Getting to the area couldn’t be easier.
Driving east from Toronto there a numerous exits about 60 minutes from the Yonge St & 401 interchange.
For Port Hope take exit 461 (Toronto Rd) south off 401. Follow Toronto Rd south to Ridout St and turn left which will lead you directly to the downtown area.
For Cobourg take exit 472 (Burnham St) or exit 474 (Division St) both of which will lead you directly to the downtown area and the waterfront.
PLEASE NOTE: I just saw a sign the other day saying that exit 474 (Division St.) will be closed for most of the summer due to the widening of 401 – be advised – take Exit 472
Unfortunately the GO Train only goes as far as Oshawa so you have to take VIA Rail to get to the area. If you consult the VIA schedule you’ll find that there are more trains to Cobourg than Port Hope so it’s probably better to use the Cobourg destination for both cities. Taxis are readily available at the Cobourg station and will take you to either destination very reasonably.
It’s fabulous. Having lived in Toronto for over 30 years all I can say is that living in Port Hope is a kinder gentler experience. Basically everything is easier, friendlier and simpler. Because the population is smaller and more spread out everything is more accessible. I can give you a number of real world examples but here’s a simple one – when it comes time to renew my driving licence it never takes more than 5 minutes as there is never more than one person ahead of me in the line. Case closed.
Not really but it depends on you. As I said before people are more relaxed and friendlier in the country. There are also fewer people and so people value their relationships with others – we need each other. The simple way to make friends quickly is to join a group that is doing something that interests you. Volunteerism is always the best way to meet new people and make friends.
Much the same as Toronto. Being close to the Lake the weather in Port Hope and Cobourg (which are both south of the 401) is usually much more moderate than a few miles further north in the county as the Lake has a moderating affect on the weather. Cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter – and less snow.
We are blessed with a brand new hospital (the Northumberland Hills Hospital) in Cobourg that is very well run and equipped. There is excellent 911 service in the area. I had a dinner guest that collapsed at one of my dinner parties (no it wasn’t my cooking) and the ambulance was at my door in less than 5 minutes.
Insofar as dentists are concerned there are numerous excellent dental practices in both towns – shop around and pick one that suits you best. For a family doctor I recently got tired of travelling back and forth to Toronto for my check ups and joined a local practice here. It took a bit of looking but I found one. If you are looking let me know and I’ll ask around.
It depends on where you live and how big a property you buy. For the basics like food, clothing etc. the answer is no – it’s about the same except that you of course don’t have quite the selection of shops as you would in Toronto.
If you live in a town or village then all your amenities are close at hand and costs are very comparable. If however you have opted to live on a rural property then your costs will be somewhat higher as you must consider such things as landscaping, snow ploughing, water well, septic system. On a farm your basics are naturally bigger and thus more expensive.
A hot button locally. My estimate based on anecdotal information I receive from clients is that taxes here in the two towns are roughly similar to certain areas of Toronto. This of course raises the issue of value for money and are we the taxpayer getting served well by our local municipality.
I will try to avoid getting bogged down in this discussion as there are a number of action groups and ratepayers organisations that are very vocal and striving for change. It’s my opinion that these issues will never go away and are found in almost every municipality no matter where you live – even in Toronto.
If you’d like more detailed information on this drop me a line.