MarketWATCH Muskoka: 28 April 2021

We’ve been working the cottage marketplace for almost 20 years. Most of those years have followed a similar pattern. From the end of March through May, roughly 50% of the year’s business is transacted. 25-30% of the business comes after Labour Day until end of October. Summer accounts for maybe 15%, winter the rest.

For the last year, COVID flattened the curve. Spring was slower than usual as people learned about masks and distancing. As those practices became the custom, busyness moved into summer. It was almost as if someone, somewhere, turned on a tap. Not full, but the flow was steady. Spring accounted for maybe 20 percent, summer picked up and carried 25%, autumn followed with more than its usual share while winter almost tripled. Each quarter was out of synch as people learned they could work anywhere. At the same time, as the demand for year round accommodation grew, school enrolments went through the roof.

Demand for year round living has had impact in a number of ways. More people are buying as they would in the city. The building has become more important than the land. For many new buyers, especially those working with realtors who don’t know the lakes, they are learning the lovely building they have purchased is on property they would like to change but can’t. The waterfront will be in shade in the afternoon, they did not know their bay had a weedy bottom, the protected channel is a thoroughfare and sitting on the dock is not a quiet experience, being in the lee of the land is attractive to mosquitos, are a few of the things they would like to change.

It’s not all that way. Being patient and becoming informed helps make better buying decisions for the long term. Relative to demand, inventory is tight. Finding a property with the right attributes takes time. When you find it, remember two things: today’s asking prices are marketing tools. They do not represent value; the other is, if you like the property others will too. If you want it, be prepared to go for it.

We have won more competitions than we have lost. We have used algorithms to help determine the appropriate bid.

Here are this week’s listings and picks. Want more info? We’re at!

2 ISLAND 2095/MITAWANGA Il Georgian Bay Twp
$4,975,000 – MLS# 40099599
Georgian Bay

Simply Spectacular ! The photos and videos tell a story no words can describe. The views , privacy , water quality , building finishes , creature comforts are unparalleled on this five acre slice of Heaven known as West Mitawanga Island. With 360 degree views you won’t miss a thing including precious sunrises and sunsets. A custom built 3214 sq ft four bedroom, five bath, high quality, timberframe , lake house is perched on amazing group of seven landscape. A 900 sq.ft. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, executive guest cottage overlooks the massive sheltered floating dock and waterfront entertainment area. A work shop/ dry boathouse is tucked in the forest for this times when you just need to get away and build something. An easy 20 minute boat ride from Honey Harbour. (Note: Bedroom and Bathroom count include Bunkie).
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1613 PENINSULA Road, Port Sandfield
$2,995,000 – MLS# 40100121
Lake Joe/Lake Joseph

This exquisitely updated modern contemporary cottage has a coveted southwest exposure down Cumberland Bay. The 2,000 sqft four-season cottage was rebuilt in 2017 and has 4 beds/3 baths and features an open concept sun filled main floor with gorgeous lakeside views, large windows illuminate the space. A large deck wraps around the main floor with space for entertaining outdoors. A bright lower level boasts a lovely living area with walkout. Sit by the fire pit with family and friends or enjoy swimming in the deeper water off the single slip dock.
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1048 SOUTH BAY Rd Gravenhurst
$1,500,000 MLS# 40103363
Kahshe Lake

Welcome to Beautiful Kahshe lake in Muskoka where living on the lake is easy & the views are divine.Located 1.5 hrs from GTA awaits this very appealing, all season road access cottage. A rare find on Kahshe, especially one with this much to offer. It may be hard to resist both its unique design & location so close to the water’s edge. A second storey, A frame addition was added to the original cottage in the 90’s & updated 5 years ago with pp furnace, A/C, new kitchen/bath, decking,flooring, roof. The design is cool & very well suited for families looking to spend memorable times together yet still maintain some privacy distance w 3 level decking, 2 docks, water’s edge 3 season Muskoka rm all maximizing the panoramic lake views. You will enjoy the small beach for shallow entry swimming/splashing & the deep water off the sun dock + jet ski dock. Design features such as angled front picture windows, spiral staircase to 2nd flr with mid century Acorn wood fireplace in the Primary bedroom with private deck give this cottage its unique feel. This Primary bedroom could be your much needed retreat.Spacious 3pc bath with 2 add bdrms on 2nd flr + 1 bd/4pc on the main flr provides a sense of privacy. Imagine dining by the wood fireplace or lounging reading a book during a rain storm in this comfy space. Featuring pine walls & ceilings, solid wood kitchen w large pantry cupboards/closet. 4 bds in main cottage w good sized guest bunkie/deck w view of the lake. No problem working from here as there is a LL office with excellent internet,heated/AC. This deep lot provides plenty of room to roam, plant a garden or putter in the workshop/studio with lots of parking/boat storage. You will appreciate the well paved driveway with front gate off all season maintained road with snow plowing, garbage pickup & mail delivery included! Means No extra road fees! Easy access to Hwy 11 without traffic noise. Comes mostly furnished & ready for your enjoyment.
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1082 WINDSOR Dr Bala
$895,000 – MLS# 40101018
Long Lake

Fish off your own dock this summer! 125 feet clean and deep waterfront shore on beautiful Long Lake in Bala. Built for casual living and easy entertaining, this private haven hides behind magnificent stone erratics left over from the ice age! An enchanted forest with mature woodland, complete with a frog pond, only minutes from all Bala amenities. Open and airy principal rooms with vaulted ceilings all with a lakeside view. Two bedroom, two bath––master bedroom enjoys ensuite privilege. Spacious deck with hot tub. Enjoy Muskoka this summer, in this wonderful year round home/cottage.
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Lucy & Ross
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