Cottage Living, City Convenience: 5 Cottage-like homes in Southern Ontario

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, cottage real estate in Canada has been booming1. People are craving Canada's great outdoors after been cooped up in full houses for months. A recent study by Nanos Research and the Ontario Real Estate Association has proven that homebuying behaviour has changed in Ontario since the pandemic; over 60% of respondents currently active in the real estate market are now more interested in buying their next home in rural or suburban areas.  Not to mention that being near a body of water is proven to help relieve stress and make us healthier overall2. And even though we’re relaxing, we’re generally more physically active when we’re in cottage country.

Often when we think of cottages, we think secluded escapes tucked away among a ton of greenery with access to water and water activities. But who says cottage life has to come with dodgy cell and cable reception, bringing groceries with you for the weekend in case the town is low on what you need, and planning gas and bathroom stops in advance in case you don't come across a station for an hour? "Heading North" isn't the only direction to go in Ontario to benefit from the cottage lifestyle - try heading south instead! This area of Ontario offers everything you'd find up north, with the added benefit of city amenities nearby. You get all the convenience of city living with the nature and seclusion you want.

Here are 5 of our favourite cottage-like homes currently for sale in Southern Ontario.



Location: 4176 Armitage, Dunrobin
Features: At over 3,000 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, this is a cottage-like escape you and the whole extended family can enjoy. This beachfront home has gorgeous views of the Ottawa river. Plus, the Bavarian-style exterior and interior with exposed wood beams throughout gives this place that much-loved cottage vibe. This home is only 40 minutes from Ottawa.

Location: 1036 Point Pelee Drive, Leamington
Features: You get it all with this cottage on Lake Erie – prime, convenient location, exposed wood beams that we all love, and incredible water views with a patio on your own private beach. We feel more relaxed already. This cottage is only an hour from Windsor and the U.S. border.



Location: 110 Deerwood Drive, Carp
Features: For some, a dream cottage equals a log home. If that’s you, say hello to this custom-built beauty!  Over 2,000 square feet sitting on 2.6 acres, you’ll feel like you’re in a world all your own while only being 15 minutes away from Kanata and 30 minutes away from Ottawa.

Location: 860 South Middle Road, Essex
Features: Sitting on 7.22 acres, enjoying picturesque strolls on this property would be easy. We can’t think of a better way to end a day outdoors than by lighting a fire in this grand living room featuring vaulted, panelled ceilings. This home is only 30 minutes from Windsor and the U.S. border.

Location: 840 Valens Road, Troy
Features: And last, but certainly not least, if you want to make a cottage-like home your forever home and escape to nature entirely, this century home is the one. With over 20 acres of park-like property, there’s no shortage of outdoor space. This property also includes an equestrian facility with 31 stalls, two show rings and an indoor arena, in case you wanted to take full advantage of all this home has to offer. This home is less than 30 minutes from Hamilton and an hour from Toronto. 

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