Chathaam-Kent Waterfront Homes Along The Thames River
Chatham-Kent Waterfront Homes Along The Thames River
As late as the 1950's and the early 1960's Keil Dr. was considered the edge of the city of Chatham. There were farms and farm houses along Grande River Line ( North side)and others along Riverview Line ( South Side) on the shores of the Thames. Crops of corn, wheat or beans, vegetable such as tomatoes,beans and potatoes could be seen on both sides of the road heading west out of the city toward the mouth of the Thames River and Lighthouse Cove.
Today it is a very different landscape.Some time in 60's and early 70's farmers began to severe land along the River front for Building Lots. This began on the river side of the respective roads but eventually continued on the opposite side as well. New waterfront homes began to appear sporatically up and down the banks of the Thames River from Keil Dr. to the Prairie Siding Bridge appoximately 10 miles out. A couple of well known neighborhoods along the North River Road, Grande River Line are know as Westgate Subdivision with a cul-de-sac off the River Road offering some of the homes waterfront property ands others beautiful views of the River. Heading west there is another choice subdivison, Thames Valley Estates with a service road that runs parallel to the River Road called Rue Des Erables, very treed and has a row of beautiful homes along the water. Most have their own boat dock behind their houses and many Gazebos dot the shoreline to enjoy the sunsets and the scenes along the water. Crossing the Prairie Siding Bridge and returning to the city via the other River Road, Riverview Line, many wonderful new homes interspersed with the original farm houses can be seen along the water. As you get closer to town, the homes become larger with palatial estate grounds.
Interestingly there are still a few old Historical Homes along the Thames. One such Estate is the Colonel Wilcox Property on the Raleigh side of the River. A 200 acre parcel was presented to Colonel Wilcox by the Canadian Government back in the early 1800's In those days, Colonel Wilcox's home was one large cosy room with a big wood burning fireplace on the banks of the Thames River. It is said that the Indians used to pull up their canoes and sleep in front of that old iron fireplace in the big Country Kitchen. A part of our History! The original homestead still stands with an antique musket hanging over that fireplace and the original cast iron pot remains in its place by the fireplace today. Can't you just imagine the scene all those years ago with Colonel Wilcox and the various tribe members sharing a meal. The Estate has undergone many renovations and today is a beautiful 5 bedroom family home on a spectacular treed lot just outside of the city. It was sold a few years ago to a couple from Calgary.
Farmlands still abounds on the other sides of both River roads.It is certainly a beautiful drive in the heart of the summer when the crops are all healthy and growing in the fields,the lovely homes standing majestically on the banks of the river and the boats moving up and down the 19 miles to the mouth of the Thames River and Lake St. Clair.
Reader's Digest named the drive along the Thames River in Chatham-Kent as one of the Top 10 Best Canadian Road Trips and the story was featured on MSN Canada.
There is some building past the Praire Siding Bridge but it is mostly concentrated between the Prairie Siding and the Keil Dr. Bridges. School buses can be seen picking up children of all ages for one of the 3 High Schools, the French Immersion Schools or the Elementary Schools of the 2 Boards.
Come see for yourself what this beautiful community has to offer in housing, entertainment and affordable lifestyle. I am Wayne Liddy was born and raised in Chatham, Deeply Rooted in Chatham-Kent and can show you why I believes this is the area to Live, Work and Raise a Family! Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage today an let me show you what Chatham-Kent has for you.
I am always writing that Chatham-Kent is the perfect location to live, work, retire or vacation. This of course, from my viewpoint because I am a Real Estate agent is the Affordable Lifestyle we have in Chatham-Kent. If you live here you are probably saying what affordability? However if you are coming from other areas, you will agree with me. Someone for instance, from the Greater Toronto area or for that matter any large area like Vancouver can sell their family home there, buy a nice retirement home in Chatham-Kent and still have funds left for their retirement.
Chatham-Kent is located in the middle of the Great Lakes and affords us many ammenities such as fishing, hunting, boating, bird watching , wind surfing as well as great beaches and area resorts.We have9 Golf Courses in Chatham-Kent and although this year was snowy and frigid, we are called the Banana Belt of Ontario since our temperatures are usually mild, offering a longer season to enjoy golfing. Read my articles on these great pastimes right here in our own community of Chatham-Kent.
Last year I reported that the Chatham-Kent's Senior Advisory Committeeplanned to hold several Focus meeting across the municipality to find out what can be improved to better accommodate those residents who are 65 years or older. They are always open to suggestions about age-related issues in Chatham-Kent. The senior segment is growing and if the trend continues Chatham-Kent's citizens, 65 or older will make up 25% of our population. The Committee is working behind the scenes to make Chatham-Kent an even more inviting destination.
Chatham-Kent has a great variety of activities that are directed to the seniors.
The Active Life Centreon Merritt Ave. in Chatham has opened the Centre's new 3000 square foot addition. According to the Executive Director of the Centre, Sue Williams, membership has now grown to 1200 people, all of them seniors, 50 years or older. However they are not the stereotype older parents or grandparents, this group want to remain active and busy. The Active Life Centre is just the place for that. Membership is nominal, $35.00 for a the year and a flat $2.00 per day when members visit the Centre. There are so many activities available and something for everyone even a wood working shop. All the programs have free entrance once you have a membership.
if you have never visitedthe Centre, do yourself a favor and put that on your calender. My wife has run a few programs at the Centre in past years and she can attest to the friendly atmosphere that greets new and old visitors. It is a great way to meet new people and enjoy those Golden Years. It sure beats TV and you will definitely feel better.
Visit my website for Events, Happenings and Choice Properties for sale in this great community of Chatham-Kent. I am always blogging on what is taking place in the community.The Capitol Theatre, Webb Centre in Ridgetown, the Kiwanis Festival and the Cultural Centre in Chatham have hosted many great shows and there are many more to come. Visit the Cultural Centre at 75 William St. South in Chatham and pick up a schedule of events. The St. Clair College Capitol Theatre in Historic Downtown Chatham also has a program of upcoming events. "IT IS ALL HERE ALL YEAR" is My Motto for Chatham-Kent. Don't miss out!
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You love Chatham-Kent with its Affordable Lifestyle and all the activities for young and old alike. You enjoy the many events and attractions in the Chatham-Kent area. The children are involved in sports or you are a senior taking advantage of the many activities available at the Seniors Activity Centre. Should you move to something smaller or perhaps bigger? Should you stay where you are and remodel? To make the the best remodel or move decision, it is important to understand all the reasons that you have to remodel and all the reasons that you have to move. This article reviews common reasons to move. As you read each of these reasons, consider how much it applies to you and note how strongly you feel about each one.Call Me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage and let me make your move an easy and enjoyable experience. Visit my website for Chatham-Kent Events, Happening and Choice properties for sale in this great area.
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