“The true Pleasure of having the Region’s Natural Splendour at your doorstep year round”
The southern shores of Georgian Bay are a popular four-season playground for tourists and cottagers alike, but Meaford residents Herb and Pat McComb know the true pleasure of having the region’s natural splendour at their doorstep year round.
Looking to downsize from their Chatsworth home, the couple scouted their options before settling on the nearby adult lifestyle community of Maple Meadow Homes, which affords private access to the Georgian Trail, and a short walk to Meaford’s downtown core and several beaches.
With all the conveniences close by, plus a hospital and new medical centre on the way, the location halfway between Collingwood and Owen Sound makes it handy to access larger centres as well.
“The one mistake Pat and I made was not downsizing sooner to enjoy life at Maple Meadow,” says Herb, who found this 64-unit neighbourhood to be friendlier than the larger communities he and his wife visited before relocating in 2012. “Pat was ready before I was – I was dragging my feet. But having gone through it, when we talk to people who are hesitating, we tell them not to procrastinate!”
At their previous home, there was always grass to cut or snow to shovel. Despite a helpful son living close by, “he has a life to lead himself and you have to respect that,” Herb acknowledges. “I wouldn’t want to even think about returning to it.” Now, he and Pat have better things to do with their time than yard work, which is all taken care of through their value-packed monthly maintenance fee.
“There’s always something going on with friends or at the clubhouse. “We get involved! If, for any reason, you don’t want to be, you’re not compelled to – that’s the nice thing about it.
“We have a front porch and rear patio with grassy lawns and a barbeque,” he describes, noting the red flags that popped up when outdoor cooking was suggested at other communities they’d visited. “Here, they encourage barbequing.
“It’s a great, open feeling,” he confirms. “There are lots of windows in the main floor and it’s very bright. Even just driving through, you don’t feel the world is closing in on you. The houses are not compressed.”
An outdoorsman who enjoys hunting with his son and regular walks with Pat, Herb appreciates the standard nine-foot ceilings and open-concept design inside his home, as well as the wide streets and park-like site plan that provides serene nature views from each home.
He attributes the family-friendly setting and personalized service received at Maple Meadow to its private family ownership. “Again, we’re not dealing with a large corporation,” he concludes. “They’re local people and they’re on site every day. Got a small problem? You can have a chat on the street or stop into the office. You never need an appointment. That gives us a real secure feeling here.”
Despite the early reticence about moving, Herb and Pat can’t say enough in support of their new home “I could go on and talk about this place all day – we love it here!” he smiles.
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