For a few years now, my husband and I have been thinking about where we would like to live after retiring. Our three children are grown and have all married and moved to the States. When he is no longer tied to his job, we will be free to live pretty much anywhere in Canada that we want to. Because our children live so far away, we have a fifth-wheel travel trailer that we use when we visit them. We can park in their driveways and still have our own space out of their way. We’ve learned that we really like the RV lifestyle and hope to spend a lot more time traveling after retirement. However, we figure that we’ll need a base somewhere in Ontario to call home. We’d like to downsize from our current property, so that we are freer to go away.
While my inclination was to move closer to a city and an airport, his was to move farther north into nature. He has always liked the area where he grew up for its natural beauty. It’s an area that we visit often because we both have some family there. We’ve kept an eye on the real estate ads for the area and sometimes driven by any that catch our attention. So far, none had appealed to us.
Then early this year we found this lovely lot very close to where his father used to farm and work in a sawmill. It has a cozy clearing for a house surrounded by forest. It’s like a big campsite! He likes that it is in the area where he grew up and a very rural property. I like that it is not as far north as it might have been and has decent accessibility to cities. We also like that it is not too far away (1 1/2 hours) from our friends where we live now. It will be a nice place to camp out with our trailer before we get a house built.
The property came with a driveway, the clearing, a fence with a gate along the front, and a very cute, partially finished bunkie. We need to finish the bunkie, put in a well, a septic system, and bring power in from the road before building a house.