MarketWATCH Muskoka 17 July 2019

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 17 July 2019

There’s an axiom in cottage country. The bigger the lake, the more expensive the land.

It’s pretty simple, really. The bigger the lake, the more options you have. Lakes like the chain of Fairy, Vernon and Peninsula, the Big 3 of Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph and Lake of Bays all offer destinations. On those lakes restaurants, shops, golf and medical services can be reached by boat.

Whether it’s the destination or the journey, bigger lakes offer more variety. They also have more traffic – especially in the areas where commercial activity is found. Knowing and understanding the rules of marine navigation is important. Safety matters.

This week we’ve spent a lot of time on the water. It’s pretty obvious there are folks who are not as familiar with the rules as they could be. Give others a wide berth. Be safe!

Turning to real estate, summer is in full swing. This past week there were several transactions over asking. One property on Lake Muskoka listed at 2.8 million sold for over 3.5. As far as new listings, take a look. There are new listings in all ranges…


$1,999,900 – MLS#203024

Stunning Lake of Bays address serving up 300+ feet of pristine shoreline w/ shallow walkout & deep water access, capturing SE Exp & enveloped in desired privacy, this Yr Rd 3 bed, 4 bath Home/Cottage, Guest Bunkie complete w/ wet bar & bathroom, Boathouse including both indoor+outdoor spaces make this incredible turn-key offering the perfect place to spend your summers & escape on weekends all yr round! Situated to capture the best in views, highlights include open concept kitchen/dining/living room w/ top of the line appliances, stately wood burning fireplace, cathedral ceilings to loft above, Master w/ luxurious 5PC ensuite, 2 guest bedroom w/ 4PC bath, finished lower level w/o, indoor theatre style set-up, games rooms, laundry+bathroom, & convenient w/o to lakeside boathouse! Bunkie w/ loft, wet bar, bath & lakeviews will impress! Gorgeous landscaping & seating areas complete the outside spaces. Pride of Ownership inside & out! You will not be disappointed! (Sq. Ft. Includes Bunkie) Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.


$929,000 – MLS# 208510

Stunning 4 season 3+1 bed, 2.5 bath cottage in the heart of Muskoka! Blends of custom finishes complete this cottage with reclaimed hemlock floors, custom kitchen w/ granite counters, wood burning stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings, douglas fir accents, and much more! Unabstracted views of the lake from all floors really says “Welcome to the Lake!” So much attention to detail, ask listing agent for extensive list of features. Lower level walkout w/ amazing media rm. Enjoy long sunny summer afternoons/evenings with NW exposure and 100 ft of sandy shoreline. This offering also features a custom built detached double garage w/unfinished loft space. Solid investment too with rental potential of $6,000 a week during prime time. Three Mile lake is among the 10 largest lakes in Muskoka with great boating, fishing and swimming. Just 20 minutes to Huntsville, Bracebridge or Port Carling. Room to create 4th bedroom/Den if needed. Come claim your Muskoka Cottage today before it’s too late! Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.


$509,900 – MLS# 205243

Western Exposure, 142 ft of shoreline on clear Toad Lake, desired privacy, immaculate waterfront cottage featuring open concept kitchen/dining/living space w/ vaulted wood ceilings, large windows, multiple walkouts to the expansive 3/4 wrap around deck, situated on a level lot w/ 2 waterfront docks, & easy access year round, if desired. Very desirable location – own your own piece of perfect paradise! Additional highlights include the Maple kitchen w/ peninsula island, opening to the dining room, very spacious living room w/ woodstove (WETT 2017) & tons of windows allowing you to capture the breath-taking sunsets, new shingles in 2017, outdoor shed for waterfront toys/tools, incredibly low taxes & carrying costs, & even comes with several furnishings included. (South Toad Lake Rd is seasonal access, however #1014 is the second property in and the owners often come in the winter – very short level walk into the property from the plowed area.) A hidden gem! A must view! Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.


Give us a call if you’re in town,

Laura, Lucy & Ross

PS Have you checked out these interesting properties yet?


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. Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.


ImageR60-49 Tobin Island
$799,000 – MLS# 205273
Lake Rosseau


Tobin Island! 3+ bed cottage with 1.5 baths. Boathouse bunkie. Unique landholding with two waterfronts totalling more than 495′! Located on a peninsula, the property has both sunrise and sunset exposures. Wheelchair accessible, this ‘neat as a pin’ summer home includes 2 car parking and a slip at Parker’s Landing for convenient jump off. Large, single slip boathouse plus outdoor slip with sundeck for all day sun. Gentle land, exposed granite, gentle entry(hard packed sand) and deep water. This one of a kind property is a great place for kids to play and grown ups to sit back and relax. A rare find on one of Canada’s most prestigious lakes. Make this haven your happy place! Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.



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

ONE OF A KIND OFFERING! 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 Air-b-n-b development. Property is being sold ‘as is where is’ with no warranties offered or implied. Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.


1136 Brackenrig Rd, Unit #3 Muskoka LakesImage$459,000 – MLS# 198929
Brandy Lake

RARE OPPORTUNITY for new build on prime waterfront lot, Brandy Lake. Southeast exposure with great sun. Quintessential Muskoka landscape with exposed granite, hardwood bush and a carpet of trilliums. Inspiring building site with long, open views. Sloping lot to shelving rock shore. Very private! Easy year round access. Build your dream, minutes to Port Carling. Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.