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Scott's Top Places To Move: 5 Up And Coming Towns

Friday Apr 26th, 2019


When people think of moving, they often think about where they could move to get the best bang for their dollar. I don't blame them. My wife and I have spent much of last year visiting Ontario towns and cities looking for our next place to call home. With the rising prices in many metropolitan areas, price is definitely a consideration but it's not the only one. 


The average sales price in Mississauga is approximately $800,000 and considering the lifestyle options and amenities that each of these up-and-coming towns has to offer it's tempting to sell now and move.


Here are a few neighbourhoods that made my initial cut! 


Scott's Top 5 Places To Move: Up And Coming Towns

1. Town of Collingwood – South Georgian Bay Region

Population: 21,793
Average sales price: $495,000
Distance from Mississauga: 124KM
Commute time to downtown Toronto: 2h 10m – 3h with traffic
Lifestyle: Mountain Cottage, Year-Round Activity

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Located in South Georgian Bay Region , Collingwood  is amid the communities of: · Blue Mountain · Thornbury · Craigleith · Meaford · Creemore .

Collingwood is so rich with recreation opportunities. Whether it is social, physical like downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, running or swimming, or Arts and Entertainment you can do it all in Collingwood. Notably, Collingwood has several top-rated golf courses all within a 15-minute drive. Monterra Golf, Batteaux Creek Golf Club, OslerBrook Golf and Country Club, The Georgian Bay Club, and Lora Bay Golf Club are second to none.

Here on the shores of Georgian Bay and on the Niagara Escarpment. Locals enjoy an active outdoor pastime. To put it another way, the lifestyle is Sea and Ski. Further Collingwood harbour hosts many yacht clubs and marina’s supporting an active summer boating community.

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2. Town of Georgina

Population: 47,500
Average sales price: $595,000
Distance from Mississauga: 102KM
Commute time to downtown Toronto: 1h 20m – 2h with traffic
Lifestyle: Lakeside, Small Town, Year-Round Activity

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Firstly, the Town of Georgina is the northernmost township on the eastern shores of Lake Simcoe. It is a waterfront community that is growing.  Though it may be incorporated as a town, Georgina acts as a township made up of many smaller communities with the largest communities being Keswick, Sutton, Jackson’s Point and Pefferlaw.

Georgina has year-round activities. With its many beaches, marinas, golf courses and walking trails, Georgina blooms in the Summer, but with facilities like the Recreational Outdoor Campus, The Ice Palace and of course Lake Simcoe, there is also plenty of activity to have throughout the winter months too.

Culture isn’t hard to come by in this lakeside community with the Stephen Leacock Theatre, Club 55, The Georgina Art Gallery and Connors Music.

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3. Town of Huntsville

Population: 19,800
Average sales price: $437,000
Distance from Mississauga: 224KM
Commute time to downtown Toronto: 2h 40 mins – 3h with traffic
Lifestyle: Cottage, Summer activity

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Huntsville is the largest town in the Muskoka Region of Ontario. There are three large lakes within the township boundary, Mary Lake, Lake Vernon, and Fairy Lake, as well as countless smaller lakes.

Huntsville is a magnet for and home to many acclaimed visual artists. Famed Canadian artists Tom Thomson and his successors, the Group of Seven painted here frequently.

Huntsville, is home to world-traveling zoomer, Les Stroud, he loves Huntsville because it blends nature and art in captivating fashion. Certainly, a viable contender in the Top 10 Places To Move When Downsizing Your Mississauga Home

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4. Town of Saugeen Shores

Population: 13,741
Average sales price: $375,000
Distance from Mississauga: 193KM
Commute time to downtown Toronto: 2h 30m
Lifestyle: Beachside

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One of my favorites, Saugeen Shores is located on the shores of Lake Huron. Naturally, it’s a family and friendly lifestyle. Boomer’s would feel welcome here all four seasons. Whether it’s a stroll along the sandy beach sidewalk to the fish and chip shack, enjoying a game of golf or boating on Lake Huron, or watching the spectacular sunsets, the town had lot’s to do.

Notably, it’s rated #4 in the top ten of Maclean’s magazine best places to live in Ontario 2017. The community nearly doubles in the summer months as cottagers and boaters head for the beaches to enjoy summer fun.

Saugeen Shores is comprised of the town’s of Southampton and Port Elgin. The median age is 49 years with a good mix of young and old. The locals find employment through Agriculture, small business, tourism and Bruce Power.

Not to mention, my favorite space in Southampton is the sandy beach at the Long Docks looking out over Chantry Island. Beautiful blue Lake Huron water, fresh lake breeze and a view in the past of the Island light house. Whether you move here or just visit to check it out, this is one place that resonates with me.

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5. Town of Stratford

Population: 32,574
Average sales price: $330,000
Distance from Mississauga: 116KM
Commute time to downtown Toronto: 1 hour 45 minutes
Lifestyle: Arts and Entertainment

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Certainly, an easy commute back into Mississauga to see family and friends. Boomer’s will find ample downtown amenities of shops, restaurants, arts and culture and Victorian buildings. The Stratford festival presents modern and Shakespearean plays in multiple theatres. The locals enjoy live music and show through all four seasons.

Stratford is known to be among the best places to retire in Ontario. Notably ranked number 3 on Macleans best places to live in Ontario. A mix of affordable housing, shopping and parkland makes for a relaxed lifestyle with lot’s to do. 

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Are you a Baby Boomer looking to downsize? Want to make the most of the equity in your home? For my full list of Best Places To Move in Ontario, join me and my panel of experts at a FREE event for Baby Boomers in life's transition. 

Boomers on the Move Event
June 12, 2019 6-8:30 PM
6948 Financial Drive, Mississauga

Special thanks for Best Places to Live in Ontario – Macleans magazine Best Places to Live in Ontario for the inspiration

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