32, the first lock to be constructed and the most visited lock on the historic waterway.
Enjoy free WiFi at the locks courtesy of Cable Cable.
The town of Fenelon Falls offers a little bit of everything with a mix of outdoor activities, rural landscapes, miles of open water, great shopping and dining, and numerous opportunities for exploring arts, culture and heritage.
As you cross the bridge and enter the downtown area of Fenelon Falls, the 3 story property on the corner of Colborne and Water Street was recognized as a prime piece of real estate as far back as 1850 when a Log Tavern was built there by Daniel Comstock.
The old Log Tavern burned to the ground in 1854 and was replaced by a substantial structure known as The McArthur House Hotel. The structure, built by Joseph McArthur, was one of the first three-story buildings in Fenelon Falls and had accommodations for 50 guests at $1.50 per night.
Fenelon Falls hosted the annual "Ride for Sight" - Motorcyclists Fighting Blindness for a number of years in the early 1990s and again in the late 2000s at the Fenelon FairGrounds, the latest being June 14–16, 2019.
The Fenelon Agricultural Fair is held annually at the Fenelon FairGrounds in mid-August, hosted by the Fenelon Falls Agricultural Society.
The Fenelon Falls Agricultural Society also hosts other events at the fairgrounds annually over the summer months, including a Car Show, Steam Show, Jamboree and Art Festival.
Did you know Fenelon Falls has a nickname? "Jewel of the Kawarthas"
Coboconk, often shortened to Coby, is located on the pristine waters of Balsam Lake. With everything from arts, culture and heritage experiences to paddling and camping at Balsam Lake Provincial Park, this area offers something for every visitor.
Coboconk is situated right where the Gull River meets the northern tip of Balsam Lake. If you’re traveling along the Trent-Severn Waterway, Coboconk is between Fenelon Falls and Kirkfield.
Every year Coboconk hosts the “Freshwater Summit Festival” in late June, a two day festival. What is the “Freshwater Summit”? Coboconk is located on Balsam Lake, the highest point of the Trent-Severn Waterway. Balsam Lake is also the highest body of freshwater in Canada from which you can navigate to all oceans in a seaworthy vessel. In other words, this is Canada’s Freshwater Summit!
Visit the Smallest Jail in Canada! Built in 1884, the jail is currently operated as a craft shop and is open July and August, as well as Victoria Day & Thanksgiving long weekends.
People of all generations are flocking to Kawartha Lakes, and for good reason. From the picturesque natural beauty and relaxing atmosphere, to the vibrant downtowns and busy social calendars of each community, there is a lifestyle for everyone. And still conveniently located within an hour driving distance to the Greater Toronto Area.
Kawartha Lakes is attracting entrepreneurs, business owners, artists, and young professionals who are making the switch from big city life. Here they’re finding a world of possibility with a gorgeous natural backdrop. A relaxing place to call home while continuing to advance their careers.
Are you feeling stuck?
Maybe a change of scenery is exactly what you need.
You may have outgrown that city life. Traffic and transportation is extremely hectic. You don't like all the chaos a bigger city like Toronto has to offer. The wide range of different restaurants and nightclubs just doesn't interest you anymore. You are tired of smelling gas and barely seeing any nature.
You, my friend, are in need of a change of scenery.
In the Kawarthas, the only time there is traffic is on a long weekend in the summer. This is because everyone is going up to their cottages to spend their time. Other than that, the Kawartha Lakes is not overwhelmed by traffic. The chances of you being in a traffic jam are extremely low. Living in the Kawarthas is peaceful and calm. We have a great selection of restaurants, pubs and cafes. Where you will be treated with respect, feel special and might even know your server! The amount of nature that surrounds you when living in the Kawarthas is limitless. Lakes, Parks, Open Spaces, Conservation Areas, Trails and so much more!
The Kawartha Lakes is the place to be!
You would think living in Canada's largest city would be easy to make friends. It is the opposite. People are too busy to have small chats or to meet others.
But on the other hand, in the Kawartha Lakes, we are kind. You will enter a breakfast place, and someone will open the door for you. If you were on a walk with your kids and a boot fell off.. someone will notice and be sure to get your attention. Taking a stroll downtown you are bound to say hello and start a small chat about the nice weather with a local getting some fresh air as well. Most of the communities in Kawartha Lakes would be considered as "small towns", with small towns people tend to be more community-minded.
Big cities can be very lonely places, whereas the intimacy of a small town fosters connection.
Who wants to be lonely? Move to a location where friendships are easier to make and maintain.
The Kawartha Lakes is calling you to become a "small town person".
Maybe it is easier to build relationships in small towns because the community is so caring. A community and how involved they are, is pretty important and could impact the quality of life you are living. In the Kawarthas Lakes we have plenty of resources. We have food banks, pregnancy centers, women resources, housing support, employment support and so much more. For most of these places, volunteers are needed. People in the Kawarthas just want to help the people in need, we are kind and helpful. Most of the people at our fairs, community events or programs are not getting paid to be there but get satisfaction from helping people in need. Why wouldn't you want to join our community!
The community cares about you.
The idea of unplugging is to take time away from all electronics and other technologies. The goal is to disconnect from social media, game apps and any other distractions. It is not just about turning off your phone or TV, but instead about making the conscious decision to be more mindful during screen time.
3 steps to unplug from technology and live a more mindful life.
Reduce Tech 10% of the time.
If you suddenly stop using technology, you might be shocked at how much you actually miss it. First, you should track how much time you spend on technology (social media, texting, work email, games, etc). Afterwards, try to reduce your consumption by 10%. Take notes on how you feel... maybe try to reduce by another 10%
Turn off Phone Notifications
It's hard to ignore emails and social media alerts. You may think your employer emailed you or someone has commented on your facebook status. These distractions suck your energy and focus. Find healthy activities to fill up the time you'll be freeing up without technological distractions.
Choose a location for you and your family to congregate or relax after a long day. In shared spaces, establish digital-free zones. For example, the dining room or kitchen should be devoid of telephones, televisions and any other technology gadgets. Maintaining accountability is, in fact, the most challenging component of the process.
Think you don’t need a home inspection when purchasing a new build? Think again! Here are four reasons you need a home inspection—even if it’s a new build.
During the final walk-through with the buyers, their REALTOR® and the builder, any last-minute details—like paint touch-ups—can be fixed before you get the keys. According to the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA), many new homes and condos built by licensed builders carry a third-party home warranty—they’re mandatory in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia, but in other provinces, individual builders can decide whether to offer one or not. CHBA members are required to offer a warranty.
Generally, this warranty protects the buyer against any material or workmanship defects, but only if they’re found before the coverage expires—usually between one and five years. Often, making a warranty claim after you’ve moved in and having crews coming to your property to deal with problems can be time-consuming, inconvenient, and stressful.
Unlike during a walk-through, a professional home inspector goes through your new property from top to bottom before the final walk-through and provides a written report detailing any problems that may have been overlooked by tradespeople.
Just because a house is new doesn’t mean it’s perfect, says Pascal Cabana, a building expert and technical supervisor at Legault-Dubois in La Prairie, Quebec. The company offers home inspections and other services including air quality testing and lab analysis.
“There can be a mouldy attic, an improperly installed window, or a creaking floor,” explains Cabana. “It’s much easier to have these problems rectified by your contractor before taking possession of the building than having to resort to the warranty.”
Having a home inspection report in hand during the pre-delivery walkthrough also helps ensure all issues are dealt with, says Cabana.
“The client and the contractor write down the elements to be corrected or completed and enter due dates for the work, which shouldn’t exceed six months. Only once everything is in line with the client’s expectations do they agree to take possession of the house, and here’s where the services of a home inspector are very valuable,” he explains. That’s because when the buyer already has a list of things that need attention, the information can be clearly related to the contractor during the final walkthrough.
“The inspector’s expertise allows buyers of new homes who do not know the building to benefit from an impartial, professional opinion on the state of the work,” adds Cabana.
While most builders deliver high-quality work, mistakes can happen.
“During our inspections of new homes, the most frequent problem encountered is everything related to flashings: balconies, doors, and windows junctions. These are points prone to water infiltration,” Cabana explains.
Cabana has also seen issues with landfilling that doesn’t leave adequate clearance between the ground and the bottom of the exterior wall, indoor garages that leak, and new condos that are not airtight, which can lead to humidity and condensation problems. Provinces have different established inspection checklists for new condos or homes, notes Cabana.
“Through this list, the building inspector will inspect the foundation, the exterior cladding, the roof, the doors, and the windows to verify the quality of the installation,” he explains. “They’ll inspect the stairs, terraces and balconies, the chimney, and the exhaust ducts. Inside, they’ll focus on interior finishes, lighting, ventilation and heating systems, plumbing, and so on.”
Buyers may assume if their property is covered under a residential construction warranty, they don’t have to worry if something goes wrong once they move in. However, it’s always easier for the buyer and the contractor to carry out corrective work while the workers are still on site, advises Cabana.
“Otherwise, the contractor must withdraw part of their team from another site to return and rectify the situation, which leads to additional expenses and delays on the contractor’s other sites,” he says. “This can cause resentment and insecurity for the owners plus friction and inconvenience for everyone.”
Expect to pay $550 or more for a condo unit inspection, and more than $800 for a new home. A home inspection can give buyers something priceless: peace of mind. Your REALTOR® can help guide you through the entire new construction process and be a valuable resource.