Comparing Property Taxes

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Closing Day!

 

 

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FIXTURE VS. CHATTEL

 

 

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Fixtures that you may question:

Built in Bookshelves

Screwed down gazebo

Shed

Lighting if attached by the electrical wires

Bathroom mirrors if screwed in and not hung like a picture

TV mount (TV is technically a fixture  because its attached in the mount)

Trees, bushes all landscaping that is planted

 

Chattels that you may think are fixtures:

Electric fireplace

Hung mirrors

Shed not screwed in

Gazebo not screwed in

Portable above ground pool

Shower curtain rods

Garden ornaments

Lighting plugged in not wired in

Home Inspections

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When Disaster Strikes

 

 

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Location, Location, Location!: The Town of Essex

 

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The town of Essex is comprised of 4 areas: Essex Centre, Harrow, Colchester and McGregor, which all have great, unique qualities, including beautiful wineries, parks and recreation centres! Let’s discover what makes the town of Essex so appealing to it’s residents!

 

Essex has some of the most fertile agricultural land in Windsor/Essex County. You can visit the Oxley Estate Wineries (#1 Restaurant on Trip Advisor), Colio Estate Winery, Sprucewood Shores, Viewpointe Estate Winery, located in the Town of Essex! All are reputable wineries that offer tours, and tastings. Or you could take a stop by Serenity Lavender Farm in Harrow that offers many Lavender based products. Check out the Fruit Wagon while you’re in town: a family farm that produces and sells seasonal fruits and vegetables May through November.

 

Thinking of taking the family for a day out? John R. Park Homestead located in Harrow offers events that take everyone back to the 1850s, including “corn husk crafts, cider and sausage making, seed saving and more. Meet the horses that made harvest possible 200 years ago! Enjoy the parade of breeds and a BBQ lunch.” (erca.ca/jrph/) From there, you could make your way to the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village. The Museum displays methods of transportation from the 1850s to 1990s, including a horse drawn hearse, firetrucks, and Ford Model T’s. Heritage village includes buildings from the 1700s to 1920s. The general store located in the village is said to be from the 1840s! The Canadian conservationist, Jack Miner’s home is one the home is on display at Heritage Village, built in 1889.

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Looking for something a little more active to do with the family? There’s the Essex Sports Complex that has a NHL sized Rink and Practice Pad, and Walking Track! The Essex Recreation Complex has a lap pool, Tarzan rope (for your kids, or your inner-kid 😉 ), leisure pool and waterslide. Harrow and Colchester South Arena has a single pad arena, and you could also take a look at the Essex Sports Park, the Essex Soccer fields & skate park on Fairview Ave. West, and the Harrow Soccer Complex and Tennis Courts.

 

Parks in the area include:

Colchester Harbour Park

Bridlewood Optimist Park

Heritage Gardens

Sadler’s Nature Park and Trail

Harrow Fairgrounds Park

 

After a big day of exploring, everyone’s probably going to be hungry! Take a stop by Dairy Freez on your way home, a drive-in restaurant offering ice cream and typical “diner” foods. (Try the chololate dipped cone with Skor! Yumm 🙂 ) Or you could try D.o.C.K 21, an American-style restaurant that’s kid friendly! Naples Pizza and Capri Pizza are also a good places to look for family friendly dinners!

 

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Let us know in the comment section what you like about your neighbourhood/area and you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card to a local restaurant of your choice! Good Luck! 🙂

Location, Location, Location!: Amherstburg (Week 3)

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We love Amherstburg: a quaint, riverfront town with old world charm! Amherstburg is the home to Fort Malden, many great restaurants, and an amazing waterfront view!

Amherstburg is known by many as a historical town, where Fort Malden, established in 1796, stands. Amherstburg came to be when Loyalists were given land by the Crown in Ontario after the British lost the American Revolutionary War. But let’s see what Amherstburg has to offer its current residents!

Amherstburg offers many activities and restaurants that are family-friendly! Take a drive into the main part of town, and you’ll come across Maria’s restaurant, (great place for breakfast), Royal Sushi House (The volcano rolls are amaaazing!!) the Artisan Grill, Rosa’s Restaurant and Pizzeria and more! And if you want to explore Amherstburg on a girls’ night or guys’ night, there’s always Beacon Ale House and Lord Amherst Pub (try the Won-Ton nachos, they’re to die for J ).

After eating at one of Amherstburg’s many great restaurants, maybe you could take a stroll down the waterfront with the family! And then you’ll be sure to find (the kid’s will be screaming “ice cream!!!” at this point) Waterfront Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt, located just across from the riverfront. This is a great family-friendly ice cream parlour that’s sure to delight everyone in the family 🙂

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If you’re into sports and recreation, there’s the Libro Center that offers many activities!

–         Drop-in Basketball

–         Drop-in Pickleball

–         Energey Busters: pre-school activity class

–         Karate

–         Skating

–         Swimming

–         Walking Track

Amherstburg also offers many parks and gardens

–         Kings Navy Park

–         Austin “Toddy” Jones Park

–         Centennial Park

–         North Gateway Garden and more!

Want some ideas for kids who want to get outside this summer? (There’s always Pokemon-Go, but let’s be creative here!) Be sure to drop by the Leisure Pool and Aquatics area and Splash pad during the summer for some fun for the kids! There’s also the River Canard Canoe Company operating just on the outskirts of Amherstburg that offers canoe and kayak rentals for the River Canard. Take a couple of canoes out for the day, and you can stop somewhere for a family picnic! The Holiday Beach Conservation Area is also a big hit in the summer months! There’s so much to do: hiking, swimming, fishing, camping, boating, bird watching and more!

Well, that’s Amherstburg in a nut-shell! Keep an eye out for next week’s addition to the “Location, Location, Location!” blog series! And be sure to comment on any of our blog posts about your favourite things to do in your neighbourhood for your chance to win a $50 gift card to any local restaurant of your choice!