COVID 19 is having an effect on how we operate in a number of ways. Today grocery outlets in Muskoka instituted a much more regimented and controlled way of negotiating the store. Probably the same where you live too. There are barriers between customers and check out staff to prevent droplets from migrating. None of the barriers I’ve seen has been erected to account for people over 6′ in height though. These send a reminder to those of us above that height to duck as many of us do daily to look in the bathroom mirror, constrained by low light fixtures.
From a real estate perspective, we have protocols to maintain social distancing as well as disinfecting properties being shown. For those who feel uncomfortable making the trek to see property and prefer to shelter in place, we can do the same as we have successfully for Buyers from away. Over the years we have acted for Buyers from Australia, UK, Belgium, Spain, China and the US (as well as Canada) who have been unable to set foot on the property they have purchased until after it has closed. In fact, Lucy and I bought a home in Oakville almost 25 years ago when I was working in Hong Kong. We bought it without walking the land. We understand the challenges distance brings. Technology has improved since then and the experience can be rewarding.
We show property ‘live’ with phone apps and send videos. Many properties today have floor plans and 360 degree shots of rooms to enable a better perspective. This kind of technology is a boon to sellers too. Their properties can be marketed without health risks and constantly being nervous about disinfecting.
For those who have cottages, we’re seeing people choosing to be remote in a place they love best, where family memories are made (and kept). If you’re thinking of coming up to be distant, please remember our stores are not yet gearing for seasonal influx. Bring foodstuffs with you.
The Cottage Life Show has been cancelled this year. Let us be your show – as far as property is concerned. Questions? Properties you want to see? Let us know. We’re happy to be your feet on the ground and your eyes and ears on video.
Here’s what’s new in our neighbourhood …
1129 EASTVIEW ROAD, HALIBURTON
$2,599,000 – MLS# 247503
Elegance, quality craftsmanship and warm ambience in this custom Handcrafted Log home on prestigious Kennisis Lake. With an 80 ft covered porch, huge logs, tall cathedral ceilings, exposed beams & wide-plank flooring this is the log home you’ve always dreamed about. The living room boasts a large floor-to-ceiling granite wood-burning f/p, wall of windows and walk-out to 2 decks, while the executive-sized dining rm opens to the 400 sf Haliburton Rm and the 2nd stone f/p. The kitchen has granite counters & high-end appliances including a 6 burner Wolf stove with BBQ. There are 5 bdrms & 3.5 baths with the master & 4 piece ensuite on the main level & 4 bdrms & bath on the upper level. Enjoy entertaining on the lower level walk-out with a family room, 3rd floor-to-ceiling f/p, sauna, media room, games room & in-floor heating. Beautifully landscaped with over 2 acres – a paved driveway, stone paths, patios fire pit & a gentle slope to 300 ft of rock shoreline & clean, deep water. Click here for property listing details.
1020 OMINECA ROAD, MUSKOKA LAKES
$1,695,000 – MLS# 248844
When location matters! Close to town with big lake access. Well built year round lakefront home at the end of a municipal road. Good privacy, great SW exposure. 3+ bed with 2.5 baths. Large upstairs family room with kitchenette and dining nook, makes for perfect extended family accommodation. Oversized septic allows for expansion as does lot coverage. Build a 2 bay garage/coachhouse to complete the picture. Sweet 3 yr old single slip boathouse on new docks. 3 yr old siding and roof. New propane fired radiant heating system (2019). New large sliding glass walls in dining and living room bring the outside in. All day sun and lovely views of the lake. Fire pit for summer s’mores. Gentle land. Shallow entry and deep water make this a perfect family spot. Walk to downtown Port Carling! Click here for property listing details.
7 MALLARD LANE, BAYSVILLE
$799,900,- MLS# 251555
Remarkable waterfront property on desirable Dickie Lake in Baysville! This fun property offers an adorable 4 season cottage/home w/ 2 cozy bedrooms, relax in the living room looking out to the lake while staying warm by the woodstove, easy access kitchen off the side entry & dinette for dinners w/ friends & family. Picturesque stone & wood detached shop w/ cute as a button loft above that is great for kids, complete with powder room. Another great outbuilding w/ laundry room, walk through greenhouse & heated outdoor shower w/ another cute lofted bedroom above plus powder room that is tied into the septic! Take a gentle walk to the water’s edge then out onto the dock to take in long views of the lake w/ South Western exposure giving beautiful sunsets in the evenings! Shallow sand entry out to the rock ledge where you can then jump right in! A great offering in convenient location just minutes to the Village of Baysville for shopping & great dining, plus easy highway access for travel. Click here for property listing details.
3100 KAHSHE LAKE, GRAVENHURST
$459,900 – MLS# 247629
Paradise found on sought after Kahshe Lake. This 3 BEDROOM, 1 BATH cottage is situated on an amazing 2 acre property which boasts 330 feet of water frontage, is adjacent to over a 1000 acres of Crown Land & offers both deep & shallow water entry. Fully winterized including an excellent winter water system & a remote heating control for the pellet stove which enables you to warm up the cottage prior to your arrival. Electric baseboards provide supplementary heat for when the pellet stove is not in use. The large main dock provides generous amounts of docking & sitting space while the second dock is ideal for smaller water toys or PWC. While enjoying cottage life to its fullest, one can take pleasure in the modern conveniences of a Bosch dishwasher, washer/dryer (2012), remodeled bathroom (2012), LED lighting & generator transfer panel (2015). Seldom available is a property offering such privacy and lot size. Taxes: $2916 (2020). Water Access Cottage. Click here for property listing details.
Let us know which is your dream home,
Laura, Lucy & Ross
RE/MAX Hallmark in Muskoka