Mike Holmes knows a thing or two about … well … homes. So when the 49-year-old contractor and star of television shows like Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection and, his latest, Holmes Makes It Right, inspected his current property near Georgetown, he knew it was the perfect place to settle down with girlfriend Anna, his “sweetheart of 12 years,” and their Labrado retriever, Charlie.

BY: LISA BENDALL

His own piece of paradise

“I was brought up in Toronto. Waking up with birds, crickets and frogs, rather than fire trucks and cop cars and the noise of people, is serenity itself. It was truly what I needed. I have a beautiful piece of property. A wonderful older German couple owned the house. He had it built about 31 years ago: cinderblock walls, very charming, full of trees on the property. She obviously was in love with flowers, and the gardens are phenomenal. What I love about Georgetown is there’s property around your house. It’s not a postage stamp that you’re living on.”

The handyman’s house

“I didn’t have to do too much in the house. It was lipstick and mascara – new floors, new countertops, new paint, new fireplace. I updated it, but wanted to keep the charm. The outside was a whole different thing. I put in a huge deck with a hot tub and cabana, and I put down a beautiful fireplace and waterfall. It’s pretty stunning. I turned the shop into my dream shop. Anyone who works with tools would drool if they walked in there, because it has every tool you can imagine.”

A trail runs through it

“The area’s beautiful. The Bruce Trail runs through it – you could walk for days! There are areas for Ski-Dooing and quad running, which I love to do. It has fabulous restaurants, and every store you could think of. I go to Canadian Tire, which has everything you need. One of my favourite restaurants is The Cellar, in old Georgetown. The food is great…The building used to be a bank, and the room they put me in used to be the safe.”

Small-town spirit

“Georgetown is really community-driven. Everyone walks and enjoys their time, rather than being in a hurry to get somewhere. That’s very clear when you’re downtown. I belong to the gun club, even though I don’t think I want to go shoot animals. I go there for the entertainment, for meeting wonderful people. There are doctors and lawyers and accountants. They have a steak dinner and a get-together. I don’t think you see that in the big cities, where the community is together – even in a gun club!”  

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