MarketWATCH Muskoka: 26 May 2022

Last week we talked about ticking boxes… making sure the property is right and the compromises it represents are acceptable. In some ways it’s easy dealing with the intellectual exercise of choosing. More and more we’re finding people doing their research online and making their choices without actually seeing the property.

To some degree, when thinking about an urban setting, views often don’t matter. Likewise, privacy is something inside the home and land conformation usually is not an issue. Waterfront rarely is. Sometimes, an urban buyer is concerned about exposure. They want evening sun in the back.

People learn to assess a property online because to a large degree the decision is about the house. The building, and not the boxes we discussed last week, is the focus of attention.

Sometimes online representation of cottage property gives a good sense of the land, how it feels, where the sun falls. However, as often as not, what isn’t shown online is just as important, sometimes more so.

There’s a property for sale right now with a glorious view. What the pictures don’t show is the more than 100 steps down to the water.

It’s important to walk the land before choosing. Cottages can be changed over time. Land, views and sun cannot. Noting a property has a particular exposure could be meaningless if the land is ‘right’ and sunlight is unimpeded.

Kicking the dirt is the best way of knowing a property is right for you and your family. There’s some dirt here this week you might want to kick!

1086 TONDERN ISLAND Road S, Milford Bay
$9,950,000 – MLS# 40262003

ONE OF A KIND OFFERING OF PERFECTION IN EVERY DETAIL Welcome to Holiday House This extraordinary cottage was built in the early 1900’s and has been refurbished to maintain its original integrity with the use of natural wood throughout. This commanding structure offers all that is necessary to live in style of a gone by era. Feelings of nostalgia come in waves as one continue to traverse through the main living area with coffered ceiling the original fireplace with a choice of sitting areas, from there large French doors leads the way to the ever used Muskoka porch where the breathtaking views and sunsets are savoured. Completing this main cottage are 5 brm. and 6/bth which includes a separate master wing .In addition is the 3 bedroom 1600 sq. Ft guest cottage fully self contained with wraparound porch. The five-slip boathouse comes complete with over 1200 sq.ft living area. Walking throughout the maze of cut stone walkways, through the beautiful gardens to the regulation tennis court you see how this is a gateway into what Muskoka used to be. PERFECTION… Click here for property listing details.


59 WATERS EDGE Lane, Huntsville
$3,999,000 – MLS#40262936

This custom build provides breathtaking views from every room overlooking beautiful Fairy Lake. 3.48 acres of complete privacy with no neighbours in sight, and 213.81 of waterfront to enjoy. The safe, quiet and picturesque private road is kept open year round, shared only by 4 other property owners for the perfect place to walk, bike or cross country ski. Paired with only a 10 minute drive, or 5 minutes boat to vibrant downtown Huntsville for the best of both worlds. The main floor has a primary and secondary bedroom, with 3 more bedrooms in the walkout basement, as well as an overflow room in the loft for your guests. A well thought floorplan provides an open concept living with gorgeous white kitchen, large walk-in pantry and oversized island that will capture memories. Relax to the warmth of the wood burning fireplace insert in the great room, with an additional wood stove in the basement for all season comfort that is backed up by a 8500kw standby generator. 40 miles of boating, and countless iconic attractions in the heart of Muskoka awaits you. Click here for property listing details.


1668 TWELVE MILE LAKE Road, Minden
$1,449,900 MLS# 40258427

Gorgeous Sunrise Views on Twelve Mile Lake a 3 lake chain. Year round cul de sac, mature treed sloping lot. New large docking providing deep water access as well as a easy wade in area and smooth rock shoreline. Many sitting areas to provide water views in either the full sun or shade and a large fire pit for evening bonfires. Open concept 1348 sq ft 3 bedroom (plus loft), 2 bathroom cottage with cathedral pine ceilings and walls, sunken living room with massive windows allowing panoramic lake views, sliding glass door walkout to lakeside deck, beautiful stone fireplace with built in fans to distribute heat and hardwood floors throughout. Updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, large sleeping loft and dining room all having views of the lake. Master bedroom has a 3pc ensuite with heated floors and glass shower. This “turn key” (with designer pieces) set up has over 1000 sq ft of decking, heated waterline, full septic, two sheds and a large cleared area ideal for garage. Pour the coffee & enjoy the view! Click here for property listing details.


1130 MUSKOKA ROAD 38 Unit #2, Bala
$899,000 – MLS# 40263177

Welcome to Rock View – First time offered, cherished family cottage on desirable Moon River welcomes you with quintessential cottage charm and character. This lovely cottage is winterized, features 3 beds + loft and 1 bath. Desirable open concept design and large deck provide ample room for all your family and friends to enjoy and make Summer memories. Enjoy spectacular views and sunrises from the deck or down at the dock with idyllic rock and pine shoreline. Relax and unwind in the hot tub after a day on the river or curl up by the wood burning fireplace on those chilly Muskoka nights. Minutes drive to desirable Bala locale for all your shopping and amenities, especially fritters and scones from Don’s Bakery! Cottage is being sold turn key and ready for you to start making memories. Click here for property listing details.


$595,000 – $1,099,000 – Click here

$1,100,000 – $1.999,000 – Click here

$2,000,000 – $3,999,000 – Click here

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Lucy & Ross