The last few days of June are usually a bit slow in waterfront real estate. Parents are thinking about kids getting out of school, getting them to summer jobs, off to camp or just getting a schedule down for time at home. Thoughts of buying a cottage are way down the list.

For us in real estate, it’s a brief respite before the summer trade begins. That respite, though, always ends with a bang! Canada Day.

It was around that time, July 1 1867, that Muskoka started to become a recreational destination. We once stayed in the oldest documented cottage in Muskoka. It’s on an island In Lake Joe. It was built in 1868 and we know the builders had stayed on the island the year previously in a tent on a platform. Canada’s birthday marks the beginning of recreational Muskoka. Muskoka’s pretty good at celebrating the anniversary too.

If you like to watch fireworks by water, Lake Muskoka on June 30 is the place to be. Walker’s Point Marina hosts its annual extravaganza. Dazzling colours reflected in the lake, hundreds of boats with their running lights on. Special!

Bracebridge Lions host arguably the best display of cottage country in downtown Bracebridge at Bracebridge Bay on the Muskoka River July 1. Also on the date Huntsville has its own show choreographed with a broadcast on The Moose. Fireworks to music. If you haven’t been to one of those concerts, then maybe THIS is the year!

No matter how you celebrate, be safe. Take a little time to reflect on the values we have as a nation, the things we hold dear and be thankful. We’re pretty lucky!

Here are this week’s new listings…

$2,650,000 – MLS#135471

Highly desirable southwest exposure graces this delightful and impeccably cared for south Lake Joseph family compound. Complete furniture package is included for your family’s immediate enjoyment. Winterized 4 bedroom cottage features 2 updated marble/tile bathrooms,granite wood burning fireplace in the living room, two large main floor bedrooms and a lower walkout level with family room for the kids plus 2 large bedrooms. Spacious Muskoka room for dining and entertaining. Walkout to full width lakeside deck. Tucked privately into the trees is a spacious guest cabin which sleeps four and offers a large living room and kitchen. A sand swim cove and playhouse will delight the kiddies, as will the gentle land with lots of room for games all set on 182 ft waterfront/.89 acres. 2 slip boathouse with large storage area above is surrounded by spacious dock areas for sunbathing/sunsets. Very desirably located,one of the shortest drives to Muskoka from T.O.,10 min to Hwy 400 and Port Carling!
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$1,150,000 – MLS# 136303

700 feet of private waterfront – HOLY! Easy access. Masterfully designed dock system. 3 docks easily can handle 6 to 8 boats. 4 season, open concept home/cottage luxuriously finished with a dream gourmet chefs kitchen, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and views from all angles. Impressive stone fireplace. 3 methods of heat; exterior wood hot water furnace, propane, forced air electric (owners heat 99.9% with wood). Large remote control awnings. High end Anderson windows, remote control skylights, and all upgraded construction design/materials/finishes. State of the art, large capacity septic system. Extremely private and surrounded by millions of acres of crown land with numerous connecting trails for ATV and snowmobile, a nature lovers paradise. Four season cottage/home listed well below replacement cost. 7 acres comprised of 2 separately deeded waterfront lots for further development of your family compound and a secure investment in your future.
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$679,000 – MLS# 135764

Handsome Log Cottage located on Prospect Lake with western exposure and 955’ of shoreline on 11.98 well treed acres. Appreciate the grace of nature in this peaceful and serene setting. This 4 bedroom lodge has solid wooden floors, log beams & log walls throughout and all the comforts you need with the charm you’ll fall in love with, as soon as you enter. There is a 25’ x 23’ Cedar garage with a mezzanine level that can be finished as you desire and a 34’ x 20’ Quonset hut for extra storage. The varied shoreline offers sandy entry, private swim rocks, deep water for diving, picnic spots, ledges, coves and of course a dock. Other features include; S/S appliances, granite kitchen counters, cozy fireplace to enjoy the shoulder seasons, good sized Muskoka room and deck, master bedroom with lake view and a steel roof to protect it all.
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…and for the rest…

$350,000-$750,000 – Click here
$751,000-$1.5million – Click here
$1.5million-$2.5million – No New Listings This Week
$2.5million and above – Click here

Wishing you a delightful weekend…

Laura, Lucy & Ross
(705) 706-1177

ps Have you checked out THIS home?

$3,195,000 – MLS# 126243
Lake Rosseau

“Edgewater”. A classic year round 5 bedrm Muskoka cottage. Warm and inviting, A place where relaxing is the paramount goal. Built right at the water’s edge, this cottage has a relationship with the water like no other. View? Sunset? Right on the money! Both are exceptional. Access? Privacy? Two more boxes ticked. Looking for gentle land? This was made for you. To add to the list, there’s a 2 slip boathouse with 650 sq ft above for accommodation and an oversized two car garage for the toys. Beautifully furnished in warm, soft tones Edgewater is move-in ready. A place to kick back or entertain while you think about how to make it your own. This kind of opportunity is rare. It’s a great find and excellent value. Click here for listing details