By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative
MarketWATCH Muskoka 21 July 2020
Cottages are infectious. About 15% of first time buyers are immune and sell within 5 years, leaving cottaging for ever. The 85%? 40% keep their first cottage. The others learn ‘how they cottage’ and find something that suits better or move to be closer to friends.
For most people, cottaging becomes a way of life. When we first bought, the fear was the cottage would be like a millstone around our neck. We would feel obligated to go to it. The truth? We couldn’t get enough of it! Sometimes we would drive up just for the day! Those 6 hours of dock time feeling like a mini-vacation. The recharge was worth it!
What do our kids do now, when they want a vacation? Rent a cottage! Why? I asked and they said …cottages are all about friends and family. And then they reminded me of the competitions and championships we had. The games we played, the berry picking, the boat rides at night to see meteor showers, watching a storm roll in across the lake, the power out and eating by candlelight, bedtime ghost stories and pancakes on the dock for breakfast.
They flooded me with details of what cottage life means to them. And I stopped and thought two things. The first was gratitude for being a part of giving them those memories. The second was a sense of continuity and connection for the gift they’re giving their own kids. It was humbling and felt right at the same time.
Cottages are infectious. They underscore what’s important. Family, friends and a way of life.
Whether you’re a first timer, a renter looking to become permanent or a long timer, wanting a place that suits your family better, we understand. Call us! Those memories are waiting…
Take a look at what happened this week…
1 OLIVE ISLAND, MUSKOKA LAKES
$5,750,000 – MLS# 269418
1st Offering in approx. 3/4’s of a Century. Stunning Lk Rosseau whole island exclusively addressed in the coveted Corridor btwn Ports Sandfield & Carling. Steeped in history & beauty this island boasts the ultimate Fam. Cmpd. W 4 self contained Cottages- 11 bdrms/8 baths total. A Sunset Principal Cot privately rests on a “Grp of 7 “pnt. near to the new 6 slip dock fashioned for a 2 storey Boat Collector’s BH expandable to 8. 3 Addl cottages each present 3 bdrms, laundry, 2 baths, kit. Mag. water vistas & 1 literally “at the water’s edge “w beach. The Historic stone & wooded paths meander elegantly about under a mature canopy of trees. Pedigreed ownership now offers an opportunity to write your own generations of memories. Endlessly magnificent 360 degree views. Olive Isle offers the most comprehensive whole Isl Estate to come to market in years in this rarely offered locale idyllic for the active Family. A delightful piece of Rosseau w gorgeous Geography guarantees privacy forever. Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.
1129 EASTVIEW ROAD, HALIBURTON
$2,599,000 – MLS# 273813
Elegance, quality craftsmanship and warm ambience in this custom Handcrafted Log home on prestigious Kennisis Lake. With an 80 ft covered porch, huge logs, tall cathedral ceilings, exposed beams & wide-plank flooring this is the log home you’ve always dreamed about. The l/r boasts a large floor-to-ceiling granite wood-burning f/p, wall of windows and walk-out to 2 decks, while the executive-sized d/r opens to the 400 sf Haliburton Rm & the 2nd stone f/p. The kitchen has granite counters & high-end appliances including a 6 burner Wolf stove with BBQ. There are 5 bdrms & 3.5 baths with the master & 4 piece ensuite on the main level & 4 bdrms & bath on the upper level. Entertain on the lower level walk-out with family room, 3rd floor-to-ceiling f/p, sauna, media room, games room & in-floor heating. Beautifully landscaped with over 2 acres-a paved driveway, stone paths, patios fire pit & a gentle slope to 300 ft of rock shoreline & clean, deep water. Strict COVID-19 Protocols for showings. Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.
1080 DONALD SUTHERLAND TRAIL, GRAVENHURST
$1,899,000 – MLS# 273537
Welcome to beautiful Kahshe Lake. This well built home or cottage is perfectly placed on a level lot to indulge in all day sun and enjoy ultimate privacy. Whether the kids are playing on the gentle sand beach or fishing off the dock everyone will enjoy the wide open Southwest view over the lake. The cottage boasts 3 sizable bedrooms, 2 full baths, a bright and open great room with cathedral ceiling and a kitchen big enough for the whole family to cook in. The full unfinished basement provides great storage and houses the forced air furnace, water system and 200 amp breaker panel. With year around access only 20 minutes from Highway 11 and only 1.5 hours from the 401, you can enjoy all four seasons of Muskoka splendor. Situated on over an acre of private forested land there is room to build your garage or bunkie. Don’t hesitate to start making cottage memories on Kahshe Lake. Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.
1043 WALTON DRIVE, MUSKOKA LAKES TWP
$1,350,000 – MLS# 273980
Privately tucked away a few minutes off of Highway 400 is this immaculately cared for lakehouse on Ricketts Lake in Muskoka with year round access. Enjoy the best of both worlds with the canopy of mature trees at the driveway and the open shoreline area with southern exposure for glorious all day sunshine. Walk into the elegant kitchen with granite counter tops & open views to the bright living room with a picturesque view of the lake through the soaring windows providing excellent natural lighting. Pine cathedral ceilings, hardwood walnut and slate flooring throughout the spacious lakehouse. 3 bed, 3 bath, office space and a walkout basement to take you to the gently sloping shoreline featuring a small beach, fireplace gathering area and a dock with excellent depth at the end for swimming. Work from the cottage with high speed internet or make the move to serene year round Muskoka living. 2 hours from the GTA. Make your Muskoka dreams and long lasting family memories start today. Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.
1283 Dunn Rd, Haliburton
$699,900 – MLS# 274140
You can’t imagine the creativity and quality that has gone in to this property since this current owner has purchased it. From beautiful stone retaining walls and gardens, to a NEW screened porch & NEW garage but also including floors, doors and windows, deck, dock etc etc…too much to list but just know, you’ll never find more pride of ownership! That aside, it has an amazing “cottagy” feel and you’ll fall in love with the lakeside areas built for entertainment. The lot is quite private so you’ll be alone while enjoying summer AND it is fully year round for winter use all located on one of Haliburton County’s most sought after lakes, Haliburton Lake. The pictures do say 1,000 words and please watch the video as well…you should be sold after seeing those. Last is that Million Dollar VIEW, a stunning lake with marina, islands and 3 lake chain… wow, are you going to love this spot! Don’t wait, it’ll be gone in short order! Call or text Ross for a copy of the full listing.
We look forward to chatting soon!
Jennifer, Laura, Lucy & Ross