Affordable living in Manchester West condominium complex. End unit with private balcony. Open concept kitchen/living room, 2 bedrooms and 4 pc bathroom. Neutral decor and easy care laminate flooring throughout. Private balcony overlooking the pool and green space. Fixed expenses with heat, hydro, water, sewer and laundry included in the monthly condominium fee of $341.00. This condo building is self- managed and features 24 hour secured entrance, elevator to common laundry room and all floors, common use activity room, in ground swimming pool and covered picnic/barbeque area, storage building, private parking spot and visitor parking. Centrally located within a short walk of the beach, shopping, dining and downtown core.
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Your basement doesn’t have to be a dark and dreary spot anymore.
Low ceilings, limited light and general dreariness can make the basement a hard spot to hang out in. Here are a few ways to brighten things up in this often dark and cramped looking space:
- Fresh Coat – Paint the walls a light shade and ceilings even lighter to give the illusion of height.
- Lighten Up – Use various lighting sources layered at different heights including wall sconces and lamps to brighten things up.
- Mirror Mirror – Place mirrors across from your basement windows in order to maximize the effect of natural light.
- Floored – Don’t break up the basement by choosing different flooring materials. Pick solid, continuous flooring so that the space will appear larger.
These are just a few ways to transform your basement from dark and dreary to bright and beautiful. All it takes are just a few simple adjustments and before you know it, your basement will become one of your most popular hangouts!
There’s something special about owning your own little getaway.
Owning a vacation property would be a dream come true for most of us! Here are a few important points to consider if you’re thinking of purchasing your own little piece of paradise:
- Motives – Determine whether you’re looking for a spot to enjoy with family on the weekends, an investment property that you can rent out or a retirement retreat.
- Income – Renting out the property when you’re not using it makes great financial sense. Location is critical for renters so make sure it’s in a high demand or up-and-coming area.
- Location – Figure out how far you’re prepared to travel and whether or not you need year-round access. Once you’ve decided on a possible location, spend some time there before you commit.
- Numbers – Looking for a vacation home is exciting but it shouldn’t be an impulse decision. Make sure you thoroughly go over all the financials just as you would for your primary residence and don’t forget to include maintenance costs.
- Co-Ownership – Purchasing your new getaway with friends or family means you can share the upkeep and expenses. Just make sure you agree on everything from day one and approach it like a business so you can spend your time relaxing instead of arguing.
- Fixer Uppers – Renovating a “diamond in the rough” is a great option as it allows you to add your own personal touch. Major renovations often require permission though so make sure you’re familiar with local zoning rules and regulations.
Buying a home away from home is a huge decision so do lots of research, get your finances in order and seek professional advice before taking the plunge. If you’re considering a few different locations or if you have questions regarding financing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
This lovely brick bungalow is situated on a quiet dead end street overlooking the Sauble River In the quaint Village of Tara. Convenient main floor living, with kitchen, dining, living room, 2 bedrooms and bathroom on main level. The basement Is partially finished with 3rd bedroom, washroom, family room and laundry/utility room. Some recent updates include flooring, exterior doors and freshly painted. There is a detached garage/workshop 26`x16` with 60amp service, Features lots of parking space; carport, concrete driveway and RV pad. Large mature lot. Natural gas is available. Property taxes include water, sewer and garage pickup.
216 Belcher Lane, Southampton, Ontario
Urban chic bungalow located in beautiful Southampton. The open concept floor plan is bright and airy. The updated kitchen features an abundance of cabinets, granite counter tops, natural gas Jen-Air range in the island and a breakfast bar and separate dining area. The living room has a natural gas stove and wall shelving. Spacious master bedroom with terrace doors leading to the backyard deck, double closets, ensuite privileges to the bathroom featuring a walk-in shower. Two additional bedrooms, foyer and laundry area complete this house. Private corner lot with towering trees, fenced backyard, deck and storage shed. Features include economical heating with 2 natural gas stoves, in-floor heating in the bathroom, skylights, hardwood and ceramic tile flooring, natural gas hot water on demand system. A great home, investment or cottage, call for your appointment to view this move-in ready home.
281 Summerside Place, Port Elgin, ON
New home to be built by quality builder Walker Homes in desirable Summerside Place subdivision in beautiful Port Elgin. The Anna model is 4 bedroom with a terrific floor plan, generous room sizes and open design. Many deluxe features are standard with Walker Homes including solid brick exterior with shake accents, hand crafted Amish kitchens cupboards, natural gas fireplace, solid wood staircase, 9′ ceilings, hardwood flooring on main level and more, act early and you can pick your colours and styles from the builders samples. Not only are you buying a home you’re buying a lifestyle in a wonderful community, only steps from schools, playgrounds, miles of walking trails and not to forget – the famous Port Elgin beach, world class sunsets and marina. Please call today for more information. All measurements are approximate and based on builders floor plans. HST is included in the purchase price providing the Buyer qualifies for the rebate and assigns it back to the builder on closings.
Grey Bruce home sales reach new all-time record!
Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound reached the highest level on record in May 2016.
Home sales numbered a record 332 units in May 2016, rising 11.8 per cent on a year-over-year basis.
On a year-to-date basis home sales were running 17 per cent ahead of the first five months of 2015. This was a record for the period and marked just the second time sales had ever surpassed 1,000 in the first five months of any year. The last time was back in 2002.
Sales of all types of properties numbered 411 units in May 2016, up 14.5 per cent from the previous May. The average price of homes sold in May 2016 was $251,596, edging down 1.7 per cent on a year-over-year basis. On a year-to-date basis the average price of home sales in the first five months of 2016 was $253,215, rising 3.8 per cent.
New residential listings on the Association’s MLS® System numbered 664 units in May 2016. This was a decrease of 14 per cent compared to May 2015. Active residential listings totalled 1,689 units at the end of May, down 30.4 per cent from the same time last year.
The number of months of inventory stood at 5.1 at the end of May, down from 8.2 months at the end of May 2015 and below the long-run average for this time of the year. The number of months of inventory is the number of months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of sales activity.
The dollar value of all home sales in May was $83.5 million, up 9.9 per cent on a year-over-year basis. This was the highest level of any month on record and marked the first time volumes ever surpassed $80 million. The total value of all properties sold in May 2016 was $104 million, an increase of 8.9 per cent from a year earlier.
1023 Bricker St., Port Elgin
Nothing to do here except move-in the furniture.This raised bungalow shows beautifully & is situated on a meticulously landscaped lot with mature trees & low maintenance perennial gardens. Located on a low traffic street at the North end of Port Elgin. The main level features an updated kitchen with granite counter tops,breakfast bar & pantry; the dining area has patio doors to the deck,bright living rm,master bedroom with walk-in closet & ensuite bath with heated floors,2nd bedroom with lots of closet space & 4pc bath. The lower level has a large family rm with natural gas stove, laundry, workshop, 2pc bath & an additional room which could function as a 3rd bedroom or office. Just to highlight a few of the features; walkout basement, natural gas BBQ connection, a ductless air conditioner that keeps the home nice & cool in the summer, a sand point well for lawn watering & a convenient carport to park your car in, offered with appliances, numerous upgrades over last several years. Call for a showing. 519-353-8211 (direct).
Eating local doesn’t get any closer than your own backyard!
There’s nothing more delicious than a summer meal made from sun ripened vegetables and herbs from your own Port Elgin or Southampton garden. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re thinking about growing your own veggies this year:
- Small & Sunny – Start with a small area if it’s your first year. Make sure it’s a sunny spot and if you’re really short on space, use pots or window boxes.
- Planned Planting – Plan your garden according to your family size. Food prices are on the rise so it makes cents to grow produce that’s expensive to purchase at the store.
- Go Organic – Growing your own produce is the best way to ensure your vegetables aren’t full of chemicals. It’s also less expensive, more convenient and very rewarding.
- Succession Success – If you stagger planting times for a single crop or plant a different crop after one has harvested, you’ll enjoy a continuous supply of fresh vegetables throughout the season.
- Child’s Play – Gardening with your kids is a fun learning experience that will inspire them to try new veggies. Pumpkins are great as they can decorate their very own jack-o-lantern at Halloween!
Not only is gardening cost effective and fun but it’s also an excellent stress reliever. Your local nursery will have a variety of seeds, plants and other tools to help you get started. If this is your first year gardening, make sure you keep notes on which vegetables do well so you can plan ahead for next year.
Most of us forget to clean up after of our most trusted companion!
Studies have shown that a smartphone is actually more contaminated with germs than a public toilet seat! Gross, right?
Cleaning every day with a microfiber cloth will reduce dirt, grime and bacteria. There’s some debate on whether a homemade solution of alcohol and water is safe as some “experts” say it may harm your phone while others say it’s fine.
To be on the safe side, you can purchase a cleaning solution made specifically for smartphones that will remove all the nasty germs. For the serious germophobes, there are chargers that will completely sanitize your phone while it charges!