If you’ve been wondering where to best places to buy a horse farm in Ontario are, check out our list of the 6 best towns to buy a horse farm below.
Ontario has an ideal countryside for horse properties. The rolling hills and grassy meadows set against tree-lined landscapes around the Greater Golden Horse Shoe are not only stunning but perfectly suited for horses.
We’ve chosen the following locations based on a few criteria that make these 6 areas worth buying a horse property in
- Reasonable real estate prices (for a horse farm!)
- An active real estate market with a number of horse farms currently for sale
- Proximity to all the horse essentials (available boarding facilities, shows, vets, farriers, etc.)
- Location suitability (soils, topography, water supply, etc.)
If you’re starting to explore the idea of buying a horse property be sure to explore these towns.
1. Flamborough, Hamilton Region
We begin our list in the gorgeous area of Flamborough. Situated at the northernmost edge of the Hamilton Region. The Niagara Escarpment winds through a big section of Flamborough presenting truly beautiful landscapes. To get an idea of the boundary, here is a link to a map of Flamborough.
You can find a great range of real estate options here. Horse farms and hobby farms, some ready for you to move right in and others waiting for your personal touch.
Real estate prices are relatively high here, with a $2,442,629 average. We think this is still somewhat competitive when compared to regions like York and Halton. You also seem to get more property for your dollar which is nice.
2. Pelham, Niagara Region
There are so many things that make the Niagara Region a prime spot to own any type of real estate. Good real estate prices, world-class natural beauty and prime farmland. The township of Pelham offers you an ideal countryside for equestrian living with the Niagara Escarpment as your backdrop.
There are a number of picturesque private facilities but boarding can be limited depending on your discipline. There is definitely a market for a high-end boarding facility in this region and Pelham would make an ideal spot. The average horse farm price from last year to date sits at $1,197,167.
Although it can be a bit of a hike to the bigger show venues, many riders here make it work. There are a number of local show venues as well as the Fort Erie Race Track nearby. Trips to the U.S. are also a breeze from Pelham.
There are plenty of opportunities to explore in Pelham.
3. Caledon, Peel Region
It goes without saying that Caledon is a hub of all things equestrian. Home to show venues like the renowned Caledon Equestrian Park and some of the most epic horse farms in the country.
Caledon is nestled in the Hills of Headwater, Niagara Escarpment and Oak Ridges Moraine which means the countryside offers impeccable views, trails and blissful days with your horses. Not to mentioned Caledon is situated close to everything you could need, be it racetracks, show venues, riding and boarding schools as well as excellent horse care professionals.
But views and easy access to all you need doesn’t come cheap. Horse farms in Caledon averaged a total of $2,517,643.
4. Mono, Dufferin County
Nestled in the heart of Headwaters Horse Country. Mono is an excellent option for those looking to buy a horse farm. It is a town that prides itself on the thriving equestrian industry here and does plenty to support the horse community.
The landscape is simply stunning – with acres of protected greenbelt, forested trails and sprawling meadows you can’t go wrong buying a horse property here. Well designed equestrian facilities and beautiful hobby farms make up a great deal of what the horse farm real estate market has to offer.
The average list price is currently $1,403,643. Reasonable considering you can find properties here that are surrounded by incredible natural beauty. As with the other areas, you aren’t far from major show venues, race tracks and top of the line boarding facilities.
5. Guelph/Eramosa, Wellington County
Just outside the city of Guelph lies a beautiful and charming rural section of countryside known as Guelph/Eramosa. Guelph/Eramosa neighbours Erin which is home to the renowned show venue of Angelstone Tournaments. Wellington Country offers excellent horse country in general, with boarding facilities run by top-level competitors and other horse related professionals never too far away.
Guelph/Eramosa encompasses the picturesque Guelph Lake Conservation Area. Meandering streams and acres of farmland are among the few things that make this an ideal spot to buy your horse farm.
The average equestrian property to date came in at $1,524,490. Making Guelph/Eramosa an excellent option for you to explore horse farms for sale here.
6. Burlington, Halton Region
The beautiful area of Burlington. In the heart of the Niagara Escarpment and centrally located to horse shows, race tracks and beautiful trails. Now, we know both Milton and Halton Hills also offer spectacular equestrian living but at this moment Burlington has a number of equestrian properties currently for sale but the other two do not. But you really can’t go wrong buying a horse farm anywhere in the Halton Region.
The average price comes in at $4,655,957 BUT the numbers are skewed by a couple of highly – very highly – priced horse properties. Using the median price of $2.9 Million is more realistic of what you can expect to pay for a horse farm in Burlington.
You can find high-end boarding facilities here, great hobby farms that could easily be converted into your dream horse farm. There are plenty of horse riding schools and you are never too far from luxury estates.
Winding country roads and forest sanctuaries make Burlington an excellent choice for horse home seekers.
Some of you may be wondering why we didn’t include the York Region in this list.
It meets the beautiful landscape criteria, is close to all you need and offers top-class equestrian properties. The trouble is, real estate prices here are high and you don’t often get a lot for your money. Unless you are looking at horse properties over $4 Million, barns are run down and the homes often need work. That is not to say that you can’t find your perfect property here, it just might mean you have to wait longer and JUMP as soon as you see it.
All of the above locations offer classic horse country living options. Beautiful views, ideal typography and perfect proximity to all horsey essentials. Whether you have Olympic aspirations or just a desire to keep your horses at home, these places are worth exploring!
If you have any questions, you know you can always get in touch – we’re here to help.
* Average prices are based on the equestrian real estate market, current and sold listings from January 2019 to 20th January 2020.