Background Data

Type of property:                                              Commercial/ residential

Location:                                                             401 Main Street, Port Dover


Physical Data

legal Description:                  PDOV PLAN 207 BLK 32 PT LOT 22  Norfolk County

Site Measurements:              60.01 x 71.85'  (4,792 sq. ft./0.11 acres)

Building size                            2800 sq.ft. 53%  Commercial and 47% residential

Deck  on building                 Approximately  1200 square feet of commercial  decking

 STREET ACCESS                   Two driveways one on Chapman and Main street


DECK INFO: The deck was constructed with engineering plans required by building department. It is commercially loaded and inspected. The top material is TREX decking a lifetime composite material screwed down with stainless steel screws. the main structure is held up by 24 posts on 24 inch cement pads set below the frost line. The railing is a commercial grade aluminum powder coated black paint done by Renton Railing of Simcoe.

WATER AND HYDRO,GAS: INFO: New hydro electric lines where installed to the building allowing for 600 amp service to be installed . The meter box has space for 3 meters and inside disconnect switch's for all three. Two meters are in use one for each location they are totally separate. With the downstairs having a 200amp breaker panel box and the upstairs having a 100amp breaker panel box. This leaves a third disconnect switch with 200 amp capability for further construction. The zoning on the property allows for 80% coverage on the lot. The Gas line was separated in 2009 for the two locations to have separate meters witch are located on the south wall beside the main entrance to the café. One meter for the upstairs and one for the downstairs.

RENOVATION  INFORMATION:        The building was completely gutted to the studs and all existing plumbing and wiring was removed and replaced with new to code wire and plumbing.     INSULATION: Also all the walls and second floor studio ceiling spray foamed by Insta Insulation  with 3.5 inches in the walls and 6 inches on the ceiling. including the basement. The basement was drywalled with green board and the ceiling  was drywalled with 5/8 fire rated drywall and fire taped. The ceiling in the café has been insulated for sound and fire with fire rated ROXUL insulation  R20. The fire rated drywall was put over that then taped. WOODWORK:  All existing woodwork trim and doors, fireplace mantels where striped hand  down to bare wood and refinished. Some of the woods are Butternut, white oak, ash. The floor on the second floor is mostly 5/8 solid bamboo in the main rooms and oak in the entry way and kitchen area.  with Oak Crown molding in all rooms The upstairs bathroom is completely ceramic tiled floor and walls with a large walk in shower. Also washer dryer hook ups.




The most popular tourist attractions of Norfolk County (pop. 63, 175) are the ports, towns and villages along Lake Erie, known as Ontario’s South Coast. These towns include Port Dover, Turkey Point and Long Point. Fishing is another key attraction for tourists, as well as birding, hiking, camping and cycling. Agri-tourism is another expanding attraction for tourists coming to Norfolk County, with wineries and microbreweries, and farm-related events.

Norfolk County is #1 in Agriculture in Ontario and is also known as Ontario’s Garden. Norfolk County farmers are Canada’s Number One growers of asparagus, cabbage, sour cherries, ginseng, other specialty vegetables, peppers, pumpkin, squash, zucchini, strawberries, sweet corn and sweet potatoes.Norfolk County is also Ontario’s Number One grower of blueberries, rye and Saskatoon berries.

Main festivals include the Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show in Simcoe (October), Canada Day Celebration in Port Dover (July), Simcoe Rotary Friendship Festival (August), Delhi Strawberry Festival (June), Port Dover Summer Fest (August), Norfolk Studio Tour (September), BayFest in Port Rowan (September), Waterford Pumpkin Fest (October), PD13 (the Port Dover motorcycle enthusiasts’ event every Friday the 13th), Delhi Harvest Fest (September) and Simcoe Christmas Panorama (December).


Norfolk County Taxes

Norfolk county property taxes for 2019


Main floor facing north

Main floor facing north

Main floor facing north


The main floor and basement  where completely renovated in  2005 with a complete gutting and rewiring and  plumbing to code


Main floor facing north

Main floor facing north


New mains with 3 meters where replaced  A 220 volt breaker panel for the downstairs  and a 100 amp breaker panel for the upstairs suite which is located in that unit also a 220 volt disconnect for future use if needed

Exterior Decking

Main floor facing north

Exterior Decking


 The Deck was engineered by MC engineering Of Simcoe Ontario This is a commercially loaded deck rated  for extreme loads according to municipal bylaw. the surface is Trex Decking rated for   50 years lifespan



Exterior Decking


The roof on the building was replaced 2016 the complete building is done  in commercial  50 year   rated for lifespan 

All downspout and eavestrough where replaced the same yer with high quality  5 inch troughs 





Windows where all replaced with high quality double glazed thermal windows in 2005  all windows and doors except the front door to the restaurant which is the original door to the Crown Bank of Canada





Th complete building has been insulated with expanding spray foam  6 Inches between the roof joists and 4 Inches on all walls including the basement