Yesterday walking off the golf course, my friend said he was going to drive back to the cottage, clean up and return with his wife for a charitable event, I opined that it was a lot of driving. He said that if you live here, there’s a lot of driving to do. Hadn’t really thought about it before, but he’s right. 24 kms from Port Carling to Bracebridge, half an hour from Bracebridge to Bala, 35 mins from Gravenhurst to Huntsville, over an hour from Bracebrdge to Haliburton. No wonder I put more than 60K kms on the car a year. This is big territory.

When you’re at the cottage more often than not, you stay there, enjoying the dock, water and the friends who come to visit. For most of us the cottage world is a small one even though Muskoka is big territory.

On Sunday there was a tribute to Dads in downtown Bracebridge. It could’ve been a tribute to Muskoka and all the driving we do. Lined all up and down Manitoba Street from the top of the hill to the bottom, from Shoppers’ Drug Mart to the bridges, on both sides of the road were cars, trucks, firetrucks, panel vans, sports cars, limousines, convertibles, coupes, sedans and a hearse. All special, all collectors items: Ferraris, Vettes, a 1937 V-12 Lincoln and the list goes on. And who were out to see them? Why just about everyone! Especially the Dads.

It was a beautiful day. Seeing the chrome from the 50’s and 60’s brought back memories of first driving here with my parents. A trip from the city could take 5 hours on the open road. There was always a stop for ice cream on the way. No 4 or 6 lane highways. Lots of meandering 2 laners travelling through small towns, past farms and forests. Windows open all the way (so you could wave – and they would wave back).

Those cars brought back the memories cottages make. The scent of pine, cedar, bonfires and that musty cottage smell. The sound of screen doors slamming and ‘last one in!’ They kinda get in your blood and stand for all that’s right in the world. Cottages and old cars in Muskoka.

Here’s what came to market this week.

62 Tall Timbers Rd, Seguin
$3,795,000 – MLS# 114359
Lake Joseph

Truly breathtaking island dotted views,south exp.,yr round sunsets in an area of exclusive custom cottages on desirable Lake Joseph.Contemporary style,impeccably newly detailed executive home.Designer furniture package optional.4 (suited)bedrooms/5 baths plus den.Spacious main living area features banks of floor to ceiling windows,grand granite fireplace,modern grey/taupe engineered oak flrs.6 sets of sliding doors open to 90 ft cedar deck and your granite patio w firepit.Custom kitchen stainless appliances, matte waterfall quartz counters,8 appliances, w/i pantry.Warmly finished lwr walkout level offers family rm for the kids w modern FP.Extensive”Rockscape Design” landscape w meandering granite walkways, stunning perennial gardens,sprinkler systems &outdoor lighting.Fabulous swimming w/sand entry & deep crystal-clear,pale green water.Board & batten lined 2 slip boathouse.New 2 +car garage. Paddle to Blueberry Island and boat to cliff jumping.
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1209 BREEZY POINT ROAD #1, Walkers Point
$1,695,000 – MLS# 134710
Lake Muskoka

First time offering with truly breathtaking westerly view. Prestigious Lake Muskoka Locale. Architecturally designed year round cottage has 4 bedrooms & 2 baths. Built in 1981. Ready for use or use the “grandfathered” setback and re-build to suit. 234 ft straight-line frontage. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own such a cherished piece of Muskoka.
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900 Kahshe Lake, Gravenhurst
$1,350,000 – MLS#132245
Kahshe Lake

Kahshe Lake-Muskoka. Turnkey, private, water-access only 5+ Bed/2 Bed family retreat just 90 minutes from GTA. Built by renowned Canadian designers and featured in Style at Home & Cottage Life Magazines, this gorgeous 7-acre level and treed lot, features natural gardens, granite steps & exquisitely landscaped walkways. The property boasts 520 feet of Southern exposure shoreline outfitted with 2 docks for deep water swimming & boating. The Main cottage has all the modern conveniences such as Gourmet Kitchen, Granite Counters, Hardwood Floors, Laundry Room, Private Terrace, Stainless Steel Appliances, Antique Reclaimed Hemlock Flooring, 18Ft Ceilings, Granite Fireplace. The stunning Master Bedroom is in a separate wing with spectacular lake views and offers a large closet, separate WC and freestanding tub. With a nod to classic architecture, the cottage features a 700 Sq. Ft. Screened In Muskoka Porch, a cosy waterside Bunkie for guests and 2 private outdoor showers.
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31 Severn River Shores, Severn Falls
$334,999 – MLS# 134430
Severn River

Cozy 4 bdrm cottage located on a quiet bay on the Severn River. Over 345′ of fantastic Waterfront w/a mix of shallow & deep for multiple uses. Property is extremely private & boasts lovely western views for all day sun & sunsets. Cottage awaits new owner to complete the new 650 sq.ft. Bunkie. Septic has been updated to accommodate cottage & Bunkie. Only 5 min boat ride from marina to cottage. Access is by boat only.
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And the rest…

$350,000 – $750,000 —
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$751,000 – $1.5million —
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$1.5million – $2.5million —
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$2.5million and above —
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Come to Muskoka and build some memories…

Laura, Lucy & Ross

RE/MAX Hallmark in Muskoka
705 706 1177

ps Have you checked out THIS home?

$3,195,000 – MLS# 126243
Lake Rosseau

“Edgewater”. A classic year round 5 bedrm Muskoka cottage. Warm and inviting, A place where relaxing is the paramount goal. Built right at the water’s edge, this cottage has a relationship with the water like no other. View? Sunset? Right on the money! Both are exceptional. Access? Privacy? Two more boxes ticked. Looking for gentle land? This was made for you. To add to the list, there’s a 2 slip boathouse with 650 sq ft above for accommodation and an oversized two car garage for the toys. Beautifully furnished in warm, soft tones Edgewater is move-in ready. A place to kick back or entertain while you think about how to make it your own. This kind of opportunity is rare. It’s a great find and excellent value.
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