MarketWATCH Muskoka-15 May 2019

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka-15 May 2019

Hemlocks are an interesting tree. Found throughout our trading area, they grow in community. Hemlocks are rarely found growing as a single specimen. If one falls, there’s a better than even chance another will too. They depend on one another for support. Root systems are shallow and intertwine with other hemlocks. Their canopy, when together, is dense. In winter they offer shelter. It’s a pretty safe bet you’ll find deer under hemlocks when the snow flies.

Hemlock is a dense wood, heavy too. So dense, in fact, it doesn’t float well. Hemlocks float beneath the surface. Crib docks often use hemlock stringers because of their density, strength and lack of buoyancy. Not much grows under hemlocks either. A dense canopy that shields against snow also shields against light. The trees, though, are quite acidic. The needles they drop change soil chemistry. If you’ve ever walked under hemlock, you’ll recognize the soft, sponginess. Not much grows under hemlock.

On the weekend we were on a SW facing slope of MacBeth Island in Wood Lake. The hemlocks around us seemed to be on their tip toes, straining for the sky. Light was heavily filtered and the forest floor soft, muted tones of various mosses. Ahead lay a clearing. Perhaps one or two trees, fallen years ago, made the space. Now long gone, new life was taking over. The glade, surrounded by quiet Giants was like a chapel in a great cathedral. Quiet. Peaceful. The slope was covered in the new life of spring. Because they were dark in colour, they were hard to see at first. All of a sudden, focus! The glade was a carpet of deep red trilliums. We had to pause.

This past week in the cottage market listings have popped like trilliums. Water levels are approaching normal and cottages in all ranges have appeared. These next few weeks will be busy. Take a look. Questions? That’s what we’re here for. Want to have listings sent to you? Let us know. We can do it! Want to see property? We’re ready! Call us.

Coming soon! 4 acres of level SW facing land on Lake Muskoka between Port Carling and Bracebridge. Hard packed shallow entry 293′ straight line. Perfect for family compound with special bylaw for 2 cottages and 2 bunkies. Call Ross at (705) 706-1177 for more information.



1538/1540 Foxpoint Road, Dwight
$2,649,900 – MLS# 194259
Lake of Bays

Sunsets all year round! 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.Take your glass of wine and watch the most beautiful sunsets! Most furnishings included. Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.


1008 MacDonald Road, Muskoka Lakes
$1,895,000 – MLS# 188700
Lake Muskoka

Welcome to your new year-round cottage or home. Bring your family and still have room for guests. This property is stunning, with long views, sand beach, firepit, a 2 story boathouse w/1 interior and 1 exterior slip, a 2nd dock, a guest cabin, and a very spacious cottage with 4 bedrooms and huge living space ideal for entertaining. You won’t want to leave. Gorgeous perennial gardens complete the picture. Right in the town of Bala, close to dining and shopping. Fully furnished allows you to just move in and begin to enjoy and make your special Muskoka memories. The master bedroom features a 6 pcs ensuite, 2 large storage cupboards plus a walk-in closet. The kitchen boasts good prep counter spaces along with a raised bar counter, so everyone is part of the action. The living area is all open concept with 2 dining areas and there are 2 Muskoka rooms. Road is Municipal Seasonal, but open year-round privately. Garbage pickup is May-October. Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.


1010 Another Chance Lane, Haliburton
$1,449,000 – MLS# 193848
Drag Lake

Custom built year round cottage perfect for a large family and those who like to entertain. Easy access from the cottage to the waterfront with beach volleyball court and large docking system with deep clean water right off the end of the dock. North West exposure for all day sun and amazing sunsets. Significant investment in the professionally designed landscaping including a granite terraced fire-pit. The cottage has the perfect open concept floor plan with great room featuring 21 foot cathedral ceilings, floor to ceiling granite wood burning fireplace and walk out to wrap around decking system. Gourmet kitchen with commercial size stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and separate large pantry for extra storage and laundry. The upper level; has a large loft and master bedroom with the perfect ensuite: double sink, soaker tub, water closets and stand in shower. The lower level has heated floors, media room with propane fireplace, guest bedrooms, and sauna. Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.


1054 Deewood Drive #11, Muskoka Lakes Twp
$520,000 – MLS# 194340
3 Mile Lake

Cherished family friendly cottage with southern exposure is looking for its new owner! This 4 bedroom, pine lined, open concept, vaulted ceilings, with beautiful gleaming hardwood floors has wide open views that span the entire length of the cottage. For the chef at heart, entertaining is ideal on the wrap around deck with sliding patio doors off the kitchen. Fun will be had by all at this waters edge cottage. Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.