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About Windsor Essex

 

 

Windsor & Essex County is Canada's southernmost county. Sitting at the same latitude as northern California, it has become one of the most agriculturally productive counties in the country. It offers recreational, cultural and professional options that are numerous and inviting. County's many historic and scenic attractions, miles of shoreline and beaches, and its sunny climate make it an attractive place to visit or live in.From fishing villages and farming communities, to a metropolitan area hailed as one of Canada's leading technology and manufacturing centres, the Windsor-Essex Region has it all. Originating in 1750 as a small French settlement along the Detroit River, this is a typical southern Ontario region.  

Windsor offers cultural and historical sites, lush gardens and natural areas, gaming, international restaurants, events and festivals. Being the southernmost area in Canada, it has mild temperatures and warmer seasons. It has a top-notch university, and many excellent employment opportunities. Windsor has so much to offer! 

 

 

Location

 

The Essex County Region is situated on a peninsula of land that juts out into the mid-west United States. It is Canada's southernmost county, covering the area at the tip of Southwestern Ontario.The Region occupies the extreme southwestern tip of Ontario, and is in fact a peninsula, surrounded by water on three sides and where the United States lies to the north (Michigan), south (Ohio) and west (Michigan).  

Windsor is the southernmost city in Canada. It lies at the western end of the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor. Windsor is across the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair from Detroit, Michigan. It is one of the busiest ports of entry into Canada and is connected to Detroit by the Ambassador Bridge, the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, and a Canadian Pacific Railway tunnel.  

Windsor is located just minutes from Detroit, 2 hours from London, and 4 hours from Toronto. It is surrounded by Lakes Erie and St. Clair and the Detroit River. The Macdonald-Cartier Freeway (Highway 401) ends in Windsor, and serves to connect it with Toronto, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec.  

One of the most obvious advantages of the Windsor-Essex Region is our location, at the heart of the richest consumer market in the world, where more than half of the North American population lives within an 8-hour drive.It is located 1.6 kms from Detroit, Michigan; 95 kms from Toledo, Ohio; 300 kms from Cleveland, Ohio; 30 kms from Toronto, Ontario; 460 kms from Chicago, IL. It is 420 kms from B; uffalo-Niagara Falls; 850 kms from Washington DC; 810 kms from Ottawa; 990 kms from New York; 885 kms from Montreal; 940 kms from Philadelphia, PA.

 

 

 

 

Terrain 

 

The Windsor-Essex Region is made up of the nine municipalities, encompassing a total area of 1,851 square kilometres. The eight municipalities include the city of Windsor, Lasalle, Tecumseh, Lakeshore, Amherstburg, Kingsville, Essex and Pelee Island. 

Windsor is surrounded by three major bodies of water; Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie and the Detroit River.  

The Essex County terrain includes numerous eco-structures including marshes, ponds, lagoons, beaches, shorelines, prairie, savanna, and oak woodland habitats that attract an abundance of wildlife. 

 

 

Population 

 

In the 2006 Canadian census, the city had a population of 218,473 and its official metropolitan area (consisting of Windsor, Tecumseh, Amherstburg, LaSalle and Lakeshore) had a population of 323,342. In March 2007, Statistics Canada released the latest census information and metropolitan Windsor's population had grown 7.3% since 2001. 

Windsor attracts many immigrants from around the world. Over 20% of its residents as foreign-born - the fourth-highest proportion for a Canadian city. 

The population density of metro Windsor is 1728 people per square kilometre compared with an average of 12.6 for Ontario. 

 

 

Economy 

 

Windsor's economy is primarily based on manufacturing, tourism, education and government services. 

Windsor is one of Canada's major automobile manufacturing centres and is often referred to as the Automotive Capital of Canada. The city is home to the headquarters of Chrysler Canada. Automotive industries include the Chrysler mini-van assembly plant, a Ford Motor Company engine plant, a General Motors transmission plant, along with a number of smaller tool and die and automotive parts manufacturers. 

Windsor is the headquarters of Hiram Walker & Sons Limited,the makers of Canadian Club whisky, which is now owned by Pernod Ricard. Its historic distillery was founded by Hiram Walker in 1858 in what was then Walkerville, Ontario. 

There is also a significant local pharmaceutical industry with companies such as Accucaps, Pharmaphil, Jamieson Laboratories and Gelcell. 

Windsor has a well-established local tourism industry. Caesars Windsor (formerly Casino Windsor) ranks as one of the largest local employers and has been a major draw for U.S. visitors since it's opening in 1996. The city also boasts an extensive riverfront parks system and fine restaurants such as on Erie Street in Windsor¡¯s Little Italy which are also destination for many Americans. Additionally, the Lake Erie North Shore Wine Region in Essex County is bringing further tourism and employment growth to the region. 

Both the University of Windsor and St. Clair College are significant local employers and have enjoyed substantial growth and expansion in recent years. The recent addition of a full-program medical school which will open in September, 2008 at the University of Windsor is expected to further enhance both the region¡¯s economy and the status of the university. 

Other notable employers are Sutherland Global Services and Green Shield Canada which are all reflective of the Windsor region's diversifying economy. 

Windsor is also home to the Great Lakes Regional office of the International Joint Commission, which is housed in the Bank of Commerce Building, a 14-storey tall bank tower occupied by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. 

Windsor is also home to prominent software companies, such as System 3 POS, Netmon, and VisionWorks Solutions. 

 

 

Housing 

 

The Windsor-Essex Region has some of the most stable and affordable housing of any region its size in Ontario. It offers excellent real estate values and prime locations. A total of 5,550 homes will change hands this year. Average home prices are estimated to be $170,000 in 2007. Condominiums in the area start at $70,000 and semi-detached homes begin at $120,000. Single family homes start at $100,000, executive homes at $170,000 and homes on the waterfront begin at $200,000. 

Housing prices in the Region have been consistently below those in communities of similar size and are over 50% less than prices in the Greater Toronto Area. For less than the price of an average house in Toronto, you can purchase a 3000 square foot executive, 4-bedroom, 2-storey home in the Windsor-Essex Region.  

 

 

Historic Buildings 

 

The Essex County area has a rich history. Windsor was a main entry point into Canada for refugees from slavery via the Underground Railroad, a network of people who assisted them to reach 'freedom' in Canada in the early 1800s. Sandwich First Baptist Church was built by these fugitive slaves after they arrived in Windsor. In 1851 the original log cabin was torn down and the present building was erected.  

Uncle Toms Cabin, in Dresden is an African Canadian Heritage Site preserving the heritage of Reverend Josiah Henson who inspired the world renowned novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin. 

Olde Sandwich Towne, founded in 1797, after the American Revolution, is Ontario's oldest, continually inhabited European settlement in Canada. Outdoor murals are painted on the walls depicting its rich history. 

For aeronautical history, Windsor offers an historical airplane flight over Windsor, Essex County & Pelee Island and a restored DeHavilland Mosquito Bomber.  

Downtown Windsor area has many historic buildings, including the Duff-Baby House, a manor dating from 1798. Other buildings are Willistead Manor, a 36 room mansion built by Hiram Walker's son in 1906, and Mackenzie Hall, which was built in 1855 by Alexander Mackenzie, the second prime minister of Canada, and is now an arts center. 

 

 

Special Attractions/Events 

 

Windsor tourist attractions include Casino Windsor, a lively downtown, Little Italy, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Odette Sculpture Park, Ojibway Park, and nearby Point Pelee National Park. Windsor was a major entry point into Canada for refugees from slavery via the Underground Railroad and a major source of liquor during American Prohibition. The Capital Theatre in downtown Windsor had been a venue for feature films, plays and other attractions since 1929, until it declared bankruptcy on March 14, 2007. 

Windsor Wood Carving Museum is the only wood carving Museum in Ontario, housing over 150 carvings of wildlife, historical scenes and novelties. 

Colasantis Tropical Gardens, in Kingsville, is a three and a half acre greenhouse complex with an indoor petting zoo, a bird and reptile exhibit, and an18-hole indoor miniature golf course. 

There are many local wineries, breweries, and distilleries available for tours and tastings. They include Colio Estate Wines, D'Angelo Estate Winery, Erie Shore Vineyard & Winery, Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd, Pelee Island Winery, Walkerville Brewing Company and Sanson Estate Winery. 

Windsor Raceway/Racetrack Slots is Canada's premiere harness racing track. 

Essex County region has a thriving network of artists displayed in local galleries and public spaces throughout the region. The Art Gallery of Windsor provides historical, contemporary and educational exhibitions.  

Every summer Windsor co-hosts the two-week-long Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival, which culminates in a gigantic fireworks display that celebrates Canada Day and the American Independence Day. The fireworks display is among the world's largest and is held on the final Wednesday in June on the Detroit River between the two downtowns. Each year, the event attracts over a million spectators to both sides of the riverfront. 

Pelee Island, located in Lake Erie, is Canada's most southerly inhabited point, offering beautiful beaches, and natural areas. 

 

 

Interesting Facts

 

Windsor-Essex County region enjoys a greater diversity of agricultural production than any other part of Ontario. The climate and soil are ideal for vegetable and fruit crops including world-class grapes. 

Windsor has been nicknamed, "Sun Parlor of Canada",the "City of Roses", the "Automotive Capital of Canada" and the "Garden Gateway to Canada". 

 

Why we put so much useful WINDSOR INFORMATION on our MAGGIE CHEN & TEAM WEBSITE! 

 

Maggie says: "Before I came to Windsor from China, I wanted to know everything about the area. After all, if you travel half way around the world, you want to know what it is going to be like when you get there! So I researched the subject thoroughly. The information was not all that easy to find (the Internet was in its infancy), and eventually, after a lot of time and effort, I located what I needed."

But now the situation is very different. There are huge amounts of information on the Internet and search engines to help you find it. But a simple query to Google about Windsor Ontario?will tell you there are over 3 million places you can go to get this information!
Of course you can start at the top and work your way down and hope that something matching what you want will come up. Or you can become more knowledgeable about search queries, or using the Net. But it all takes valuable time! 

If you already live in Windsor, perhaps a good deal of this information will be familiar to you. Even then, we think you will find something useful for your day-to-day life. But if you are coming to Windsor, or have relatively recently arrived from elsewhere in North America or even abroad, We think you will find much helpful material, only a click away. Then come back and locate even more! 

Some of our real estate colleagues use the technique of giving out minimal information
until prospects become clients. Our approaches are exactly the opposite, for two reasons: 

When people talk about Real Estate, they regularly say that the three most important things are location, location, location! But location relative to what? For a golfer, to be just around the corner from an excellent course is perfect location. But for a family with school-age kids, being near the right school is what matters. And so on. So these links will enable you to establish much more readily where your most interesting attractions are. And that will help us help you find exactly the right area and the right property, at the right price! 

Becoming maximally helpful for our clients have given us a large list of very happy clients and has enabled us to become a even better sales team in a very short time. So it is simply what we do, every time. And we suffer, but you benefit from us being perfectionists, so that every detail is looked after and the transaction is managed with total care. 

 

So if that kind of care and attention is what you are looking for,
call us at (519) 972-3888 and let's meet.
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