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Orillia, Ontario

2500 Square Foot Waterfront Home

This fabulous 2500 square foot 4 bedroom, 3-bathroom waterfront home on Lake Couchiching is 5 minutes north of Orillia, where you will find all amenities. From your back door, you can enjoy the sporting life…ice fishing on Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe; snowmobiling; ATV trails close by; local private community beach and baseball diamond.

Enjoy the fish spawning and watch the ducks, blue heron, turtles, beavers and a variety of birds while sitting on your deck.

Additional features of this exceptional property are:

-50 foot dock

-1200 square foot deck

-Lawn sprinkler system

-5 walkouts

-Heated garage

-Built-in fish tank

-Gas boiler heat

-Oak great room with cathedral ceilings

-Family room with fireplace

-Open kitchen with eating area

-Formal dining room

-Laundry on main floor

-Office

-White ash custom hardwood floor with Brazilian Cherry inlays

-Heated hardwood kitchen floor

-15 minutes from Casino Rama

-Public school within walking distance

FEATURE PRICE…$310,000CDN

Converted = £173,810

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Converted = £173,810

Yep, was in Nova Scotia (East Coast) last year, property 1/6 th of rip off UK. Waterfront 4 bed detached $300k-400k, including ocean front! Lovely, lovely people as well, bit nippy around the plums in winter though. If I was starting over again, it woud either be Canada or New Zealand for sure.

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Worth pointing out that most Canadian houses are made of timber and have to be completely re-built every 30 years -also the weather is worse than the UK -I`m in St John , NB at present and they have had 6 days of sunshine all summer ( the place has been shrouded in fog for the last week and it`s the height of the holiday season) ...

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Oh get over the cold, for goodness sake. At least you'll have a dependably glorious summer.

Orillia may be beautiful but I am wondering what one can do there for work. It is not within commuting distance of any of the large-ish southern Ontario cities as far as I know.

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Timber houses do not have to be completely re-built every 30 years, for goodness sake! :lol:

And there are plenty of brick/stone houses about, particularly in the east, if that is what you feel you need.

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Timber houses do not have to be completely re-built every 30 years, for goodness sake! :lol:

And there are plenty of brick/stone houses about, particularly in the east, if that is what you feel you need.

OK -you appear to know more than me .

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I don't buy that writeup as I lived in Toronto for nearly a decade and know the surrounding area quite well. Orillia is a bit far removed for the commute, as Barrie is considered by most to be the farthest out you;d want to travel each day. I'd say if you were working in the GTA and livign up there you'd be 2-3 minumum hours a day commuting in crap traffic on the 400 hwy. Forget about the winter commute, it's murder on that road. This is a summer house.

Anything on or close to Lake Simcoe is looking closer to $1,000,000. Holdiay home taxes and utilities are very steep as well. I bet this place has a dunt septic system or the well has gone bad.

Besides, Orillia is a bit of a dump and home to a big Indian reserve and casino...which should raise alarm bells.

But it does look nice. Proper link: http://canadianproperty4salebyowner.com/odon_link.htm

Check out a comparable one nearby at $839k: http://www.realtor.ca/PropertyDetails.aspx...pertyID=8225845

I would question why it is so cheap. There's gotta be a catch.

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Houses cheaper in the east because of intolerable winters. It's like anywhere - the cheaper houses are cheaper for a reason. Vancouver and VI houses pretty expensive IMO - especially since they're made of wood, plastic and vinyl.

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I don't buy that writeup as I lived in Toronto for nearly a decade and know the surrounding area quite well. Orillia is a bit far removed for the commute, as Barrie is considered by most to be the farthest out you;d want to travel each day. I'd say if you were working in the GTA and livign up there you'd be 2-3 minumum hours a day commuting in crap traffic on the 400 hwy. Forget about the winter commute, it's murder on that road. This is a summer house.

Anything on or close to Lake Simcoe is looking closer to $1,000,000. Holdiay home taxes and utilities are very steep as well. I bet this place has a dunt septic system or the well has gone bad.

Besides, Orillia is a bit of a dump and home to a big Indian reserve and casino...which should raise alarm bells.

But it does look nice. Proper link: http://canadianproperty4salebyowner.com/odon_link.htm

Check out a comparable one nearby at $839k: http://www.realtor.ca/PropertyDetails.aspx...pertyID=8225845

I would question why it is so cheap. There's gotta be a catch.

I've got family in Barrie which is why I've started looking at property. Britains fast turning into a basket case. Need an escape route. ;)

UK property prices really are shocking. 1bed flats for 200k?? ) :blink:

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Ok - Rant. I was born in Canada (half hour north of Orillia - Gravenhurst, Muskoka). Orillia is a pretty little town and there is work there, or you can commute to Barrie (half hour south of Orillia). Theres public transport now from Barrie to the GTA. Ontario has the same seasons as the U.K, just more extreme. i.e. Summer is blistering hot with fab thunderstorms, and Winter is technically colder than the U.K. , but the cold is much dryer & dosent feel as cold as the U.K. damp. Property is incredibly cheap compared to the U.K. - dependant on area and you can buy a waterfront property for inthe region of $400,000 (Hard to come by, I know at this price, but they are out there). Check out Bracebridge/Gravenhurst. Both Bracebridge/Gravenhurst are very, very small towns. Go further north if you like to Huntsville - more of a proper size town - property even cheaper!! Little work there - a lot of summer cottages, but is heaven on earth to visit. Like stepping back in time 30 years truly. Complete chill-out time.

As for property being replaced after 30 years. Don't agree. The property I lived in as a child ( over 100 years old - log cabin base) was up for sale in 2005 for $85,000!!!! 4 beds. 1.45 acres - Timber framed, perfectly habitable, etc. I actually had it surveyed & offered on it. Offer was declined & six weeks later - they sold it to somebody else for exactly the same money! I was well and truly gutted & still hope to this day that those folk drop dead!

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Ok - Rant. I was born in Canada (half hour north of Orillia - Gravenhurst, Muskoka). Orillia is a pretty little town and there is work there, or you can commute to Barrie (half hour south of Orillia). Theres public transport now from Barrie to the GTA. Ontario has the same seasons as the U.K, just more extreme. i.e. Summer is blistering hot with fab thunderstorms, and Winter is technically colder than the U.K. , but the cold is much dryer & dosent feel as cold as the U.K. damp. Property is incredibly cheap compared to the U.K. - dependant on area and you can buy a waterfront property for inthe region of $400,000 (Hard to come by, I know at this price, but they are out there). Check out Bracebridge/Gravenhurst. Both Bracebridge/Gravenhurst are very, very small towns. Go further north if you like to Huntsville - more of a proper size town - property even cheaper!! Little work there - a lot of summer cottages, but is heaven on earth to visit. Like stepping back in time 30 years truly. Complete chill-out time.

As for property being replaced after 30 years. Don't agree. The property I lived in as a child ( over 100 years old - log cabin base) was up for sale in 2005 for $85,000!!!! 4 beds. 1.45 acres - Timber framed, perfectly habitable, etc. I actually had it surveyed & offered on it. Offer was declined & six weeks later - they sold it to somebody else for exactly the same money! I was well and truly gutted & still hope to this day that those folk drop dead!

I'm about to get my Canadian PR visa, and years ago I used to look at property in Orillia and think wow. Really snowy winter there as well, lake effect snow like Buffalo according to the stats. I've also heard from others that the cold doesn't feel as cold as the UK because it's dry. All the same I am looking to go to BC, but property is stupidly expensive! Nice to hear some positive things about the interior. Gives me some food for thought, especially as jobs in my field are easy to come buy in Ontario.

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Worth pointing out that most Canadian houses are made of timber and have to be completely re-built every 30 years -also the weather is worse than the UK -I`m in St John , NB at present and they have had 6 days of sunshine all summer ( the place has been shrouded in fog for the last week and it`s the height of the holiday season) ...

You are so full of it you should be wearing rubber boots and so should everyone around you. I haven't seen a Canadian house needing to be rebuilt . . . ever . . . unless it had been abandoned for a few decades.

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I haven't seen a Canadian house needing to be rebuilt . . . ever . . . unless it had been abandoned for a few decades.

Hey Snow Birds, IIRC from another post you are currently looking at UK property.

Do you mind my asking: have you had enough of Canada, and if so why?

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Oh get over the cold, for goodness sake. At least you'll have a dependably glorious summer.

Orillia may be beautiful but I am wondering what one can do there for work. It is not within commuting distance of any of the large-ish southern Ontario cities as far as I know.

Ever heard of Toronto? Orillia is close enough to commute when the roads have 12 lanes and the cars are bigger than sardine cans. Orillia is considered a dormitory town of Toronto . . . expletive deleted!

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Worth pointing out that most Canadian houses are made of timber and have to be completely re-built every 30 years -also the weather is worse than the UK -I`m in St John , NB at present and they have had 6 days of sunshine all summer ( the place has been shrouded in fog for the last week and it`s the height of the holiday season) ...

Still about 4 more than the UK.

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I have been in -36 in inland British Columbia. Still didn't feel as cold as Jockland on a windy January day.

Must be the moisture. Goes right through you.

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I have been in -36 in inland British Columbia. Still didn't feel as cold as Jockland on a windy January day.

Must be the moisture. Goes right through you.

Yes, the ski area at the spittal of glenshee was the coldest place ive ever been. It was 'only' -6 but felt colder than any other place ive experienced.

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Hey Snow Birds, IIRC from another post you are currently looking at UK property.

Do you mind my asking: have you had enough of Canada, and if so why?

The long version is in our profile but the short version is that we are not leaving Canada. We are looking for a winter home in England to escape the Canadian winter, which is not as bad as some posters would have you believe. Lots of Canadians spend winter in Florida or the Southern States and are referred to as "Snow Birds" We think spending winter in England would be a fun thing to do and get us out of the snow at the same time.

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Very cool - in fact, below freezing for most of the year :P

Feeling a little hyperbolic are we? First snow is usually in December or late November. It is usually gone by the end of March. Remember Canada is a very large place and the weather is very different in other places. You can stay in Ontario and experience peach trees in Niagara or polar bears in the north. And then there are the other eleven provinces.

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Yes, the ski area at the spittal of glenshee was the coldest place ive ever been. It was 'only' -6 but felt colder than any other place ive experienced.

Interesting you should say that. I've skied in France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Alaska and Glenshee was the coldest and the only place I've had to schuss just to be able to get down the slope against the oncoming horizontal snow.

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Yes, the ski area at the spittal of glenshee was the coldest place ive ever been. It was 'only' -6 but felt colder than any other place ive experienced.

Ditto. You ever actually been up the top of the Glenshee slopes on a windy cold day ? :o

Now that is cold.

Canada is definitely a different type of cold. Like you have to be careful about frostbite. I started my van in the morning once and felt my finger burning on the metal !!

Also got warned once whilst on the slopes that part of my forehead was going waxy white. A sign of frostbite apparently.

Still does not feel as cold as Glenshee though !!

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