Firstly. if you are like many of us Boomers, you graduated, got a job, moved to the city, married had kids and bought a house. Now, that was over 30 years ago! It’s Scott Brubacher real estate broker here. I’m a Baby Boomer and lifestyle expert. I’ve scoured the MLS system, read TREB sales reports and researched different locations. Likewise, looking for amenities and 55+ communities in the ring around the GTA. I’m about to tell you about my journey to discover the Eight Best Retirement Communities Around Lake Simcoe. So I jumped in my truck and took a drive and did it all in one day!
In particular this is all about helping my Mississauga clients decide Where to Move when downsizing their home for retirement. So the types of homes on this road tour included retirement bungalows, townhomes and condo apartments.
In good time, on a nice fall day, my wife Chris & I packed a lunch, and gassed up the truck. Especially excited was Steve our cocker spaniel. He loves road trips.
Before starting the drive, I researched the different locations, made a few appointments to preview homes, and loaded the GPS coordinates for the communities we wanted to visit.
Soon after leaving home in Mississauga, our journey took us through the numerous communities, cities and townships around Lake Simcoe. Read on to Discover the Eight Best 55+ Communities Around Lake Simcoe
Scott’s Road Tour to discover Eight best retirement Communities Around Lake Simcoe
During the tour, I compiled my list, thoughts, impressions and stats on housing and amenities. Sepcial thanks to my associate Gigget Whitmarsh. Without doubt she is an awesome licensed realtor who works out of the Town of Georgina.
So Although not ranked in any particular order, here are my top Eight Best retirement Communities around Lake Simcoe.
Briar Hill –Alliston, New Tecumseth
First on the list to Discover Eight Best retirement Communities Around Lake Simcoe is located in the Nottawasaga Valley. Homeowners can take full advantage of a full comprehensive list of activities that rival any all-inclusive vacation destination at the adjacent Nottawasaga Resort.
Amenities include: 45 holes of golf, a 70,000 SqFT Sports and Leisure Dome offering activities such as indoor tennis, squash, and racquetball, a 25 meter swimming pool in a tropical setting with sauna and whirlpool and an accredited health and fitness centre.
Bradford – Simcoe County
Second on the tour to Discover Eight Best retirement Communities Around Lake Simcoe. With the perfect balance between dynamic urban living and the great outdoors. Bradford makes perfect sense for those looking for an alternative to city life.
Ultimately, Bradford offers plenty of convenient and vibrant shopping opportunities. All within minutes from Cachet Bradford Urban Towns. Residents are also an arm’s length from diverse dining and myriad arts and culture venues. Not to mention you could literally do something different every night of the week.
With more than 25 parks and nine nature trails, the region is ripe for spending time alone. Or with friends immersed in a natural environment—mountain biking, cross-country skiing, whatever your particular passion. Scanlon Creek Conservation area is a few minutes from downtown, with its more than 500 acres of walking trails.
Friday Harbour – Big Bay Point, Innisfil
Third on the tour to Discover the Eight Best retirement Communities Around Lake Simcoe. Friday Harbour wasn’t designed to be a place. It was designed to be a destination. A destination you look forward to visiting all year round, where you can unwind and truly feel relaxed.
Whether you arrive to take in the peaceful serenity of the lake, spend hours in the Nature Preserve or mingle with friends over a gourmet meal, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy your days.
At Innisfil’s Friday Harbour, you’ll look forward to every day, because every day feels like Friday.
Sophie’s Landing – Orillia
Fourth on the tour to Discover Eight Best retirement Communities Around Lake Simcoe. Sophie’s Landing, A Luxury Lakeside Gated Community Where Your Dreams Become a Reality.
Steps away is the City of Orillia’s huge 65-acre Tudhope Park greenbelt with miles of waterfront paved trails and
several beaches. You can hike or bike to Orillia’s downtown core via the lakeside trail without ever using a
Surrounded by the beauty of nature, you’re just minutes from the Gordon Lightfoot Trail system, Casino
Rama, Horseshoe Valley Ski Resort, Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club and more. Live close to heritage Downtown
Orillia where you’ll find great shopping, fine art, festivals, live music, theater, bistros, boutiques and more.
Panoramic Point – Orillia
Fifth stop on the on the tour to Discover the Eight Best retirement Communities Around Lake Simcoe. Lakeside living is a dream come true for residents of Panoramic Point at Brewery Bay in Orillia. With exceptional views of both Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.
Amenity rich and maintenance free, condo’s like this are a rare find in the Orillia area. Enjoy the beach, the trails,
the indoor pool, exercise room, sauna and invite your friends over for a BBQ on the veranda or a game of cards
and a drink in the clubhouse. Steps from Tudhope park and just minutes to beautiful downtown Orillia.
Come see just how much Panoramic Point has to offer.
Bayshore Village – Bayshore, Brechin
Sixth stop on the on the tour to Discover the Eight Best retirement Communities Around Lake Simcoe. If you enjoy a lakeside lifestyle, being close to nature, and living in a friendly vibrant community, explore this web site and find out more about Bayshore Village.
Bayshore residents live in individually-designed single-family homes on spacious half-acre lots in a natural environment, where they can enjoy one of central Ontario’s spectacular outdoor settings.
Lagoon City – Brechin, Ontario
Seventh on on the tour to Discover Eight Best retirement Communities Around Lake Simcoe. Lagoon City is a waterfront community located on the east shore of Lake Simcoe, in the City of Brechin. It is twenty-five minutes drive south of Orillia, twenty minutes south of Casino Rama, fifteen minutes north of Beaverton and 5 minutes west of Brechin off Highway 12.
It is a one-of-a-kind community with over 16 km of canals, private sandy beaches on Lake Simcoe offering year-round activities to all its residence. There are about 830 households comprised of condominium townhomes, detached homes and vacation cottages. Ninety per cent of our residences are on lagoons, which have direct access to Lake Simcoe.
Hedge Road Landing – Jackson’s Point, Georgina
Eighth stop and still going on the tour to Discover Eight Best retirement Communities Around Lake Simcoe. Hedge Road Landing is a new active adult condominium community. Offering design-inspired, cottage-style, bungalow homes situated just off the exclusive and storied Hedge Road. Located on the south shores of Lake Simcoe.
Meanwhile, minutes from Jackson’s Point and offering a wealth of amenities, Hedge Road Landing is located in one of
Ontario’s first and finest cottage communities. So You’ll soon be far away from the city, but close enough for an easy
commute. Furthermore this private community will offer charming, impressive homes, 260 feet of Lake Simcoe shoreline and
a private club house where you can socialize or take a leisurely swim in the pool.
Surely it was a great road trip. At the end of our day at Keswick and met up with Gigget, her husband David and son Emmerson. In any case we were tired. Stunningly beautiful sunset as we watched the sun go down over the Lake. Also Our cocker spaniel Steve loved the day too.
So when it comes to downsizing your home for retirement, “where to move?” is the biggest challenge for many Baby Boomers. The process takes time, planning and self discovery. So my advice is don’t sit on your plans to downsize your home. Join us for FREE at our next Boomers on the Move workshop.
So don’t sit on your plans If you live in the GTA and are thinking about downsizing. Call me for a free custom list of homes for sale in any neighbourhood or community that you choose. I’m here to help! Hope you enjoyed my blog and feel free to reach out.
Scott Brubacher Real Estate Broker – Royal LePage Meadowtowne Realty Brokerage