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 warmly of spe...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

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 10 October 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 10 October 2018

Although we have a short burst of warmer weather this week, Friday last saw the first frost in Muskoka. The forests responded and our hillsides and shorelines are resplendent in the reds and golds of autumn. The next 10 days will be glorious and just in time for Bala’s annual Cranberry Festival all weekend long. Friday of this week is senior’s day with discounted entry to the festivities. If you’ve never been before, the tasty treats are as superb as they are unique. Our favourite would be the cranberry crepes offered by the folks at Trinity All Saints church. There’s so much in store for all kinds of pallets and preferences, savouries, ices, drinks and sweets. A tri...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 3 October 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 3 October 2018

Change is definitely in the air and on the horizon. There’s something about fall air that’s different. It seems crisper, cleaner. It’s almost as if it’s been put though a filter. Good thing, too! This is the time of year when the forest transitions from being a backdrop to becoming the main event. Almost daily we’re seeing the horizon change from being a deep green/blue to having tinges of gold at the top of the crown. Where the deep greens morph into more of a pastel shade. There’s an occasional flamboyance though, where some slumbering tree seems to say,”screw it” and throws off its green coat to flash brilliant red against the still dark ba...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 26 September 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 26 September 2018

Someone flicked the switch. September 22 summer ended with a thump. True, Muskoka still hasn’t had it’s first frost (we’ve been close ), but nights are definitely cooler and the lakes are quickly losing their heat. There’s been at least one misty morning where the air is significantly cooler than the lakes. In Haliburton, particularly the highlands, seasonal change is obvious. Trees are beginning to change quickly. The other day, driving to the eastern side it was clear the fall is here. In fact, this Saturday in the Town of Haliburton the new season is being celebrated with Colourfest with all kinds of activities for kids of all ages. Weather should cooperate. If fa...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 19 September 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 19 September 2018

Last week we talked about the fall market and mentioned that properties being listed at this time of year represent good value as sellers want to sell their properties this year. This week there’s a property coming to market on Kahshe Lake, one of the shortest commutes from the GTA, with great privacy, SW exposure, more than 200′ of frontage on a paved, year round road. It will be listed for $519. Lucy has the details. The other day we were at the shore at dawn. It was slightly misty as the night had been cool. The lake was like glass. Across the bay, at the point stood a lone maple, brilliant red in the morning light. It was the kind of scene you find in paintings and think it...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 5 September 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 5 September 2018

With temps in the high 20’s and humidity taking the ‘feel’ of the day even higher, this Labour Day’s experience in Muskoka was more like mid-summer. In some parts even the lake wasn’t all that refreshing. Swimming from the boat in the deep was the way to go if you wanted to cool off. Off course, there’s always dock time, or sitting in the Muskoka room with your favourite beverage. It’s all part of life at the cottage. Just take your pick! We’re guessing there was less work done than planned as many wanted to take advantage of a cottage country summer weekend. We know we were among them! Unlike other years where fire bans have been in effect,...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 29 August 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 29 August 2018

It’s here! The last long weekend of the summer. We have a warm week leading up to it too! In fact, records are being set as we speak. Night time temperatures in Muskoka are staying warm. The lakes are not cooling yet. They might even be getting warmer. Some years, nights have had their cooling effect and the lakes start to moderate. It often makes swimming a little refreshing for this weekend. But not this year! In fact we’re seeing algae develop in shallow bays around Muskoka. It’s really a symptom of the warm water. Unlike other plant forms, some algae produce oxygen. Although it might look unsightly, the thinking is algae helped to make the earth habitable. Some cottag...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 22 August 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 22 August 2018

As we approach fall in Muskoka, the pace of play changes. Think languid. Think reflective. Think art. For 40 years the Fall studio tour has been a highlight for those who live here and those who want to. The Artistic community in cottage country has grown over the years. Although we think of The Group of Seven as laying the groundwork, before them people made what was then more than a day’s journey to be inspired by the Precambrian Shield and all it has to offer. Just this month, “Who Killed Tom Thomson?” Has been published and acclaimed. John Little of Bracebridge Has written a riveting whodunit using current detective techniques to uncover a likely answer about the demis...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 August 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 August 2018

Last Saturday the boys and their boats put on their show in Port Carling with the Muskoka Lakes Association biennial Antique Boat Show. The sight was one to behold. Ditchburn, Duke, Minett Shields, SeaBird, Greavette were all there as well as many others. Fine craftsmanship, beautiful lines, wonderful finishes with sounds to match. The burble of inboards is soothing and exciting at the same time. Hearing a 12 cylinder open up makes adrenalin rush and tingle. A special day! This coming weekend Gravenhurst Wharf has the Dockside Festival of the Arts. Definitely a different kind of art than mahogany boats. Inspiring just the same. There’s something for the whole family and unlike the boa...Read More