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Niagara On Fire

The average price of homes has doubled in 4.5 years and sold in June 2020 at a record $538,946, rising 22.3% from June 2019.

https://creastats.crea.ca/board/stca
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hopium wrote: The average price of homes sold in June 2020 was a record $538,946, rising 22.3% from June 2019.

https://creastats.crea.ca/board/stca
crazy....but makes sense ..... you can get a nice home there for 500k and you have a reasonable drive to toronto plus the falls casino, entertainment, etc
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Niagara on the Lake in particular has quietly become a hot spot for many (especially well off/young families) in the last 5 years, covid seems to have just accelerated it. Lots of opportunity with acreage to build custom although their municipality is a bit difficult to work with on new builds.
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Things are pretty hopping down here in Niagara. Even with the [Covid] slowdown during the traditionally-busy Spring market time period we're on pace to have our busiest real estate year ever. Niagara-on-the-Lake is only a very small pocket of Niagara and not representative. Niagara offers a lot that comparable, <2 hour drive to downtown Toronto regions do not, and I think the total package is continuously driving people this way from GTA:
- cheap real estate (#1!)
- no traffic: even during rush hour. I can't remember the last time I was in stop-and-go traffic in Niagara.
- warmer winters
- warm water beaches (Lake Erie)
- entertainment: casinos / wineries / U.S. border
- green spaces / quiet country roads
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Tailwind72 wrote: Things are pretty hopping down here in Niagara. Even with the [Covid] slowdown during the traditionally-busy Spring market time period we're on pace to have our busiest real estate year ever. Niagara-on-the-Lake is only a very small pocket of Niagara and not representative. Niagara offers a lot that comparable, <2 hour drive to downtown Toronto regions do not, and I think the total package is continuously driving people this way from GTA:
- cheap real estate (#1!)
- no traffic: even during rush hour. I can't remember the last time I was in stop-and-go traffic in Niagara.
- warmer winters
- warm water beaches (Lake Erie)
- entertainment: casinos / wineries / U.S. border
- green spaces / quiet country roads
- massive amounts of ticks
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Jdezmons wrote: - massive amounts of ticks
Where's your source on this?
https://www.niagararegion.ca/health/sta ... spx#vector

Given the warmer climate and less harsh winter, I would expect there to be more ticks in Niagara than most of the rest of Ontario, but 8 cases of lyme disease in all of 2019 does not seem to be something to be overly concerned about. There are other more current concerns - moderately deadly - that Niagara is doing well in comparison with, presumably due to low population density.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_ ... stribution
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Tailwind72 wrote: Where's your source on this?
https://www.niagararegion.ca/health/sta ... spx#vector

Given the warmer climate and less harsh winter, I would expect there to be more ticks in Niagara than most of the rest of Ontario, but 8 cases of lyme disease in all of 2019 does not seem to be something to be overly concerned about. There are other more current concerns - moderately deadly - that Niagara is doing well in comparison with, presumably due to low population density.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_ ... stribution
Lyme disease is very underreported in Canada. You still find doctors in Ontario who don't even believe that Lyme is present in Canada. Instead of looking for instance of Lyme, look for instance of black legged ticks.

https://horttrades.com/blacklegged-tick ... o-a-primer

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/ ... e.html#map

Also anecdotally I've done a lot of ecological fieldwork across the province and the only place I've found worse than Niagara region for ticks is Chatham-Kent, and the areas in and around Turkey Point. That said I've not done much on the north shores of Lake Ontario, I hear that natural areas around Kingston can be pretty bad as well.
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Jdezmons wrote: Lyme disease...
I agree with you that Niagara may have more ticks than some other areas of Ontario, but I don't think, in the big picture, it really matters. As a life-risk factor lyme disease is exceptionally low, particularly in this unusual year re: death by disease. From an overall health perspective I think low density living (re: Covid, other infectious diseases) and cleaner air (re: auto pollution) are orders of magnitude bigger impacts on health risk than regional variation in the chance of contracting lyme disease.
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Sure sure, just make sure you check your kids after they come inside. Ticks can be as small as a poppyseed. Of course you should be doing that anywhere in Ontario really.
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Jdezmons wrote: - massive amounts of ticks
LOL for real? You really need to be in tall grass or rural areas for it to be a problem.

And even if that is the case, just need to be diligent about checking yourself / kids if they're playing in fields or tall grass.
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joey003 wrote: LOL for real? You really need to be in tall grass or rural areas for it to be a problem.

And even if that is the case, just need to be diligent about checking yourself / kids if they're playing in fields or tall grass.
You have no idea what you're talking about. Even in Kitchener I've pulled probably 5 ticks off my dog so far this season and we stick to municipal trails.
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Every area has advantages and disadvantages but it appears that due to changing circumstances that there is a group of people that feel that Niagara is now the place that they choose to live.
Since moving to the area from Ottawa in the late 80s my family and I have been very happy in our right sized town with great people,climate and amenities.
I have been surprised over the years that more people have not chosen our little piece of paradise. With environmental and social conscientious on the rise I have faith that growth and quality of life can be maintained.
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Jdezmons wrote: You have no idea what you're talking about. Even in Kitchener I've pulled probably 5 ticks off my dog so far this season and we stick to municipal trails.
Clearly I don't, given that I've experienced ticks, have lived in the Niagara Region for a very long time, and work in healthcare. :facepalm:
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