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August Civic Holiday. The hump day of summer. This year towns and villages of cottage country were fairly humming compared to last year. Parking spaces were hard to find and some businesses had appropriately distanced line ups outside. After more than a year of quiet, the return of commerce to these seasonal enterprises was a breath of needed oxygen. Retail in seasonal communities is tough at the best of times.

Although Canada is performing well relative to other G7 countries, we’re far from done with COVID. Delta is making its rounds. On Monday a summer camp in Muskoka discovered COVID among its campers. It’s quite possible more camps could follow. Distancing still reigns as a practical support to vaccine. Tugs of War will have to wait for safer times.

For 18 months we have been showing property by observing COVID protocols. Continuing the practice makes sense. One home inspector we know is not vaccinated and he rarely masks. Although he’s one of the best, we cannot take the risk and recommend him to clients. Continuing safe practices is essential until this virus is no worse than other viruses defeated by science. Risking the health of our clients is unconscionable.

Here are our mid-summer picks and properties which came to market in the past week. Questions? is where to find us! We’ll do our best to give you all the information you need before seeing a property.


$ 9,350,000 – MLS# 40147782

Nestled beneath 3+ acres of mature oaks, pines, and maples on coveted Acton Island this 3,800 sq ft. Elmo Starr designed, Robert Borne custom-built five bedroom cottage was meticulously located to take full advantage of this exquisite and rarely found west/northwest point with 380 feet of waterfront. W/NW exposure ensures sun at the large dock from 9:00 to sunset. Enjoy your morning coffee in the 62 x 10 wrap around covered porch. Convenient sheltered BBQ area directly off the kitchen for the resident chef. Situated in a protected cove surrounded by both deep and shallow water. Lake views on three sides of the cottage. Complete privacy with fully landscaped perennial gardens tucked among extensive granite pathways. Artfully designed main cottage gifts high ceilings, two family rooms, Great room with wood burning fireplace, dining room with full water views, main floor study & open concept chef’s kitchen with quartz counter tops and double ovens. Enjoy the added comfort of having a backup generator, high speed internet & satellite TV. Features include 2 Tesla chargers, 8 camera surveillance integrated into full security system, propane heating/hot water with a second electric hot water supply. Central air conditioning. Basement games and TV room and large storage areas. Stunning winding tree-lined gravel path drive in from the municipal road to a large two car garage connected to the cottage by a wood/stone breezeway. Parking for 12 cars. Fabulous vegetable garden with composting section. Paved basketball and road hockey pad. Stunning 2 storey 2 slip boathouse with private bedroom and 3 other beds easily accommodates a family of 5. Covered outdoor dining area. Outdoor pool table. Hydraulic boat lifts. Washer/dryer/3 fridges. Sports bar with overhead TV. All impeccably maintained. Truly one of the most picturesque properties on Lake Muskoka.
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$ 2,695,000- MLS# 40147674

Relaxation will wash over you as you pull into the drive of Balfour Manor. The most southern lake in Muskoka, Morrison Lake is known for its exquisitely calm waters, and being in the bay protects from boat traffic while offering remarkable westerly views. This 3.2 acre property boasts a sprawling front lawn, secluded fire pit and sandy beaches – infinite potential for the surrounding grounds. Breathtaking windows flood every room in the house with natural light. Separate wing above 3 door garage includes 2 spacious bedrooms, a media room and perfect work from home space. This 4 season home is a grand space to entertain guests anytime of the year, and less than a 2-hour trip from the city. This unique opportunity is a decorator’s dream!
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$1,999,000 – MLS# 40147345

Wonderful opportunity to live year round on Lake of Bays in this fully winterized cottage on a quiet road (no through road). 226 feet of frontage on glorious Lake of Bays.Year round road 15 minutes to Huntsville and to close world class Golf just a short boat ride to Bigwin Island. Open concept kitchen and dining area which is great for entertaining. From the main floor there is a walkout onto the deck which offers beautiful views of Wee Island and Lake of Bays. In true Muskoka fashion you have Cedar floors and walls. Nice and bright inside with 1 bedroom and walk in closet on the main floor and 3pc bathroom. 2 bedrooms in the lower level, there is space for an office when you are working at the cottage. The lower level is finished with a family room, a walkout, 3pc bathroom and a large laundry area. Rare gentle slope to the water to enjoy the sun on the dock. Shallow water, ideal for children minimal steps from the cottage to the lake. Boating depth water at end of dock. Enjoy the dock all summer long the perfect retreat. The 2 car garage is ideal for storage and your toys. Such a gentle slope to the lake and an opportunity to build a 2 slip boathouse.The property lines to the right lake side go right over to the neighbours property on a point. Unique opportunity to purchase a combined total water frontage of 426 feet as the vacant lot next door is for sale as well with 200 feet and 1.05 acres MLS #40100571 a video of both lots is online.

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$ 629,900 – MLS# 40146985

Wonderful water access! This cottage has all the feels, well updated in an awesome lodge style with rough sawn wood walls, reclaimed wood floors and vaulted ceilings throughout. The cottage has had many recent improvements including steel frame and helical piles underneath, new engineered trusses and steel roof, updated electrical and plumbing! Kitchen has huge island with solid surface countertops and plenty of cabinet space, a nearly new airtight woodstove brings the cozy on a cool autumn day. Idyllic setting with crown land views and nothing but trees and sparkling water to look at. The quaint 2 bedroom cottage is well located close to the shore and a large 12’x 18’ bunkie/gazebo sits right on the waters edge. A large dock runs along the frontage and can easily accommodate a couple of good sized boats with plenty of depth. An ATV trail leads out to the property for the adventurous types and mainland docking is only a 5 minute boat ride away. This could be just what you’ve been searching for, don’t hesitate!
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$595,000 – $1,099,000– Click here
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$2,000,000 – $3,999,000– Click here
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We look forward to seeing you soon!

Lucy & Ross