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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: In like a lion?

MarketWATCH Muskoka: In like a lion?

  There’s an old saying about March “In like a lion, out like a lamb” the reverse is also true. In essence it’s saying March will begin or end with a storm. We’ve certainly had lots of storms lately, so another won’t be a surprise. A couple of weeks ago the GTA was pounded and cottage country received a light dusting. The snow here is deep and crisp. Nights are in the -20C range and we’re still making ice. Winter is with us and will be for the next few weeks even though the sun is streaming in … That doesn’t stop people from dreaming about summer. Our team has been involved in showing, selling and listing already. Snow’s...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 February 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 February 2019

Photo Credit: @philevis via Muskoka Tourism MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 February 2019 This week has confirmed winter is here. Even the deer out my window are in the white stuff up past their knees. It’s fun to see them leaping through the snow… I’m waiting to see one roll over with its legs in the air. Could be waiting a long time… Spring is 35 days away and hard to believe. Yes, the days are definitely longer and the sun, when shining, seems warmer in sheltered spots. However, here in cottage country we have more ‘incoming’ on the way. Streamers crossing Georgian Bay leave their squally remains before travelling eastward. Somehow we’re one of the t...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: Annual Report

MarketWATCH Muskoka: Annual Report

  MarketWATCH Muskoka: 24 January 2019 Here we are. The last weekend in January! Aside from some desperately cold temperatures earlier this week things are hopping in central Muskoka. Fire and Ice hits downtown Bracebridge on Saturday. The tubing run down Manitoba Street will be on high speed, the ice rink at the square has a perfect surface and “Crokicurl”, crokinole on ice with curling stones, will be available to test your motor skills. There’s food, fun and fireworks! The temperature? A balmy -14 is forecast with sunny periods and no wind. Want to make winter fun for a day? Try Fire and Ice this weekend! Also at this time of year we take a look back to see how t...Read More

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 warml...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