Real Estate for
Retirees and the Retiring
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
-- Mark Twain
Retiring in Port Dover (pop. 6000)
Port Dover's unspoiled small-town lifestyle has become a popular choice for Retirees as more and more people use their house as part of their retirement strategy. Downsizing from the higher priced housing markets of the large cities to the more affordable housing in smaller communities not only lowers monthly expenses but frees up equity.
Located on the shore of Lake Erie, Port Dover offers casual and fine dining, quaint shopping, live theatre, two marinas and several spas. Cycling and walking trails, boating, tennis, fishing and numerous golf courses in the area appeal to the active retiree. Sandy beaches, parks, farmers market, a romantic pier and plenty of festivals add to the enjoyment of all. Other amenities include service clubs, churches and a medical centre. A ten minute drive to Simcoe offers more shopping, a movie theatre, Norfolk General Hospital and many other conveniences.
Within a half hour drive from Port Dover discover several wineries, golf courses, more sandy beaches and the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Trails - a bird watcher's paradise.
Call Cindy at 519-718-1428 to arrange a personal tour of the area and discuss housing options.
The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.
Aging In Place
Aging in Place refers to the desire to grow older comfortably and confidently within your own home, in response to your changing needs.
Building a New Home should be More than Choosing Cabinet Styles and Paint Colours.
I am a Baby Boomer. My childhood memories include watching the Ed Sullivan Show in black and white, and full service gas stations with attendants who not only pumped our gas but checked the oil and washed the windows too. Like most Baby Boomers (and Peter Pan) I think that I will never grow old, and please do not use the "S" word on me. The word Senior is reserved for those people older than me, who not only deserve my respect but also my gratitude for paving the way to make life easier for us.
But, while my mind thinks I will never grow old, my body has other ideas. My right knee has no interest in running up the stairs and my hands are incapable of the simple task of opening a water bottle. At some point (if I am lucky) I will grow old, and when I do, I want to be independent and live comfortably in my own home.Port Dover has become a popular destination for the Baby Boomer and Retiree demographic wanting to downsize square footage and step up the quality finishes and I see Port Dover builders hard at work building two bedroom, two bath bungalows with main floor laundry, but is this enough? Simple affordable modifications at the time of construction can mean the difference between staying in your own home long term or having to find another option. I also have to wonder, if we are unable to stay in our own home will there be enough assisted living read article...
Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. ~Bob Hope
Rightsizing is about quality of life and finding the perfect size home to fit only those things you truly love and need so you have the time and money to live your life the way you want to spend it.
12 Questions to Ask Yourself.....
What are my priorities for the next 5 - 20 years?
How many rooms of my home am I currently using?
How much is it costing to run and maintain my current home?
Do I want to live an active lifestyle including - walking, cycling, golf, tennis, classes at the gym?
What hobbies or activities would I like to pursue?
Do I want to garden in the summer?
Am I interested in part-time work or volunteering?
Do I want to spend more time with my friends and family?
Is there travel in my future plans?
Will I be spending winters here or going south?
Am I looking for maintenance free living?Are Pets an issue?
If you are thinking of downsizing and would like to learn about options in the Port Dover area call Cindy at 519 718-1428 for a free, no obligation consultation.
Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~Martin Buxbaum
Downsizing from a family home to a smaller more manageable space can both physically exhausting and emotionally draining. It is surprising to realize how many personal items we accumulate and how attached we become to our possessions. The necessity to sort and dispose of some of these possessions can be very daunting but not everything can, nor should, be moved to your new home. Keeping the perspective of 'the best things in life are not things' can help. A life full of possessions pales in comparison to a life full of family and friends.
Where to Start?
Obtain a layout of your new home. Find out exactly the shape and size of each room, then decide which large pieces of furniture can move with you. Knowing what will fit and what won't will make the decision a little easier.
Get a feel for the size of your new rooms. Compare your new rooms to rooms of similar size and shape in your present home. For example, your living-room-to-be might be roughly the same size as your current bedroom. You may think you have room for your oversize sofa and chair, but realizing it before you move will save time and money later.
Be ruthless when sorting. Packing and moving things you don’t need or have space for is costly. Only take things that are functional, sentimental or beautiful. As you go through each room, ask yourself some ... Read Article
Hiring a decorator to help carry some of this load will be one of the smartest things you can do. A decorator will help you select a colour palette that creates the feel you want. She will help you select flooring, countertops, cabinets and lighting, all of which can be very intimidating. She can also advise you on where to place your much loved furniture and artwork and help you select new pieces to pull it all together. A good decorator knows that your new home will reflect who you are and tell your own story. Her job is to gently guide you on how to get there – and to make it fun along the way. So don't be afraid to hand her some of your stress and enjoy the ride. To learn more contact Rochelle Bouchir or Rochelle Bouchir Interiors, Port Dover at 519-583-3801 or 519-410-1143 Bouchir@sympatico.ca or click here to visit Rochelle's website
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are? - Leroy (Satchel) Paig
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