As the seasons change, walking through the woods, kicking up fallen leaves stimulates the senses. The smell of leaves is different this time of year. And scents, as you know, stimulate memory. One memory I have from childhood is wondering why, when it gets cold, do trees take their clothes off? Another was watching goldfinches change from their bright summer yellow to a subdued drabness with only a hint of summer glory in their coat.

The last two weeks have been grand. Fall colours this year have had snap. The reds are redder than they have been for years. Scarlet, magenta, crimson all decided to compete for glory. It’s been superb!

Yet the rain, hail and some snow of this week have had a decidedly different effect on the waterscape. Yes, the shoreline has been aflame, but one of our great symbols of the Lakelands has put on his winter coat. Unlike weasels who effectively change from brown to white, the common loon fades. Its sharply defined markings blend. White and grey grow, grizzling its body like the muzzle of a long-loved dog. Unlike the tree fanfare of flaming change, our friend the loon grows old before our eyes. No glory here. Just muted mourning of a summer gone.

Our cottage market has not yet put on its winter coat. Although the number of new listings has begun to trail off a bit, there are almost 4 times as many new offerings as there are price changes. Just as some of the new offerings are sweet, so some of the price changes have been significant. Take a look!

170 BIG ROCK Road, Port Severn
$4,489,000 | MLS# 40333212

This stunning turnkey estate is a must-see! The cottage is located on Six Mile Lake with 295ft of frontage, a double slip flat top boathouse, deep water for swimming, a Sport Court, and more! The four-season home is on 1 acre of beautifully landscaped property. Picture the sunrise from your private hot tub and sunset from the dock, boathouse, or living room! Over 4000 square feet of luxury living space with room for your family and friends. Located in the “Muskoka’s,” this is less than a two-hour drive from Toronto. Custom-built cottage and boathouse in 2012, with the garage added in 2014. The three-car garage with a Tesla charger has a large entertainment area above and is designed to be easily converted to a large one-bedroom suite. Level waterfront area with a fire pit, large dock with deep clear water swimming. Two-slip boathouse with cable boat lifts and a large flat top area above for entertainment. When walking into the cottage, you will experience cathedral ceilings, a large stone fireplace & beautiful west-facing lake views in your living/ dining room. Attached is the Muskoka Room overlooking the lake with panoramic views and its stone fireplace. Then into your dream hardwood kitchen with granite countertops, stone accents, and a walk-in pantry with a full-size fridge. This cottage has five bedrooms + a den, and four and a half bathrooms. In-floor radiant heating, forced A/C, two wood burning, and more. Fully furnished and flexible closing. The primary suite features amazing lake views and a lavish three-piece ensuite with a walk-in closet. A lake-view office, powder room with exterior access, and laundry room complete the first floor. On the second floor, you. You will find four bedrooms plus a den and two bathrooms. Enjoy year-round fun with surrounding snowmobile trails. Sport Court is set up for basketball, pickleball, badminton, and volleyball and easily converts to an ice rink in the winter. This estate truly offers exceptional value! Click here for property listing details


271 KAY Road, Port Sydney
$3,199,999 | MLS# 40335080

An opportunity like this doesn’t come around very often! Welcome to Riverglen Farms in Port Sydney! Meandering down your private lane way, you pass ducks in the stream, honey bees up on the hill, and cattle grazing in the field. Around the corner the beautiful barn awaits where the Clydesdales and saddle horses are enjoying the fresh grass. Off in the distance you can see the edge of the treed acreage and rock cut ready to be explored. Cleo the Bengal cat is your concierge and she leads you past the veggie garden, bird feeders and glass green house, towards her beautiful, 3000 sq ft farm house. This home is the heart of these 190 acres. With the granny suite addition, you can host family, friends or rent for additional income. Beside the house is an equally visually pleasing yet functional garage and event space heated by a wood stove. Behind the garage is covered storage, a bunkie shed, and last but certainly not least, the path down to the riverfront. Take a dip at the end of the day at your very own beach and dock. Or boat along the 4 mile stretch between Port Sydney dam and Balsam Chutes. 1900 ft of shoreline to be exact, and it’s all yours! In the winter you can snowshoe, cross country ski or sleigh ride through the 11 acre Red Pine plantation. We can’t forget about the barn and all it’s charm. Housing chickens and cattle below, upstairs is currently used for storage and hay for the animals. This space has been converted into a wedding ceremony venue many times in the past! Coupled with the garage for guest dining, and a picturesque backdrop, this property is the ideal location for intimate weddings and events. Have I swooned you yet? Come and experience it for yourself. Showings begin now! Click here for property listing details


1158 LEONARD LAKE ROAD 2 Road, Bracebridge
$1,595,000 | MLS# 40332582

WELCOME TO DESIRABLE LEONARD LAKE This very attractive offering is a great opportunity to acquire ownership on one of the most sought after lakes in Muskoka. The well treed setting offers privacy which surrounds the 3+ bedroom cottage with high ceiling soraing livingarea windows, appealing pine floors open concept in main gathering area and of course lake views. The completely finished lower level has 2 bedrooms and a very spacious sun room, hobby room and extra bonus room. To accommodate friends and extended family the stunning guest facilities on top of the two storey garage works beautifully. Lined in pine it is warm and inviting and may be used year round as does the main cottage. The lot is gentle and shaded by a canopy of green it provides easy access to the lakeside and the dock. Should it be a year round home or a cottage close to all amenities this is it. Craftsman ship and pride of owner ship is displayed throughout. Click here for property listing details


1028 PAINT LAKE Road, Dorset
$699,900 | MLS# 40335875

Known as the “Old Avery Homestead,” this special and unique MUSKOKA property offers a deep connection to local history, with shore frontage of 233′ on a navigable creek with access to Lake of Bays & Paint Lake. Two-storey, 3-bdrm home (1967 sq ft) consists of an original (circa 1898) square log core (present day living/dining area) together with a framed addition (circa 1921), which all brims with country character and charm. Most of the 2.15 level acres are fenced for dogs, with gates allowing access to forested paths down to the water and along the banks of Paint Lake Creek and Tramway Creek. A small dock out of the way of traffic is a perfect spot to park your boat for trips into Dorset on Trading Bay or water-skiing & bass/pike fishing on Paint Lake. There’s an extremely well-built and thoughtfully designed 30’x40’ garage (built in 2013) with an oversized, winterized 2 car bay, a large separate workshop/hobby area, 3 climate zones with heated floors and heat pump, security system and an approx 760 sq ft second floor above the garage finished with drywall and beautifully trimmed in pine, presently occupied by tenants. Solar panels fuel a battery backup system that runs the entire house in the event of power failures, and also feed power back to the grid on a transferable contract that pays out approx $4,000 annually until 2033. Very level and mostly cleared, west-facing backyard is lined with 44 lilac trees along one side and plenty of space for a huge garden in full sunlight. Great abundance of crown land & public trails in the area for seasonal activities, which include snowmobiling, ATVing, cycling, snowshoeing, hunting, hiking, etc. The town of Dorset is only 5 minutes away, where there are Canada’s “Best Country Store” (voted as #1 by The Toronto Star), public beach, numerous stores, church, lookout tower, marinas & docking, etc. Located only 2.5 hrs from Toronto. The house will need some TLC. 24 -hour notice for showings is required. Click here for property listing details

Price Reductions – Click here

$595,000 – $1,099,000 – Click here
$1,100,000 – $1,999,000 – Click here
$2,000,000 – $4,999,000 – Click here
$5,000,000+ – No New listings over $5m this week. Click here for all 28 active listings over $5m.

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Lucy & Ross
RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Inc.