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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 15 September 2020

MarketWATCH Muskoka 15 September 2020

The last week of summer. For some, cottaging is becoming a memory. Last week a delightful 3 bed cottage with bunkie came to market. The land level and welcoming, with shelving rock across its shore. The view, wide open, graced by sunsets. At 150′ of lakefront the property wouldn’t be considered large, but with neighbours on both sides at the far ends of theirs, it felt like 350′. Privacy assured! The building was erected in 1959 and owned by the same family the whole time. More than 60 years of memories. Not large and definitely not current, it was still a nice year round space that harkened back to the mid-century with genuine design touches, that if not to be treasured, ...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 10 September 2020

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 10 September 2020

Wow! And just like that, the seasons have changed. Lakes are cooling, leaves are turning and the golden days are upon us. Farmers’ markets are full of late summer produce. We have yet to sample a crisp fall apple. But it won’t be long! September brings an interesting mix of properties to market. People leaving the lake for the last time sometimes list cottages that have been in the family for generations. This is the time of year ‘old originals’ bloom. It’s also the time of year when sellers decide they don’t want to carry a cottage over the next winter. Closing dates can be important in a negotiation. As well, we find properties that have been renovated ...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 2 September 2020

MarketWATCH Muskoka 2 September 2020

Warm days, cool nights, bonfires, walks in the woods, calm waters and no bugs. What’s that called? September! One of the nicest months of the year (this writer’s favourite), September brings golden hues, great boating and a relaxed vibe not found in high season. This year might be a little different with more people working in place. But it won’t stop the misty mornings and sparkling afternoons with sunlight dancing on the water. What does September mean to buyers and sellers? One more opportunity. In the last week we’ve had more than 80 properties come to market and more than 20 price reductions. This is the time of year when some long time cottagers leave the lake...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 26 August 2020

MarketWATCH Muskoka 26 August 2020

This is the time of year attention begins to switch. For realtors and other service professionals, back to school usually gives us a break. Not so with COVID. The pandemic has a vibe of its own. Some kids are going back, others are being home schooled. Some people are going to the city and others are preferring to stay at the cottage. Life is different and so is real estate. 2020 is a year for the record books. Properties are selling quicker than ever before. Many of them are going in competition. Whether it’s a $500K cottage on a small lake or a $5 million cottage on one of major lakes, all price ranges and levels have had competition. All prices ranges and levels have had cottages s...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 11 August 2020 

MarketWATCH Muskoka 11 August 2020 

Photo Credit: Ramy Mans Dark sky. When people come to cottage country for the first time, they are awed by a clear night. The heavens fairly glimmer with points of light. The night sky is magnificent. To realize our blue planet is barely visible to the stars we see, is simply awe inspiring as the mind begins to grasp distance and time. This time of year is special. Every August, we’re treated to a display as we pass through a field of meteors. Known as the Perseids, they are nature’s light show and fireworks. Go to a dark place, lay back and watch. Every 20-40 seconds or so a meteor streaks across the sky. Some streaks last a few seconds, most are brief. If you’re lucky m...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 6 August 2020

MarketWATCH Muskoka 6 August 2020

Last week we were talking about making waves, riding them and even getting air. By coincidence, yesterday we were working with a guy who likes air so much he kite boards. We don’t often get big wind here, but we’ve seen kite boarders in other places take air 30′ or more. The adrenaline of watching doesn’t compare to the rush of what it must be like taking off like that. But for this observer, it’s enough just to watch. Just watching, though, isn’t something we can do if we’re intent on buying a superb cottage property. Yesterday we helped our client pull the trigger on the kind of property I can only call ‘legacy’. Beautiful land, hard...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 29 July 2020

MarketWATCH Muskoka 29 July 2020

Making waves. We try to make waves from very early days, splashing the bath or in puddles on the street, cannonballs in swimming pools and jumping off the dock. We graduate to making longer waves by leaving wakes behind paddle boats, row boats and, for the lucky ones, tinnies with 9.9’s. Making waves comes naturally. Riding them is another thing! We get accustomed to tubing, tipping or flipping outside the wake. Waterskiing starts the process of individual mastery and the thought of slapping the wake, or better yet, getting air! We discover magic. Waves can help us fly! Wake board is another term for wings. Waves no longer are the goal, they have become the means of freeing ourselves...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 21 July 2020

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!...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 14 July 2020

MarketWATCH Muskoka 14 July 2020

Not quite the Dog Days, but still summery. Our heat wave has broken leaving the lake warm and luxurious. Today, with the cooler morning, mist curled its way skyward. Somewhere beyond the bay two loons laughed and closer to shore, a fish momentarily carved the surface of the lake sending gentle waves in circles. Looking down, I noticed the steam from my tea was shaped almost the same as lake mist. It was a quiet moment of connection. There's lots to do here and sometimes the best to do is sit and enjoy the quiet. Morning reflections, though, seem not to last as long as they did. Glass like surfaces call skiers to carve their own turns, making waves of a different kind. Making waves is w...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 8 July 2020

MarketWATCH Muskoka 8 July 2020

Summer! Water’s warm, days are long and dock time reigns supreme. We’ve been blessed with warm, dry days and clear night skies. The peak of the season and, in spite of the pandemic, much to be thankful for. This is indeed a beautiful country and the opportunity of enjoying the ‘near north’, life shaping. For many Canadians a trek to the cottage, whether rented or owned, creates memories lasting a lifetime. The crackle of the fire pit, laugh of a loon, the sound of a fish jumping and splash of children running off the dock are the soundtrack of happy family times. It’s no wonder the pace of cottage life refreshes and renews. It’s no wonder, as people lear...Read More