On our property we have two fruit trees. Deer are indiscriminate. They eat whatever has fallen or they can reach. The red berries that gleam like cherries in the sun, are crabs. The others an old Ontario variety long forgotten. They’re on a tree planted when the original home was built here in the 1870’s or 80’s. It’s a variety that likely precedes McIntosh (which came into favour in the early part of the last century). Fresh ones are tart and crisp. They have snap.
They’re not nearly as pretty as the crabs but so much more satisfying. That’s because they have the characteristics we value … year after year.
Earlier I mentioned the deer are indiscriminate. Not quite true. When it comes to being shooed away, they quickly leave the pretty berries and scamper into the forest. But with the old apples? They stand their ground with a frown. It seems that taste matters.
It’s a bit like cottages. Make sure you have what you value. Don’t be swayed because it’s pretty. Know what you like and how you cottage.
This week’s crop has some tasty offerings. Take a look!
Taking a quick peek back… this one’s worth a second glance…
91 TOPAJO Road, Seguin
$13,995,000 | MLS# 40368971
Highly coveted Lake Joseph estate, nestled along one of Muskoka’s most exclusive and private shores. Vast lake views over Lake Joseph provide the ideal landing for this contemporary masterpiece by Sophie Clapperton Designs Inc. Architect designed and owned, this two-year-old cottage offers the convenience of a new build, without the headaches of construction. Simply move in and enjoy. Conveniently located; just minutes to Rocky Crest Resort and Club Links Golf Course, as well as the many amenities of Port Carling, Mactier, and Parry Sound. A mere 5 minutes from Highway 400 and exactly 2 hours from Toronto. Enjoy the property year round, via one of Muskoka’s premiere, private gated roads. Experience the ultimate privacy of 479 feet of waterfront on 3.5 acres of land with 500/1500 feet to the nearest neighbouring docks. Professionally landscaped, furnished, and styled, this property features countless building upgrades and unique custom detailing throughout. These include: reclaimed asphalt driveway, metal roof, spray foam insulation, smart-home-technology, floor-to-ceiling aluminum-clad windows, central humidifiers and air purification systems, central vac, in-floor heating, cold room storage, glass floor, custom bunk-room, and lowering swim platform. An entertainers dream, the main 5+1-bedroom, 5-bathroom cottage provides two primary suites, a covered spa, and access to outdoor living from both levels. A spacious office will eliminate your commute and renders the comforts of a private internet tower and full-service back up generator. A brand new, fully-winterized inclinator provides easy access to the one-of-a-kind 2 slip boat house, where you’ll find an additional bedroom, bathroom and living area. Immaculately landscaped pathways with irrigation encompass this unique piece of Canadian Shield. Click here for property listing details
1438 PENINSULA Road, Port Carling
$ 4,295,000 | MLS# 40463907
Presenting a unique real estate opportunity on Lake Rosseau, conveniently situated near Port Sandfield. This property boasts 1.94 acres of land with 235 feet of lake frontage, facing north with stunning panoramic views. The property features a level building envelope that gradually slopes, leading to steps down to the water’s edge, where a single slip covered boathouse is situated. The existing older two-storey cottage stands in its original condition, offering a blank canvas for redevelopment. An exciting prospect awaits as you envision transforming this space. Additionally, a separate sun deck provides a perfect vantage point to enjoy the picturesque lake. For additional accommodation, a secondary cottage with over 500 square feet is also on the property. This cottage includes a covered porch, one bedroom with a walk-in closet, a bathroom, and a combined living area with a kitchen. The presence of a 500+ square foot garage complete with an attached grandfathered workshop, caters to hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts. A separate storage shed further enhances the functionality of this property. This re-development opportunity promises a blend of natural beauty and potential for transformation, set against the backdrop of Lake Rosseau. Whether you’re looking to create a luxurious retreat or a cozy lakeside escape, this property offers the canvas upon which to craft your vision. Click here for property listing details
1193 NORTH CLEAR LAKE Road, Bracebridge
$ 1,295,000 | MLS# 40463243
Looking to check off all the boxes on your “cottage wish list”? This is THE ONE! This picturesque property offers S S/E exposure, 115’ of superb waterfront featuring a great combination of both hard-packed, shallow sand bottom shoreline with a natural granite lakeside & crystal clear deeper water on the large L-shaped dock. Add some stunning views, a professionally landscaped property, granite walkways, a level lot and 3.4 acres of privacy and this becomes an even more exciting property as it continues to meet more of your checklist goals! The main cottage is cedar-lined with a warm “chalet” feel, vaulted ceilings, interesting architectural angles and offers 5 bedrooms/2 bathrooms for year round enjoyment & exudes great pride of ownership. Inside, the bathrooms & kitchen have been updated with granite countertops, S/S appliances, a built in oven and induction stovetop along with a new gas fireplace and engineered hardwood flooring throughout. Taking this fabulous package to another level is the entertainment-sized, 3 season Muskoka Room and expansive lakeside deck which was just replaced at the end of July 2023. The septic system was updated in 2017 there is also a back up generator in the event of a power outage. If that’s not enough…. there’s a gorgeous self-contained, winterized Bunkie with a large 4 pc bath and spacious open concept living area & the large storage room could easily be made into a 2nd bedroom. Numerous walking trails out your back door take you through Crown Land to a selection of small lakes or you can even hike to Bigwind Provincial Park. This stunning cottage comes almost fully furnished so you just need to throw away your wish list, pack your bags and come start your family memories in Muskoka this season on Clear Lake! Click here for property listing details
121 BALA PARK Island, Bala
$799,000 | MLS# 40464966
Welcome to “Island life” on Lake Muskoka and the sun drenched shores of 121 Bala Park Island. Only a few minute boat ride from mainland you will find this amazing southwest facing property boasting some of the most expansive views Lake Muskoka has to offer. As you arrive you are greeted by a new boathouse ready steal dock with plenty of space for guests boats or enjoying entertaining and large gatherings. The level useable land is great for all ages having shallow entry or deep water off the dock. Enjoy a central location only minutes to Bala shops or a short boat ride into Port Carling and Lake Rosseau or Joseph. The lovely 3 bedroom 1 bath cottage has been well maintained inside and out and offers plenty of natural light, living room with wood burning fireplace for the cool evenings, beautiful views, walk out to front deck and plenty of privacy. The sunsets at this property are nothing short of breathe taking whether sitting on the deck or dock as you relax and unwind in the Muskoka breeze. It’s all about that Muskoka Life Style and this one checks the boxes! Click here for property listing details
1810 BOLDTS Lane, Minden
$ 320,000 | MLS# 40466268
Welcome to your secluded off-grid, three season retreat on Boldts Lane, nestled along the Irondale River. This cabin offers a harmonious blend of rustic charm and modern sustainability making it a true haven for those seeking comfort and a connection with nature. Perched amongst a canopy of lush trees, this solar powered cabin is the perfect sanctuary from the hustle and bustle. Step inside to discover a warm and inviting interior where natural wood finishes create an airy ambiance. The open concept living area features a woodstove perfect for gathering on cooler evenings or step into the kitchen to cook on the gorgeous propane stove. This truly unique accommodation includes a Bunkie with a bedroom and bathroom as well as a separate sauna house that features a living area and bathroom. Outside, nature enthusiasts will relish in the solitude and sounds of nature. Head down to the river where you will find excellent kayaking, swimming and 3 Brothers Falls just a few minutes away. This property is more than a cabin, it’s a destination! For year round use you would need to skirt and insulate under the buildings, add a hot water tank and a pressure tank and potentially heat the buried water line from the river. You would also have to arrange for the road to be plowed. Click here for property listing details
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