Could it be? Ice out early this year? Some certainly say so. Nights above freezing, sunny days with warm winds. The ingredients are right. Add in the water flow over the falls on the Muskoka and Rosseau Rivers. Ice is breaking its bonds as big lake levels have risen more than a foot in the last couple of days.

With the warm temps, snow has beaten a hasty retreat into the shadows. Many shorelines are clear. Landforms visible. Early shoots and spring buds are forming and the great awakening is underway.

So, too, the migration of those seeking waterfront homes for this year is now in earnest. Decisions about waterfront can be made, knowing what’s there as opposed to guessing what’s under the ice. This past week, along the Muskoka River, a bungalow came to market. 8 offers later, it sold at 8% over ask.

The pace has picked up. Prices being achieved so far have lagged last year slightly. Activity, though, may change that as more people venture forth to see new listings. Our favourites are below. This is a good week. Questions? Happy to oblige!

$5,989,000 | MLS# 40369940

Spectacular offering of the quintessentially “north Joe” rock and piney setting affording commanding long southerly lakeside vistas past ‘Blueberry Island’ – one of the most coveted locales of this end of Lake Joe. Serving up 393 feet of shoreline comprising 2 lakefront lots side-by-side with acres of privacy, a splendid 4 bedroom 4 bathroom principal cottage featuring a stunning 2 storey great room with 2-sided floor-to-ceiling fireplace, propane on the interior, and wood-burning on the exterior, chef’s kitchen with granite counters and twin islands, lakeside dining, main floor owner’s suite, multiple walkouts to expansive waterside IPE terrace, 3 upper bedrooms 2 with Juliet balconies overlooking dramatically private lake front vistas. Complimentary secondary dwelling on separately deeded lot unveils a blank canvas for today’s Muskoka family – with endless possibilities, 750 sq. ft. of living space, 4 pc. bathroom, possible gymnasium, games room or space for teen’s / overflow. The piece-de-resistance is the impressive IPE decked 2 bedroom boathouse boasting Famed Wayne Swadron Architectural Elegance and exemplary Tamarack construction, with nothing spared nor missed, plus a very appealing separate IPE swim dock, very usable natural rocky shoreline with fire pit spot, stone and natural paths, and gorgeous lake views from all vantage points. Complete with tennis court, paved drive, irrigation, night lighting, and room for further expansion if desired, this is a superb offering affording premium location, privacy, ease of access and classic Lake Joe topography. Being marketed and sold fully furnished and equipped, virtually turnkey, with nothing to do but move in and enjoy. Click here for property listing details


1017 COLEMAN Road, Bracebridge
$4,179,000 | MLS# 40387804

Contemporary Muskoka cottaging awaits at ‘Sunset Cove’. 275 feet of south west facing straight-line shoreline fronts 3.44 acres of maturely forested classic rock and piney lands enveloping a very Sleek & Stylish 4 season hideaway serving up 4 bedrooms, 4 elegant bathrooms, white oak flooring, main floor owner’s suite, extensive wraparound decking, exposed rafter principal living area ceilings, Brazilian slate wood-burning fireplace, designer kitchen with island and pantry, very well appointed, and positioned to drink in miles-long open water views. Sun all day at the shoreline boasting 3 separate Nydock swim/boating platforms for summer fun and relaxation amidst your own rugged deep water shoreline setting complete with grandfathered at the water’s edge cedar lined cabana with sauna and hydraulic lifts. Mostly furnished and equipped, with state of the art mechanicals including back-up generator, central air, reverse osmosis water filtration, and more. With room for expansion if desired, drawings available and approval in place for a detached garage with living quarters. Exclusively addressed within minutes of golf and amenities, in a very rarely offered Lake Muskoka locale, this is the perfect cottage package for today’s active Muskoka family seeking the very best. Click here for property listing details


1008 SHARON Crescent, Dorset
$1,195,000 | MLS# 40388979

Experience sunsets at the lake from your private Paint Lake cottage retreat. Turnkey with most furnishings being included, this updated cottage offers 101’ of southwest exposure on a picturesque lot with several recent upgrades to enhance your Muskoka cottage adventures. Arriving at the cottage is simple all year round where you can enjoy the comforts of home with the privacy and tranquility of cottage life. From the newly installed generator, heated water line and UV system to a updated kitchen and bathroom plus a cozy Bunkie, this cottage has been well established as a successful investment property and has potential to generate income. Take advantage of all day sun from the recently installed dock, or tour Paint Lake on your boat, canoe or paddle board. In the evenings, lounge in the new hot tub with spectacular lake views, relax in the screened Muskoka room away from the elements, or gather around the lakeside fire pit for the ultimate cottage experience. Additionally, a detached garage provides storage for your boat, water toys, equipment and more. Located in Lake of Bays and just a short drive to Dorset, Dwight or Huntsville, this cottage offers proximity to several activities, shopping, dining trail and more to keep you and your guests entertained. Click here for property listing details


1119 BEAUMONT FARM Rd Bracebridge
$869,350 | MLS# 40392264

This is your opportunity to be on Lake Muskoka. Not a rental, nor a resort timeshare. You will own 1/4 of a private 4 bed, 3 bath cottage with a maximum of 3 other owners. Use this FULLY managed property for 12+ weeks a year; there are no set dates and Stays are booked via the wecasa app. The best part – it’s entirely hassle free as wecasa manages EVERYTHING right down to the last detail (property management, maintenance, cleaning, bookkeeping, etc) for a monthly fee of $2540 per 1/4 ownership interest. The maintenance-free ownership structure means you get to the dock faster. This lakeside Lake Muskoka bungalow was built in 2020. Turnkey and with every convenience and gadget you could ask. The wall to wall windows overlook the lake and expansive deck. Storage is abundant with a full basement crawl space and the garage which also provides owners with their own permanent secure storage space. The level lot with towering pines features a waterfront fire pit, hot tub and zip line with ample parking and grass to play on next to the circular driveway. The new large dock is in a protected and calm inlet and the expanse of boating on Lake Muskoka is just around the corner. With parking for boats and seadoos, next to it is a sandy beach which is perfect for frolicking kids, and the kayaks, paddle boards, and furry friends. A minute’s paddle out the channel is your raft for deep water diving/swimming. Located less than 5km from the amenities of Bracebridge enjoy all the fun of boating on the Big 3 lakes by summer, and skating, snowmobiling and ice fishing by winter. A great escape from the city, this is a beautifully appointed luxury cottage. No rentals are permitted. Please ask agents for the buyer package. Click here for property listing details



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RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Inc.