Family & Lifestyle
Grand Bend is the greatest beach town in Ontario but it is so much more than that. Back in the early to mid-1800’s Grand Bend was an isolated lumber and fishing community. That all changed at the turn of the 20th century and it wasn’t long before The Bend began to flourish. Today you will find almost everything you need within walking distance.
Main Street is alive and full of energy from the Spring to late fall providing boutique shopping, vibrant eateries and recreational activities for those so inclined. Known for its cultural heritage you will be amazed with local art galleries and live theatre at the Huron Country Playhouse. A different cultural phenomenon rages just outside of town limits at the Grand Bend Motorplex where they play host to the International Hot Rod Association with Canada’s longest running and largest drag race park.
Residents come from all over North America whether seasonal or year round. For those who call Grand Bend home they are not wanting for all the comforts that life has to offer. Your children are well looked after in town as well as when they reach the age to be bussed to nearby communities for the later grades. Grand Bend hosts several health centres for day-to-day care and full hospital services are within 20 minutes or so in an emergency.
Grand Bend has a year round population of about 2,000 residents and the seasonal population can bring that to over 50,000 on those long summer months and weekends. While not always shining Grand Bend enjoys more than its share. Average daytime highs from May through September typically range from 18° C to 26° C (64 to 79° F).
Walk the beach or the trails, bike the paths and country roads or navigate the waterways with your canoe, kayak, sail or other watercraft, swing at one of the nearby golf courses or from the old oak in front of your home or simply sit and watch the greatest sunsets that nature has to offer.
Grand Bend Real Estate
Home Purchase – A total of 74 homes were sold in 2015 with an average sale price of just under $429,000. The lowest sale price was $155,000 while the highest value home sold for $1,700,000. Homes were on the market an average of only 77 days. Below is a breakdown by price range of the Active listings on January 1st, 2016 as well as the Sold homes in 2015.ASK US FOR A FREE HOT LIST OF HOMES ON THE MARKET TODAY!
If your preference would be to live on the outskirts of Grand Bend you will run out of time and not options. Here is how that market shapes up.
When travelling north from Grand Bend to Bayfield there is 29 km of lakeshore. These homes will generally all be on the municipal water system but will make use of private septic systems for waste disposal. The sixty homes in this area had an average selling price of $481,058. Don’t let that fool you as almost 20 homes sold for under $300,000 while 6 sold for over $1 million in 2015. Twenty-eight homes were actively on the market at the beginning of this year.
When travelling south from Port Franks to Sarnia there is approximately 40 km of lakeshore. Theneighbourhood communities are primarily serviced from Hwy 7, Lakeshore Road except at the north end of this stretch which are still off of Provincial Highway 21. A total of 51 non-leasehold homes sold in 2015 with an average sale price of $366,729. The lowest value sale was $105,000 while the most expensive property sold for $899,000.
Vacant Land in Grand Bend
There are many residential building lots available particularly outside the downtown core area of Grand Bend either to the north or south. Large lots that are mostly serviced except for sewer, sold in Port Franks in 2015 for around $45,000 while those in other subdivisions south of Grand Bend go from the high $70’s and up. Gated community, riverfront and lakeside options command much higher prices. Prior to purchase of any lot it is always wise to confirm access to services as they can add substantially to your investment cost.
Retirement options in Grand Bend
Options for retirement living are plentiful in and around Grand Bend. There are numerous condominium options including apartment style, townhomes and detached homes, land lease developments as well as many more traditional home choices. Ask us to send a list of current home options available today in the Grand Bend marketplace.
- Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre
- South Huron Medical Centre & Hospital Association
- Grand Bend Dental & Health Centre
- Grand Bend Fitness Centre
- Oakwood Resort Golf
- Bayview Golf Club
- Pinery Provincial Park
- Grand Bend Yacht Club
- Grand Bend – Life’s a Beach