“I’m lovin’ the lifestyle options, connecting, volunteering, attending the University of Windsor and even working at a wonderful estate winery. There’s definitely something special going on here.”
When Stephanie Thomson wound up her executive career in one of Toronto’s high profile professional firms in 2012, she had no idea a dramatic lifestyle change would soon follow. But an e-mail blast promoting Ontario’s southernmost destination, temperate peninsula lifestyle and incredibly low real estate prices sounded very appealing.
A visit to the Windsor and Essex County region opened her eyes to a special place known for its 105 miles of waterfront communities, a wealth of amenities and unique proximity to the U.S. border, Detroit and Michigan, just one mile across from downtown Windsor.
Her curiosity led to the scenic and historic waterfront town of Amherstburg, and Bob-Lo Island, a privately-owned community of exclusive stately residences, townhomes and condominiums a five minute ferry ride across the Detroit River.
“It was, literally, love at first site,” says Thomson, relaxing in her spacious and well-appointed town home. “The timing was perfect and so was the lifestyle. Moving here has added 10 years to my life….both physically and financially.”
Stephanie not only managed to ‘localize’ herself through the Amherstburg library and by joining a book club, she became a volunteer and spokesperson on behalf of the WEARCI initiative, contributing her time in support of their mission to stimulate economic growth by promoting the region’s active and affordable retirement lifestyle. In 2014, she was appointed to the not-for profit’s board of directors and in her spare time assists with customer service at one of the 21 award winning estate wineries that dot the peninsula.