Why I Live Here: Fenwick
There’s magic in the air in Fenwick, thanks to local resident, world -renowned magician – and Zoomer – Greg Frewin. Though he’s lived and toured across the globe –he’s even done a command performance for Monaco’s Prince Rainier – the illusionist tells us why he settled in the southern Ontario town with his family and a remarkable assortment of four-legged companions.
BY: MIKE CRISOLAGO
Tell us a little bit about how you came to live in Fenwick.
I have travelled to six continents and more than 70 countries and lived in the Bahamas, Malaysia and Vegas. I moved to Fenwick 10 years ago. We moved here to open a theatre in Niagara Falls and be closer to our families. My wife and I live here with our two kids, Benjamin and Megan, and my animals: four dogs, four tigers and one black Jaguar.
What are some of the advantages to purchasing a home in Fenwick?
The biggest advantage would be the price of land. We could never afford the land we have or find that size of a property in a larger city like Niagara Falls or Toronto.
We have 10 acres. Our home is built by a small pond with a creek that runs through our property. We are in a very wooded area with lots of farming around us. It is a small town with a friendly feel. I have a large 1,000 square-foot shop that allows me to build all of my illusions. I find (it) very tranquil to open the garage door and work. It gives me time to think and reflect on life.
Give us an idea of what the surrounding community is like.
Larry Bilkszto of RE/Max Garden City Reality Inc. has sold real estate in the Niagara region for 22 years. Locals know him as Bilko, and he gave Zoomer an inside look at life in Fenwick.
“Lower taxes … the quaintness, away from the hustle and bustle (but) still close to Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Toronto. Also, everybody’s friendly. When a newcomer comes into town, the neighbours will be knocking on their door (with) the Mayberry traditional apple pie.”
AT A GLANCE
Average home price
$283,085 (Town of Pelham)
16,155 (Town of Pelham in 2006 census)
Welland Hospital Site of the Niagara Health System (eight kilometres). All emergency services are available.