New residents enjoy “safe” community


by Vance Gutzman

The real estate market in Deep River appears to be red hot at the moment, but there’s a number of reasons why houses are being scooped up so quickly. The COVID-19 pandemic is one of them.

Enter Tom Hanrahan and Susan Gibson.

The couple have been together for 11 years and recently purchased a home on Summer Street.

“We lived apart but COVID made us rethink that,” Susan told the NRT on the front step of their house.

Tom had been living in Ottawa and Susan in Picton, but they were concerned about potential health risks associated with the pandemic owing to the high populations in both communities.

“We just didn’t feel safe,” said Susan, 78, a retired public affairs professional.

That’s when the couple twigged to Deep River, though not by random chance, as Tom had worked here as a student in the 1960s, staying in the Staff Hotel, and had fond memories of this community.

“Given the small population, we thought it would be a lot safer,” said Tom, 76, a retired Nortel executive.

“And that has really proven true.”

Not only do they feel safer living here, the couple has also been amazed by the services rendered to them here during the pandemic, from the delivery to their home of groceries by Jan’s valu-mart, to the delivery of prescriptions and other medical needs by Cahoon’s Pharmacy.

“We also like the small newspaper that tells us what’s going on,” said Susan.

On top of all that, they’ve been impressed by the proximity of the Deep River and District Hospital, and the fact Deep River has its own fire and police departments.

“We’re happy to pay the taxes for those services,” Susan was quick to point out.

The couple was also happy with the ease of which they were able to find their new home, through the services of local realtor Kevin Hickey.

“He appraised us of the excellent small houses available at a reasonable price,” Susan said.

There are other tangibles which have grown on the couple since settling into their cozy new home.

“We’re surrounded by nature,” said Tom, who is an avid bird-watcher. “It’s to our liking.”

Also very much to their liking are the residents of Deep River the couple is proud to call their new neighbours.

“There’s a terrific sense of community,” said Susan.

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