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 injury here...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 10 April 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 10 April 2019

We were in the city yesterday. What a change! The day before we were showing property in the northern reaches of our trading area. While the city trees are budding and crocuses blooming, we were wading through hip deep snow in an unplowed driveway. Because it was warmer, snow was soft and no longer held the weight of those trying to walk on it. Ever had a freezer before? That’s like a soaker only instead of water, your boots fill with corn snow. You can only laugh! Here in central/south Muskoka, much of the snow has retreated. Remnants are snow banks, forest floor and shady areas. Showing property is more civilized. Boots are still needed, but freezers rarely ...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: April 3, 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka: April 3, 2019

  Spring. We think of daffodils, crocuses and robins. So far in Muskoka we have robins. This past week saw up to 10cm of snow and, with -10C lows at night, more ice. Bracebridge Falls is a trickle and the river is low pending the onslaught of melt we’ll see in the next 3 weeks or so. We were called to list vacant land on a Lake Muskoka island. Over 300′ of frontage, sunset views and close to mainland. The picture above was taken while we were walking across the lake to the property. It was a beautiful day! Despite the snow, we have been busy listing, selling and showing. Each of us has had transactions. We listed a beautiful year round cottage last weekend on the...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 27 March 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 27 March 2019

  Although we’re still ‘making ice’ (it was -14C last night), we’re expecting above freezing highs for the last half of the week. Snow and ice are slowly disappearing. We have to be patient. Spring is on its way! Slower is better…. It’s kind of like buying a cottage. You have to be patient. The right one will come along. When it does, you have to act. Last year we were working with a couple with 3 daughters. Lovely people. First time cottagers, they were on a learning curve. I’m not sure how many properties we saw together. It was quite a few. There was even one place we went back to 3 times, but it wasn’t right. In the meantim...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 20 March 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 20 March 2019

  MarketWATCH Muskoka: March 20, 2019 The last couple of weeks have cleared snow from sidewalks, driveways and lawns in most of the Golden Horseshoe. We were there on Sunday and heard robins singing. Definitely early spring in the city! Cottage Country is more like late winter. Snowbanks abound. Last week’s rain has turned those hills into ice. Many roadways are rutted with ice and suspensions are working very hard to get down the road. We had a call to show property this weekend. The private road had not been cleared. It was unpassable to cars. The ice was too hard to accommodate snowshoes. Crampons would’ve been best, but we didn’t hav...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: In like a lion?

MarketWATCH Muskoka: In like a lion?

  There’s an old saying about March “In like a lion, out like a lamb” the reverse is also true. In essence it’s saying March will begin or end with a storm. We’ve certainly had lots of storms lately, so another won’t be a surprise. A couple of weeks ago the GTA was pounded and cottage country received a light dusting. The snow here is deep and crisp. Nights are in the -20C range and we’re still making ice. Winter is with us and will be for the next few weeks even though the sun is streaming in … That doesn’t stop people from dreaming about summer. Our team has been involved in showing, selling and listing already. Snow’s...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 February 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 February 2019

Photo Credit: @philevis via Muskoka Tourism MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 February 2019 This week has confirmed winter is here. Even the deer out my window are in the white stuff up past their knees. It’s fun to see them leaping through the snow… I’m waiting to see one roll over with its legs in the air. Could be waiting a long time… Spring is 35 days away and hard to believe. Yes, the days are definitely longer and the sun, when shining, seems warmer in sheltered spots. However, here in cottage country we have more ‘incoming’ on the way. Streamers crossing Georgian Bay leave their squally remains before travelling eastward. Somehow we’re one of the t...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: Annual Report

MarketWATCH Muskoka: Annual Report

  MarketWATCH Muskoka: 24 January 2019 Here we are. The last weekend in January! Aside from some desperately cold temperatures earlier this week things are hopping in central Muskoka. Fire and Ice hits downtown Bracebridge on Saturday. The tubing run down Manitoba Street will be on high speed, the ice rink at the square has a perfect surface and “Crokicurl”, crokinole on ice with curling stones, will be available to test your motor skills. There’s food, fun and fireworks! The temperature? A balmy -14 is forecast with sunny periods and no wind. Want to make winter fun for a day? Try Fire and Ice this weekend! Also at this time of year we take a look back to see how t...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 14 December 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 14 December 2018

  ‘Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful’… goes the song. The part that goes ‘let it snow, let it snow, let it snow’ has rung true. Muskoka and the rest of cottage country is covered in a blanket of white. Some of it more than 40cm deep! At the beginning of winter (not officially starting for another week) snow and ice are welcomed by many. The new season holds promise of winter sports, warm evenings by the fire and postcard scenes of snow laden boughs. The picture we have of Bracebridge Falls says it all. The season is upon us! ‘Chestnuts roasting by an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose’. We think warml...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 17 October 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 17 October 2018

They tell me cranberries are an anti-oxidant. If they are, then more than 15,000 attendees of Cranberry Festival in Bala last weekend are a lot healthier today! Apparently Saturday was a record day. There’s a question whether the festival surpassed total attendance records, but it is known that all passes were sold. Muskoka Lakes was flowing cranberry red. On Monday night, there were some huge winds. The force sounded like being in a tunnel while a freight train roared through. Leaves had a hard time staying put. Many trees said goodbye to their fall colours, others let go of branches as well. Power was spotty all across Muskoka. Spinning Reels in Bracebridge was cancelled and that wa...Read More