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Old 11-13-2007, 03:19 PM
 
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My wife and I are 20 years from retirement, and we are thinking of retiring to the Windsor/Southwestern Ontario region. We live in the prairies and want to escape the brutal winters here but don't want to go bankrupt retiring on the West Coast. Besides, my wife doesn't like mountains. Anyway, is the Windsor area a good retirement area, does it get lots of smog, and is now a good time to invest in a retirement property down there? Where are good areas to live around there. Note: We don't want to live in the middle of nowhere, we are urban people.
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Old 11-16-2007, 01:06 PM
 
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Windsor does have a 'small town' feel about it. The winters are milder than prairie winters. Air quality in all of southern Ontario, including Windsor, is not good. Windsor is not doing well economically, which should make for good buys in the housing market. Like all other cities, it has its good areas and bad areas. If I recall correctly, the area around Jackson Park is nice.
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Old 11-16-2007, 01:37 PM
 
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Default Retiring to Windsor area

I also meant to add to my previous entry that Windsor is right in between Lake Huron and Lake Erie, which means humidity in the summer. Having said that, you would have easy access to many lakeside activities, sites to visit, etc...
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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And don't forget scenic downtown Detroit across the river.
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:06 PM
 
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I lived in Windsor for 10 years and did not like it very much. I found it to be flat and treeless -- you may not notice this coming from the Prairies! The air quality is not good because of smog and pollution from industries across the border (along the Detroit River and downriver into Ohio). The weather in summer is often stifling -- very humid -- the temps are a least several degrees warmer than in Toronto even.

The city has a rich ethnic diversity -- the restaurants are fabulous. Via Italia is wonderful and there's a strip along Wyandotte street that has great Middle Eastern places.

It is also chiefly a working class town. Lots of bars and stripclubs and then there's the casino. It caters mainly to US visitors.

However, there are some places in the area that you might like for retirement -- such as St. Clair Shores on the far east side of the city or south in Leamington - great for birdwatching, boating and fishing.
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