Are GTA housing prices getting you down? Has your family decided that relocating is the best option? Relocating may seem like an unfathomable task, but choosing where to move to is the first obstacle involved. With Ontario as an ever expanding province, it’s important to pick the right city for you! Just 1 hour North of the GTA and 1 hour South of Cottage Country is the city of Barrie, Ontario; a city that still gives you that small town feel but has all the amenities that a large city offers.
Here’s 5 reasons why moving to Barrie is in your best interest:
Rooted at the tip of Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie’s old suburbs and new developments have attracted relocating, commuter families. The convenient location allows for commuters to travel both North and South to get to work quickly and safely on Highway 400. Barrie is situated in the heart of the Snow Belt and provides snow bunnies with ample opportunity for Winter sports. Just a short 15 minute drive to Horseshoe Valley and 25 minutes to Mount St. Louis to get your fair share of skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. Not only does Barrie thrive in the Winter time, but the Summer is just as exciting. With the reconstruction of the waterfront, many residents have taken to spending time at the beach: fishing and boating.
After a startling rise in Real Estate prices in Barrie in 2017, the cost of homes are not expected to rise in 2018. The significantly high costs of real estate in Toronto have pushed people North to Barrie. Like a good 50% off sale, you can get a new house in Barrie for half the price of Toronto homes. On average, Barrie homes sell for $486,000. Making it an ideal, price wise, place to relocate to. Over time, and as Barrie continues to boom, your property will maintain, if not increase in, its value.
With its expected increase of population 5% per year, new developments will continue to flourish and investment properties are becoming ever more popular. Barrie’s growth has included the addition of the Go Train; allowing for commuters to choose a more environmentally friendly approach to travelling to the city everyday. Barrie’s development hasn’t stopped there, small companies and larger operating corporations have taken a liking to Barrie’s growth and opens the door for new comers to add to their resume.
Georgian College’s Barrie Campus has brought in students locally and internationally. With plenty of programs to choose from, Georgian College has been a benchmark for Barrie residents. For families with children transferring schools, there are plenty of Public, Catholic and independent schools in great neighbourhoods.
5. Health Services
While Barrie’s population grows, so do the Health Care Services it can provide. In 2012, Barrie’s local hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH), grew to twice its size and continues to research innovative techniques to combat cancer. Barrie stays up to date with how to manage mental health in children and youth; and has opened an entire facility to learn and understand these issues. Barrie caters to all ages; including seniors who have a variety of options when it comes to their Real Estate.
If any of these great benefits of this area match your criteria then Barrie is the city for you! Relocating away from the city may seem like a huge feat, but come visit Barrie and you’ll see that the juice is worth the squeeze. If you Seller with Weller, you’ll experience how easy it can be!