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Last week we mentioned the beginning of summer. At least that’s what the calendar indicates …the longest day. However the weather gods this week decided to play a few games. Two days ago we received 100 mm of rain. Yesterday our high was about 15C. It was interesting to note points inside the Arctic Circle were warmer. They didn’t have a tornado touch down though. We did, a bit east of here. Exciting times!

In other ways we’re getting back to more usual activity. Farmers markets have opened. It’s like going to the grocery store. Distancing rules. Masks in place. We persevere and strive to keep going. Adverse conditions have an impact. From this vantage point they underscore the value of close ties. Family, whether by blood or by choice, is important.

That brings us to gathering places. Places for family. There have been data showing what some call ‘second home’ market strengthening. By that it refers to homes out of the GTA, many in cottage country, whether waterfront or not. Interest, demand and sales have been more intense and stronger than we have seen in a while. Our take is for an increasing number, it’s not a second home purchase at all. It’s a primary residence purchase.

With COVID, people have been working from home. They are learning one does not have to commute to get the job done. As long as internet connects, work can be done in place. They ask the question, why don’t I work from a place I would want to live as opposed to a place where I thought I had to live?

BINGO! The question is… And where would you want to live?

If your answer includes cleaner air, less traffic, easier access to year round outdoor activity, water sports, snow sports and great walks. Then take a look at Muskoka, Parry Sound and Haliburton. As a primary residence location, for many, the attractions and the costs suit.

Interested? We also work in the residential, off water property segment.

And if water’s part of your requirement, here’s what happened on the water this week …

$3,995,000 – MLS# 264158

Stunning fully furnished 5 bd 5 bth cottage & 2 storey boathouse with quarters, attached garage, 399.93 ft and 8 ac on a quiet bay, centrally located on Lk Mus close to amenities. Beautiful mature landscaping integrates granite patios and walkways with hardy flowering shrubs and perennials with blooms covering the seasons. The cottage sports a soaring beamed ceiling, three massive fireplaces each with their own distinctive stone, a chef’s kitchen large enough for multiple cooks, and a massive Muskoka room showcasing the fabulous gardens. The master bedroom has a walkout onto the deck towards the water, a private sitting area, large ensuite and ample closets. Upper level has 2 brms each with own ensuite, flanking an open flexible use loft. Sizable lower entertainment area walks out to the lake and houses a bar for parties. Lower level has 2 more bdrms, sharing a bthrm, and a gym. Drilled well, geothermal, propane, Generac, Hurd windows, owned land under bths, immmaculate maintenance. Click here for property listing details


$2,199,000 – MLS# 268621

Fully ‘turnkey’ (ALL furniture+accessories included), beach houses like this seldom grace the market. By designers Colin+Justin, no finish was overlooked, no inclusion omitted. Oak flooring and Cedar ceilings run throughout. New windows and doors punctuate every elevation. There’s a 2000 sq ft Cedar deck and Sunspace railings. The cottage boasts 2250 square feet: living room, dining room, kitchen (with Fisher Paykel appliances+quartz counters) and a granite floored sunroom. There are 4 bedrooms (3 at ground level, each with a walkout) 3 shower rooms with Rubinet fixtures and in floor heating, a laundry (with Fisher Paykel appliances) and a ‘Garaga’ door garage. The upper level (accessed via an ‘industrial’ glass and steel wall) has a king sized bedroom, balcony, ensuite and closet. The 500sq ft log cabin bunkie has 2 bedrooms, living room+shower room. With SW exposure across a hard packed sandy beach, the cottage enjoys wide views of Drag, one of Haliburton’s most revered lakes. Click here for property listing details


$1,475,000 – MLS# 266009

This absolutely delightful offering is a dream come true for the cottager who is looking to have it all. The choice is yours. Start renovating this classic Muskoka cottage from a bygone era or build to suit. The property claims one of the finest addresses on Lake Rossseau with the most appealing topography to all ages. A gentle slope leads to the pristine sand beach with a beautiful rock shelf shoreline. The 5 bedroom 3 bathroom cottage is situated steps from the water which makes for an outstanding footprint. The oversized single slip boathouse accommodates a 19 ft. boat slip with a marvellous sundeck atop. Truly one of a kind offering Call for your private viewing. Click here for property listing details



$549,000 – MLS# 266109

Breath Taking Views & Pristine Waterfront On A 2.35 Acre Lot W/587 feet Of Rock & Pine Tree Shoreline. In A Sheltered Bay 60 Plus Feet Deep Protected From Boat Traffic. ***The Details***3 Bedroom Cottage W/Loft & Addition & 2pc Bath W/Shower Rm too. Muskoka Room Off The Front Of The Cottage. Also A Bunkie Cabin At The Waterfront. New Vinyl Plank Flooring In The Main Cottage. Sandy Shoreline In The Bay W/A Swim Raft & Deep Water Up The Southern Shoreline W/Jumping Rocks For An Afternoon Of Fun. The Trent Severn Waterway Is The Best Freshwater Boating In The World & It Is Just Off The Bay & Easy Access To The Locks At The Swift Lock43 & The Big Chute Marine Railway Lock44. Just 1.5 Hours From The GTA You Can Be At The Marina And In Your Boat – A 15ft Steel Boat & Motor, Included In the Purchase & Swimming Off The Dock. 3 Min Ride To ACCESS BY BOAT From The Marina. This Cottage Has Been Family Owned Since 1903. Click here for property listing details


$300,000 – $750,000 – Click here for property listing details
$750,001 – $1,500,000 – Click here for property listing details
$1,500,000 – $2,500,000 – Click here for property listing details
$2,500,000 and above –Click here for property listing details

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