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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 19 June 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 19 June 2019

Muskoka and summer go together. Cottages, boating and S’mores. It’s the time of year when family and friends gather by the lake. A very Canadian tradition! Winter’s so long, we celebrate summer in unforgettable ways. Ask anyone who grew up cottaging – whether rented or owned – and summer is a main part of memory and good times. This week summer comes across the threshold on Friday. Already Muskoka, Haliburton and Parry Sound are resonating with the season’s change. It won’t be long before wild blueberries, strawberries and other summer fruits are ready for tasting. It’s here! Come and enjoy it. With summer this week we have 2 new lis...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 12 June 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 12 June 2019

The River. Long a symbol of passage, a means of transportation, a subject of song. The river flows. At the Hub of the Lakes (Port Carling) the river is the connection between Lake Muskoka and Lakes Rosseau and Joseph. It’s called the Indian River because on its banks, when traders, trappers and lumbermen came north, it was home to an indigenous population. In fact, James Bartleman, Ontario’s first indigenous Lieutenant Governor, grew up along its banks. Take a trip along the river and you find a number of interesting sites and sights. Early commerce, of course the locks, a log boathouse, some of the oldest cottages of the area dating back to the 1870’s and 80&rsqu...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 5 June 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 5 June 2019

  Sometimes there are hiccups. Things don’t go as planned. Oh you get there eventually, but just not in the time or possibly the way you thought. This year, Mother Nature herself, has had a hiccup. The skies are clear and blue, clouds are light, trees and flowers are in bloom. The temperature? Tuesday morning was just above the 0 mark. There have been early Junes when water temperature made swimming possible. I didn’t say pleasant, but possible. Not this year. At the moment staying in the boat or on the dock is definitely the preferred alternative. Skiing or wake boarding? Use a wet suit. A sudden spill will unquestionably leave you gasping. There’s another...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 29 May 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 29 May 2019

Our phones have been ringing, buzzers buzzing and texts pinging. It’s been a busy week week for all realtors serving Muskoka, Haliburton and Parry Sound. In our own case we have a made a number of sales and have some new listings. The weather is warmer, the leaves are out, water levels are close to normal and it’s feeling like dock time. Go for a stroll in Port Carling, Gravenhurst, Bala, Huntsville or any other centre in this area and the vibe has changed. Summer residents are back and vacationers are arriving for a lakeside break. Whether your break is sitting on a Town wharf, a pub patio or your own dock, the time is here. Dock time. I’m sure if there were a s...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 22 May 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 22 May 2019

Phew! It’s over. The opening long weekend for Summer 2019 is in the history books. THE SEASON has started. Not the most summery of May 2-4 weekends we’ve had. For cottagers on the main course of the Muskoka Watershed, it was a weekend of work too. Although water levels are approaching normal there is a lot of clean up to be done. Some of it cosmetic, some hunting for articles, docks and toys that floated away during high water, and for others the assessment of repairs needed to docks and boathouses. For the Watershed folks this has been a weekend of work. Off the main course? Few problems. Many lakes have had water levels within normal ranges all year. Those cottagers e...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka-15 May 2019

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 buoyan...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 8 May 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 8 May 2019

“On the level” has a lot of meaning. From a building perspective we all want to know work was done on the level. We want our counters level, our floors level and our windows and doors level so they open and shut easily. In relationships we want to know we’re being treated fairly and what we’re told can be trusted. It’s an important component of establishing good relationships. Lasting friendships are built ‘on the level’. In business we want to know the people we work with share our interest and that together we can find common ground. It’s especially valuable when that ground is ‘on the level’ because then we know there&...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 1 May 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 1 May 2019

It’s gone from the Big 3 and after tonight, ice will be gone from most of the other lakes in our trading area. Ice free! But we’re not out of the woods yet. The Muskoka watershed is straining at its edges. Rivers are at or over their banks, lakes have pushed the boundaries of high water marks and our landscape is changing. Yesterday erosion collapsed a bank on the Muskoka River between Bracebridge and Lake Muskoka. Unfortunately Peerless II took the brunt of falling trees and debris at her winter moorage. On the big lakes, docks are underwater and some boathouses have felt the impact of ice sheets moving with the wind. It’s a tough spring for the watershed and a w...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka- 24 April 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka- 24 April 2019

Photo credit: John Panikkar MarketWATCH Muskoka: 24 April 2019 Think of the hockey pool, football pool, even ‘chase the ace’. Excitement, interest and the stuff that water cooler chat is made of. Here, it’s ‘ice out’. When’s the date? What’s the time? Last week we gave you a chart of ice out dates since 1880. That’s a lot of data! Current state is we’ve passed the average date by 5 days. The warm, sunny day following a weekend of rain, has ‘ripened’ the lake ice so that it’s turning dark. Check out the pic of Lake Muskoka above. That dark stuff is ice. That’s the fir...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 04-17-19 Ice Out

MarketWATCH Muskoka 04-17-19 Ice Out

  FUN FACTS ABOUT ICE-OUT DATES IN MUSKOKA 2018 tied with 1956 for the second latest ice-out date on record : May 4 Earliest Recorded Ice-Out Date: March 23, 2012 Latest Recorded Ice-Out Date: May 7, 1926 Average Recorded Ice-Out Date: April 19th 89% of Ice-Outs occurred in the month of April Not surprisingly, the long term trend is toward earlier Ice-Out dates Given the weather we started the week with and the number of vehicles exploring ditch depth, it’s hard to think that ‘ice out’ has been happening earlier on average over the last 130 years. Fortunately this week’s reversion to winter did not lead to serious inj...Read More