Over the course of your life, what you look for in a home changes. When you’re just starting your career, it makes sense to live in a smaller space in a downtown neighborhood in a major city — building your profile and making contacts is essential, so it’s natural to want to be close to the action.

But once you’re established in your job, and you have an extensive network of connections, you may decide a change of pace is in order and start looking for a house that will truly reflect your sense of taste, style, and personality while giving you room to explore your passions and hobbies.

Given the intense pressures of urban living, it’s no wonder that many people in the Golden Horseshoe who have reached this stage in life are looking for a more upscale place in a less frenetic setting. And it’s also no surprise that many are looking at homes in the Niagara region.

Niagara Offers Unparalleled Access to Leisure Activities

One of the main reasons Niagara is becoming a hotspot for people looking to move out of the crowded Greater Toronto Area and buy property with a bit of breathing room is the fact that the region offers a wider range of leisure activities than perhaps any other place in Ontario.

Famous for its comparatively balmy climate, fruit trees, and vineyards, Niagara is the center of the Canadian winemaking industry, and also boasts hundreds of kilometers of walking trails perfect for hiking and horseback riding. It also has beautiful beaches, rivers, and lakes for boating and fishing, famous historic sites, and scenic villages where you can browse antiques and explore the work of local artisans.

No matter what your favorite leisure activities are, chances are you’ll find plenty of opportunities to do them in Niagara.

Homes Can Easily be Customized

It’s no secret that you pay a serious premium to live in the downtown core of cities in Southern Ontario and New York State. But for the money you would spend on a large condo in the city, you can buy an entire custom-built house in some parts of the Niagara region.

This is particularly true if you are interested in living in a community for empty nesters. If you explore your options for Niagara home builders you’ll come across a number of companies (chief among them, Blythwood Homes) that specialize in building easily customizable houses for active adults who want to enjoy the best of what the region has to offer.

No wonder a growing number of adults are choosing to make the move out of the city to set themselves up in communities where they can explore the lifestyle they want while surrounded by some of the most stunning natural beauty in the Great Lakes Area.

Niagara Offers the Best of Both Worlds

Getting out of the city has its benefits, but most people who have spent their lives building careers and friendships in large metropolitan areas don’t want to get away completely. Living in a community of like-minded people is a great way to make new friends and develop an active social life close to home — and you don’t have to give up entirely on the pleasures of a night at the opera or the Toronto International Film Festival, either.

The Niagara region is only a short drive from Buffalo, Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, and other major cities on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. This means that when you live in Niagara, you can go trail running in the morning, swimming in the afternoon, and then change into a snappy suit for  or the Rainbow Room.

If you like travelling further afield, there are two international air hubs and several regional airports within a couple hours’ drive.

Happiness is all about finding the environment that’s right for you. If you want a community that is on the same wavelength as you and that offers the kind of active lifestyle you love, why not consider a custom home in an active, adult community in Niagara?