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

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 18 October 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 18 October 2017

  MarketWATCH Muskoka: 18 October 2017   Last week we talked about the Cranberry Festival. Saturday was a gift. The day was dry and warm. Sunday, on the other hand suited ducks and worms better. The festival is a marker that cottage season has changed. Today the sky is clear, the colours (what is left of the forest crown) are bright. Walk through the woods and the scurrying going on is amazing! Chipmunks are industriously storing nuts, acorns and maple keys. They usually tuck away enough for 3 winters (just in case). They talk a lot too. Sit and watch and these little guys are defensive of their territories in a way you might not imagine. They fairly ye...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 11 October 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 11 October 2017

  Thanksgiving in midsummer? No, but it certainly felt that way! One of the best weekends Muskoka had to offer all year! Afternoons were glorious. Kids played outside, some of them in the water. Boats were out, some just drifting while the occupants soaked up the rays. Sunsets? Magnificent! Some of the best we’ve seen in years. It was certainly a memorable weekend – especially since some of us recall snow showers in the last 20 years. The Muskoka weather should continue too. Next weekend is Cranberry Festival in Bala. A great way to fete the little red berry that can add so much dash and colour to our festive occasions. Don’t overlook cranberry sausages, butter tarts...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 4 October 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 4 October 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 4 October 2017 Here we are! Thanksgiving is upon us. Turkey time. Some cottagers are using this weekend as the time to get ready for winter, clearing the water lines, installing anti-freeze in reservoirs, putting bubblers in the water and weights on dock decks. Others we know are putting sand and salt barrels at strategic points in their lane ways. You never know when a hill needs to be sanded for winter use. At the time of writing, the day is sunny. Sky is clear and some of us are wearing shorts! Autumn this year has been a blessing! Here’s hoping it continues. There are a number of serious buyers making their way north over the next week and walking in the su...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 27 September 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 27 September 2017

This past week has been a gift. We spent more time on the water than we have all summer. Weather has been very cooperative. Balmy breezes, gentle waves and rising temperature of the lake has made being waterbound truly enjoyable. Very few boats too, although Monday evening found the lake to be busier than it was on the weekend. Looking across to the beaches, they were busy too with kids from after school. What a life! We know the weather’s about to change. It has to change. In the meantime, Muskoka is in its glory. Leaves are testing their fall colours, bugs have decided they’ve had enough and it’s warm! Summer in September. Nice.   As far as waterfront cottages go,...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 20 September 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 20 September 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 20 September 2017 Summer and September this year are synonymous. Who would’ve thought? The lake is warm, as are the evenings. The days? Summer like. Many of us think September is THE BEST month in Muskoka. This year it’s even better! The Fall Studio Tour begins this weekend. Maybe this year it will be the first Summer Studio Tour. Regardless, the tour is always interesting, whether shopping for that special piece, thinking about Muskoka decorations for a festive table or just hoping to be inspired by something that catches your eye. The Tour is all of that and then some, carvings, metalwork, sculpture, paintings, fabrics …just about everything you co...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 13 September 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 13 September 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 13 September 2017 September brings the Fall Studio Tour to Muskoka. We celebrate artists and artisans, people of creativity and talent who live and create here. Quite special to have so many gifted people so close. The Tour, which takes place in Spring and Fall is a real eye opener and definitely worth doing. September also brings us Spinning Reels. Some people proudly call it BIFF. If Toronto can have TIFF, why can’t Bracebridge have its own version? Every other Monday from September to May at the Norwood Theatre, independent and small films are shown. It’s a wonderful evening out. Depending on the popularity of the film, all three theatres may be mad...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 6 September 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 6 September 2017

Artist: A. Catherine O’Mara MarketWATCH Muskoka: 6 September 2017 If you listen to the news, you’d think summer is over. Not so. We are embarking on what many people think is the finest part of the season in Muskoka. September.With it comes warm, sunny days, cool nights, no bugs and a peacefulness on the water that is hard to find in high season. The water’s still warm, swimming’s a pleasure and so is just sitting on the dock, enjoying nature. September enhances Muskoka as leaves turn to their golden and rusty hues. Somehow the sky seems bluer, it’s definitely clearer and the reflection of the forest in the lake is brighter. September glows! September also br...Read More

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

Avoid Indoor Air Pollution This Summer

Avoid Indoor Air Pollution This Summer

Why do people always say they need a bit of fresh air? Inside buildings like your home or office, the air is stagnant and can trap things like pollutants and allergens and there’s not much escape unless you step outside. As summer approaches, allergens are even more prevalent in our environment and in our homes, where we seal up the windows and doors to keep our precious cool air indoors and save energy.   Avoid common pollutants   The most common pollutants and allergens are those that occur naturally – dust mites, pet dander, mildew and mold – and those that cause odors, like smoking or food. Avoid any smoking in your home and make sure that any spilled food is ...Read More

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

What To Do With All That Space Once The Kids Move Away

What To Do With All That Space Once The Kids Move Away

Becoming an empty nester isn’t necessarily an easy process. It’s a big change, but it also opens up plenty of opportunity. In today’s real estate market, downsizing to a smaller home may not be an option for you just yet. So what do you do with all of that extra space in the meantime?   Home Office   As more workplaces start to allow their employees to work remotely, a home office may be the perfect way to cut your commute short – or get rid of it all together. If you’re retired, you could also consider creating a workshop and starting a side project or business to earn additional income.   Hobby/Game Rooms   No matter what your favourite hob...Read More

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

Which Neighbourhood Is Right For You And Your Family?

Which Neighbourhood Is Right For You And Your Family?

In the suburbs or in more rural areas, not all neighbourhoods are equal. They might not have the distinct personalities that those in larger cities do, but they’re all still unique in their own way. Deciding where to live is about so much more than simply buying a home in a specific spot. So how do you choose which neighbourhood you want to live in?   Nearby amenities   What’s nearby? Depending on the location and your lifestyle (and depending on whether you own a car), whether a neighbourhood is walkable could matter a little or a lot. Check out your future neighbourhood on www.walkscore.com to see how it rates in terms of walkability and proximity to necessities like ...Read More