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Posted By Swedishchef,
Jan 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM
WOW...it's like a Christmas card. BEAUTIFUL.
I will bet you your place is bigger than ours :D
Here is the place during a snow
and sunset on the lake, further down from us
This is a few hours down the way from us, these are amazing. Changes all the time due to wind and rain
Can't leave out the Falls
and one more sunset
had to post this one for anyone from the area
Holy snikees! I just looked randomly in BC around Caraquet...taxes...making me cry...waterfront/ocean/bay..cottages for @ $100k and taxes of @ $500 a year. Thats about 1/4 of our taxes...and we're assessed under 100K.
You've got a lovely place and a lovely setting, as well. Where on Lake Ontario are you? What town in western New York are you near and which Canadian town would be across from you on Lake Ontario?
We can see lights on a clear night, I think it's Oshawa. The first time I saw it from inside I thought it was a freighter with lights on it, lol. Then I realized there was too many. Freighters are a common sight, day and night, for a good chunk of the year.
We drove around the lake last year in October on our anniversary (yeah, all in one day, I don't think we'll do that again!!) and when we were on our way up towards Toronto, we passed one in the Wellend canal. MAN, they are BIG.
My aunt and uncle used to have a place up on the lake when I was a kid, I used to pick up "clunkers" (the white, porous left overs from burning coal) there all the time on the beach. Rarely find them now.
This past year I participated in an online forum for those who owned property on the lake or St Lawrence. The commission that recommends action regarding the control of the water level is looking at allowing "higher highes and lower lows". Of course, as a "south shore" resident, I am concerned about allowing greater changes, as it leads to more erosion-as were most others on the south shore. The most interesting part was "listening" to other folks who had their properties for long time periods, and how much had changed since they started controlling the lake. Luckily, we didn't believe the "they control the lake so you don't need to worry about erosion" lines from realtors and waited to find a place set FAR back (we're a few hundred feet from the shore) so hopefully it won't effect us in our lifetime. We were talking to a woman at an antique shop around Christmas, her aunt and uncle used to own a cottage in a little cottage community near by, and they used to be a row back from the lake-now they are lake front!! Ontario might be a "small" (compared to the other Great Lakes) lake, but she still is not to be triffled with. Actually, a few years ago we went out to Charlotte (pronouced shar-lot, not like the city in North Carolina) and checked out the lighthouse. We asked if it had been moved, because it's not on the shore. The docent that was doing the tour told us that the lake had deposited so much silt over the years, it had "built" more land between the lighthouse and the shoreline-it used to be on the shore!!
Before we bought the Cottage we used to go up to Fort Niagara a lot, to hang out at the beach. Apparently it's on some tourist site or something now, because there were a lot of obviously not from the area folks that would visit-and it was always funny to hear them when they looked out across it, asking if it was the ocean. I cannot imagine truly living on the ocean though. I think I would miss the fresh water, I don't like swimming in salt water (and fresh water driftwood, when properly dried on screen racks, makes EXCELLENT kindling).
Eclecticcottage: Yes, Caraquet NB has cheap places oceanside. The people are very nice. 99% are francophones but most understand some or a good bit of english. There are some great escapes oceanside in Canada. The west coast is just crazy (like in the US). A bungalow in Vancouver is nothing under $700 000.
I dont feel bad for you, if you taxes are only 2,000 a year! try 8,000 a year for a 3 bedroom 2,000 sq foot cape....
Haha, see my sig, we're under 700 sq ft and are a one bedroom with no central heat system. We're technically a cottage so our tax class is different from a house. We cannot add on/up, we have what we have. I imagine if we had more than one bedroom we'd be paying more (I think we're really around $2400/yr). The two bedroom ranch we looked at, with no basement or heat system was around $6500 and that was 1200ish sq ft, NOT lake front.
I didn't know property taxes were so high in NH. Is your home newer? Ours is 1950's era, the ranch we looked at was 1990's era.
I kind of noticed that, with all the "rue" names and some listings in French. Hubby is against to colder temps or longer winters though. I could probably live at the North Pole with a greenhouse and be happy.
Guess I missed out on this thread. No pics - maybe later, but our local HOG Chapter (10 bikes -15 people) is gonna tour the Gaspe Peninsula this summer, from 23 Jun thru 1 Jul. Susan & I are looking forward to seeing that area....
You're gonna love it. I would say that it is one of the nicest most scenic drives I have done (and I have done route 66, the Pacific Coast highway, driven from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic ocean)
You'll be travelling between two long weekends and everything should be open by then (tourist towns like Perce). What is the name of your group?
Gotcha, Our house was built in 86 so not really that new.
NH property tax varies greatly from town to town, want good schools, your going to pay for it with property taxes. If I was one town over my taxes would probably be 5500 not 8000, but they ship their kids off to a regional school and dont have much for services.
While NH does have high property taxes, it still comes out as one of the more affordable North East states as it doesnt have an Income tax or a sales tax.
We picked the place for the place, although I do wish we could have been in a different district with lower taxes! I think that's a line though, because we have friends in NC (one's a teacher) and I don't think we get that much more from/better schools here for the HUGE difference we pay.
I WISH we had no sales or income tax here. Sales tax is 8.?? % (I know I SHOULD know. But I can't remember right now. I think it's 8.75%). Income taxes...are typical NYS and require a chart and all. http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/it/it201i_nys_tax_table.pdf
At 700 sq. ft. yes.. We have 1632 sq. ft. here..
Brunswick, NY, H.O.G. Chapter # 3430
DAKSY: If you want some useful information about the Peninsula (diamonds in the rough, best kept secrets, awesome places to stay (that many don't know about)) let me know. I know the entire place like the back of my hand. I travel a good bit for my work.
Some nice places in this thread.
Here's where I live.
I have driven throughout most of BC when I used to live in Jasper. What part of BC is it?
Let's see if THIS works...
then type in 73 Gundrum Point Rd, Averill Park, NY...
The google link just brings up google maps. I don't think you live in Western Africa. LOL.
But I do see a picture an area taken by plane! Is that where you live?
Try the link again & then type in the address. Yea, I was on travel & as I flew back to Albany, we passed close to the lake, so I took a shot...If you look at the map & then the photo, you can figure out where the lake actually is...
Who's VW van is that? And Subaru legacy? They know their vehicles
The little community in the picture is called Olalla. (click here)
You could easily drive through Olalla without noticing it. The small town of Keremeos is better known and only 5 minutes away.
Lumber jack: I drove through there years ago when going to San Diego from kelowna. Very scenic drive...not many people know that there is an arid/desert climate in Canada !