Performance Realty
Brokerage, Independently Owned and Operated


Barb Reynolds
Jenn Reynolds
Sales Representative

Rural Estates

Country Living

Prelisting Inspection

Well and Septic


Country Living

No matter where you are purchasing a home, do your homework first:

Take a drive out of the city; decide how far away is far enough. Look at acreages to see how homes are positioned on the land- do you want a place with lots of trees so you can’t see the road- or do you want a place surrounded by a field so everything is wide open. Do you want a creek or other natural water nearby? Or do you want to get away just far enough to have even half an acre and be in a rural subdivision where you still have city services like sewer and water or would 10 acres be more your style?

Consider your family’s needs and current lifestyle.  Do the kids have daily extra curricular activities like piano, hockey and karate lessons and is the drive limiting? Or are those same activities in the area you want to move to?  Are you ready to help your children adjust to not having a lot of kids their own ages nearby and will they need to change schools? (We have found this not to be an issue, on the contrary, it’s always been a positive move for all of us!)  Make a list of the amenities you absolutely need and those you can do without.   Are you ready for the extra grass cutting and snow removal? (Sometimes the job takes the same amount of time as on a city lot- only it is easier, since you are not pushing a lawnmower or shovel…) Does anyone have medical issues that need to be considered?

Most cites will have rural subdivisions close to the city, where the drive to get home can be a shorter timeframe than living right in the city.  The only difference is you are putting on more miles while spending less time at stoplights!  We have lived in several rural places, where a major shopping mall and a Tim Horton's were 4-7 minutes away! Currently, it takes me 17 minutes to get from our home to downtown in non- rush hour.  Many people will tell you that the few extra minutes it can take to get home helps to allow you to unwind, so that by the time you arrive you are already feeling less stressed.

And then take a look at things like churches and schools and shopping.  Chances are they are almost as close as where you are now in the city.

Call city hall and check on the zoning for where you want to be and what you want to be doing.  Just because you have a couple of acres does not automatically mean you can have a horse!  And ask about future zoning.  You do not want to find out a year down the road that there is going to be an industrial/commercial plaza next to you.  Call the Ministry of Natural Resources and ask where the flood plain is, ask about environmental issues and environmentally protected areas nearby.  And make sure you walk the area of the acreage/ lot you are considering. Look to see if you can find the boundary markings for the lot.   See what the soil is like and how much standing water is on the property.  Stop and ask neighbours what their soil is like and what they can tell you about the area.  Ask if there are any easements or rights of way.  Ask if there is a survey.  You may want to consider having one done, just so you know where the boundaries are.  Check on the utilities- does it have municipal water or a well?  Is the water potable and tasty or will you need a treatment system?   Are there any known abandoned wells?  Are there sewers or septic systems?  What kind of heating is there?  Who looks after the roads- the municipality or a home owners association- and are there extra fees for that?  And are there power poles/ lines that you might be responsible for?  As well, check to see if there is cable or high speed available – Yes, there are still areas without cable or high-speed internet!  Check with your insurance company, as the rates may be a bit higher (remember to locate the nearest fire station and hydrant, your insurance rate will depend on the distance they are from your property.

Jot down any extra expenses you may incur by being on a larger lot- do you need to buy a lawn tractor or snowblower?  Perhaps a generator for back up during power outages. Maybe you would want to contract out for snow removal and lawn service.  Do you need a sump pump or a backup? There are many things to consider.

If you are longing to see a sky full of stars or if it is more space you want, then “Green Acres” just might be where you want to be!  Many times those who have always lived within the city on a typical lot can not even imagine living away from the "action".  To many, rural living appears like living in the "boonies", where ones whole existence is shoveling snow or cutting the grass.  But most cities, and Ottawa is no exception, have rural subdivisions where the commute to get into town is generally less than getting through town!  Many are on city water and sewers and have gas lines for forced air gas heating.  The only difference is- you have space between the homes.   And yes, your driveway will probably be longer and your lawn will probably be larger than it was in the city- but that's what a riding mower and a snowblower are for!

Those of us who live in a rural setting know the joy of looking out the back door at  a bit more grass and maybe a few trees rather than someone else's dining room!  We're not anti -social, we just enjoy a bit of room between the neighbours and ourselves!   Try it- perhaps you’ll love it too! 


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