Finding your perfect oasis in Muskoka
Thursday Jun 08th, 2017Share
Whether you’re looking for your very first home/cottage or are in the process of either upgrading or downsizing, welcome to Muskoka! This area, about 1 ½ hours north of Toronto, is your ticket to over 1600 lakes, granite cliffs, pine and maple forests and awe-inspiring waterfalls. The Muskoka District is made up of several communities, including Huntsville, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Muskoka Lakes Township, and Lake of Bays Township. Each has their own individual charm and include picturesque villages and towns, farms along with lakeside vacation destinations, golf courses and many walking trails. Flanked on the North side by the Algonquin Provincial Park, and enjoying the splendour towards the west of the Georgian Bay, the Muskoka region has all you could ever want and more for your dream home or cottage.
Around 60,000 people call the Muskoka region home year-round, and the area has such a draw that this number more than doubles when you take into account the seasonal cottages dotted amongst the landscape. The lakes play host to an assortment of fish, including trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, muskie, perch, sunfish, walleye and northern pike! If you like fishing, you won’t be disappointed. Lake trout are often visible at the surface after the ice melts, as they come up for feeding just in time for the fishing season. If golf is your game, there are several courses in the vicinity, and fine dining appears around every corner, from Japanese fusion to a great steakhouse. Muskoka hosts many parks and beaches for the nature lovers or find a spot to worship the sun.
Before you start your hunt, it helps to have a list of exactly what you’re looking for, along with realistic expectations and an awareness of the difference between your wants and needs. If you’re a couple buying your first home and a family is in your future, you’ll want to look at having some extra space to accommodate those future family members, even if it means empty rooms for now. Will you need a little extra space for outdoor play? You might want to keep a nice, fenced yard near the top of your needs list. If you’ve become empty nesters and don’t expect the kids to land every other weekend, you can opt for something smaller with less maintenance. There are even condos in the area so that you have no lawn care tasks at all. Figure out what your price point is and focus on homes within those limits, taking into account all of your options.
Once you’ve scoped out a few places, contact a real estate agent and lean on their expertise, advice, and experience to help you find exactly the type of home that suits you. Muskoka Luxury Properties has a good grip on what types of homes and or cottages are available and what price they’ll likely go for, along with what competition you’ll be up against in purchasing. Contact Chelsey Penrice for your personal consultation.