A few days before Christmas, the season is not quite as hoped.

COVID’s returned in a rage and sadly for some, breakthroughs have put a damper on traditional festivities. Even the weather seems unsure, giving a wild swing in temperature, snow’s come and gone. At the moment, Christmas Eve in the near north may bring up to 10cm of wet snow, while the GTA will get to go singing in the rain. It looks like Muskoka has the potential for lake effect precipitation well into January, temps so far have remained close to 0 and the lakes remain open. Some serious snow may yet fall across the District.

Surprisingly, the cottage market has had a few transactions in the last couple of weeks. Prices remained at the same level as the early autumn. Most years, as the ❄️Winter Solstice nears, our market settles down for a long winter’s nap. It might just be a short snooze this year.

If you’re planning to come north be aware we’ve had an inordinate frequency of black ice. The roads have been slippery early in the day. There’s no question Muskoka at this time of year is picturesque. Scott Turnbull made a lovely pic of Lake Rosseau above. He captured the essence of where we choose to live and recreate.

Whether you are near or far, we wish you a healthy and safe Christmas Season. We’re certainly looking forward to the New Year and turning the COVID corner. Enjoy time with friends and family as you are able. Be safe and well!

 

1331 SOUTH MONCK Drive Unit #2, Bracebridge
$4,790,000 – MLS#40195370
BLANCHARD LAKE

Year-round tranquility with this modern custom build! Less than 10 minutes from Bracebridge with a private lake… you won’t want to miss this opportunity. This architectural masterpiece features 5,000 square feet of custom living space, including an immaculate chefs kitchen, muskoka room, and sauna. With 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and 2 great rooms, youll have ample entertaining space for guests. Enjoy complete privacy on this 15.85 acre property that offers southwest facing frontage on a peaceful small lake, where youll find your own stone terrace on the waters edge. Come see for yourself and be prepared to fall in love.
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727 GRANDVIEW Drive Unit #111, Huntsville
$2,095,000 – MLS# 40191823
FAIRY LAKE

By making a steadfast commitment to refinement and perfection, The Waterfront at Grandview has brought Muskoka luxury to new heights. This absolutely stunning 2,515 sqft corner suite, one of the largest in the development, provides exquisite design and lavish living. From almost every window, the uninterrupted southwest and southeast views down Huntsville’s Fairy Lake stretch for kilometres. Designed deliberately to celebrate natural light and make the beauty of Muskoka a central feature. The open concept floor plan and 9 foot ceilings maximize space, giving this suite an airy feel. Featuring 2 bedrooms plus den, 3 bathrooms, premier finishes, expansive window walls, custom cabinetry, gourmet kitchen w/quartz countertops, wet bar, Miele appliances, an oversized balcony with built-in BBQ off the living room and another private balcony in the primary bedroom, radiant in-floor heating throughout. Also features full elevator accessibility and 2 parking spaces in the heated underground garage with electric car charging capability. Manicured flagstone walkways guide you towards countless amenities including access to the sand beach, infinity pool at the water’s edge with cabana pool bar, swim dock, boat dock, sunset terraces, rooftop terrace and fitness centre. Never a shortage of activities in any season with 40 miles of boating access to 4 lakes, nearby World class golf courses, hiking trails, cross-country and downhill skiing and just minutes away from the vibrant Huntsville town centre. The Waterfront at Grandview is truly an exclusive living destination for those who value having the very best.
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78 MCVITTIE Island, Bracebridge
$1,650,000 – MLS# 40194797
LAKE MUSKOKA

Super “CHIC” modern contemporary designed fully winterized cottage on Lake Muskoka’s McVittie Island. The property is situated literally a stones throw from your mainland car and boat parking. Walls of windows provide tremendous light into the bright open airy design, great dining space, an entertainers dream. Three spacious bedrooms, oversized bath, gorgeous granite fireplace, custom Chef’s kitchen with Granite counters and sit up bar style island. Beautiful level park like setting, perfect for games and family of all ages. Extensive landscape lighting provides wonderful evening ambience. Single slip boathouse, enjoy the hot tub on the marvelous lounging sundeck. McVittie Island is a tight knit community with a walking trail in the center. This location provides endless boating into Lake Muskoka and is perfect for kayaking and canoeing. This is a neat fun spot, minutes from all Bracebridge’s shopping, restaurants and golf!
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Happy Christmas!

Ross and Lucy
(705) 706-1177
Rosskoka.com