So! You’re thinking of buying and living in Meaford, Ontario. I’m going to give you a little introduction to this amazing small town on the coast of Georgian Bay and tell you why it might be the perfect place for you and your family… or why it might not be for you.
LET’S TALK ABOUT MEAFORD!
Located on the shore of Georgian Bay at the mouth of Big Head River, Meaford is the quintessential, classic red brick Ontario small town. What I love about Meaford is their waterfront and harbour – publicly accessible and in my opinion one of the nicest along the coast locally. Meaford has the newly constructed “Super School”, Georgian Bay Community School, which combines Pre-school, Kindergarten, Middle and Secondary School in one building, sitting on about 16 acres. There is a triple gymnasium, automotive, manufacturing and construction shops and a “cafetorium” with a stage. This is the local High School for many surrounding Grey County communities.
Compared to Thornbury and Collingwood, Meaford has always been a little quieter because its just *that much* further from the ski hills for tourists and weekenders. On the flip side of that though, I’m seeing Meaford become more sought after as the areas directly around the ski hills get busier and more expensive – just anecdotal I’m seeing locals move to Meaford for its relative affordability and its quieter vibe. Ok, I’ve said quiet about 10 times, but don’t get me wrong – Meaford has an amazing entertainment scene with Meaford Hall and Cultural Center that attracts names like Tom Cochrane and Chantal Kreviazuk. Restaurants along the main street like The Dam Pub and The Leeky Canoe attract die hard local following for good reason. If you haven’t gone to The Leeky’s wing night, you haven’t lived.
LET’S GET DOWN TO THE NUMBERS
Ok I’ve mentioned Meaford is a more affordable town, so let’s get into the numbers – and keep in mind “affordable” is a relative term since the boom we experienced over the pandemic. The average price of a single detached home in Meaford is $636,875* based on the last year of sales, or $465 a square foot*. And for that price, you’re likely getting a good sized yard compared to a suburb close to Toronto. Houses range from traditional farm house to brick bungalows to newer developments with semi detached and detached options to condos and townhouses. I’m seeing a lot of interest in Meaford as a great investment property location as well (more on this in my next series!)
Finally, I’ll leave you with this little nugget about small towns like Meaford:
The great thing about small towns is, even if you don’t know what you’re doing – everyone else does:)
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