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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: November edition

MarketWATCH Muskoka: November edition

Photo Credit: Timothy Joseph Elzinga of North Bay MarketWATCH Muskoka: November 2019 Ice making. Unusual for this time of year, however Mother Nature has thrown us a curve. All across cottage country we see vestiges of winter. Normally we think of vestiges as ‘leavings’ but in this case these leavings are signs of things yet to come. The waterfront market slows around now because people buying waterfront want to see what’s like. Snow cover can leave you guessing. One thing weather of this nature also leaves is a matter of wonder. Atmospheric conditions often gives us great displays of light seldom seen in southern Ontario. On clear nights you might swear the stars twink...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 23 October 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 23 October 2019

This has been the year for celebrating a little red berry. From the perspective of harvest, there have been better years. Celebrating? Never better! Great weather and a wonderful turn out for Cranberry Festival in Bala. The village was hopping, fall colours were peaking, days were sunny and the bogs were glorious. This year’s Cranfest will be remembered as one of the best ever. As we approach the end of October, so the recreational waterfront marketplace begins to slow. Looking at dynamics, the last three weeks have been very busy. October has made up for the long cold spring. Good weather has helped. Sales are healthy. Although many folk like the idea of year round property, a major...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 9 October 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 9 October 2019

  Season of mellow fruitfulness. In these parts a few tomatoes still cling to the vine, pumpkins mound yellow in the garden and, as you saw last week, cranberries glow red in the bog. Fall colours are at their peak and fall fruits are lush and plump. Talking about plump, you should see turkeys in Muskoka! They’re everywhere! The other day driving from Port Carling I actually ducked as a couple tried to stay airborne over my car. They were flying from one side of the road to the other -and not full of grace either. More like balls with wings than birds, they defied principles of aerodynamics and truth. Surprisingly on the waterfront real estate front, the same number of properti...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 2 October 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 2 October 2019

Cranberries. Tis the season of colour. There’s a lot going on in Muskoka right now. Artists have opened their doors for their Studio Tour (part deux), the forest is flashing red and gold and cranberries are punctuating it all with their tart brilliance. Tart? That depends. Cranberry butter tarts are tarts but not tart. Cranberry sorbet can make you pucker but cranberry pancakes go better with butter. If you haven’t been to the cranberry bogs in these parts, a trip is certainly worthwhile. Although our week is rainy, the weekend will be fine. The reds will be glowing wherever you look – especially in the bogs. At Johnstons’ you can jump right in too and ima...Read More

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

MarketWATCH: Muskoka 25 September 2019

MarketWATCH: Muskoka 25 September 2019

  The North woods. The North woods have attracted artists with their magnificent solitude for more than a century. Tom Thompson is celebrated in Huntsville. The Group of Seven changed Canadian art in the 1920’s and their influence is still felt today. Cottage Country, and Muskoka in particular, is a haven for those driven by artistic expression. Vistas, colours, nature, and textures all inspire. Artists and artisans working in many mediums find release in the North woods. Glass, water colours, oil, acrylic, wood, fabric, metal and stone all communicate the essence of Precambria. The next two weekends, with fall colour peaking in Muskoka, the studio tour takes visitors and local...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 18 September 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 18 September 2019

Summer is back! This week is a classic September weather pattern for these parts. Earlier in the week we were showing property on some smaller lakes. Bright, cloudless day and absolutely calm. The only things moving were frogs, butterflies, fish jumping, deer and birds (including a large flock of turkeys). We were the loudest noise to be heard. One of the questions arising from our chats that day related to timing of the market. From mid-September until the end of October is the busiest time of year for recreational waterfront after the spring rush. Sellers are leaving the lake for the last time and buyers are interested in securing a cottage for the holidays and next season. It’...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka- 11 September 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka- 11 September 2019

Monday it happened. What? You might ask. We’d rather not say, especially after looking at charts and histories of various organizations. We were early. Not a record, but early.  Muskoka had its first frost. Now don’t get me wrong, the District was not covered in ice. It was just a glancing kiss. Some would call it an air kiss, a reminder. The southern reaches felt only crisp and fresh. Huntsville and north bounced off zero. A couple of golf courses had short delays. The day soon warmed and turned into a magically clear, bright mid morning; an occasional tree just starting to turn against a backdrop of rich greens and an oh, so blue sky. A September day celebrating sum...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 4 September 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 4 September 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 4 September 2019 September, to our way of thinking, is one of the nicest months in Muskoka. The days are warm, nights cool (very nice for an evening by the fire pit) and the lakes are quiet. Along the shore, the number of lights twinkling across the lake has diminished. An evening cruise with the pink and purple glow of setting sun is exquisite. Comforting scent of woodsmoke occasionally augments the calm of watching stars appear against the backdrop of an indigo sky. Landforms take shape without cottage and boathouse lights. The land seems softer, more relaxed and better defined, its shaded colours blending into dusk. Loon calls laugh from shore to shore. If you ge...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 28 August 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 28 August 2019

Arts and crafts. The term relates to a design period of the late 19th and early 20th century. The ‘old Muskoka’ style is an offshoot – especially the shingle style cottages of that period. For some, that classic genre represents the Muskoka ideal: large porches or verandas, deep fireplaces and (if you’re a purist) dark wood tones. Arts and crafts has another meaning for us. Occasionally we work with artists, crafts people and designers who think of home or cottage design as an extension of their craft. It’s as if they choose to live in the art they create. Some are very successful in building a three dimensional work of art and space for themselves most people ...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 21 August 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 21 August 2019

Balance. Balance is something we seem to need in our lives. There’s work/life balance many of us strive to achieve (getting away to the lake helps). As we age, balance becomes an ever-increasing issue. Losing core strength increases chances of falling. Responding to challenging situations takes balance. Get a little off-balance and people can be offended. Balance is a key component for how we live, move and think. Balance is important in other ways. Balancing the books is a good place to start. In investing we talk of being diversified… another way of achieving balance by spreading things around. Then, of course, there’s having a balanced diet… Going too hard on th...Read More