LOOKING FOR AN AFFORDABLE HOME?

1. AYTON

Ayton is the heart of Normanby Township in the municipality of West Grey, Grey County Ontario. It is a lovely rural village on the banks of the South Saugeen River.  Features include an arena with ice rink, community hall, tavern, Canada Postal Office, Royal Bank, elementary school, a library, high speed internet, a gas station and a variety store with LCBO outlet. The majority of the homes have large lots with septic systems. Water is provided by private wells and shared well agreements are also common.
Average home sales in Ayton for the past year were $208,100 *

 

2. CLIFFORD

Wightman Telecom, based in Clifford and owned by the Wightman family, has owned and operated a communication system in Clifford since 1908.  The unincorporated community of Clifford is in the municipality of Minto, in Wellington  County. Located along Highway 9, Clifford is about 1 hour, 78km west of Orangeville and 70min, 89km from Kitchener.  This village has a busy main street with antique shops, variety stores, a Royal Bank, and fast food choices.
Homes in this area are on municipal water and sewage.  Clifford offers a variety of housing options: older homes, new builds, semi-detached homes and town houses.
Average home sales in Clifford for the past year were $242,700.*

 

3. Neustadt

The charming community of Neustadt was named one of Canada’s prettiest villages by Harrowsmith Magazine.  Neustadt is in the Municipality of West Grey in Grey County located just 8km south of Hanover.  Fine dining, treats, antiques, unique gifts, home décor, local artists, craft supplies, variety store, potted plants and the Neustadt Springs Brewery can all be found in this quaint little village. Properties in town are serviced with municipal water and sewage. As a former resident of Neustadt, I can honestly say that you will love the neighbours here and it is always a wonderful village to visit.
Neustadt came in second as the most affordable neighbourhood in my list of 12 with the average home sales in the past year at $176,600.*

 

The Township of Howick is a municipality in Huron County, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the northeast corner of Huron County near the Bruce County border, east of Wingham. Its largest communities are Fordwich, Gorrie and Wroxeter.

4. FORDWICH

The community of Fordwich is a desirable neighbourhood for commuters located about half way between Harriston and Listowel and approximately a one hour drive to Kitchener.  The town features a large variety store, a family restaurant, community parks and picnic areas.  The community does not have municipal water and sewage and most residents heat their homes with propane, oil and/or wood.
Home sales for the past year in Fordwich averaged $224,600.*

 

5. GORRIE

Located between Fordwich and Wroxeter, Gorrie is a popular affordable living alternative for commuters from both Listowel and Wingham with approximately only a 20 minute drive to either location.  The town doesn’t offer much as far as retail outlets are concerned. The nearest convenience store would be in Wroxeter.  Properties have large lots. There are no municipal water and sewage utilities.  The Gorrie Conservation Park is currently closed due to a recent storm June 23.
Property sales in Gorrie for the past year averaged $202,000.*

 

 

6. WROXETER

Billed as a “former ghost town” this beautiful neighbourhood is far from spooky!  If you are looking for a friendly safe community this it! I love showing properties in this town. The residents obviously take great pride in the appearance of their homes.  Lush gardens and well manicured lawns are abundant in this neighbourhood.  A variety of gorgeous century homes, new builds with over sized lots, and the occasional little fixer-upper can be found here. A great place to retire or raise a family.
Property sales in Wroxeter for the past year averaged $246,700.*

 

 

7. TEESWATER

Located 16km north of Wingham, the village of Teeswater is in South Bruce, Bruce County.  A slower market for real estate but Teeswater’s main street is showing some very positive progress.  The Teeswater Creamery is the town’s major employer.  The town also features several retail shops, LCBO, 2 schools (Hillcrest Central Public School, and Sacred Heart Catholic School), a library, public swimming pool and gas station.  Utility services include natural gas, municipal water and sewage (many property owners are still paying down sewer debentures).
The average selling price for properties in Teeswater over the past year was $187,600.*

 

8. ETHEL

If you’re looking for a community where you can walk down the middle of main street without seeing any traffic then this is the neighbourhood for you!  Ethel is about a 20 minute drive west of Listowel and just under an hour from Kitchener.  One of the best features of Ethel is their unique public elementary school, North Woods Elementary. Property sales in Ethel for the past year averaged $167,800.*

 

9. ATWOOD

This little North Perth community, just 10 minutes south of Listowel, is perfect for young families! Atwood offers playgrounds, public pool, an elementary school, community events and so much more. Affordable homes for first time home buyers can often be found in Atwood.  Municipal water and sewage (possible sewage debentures for some properties who have not paid in full). Natural gas available.
The average selling price for properties in Atwood over the past year was $189,885.*

10. HARRISTON

In 1999, Harriston was amalgamated with the communities of Palmerston, Clifford, and Minto Township to form the municipality of the Town of Minto.  Harriston is a busy little town with a thriving main street of several retailers, professionals and eateries.  Harriston offers full services, municipal water and sewage, natural gas, and high speed internet.  The average sales for homes in Harriston over the past year was $219,700.*

11. PALMERSTON

Palmerston has it all! This neighbourhood has 3 schools, the Palmerston and District Hospital, LCBO, Tim Hortons, The King Hotel, restaurants, grocery store, pizza and sub shops, hardware store, library, museum, public pool, splash pad, gorgeous park, walking trails, post office, theatre and so much more! Less than an hours drive to Kitchener and Guelph.  The average selling price for homes in Palmerston over this past year was $229,500.*

12. ROTHSAY

I can remember years ago when travelling through Rothsay that we would have to hold our breath because of the stench of the of the recycling plant there.  I used to feel sorry for the residents of this little community.  But that was a long time ago, the Rothsay Recycling Plant operates at the highest of standards and has over 500 employees.  Rothsay, the smallest neighbourhood in this list, is in the Township of Mapleton in Wellington County. A 45 minute drive to Kitchener also makes this little neighbourhood appealing to commuters who appreciate the wide open spaces and rolling hills of this little community.  The average sale price of homes here over the past year was $229,900.*

*average sale prices were provided by GeoWarehouse, a product of Teranet Real Estate Information Solutions excluding vacant lots and larger commercial operations. Some sales history reports may have been incomplete due to the amount of data collected during POLARIS title automation. Subject properties may also show nominal consideration or sale price (e.g. $2) in cases such as transfers between spouses or in tax exempt transfers. 

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