Crystal Beach Ontario Real Estate
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Crystal Beach Overview
Crystal Beach is a community in the town of Fort Erie. It gets its name from the Lake Erie beach within the community known for its clear waters. The area has a year-round population of about 8,500 people, but that number is bolstered by the summer tourism rush to its beautiful shores. In the 1970s, the town of Fort Erie amalgamated several neighbouring townships to form the boundaries of the town as it is today. This amalgamation added Crystal Beach to the municipality, bringing Fort Erie’s total area to 166 square kilometres.
Real Estate in Crystal Beach
Since the 1800s, Crystal Beach has been one of the go-to vacation destinations for residents of Ontario and New York alike. The clear shores of Lake Erie and the various attractions that sprung up around it drew in crowds year after year. Even though the Crystal Beach amusement park has been closed since 1989, Crystal Beach still makes for a popular area for vacations and cottages because of lakefront views and the Niagara region’s milder climate.
At the end of 2019, the real estate market in the Niagara Region was holding strong. In general, sales activity increased over the course of the year while the inventory of properties remained low. The average price for a residential property in the region was about $430,000 with the highest average belonging to Niagara-on-the-Lake. In comparison, Fort Erie - including Crystal Beach - is one of the most affordable areas in the region with an average sale price of just under $350,000. Many smaller, older homes are listed below Fort Erie’s average, while new homes being built exceed even the regional average. New construction in Crystal Beach neighbourhoods are usually listed in the $500,000s.
Living in Crystal Beach
Crystal Beach’s location in the Niagara Region offers residents convenient access to beaches, border crossing, and Niagara Falls. Using public transportation, Fort Erie Transit operates four lines around the massive town area and between many of the major attractions in the area. The #760 West Yellow Line connects Crystal Beach with the centre Fort Erie area. For those looking to travel by car, The Fort Erie downtown is a 10 minute drive east. Traveling a bit further, Niagara Falls is 25 minutes to the north along the Queen Elizabeth Way and Buffalo, New York is about 25 minutes to the east across the Peace Bridge from Fort Erie.
Schools in the Fort Erie area fall under either the District School Board of Niagara or the Niagara Catholic District School Board. There are 4 Public Elementary Schools and 4 Catholic Elementary Schools in Fort Erie with only 1 public Secondary School in the town. Additional programs are offered by other schools in the region with some transportation options available for eligible students.
The history of Fort Erie is concentrated on the Old Fort Erie site east of Crystal Beach. Once, this Niagara Riverside site was an active military posting, put under siege during the War of 1812. These days, it is a living museum with daily demonstrations and yearly battle reenactments. More fun can be had without leaving the town if you are looking for outdoor adventures through Fort Erie’s many parks, trails, and beaches - including Crystal Beach! Other attractions in the region include Safari Niagara and the Fort Erie Race Track.