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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 30 May 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 30 May 2018

Although summer officially starts June 21, THE SEASON has begun. There’s still time to make cottage dreams come true for this summer with closing in time for Canada Day a possibility. We’ve received several calls in the last few days from people wanting to know if there’s time. The answer is yes! Things to be aware of if making a cottage decision are the following: the number of sales on a YTD basis as compared to last year are lower (about the same as 2016) and prices have moderated to 2016 levels too. Some of it may be mix, at this time of year it’s hard to say definitively that we have a trend. Unlike last year, the busiest segment is $1 million to about $1.5. W...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 23 May 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 23 May 2018

Bullet dodged. There was concern that later than usual ice out would have ramifications of a flooding kind. Not so this year! Exactly 12 months ago docks on Lake Muskoka were underwater and Rosseau and Joe were recording some of the highest water levels seen above the locks. The Muskoka River was raging and the park below the falls in Bracebridge had islands in it otherwise known picnic tables. This year spring run off has been more orderly. Granted, lake levels in April were lower than usual. The lakes were ready. When the rush came, it arrived with force. Both dramatic and loud, at Bracebridge Falls, the most remarkable impact was not the incessant roar making normal speech inaudible, nor...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 16 May 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 16 May 2018

This is it! May 2-4. The first long weekend of the season. Our summer friends are returning. Cottages will be opened, BBQ’s heated up and firepits ignited for the first batch of s’mores. Our summer ritual begins. For generations Canadians have made their way ‘to the lake’ as a way to relax, to enjoy the great land we call home and to renew the ties that bind. For many,THE COTTAGE is a touchstone that transcends just about everything else. Last night we attended what we call BIFF (every two weeks in Bracebridge from September to May an independent film is screened. Although it’s called Spinning Reels, we think if it as BIFF). Sitting beside us was a couple we&r...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 9 May 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 9 May 2018

A summer tradition in cottage country is the fire pit. Whether it’s the sweetness of s’mores, the closeness of companionship or the warmth of flickering firelight, the fire pit is a celebration of night and a day well spent. It’s easy to get lost in thought, mesmerized by glowing coals. There’s an inward intimacy of sitting by the pit. A happy place. It’s amazing, though, change what you’re looking at and that inward intimacy becomes boundless. Look up, look way up. Muskoka skies are dark. Properties with site plans have limited upward light. Here it’s possible to wander the vast expanse of the night sky, taking in the magnitude and magnificence o...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 2 May 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 2 May 2018

It’s not the latest date, but having ICE OUT in May is unusual. Some lakes are now open. Others will take a day or two more. It’s fairly safe to say that by the end of the weekend Muskoka will be open. There are still a few cottages we have to walk in to. If you’re coming north, boots will make sense for the next week. The forecasted rains will certainly help firm up the soft ground. Yes, I know it sounds counter-intuitive, rain helping to firm things up. The truth is rain helps bring the frost out. It’s the frost escaping that turns ground into a quagmire. Regardless, spring has been long and slow. One weather forecaster talked about March being extended and overta...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 25 April 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 25 April 2018

If you look closely, snow might be visible in valleys and shady spots. For the most part, Muskoka is in spring! Forest floor is greening, wild leeks are showing their heads and the birds have one thing on their minds – and they’re singing about it! Unlike previous springs, we have yet to see water levels changing in the Muskoka watershed. Granted, Algonquin is still covered with more than 2′ of ice and snow. The melt we’ve seen at the bottom end is not yet at the source. A good indicator of the change in water flow are the two pictures of Bracebridge Falls. These were taken 24 hours apart on Monday and Tuesday. The flow change is obvious. By the time you read this, t...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 12 April 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 12 April 2018

Today, showers in Barrie make snow in Muskoka. If this were the end of November, we’d be excited about snow for the holidays. We’re waiting to be excited about warm for springtime now. It’s time to think about blossoms and blooms. Dedicated cottage seekers have not let weather or equity markets get in their way. Since the beginning of the month Muskoka waterfront properties have been exercising their hinges. Doors are constantly being opened to show prospective owners memory making lakeside homes. Although we’ve had snow recently, we’ve also lost a majority of winter’s covering. The land is visible and many shorelines are revealed. It’s pretty eas...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 30 March 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 30 March 2018

Spring is officially here. We know by the date, by the Cottage Life Show having come and gone, The Muskoka Spring Art Show was held last weekend and Muskoka Highlands says 3 nights of 8C weather and the course is open. We also know it’s spring because the roads are heaving as frost departs, some private lane ways are soft up to the axles and ice on the lakes is starting to darken. Ice out is at least a couple of weeks away but shorelines are becoming visible, much of our snow has left and the roadways are clear. It’s only as we get into valleys and shaded areas that much snow cover remains. Think mud. If you’re coming to ‘kick the dirt’, be prepared to wear so...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 March 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 March 2018

March break is upon us in Ontario. A surprising number of people have decided to take their break in cottage country. Ice conditions are as good as they have been for years. Snow cover is light and it’s easy to get around. Snow machiners aren’t so happy and cross-country skiing certainly is not a Muskoka pastime this March. But skating? It’s great! We’ve been pretty busy too. The early birds are out in full force. The number of listings coming to market reflect the fact that it’s easier than usual to get into property. Sure, boots are still a requirement, but we’re not wading through knee deep drifts to get to the back door. Although the Toronto marketpl...Read More

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

Muskoka MarketWATCH: 22 February 2018

Muskoka MarketWATCH: 22 February 2018

Muskoka MarketWATCH: 22 February 2018 Gravenhurst, Port Carling and Bracebridge have all enjoyed celebrating winter in Muskoka since our last Marketwatch. Bracebridge closes the main drag, trucks in snow and creates a huge toboggan run right down through the centre of town. Fun! In their own ways other Muskoka communities aren’t outdone either. Winter in Muskoka is worth celebrating. Ice on the lakes is 30 cm thick, making sled travel possible ( always be careful and keep an eye out for open water or drain holes ) and hospitable for ice fishing and cross country skiing. Wildlife, too, are often more visible. The forest is bare and line of sight is improved. Animals are out foraging. Si...Read More