As we find ourselves in the final weeks of summer, there's a sense of both nostalgia and anticipation in the air. The sunsets are a tad earlier, the evenings a bit crisper, and the world seems to be slowly preparing for the vibrant embrace of autumn. For many, the carefree days of summer are giving way to more structured routines. Work hours are stabilizing, and students are eagerly (or apprehensively) heading back to school. With the return to school comes a resurgence of extracurricular activities. It's a period of adjustment, but also a time for new beginnings and opportunities.
As we embrace these last few weeks of summer and anticipate the magic of fall, we dust off our sweaters, scarves, and jackets. It's also the perfect time to prepare our homes for the change in seasons. Consider adding soft, plush layers to your living spaces, like throw blankets and cushions in earthy tones, and switch out lightweight curtains for heavier drapes to keep the warmth in. Lower the lights to create a warm, inviting ambiance, and introduce warmer colours like rich oranges, deep reds, and golden yellows through decor accents, candles, and even fresh flowers in autumnal hues. Embracing these small changes can transform your home into a snug and welcoming haven, perfect for the season of crisp air and crackling fires.
There's something undeniably comforting about bundling up in layers and sipping on a warm cup of local cider. Lucky for us in Southern Georgian Bay and Grey Bruce, the fall harvest is underway! What better way to celebrate than to get out to the local farm stands and markets which offer the best seasonal fruits, veg and herbs, apple ciders, local maple syrup, baked goods, preserves and more; not to mention, a great place to meet and feel a part of your local community. We are privileged, in our region, to get fresh food directly from the source which offers the best tasting and most nutritious way to purchase food, not to mention, supports small businesses and the local economy. Fun fact! In 2005, Bill 54 was passed in the Legislative Parliament of Ontario which officially proclaimed Meaford as the Apple Capital of Ontario. The municipality produces around 25 per cent of the province's apple crop.
This month we're sharing our local recommendations to get the bounty of the local harvest from the farm onto your table.
Owen Sound Farmer’s Market boasts diverse offerings from fresh flowers, local produce, fish, meats, home baking, crafts, hot drinks, and live music.
Grandma Lambe’s dates back to the 1940’s when founder Mabel Lambe began selling apples from her garage in Meaford. Visit either one of the two locations in Chatsworth or Meaford. Their wide variety of homemade pies, jams, jellies and canning are hard to beat!
Thornbury Farmer’s Market features over 25 vendors offering fresh produce, baked goods, artisan food to all natural beauty products, home decor, and one of kind art. It runs through to October 8th.
Currie’s Farm Market in Collingwood believes that “supporting local farmers helps maintain green spaces and farmland in your area. Local farms that use sustainable practices boost biodiversity, protect pollinators, and promote clean air, water, and soil.”
Hi-Berry Farm in Port Elgin prides themselves on offering the best of the season and 'What's Fresh' section on their website offers updates about which seasonal products to look out for.
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60 Minutes for Special Olympics.
Engel & Völkers Americas is a proud champion of Special Olympics Canada. On Saturday, October 14, the McGregor Hahne Group will participate in the60 Minutes for Special Olympics fundraising event, pledging to spend 60 minutes exercising to support the cause. Every dollar raised supports the amazing work of Special Olympics and their mission to create inclusive communities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. In April this year, Engel & Völkers renewed its sponsorship of Special Olympics International for another five years. Last year, our great colleagues across the Americas walked, ran, golfed, played tennis, swam, biked, snorkelled and more to raise a total of $102,399.99 and in addition, met a major milestone – more than $1 Million total raised for the movement!
Please donate what you can as we join others across the Americas as we work together to unleash the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports.
Nestled amidst 5 acres of pristine mixed forest, this fully renovated bungalow is a true masterpiece. Every aspect of this home has been meticulously crafted offering an unparalleled living experience surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of nature. The heart of this residence is the contemporary, custom-designed gourmet kitchen, featuring top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances and Cambria Quartz countertops backed by a lifetime warranty. This culinary haven is an entertainer's delight, seamlessly flowing into an open-concept dining area and the Great Room which features a 13ft vaulted ceiling, a floor to ceiling stone fireplace with solid walnut mantle and oversized linear natural gas fireplace to cozy up around. Conveniently located in a sought-after area with easy access to Owen Sound amenities, nearby snowmobile and ATV trails, a scenic marina, and golf courses for avid enthusiasts.
This craftsman-style Estate on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay boasts stunning vistas with a park-like oasis providing plenty of space for entertaining, dining, lounging, swimming and recreation. This 5,000 sq ft + custom-built home is bursting with high-end features including 2 primary, private ensuites and 2 walk-in closets within the spacious main level bedroom overlooking the Bay. Fully equipped exercise area, sauna and plenty of spaces to unwind on lower level. Within this luxurious estate is a regulation-size tennis court that blends into the natural wooded environment. Ideal for year round living, a your weekend getaway or the ultimate summer retreat.
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525 Algonquin Trail, Georgian Bluffs
2 Beds | 2 Bath | 1,922 sqft.
Offered at $1,740,000
This stunning bungalow, a custom-build from The Dunvegan Group is newly available. Don't miss the opportunity to own this home, The Carrick design, in the exclusive golf resort and community of Cobble Beach. The residence of 1,922 sqft features 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, seamlessly mixing modern lines with coastal appeal. No detail has been overlooked, from the integrated premium Fisher Paykel appliances, a glass wine display wall, to the walk-in butler’s pantry and covered porch with a beautiful floor to ceiling stone fireplace which overlooks the 11th hole and green space. The front of the home features expansive views of Georgian Bay. Experience what Live Your Luxury truly means at Cobble Beach.
A phenomenal custom-built home sits on a large, corner lot spanning over 2 acres and is located in a quiet and desirable neighbourhood on top of the escarpment close to the Blue Mountains. The property has been professionally landscaped by The Landmark Group where you'll find a saltwater pool, perfect for cooling off on hot summer days and a large pergola that provides shade. A charming pond not only adds to the aesthetic appeal but also serves as an irrigation system for the entire property. Located just minutes from downtown Meaford or Thornbury, this home is ideally situated near shops, cafes, restaurants, as well as recreational activities such as skiing, golfing, and boating at the marina. Whether you seek tranquility in a peaceful setting or enjoy an active lifestyle, this property offers the best of both worlds. An entertainers dream home!
This beautiful 50-acre property is situated at the end of a peaceful country road and features an authentic stone farmhouse that exudes rustic charm and character. The main level of the home offers a bright and inviting country kitchen, a formal dining room and a large living room with wood burning fireplace. A spacious sunroom with a propane fireplace leads out to a deck, offering a peaceful spot to soak up the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Much of the home's original hardwoods and millwork add to its timeless appeal. The acreage includes 3 paddocks, 2 stall horse barn, and fields currently implementing organic farming practices. A spacious workshop attached to the oversized two-car garage is perfect for extra storage or hobbyists.
Discover the elegance of this stunning new construction nestled at Collingwood's south end. With a deep lot providing ample privacy and an unobstructed rear, enjoy home like never before. The soft and neutral colour palette sets the tone for a tranquility, and the expansive windows bring an abundance of natural light to the south-facing living, dining, and kitchen areas. The main floor boasts a versatile den or bedroom, alongside a spacious primary bedroom featuring an ensuite adorned with a large tub and separate shower. Warmth exudes from the living room's cozy natural gas fireplace, while the beautiful hardwood floors elevate the entire high-end finishing, rendering this home move-in ready.
Let's turn aspiration into reality! Whether you're looking for a beach home, second property, ski chalet, farm or country estate, we have it. With experience and expertise in over 75 countries worldwide, Engel & Völkers has access to some of the most stunning and unique properties around the globe. Be inspired by exploring our curated portfolio of some of the finest real estate listings currently represented by Engel & Völkers. To start your search please visit our website HERE or reach out to us and let's start the conversation.
Fall Into the New Season: Five Getaways to Discover This Coming Autumn.
"As the leaves start turning, it’s time to think about where your next autumn adventure will take you. Explore these five under-the-radar fall getaways with truly mesmerizing views, cultural experiences, and seasonal harvests that will make this fall a memorable one.
Escape to Montreal this fall and experience European charm on North American soil. In Montreal, the cobblestone streets and historic architecture set the stage for a perfect fall getaway. Visitors are encouraged to stroll through the Montreal Botanical Garden as leaves change color. Take the time to explore the city’s vibrant arts scene and rich cultural fusion. Don’t forget to stop by one of Montreal’s cozy cafes and for a warm cup of coffee and French pastries this breezy season."
Groundbreaking sale of Stonebridge Drive estate sets new residential sales record in Whistler, B.C.
"Engel & Völkers is excited to announce the record-breaking sale of a Whistler, B.C. estate on Stonebridge Drive for $32,000,000. The sale was brokered by Maggi Thornhill and Max Thornhill, license partners of Engel & Völkers Whistler through the Engel & Völkers Private Office network, reserved for the company’s top real estate advisors across the globe. Sitting on a 7.625-acre lot with scenic views of Alta Lake, Whistler Mountain, and Blackcomb Mountain, the property boasts architectural elegance nestled within its surrounding landscape."
S H O W C A S I N G T H E E N G E L & V Ö L K E R S L I F E S T Y L E.
Let us help you achieve the life you aspire to live — from your home, travel adventures and beyond. For nearly three decades, GG has been a premium magazine published by Engel & Völkers that showcases global architecture, design, fashion, travel and lifestyle while spotlighting artists and personalities who influence international style.
The Super Tuscans.
GG Magazine 4/23
"We’re sitting outside the fully booked Cantinetta Antinori restaurant at the family’s headquarter in Florence. “Practically in my parents’ garden,” says Albiera Antinori and smiles at the thought that until recently, no one in her family would have even dreamed of opening the historic courtyard of Palazzo Antinori, the family residence since 1506 in which her parents still live today. But the 26th generation of the world-famous winemaking family has to come up with creative ideas and open its doors to the public if it wants to keep the company strong and positioned for the future.
It might be a blessing in disguise that this year’s most admired wine brand is now run by women for the first time in its more than 600-year history. Albiera Antinori is at the helm, her sisters Allegra and Alessia share the position of vice president."
The full article is available in GG’s new The Purpose Issue via the below link.
These are just a highlight of the statistics we have available for the Southern Georgian Bay and Grey Bruce residential markets. If you would like greater insight into your local market, please reach out to us. We would be happy to speak with you about real estate trends in your specific location and get to know your property goals.
PRIVATE RESIDENCES AMERICAS ISSUE 27.
As the evenings begin to cool and summer begins to fade, let the extraordinary homes in this edition of Private Residences help you explore, dream and plan for the remainder of the year and the next phase in life. Whether you picture spending the upcoming holiday season in an oceanfront oasis in the Bahamas or a cozy mountain retreat in park City, we invite you to tour this selection of properties ideal for every season. Enjoy this latest issue of Private Residences via the link below.
Max is an esteemed Private Office Advisor, one of a select group of the most competent and connected real estate professionals in the world. Beyond achieving the highest levels of client satisfaction, trust, and success, these market leaders are respected by colleagues and competitors alike. They are passionate about Engel & Völkers and true standard bearers for our global brand.
James is proud to be a member of the Private Office Professional Athlete Advisory Group whose mission is to deliver signature services and solutions to fit the unique real estate needs of professional athletes. With previous career experience in the OHL and NHL, James is the perfect fit for the Group which operates under the umbrella of Engel & Völkers Private Office, which specializes in servicing the top segment of the global real estate market with expertise and discretion, regularly counselling and overseeing transactions for prominent personalities and high-net-worth clientele around the globe.
As an international service company specializing in the brokerage of residential property, commercial real estate, yachts and private jets, Engel & Völkers stands for a comprehensive range of services and consultancy excellence. Please reach out to find out more about our exclusive services.
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Engel & Völkers is globally recognized for its commitment to philanthropy. We as a group are proud to support the causes close to our hearts to help others live strong, happy and healthy lives. A portion of our income from all real estate sales goes directly to these wonderful organizations.
Living Wish Foundation
Residential Hospice Grey Bruce
Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation
Georgian Triangle Humane Society
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