MarketWATCH Muskoka: March 20, 2019

The last couple of weeks have cleared snow from sidewalks, driveways and lawns in most of the Golden Horseshoe. We were there on Sunday and heard robins singing. Definitely early spring in the city! Cottage Country is more like late winter. Snowbanks abound. Last week’s rain has turned those hills into ice. Many roadways are rutted with ice and suspensions are working very hard to get down the road.

We had a call to show property this weekend. The private road had not been cleared. It was unpassable to cars. The ice was too hard to accommodate snowshoes. Crampons would’ve been best, but we didn’t have any. The showing had to be rescheduled.

Spring hopes are eternal, though. This Thursday the Cottage Life Show begins in Toronto. It’s a week or two earlier than usual. Turnout, if typical, will be 40+ thousand hopeful cottagers reaching for summer by the lake. Don’t look for us at the show, we’ll be showing accessible property. Let us know if you’d like to see a cottage or two!

Following on from our last Marketwatch, we promised more information about what your money will buy. Last time we looked at starter cottages in Parry Sound, Muskoka and Haliburton. We defined starters as cottages with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath and between 90-125′ of lakefront on mainland. This is the table we created to help get an overview of values in the areas we serve:



Buttons below lead to current listings for 3 bed/1 bath, mainland with 90-125′ lakefront

This week we’re turning things up a notch.

The cottage criteria we have chosen is mainland lakefront with 100-150′ of shoreline, 4 beds and 2 baths.


Buttons below lead to current listings for 4 bed/2 bath, mainland with 100-150′ lakefront

Next week we’ll take a look at properties with more than 200′ of shoreline.

To open your own custom search Portal, click here…

Here’s what came to market in time for Cottage Life.


$2,595,000 – MLS# 181635
Lake Muskoka

Lake Muskoka ‘Seven Sisters’ location.This gorgeous family compound on a secluded peninsula on historic Keewaydin Island has everything on your wish list: 855 feet of coveted southwest exposure shoreline, The main cottage is the entertainment hub with 2 well-appointed bedroom and 2 bathrooms. The unique Polygon shaped Great room with large wraparound windows has breathtaking Panasonic views of Lake Muskoka sunsets. Many overnight Guests are easily accomodated in the fully self-sufficient 2 bedroom/1 full bath, guest lodge with family room and kitchen. Large 2 slip boathouse features upper level dorm style sleeping accomodations beside an enclosed bar/gazebo at shore. Well lit stone pathways around the grounds lead to a children’s. Bunkie with 2 bunk beds beside a child friend sheltered swimming cove. On the opposite side of the compound is another guest cabin that can sleep up to 4 and a self contained chemical toilet. The perfect setting for a large family who enjoy barefoot summer. Click here for property listing details.


$1,550,000 – MLS# 181363
Lake Muskoka

Do you imagine yourself sitting at your brand new boathouse looking out at gorgeous Lake Muskoka? Here is your chance to get in this spring and start your summer off right! The main cottage is fully updated with two bedrooms and a full bathroom. Walk into the kitchen and start enjoying the beautiful stainless steel appliances, including a Viking Range. There is a large area to sit with the family and enjoy dinners while looking out to the lake. The guest cottage offers an additional two bedrooms, full bathroom, and a large sitting area to relax. The property is beautifully landscaped, with large granite steps, a stunning fire pit overlooking the lake, a hot tub, and a brand new single slip, two-story boathouse with a large open area upstairs where you can create your own space. Click here for property listing details.


$979,900 – MLS# 181795
Severn River

Spectacular will be your first reaction when you walk into this waterfront home. Cathedral ceilings, and a wall of custom windows greet on entry, framing your Severn River View. The decor is anything but ordinary, but all designed for function.The main floor consists of living room, dining area, kitchen, laundry, master bedroom and ensuite and a 2 pc guest bath. Lower level has 2 bedrooms large bathroom, family games room with home theatre set up, and surround sound, utility room. This home is constructed with ICF block to the eaves, windows are Low E glass, so heating is a dream, and low cost. Double door shop/garage with a ton of storage down and on the mezzanines. This property is located at the end of a dead end street, with very little traffic, and loads of privacy. Do yourself a favour and don’t buy anything until you have looked at this home. It may be just what you are looking for. Call for your appointment right away. Click here for property listing details.


$499,000 – MLS# 181400
Bird Lake

Peaceful setting for this 3 bedroom Family Cottage on popular Bird Lake. Open floor plan with pine plank flooring and large windows overlooking the Lake. Upper level features 3 bedrooms with Master walkout to private Balcony. Lot is well treed offering excellent privacy, a small sand beach and docking facilities. Gently sloping lot with WNW exposure for spectacular sunsets. 21′ x 16′ studio could easily be converted to a guest cottage for additional space. Cottage previously set up for year round use and has all season access. Modified A Frame has loads of character and a real northern charm. Comes Turn Key with Extensive Inclusion list including boat and most furnishings. Click here for property listing details.

Give us a call if you’re in town,

Laura, Lucy & Ross