MANITOBA COTTAGE LIFESTYLE
NAR: Despite these concerns a lakeside property on Lake Winnipeg has never
been in greater demand. The man they turn to for their dream at the lake
is cottage realtor Jim Hall.
HALL: Everybody in Manitoba talks cottage I think
this would have to be the central spot in the world
where everyone is cottage oriented. Part of it may
go back to their childhood. Most of the people that
I sell to have cottaged all their life. They want
to recapture those memories that they had in their
talk to me about I can remember being with my grandfather
he took me out on the pier and we fished on the pier
till early morning were we could see the mist over
the water. They try to recapture what they feel they
are missing. Sometimes that works and sometimes it
Jim finds three types of buyers.
JIM HALL: There's the young family that wants the beach area and the use
of the lake. There's the middle-aged family that is looking for getaways,
using it for escape. They have high profile voltage jobs and they want to
get away for even a few hours.
were in an area that is in transition and were getting
a lot of requests for retirement homes or trying
to find cottages that can be converted into year
people fall in love with a cottage on first sight.
And it usually happens with the wife and her eyes
pop. I know the guy is dead. He's going to be buying
it whether he likes it or not because she's fallen
in love with it.
happiest cottagers tend to be the families that enjoy
playing together. People in this area don't even
care if it rains it gives them an afternoon to read.
Like in the city ethnic groups found their own place
on the lake
JIM HALL: What you would find at Traverse Bay is Albert Beach that is a very
French community. What I kind of enjoy out of it when you go the stores and
the people are talking French it kind of reflects on Manitoba and Canada
as a whole.
There was a time here that you had to French and
Catholic because its the Catholic diocese that used
to own the land here. You had to be French Catholic
then they changed that. And when they did that we
put an Irish sign in front of our cottage we because
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