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Essex, Ontario is a town in Essex County, both getting their name from an English County. The town of Essex sometimes goes by Essex Centre in order to distinguish it from the overall municipality. The town of Essex began with the laying of the Canada Southern Railway tracks in 1872, being formally incorporated as a village in 1884. The municipality of Essex lies between the municipalities of Amherstburg and Kingsville, with its southernmost point being a border with Lake Erie.
Real Estate for sale in Essex, Ontario
Essex was incorporated as a town in 1890, but has undergone some big changes since those days. In 1999, the modern Essex municipality was founded when the original town of Essex combined with Harrow and other regional townships. The total area of the municipality is now about 278 square kilometres. Essex itself is the largest community in the municipality with a population of nearly 7,500 people out of the 20,000 found in the municipality as a whole.
As for the real estate market, the town of Essex is included in the Windsor-Essex region’s average list price of about $330,000. That being said, the town of Essex has plenty of properties that fall below that average, making it one of the more affordable towns to live in the county. New construction and to-be-built properties exceed the regional average by being listed in the high $300,000s, but they are still affordable when compared with new developments in the city of Windsor.
Living in Essex, Ontario
As the community at the centre of the municipality, Essex has a lot of conveniences, attractions, and amenities to better service the region. Most shopping and dining needs can be found in the town of Essex alongside fun activities to spend an afternoon or weekend. As for conveniences, Essex benefits from easy access to the highway system, eventually connecting with the 401 as well.
The municipality of Essex is serviced by 3 different school boards, with four schools found in the town itself. Within the Greater Essex County District School Board, there is an elementary option in Essex Public School and a secondary option in Essex District High School. In the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, there is Holy Name Catholic Elementary School. There is also the private school, the Rock of Help Christian Academy available as an alternative to the above boards. Additional coverage and programs are offered by other schools in the municipal areas of Colchester, Harrow, and McGregor.
Services aside, Essex offers a lot to residents and visitors looking for a fun afternoon outing or weekend activity. For those interested in transportation history, Essex is home to both the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village and the Essex County Steam and Gas Engine Museum. Both provide insight into the railroad beginnings of the county, but also how it evolved through the years. With the Maple Syrup Festival held at the John R. Park Homestead, the Essex County Steam and Gas Engine Show, the Harrow Fair, and the Harvest and Horses Festival, there is a great line-up of events throughout all of the communities in the Essex municipality.