Simcoe County has exploded in terms of the real estate market over the last 12-24 months due
to the continually rising prices in the GTA pushing buyers out of that market. Costs there have
skyrocketed this past year with the average detached home costing $1,016,145 as of December
2016 (according to TREB). Fortunately, buyers looking for Barrie or Innisfil houses for sale
won’t be faced with the same challenges!
Innisfil has found it’s moment to shine with a major upswing in houses for sale over the last
year. People have been drawn to it’s small town charm, but really benefit from the growing list
of amenities being put in place by the Township.
Areas of Innisfil
Innisfil is a really unique town in that it is made up of a number of very distinct communities.
While the majority of Innisfil is relatively rural (especially by Toronto standards), there are some
larger, more well known neighbourhoods.
Alcona – The most populated community in Innisfil, Alcona is home to the new and inventive
Innisfil Library & Idea Lab, many large stores and amenities, and the popular Innisfil Beach Park
with a large sandy beach, picnic pavilions and playgrounds. It’s modern amenities make Alcona
the first stop for most buyers when searching for Innisfil Houses For Sale!
Big Bay Point – Situated at the Southern entrance to Kempenfelt Bay, this community has
slowly seen the transition from cottage vibe to trendy, up-and-coming resort destination. Many
properties in the community sit right on the waterfront or have deeded beach access. A large
collection of new and soon to be built properties at Friday Harbour Resort have expanded the
population of Big Bay Point. This development includes North America’s largest inland marina,
a Doug Carrick designed golf course, a nature preserve, restaurants, a clubhouse and more.
Cookstown – Located on the West Side of Highway 400, Cookstown touts itself as the coziest
corner of Innisfil and we can’t disagree. The town still retains some buildings and much of the
same charm from it’s founding in 1847. While it provides a throw back to yesteryears, modern
additions such as the Tanger Outlets keep it relevant.
Gilford – One of the most Southern communities of Innisfil, Gilford provides its residents with
easy access to Highway 400 for commuters, all while having the perks of lakeside living. This
small community has a marina and beach to provide it’s residents with plenty of summer fun.
Lefroy – Located just south of Alcona and situated on the lake, Lefroy offers a plethora of
options for waterfront fun. Lefroy Harbour Resorts offer boat slips, playgrounds, pools, a large
sandy beach and the Harbour House Grill, which makes sneaking out for date night a breeze.
Stroud – Just South of Barrie’s bustling South East end is Stroud, a quaint community with
friendly neighbours and all the necessary local amenities. It’s location allows buyers to be
within a 10 minute drive to GO Transit, the newly built Innisfil YMCA and all of Barrie’s big city
Sandycove Acres – This is an adult lifestyle community located approximately 10 minutes south
of Barrie. Residents of Sandycove Acres have the luxury of all life’s little necessities virtually at
their doorstep as the community has a restaurant, a variety of shops, swimming pools, exercise
facilities, a library and a woodworking shop all on premises.
Innisfil’s Unique Offerings
Innisfil may be small compared to some of it’s neigh bours, but it is definitely mighty in terms of
it’s progressive planning. While originally Innisfil boasted mainly naturally occurring amenities
like it’s many sandy beaches, it has grown to include many perks only found in larger, more
populated cities. That package is what is increasing the number of people searching for houses
for sale in Innisfil!
GO Transit – What once seemed like a far off lakeside town has become a great option for
commuters with the addition of GO Transit. Services and speed are constantly improving to
Innisfil, bringing in more than double the weekly trips by 2020 and as of December 31st, 2016,
IdeaLAB & Library – The Innisfil Library has recently launched it’s ideaLAB, a spot for creativity
to flourish. There is a hacker lab with 3D printers and materials to tinker as well as a Digital
Media Lab with green screens for those looking to create their own film masterpiece.
Parks and Beaches – Virtually every community in Innisfil is a moment’s walk or drive away
from an outdoor opportunity, providing places for snowshoeing and picnicing such as the South
Innisfil Arboretum and Centennial Park or hiking the Trans Canada Trail and learning about the
railway in South Simcoe County.
Fun and Adventure – Innisfil offers some fun ways to spend a day whether it be watching horse
racing at Georgian Downs, checking out race cars at Sunset International Speedway or jumping
out of a plane at Skydive Toronto. For those into less exhilarating pursuits, Innisfil has a thriving
antique sales market as well as many contemporary shops.
So we’ve sold you on Innisfil, but you are wondering what the cost would be for all these
charming Innisfil houses for sale? We don’t blame you! Price plays a huge part in finding a new
home and fortunately Innisfil has a wide range of price ranges to work with. While pricing has
risen steadily, Innisfil is still well below the average GTA home price. As with all markets though,
home & lot size, location, and condition of the home play a huge factor in determining market
Currently (as of December 2016), according to TREB, buyers can expect to pay $501,097 for a
home. While this is the average sales price, we have seen plenty of value across Innisfil for
less. We love the charm and neighbourly vibe Innisfil has to offer and we think you will too!
With Innisfil being minutes from Barrie, beside Highway 400 and sitting lakeside, it really is the
perfect place to call home.
Looking to start searching for Innisfil houses for sale? Start your search here or contact us for
more personal service.