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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 4 July 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 4 July 2018

Canada Day has come and gone. Some are still talking about fireworks. The shows were magnificent. Another show for this week is the Annual ACBS (Antique and Classic Boat Society) Show held this Saturday at Gravenhurst Wharf. All the dock spaces are filled. There’s no more exhibitor space available. For the second year there’s no admission fee. These watercraft are floating pieces of art. Fine furniture that can move at speeds to thrill you. Some have engines you wouldn’t believe. For example an Hispano-Suiza aircraft engine from WWI. Monsters that purr and roar. The show is worth going to if you like history. There’s an attached car show of 35 entries, displays, ve...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 27 June 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 27 June 2018

The last few days of June are usually a bit slow in waterfront real estate. Parents are thinking about kids getting out of school, getting them to summer jobs, off to camp or just getting a schedule down for time at home. Thoughts of buying a cottage are way down the list. For us in real estate, it’s a brief respite before the summer trade begins. That respite, though, always ends with a bang! Canada Day. It was around that time, July 1 1867, that Muskoka started to become a recreational destination. We once stayed in the oldest documented cottage in Muskoka. It’s on an island In Lake Joe. It was built in 1868 and we know the builders had stayed on the island the year previousl...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 20 June 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 20 June 2018

Yesterday walking off the golf course, my friend said he was going to drive back to the cottage, clean up and return with his wife for a charitable event, I opined that it was a lot of driving. He said that if you live here, there’s a lot of driving to do. Hadn’t really thought about it before, but he’s right. 24 kms from Port Carling to Bracebridge, half an hour from Bracebridge to Bala, 35 mins from Gravenhurst to Huntsville, over an hour from Bracebrdge to Haliburton. No wonder I put more than 60K kms on the car a year. This is big territory. When you’re at the cottage more often than not, you stay there, enjoying the dock, water and the friends who come to visit....Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 13 June 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 13 June 2018

All week our daytime temps are in the mid 20’s or better. Feeling a lot like summer! Stick your toe in though, and only the most hardy will take it much further. The water’s still in a state of spring. Those warm days we mentioned above are only half the story. The other half, the night time half, is what’s keeping us from being sincere when we say, ‘Come on in! The water’s fine!’ Instead of chattering it through blue lips and locked jaw. For the first time this year, night time temps remain in double digits for the rest of the week. The daytime heat sink, we call the lake, won’t be heating the night sky. It will be able to retain warmth. Water tem...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 6 June 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 6 June 2018

Most times of the year I can claim “THIS is my favourite time of year.” It’s true. Living in Muskoka is a wonderful experience. There’s definitely a seasonal change worth noting and enjoying. And, for the next 4 weeks, THIS is my favourite time of year. For the next 4 weeks daylight is at its longest. We have enough light to read by until 10 pm and although some may find birdsong bothersome at 4:30 a.m., it’s wonderful to watch the dawn creep across the sky into full light an hour later. Just as the dawn creeps across the sky so dusk lingers as the sun makes a long and slow farewell in the Northwest. That’s right! Northwest and it comes up again in the N...Read More

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