Summer officially starts this weekend with the longest day of the year. I bet we can all name several songs with summer in the title. Two from the 60’s come to mind this week, for different reasons.

Summer Wind was a chart topper for Sinatra. This week Muskoka really had a summer wind, accompanied by driving rain. It was short, sharp and devastating. Trees down in pockets from Bala to Dwight. Power was out for more than 50,000 for several hours. Cars, trucks and buildings were damaged. The way some of the large trees were twisted made it look like a series of small tornadoes touched down momentarily. Wind sheer is an awesome thing!

Summer in the City is the other song. Summer this year comes equipped with masks. It’s an accoutrement we literally can’t live without. Beaches and parks and golf courses are mostly open. There’s great temptation to revert to previous practices. Distancing, though, is a life saver. Just look at what’s happening across the continent where opening was premature. Infections of COVID are rising. Keeping our distance is a critical practice.

This year we’ve had an abnormally high number of competitive situations. It seems people are equating cottage property with seclusion and distancing. No doubt they’re a great place for the family bubble. Buyers are intent and sellers are savvy. Put an attractive ask on a property and watch seems to be the mantra.

Cottage country is not a big market compared to urban areas. There’s not nearly the same number of properties to choose from. Variation plays a part too. Landform differs, as do view and exposure from place to place, not to mention the cottage itself. There are a lot of variables in play. Come up. Kick the dirt and learn what you like. Become informed. Then when the right property hits the market you’ll know.

Here’s what happened this week. See something you like? Reach out! We’re here for you…

Pt Elsinore & Harry Island, Muskoka Lakes
$9,795,000 – MLS# 263530
Lake Joseph

This location is one of the finest and most sought after on Lake Joseph. A classic lakefront estate, the property boasts 20 acres of land severed into five lots with an excess of 4,000 feet of water frontage. Secluded beaches, lovely rocky points, private bays and a bridge to Harry Island where there is a two storey boathouse, housing the island’s 95 year old Ditchburn launch the “Elsinore”. History abounds with this once in a life time offering. The stately 5 bedroom summer home sits perched on the south point and takes in the wide open, island dotted views across Lake Joseph. The covered veranda is the ideal place to while away a summer day. The waters edge tennis court, large front swim dock and a second two storey boathouse, with private guest suite and sundeck above, complete this gracious island estate. The possibilities for expansion into a spectacular family compound are endless at this very private, island hideaway. Mainland access is a few minutes away. Click here for property details


1621 Muskoka Rd 118 W Road #2, Muskoka Lakes
$1,995,000 – MLS# 266479
Lake Muskoka

Welcome to your year round home or cottage on beautiful Lake Muskoka. The 3 bedroom, 3 bath 3100 sq. ft. bungalow featuring a roomy open concept kitchen/dining area, cozy wood fireplace in the living room and surrounded by nature in the 3 season Muskoka room with lake views. Great for a family with many gathering areas throughout the cottage and perfect for retirement years. Very private location, level land, stunning perennial gardens and beautiful sunny views. 220′ of shoreline with family friendly beach and deeper water at the single slip boathouse plus outside covered slip. 2 car attached garage plus a large 1800 sq. ft. workshop for storage of boats and vehicles. Ideal proximity to many amenities. Located between Bracebridge and Beaumaris. Click here for property details


3179 Trappers Trail Road, Haliburton
$799,000 – MLS# 266052
Lake Miskawabi

265 Feet of Clean Sand/Rock Shoreline with South West Exp. And 2 Acres of Supreme Privacy On Beautiful Miskwabi Lake! Lots of Boating & Fishing on this 2 Lake Chain. Deep Water Swimming off your extensive docking system. 4 Season Living. Cathedral Ceilings, Hardwood Flooring, Open Concept Living, 3 Bedrms, Office, 2 Bathrms, Plus a New 27’ x 23 Screened Haliburton Room with a Fireplace. Simply Stunning! Detached Garage with Workshop. Landscaped with Fire Pit & granite steps to the lake.Level Driveway to Cottage for Easy Year Rd Access! Click here for property details


1040 Oak Road, Kilworthy
$669,900 – MLS# 266887
Kahshe Lake

Welcome to Kahshe Lake where your nicely appointed 3 bedroom, 2 bath cottage awaits you! There is a sleeping loft for overflow guests! Newer roof, plenty of windows overlooking the lake and an airtight woodstove in the living room. The master features a stone fireplace. The front deck offers plenty of seating for outdoor entertaining. Venture down to the waterfront to your dock and included boat and motor. Situated on a slightly elevated lot with beautiful southwest views, this property also included a vacant lot. Mostly furnished, bring your suitcase and begin your cottage memories today! Click here for property details


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Island Properties – Click here for property details

Jennifer, Laura, Lucy, and Ross
(705) 706-1177