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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 22 May 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 22 May 2019

Phew! It’s over. The opening long weekend for Summer 2019 is in the history books. THE SEASON has started. Not the most summery of May 2-4 weekends we’ve had. For cottagers on the main course of the Muskoka Watershed, it was a weekend of work too. Although water levels are approaching normal there is a lot of clean up to be done. Some of it cosmetic, some hunting for articles, docks and toys that floated away during high water, and for others the assessment of repairs needed to docks and boathouses. For the Watershed folks this has been a weekend of work. Off the main course? Few problems. Many lakes have had water levels within normal ranges all year. Those cottagers e...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka-15 May 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka-15 May 2019

Hemlocks are an interesting tree. Found throughout our trading area, they grow in community. Hemlocks are rarely found growing as a single specimen. If one falls, there’s a better than even chance another will too. They depend on one another for support. Root systems are shallow and intertwine with other hemlocks. Their canopy, when together, is dense. In winter they offer shelter. It’s a pretty safe bet you’ll find deer under hemlocks when the snow flies. Hemlock is a dense wood, heavy too. So dense, in fact, it doesn’t float well. Hemlocks float beneath the surface. Crib docks often use hemlock stringers because of their density, strength and lack of buoyan...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka 8 May 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka 8 May 2019

“On the level” has a lot of meaning. From a building perspective we all want to know work was done on the level. We want our counters level, our floors level and our windows and doors level so they open and shut easily. In relationships we want to know we’re being treated fairly and what we’re told can be trusted. It’s an important component of establishing good relationships. Lasting friendships are built ‘on the level’. In business we want to know the people we work with share our interest and that together we can find common ground. It’s especially valuable when that ground is ‘on the level’ because then we know there&...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 1 May 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 1 May 2019

It’s gone from the Big 3 and after tonight, ice will be gone from most of the other lakes in our trading area. Ice free! But we’re not out of the woods yet. The Muskoka watershed is straining at its edges. Rivers are at or over their banks, lakes have pushed the boundaries of high water marks and our landscape is changing. Yesterday erosion collapsed a bank on the Muskoka River between Bracebridge and Lake Muskoka. Unfortunately Peerless II took the brunt of falling trees and debris at her winter moorage. On the big lakes, docks are underwater and some boathouses have felt the impact of ice sheets moving with the wind. It’s a tough spring for the watershed and a w...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka- 24 April 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka- 24 April 2019

Photo credit: John Panikkar MarketWATCH Muskoka: 24 April 2019 Think of the hockey pool, football pool, even ‘chase the ace’. Excitement, interest and the stuff that water cooler chat is made of. Here, it’s ‘ice out’. When’s the date? What’s the time? Last week we gave you a chart of ice out dates since 1880. That’s a lot of data! Current state is we’ve passed the average date by 5 days. The warm, sunny day following a weekend of rain, has ‘ripened’ the lake ice so that it’s turning dark. Check out the pic of Lake Muskoka above. That dark stuff is ice. That’s the fir...Read More

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 inj...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