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Muskoka MarketWATCH: 15 November 2017

November 15, 2017 in Bala, Big 3, Bracebridge, Cottage, Gravenhurst, Joseph, Lakes, Muskoka, Muskoka, Port Carling, Rosseau, winter

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 November 2017

Santa came to Bala last week and he’s coming to Port Carling this weekend, heading to Bracebridge on December 3rd, with Gravenhurst and Huntsville yet to be visited. Bala’s famed Trek to Bethlehem is in another couple of weeks. If you’ve never experienced it, take your children and grandchildren…it’s a wonderful way to give an historic perspective to Christmas.

Muskoka is resonating with the sounds and sights of this magical time of year. The Christmas train is on its way…

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MarketWATCH Muskoka: 4 October 2017

October 4, 2017 in Bracebridge, Cottage, fall, Lakes, Muskoka, Muskoka, Rosseau

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 sun is a tad more pleasant than walking in the rain!

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MarketWATCH Muskoka: 20 September 2017

September 20, 2017 in Bala, Big 3, Bracebridge, Cottage, Gravenhurst, Joseph, Muskoka, Muskoka, Port Carling, Rosseau

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 could imagine. If you plan to go, drop by the Bracebridge Farmers’ Market at the same time. You’ll be glad you did.

On the cottage side of things, activity has picked up – both in terms of properties coming to market and properties selling. We’re busy. Plan ahead. Some of us already have appointments for the weekend. Don’t be disappointed!

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MarketWATCH Muskoka: 13 September 2017

September 13, 2017 in Bala, Big 3, Cottage, Joseph, Lakes, Moon River, Muskoka, Muskoka, Port Carling


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.

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MarketWATCH Muskoka: 6 September 2017

September 6, 2017 in Bala, Big 3, boathouse, Bracebridge, Cottage, Joseph, Lakes, Moon River, Muskoka, Muskoka, Port Carling, Rosseau

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!

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Muskoka Waterfront Marketplace Annual Report

January 1, 2016 in Cottage, Muskoka

Muskoka Waterfront Marketplace
Annual Report

Overview

Across Ontario Lakelands Real Estate Board (Muskoka, Haliburton and Orillia), 2015 results were ahead of 2014 performance in price and marginally lower in the number of properties sold. Average price across the board increased 7% while the number of waterfront properties sold declined 1.6%. Both Orillia and Haliburton had increases in the number of properties sold while the District of Muskokanumber was down by 7.4%. As far as average prices go, Muskoka and Haliburton prices rose by 10.4% while Orillia’s declined by 2.1%.

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Railway station?

June 27, 2014 in building, Muskoka

Waiting for the train

Waiting for the train

 

For many of us who live in Muskoka, the sound of train whistles across the water is the sound of home. Both major rail lines pass through Muskoka on their way to and from the west coast. In some places, they pass very close to one another. Both Lake Joseph and Lake Muskoka have railway views. The owner of this boathouse took advantage of the railway trestle across the bay. He built his boathouse to look like a Victorian railway station and called the property Charing Cross after one of the great rail stations of the 1800’s.

Boathouse

May 13, 2014 in boathouse, Rosseau

Ferndale Boathouse

 

This boathouse sits on lower Lake Rosseau. It’s one of the largest on the Big 3. Currently, it’s being refurbished for an important event this summer. The building is magnificent. The barge in front has been on site now for more than a week. At $2000 a day, that’s quite a parking bill. There are about 10 painters working on it too. Their gig runs for 6 or 7 weeks. Phew!

Submerged dock, floating boathouse?

April 23, 2014 in boathouse, Muskoka, Port Carling, spring

Not a sun deck yet

Not a sun deck yet

Not all docks are built to the same elevation. There are docks on Lake Muskoka still above the water level. Unfortunately this dock isn’t. Currently it’s submerged by 5 or 6 inches. Duke’s Patio in Port Carling is high and dry at the moment…. a great afternoon to sit by the water!

Muskoka Marketplace – Annual Report 2013

February 7, 2014 in Big 3, Bracebridge, Cottage, Gravenhurst, Haliburton, Huntsville, Lakes, Muskoka

The Snapshot

The Muskoka marketplace in 2013 was close to 2012 performance. Dollar volume was higher across Muskoka- Haliburton by almost 4%, District of Muskoka was up by 6% and, the Big 3 lakes by 8%. The number of sales over $3 million was up as the high end of the market performed strongly. Entry level and small lake property moved well. Properties between $1 and $2 million were not as strong as in the previous year.

The number of properties sold was down from last year by 2%.

The Muskoka-Haliburton cottage market is small. For the last several years, roughly 1100 waterfront properties trade in a given year (1115 in 2013).  In the District of Muskoka, about 620 properties trade each year while the Big 3 lakes have about 180.

Even though we had a long, cold spring last year with lower sales than usual for the first half of the year, both the summer and fall were strong selling (July was 50% ahead of the year previous). In fact, the average days on market (DOM) declined from 90 to 80 days for the year. Typically island and small lake properties take longer to sell than larger lake mainland ones by 15% or more.

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