Month: December 2021

Merriton- Community Spotlight

Located in the east end of St. Catharines, the council ward of Merritton has a long and rich history, dating back to the 17th century.

Often called “The Heart of St. Catharines,” this former centre of industry is sometimes overlooked today. However, we believe that the neighborhood’s picturesque, old-world charm and host of amenities and entertainment activities make it an excellent destination for families and small business owners alike!

Did you know that Merritton is one of the oldest settlements in St. Catharines?

In the early 17th century, the land served as a neutral Native village which was abandoned in 1630. Following the end of the American Revolutionary War, it was purchased in order to provide land for “Loyalist refugees, disbanded troops, former Rangers, and Natives” in 1783 as part of the larger Grantham Township.

By 1826, Centreville was recognized as a distinct community, albeit without official status. Around 1842, the area began to be known as Slabtown, which referred to the slabs of wood leftover by canal labourers after constructing their shanties in the area.

It was during this time, the area developed a reputation for violence—job shortages, low wages, and appalling living conditions left many families in the community destitute and struggling to survive.

These tensions were exacerbated by religious conflict between Irish-Catholic and protestant labourers, reaching a head in 1849 as both sides engaged in gunfire outside the former Duffin Inn on Oakdale Avenue. This skirmish would become immortalized as the “Battle of Slabtown” which left two Catholic foot soldiers dead and six or seven more injured.

With the construction of the Great Western and Welland Railways and subsequent incorporation of the Welland Canal Loan Company around 1850, the district was once again renamed Welland City “to promote industry and settlement in the vicinity of the canal/railway crossing.”

In 1874, a series of issues with mail delivery which resulted from the rapid succession of name changes and a lack of official representation led to the incorporation of Merritton as a village.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Merritton experienced an economic boom as producers, spurred by technological and economic developments, began to strategically exploit the proximity of the newly recognized settlement to the Welland Canal, using the waterway to power their industries and transport raw and finished materials.

By the second half of the 20th century, however, a series of technological and economic shifts, combined with greater urban density and the limitations of the physical geography of the region, saw a slow decline in industry in the area. In 1961, it, along with Grantham and Port Dalhousie, was absorbed into Greater St. Catharines.

Despite this, the residents of Merritton have retained a strong sense of community to this day. The Merritton Lion’s Club has done much to bolster and facilitate this pride, overseeing the annual Merritton Carnival and Labour Day Parade which attract residents from all over the city with its fun and vibrant atmosphere. Additionally, two websites have tasked themselves with connecting local residents and preserving the history of the area: and Merritton Matters.

Over the past few decades, Merritton has undergone a massive revitalization. The area has seen a significant increase in residential construction projects as well as the repurposing of many of its well-preserved industrial architecture. Alongside this development, the neighbourhood has seen a sharp increase in amenities and entertainment activities, now boasting a number of fine dining establishments, shopping outlets, gyms, bars, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, a cinema, and an LCBO!

Really—what more could you ask for? How about easy access to both of the city’s major highway systems? Merritton truly has it all!

Whether you’re looking for your forever home or searching for unique small business opportunities, Merritton is a picturesque, family friendly, and community-centric neighbourhood in the heart of St. Catharines!

To discover what Merritton has to offer, contact McGarr Realty’s team of enthusiastic and personable REALTORS® at 905-687-9229 in St. Catharines, or 905-468-9229 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Or visit our website here!

New to Market: Luxury Living on Lake Norman

1995 Capes Cove Drive 

Situated along the shores of Lake Norman just 30 miles north of Charlotte, NC, you will find this incredible waterfront opportunity for the first time on the market. 1995 Capes Cove Drive is located in the desirable waterfront community of Northview Harbour and spans 6649 square feet over three levels with four bedrooms, five full bathrooms and incredible sunset views.

Perfectly tucked away at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and sitting on 1.09 acres, the property’s long meandering driveway sets the home back from the street providing the utmost in privacy. The mature tree-lined yard creates a private, park like setting with Lake Norman as it’s backdrop. Built in 2015, no detail was overlooked in this custom home featuring a desirable open floor and high-end finishes throughout.

Upon entry, a stunning two-story circular foyer instantly impresses with custom wood beams and cottage style windows. The grand two-story staircase gently curves making a welcoming statement. Through the foyer is the formal dining room which opens to the main living area. With soaring two-story ceilings, this space feels both grand and comfortable anchored by the stone fireplace and surrounded with wall to wall windows capturing the expansive lake views.

The gourmet kitchen will accommodate the most discriminating chef featuring Thermador appliances, six-burner gas cooktop, double dishwashers, prep sink, and abundance of custom cabinets. The custom commercial range hood centered over the island makes a true statement. The oversized walk-in pantry is lined with commercial grade stainless shelving. The bar style seating open to the great room provides the perfect setting for entertaining company of all sizes.

The main level is completed by the luxurious master suite which provides direct access to the upper terrace and features a Jacuzzi tub, designer closet system, and dual head steam shower.  In addition, you will find a guest suite with full bath, drop zone with cubbies, and large laundry room. The attached over-sized three-car garage was designed with extra-deep length in order to accommodate up to four vehicles, plus workshop space.

Up the grand, gently curving stair case to the home’s upper level, you will find a comfortable seating area with wet bar, guest suite with full bathroom and huge bonus room with cork flooring. The bonus room spans the length of the three-car garage, offering unlimited options for flexible living space.

The home’s finished lower level is a true secondary living quarters and was built for entertaining! Here you will find a guest room with private bath, wine cellar, media room, gym with steam shower, and full kitchen and living area with stone gas fireplace. Sliding glass doors bring the outside in and enable the homeowner to experience lake views from every angle.  

The home’s incredible multi-level outdoor living spaces allow the homeowner to truly experience the very best of lake life. The upper level covered terrace offers a stunning stone gas fireplace creating an inviting oasis to relax at the end of the day. The expansive lower level patio is the perfect lakeside entertaining retreat with outdoor cook station featuring a Fire Magic grill and cook top, gas fire pit, and hot tub. The property also features a covered private dock composed of low maintenance Trex material. The quiet cove is the perfect setting for fishing, paddle boarding, and swimming, while Lake Norman’s main channel is just within reach.

1995 Capes Cove Drive presents a wonderful opportunity for buyers looking to own their own piece of paradise along the shorelines of Lake Norman. Spanning 520 miles of shoreline, Lake Norman is the largest man-made lake in North Carolina. Boating, fishing, and water sports are found right outside your back door while area restaurants offer many options for lakeside dining. With its close proximity to Charlotte, Lake Norman has one of the most desirable areas to live in the Southeast. From taking in a show at the Blumenthal Theatre in Charlotte to hiking one of the many trails at Lake Norman State Park, there is truly something for everyone. Combined with North Carolina’s mild climate, it’s no surprise that Lake Norman’s surrounding towns consistently rank as one of the top places to live in the Country.

To learn more about 1995 Capes Cove Drive, please contact Dawn Wilson at or (704) 728-2185.

About J.CASH Real Estate

J.CASH Real Estate brings together the best agents, marketing, and client service to provide the most exceptional real estate services in the Lake Norman area. Our team of experts represents the best and brightest in the industry, and we’re always striving to lead the field in research, innovation, and consumer education.  With a long-standing record of waterfront home sales, our agents have a strong knowledge of the intricacies associated with luxury real estate.

We understand that buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it’s a life-changing experience. That’s why our team of highly-seasoned real estate professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service for all of our clients. We take great pride in the relationships we build and always work relentlessly on the client’s behalf to help them achieve their real estate goals.

If you’re planning a visit to the Lake Norman area, please contact us to schedule a private tour. Our office is conveniently located at the Hatler House at the Point at 109 Chuckwood Road, Suite 112, Mooresville, NC 28117, or visit our web site at