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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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Heat on!

May 25, 2013 in Cottage, Lakes, Muskoka

Not exactly a record. But effing close (that stands for freezing). Muskoka temperature last night fell to freezing. The cottage on the island opposite was lit up like a Christmas tree. Could it have been a party? Possibly, but then noise travels across still waters at night. There was no noise. The cottage, built in the late 1800’s is as summer cottage. No insulation. In some places studs are visible. Wind can make its way through those walls. It wasn’t a party. Light bulbs were on for warmth!

Edith Island

After the deluge

May 24, 2013 in Cottage, Muskoka

No shortage of water here. A couple of weeks of flooding over and to test resolve 48 hours of  rains. At times, very heavy rains. Some roads have been washed out. At least one bridge had to be tested for structural integrity. It’s sunny now and Muskoka is recovering for the weekend. Cottagers are coming up tonight! Someone better tell these sodden flowers to shake off the wet. Time to be perky!

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Good night, dock boy

May 21, 2013 in Cottage, Rosseau, summer

For the first time in almost 8 months, Edith Island on Lake Rosseau sparkled at night. The lights were on. Somebody was home. Back to the island cottage for the summer. Around 10:30, one by one the lights went out. It was like watching The Waltons in real time. Good night Jim-Bob, Sleep well, John Boy.

Edith Island, lights on

Summer vibe

May 18, 2013 in Cottage, Lakes, Muskoka, Port Carling, summer

The Hub of the Lakes, is bustling. Cottagers arrived early for the first weekend of summer and Port Carling edged towards Port Crawling as the pace of traffic slowed to a walk. Summer is back in town. Muskoka has a new vibe. In celebration, the first sunset of summer took on its own vibe. Electric!

First sunset of summer

Unpacking summer

May 9, 2013 in Cottage, Muskoka, Port Carling, summer

For months the shops of Steamboat Bay in Port Carling have stood empty. A little forlorn when compared to the hustle and bustle of cottagers and tourists in the summer season. Today the retailers of Port Carling are getting ready. They’re unpacking summer. Shops are filling up. Forlorn has turned to happy. We learned that summer ….comes in a box!

Unpacking summer

Boating for dollars

May 8, 2013 in boathouse, building, Muskoka

The little tug that could went to Adam’s Bay (around the point behind us) where there’s a municipal dock used by contactors for island and water access jump offs. Government docks like this are fairly rare on the Big 3. Access to the lakes is a premium for barging and heavy machinery. He picked up his load and came back to the  big build. Beside the backhoe, there was a skid steer (Bob Cat) and a pile of large stone flags returning to the site. All in all, without considering the coast of stone (cubic dollars) the machine and barge time was easily $2500. When Cindy Crawford was building her cottage on Lake Joe, more than 20 barges barges went out with cement trucks … a floating highway paved with cash.

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Lake Joseph boathouse

April 28, 2013 in Big 3, boathouse, Joseph, Muskoka

This may look serene. Inside this beautiful Lake Joseph boathouse all kind of stuff left on the docks over winter is now sodden. Chairs are wet, some tools are under water but at least boats are still in their slings. On the Muskoka River, where the water is considerably higher, there are some boathouses where boats have been lifted from their slings, others jammed against the ceiling, couches sunk and personal possessions destroyed. It’s a tough way to begin the season. Some will rethink the water level entertainment room concept we’ve seen developing in boathouses lately.

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