Photo Credit: Ruth Caron
The other day, with my windshield view filled with the glory of a forest at the height of its colour, I rounded a corner and was forced to a stop. Facing me was a Tom turkey fluffed up and looking just like one of those you see in pictures of Puritans at Thanksgiving.
He was staring me down. In his mind, I was on his territory. Regardless of my size, he was bigger than me. He stood there, daring me to move. In fact, he started to come towards me. To be compliant, I backed away a bit. He stopped. Then out of the bushes came one, then two, and ultimately seventeen hens and young ones, crossing the roadway in their own good time. Turkey time.
Less than a week to go to Thanksgiving and I was given a reminder. A beautiful day with dark clouds, bright sun and a backdrop of red, orange, yellow and green. The contrasts of shade and light, bright and dark, gave me pause to think about 2020. It’s been a hard year (the dark part) for many. The year has also been good (the bright part). We’ve learned, adapted and treasured friendships and family. We have important things to be thankful for! We wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Be safe and well!
This week we brought a very special property to market. Almost 450′ of westerly shore in the heart of Beaumaris. Gentle land, island dotted sunset views, oversized 3 slip boathouse with accommodations. Natural sand beach and deep water off the dock. Truly a landmark. Offered at $4995K.
Here’s what else has happened…
2143 MUSKOKA RD 118 HWY, MUSKOKA LAKES
$4,995,000 – MLS# 40029909
Every property has a story. Sometimes it’s about the cottage, sometimes the land, sometimes the headline is all about the view. This story is about rarity. This property is one of a very few where landform, view, exposure, privacy combine to create something very special. Located in the heart of Beaumaris, this offering is understated and private. 448 feet of westerly promontory harbouring a natural sand beach and gentle land with meandering pathways through towering hemlock and 8+’ of water off the dock. All day sun follows the shoreline from morning to dusk. Views of Fairholme, Buck and Tondern Islands frame the sunset. Oversized 3 slip boathouse with accommodations above for waterside living at its relaxed best. Follow a private drive for a kilometre to more than an acre of the best land Muskoka has to offer. A family oasis with a total of 5 beds, 4 baths and 3 half baths between 3 buildings creates space and privacy. Grandfathered setbacks place the main cottage close to the shore. Great gathering places outside and in for families of all ages. Wood fired hot tub tops the extensive list of inclusions with this incredible opportunity. For the discriminating buyer who truly appreciates the very best. A property for the ages. Rare. Refined. Exquisite. Click here for property details.
2779 SOUTH PORTAGE ROAD, LAKE OF BAYS
$3,195,000 – MLS# 40029300
LAKE OF BAYS
Quality built Post & Beam cottage on Lake of Bays featuring 4 beds, Den/Office, 3 baths, 3600 square feet, lower level walkout, multiple deck areas for sitting or outdoor dining, gentle sloping land with fully landscaped lakeside, 172 ft straight-line frontage w/140 assessed. Extensive docking area w/deep water or perhaps build that dream boathouse. With a dbl attached garage and dbl detached garage there is plenty of space for both vehicles & the toys plus a cleared area closer to the road for more storage or future shop. Spacious master w/ spa like ensuite. Stunning great rm w/ White Pine timbers, lake views, fireplace & brown maple flooring throughout w/ the insulated Muskoka Rm just a step away. Nicely appointed kitchen with large island, granite counters & maple cupboards along w/top of the line appliances & wine fridge. Two generous sized bedrooms in lower level plus den, 3pc bath, engineered Hardwood floors w/ a cozy family rm & wood burning fireplace. This your 4 season Muskoka paradise you’ve been lolooking for. Click here for property details.
135 KEITH RD, BRACEBRIDGE
$1,379,000 – MLS# 40027837
A must see, this stunning 4,700 sq.ft of living space, custom built home certified R2000 home is full of upgrades, and ready to make your dream of life on the Muskoka River come true. Nestled on the bank of the South Branch with access to the big three lakes the 1.5 acre+ lot gives you the wooded privacy you’re craving with the convenience of a 5 minute drive to downtown Bracebridge. The Great room features soaring pine cathedral ceilings which extend over the open concept loft, perfect for your home office with 1 gig Lakeland internet. Grand arch windows allow light to spill in from floor to ceiling. Gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, large island with dishwasher and rollout microwave. Master suite features vaulted pine ceiling, walk-in closet, an 8’ slider to a 70’x16’ cedar deck, plus a lavish 5 piece ensuite with soaker tub, and his and her sinks. Two large bedrooms, each with a walkout to the deck with beautiful views. Full walkout basement is bright and features 9’ ceilings, wet bar, and 3 piece bathroom. Double barn doors lead to a huge room with a private entrance, perfect for an at home business like yoga/fitness, arts & crafts, or kids play space. Breezeway connects the double garage with main level mud/laundry room. Beautifully landscaped and maintained gardens with granite steps from the deck leading towards the river. Enjoy boating down the river, entertaining on your sun filled dock, which is sun soaked from 10 am to sunset. Swim from your very own beach. A quaint bunkie with hydro and internet which supplies wireless internet to the dock. Don’t forget about the evening hangout around the fire pit. This is a stunning property!
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19 BALA PARK ISLAND, BALA
$669,000 – MLS# 40029206
You can afford a beautiful cottage on Lake Muskoka and the taxes! This 3 bedroom plus Muskoka room, fully renovated cottage has privacy and easy access. 100 plus feet frontage with 75′ of docking for 3 boats and your toys. Tiered decking for magnificent views! Family friendly area. Custom kitchen cabinets, built-in oven and stove top. New septic 2008, emergency tank for septic. Steel roof, no worries about snow here. You can walk to your cottage from Bala. No marina necessary for your access, 1 minute boat ride to your island oasis! Landing straight across, 100 meter boat ride and no docking fees. Property being sold “as is” with no warranty provided by Seller or Listing Agent. Room sizes are approximate. Septic size to accommodate additional washer, dishwasher and 2nd bathroom. Fully furnished as well. Yes, your Muskoka cottage life starts here. Click here for property details.
Wishing you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings,
Jennifer, Laura , Lucy & Ross
BILLY BEAR RD, LAKE OF BAYS
$425,000 – MLS# 278237
Simply spectacular! An exceptional once in a lifetime opportunity!!! 16 acres, over 1400 ft frontage on a stunning lake with only a handful of other property owners. This is your chance to create your dream oasis amongst the landscape of majestic Pines and Hemlocks and paddle crystal clear waters. The ultimate setting for those wishing to experience the quieter moments of “Cottage Living.” A place to escape the hustle and bustle of urban living, yet only just a short drive to all the amenities one might desire. This location offers access to a multitude of exceptional lakes and thousands of acreages of crown land laced with miles of trails to explore, with many leading into neighbouring Algonquin Park. Click here for property details.
1104 BARLOCHAN ROAD, MUSKOKA LAKES TWP
$2,495,000 – MLS# 40026508
Year round, fully furnished, turnkey lake home, just 50′ from the shore. 200′ of straight shoreline. Gentle land with more than 2.5 acres of privacy on a year round, paved municipal road. Well situated and offering convenient seclusion. 5 Beds and 2 Baths with large family spaces on both levels. Views of the lake from most rooms. Warm and inviting inside with natural wood finishes (pickwick pine) Low maintenance exterior (siding, windows and decking). Newly refurbished crib dock with steel piles added. Fabulous oversized 3 bay garage with extra height and length for boat storage. Sunrise and moonrise exposure. Lots of places for kids to roam and play in manicured bush or open areas. Room for a sports court! Delightful perennial gardens. This is a well maintained and cared for home, waiting for a new owner to add personal touches and make it their own. Click here for property listing details.