* A Note to International Visitors:

On this website the term "country" is used to mean "rural". If you are looking for information about emigrating to the country Canada, please visit this site.

The opinions expressed on this website are those of the authors. It is best to gather information from several sources before making a decision to purchase rural property, and this website does not purport to discuss all the issues that might arise. This information is provided on a "use at your own risk" basis and the authors assume no liability for subsequent use of the information provided here.


If you have ever dreamed of moving to the country, there is some good news. Property in many rural locations is very affordable, and life out here can be even better than you have imagined.

Still, there are a few things you should know before you load up the moving van - and that's why we have prepared this site for you.

Stirling, Ontario
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The country has a wide range of lifestyle options, from quiet village life, to backwoods retreats, to serene waterfront, to working your own land.

Stirling, Ontario Fall Fair

We hope that this site will offer you the information you need as you consider your move to the country.

Moira Lake, Madoc, Ontario

While some of the information on this website relates specifically to the community in which we live, you will find many similarities in other rural areas.

Feel free to write to us if you have any comments or suggestions.

A Misty Sunrise, Centre Hastings, Ontario


Do you have a story to tell about your move from the city to a country property? If so, please send it along, with your permission to use it, and we will share it with others on this site!

"I Left The City"

Please see this ad from Hastings County. All of these businesses are in the area where Bob sells real estate.

Play the video.


Please see this CBC article about the use of smartphone apps on the farm -

Farmers Reaping Big Rewards from New Smartphone Apps


About the Webmaster:

This site is maintained by Bob Foster, who lives north of Belleville, Ontario, Canada, about 2 hours east of Toronto.

Great Grey Owl - I took this picture less
than 2 Km from our country home.

Bob left Toronto to "move to the country" back in 1976, and, apart from a brief time in Germany, he has spent all of his time on rural properties, including both farms and waterfront.

This website was developed back in 2001 as a public service to those who might be interested in moving to the country. In 2007, Bob finished a 38 year career in education, put his feet up for 6 months, then said, "To heck with this!", and decided to start a second career, this time as a real estate agent. It has been rewarding work, including, at times, the pleasure of meeting, and working with, people who have found him through this website.

If you would like to know more about Bob's unique approach to real estate, including his exclusive Internet Advantage Service Package, please check out his website at


Country Properties for Sale

Large 1 year old home on an acre lot about 20 minutes from the city of Belleville, ON.
Completely finished 3 year old home on one acre in a woodland area with only one visible neighbour.



Large 4 bedroom plus a den, 3 bathroom home in the small village of Stirling, Ontario
Great family home with a waterfront park nearby in the village of Deseronto.

Price reduced to $189,900.


Gas station? Convenience Store? Restaurant? Maybe all three?
The Studio 737 Art Gallery is now for sale!
It is located just about 1 Km east of the intersection with Highway 37 on the busy Provincial Highway #7, and only about 10 minutes north of Tweed, Ontario.
The 2960 sq. ft. gallery is being sold along with a comfortable 2+ bedroom 1320 sq. ft. residence, and 17 acres of land with over 500 feet of highway frontage.
For full details, please see the website!

Copyright, Bob Foster, 2015