Buy property in the natural resort of Magog
Out in the countryside of Montreal, where Lake Memphremagog meets the Rivière aux Cerises, lies a four-season destination overlooked by a sweeping panorama of mountains. The dynamic city of Magog offers exceptional properties that enjoy the serenity of nature, the activity of a mini-metropolis, and everything in between.
From a history of industry to a modern-day resort
Truth be told, buying a beautiful residence in Magog is not your typical country home purchase. Yes, it’s true that this quiet yet energetic city is located in the colorful wine country of the Eastern Townships, also known as the Estrie. But it’s also true that Magog is a major industrial center, located in the municipality of Memphremagog not far from the American border. Its reputation dates back to the 18th-century when the innovative Ralph Merry led the charge to utilize hydroelectric power for textile production, securing the city’s spot in Canadian history. Before long, a charming downtown area sprouted and filled itself with delightful little terraced-restaurants, cafes, inns, and boutiques attracting convivial pedestrians, as well as warm residents and good-humored tourists throughout the seasons.
Naturally, residential and touristic development followed. Many buyers and/or investors in search of a second home or recreation property not too from a major city are advised to consider the luxury property market in Magog. Prices are affordable and simply irresistible for a varied selection of high-end real estate: large terraced country houses steps away from the lake’s shores; recently-built contemporary-design villas on spacious plots, framed by forests of greenery; family houses of character situated minutes from the city center. Residents benefit from a kind of rural luxury, just 120 miles from Montreal.
The nature of everyday life
There’s no avoiding it. It follows you, surrounds you, and then consumes you. To buy property in Magog is to become a part of the poetry of the land and its breathtaking landscape: 28 miles (44.5 km) of mountain range, stretches of vineyards and agricultural fields, the glacial Lake Memphremagog in the background. Sublime.
By virtue, residents and visitors are never bored because the region offers many activities to enjoy the fruits of the land. Spend an afternoon at the Parc de la Baie-de-Magog, with its charming pier, trails, and beaches. You are invited to let your hair out on a cruise on the lake, while your little ones keep watch for the mythical lake monster named Memphré, that’s known to have lived just below the surface for over 200 years. Or stay on land and take the Orford Express train on a whirlwind tour of the region, ending in the charming town of Sherbrooke. Some prefer the enjoy the environment’s natural beauty on a peaceful nature walk through the Marais de la Rivière-aux-Cerises. Others are drawn to the Routes de Vins de l’Estrie and the vineyards of Cep d’Argent and Vignoble Chemin de la Rivière, for obvious reasons.
Of course, those with more of a sportive soul will spend winter and summer, and the seasons in between, at the Parc National du Mont-Orford, a beautiful nature reserve and recreational site made for exploring: Hike, bike, fish, kayak, swim, tan, hunt, ski, sled, and much more among the local wildlife.
But the natural splendor of Magog is not only its nature (in the most literal sense), it’s also its heritage, art, and culture. You’ll come across many art galleries in town, as well as the Vieux Clocher, a renowned performance venue. They serve as meeting places year round, when the big Grape Harvest Festival and Memphremagog Triathlon are not taking place.
With so many choices, the choice becomes simple: Invest in nature, invest in your well-being, invest in property in Magog.
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