Port Rowan Ontario Real Estate
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Port Rowan Ontario Overview
Port Rowan is a Lake Erie community in Norfolk County. It is located along the coastline between Long Point and Turkey Point. The community has a population of just over 1,000 residents, but due to the nearby beaches, natural attractions, and cottages, it experiences a seasonal boost.
Real Estate For Sale in Port Rowan, Ontario
Norfolk County has a reputation as “Ontario’s Garden”, taken from the numerous conservation areas, parks, and sandy beaches in the area. In 2001, the Haldimand-Norfolk amalgamation was dissolved, separating the two former counties into city-tier settlements. Within Norfolk County, Port Rowan occupies 2.5 square kilometres along the northern shore of Lake Erie. It is right next to the beautiful beaches of Long Point.
In the beginning of 2020, the real estate market in Norfolk County was continuing on as a seller’s market from 2019. In the span of a year, the county saw an increase in average sale price from about $385,000 to $445,000. Port Rowan had an average of $395,000 in the beginning of 2019, but did not have enough data in 2020 to list an average. The market in Port Rowan is smaller than other population centres in the county with overall fewer listings and sales. Most current listings in Port Rowan are for detached residential properties with a good blending of one and two floor buildings. New construction in the area includes more semi-detached options as well.
Living in Port Rowan, Ontario
Port Rowan is connected to its fellow lakefront communities by way of a series of rural routes. In the summer months, a shuttle provided by the county travels between Long Point and Port Dover with a stop in Port Rowan. Port Rowan is also a stop on the Ride Norfolk Transit route that runs on Tuesdays and connects residents with Simcoe and Brantford. Most of the county’s services are a 30 minute drive away in Simcoe, with the nearest big-city amenities an hour away in Brantford.
Port Rowan has one school directly in the community’s area, Port Rowan Public School which is part of the Grand Erie District School Board and serves students from kindergarten to grade 8. Students looking to continue on in the public board can attend Valley Heights Secondary School in Langton. The Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board operates schools in other nearby communities, but not Port Rowan specifically. Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School in Langton takes students from kindergarten to grade 8. After that, students can attend Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Simcoe.
The main road through Port Rowan, Lakeshore Road is home to shopping, local dining, coffee, dessert, and a direct connection to the docks and marinas on the waterfront. Water and boating enthusiasts enjoy the convenient access to Lake Erie, while Lion’s Park and the Backus Heritage Conservation Area offer great opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, and birdwatching. The conservation area is also the site of a Conservation Education Centre & Heritage Village which hosts special events like children’s fishing derbies and War of 1812 battle reenactments over the summer. Port Rowan and Long Point also celebrate their annual Bayfest on Labour Day weekend, bringing together both communities for contests, entertainment, and fireworks.