By the sparkling blue water of Georgian Bay, apple orchards bloom, local wine awaits, and four-season recreational living beckons
Four centuries ago, Samuel de Champlain dubbed this deep blue expanse the Sweetwater Sea. And for more than a hundred years, Georgian Bay has drawn families and vacationers looking for their own private place by this truly spectacular body of water.
Rockcliffe Estates sits in the Northwest corner of the Municipality of Meaford, which includes the town of Meaford and a scattering of hamlets among large forested areas and rolling farmland and apple orchards.
The waters of Georgian Bay are a Mecca for fishers, sailors and pleasure boaters, and you’ll find launches and docking at marinas in Meaford and Owen Sound. If you prefer a day at the beach and a swim in the Bay, water access waits a short stroll from your home.
The Niagara Escarpment winds through the area offering gorgeous hiking trails and spectacular vistas. You can get on the Bruce Trail at a variety of nearby locations, including Bayview Escarpment and the Sydenham Forests. The Escarpment also makes the region to the East Ontario’s premier alpine skiing destination – including Blue Mountain Resorts and a host of private clubs. And if you enjoy cycling, mountain biking or cross-country skiing (or would like to try), you’ll find opportunities for all nearby.
Five minutes from your home, Coffin Ridge is one of a few pioneering wineries who’ve discovered that the same conditions that make the region perfect for apple growing allow them to create distinctive vintages from northern grapes. Meanwhile, Meaford and Thornbury’s reputation as Ontario’s apple country has found new expression in a variety of local ciders. Six cideries are producing delightful sparkling beverages from local apple varieties – including Coffin Ridge.
Refined country living on large lots
Rockcliffe Estates offers a rare opportunity to build your home on a large property in the Southern Georgian Bay area, including waterfront lots and waterview lots. The smallest lot at Rockcliffe is an acre – and most are more than two acres, with a few at just under four acres.
Waterfront lots stretch down to the shore of Georgian Bay, with the building plate sitting high above the water for commanding views of the Bay. Some building lots are heavily treed, which allows you to maintain a sense of seclusion around your home. Other lots are more open, offering panoramic views of lush farmers’ fields. Waterton Creek meanders down the southern edge of the subdivision, tumbling through three of the lots. A wooded island in the centre of Mimi Crescent shields you from the sight of other houses in the neighbourhood, and creates a pleasing sense of privacy.
The streets are paved and street lighting’s installed. Hydro and phone lines are buried to preserve the natural beauty of Rockcliffe Estates. You’ll find a property for sale at a price that suits your needs, starting from $145,000. And while the neighbourhood is well-planned and serviced, and home-building standards ensure the continued value of your property, you own your home outright and won’t be saddled with association fees or other hidden costs.
An important note for buyers who live outside of Canada: The Non-Resident Speculation Tax does not apply to properties in Meaford.
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