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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 14 August 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 14 August 2019

This is a week for shows in Muskoka. Shows of all kinds. Heavenly shows, shows of muscle, art, iron, music and Muskoka shoreline. There’s something for every eye to see. Of the heavenly kind the Perseus Meteor Shower begins this week. We think of it as August Fireworks. There have been times when we’ve seen three meteors at once. Muscle? Huntsville is hosting Muskoka Muscle at Hidden Valley -for those who are into great feats of strength. Art is busting out all over in the form of the Dockside Festival of the Arts in Gravenhurst and Artists of the Limberlost Open House east of Huntsville. Iron (the Detroit kind) is celebrated in Baysville Saturday with the Classic Boat and Car s...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 7 August 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 7 August 2019

We’re over the hump. The high point of summer has passed sliding into the dog days, named for the Dog Star, Sirius. Found in the constellation Canis Major, it’s the brightest star in the night sky. You can see it close to Orion’s Belt. We’re moving into the time of year when the bugs are typically fewer in the evening, the lake is warm and nights begin to cool. It’s a lovely time to simply relax and let all the stress just float away. However, in cottage country things aren’t as languid as usual. Like the weather, our real estate market often slows in August. Not this year. A cool spring has pushed cottage buying and selling into the dog days. All of us ...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 24 July 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 24 July 2019

This past week we’ve been out most days showing property. If you’ve ever looked at Muskoka cottage property, you know most of it has a compromise or two. The question is which compromise you’re willing to accept? Lately we’ve been working with people who seem to want beach. As far as the larger lakes in these parts go, with the exception of Lake of Bays, about 5% of the shoreline is sandy. Given the lakes were carved out by retreating glaciers, it’s pretty easy to understand why there’s so much rock around here. Beach is generally hard to come by. We have two listings with beach. Lots of beach. The comment we get most often is ‘it’s too shall...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 17 July 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 17 July 2019

There’s an axiom in cottage country. The bigger the lake, the more expensive the land. It’s pretty simple, really. The bigger the lake, the more options you have. Lakes like the chain of Fairy, Vernon and Peninsula, the Big 3 of Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph and Lake of Bays all offer destinations. On those lakes restaurants, shops, golf and medical services can be reached by boat. Whether it’s the destination or the journey, bigger lakes offer more variety. They also have more traffic – especially in the areas where commercial activity is found. Knowing and understanding the rules of marine navigation is important. Safety matters. This week we’ve spent...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 10 July 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 10 July 2019

Canadians apparently eat more donuts per person than any other nationality. I’m pretty sure that’s true for at least one other food. Butter tarts. In fact, I’m guessing that if we thought about it, butter tarts in Canada are likely more representative of the National palate than apple pie, beaver tails or even poutine. Canada doesn’t have donut festivals or beaver tail fry offs but we certainly have butter tart festivals. People vie for the laurels of a butter tart championship. Others simply love tasting the contestants’ tweaking and perfecting…with raisins, without. Cranberries (a Muskoka fave) pecans, maple syrup and the list goes on. Varietie...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 3 July 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 3 July 2019

Ditchburn, Johnson, Duke, Minett-Sheilds, Greavette are all names of Muskoka boat builders. Some of them go back to the 1800’s. Greavette was making wooden boats in the 1970’s. Wooden boats are something Muskoka is known for, even today. This Saturday, at Gravenhurst wharf, the Annual Antique boat show is underway. If you’ve never been, it’s an amazing experience to see so many fine watercraft all in one place at the same time. Admission is free. Summer is truly arrived. Water’s even warm enough to stay in for a while! Blueberries are about 10 days away and strawberries are just starting. Cottages, too, are blooming. A bumper crop came to market last w...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 26 June 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 26 June 2019

Canada Day! The weekend is full. Fireworks and fun all weekend long. On The Day itself, Parry Sound has Bands on the Bay (free), followed by fireworks, Bracebridge all day downtown celebration followed by fireworks in Bracebridge Bay, Huntsville and Dorset are celebrating too. New this year and looking like lots of fun is Family Water Fun in Minett on Lake Rosseau hosted by the Mayor of Muskoka Lakes. This event will be a great day time extravaganza. All kinds of activities for kids and families! On Saturday Walker’s Point on Lake Muskoka. Take the Peerless from Port Carling, Wenonah from Gravenhurst or your own boat for fireworks on the water. Orrville, Seguin, Dorset and Bay...Read More

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...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