Bullet dodged. There was concern that later than usual ice out would have ramifications of a flooding kind. Not so this year! Exactly 12 months ago docks on Lake Muskoka were underwater and Rosseau and Joe were recording some of the highest water levels seen above the locks. The Muskoka River was raging and the park below the falls in Bracebridge had islands in it otherwise known picnic tables.

This year spring run off has been more orderly. Granted, lake levels in April were lower than usual. The lakes were ready. When the rush came, it arrived with force. Both dramatic and loud, at Bracebridge Falls, the most remarkable impact was not the incessant roar making normal speech inaudible, nor the swirling and tumbling waves bouncing over breakwaters and submerging the concrete wharf. It was the climate.

On the hills above the falls, warm sunlight and still air gave summer it’s due. Descending into the valley, summer gave way to spring. The air was palpably colder. Temperature difference was at least 10C, maybe more. Shorts and tee shirt were not enough, as they had been up above. That water and its spray is cold!

Cottage real estate this year had a cooler start than last year. But now it feels like we’re on the hillside above the falls. It has warmed up! This past weekend was a busy one. Properties we showed were stacked with back to back appointments. Our new listing ‘Edgewater’ on Lake Rosseau was booked right through Monday afternoon. You can see it here on its own website: www.MuskokaFamilyCottage.com.

Here’s what has come to market in the last week. If you’re wanting a cottage to enjoy for the season, there’s not much time to decide. It’s still possible to have Canada Day in your own cottage.

$3,995,000 – MLS# 126736
Lake Muskoka

Brand new build on Lake Muskoka with stunning sunset views! This Muskoka Modern masterpiece has completely custom carpentry & design finishes by Propeller Fine Homes. Well planned open concept layout includes a large main floor master, 4 season Muskoka room, open kitchen & family room, all with mesmerizing floor to ceiling lake views. Features such as timber lined stairs, custom sliding walls, granite & glass wine cabinet, gorgeous kitchen island, stone fireplace with floating hearth, and exquisite architectural roof lines, make this build one of a kind. Complete with 4 bedrooms + den, 5 Baths, walk in closets, heated floors, upgraded appliances, & laundry on both floors. The private lot is fully landscaped with granite stone steps down to the waters edge. Enjoy the large 2 slip boathouse finished with glass doors, painted interior, & impressive glass corner highlight. Ideally located only minutes from Bracebridge & Port Carling. This modern contemporary 3,900SF build is ready now! Click here for property listing details.


$2,089,000 – MLS# 127305
Lake Joseph

Stylish and elegant lakeside end unit fully remodelled and absolutely stunning. Spacious foyer opens to the large living room with wood burning fireplace, bar area, waterside dining, and beautiful kitchen. Completely renovated lakeside Muskoka room with propane fireplace and extensive 3 season entertaining area. Main floor master suite with propane fireplace, new engineered wood flooring, main floor powder room and main floor laundry. Ideally located close to the beach, and the Water’s Edge Bar & Grill, with access to the tennis courts, a dock slip is available. Golf cart to the Lake Joe Club for golf and casual dining. A sought after and rarely offered renovated lakeside end unit at the Lake Joe Club – “le crème de la crème”.
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$ 899,000- MLS# 126391
Muskoka River

This is a great year round, waterfront home or cottage with 304 feet on the Muskoka River and 2.5 acres of level land. Excellent privacy and lovely views from the large deck, screened in Muskoka room and most other rooms of the home. Open concept kitchen/dining area/living room with vaulted ceiling, hardwood floors and main floor laundry. Master bedroom with walk-in closet, ensuite bathroom, walkout to the deck as well as 2 other bathrooms and 3 other bedrooms for family, friends or other guests. 7 KM’s of river to explore offering great swimming, fishing or take a canoe/ kayak/paddleboard or pontoon tour.
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$549,000 – MLS#125861
Lake Loon

This charming piece of heaven is located minutes to the Wharf and downtown Gravenhurst and all amenities this cottage town has to offer. Property offers a maintenance free level lot with sandy shoreline and hard packed sand entry into the water on beautiful Loon Lake. Complete with shed and dock and upgraded siding, windows, kitchen, flooring, insulation, and includes most furnishings. The well appointed gas fireplace easily heats the entire cottage taking the chill of those cool evenings. A fabulous screened in porch allows you to enjoy the outside regardless of what the environment brings.
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And the rest? Let’s check them out by price range.

$300,000-$750,000 — Click here
$751,000-$1.5million — Click here
$1.5million-$2.5million — Click here
$2.5million and up — Click here


Laura, Lucy & Ross
(705) 706-1177

ps. Have you checked out these properties?

$3,495,000 – 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. Click here for property listing details.