DIY Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Cottage

Tuesday Apr 09th, 2019


Spring is making a come back! The snow is finally starting to melt and the ice starting to come off of the lake which is a sure sign warmer days are on the horizon! Spring brings sunshine, blooming flowers and of course cleaning!   To prepare for the upcoming summer here are some DIY spring cleaning tips to get your cottage summer-ready!   Dish Cleaning: Start with the kitchen, wipe all appliances with multipurpose liquid. Bring out the dishes and give them a good rinse.... [read more]

Cottage Life show

Friday Mar 22nd, 2019

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Owning a cottage overlooking the calm of a pristine lake is something a lot of people dream about. The joy of owning a cottage comes with many perks, but it is multiplied tenfold when the cottage is situated in Muskoka; one of Canada’s most serene and scenic areas. Owning a cottage in Muskoka means a lifetime of experiencing scenic beauty away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Muskoka’s cottage country has something for everyone. It offers the much-needed calmness and a... [read more]

Ten Must-have Items For Your Cottage Getaway

Wednesday Feb 13th, 2019


If you prefer to stay close to home during your winter holidays, then a cottage getaway is ideal for you and your family. Spending cold, winter evenings by a toasty fireplace while snow lightly falls outside tall, lush trees is the perfect way to enjoy your time off. There are also some items you should bring with you to make sure your stay up north is as comfortable as possible. First aid kit Remember to pack all the essentials should you or your family need treatment. Consider these... [read more]

Tips for Shutting Down Your Cottage for the Winter

Tuesday Jan 15th, 2019


As the fall season ends, so does the cottage season for many people in Muskoka. After all the fun and excitement, it’s time to prepare yours for hibernation to keep it in good shape to welcome visitors again next year. With just a few days left until winter, you don’t have much time left. To prevent expensive damages next spring, browse through these tips below to prepare for the season. 7 Muskoka Cottage Winterizing Checklist   Clean the Refrigerator: Toss out... [read more]

The Joys of Owning a Cottage

Tuesday Dec 11th, 2018


Cottage life is the best way to spend a weekend, or even an entire summer, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Everyday responsibilities go out the door for a bit, replaced with early morning lake swims, salty lake winds flowing through your open windows, and quiet fishing expeditions that can take as long as you want. Here are several other reasons why owning a cottage will bring such joy into your life. Campfire Smell The heavy aroma of fire and smoke crackling through real... [read more]

Muskoka Real Estate Market Update 2018

Monday Nov 05th, 2018


Muskoka, located two hours north of Toronto, is an internationally acclaimed, breathtakingly beautiful region dotted with pristine lakes, majestic granite cliffs, and charming cottages. Muskoka real estate covers an area of about 3816 sq km. Properties offer spectacular wilderness, some of the best dining, shopping, boating, golf courses and other recreational facilities for the whole family to enjoy. Many call it the “Malibu of the North.”  “It’s like a golden... [read more]

Luxurious Muskoka Vacation Rental Cottages for a Summer Getaway

Sunday Oct 07th, 2018


  Muskoka is a name you will hear again and again when you’re searching for pristine vacation rental cottages in Ontario. The region offers breathtaking beauty. After the long winters, the summer sun invites people in droves to enjoy the crystal clear lake, sandy beaches, pristine woods and luxurious waterfront cottages. It’s easy to be lost about where to go. Each cottage is more inviting than the other. Here are a few of Muskoka’s most popular cottages for an idyllic... [read more]

Cottage Renting Guide for a Spectacular Holiday

Wednesday Sep 12th, 2018


  Looking to rent a waterfront cottage? Cottage rentals in Ontario, and the popular Muskoka region in particular, are available in a variety of styles and comfort levels. Some are modest accommodations located deep in the woods; others are luxurious resorts that are connected to modern conveniences. However, it helps to be aware of the rules to rent one to be better prepared. Your cottage will be one of the prime factors to ensure an enjoyable holiday. The location, facilities,... [read more]

Positive and Negative Points of Renting Out Your Cottage

Wednesday Aug 15th, 2018


If you own a cottage, then it has the potential to become a money maker for you when you are not using it. Whether it is during the off-season, or during cottage season when you cannot get to it to enjoy it, cottage rental opens up the opportunity to profit off of an otherwise empty property. There are many things that you need to consider when you start to think about renting out your cottage though, and going through the pros and cons can help you decide if it is right for you or not. Here is... [read more]

Muskoka Cottage Designs

Monday May 28th, 2018


When your family grows, or you are just looking to update your cottage, there are many questions you will probably ask yourself; should I rebuild, renovate or full out relocate? As your family grows and you start to entertain more people at your cottage, you will need to have more space to accommodate everybody comfortably. When the years pass and more people start visiting your cottage, you may re-evaluate the design of your Muskoka cottage.   No matter what you decide to do, you... [read more]

Tips for Buying a Cottage in Muskoka

Thursday Mar 15th, 2018


There is nothing more relaxing than sitting by a calm lake with a drink in hand while you watch the sunset through some vibrant trees on a long August night. It’s even better when you spent your day walking around nature, working on your lawn, taking care of your garden, then taking a quick dip in the water to cool off. If this sounds like a paradise to you, then you should seriously consider purchasing a cottage! Having a cottage allows you to escape from the... [read more]

Newly Built Cottage on Lake Muskoka

Monday Sep 25th, 2017


Luxurious living within minutes of beautiful Port Carling. This brand new 4200sqft, 5 bedroom, 5 bath, year round cottage has been strategically designed to capture breathtaking views of Lake Muskoka from all principle rooms. Every finish has been carefully selected. From the imported new age modern siding, and the Gleaming hardwood floors, to the floor to ceiling granite two-sided fireplace, and the custom 9` beadboard walls throughout you and your guests will be gushing over the finishes. The... [read more]

The Man Behind the Brand Harvey Kalles

Tuesday Sep 19th, 2017


In 1957, a local entrepreneur entered the real estate business. Sixty years later, the name Harvey Kalles is synonymous with luxury property across the GTA and Muskoka. In the face of larger franchises dotting the Canadian landscape, this independent brokerage has thrived, boasting 300 real estate agents and representing nearly $2.8 billion in sales last year alone. With 2017 marking the 60th anniversary of the brokerage, we thought it was a good time to put its founder in the spotlight and... [read more]

Home Renovations & Dealing with Contractors

Wednesday Sep 13th, 2017


Home renovations can be a blessing, a headache, or both. Whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a contractor, considerable time, money and effort will be spent before your vision becomes reality. While it is generally recommended to hire a contractor to complete renovations, homeowners should consider the following before retaining their services: 1. Selecting the Right Contractor – Due diligence should be completed on all prospective contractors. This includes an internet... [read more]

Fairview Island on Lake Rosseau For Sale

Wednesday Sep 13th, 2017


Iconic Fairview Island will take your breath away. With seclusion, elegance and stunning views from every lookout, you and your family will want to take the time to explore and enjoy every inch of this quintessential 4.8 acre island. In an excellent location on Lake Rosseau, a stones throw away from prestigious clubs like Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club and Shamrock Lodge, this one of a kind Olde Muskoka cottage has been completely restored, but maintains the character and charm from a time... [read more]

Rent vs Mortgage: Profitability of Long Term Real Estate Investment

Friday Aug 25th, 2017


When it comes to real estate, you can pretty much split people into one of two categories: people who are happy to pay rent and people who would rather apply for a mortgage. So which is better? Renting is usually quicker and easier, but buying is a better long term real estate investment. Renting Property Renting is quick and easy because there’s a lot less paperwork involved, but it does mean that you don’t own the property or the building. Another great thing about renting... [read more]

Fun Attractions and Activities in Muskoka

Monday Aug 21st, 2017


Muskoka is a gem in Central Ontario with its scenic views of nature, its small villages, and marinas by sparkling lakes. For Ontarians, Muskoka is a place to travel to for a break from the cityscape. There are many attractions to see and activities to do. For those who prefer leisure and relaxation: Wine, Brewery and Roastery Tours: Muskoka is home to three of Ontario’s best breweries, to fine wines and delicious coffee. Explore and taste well-crafted beer, fine made wines... [read more]

Insuring Cottage Properties

Sunday Aug 13th, 2017


In real life, very few dreams live up to the advance billing. The experience of enjoying your own cottage, however, can be the exception to the rule. In Muskoka, in the Kawarthas, further west or north among the lakes, wherever your home-away-from-home is found, it often becomes a refuge of value far beyond any details in a real estate listing. The clear separation from routine, a deliberate dedication of personal and family time, the co-existence with nature, all deliver immediate rewards to... [read more]

How Muskoka came to be: A History of Muskoka

Friday Aug 04th, 2017


If you’ve been to Muskoka and have been lucky enough to enjoy all that this beautiful area has to offer, you may have wondered about the history and the people who settled the area.  What brought settlers to this rugged terrain in the first place?  Who were they and how did they manage to hack out an existence from the wilds they would have encountered? The Muskoka region in Ontario is made of several townships, including the Town of Huntsville, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, and... [read more]

Our top 5 Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Friday Jul 28th, 2017


Purchasing your first home can be simultaneously exciting, overwhelming and stressful. The following are our list of top five tips to help prospective home buyers with purchasing their first home. Tip # 1 – Prioritize your hunt It is crucial to sit down and determine what you are looking for and prioritize your requirements. Are you interested in buying your first home in a specific geographic area, close to a certain school, or in the city’s core? Do you have your mind made... [read more]

Muskoka Boat Launches

Friday Jul 21st, 2017


Lake of Bays Boat Launches Norway Point Park, Norway Point Rd Beach, launch, and dock   Toad Lake, Limberlost Rd Suitable for canoes and small boats   Bella Lake, Fieldale Rd Shallow water, suitable for canoes and small boats   Wolf Bay, Wolf Bay Rd Suitable for canoes and small boats   Blue Lake, Limberlost/Blue Lake Rd Suitable for canoes and small boats   South Portage, South Portage Rd Wood dock, suitable for larger boats,... [read more]

Buying a Rental Cottage

Thursday Jul 13th, 2017


During the cold winter months or the hot summer days, where being stuck in the city can be almost unbearable, most people head up to their cottages for a reprieve from all the noise. Some of these people rent out their cottages for additional income on the side. If you are wondering whether buying a cottage is worth it, here are some facts to let you know what it means to buy a rental cottage. There are two types of cottages: Type A: a cottage with access year-round, and is winterized... [read more]

Easements and Property Rights

Tuesday Jul 04th, 2017


  Whether you’re a current or prospective property owner, it’s important to understand how easements may affect your use and enjoyment of real property. Easements are a necessary part of our property law system, granting rights to municipalities, utilities, and other parties that help create or maintain various services to our communities. They can also be a source of frustration when property owners discover that they don’t have total control over their land. What... [read more]

The types of properties available in the Muskoka Region

Sunday Jun 25th, 2017


For many people, the idea of a home or cottage in the Muskoka region is a dream come true.  This area has not only long been a sanctuary for those wanting a get-away surrounded by pristine lakes and beautiful old forests, but it has become the place to be for  Hollywood stars, top business executives, and even the hockey players of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  You can get a taste of what it would be like to live here by paying a visit and either renting a cottage or even booking a... [read more]

Are you thinking of renting out your cottage?

Thursday Jun 15th, 2017


If you own a cottage property, you may be thinking of possibly renting it out for a short or long period of time. If this is the case, there are undoubtedly lots of questions floating around in your head. Who should I be looking to rent to? How much should I charge? When should I rent my cottage out? Is it even a good idea to rent my cottage out? Relax! There are answers to all of these questions. Renting out your cottage requires a lot of preparation, but it does not have to be a complete... [read more]

Finding your perfect oasis in Muskoka

Thursday Jun 08th, 2017


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... [read more]

Key Legal Considerations in Purchasing or Using Your Cottage Property

Thursday May 25th, 2017


The arrival of summertime means it is cottage season. We can all imagine the picturesque cottage with pristine water, crisp air, plenty of sunshine, surrounded by friends and family. Whether you own or dream of owning a cottage, it is important to understand the unique characteristics of owning rural properties. The following are key legal considerations in purchasing or using a rural property such as a cottage: ACCESS RIGHTS: Having a cottage in a remote area or on an island can be... [read more]

Foreclosure v.s. Power of Sale

Tuesday Dec 27th, 2016


In the unfortunate circumstance that a homeowner is past-due on their monthly mortgage payments, they pave the way for a “foreclosure” on their property. In today’s market, banks and other lenders do not turn to foreclosure to take away the homes of homeowners who are in arrears. Instead, they perform a "Power of Sale" which is wholly different from a Foreclosure. What is a Foreclosure? Foreclosures are laborious, grueling, and costly to both the... [read more]