MarketWATCH Muskoka: 14 April 2021

The Muskoka Watershed is managed. There are dams and cataracts running from its source in Algonquin Park all the way to Georgian Bay. It’s a large area. In fact, it’s bigger than Canada’s smallest Province. Elevation changes in the watershed are significant. The Highlands receive much more snowfall than lower areas of the watershed. Temperatures are different too. Spring flowers can be blooming along the banks of the Moon River while snow is still yet to melt upstream.

Variation in snowpack, temperature at elevation, melt rates and spring precipitation create a dynamic equation which keeps those managing and working with water flow on their toes.

In those rare years where heavy snowpack melts quickly and spring precipitation is more than usual, some flooding occurs. Occasionally disastrous results of boathouses being torn from their docks or worse happen. Under most circumstances though, the dynamic equation is predictable and spring melt passes with only a ripple.

This year the ripple has passed. The lakes are open! Boating has begun several weeks ahead of normal. With average ice out being April 17-21, and high water usually after that date, we are weeks ahead of schedule.

The cottage market is vibrant too. It’s not for the faint of heart either. Find a place you like and you can bet several others will like it too. Well-priced property is moving quickly and often with multiple offers. We’ve been pretty successful this year in guiding buyers through competitive situations. Interested in having a cottage for this season? Let’s talk.

Here’s what happened this past week…

1034 VIEWPOINT TRAIL, Bracebridge
$7,355,000 – MLS# 40095488
Lake Muskoka

Absolutely stunning cottage located in one of Ontario’s most prestigious and sought after areas. No expense spared in this sprawling 2400 sq foot bungalow which sits on 9 private acres of paradise and includes 235 ft of crystal, clear waterfront. With an abundance of space, there is room for the whole family. The main house includes 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Magnificent beamed ceilings and impressive architectural design abound. Custom built in 2017 by Sheppard Construction. Gorgeous reclaimed wood floors throughout. The large, bright living room is great for entertaining and has beautiful floor to ceiling views of Lake Muskoka. The open concept kitchen serves as another great gathering space with a large eating area and island, granite counters, and SS appliances. Spend family time by the fireplace in the Muskoka room off the kitchen on those chilly nights. But the real allure happens when you step outside! Priceless views from any point on deck that runs the length of the home. Take a few steps down to a family friendly fire pit and gaze at the stars. Just a few more steps away you will find an impressive 2 story boathouse complete with upper sundeck and sleeping quarters, 2 boat slips below as well as a second dock, entertaining area and bar. Having company? There are also 2 bunkies equipped with a bedroom and a bathroom each and a 1 bedroom guest house with full bathroom, kitchen, sitting area, and heated. This property is an exceptional find where the sunsets are breathtaking and the fish are always biting. A real slice of heaven from any “VIEWPOINT”. Click here for property listing details.


100 CROWN ISLAND, Huntsville
$3,050,000 – MLS# 40093830
Mary Lake

Imagine owning an entire majestic island with beautiful rolling hills, scenic ridges & beaches. At 17+ acres, crown island is the jewel of Mary Lake! Charming, rustic west facing boat house w/2 boat slips, 2 docks, & living accommodation above. Enjoy panoramic views, gorgeous sunsets, lounging in 2 gazebos, the heart shaped wading pool, pretty walking trails w/2 stone bridges & the tranquility of nature. Over 3500 feet of shoreline! Pristine shoreline with sandy beaches, deep & shallow waters. Quieter & less commercial lake. Mainland boat house. Enjoy rock climbing, hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing & boating. Island living at its best. A true private retreat 5 mins by boat from Port Sydney. Click here for property listing details.


1806 WINDERMERE Road, Muskoka Lakes
$1,650,000 – MLS# 40096441
Three Mile Lake

Incredible Three Mile Lake property! Imagine owning 1030 feet of prime waterfront in the heart of Muskoka. 3.25 Acres of private land with endless opportunities to build creating your family compound or developing and building as you desire. Beautiful 4 season landscaped home that has timeless Muskoka charm with 3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms & pride of ownership. Million dollar views w/Eastern sunrise perfection while you sunbath on your dock. Also included authentic historic & charming Log Cabin for rental income or family use. Additional bunkie & workshop on property. Clean waterfront w/tons of untouched land for you! Click here for property listing details.


22 ROSS Road S, Rosseau
$850,000 – MLS# 40094279
Turtle Lake

Turtle Lake gem! This 4 season lake house sits in a woodsy setting just 10 km from the Village of Rosseau. This property features 250 ft west facing sand beach shoreline and island dotted sunset views from the large deck. The approx. 1600 sq ft home has 3 bedrooms plus den, office and 2 bonus rooms on the lower level – great for guests or home office. Also on the lower level is a huge rec room with walk out to the waterfront plus a handy workshop. The waterfront and property offer a quiet and private place to enjoy nature. There is a cute rustic bunkie with great views of the lake. Launch your own small boat right from your own property! Good deep water at the end of the dock for swimming and fishing. Power out? No problem. There is a generator included complete with “GenerLink”. Easy road access just off Hwy 141 and only 25 minutes to Parry Sound amenities. The attractive wood burning fireplace has provided heating for this home for many years. Well maintained cedar siding. The shingles were replaced in 2015. The chimney has been cleaned and checked every fall. This is a must see! Click here for property listing details.


$595,000 – $1,100,000 – Click here
$1,100,000 – $2,000,000 – Click here
$2,000,000 – $4,000,000 – Click here
$4,000,000+ – Click here

Island Properties – Click here
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Mainland Riverfront – Click here
Pending – Click here

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Lucy & Ross