Photo credit: John Panikkar

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 24 April 2019

Think of the hockey pool, football pool, even ‘chase the ace’. Excitement, interest and the stuff that water cooler chat is made of. Here, it’s ‘ice out’. When’s the date? What’s the time?

Last week we gave you a chart of ice out dates since 1880. That’s a lot of data! Current state is we’ve passed the average date by 5 days. The warm, sunny day following a weekend of rain, has ‘ripened’ the lake ice so that it’s turning dark. Check out the pic of Lake Muskoka above. That dark stuff is ice.

That’s the first sign ice is leaving. Dark ice. Depending on how cool or cold nights are will hasten or slow the decline. And then one day, magic happens.

Magic? Well if you’ve ever tried to watch ice out happen, you’ll know what I mean. One moment ice is there, the next it’s not. You might expect to see something like a whale slowly breaching and rolling over, but no. No such luck. One moment it’s there. A blink later, it’s gone. Like the green flash of sunset. If you’ve seen that phenomenon, you may be lucky enough to see ‘ice out’. I’ve watched for both – and I’m still watching…and waiting.

One thing’s for sure, buyers wanting a cottage for the season aren’t waiting. Well priced property is moving in days. We’re seeing ‘solds’ come across every day. The good news for buyers is new listings are coming to market daily.

Take a look! And if you see something you like, don’t delay. Call us!


1391 Brackenrig Road, Port Carling
$7,595,000 – MLS# 181471
Lake Rosseau

Spectacular Family Compound On Lake Rosseau Facing Southwest With Over 1000′ Frontage. 3 Bed, 4 Bath Main Cottage With A 3 Slip Boathouse And Accommodations Above. 28 x 24’3 Car Garage. Situated On Magnificent Muskoka Landscape Complete With A Spiral Staircase Down To The Deck And Lakeside Gazebo. Mixture Of Wood And Stone Exterior. Very Well Maintained Buildings And Property. Charming 4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Four Season Guest Cottage. Spacious Lakeside Deck With Long Views Of Lake Rosseau. Gentle, Sloping Lands To The Waterfront, Perfect For Family Activities. 2 Slip Boathouse With Accommodations Above And A Screened In Porch. 24 x 30 Garage. Ideal Location, Only A 10 Minute Drive To Port Carling. Main Cottage Can Be Purchased Separately Pin #481400434 For $4,795,000 And Guest Cottage Pin #481400436 For $2,995,000. Guest Cottage Cannot Be Purchased Before Main Cottage. Click here for property listing details.


1008 Berry Point Drive, Gravenhurst
$2,495,000 – MLS# 188493
Lake Muskoka

Exceptional newly renovated four season cottage with expansive Lake Muskoka views! This stunning 4 bedroom & 4 bathroom cottage was built in 2011 and has recently been renovated with high end Muskoka style finishes. Enjoy the privacy of the 170’ waterfront along with the level landscaped lot, perfectly accented by the flagstone fire pit next to the lake! It also has a 2 slip boathouse that has an second storey space. The open concept interior layout with new large front deck area is perfect for entertaining family and friends. New appliances, new kitchen, new hardwood floors, new septic and new mechanicals, too many other upgrades to list! This property also enjoys easy level access from a year round maintained road that gives this cottage potential for year round living! With deep water off the dock and a sandy shallow beach for the kids, this property is must see! Click here for property listing details.


1031 Juniper Crescent, Dudley
$1,389,000 – MLS#188968
Drag Lake

Newly renovated waterfront cottage/home with luxury at its finest! This magnificent property has 274 ft of clean, rocky & sandy shoreline strategically nestled on 2.97 Acres. New, modern gourmet kitchen, stainless Meile appliances & breakfast bar with marble counter top. Open concept design with lake view dining & living room featuring a granite, wood burning fireplace. Main floor master w/ walk-out, his & hers closets & 3 PC ensuite w/steam shower. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms w/heated floors, hardwood flooring. Main floor laundry, finished lower level w/walk-out, rec rm w/propane fireplace. Beautiful granite outcroppings on the park-like setting. Relax on your new docking system with magnificent big lake views! Miles of boating on this 2 lake chain. Absolutely stunning!! Click here for property listing details.


1006 Walker Lake Circle, Lake of Bays
$629,000 – MLS#181398
Walker Lake

Enjoy views of serene Walker Lake from nearly every window of this property. The natural setting lends itself to relaxing with a book by the quiet shoreline, enjoying your morning coffee on the wrap around deck, or the panoramic views of the Lake from the screened in Muskoka Room. A fully equipped eat-in kitchen provides a great space to make your meals as a family, or enjoy prolonged dinner conversation. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and large living spaces there is room for everyone to enjoy this beautiful property. A single car garage provides storage for your tools and toys. Walker Lake, a hidden jewel in Lake of Bays Township, is a great place to enjoy swimming, kayaking, canoeing, ice fishing and snowshoeing. This four season property has been used as a year round home in the past. Located 10 minutes outside of Huntsville and 20 minutes to the West Gate of Algonquin Park, this is the perfect location for the nature enthusiast. Click here for property listing details.

Give us a call if you’re in town,

Laura, Lucy & Ross
(705) 706-1177