Arts and crafts. The term relates to a design period of the late 19th and early 20th century. The ‘old Muskoka’ style is an offshoot – especially the shingle style cottages of that period. For some, that classic genre represents the Muskoka ideal: large porches or verandas, deep fireplaces and (if you’re a purist) dark wood tones.

Arts and crafts has another meaning for us. Occasionally we work with artists, crafts people and designers who think of home or cottage design as an extension of their craft. It’s as if they choose to live in the art they create. Some are very successful in building a three dimensional work of art and space for themselves most people would be comfortable with. Others less so.

The challenge with home design, unless money doesn’t matter, is nearly always compromise for the artists. Art is a very personal thing. Innovation and expression can create insight or foster discomfort. Unless an artist thinks in terms of market requirements, the pure art approach, the one that results in uniqueness, can be financially unrewarding.

There are two artist homes coming to market shortly. Both unique. Both artistic. One of them will undoubtedly strike a positive response from many who see it. It feels comfortable and peaceful. Serene comes to mind. The other will be a challenge. There’s so much to see, it overstimulates the senses. It’s like entering a 3 dimensional restless mind. Both creators are highly talented yet the expression of their art widely divergent. One will profit, the other may feel hurt by the outcome.

Fortunately for buyers, there’s choice. But if you’re building you’re making a permanent choice. For financial reasons, unless money doesn’t matter, make sure your innovative thought has an appreciative audience before proceeding. The ‘wouldn’t it be fun’ approach may not have legs.

This week, the last of summer before school, has new and interesting listings. Take a look! There may be some 3 dimensional art with your name on it…

Bracebridge. Walk to downtown. Quiet street. In town riverfront property with sunset views. 3+2 beds, 3 baths. Separate entrance for lower level affording self contained accommodation if needed. Large car port. Contact Lucy at (705) 706-0010 for details. $499,000

$2,595,000 – MLS# 216857

Lake Muskoka living at its finest! This spacious 3,500 sq ft year-round cottage boasts an effortlessly flowing open concept layout that invites entertaining. Magnificent wall to wall picture windows. Breathtaking lake views. “Grandfathered” setback close to the water. Granite counters in kitchen. Master suite with updated ensuite bathroom. Two additional bedrooms & another full bath on the main floor. Beautiful quartz counters in both baths. Lower level includes expansive family room with walkout to the lakeside patio (still wired for a hot tub!), office with lake view window, & a full bathroom. Gentle land & exquisite landscaping with flagstone paths through stunning perennial gardens. 2-slip boathouse (the dock enjoys all day sunshine!) & impressive triple garage with 600 sq. ft. of finished space above. Enviroshake shingles on all buildings. Loaded with high end finishes, inside & out, & equipped with all the modern comforts & conveniences, this package is a must view! Click here for property listing details

$2,190,900 – MLS# 217123

Foxmere sits on 2.99 acres, 30 minutes from Huntsville,a one-of-a-kind sandy beach and over 400ft of SW exposure.This fabulous log home on Lake of Bays combines the beauty of cottage living with all of the modern amenities required.Spacious kitchen with a large granite island; the dining area with doors to the deck outdoors onto the level lot. Move into the sunroom, relax by the stone double side fireplace in the great room or lounge in the den. Main floor master and ensuite with 2 additional bedrooms. The Guest House has 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms plus a kitchen, living room & sunroom. The large detached 3 car garage includes a guest room with a view of the lake for any extra guests – teens will love the privacy. Foxmere has over 400 feet, with a sandy beach,and a change cabin. Most furnishings included. View the drone video Sunsets all year round! Please review all documents. 24 hrs irrevocable. Attach Schedule A and B. Click here for property listing details

$1,249,000 – MLS# 217544

It’s time! Rare opportunity to own a beautiful waterfront property in the heart of Muskoka and be on the big 3 lakes. Whether a family compound, investment or combination of the two. This property is ideal! The property is extremely private on over half an acre and nicely landscaped to offer you that secluded feeling.Shore offers mix of deep, shallow and beach.Enjoy all the amenities Port Carling has to offer.Serviced with town water. Chalet style Viceroy offers 5 large bdrms, 3 bths, large W/O rec room with wood stove and pool table. Open concept living on main floor with vaulted ceilings, floor to ceiling windows/fire place and wrap around deck where the views are stunning. Boat port offers large deck above and many more features for you to see! Being sold with adjacent property 190830 and adjacent property being sold separately 217540 Click here for property listing details

$629,900 – MLS# 216947

A one of a kind gem nestled along the edge of Benoir Lake and Algonquin Park! A beautiful, private 3 acre property features a main 3 bedroom 1700sf cottage as well as second 2 bedroom, 1 bath, guest house. Enjoy stunning views of Benoir Lake from the living room, hot tub room, large deck, or entertain on the lower deck at the water’s edge. Whether you’re looking for a spot for the whole family, two families or an oasis to escape this property has it all. Click here for property listing details





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We look forward to seeing you soon,

Laura, Lucy & Ross
(705) 706-1177

ps Here are a couple of great properties you may have overlooked

1048 Milford Bay Rd, Muskoka Lakes Twp
$1,899,000 – MLS#199405
Lake Muskoka


FAMILY COMPOUND. Central location midway between Port Carling and Bracebridge, close to Beaumaris. Unique gentle land with all day sun. SW exposure. Beach lovers will appreciate shallow sand entry across 293′ straight line (by survey) waterfront at the high watermark. Island dotted view. 4 acres to roam. 4 3 bed cabins with full kitchens and baths. 2 slip boathouse. Delightfully private. Bylaw passed in 2007 allowing two year-round cottages to be built and retaining 2 of the cabins (with kitchens) for guest accommodations. Setbacks are grandfathered. Terrific for family compound or Airbnb development. Property is being sold ‘as is where is’ with no warranties offered or implied. Click here for property listing details

275 Riverdale Road, Muskoka Lakes
$3,379,000 – MLS#205360
Lake Joseph

Sunsets, privacy, hard packed sand, play area for kids with a bunkie cabin, 2 bedroom boathouse (with 3 slips) and coach house all combine to make this offering special. With more than 300′ of gentle shore and 7 acres to roam there’s not much that won’t meet the gaze of a discerning eye. Priced with value in mind, this property will long serve as a sound investment in family happiness and financial return. A relaxed family cottage or a secluded getaway provides year round downtime and recharging. 7 bedrooms in all with 4.5 baths it allows for entertaining when the time is right. Want to feel like you’ve arrived? Decompress as you leave paved roads behind for a relaxing and pretty drive through the Muskoka forest to the enchanted shore of a protected bay on Lake Joseph. What can be better? This property is turnkey. Just bring your toothbrush. Looking for income? It currently rents for $20,000/week. More questions? We have answers …waiting for your call.  Click here for property listing details