The Nottawasaga Lighthouse

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LighthouseIf you’ve spent any time in the Collingwood – Blue Mountain area, you’ve most certainly seen and heard about the Nottawasaga Lighthouse. This piece of our heritage is located on a small island that is now a bird sanctuary to thousands of seagulls. A condo development is named after it and now, the Lighthouse is the subject of intense interest as it is crumbling and at risk of being lost forever.

Built in 1858, the lighthouse is 95 feet tall and ceased operations in 2003. It is relatively inaccessible because of the birds and low lying island but you can feel like you’ve been there: just watch this remarkable drone video.

A group called the Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society has formed and is fighting hard to raise the necessary funds to restore the lighthouse. I hope the video moves you, as it did me, to consider contributing a donation or volunteer skills to this worthy cause.

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer July 17-23, 2015

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This market summary includes data for Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford. The information was obtained from the MLS® statistics provided by the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. Previous week(s) in brackets.

Single Family ResidentialMarket Report Icon
New Listings: 41 (43, 38, 40)
Average List Price: $541,707
Range of List Prices: $149,900 – $4,150,000
Number of Sales: 34 (42, 34, 28 )
Range of Sale Prices: $161,500 – $855,000

Condominiums
New Listings: 8 (9, 9, 9)
Average List Price: $288,625
Range of List Prices: $124,900 – $489,500
Number of Sales:  7 (11, 7, 12)
Range of Sale Prices: $115,000 – $370,000

Vacant Land
New Listings: 4 (8, 9, 14)
Number of Sales:  3 (3, 2, 3)
Range of Sale Prices:  $35,000 – $182,500

Notables this week:

* 1 Single Family Residence sold for more than it’s list price.
* 1 Condo sold at it’s list price.
* 1 Vacant Land listing sold for more than it’s list price.

 

Note: All statistics obtained from the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Board

New French Catholic School Coming To Collingwood

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School

Plans for the new École élémentaire catholique Notre-Dame-de-la-Huronie are moving forward.  It is expected to become home to 200 students from kindergarten to Grade 6 and will include a child care centre for 15 toddlers and 24 pre-schoolers. It is hoped the school will be open by September 2016 and will serve the communities of Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Clearview.

The new home for is at the corner of Findlay Drive and Newbourne Street in the south end of town where real estate sales have been brisk with custom new homes built on large lots. Homes on the Maple St cul-de-sac abutting the site will also no doubt be impacted in some ways.  Just good stuff to know.

Four More Reasons to Love Collingwood

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Music

In a previous post, you heard about our clean winter roads. Here are a few more reasons I’ve heard this week as to why my clients love Collingwood:

“It’s like Pleasantville. People are so friendly and helpful.”

“There is always cheerful music downtown playing through the speakers.”

“There are no bums and no garbage on the streets compared to the City.”

“There is no traffic congestion.”

Why do you love Collingwood?

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer July 10-16, 2015

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This market summary includes data for Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford. The information was obtained from the MLS® statistics provided by the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. Previous week(s) in brackets.

Single Family ResidentialMarket Report Icon
New Listings: 43 (38, 40, 40)
Average List Price: $505,674
Range of List Prices: $185,500 – $2,749,000
Number of Sales: 42 (34, 28, 30 )
Range of Sale Prices: $89,000 – $2,900,000

Condominiums
New Listings: 9 (9, 9, 8)
Average List Price: $277,200
Range of List Prices: $109,900 – $600,000
Number of Sales: 11 (7, 12, 11)
Range of Sale Prices: $117,500 – $880,000

Vacant Land
New Listings: 8 (9, 14, 6)
Number of Sales:  3 (2, 3, 8)
Range of Sale Prices:  $52,500 – $110,000

Notables this week:

* 1 condo sold for more than it’s list price and 1 sold at it’s list price

* 6 Single Family Residences sold at their list prices.

Note: All statistics obtained from the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Board

Gorgeous Country Home on Top of Blue Mountain

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Driving up a laneway through the trees, you arrive at this beautiful, luxury country home situated on 11.6 very private acres right on top of Blue Mountain.

Mother Nature’s best is here with rolling land, a small pond and sheer tranquility with no neighbours in view. It backs onto the internationally renowned Scenic Caves lands; part of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

The beautifully renovated house dates back to the 1890’s and then on 2001, it was reconstructed with an addition added to make it the outstanding home it is today with 4 bedrooms including a master suite in its own separate wing, a stunning great room and large kitchen, two sunrooms and even a finished basement. Outside, you’ll find an old barn foundation that could be perfect for bonfires or memorable dinner parties plus, there is both an attached garage and a large detached workshop.

615851 3rd Line Web 14Learn more about this special haven here and then call me to arrange your private viewing.

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer July 3-9 , 2015

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This market summary includes data for Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford. The information was obtained from the MLS® statistics provided by the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. Previous week(s) in brackets.

Single Family ResidentialMarket Report Icon
New Listings: 38 (40, 40, 55)
Average List Price: $519,218
Range of List Prices: $165,000 – $1,595,000
Number of Sales: 34 (28, 30, 38 )
Range of Sale Prices: $95,000 -$770,000

Condominiums
New Listings: 9 (9, 8, 15)
Average List Price: $280,389
Range of List Prices: $117,900 – $359,900
Number of Sales: 7 (12, 11, 12)
Range of Sale Prices: $112,000 – $400,000

Vacant Land
New Listings: 9 (14, 6, 13)
Number of Sales: 2 (3, 8, 4)
Range of Sale Prices: $80,000 -$210,000

Notables this week:

* 1 condo sold for more than it’s list price

Note: All statistics obtained from the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Board

Blue Mountain Village Association

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bmvassoIf you’ve been looking at buying a condo in the Blue Mountain area, you may have come across something called the Blue Mountain Village Association or, BMVA. It is a Destination Marketing Association that is a not for profit association formed to manage and maintain all common areas and facilities in the Village, including marketing the Village as a four season destination through the provision of events and animation. Every owner and business in the Village at Blue must be a member and, there are optional memberships in some areas outside of the Village.

The activities organized by the BMVA, such as festivals, entertainment, beautification, security, snow removal and participation in the shuttle service all help to keep the condos full with guests. In addition, members are able to apply for taxation at a residential rate rather than commercial rate which in itself, is worth the price of ownership.

When a unit is a member of the BMVA, it is registered on title and stays with the unit meaning it is virtually impossible to get out. People who buy a resale unit pay a transfer of membership fee of either 2% in the Village core or, 2% of the sale price outside of that. Thereafter, owners pay annual dues of either $1.08 per square foot inside the Village Core or, $0.27 outside the Village Core.

One of the things some people don’t know at first is that owners who rent out their units are also required to pay 2% of all rental revenues as a Village amenity fee. The rules state that owners must disclose this fee on all advertising and must show them as a separate fee on all invoices and sales slips and, must remit the fees monthly to the BMVA.

The price of being a member is very small when you consider the tax savings alone which could amount to several thousand dollars a year. In addition, the ongoing fees help to keep the Village vibrant and guests coming. For more detailed information about the BMVA, visit their website here. For this and more details on the ins and outs of Blue Mountain condominium ownership, let me be your guide.

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Build Your Home on this Great Lot For Sale in Collingwood

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lot photoIt’s getting harder to find vacant land for sale in the Collingwood area where you can build your dream home. More and more, people are discovering the east end of town and since municipal water and natural gas became available, we are seeing many new homes being built in the area east of Collingwood and west of Wasaga Beach.

20122055_1I’ve recently listed a rare lot on Broadview Avenue that has 135 feet of frontage. That’s right – 135 feet! It’s 200 feet deep, treed and located in an area where fine homes are replacing older cottages and is on a quiet, no-exit road. Of added interest is the potential, with a minor variance, to possibly divide the property into two lots, keep it as it is and have room for a large home with plenty of privacy or simply have and hold for future investment.

58 Broadvew Street, CollingwoodFor just $99,000, this is an opportunity so don’t wait another year! Here is a link to the listing.

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer June 26 – July 2, 2015

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This market summary includes data for Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford. The information was obtained from the MLS® statistics provided by the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. Previous week(s) in brackets.

Single Family ResidentialMarket Report Icon
New Listings:  40 (40, 55, 59)
Average List Price: $592,245
Range of List Prices:  $189,900 – $2,998,000
Number of Sales:  28 (30, 38, 44)
Range of Sale Prices:  $182,500 – $610,000

Condominiums
New Listings:   9, (8, 15, 14)
Average List Price:   $266,711
Range of List Prices: $142,900 – $384,900
Number of Sales:  12 ( 11, 12, 12)
Range of Sale Prices:   $138,000 – $625,000

Vacant Land
New Listings:   14 (6, 13, 18)
Number of Sales:  3 (8, 4, 3)
Range of Sale Prices: $90,000 – $210,000

 

Notables this week:

  • 4 Single Family Residences sold AT their list prices and 2 sold for MORE than their list prices
  • 2 Condos sold at their list price, and 1 condo sold over it’s list price

Sales in the condo and single family residence categories continue to be brisk.  A number of listings sold for more than their asking price, which often means multiple offers.

 

Note: All statistics obtained from the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Board

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