“Making the right move to Pine Meadows”
It was the fresh air that first lured Roy and Ruth Sproul from the western Toronto home they’d lived in for 35 years. It was the open spaces and craftsmanship that had them transitioning to the adult lifestyle community of Pine Meadows 18 years ago.
“We wanted to move at least 50 miles from Rexdale to get away from the pollution,” said Roy, whose house was surrounded by major highways and below the flight path of Pearson International Airport. “It didn’t bother us when we first moved there, but over time there was more and more traffic.” So, after their daughters were grown and they’d retired from work, the search was on for a new place to call home.
Roy, who now likes to spend time in the woodworking shop at Pine Meadows (he recently helped build a stage for the community’s recreation centre), kept an eye on the construction quality of the houses they toured. “These houses are factory built,” he says of his current home, which is a bungalow with a full basement. “So a right-angle cut is 90 degrees, not 91 or 92, and everything hangs straight.”
He also appreciated the environmentally friendly ground-source heat pumps that heat and cool the homes without relying on fossil fuels. On those early travels, Roy remembers looking out a friend’s kitchen window in another community, straight into the kitchen next door. “I could tell the lady was having corn flakes for breakfast,” he recalls. “Neighbourly is nice, but not that close.”
Today, Pine Meadows is a fully established community of 195 homes generously spaced across 65 acres of parkland. It’s close to the small towns of Elora and Fergus, and nestled beside Lake Belwood. Ruth enjoys her church work and creating crafts to help local charities. Roy prefers going long walks through the nearby streets and trails. Both enjoy the occasional card game with friends at the recreation centre.
“We made the right move,” Roy says with satisfaction. “Now if there are two or three cars lined up at a light in Fergus, that’s a traffic jam!”
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