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MarketWATCH Muskoka: 14 October 2020

Colour has passed its peak. Leaves, now turning from gold to brown, are soft upon the forest floor. Their scent evoking a time of hiding in piles of them, playing in forts of them, throwing armfuls of them at one another. Fall smells good in the woods! A time to enjoy the last days of warm sunlight before arboreal winter slides down from the north with its quilting of white.

Thanksgiving is a marker of sorts in the traditions of cottage country. Seasonal places have heard their last laughs of the year, stoked their last fire of the season and begun preparations to close. Less of a ritual now, because so many properties in these parts are winterized or winter usable. For many, the move has been from cottage to lake home. They plan to retire here. That shift has had an effect on value. The desire for year-round capability has changed the cottage profile.

Today our selling season lasts longer as properties remain open for viewing. Still, we can’t stop that white quilt from descending. There’s no telling when it will drop in. But until then, landform is visible and waterfront obvious. The biggest challenge for an intent buyer, is finding choice. Inventory begins to dwindle. That said, there are good properties available, just not as many.

MarketWatch will come to your desk less frequently. Our next issue will be at the beginning of next month. In the meantime, if you have questions, let us know! We’re here in the woods, kicking through the leaves.

$699,000 – MLS# 40032852

This Kahshe lake, BOAT ACCESS only property is ready for a new family to enjoy 214′ waterfront with sunny west exposure in a quiet bay away from boat traffic. You will spend many enjoyable hours on the sandy beach & fairly level property with walkable granite ledges that join (3) detached buildings. This property was designed for large gatherings. (#1) The solid, main 3bd/1bth cottage has a cozy woodstove for cooler days with spray foam insulation underneath, mechanical room. Add heated water line for winter use. Well designed, gourmet kitchen with ample cupboards & counterspace, large island, dishwasher & bar fridge. Water filtration with UV. A must have, stackable Washer/dryer in 4pc bath. (#2) Spacious 24’X 11’7′ detached Muskoka room is a favoured spot for entertaining with folding window/screens & ceiling fan that provides a breezy space to be in. Hot tub on deck (#3) Your lucky guests or in laws will thoroughly appreciate the fresh pine, newer 2bd/1bth bunkie with indoor liv space & kitchenette & decking. A second dock gives option for renting the bunkie while you enjoy the rest of the property. Not into sharing….then purchase the adjacent lot listed separately at 149K. Great opportunity to expand your family footprint or hold for investment. Site plan approved. Please note. Seller will be reviewing offers Monday Oct 19th @2pm. Contact listing agent for details. Located 5 mins from 2 marinas. Note: Potential road access is not confirmed or part of this purchase.
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$1,195,000 – MLS# 40029850

Entertainer’s paradise on desirable Long Lake in Bala. Welcome to 1060 Long Lake Road. This one-of-a-kind 4-season cottage is sitting right on the water’s edge and has stunning sunset views over Long Lake. The paved driveway leads you through the landscaped property to the carport and cottage which are steps from the water. The cottage boasts 6 bedrooms, 3 baths and is complete with an in-law suite. Main kitchen + in-law suite kitchenette, 2 family rooms, walkouts from 4 bedrooms…this truly is the perfect spot for a large family, or to host your guests. The waterfront has been beautifully designed to take advantage of every inch of shoreline – The stonework, retaining wall, expansive new docking system, firepit are just a few of the many amazing features of this property. Topping it off, this cottage has a wet boathouse that has been built right into the cottage. You simply don’t see this in Muskoka and a feature that is next to impossible to find at this price point. The interior of the cottage is pine-lined and has a true Muskoka cottage feel. The main bath has been recently renovated and modernized including heated floors and the care and pride of ownership is evident throughout. This is the perfect cottage for families and also an excellent set up for a rental to produce great weekly income. This is truly such a unique property that must be seen to be fully appreciated. Offers being held until October 13th to allow enough time for showings. Do not miss your opportunity to call 1060 Long Lake Road your new Muskoka retreat.
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$2,499,000 – MLS# 40032321

Superior property on Lake of Bays with over 300ft of sandy contoured shoreline (197ft straight-line tax assessed), 2.6 acres and sunny western exposure serving up some of the most spectacular sunsets. The recently built offers a slip for lager boats with another one perfect for the sea doos. In addition there is a spacious dock side with wired in T.V area that is partially covered so you can enjoy the sun and warmth or sit cooler in the shade and watch while the sun sets off in the horizon. The cottage sits on a lovely level area with good yard space and a stunning granite bluff in behind offer superior privacy from the road. Multiple areas to put in a carriage house or sports court. The cottage has been extensively renovated throughout offering custom kitchen, baths and flooring. Three beds on the main level with an extra Den (currently 4th bedroom) in the lower area with 3pc bath and laundry. Take advantage of the grandfathered footprint and expand or potentially rebuild and create that dream cottage on the dream property you have been searching for. Don’t forget to end those summer nights down on the granite lakeside patio with bon fire going and the sun setting. Truly a special property with endless possibilities.
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$4,300,000 – MLS# 40032155

STUNNING WATERFRONT ESTATE PROPERTY Located in the Heart of South East Georgian Bay, nestled into a picturesque cove of Moore Point, you’ll find an amazing 4 season waterfront home on 2.4 acres with 325 feet of private shoreline! Picturesque open views to north west and beautifully landscaped grounds with large deep water dock. Main home has 6 bedrooms with 6500 sq.ft. of living space, adjoining a 3 car garage with an 800 sq.ft, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment above. Enjoy the view and the waterfront in a custom timber frame gazebo and matching dry storage boathouse.
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Jennifer, Laura, Lucy & Ross
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$4,995,000 – MLS# 40029909

Every property has a story. Sometimes it’s about the cottage, sometimes the land, sometimes the headline is all about the view. This story is about rarity. This property is one of a very few where landform, view, exposure, privacy combine to create something very special. Located in the heart of Beaumaris, this offering is understated and private. 448 feet of westerly promontory harbouring a natural sand beach and gentle land with meandering pathways through towering hemlock and 8+’ of water off the dock. All day sun follows the shoreline from morning to dusk. Views of Fairholme, Buck and Tondern Islands frame the sunset. Oversized 3 slip boathouse with accommodations above for waterside living at its relaxed best. Follow a private drive for a kilometre to more than an acre of the best land Muskoka has to offer. A family oasis with a total of 5 beds, 4 baths and 3 half baths between 3 buildings creates space and privacy. Grandfathered setbacks place the main cottage close to the shore. Great gathering places outside and in for families of all ages. Wood fired hot tub tops the extensive list of inclusions with this incredible opportunity. For the discriminating buyer who truly appreciates the very best. A property for the ages. Rare. Refined. Exquisite. Click here

$2,495,000 – MLS# 40026508

Year round, fully furnished, turnkey lake home, just 50′ from the shore. 200′ of straight shoreline. Gentle land with more than 2.5 acres of privacy on a year round, paved municipal road. Well situated and offering convenient seclusion. 5 Beds and 2 Baths with large family spaces on both levels. Views of the lake from most rooms. Warm and inviting inside with natural wood finishes (pickwick pine) Low maintenance exterior (siding, windows and decking). Newly refurbished crib dock with steel piles added. Fabulous oversized 3 bay garage with extra height and length for boat storage. Sunrise and moonrise exposure. Lots of places for kids to roam and play in manicured bush or open areas. Room for a sports court! Delightful perennial gardens. This is a well maintained and cared for home, waiting for a new owner to add personal touches and make it their own. Click here

$425,000 – MLS# 278237

Simply spectacular! An exceptional once in a lifetime opportunity!!! 16 acres, over 1400 ft frontage on a stunning lake with only a handful of other property owners. This is your chance to create your dream oasis amongst the landscape of majestic Pines and Hemlocks and paddle crystal clear waters. The ultimate setting for those wishing to experience the quieter moments of “Cottage Living.” A place to escape the hustle and bustle of urban living, yet only just a short drive to all the amenities one might desire. This location offers access to a multitude of exceptional lakes and thousands of acreages of crown land laced with miles of trails to explore, with many leading into neighbouring Algonquin Park. Click here