MarketWATCH Muskoka: 10 October 2018

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 10 October 2018

Although we have a short burst of warmer weather this week, Friday last saw the first frost in Muskoka. The forests responded and our hillsides and shorelines are resplendent in the reds and golds of autumn. The next 10 days will be glorious and just in time for Bala’s annual Cranberry Festival all weekend long.

Friday of this week is senior’s day with discounted entry to the festivities. If you’ve never been before, the tasty treats are as superb as they are unique. Our favourite would be the cranberry crepes offered by the folks at Trinity All Saints church. There’s so much in store for all kinds of pallets and preferences, savouries, ices, drinks and sweets. A trip to the marsh to see cranberries being harvested and sampling some of the beverages they flavour is not to be missed. Non-alcoholic cranberry cider is wonderfully refreshing!

Take the drive. If you can, make it Friday. It’s easier to get around.

A few properties have come to market this week. But just as the leaves change, so does our marketplace. Some cottages have already been closed up for winter, water and heat are turned off. We were showing last weekend and a couple of spots were cooler inside than outside. We’re not slogging through snow, though, and that’s a plus! A bit further north they’re not so lucky!

There’s plenty to see, offers are being made and deals are happening. We received an offer last night on one of our listings, another had multiple showings with some serious interest. One of the properties we showed on the weekend sold before our client could make their offer.

We’re certainly available and are happy to assist if you’d like to see property in the coming days. Here’s what’s happened this week…


$2,695,000 – MLS# 157820

Elmo Star constructed winterized post & beam cottage plus double slip boathouse and boat port on over 300′ of frontage on idyllic Lake Rosseau w/absolutely stunning lake views & exceptionally private!!The lot is gentle to the water w/towering pines, rock outcroppings & the waterfront offers a sandy bottom.The cottage offers a spacious bedroom w/vaulted ceilings on the main floor, plus great room w/cathedral ceiling, kitchen w/walk out to a 4 sided sun deck,& loft bedroom with 2 pc ensuite. The lower level features a generous bdrm, bath, rec room, utility & laundry facilities. Walkout to the lower deck from Rec Room. Main & upper levels are finished w/pine floors, doors & trim. A beautiful walkway leads to the double slip boathouse plus single slip boat port. Pine lined accommodations above include living room w/wet bar, 1 large bdrm, 2 small bdrms and a 3 pc bathroom. Walk out to a large sun deck to entertain friends & family, plus a small balcony. 


$2,195,000 – MLS# 157587

Ideally located just minutes between Bala and Port Carling on Acton Island, north Lake Muskoka, this property has something to offer the entire family all summer and winter. The spacious year round cottage offers five bedrooms, three bathrooms, sauna and games room. Privacy, island-dotted views, sandy shoreline and a beautiful summer sunset from the boathouse deck. At the water, there is a newly updated swim dock and a grandfathered two-story boathouse with 400 sq ft of living accommodation. The boathouse needs some TLC and offers the option for you to add your personal touch. The steel structure under the docks has been completed already. This property, over 4 acres is waiting for you to develop further into your dream property. 


$879,000 – MLS# 148243

Picture perfect home/cottage located on Little Kennisis Lake. 3,900 sq. feet of living space, including a double insulated garage with 600 sq. ft. finished loft and a bunkie at the water. This home/cottage is perfect for a large family, entertaining or rental income. This property shows pride of ownership inside & out. Open concept layout, cathedral ceilings and a granite stone fireplace. Beautiful granite counter tops and back-splash in the kitchen. Lots of windows to enjoy the breath-taking North-Western Exposure. Big panoramic view of Little Kennsis Lake. Large master bedroom with ensuite that features a jetted tub & a seamless glass shower enclosure. Screened in room, extensive decking system all the way down to the water. Deep shoreline & some jumping cliffs. Great access off a year round, paved township road and excellent privacy. 


$449,000 – MLS# 157908

Tucked quietly in a mature neighbourhood of newer upscale cottages and homes you’ll find a classic and interesting 4 bedroom Muskoka Cottage on beautiful Sparrow Lake. Part of the famous Trent Severn Water Way, this lake has good fishing and extensive boating with a 386 km long canal route connecting Lake Ontario at Trenton to Georgian Bay at Port Severn. Envision the best of a traditional cottage life with outdoor fires, a sandy beach, gentle entry level lot and a wide expansive lake view. The structure is architecturally designed and the bedrooms are surprisingly generous in size. Come sense the years of memories and laughter with room to invite your family and friends! Imagine enjoying this classic rustic cottage now and consider the future opportunity to build a longterm lakeside retirment residence on a level lot! 

We look forward to showing you our corner of the world…

Laura, Lucy & Ross
RE/MAX Hallmark
(705) 706-1177

PS Don’t forget to check out these gems!
$ 699,999 – MLS# 156507

Description: Family cherished for almost 50 years. Level, west facing land with rocky point and sand cove. All day sun. Beautiful sunsets. Off paved municipal road. Great year round access. On a chain of 3 clear water lakes with more than 40 miles of boating. Approximately 200” straight line frontage with almost 300′ of shoreline. Excellent privacy. Wonderful area for kids to play. Renovate or build new. This is a piece of land to be treasured. Make your cottage dreams come true!

$519,000 – MLS# 148752

Description: Desirable KAHSHE Lake on year round paved municipal road. South and Southwest facing with wonderful views, great firepit area overlooking the water, and excellent privacy. Four bedroom, three season older bungalow with recent updates including kitchen, new bathroom, new septic, some new windows and more. Opportunities to make it your own. Master bedroom is separate and private from the rest of the cottage. Large sunroom and a garage/workshop. Table land around the cottage for family enjoyment with a combination of manageable paths and about 20 stairs down to the water. Dock and water’s edge shed for storage. Great swimming, boating, and FISHING on Kahshe Lake with access through the river into Bass Lake. One of the closest commutes to cottaging in Muskoka. Click here for property listing details.

$374,900 – MLS# 145841

Description: Ready to enjoy! Sunset exposure, sand beach, gentle entry, year round, well maintained cottage/home. Cozy open concept living with woodstove, 2 bedrooms and cute bunkhouse for kids or guests. Sun filled decking for outdoor living with electric sun shade. A great property and waterfront for young and old. New storage shed for all of the water toys. Did I mention lots of parking, easy access off Municipally maintained road? Click here for property listing details.