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FAQ: Buying a House in Grey and Bruce

FAQ: Buying in Grey and Bruce

Thinking of buying a house in Grey-Bruce? Here are some of the questions we most often get from clients.

Where can I buy property in Grey and Bruce?

Our region has an abundance of beautiful properties along the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, up the Bruce Peninsula, throughout our rural areas, and in our many small towns.

The largest urban centre in the region is Owen Sound, with a population of 21,341. Other major towns include Saugeen Shores, Hanover, Meaford, Kincardine, and Walkerton. The Bruce Peninsula features the town of Wiarton at its base, Lion’s Head in the middle, and Tobermory at the tip. 

How much do homes cost in Grey-Bruce?

The average price for homes sold in Grey and Bruce counties surpassed $502,000 in September, 2020. That marked an increase of about $100,000 or 23.5% over the year prior.

Learn more about the extra costs involved with purchasing and closing the sale on a residential property.

Where are the best places to live in Grey-Bruce?

Of course, this is certainly a matter of personal preference! But whatever you are looking for, we’ve got a home waiting for you.

At the very top of our region is the small town of Tobermory, the northern terminus of the Bruce Trail. Nearby natural gems such as Fathom Five National Marine Park and Bruce Peninsula National Park attract locals and tourists alike. Tobermory is a quiet area in the winter and a popular place in the summer.

All along the Bruce Peninsula, locals and tourists enjoy the shores of our lakes. On the west side of the peninsula, Lake Huron offers sandy shores. On the east side of the peninsula and all along the coast past towns like Wiarton and Meaford, Georgian Bay offers rocky beaches and deeper waters.

Below the Bruce Peninsula, much of Grey and Bruce counties is prime farmland. Our region is a top Ontario producer of cattle, sheep and lambs, and apples. Our farmers are also raising more exotic foods like buffalo, emu, wild boar, and rare mushrooms. Our many local farmer’s markets and farm-gate roadside stands offer farm-fresh meats, eggs, honey, maple syrup, fruits, and vegetables, many of which are organic.

Supporting our farming families, the small towns in our region are friendly, community-oriented places to call home. 

Many of our towns proudly display ethnic heritages, such as Kincardine’s annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games or the Pratie Oaten Irish Festival held just outside Owen Sound at the Grey Roots Museum & Archives. Our communities also respect and celebrate Indigenous heritage with the inclusive pow-wows of Saugeen First Nation and the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.

Will I have good access to healthcare from my home or cottage in Grey-Bruce?

Our region has access to a wide network of hospitals called Grey Bruce Health Services. These hospitals are located on the Bruce Peninsula in Lion’s Head and Wiarton, in Southampton for Bruce County residents, and in Owen Sound, Markdale, and Meaford for those living in Grey County.

Some of our other healthcare services are provided by Grey Bruce Health Link Coordinated Care Planning and Home & Community Support Services of Grey Bruce. For more information on these and other healthcare supports in our area, please visit Cottage Country Living: Accessing Healthcare in Grey & Bruce.

Is Grey-Bruce a good choice for families looking to buy a home outside of the big cities?

Our region offers many opportunities for families to enjoy the great outdoors. Children will enjoy activities as diverse as exploring caves and caverns in Bruce County to scuba diving and snorkelling at Fathom Five National Marine Park. Children who enjoy climbing and zip coasters will love Ascent Aerial Park at Sauble Beach and the ropes course at Little Cove Adventures in Tobermory. Swimmers will enjoy our many public beaches all along Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

Our region takes pride in its many sports and community activities. Children can join a hockey or soccer team and participate in performing arts through our dance studios, theatre programs, and music ensembles.

A wide variety of schooling options are available, from public and Catholic schools with French immersion to alternative and private schools. Find more information at Moving to Cottage Country: Choosing a School in Grey and Bruce.

What’s the best way to find a home to buy in Grey or Bruce counties?

Choosing a realtor to help you find the right home is a wise decision. Realtors are professionals that adhere to a strict code of ethics, are insured, and are committed to ongoing education. They have up-to-date information and work with the best partners in the business to protect your investment. Check out my 10 great reasons to use a realtor. 

Start the house-hunting process by browsing online for properties in our area that interest you. Begin your search with my listings page. Then, get in touch to book an appointment for viewing. Please consult my list of best practices for real estate showings during COVID-19 before coming in for an appointment.