Someone flicked the switch. September 22 summer ended with a thump. True, Muskoka still hasn’t had it’s first frost (we’ve been close ), but nights are definitely cooler and the lakes are quickly losing their heat. There’s been at least one misty morning where the air is significantly cooler than the lakes.

In Haliburton, particularly the highlands, seasonal change is obvious. Trees are beginning to change quickly. The other day, driving to the eastern side it was clear the fall is here. In fact, this Saturday in the Town of Haliburton the new season is being celebrated with Colourfest with all kinds of activities for kids of all ages. Weather should cooperate. If fall is your favourite time of year, Colourfest is a good place to kick it off.

The second half of the Studio Tour in Muskoka is underway and cranberry harvest in Bala has begun. It will be a great weekend to be outdoors. If you’ve never seen cranberry harvest, the colour is quite dramatic and worth the trip. Cranberry Cider (non-alcoholic) is a real treat too!

September has been great. October holds promise.

In the cottage market there have been a few new listings. One in particular brought back memories. In the early 60’s I attended a canoe-tripping camp. For warm ups we’d go from our island campsite on St Nora’s Lake down through Kushog and back. There was a mid-century modern place close to the shore that captured my imagination then. It was new and had sparkling clean lines. I showed it the other day and memories flooded back. The land is superb. There’s 300 feet of wonderful shore, small sand beach and shelving rock. The cottage (small) has been carefully and lovingly maintained. Definitely mid-century, it’s a trip back in time. Even the wood panelling in the main room is individual strips of planking. Another room is lined with clear western red cedar. The real deal. More than 2 acres with wonderful privacy, stone walkways and a waterside deck. In the high 600’s, it’s delightful. Land like that is rare.

$685,000 – MLS# 153719

This is one of the words that will come to mind when you pull in the gated driveway of this private, amazing property. The wide vista of Kushog Lake is simply breathtaking. 300 feet of pristine shoreline from shallow to deep – everything you need for that perfect vacation spot. An original 1961 cottage sits perfectly with large windows taking in the water view. The cottage was built with low-maintenance in mind and exudes warmth and charm. Never before on the market, the cottage has been meticulously maintained. On the grounds you will find a stone boat launch, Perennial gardens, stone walkways and patios, garage, and so much more. Use the existing cottage or build your dream home/cottage – the choice is yours. Kushog Lake is a popular “Algonquin-style” lake with excellent boating and fishing, snowmobiling, bays to explore, and connected to St. Nora’s Lake and Crown Land. No 48 hours irrevocable on all Offers required. Click here for property listing details.


There are other delights across the board too, both new listings and some interesting significant reductions. Take a look, give us a call. We’re here to assist!

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And now for the ones that caught our eye this week…

$3,399,000 – MLS# 155621

Incredible value for this dream cottage! You wont find this in Muskoka. The package includes a 7,930 square feet architecturally designed home only 35 feet from the waters edge. Situated on 3.72 acres w/ 777 feet of frontage, west exposure for stunning sunsets, sand beach plus deep water in the ultimate private setting. The grounds are spectacular w/ towering pines & hemlocks, stream, & views from many vantage points. The home is designed to bring nature indoors w/ views from every window, open concept main level, gourmet kitchen, large main level master w/ one of the most spectacular ensuites imaginable. The Haliburton room redefines what outdoor living space should be, wrapping around the entire main level w/ outdoor kitchen & many walkouts. Lower level rec room, crafts room, and many other features. Finishes are of the highest standards. Add to this a sports complex and the option to purchase additional back lot – Natures Way – an outdoor enthusiast dream property. Click here for property listing details.


$1,699,000 – MLS# 155154

Stunning Sunset views from this 5 bedroom cottage perched on 700 feet of sandy shoreline on exclusive lower Lake Joe, in the heart of the action. Close to both “Ports”, the Lake Joe club and the JW Marriot. This handsome cottage has soaring ceilings in the great room, anchored by a granite stone fireplace with a wall of windows facing the water for all day sun. Expansive frontage, 3 slips, engineered boathouse ready dock and towering pines framing the view to exclusive lake Joe. This property has been priced to sell and will not last long. Click here for property listing details.


$929,000 – MLS# 155119

Located in a quiet bay on popular Wilson Island. The kitchen and dining area have a fabulous view over the water, as does the living room with new wood stove and the large outside dining deck. With 4+1 bedrooms, there is lots of room for the family and guests, two bathrooms for convenience and lots of glass to take in the stunning lake views. The double slip boathouse with lifts can accommodate all the toys and has a beautifully finished second floor indoor space and a large sundeck. Click here for property listing details.


Want a closer look? Give us a call at 705-706-1177.

Laura, Lucy & Ross
RE/MAX Hallmark
(705) 706-1177

PS Don’t forget to check out these gems!

$519,000 – MLS# 148752

Desirable KAHSHE Lake on year round paved municipal road. South and Southwest facing with wonderful views, great firepit area overlooking the water, and excellent privacy. Four bedroom, three season older bungalow with recent updates including kitchen, new bathroom, new septic, some new windows and more. Opportunities to make it your own. Master bedroom is separate and private from the rest of the cottage. Large sunroom and a garage/workshop. Table land around the cottage for family enjoyment with a combination of manageable paths and about 20 stairs down to the water. Dock and water’s edge shed for storage. Great swimming, boating, and FISHING on Kahshe Lake with access through the river into Bass Lake. One of the closest commutes to cottaging in Muskoka. Click here for property listing details.


$374,900 – MLS# 145841

Ready to enjoy! Sunset exposure, sand beach, gentle entry, year round, well maintained cottage/home. Cozy open concept living with woodstove, 2 bedrooms and cute bunkhouse for kids or guests. Sun filled decking for outdoor living with electric sun shade. A great property and waterfront for young and old. New storage shed for all of the water toys. Did I mention lots of parking, easy access off Municipally maintained road? Click here for property listing details.