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Orillia Real Estate: Still One of the Top Investment Towns in Ontario for 2013-2018

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Orillia real estate is still riding high: the city remains on the Real Estate Investment Network’s list of the Top 10 Investment Towns in Ontario for 2013-2018, where it’s been for years. For the quick facts, the report says people have been flocking to Orillia because of its “small-town feel with the amenities of a major city like Toronto less than a two-hour drive away.” That’s saying it in 3 seconds! But I have a bit more time here and hope you do too, so let me give you a still quick rundown of what’s great about Orillia.

Small-Town Feel

I was born and raised in Orillia, and I now live on the banks of Lake Simcoe at Bonnie Beach in Ramara, about 15 minutes east of downtown Orillia. Oh yes, I’d say if you want to live in a place where you can plant roots, come to Orillia. My best childhood memories of it are playing on the banks of the two lakes that cradle it (orillia is Spanish for “shore of a lake or a river”), boating, fishing, and staring out at the water until peace seeps through my bones. Check out the photos of Orillia and you’ll see a picture-perfect quaint city that to this day is very much like the endearing setting of humorist Stephen Leacock’s novel Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, which was nicknamed “Sunshine City,” a moniker that has stuck to Orillia. Indeed, we have year-round fun here due to our extensive waterfront park, lakeshore boardwalk, beach volleyball court, touring ferry, outdoor theater, and 444 acres of park space with off-leash dog areas, on top of our being the real gateway to the famed Muskoka cottage country. We also have super-fun festivals, including an annual Beatles Festival!, and we hold the biggest Canada Day celebration in Central Ontario as that’s also our town’s birthday. In fact I feel something fun is happening here each week! No wonder we’re also getting to be known as a great retirement community.   

Big-City Amenities

Despite Orillia’s small-town feel, it’s the economic center of Simcoe County and about an hour north of the Greater Toronto Area, with all its big-city amenities. With more and more people wanting the best of both worlds, Orillia’s population has been growing, and residential construction has been rising. But we’re expecting much more growth with the influx of students of the newly built $45-million regional campus of Lakehead University in the city and the development of employment parks.

A Rich Mix of Real Estate Choices

In Orillia, you’ll find many great property options. My current listings include waterfront lots and homes worth $100,000 to 2 million. House buyers can choose either to make this city their home or purchase vacation homes, and investors have diverse properties to choose from.     

Why not come over to experience first-hand our small-town feel and big-city amenities, plus see for yourself the diverse Orillia real estate options? Contact me at 705-238-6001 or at and maybe we could even go see one of the great shows at the Orillia Opera House! 


About Bill Jackson

has been a realtor for nearly a decade in the charming city of Orillia in Ontario, where he was born and still resides. Of his two post-secondary degrees and two post-graduate certificates, his degree in Natural Science makes him a valuable resource for home buyers and investors interested in waterfront, farm and rural properties, which abound in Orillia. A real gentleman with a strong work ethic, his full focus is working full-time with clients; and he’s happiest when he has helped them find the best solution to their real estate needs and at the best price.

Published Monday, October 07, 2013 8:29 AM by Bill Jackson

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