Tick all the 5 boxes and we call that A class land. 5 boxes? What are they?

Whether we’re speaking with sellers or buyers, it’s important they understand it’s the things that cannot be changed that matter most when selling or buying. The 5 boxes of waterfront property are (in no particular order) view, nature of the waterfront, conformation of the land, privacy and exposure.

Take exposure. If watching the moon rise across the lake is a romantic requirement or fire pit light show need, then having a west facing property is the wrong choice. With that exposure, you’ll never get a moon rise at the water. If it’s a long view you want for dock time, then a view looking across a narrow bay or the back end of an island will limit dock time enjoyment and possibly bring frustration.

Our first cottage had a nice view, but lost the sun on the dock around 6 pm. It drove us nuts, looking at a neighbour’s place from our shade while they were in full sun. We did not know it when we bought, but we soon learned that late day sun was important to us. We got moon rises though… and enjoyed every one!

The boxes represent trade-offs. It’s rare to get all your unchangeables ticked. Knowing how you rank them, what matters most to you, is important. Ticked boxes equate to value. Boxes also help people understand what they are willing to compromise. And that’s just as important as knowing what you want.

Under most circumstances it’s relatively easy to find property with 3 boxes ticked. Make sure they are the boxes you want as a buyer. As a seller, recognize the compromise you’ve been willing to make, may not be one which others so readily accept. Boxes equate to value and people have different priorities. Some would rank view above nature of the waterfront or confirmation (slope) of the land, for others waterfront facing the sun is paramount.

The absolute best way of getting your boxes in a row is to walk the land. Pictures can tell only so much. Here are this week’s picks. How many of your boxes are ticked?

1050 FAIR-LEE PARK Road, Minett
$ 4,999,999 | MLS# 40253439

This one checks all of the boxes!!! This custom built cottage was completed in 2018. A true showpiece, designed to embrace the natural exterior and enhance each and every special feature of this one of a kind property. Behind the north side of the property the land is quite elevated and provides not only protection from the wind and added privacy from the neighbours, but provides a forest like backdrop that the developer used to enhance the view from the super sized window in the kitchen. Full of natural light, every room offers unparalleled views of the lake and nature. The large, chef inspired, open concept kitchen with cathedral ceiling and a luxurious 10 foot long island is the heart of this home or cottage. It provides a perfect place to gather with family and friends. This cottage is a four season, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage and sits roughly 30 feet from the shoreline on perfectly level and flat land. The gentle, sandy shoreline is great for kids, grandparents, and pets alike. Whether you are sitting on the sun dock, tinkering in the boathouse, playing in the water or at the shore with a beautiful water view, there is enough room and space for everyone to enjoy this slice of heaven. Optimal southern exposure will illuminate the property from the morning until night. Lake Rosseau’s Royal Muskoka Island was once the home to the historic and legendary Royal Muskoka Resort. New owners can opt in to be apart of The Royal Muskoka Island Association (45 year old association – $150 a year) that is supportive, friendly, and inclusive with yearly island picnics and gatherings. 32 acres of green space in the middle of the Island with tennis courts, pickle ball courts, basketball net, soccer field, baseball backstop, and walking trails steps from the cottage. This is one special property not to be missed! Click here for property listing details


1039 CHARLES Road, Gravenhurst
$ 3,895,000 | MLS# 40259464

Spectacular 300-foot summer sunset point serving up a stunning ‘Robin Nadal’ designer infused sprawling 4 season bungalow cottage on a perfectly private level Lake Muskoka property. 12 foot ceilings in the open principal living/entertaining area featuring a bar area with wine fridge, chef’s kitchen with SubZero fridge and freezer drawers, centre island, spacious great room with floor-to-ceiling marble wood-burning fireplace, lakeside dining, all flowing seamlessly to the exterior with expansive decking. Waterside principal bedroom suite, gorgeous baths, wonderful water’s edge setback, and naturally curving private shoreline comprising an idyllic toddler-friendly hard-packed sandy swimming cove, large sunset dock, boathouse, gentle contours, sleeping cabin, stunning island-dotted view, detached 2-car garage. Magnificent mechanicals, including central air, propane furnace, alarm system. The list goes on and on. All beautifully refurbished, sleek, stylish, contemporary and luxurious, yet serenely lake country and quite modest with handsome curb appeal and ease of year round road access under 2 hours to N. Toronto. Superb. Click here for property listing details


1017 DARK BAY Road, Bala
$ 1,890,000 | MLS# 40260428

Welcome to 1017 Dark Bay Road! A completely move in ready hidden gem tucked away on a quiet bay with all day sun and breathtaking sunsets on Lake Muskoka. This stunning all season cottage has been lovingly updated both inside and out where pride of ownership shines through. The all new kitchen with quartz countertops opens to the cozy family room and expansive Muskoka & dining rooms basking in an abundance of natural light with the entire front wall of floor to ceiling windows and a set of French doors. From here, step out onto the freshly done 15×30 large Duradek entertaining deck with new glass railings. With 3 bedrooms in the main cottage plus a fabulous winterized dry boathouse with its own pony panel that sleeps 5 plus has its own 3-piece bath, there is plenty of space for family and friends. With gorgeous landscaping & perennials surrounding you, let the little ones play at the sand beach while you relax on the oversized 16×80 dock. In the evenings, gather around the firepit and toast to another day well spent in Muskoka! Put your mind at ease knowing there’s a new furnace, ductwork, a/c & upgraded spray foam insulation. The lower level with laundry has ample storage to tuck away all the toys. Need more space? The opportunity to expand is there with footings already in place. Ask for more details. Properties like this one do not come along often so don’t miss your chance, book your showing now! Click here for property listing details


810 SILVER LAKE Shore, Gravenhurst
$ 799,000 | MLS# 40255974

Once in a lifetime opportunity! First time ever offered for sale, this absolutely adorable 3 bedroom cedar cottage exudes charm. This meticulously maintained boat access charmer gives you everything that cottaging used to be.. and more! Stunning views from every window, 375′ of frontage and about an acre of gentle land on beautiful Silver lake. Just a 3 min boat ride to the mainland access at Hewitt st and another few minute boat ride to dock right in Gravenhurst and walk to the grocery store, main st or the world famous Gravenhurst Bakery! This amazing property is quiet and secluded yet so easy to get to. The cottage features vaulted ceilings with great beamwork, warm wooden floors, an awesome statement fireplace built of local granite. The building, constructed in 1968 is in excellent repair and has a steel roof, an updated bathroom with a composting toilet, newer kitchen appliances (including a dishwasher!) and an open concept floorplan. The property is served by a grey water system, has two boat docks and a nice swimming area with deep water. The shoreline is clean and mostly granite, the views are amazing from every direction and the cottage has a deck that wraps around the front to take it all in! There is a lovely campfire pit, great trails with stone steps around the property and even boasts a small workshop with power. Being offered predominantly furnished and ready to use. Come and experience what cottaging was supposed to be! Click here for property listing details


$595,000 – $1,099,000 – Click here
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$2,000,000 – $3,999,000 – Click here
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Lucy & Ross
(705) 706.1177
RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Inc.