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REAL ESTATE

C OTTAGE H OME & P ROPERTY
September 2008

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Lake Rosseau 700+ feet South Lake Rosseau Central Lake Joseph
$3,295,000 $2,150,000. $1,950,000
Unsurpassed privacy & magnificent long lake views in this Rare opportunity seldom offered 610 ft/6.5 ac. point located in Charming 4+ bedroom cottage, screened Muskoka room,
Glenavy Point area property. Develop your dream waterfront exclusive southern Lk Rosseau/Ferndale Rd locale. Amazing stone FP, hardwood flooring. Brand new 4-seasons guest
estate! Sandy shallow cove & rocky point surrounded by deep sunsets, open vistas, island dotted views, majestic pines & cottage w/attached garage. Boathouse with upper level
water. Recently approved for severance into two 303 ft straight- granite outcroppings, outstanding privacy. Charming cottage, games room. Deep water at the dock, shallow sandy cove and
line lots.. BH & garage. beach. Perfect for the whole family.
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North Lake Joseph Gorgeous View - Lake Rosseau Turn-key on Lake Rosseau
$1,675,000 $1,295,000 $1,249,000
Private, gentle sloping property with 270 ft frontage, 5 Custom built, year round cottage/home with large Muskoka Extensively renovated winterized cottage. Fully furnished.
bedrooms, 3 baths, 3-car garage, 2 slip boathouse, 2 room, custom pine kitchen & lakeside decking. Very private Front wall of glass captures the outstanding lake vista.
fireplaces; 1 wood, 1 propane. Easy access to Hwy. 400, shoreline with deeper water. Level to gentle sloping land with Spacious wrap around deck. Large 2 slip boathouse with
Parry Sound Airport or golfing at Rocky Crest or Lake Joseph mature pine trees. Beautiful perennial gardens and easy, year exquisite open concept accommodation with kitchenette and
Club. round access. bath. Brand new garage.
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Lk Muskoka – 278 ft. frontage True Value & Comfort Small Lake “10”
$1,049,000 $849,500 $799,990
Private bay setting w/crystal clear water & excellent privacy! 3 Year round use of this 4 bdrm furnished cottage meticulously This family compound has it all – 7 bdrms, 4 baths incl. master
bdrms, 2-4 pce bath wint. cottage w/full-width deck. New maintained. Single slip bh w/ upperdeck for entertaining plus w/Jacuzzi ensuite & balcony! Children’s playground, home
garage w/bed-sitting & 3 pce. bath. Single slip B/H & swim outside boatslip. Luxuriously private setting with 230 ft fr on the theatre, spacious upper & lower decks, shallow & deep shore-
dock, shallow & deep shore. Everything in pristine condition Joseph River, recessed from the main channel just minutes from line – excellent privacy & views to die for. Virtual tour at
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Lake Muskoka Point Bruce Lake Exceptional privacy!
$649,000 $299,000 $179,000
Family cottage on a very private point w/295 ft of shoreline. 3 Sought-after location on Bruce Lake. Year round access with Great 2 bedroom starter cottage on popular Nine Mile Lake.
bdrm pine-lined cottage. Extensive deck area. Summer a good view. Good 3 season cottage with 2 bedrooms and 300 ft of natural shoreline, sand & rock outcroppings dropping
sunsets. Lg 2 slip boathouse w/add'l docking. Enjoy all that large fireplace. Gentle sloping land with 150 feet of shoreline. off to deep water. Gentle land heavily treed offering a serene
Muskoka offers this summer. Located on Miller Island. Area of good cottages and close to shopping and golf. setting to enjoy the sun off the dock. Most furnishings and
brent@muskoka.com boat & motor included. Just a short boat ride from marina
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Bill McGrath & Sher McGrath
Broker of Record Sales Representative

(705) 789-6568 • (705) 789-1646
CL: (705) 788-4315 • CL: (705) 788-8633
Cottage Country Realty Inc. E-mail: mcgrath@muskoka.com
Brokerage www.c21cottagecountry.com

FAIRY LAKE, HUNTSVILLE
6,500 sq. ft. executive waterfront property. 2
hours from Toronto – 7 bdrms with ensuites.
Owners’ separate suite. Large, great room. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
Rec room on lower walkout. Quality Custom 2,140 Sq. Ft. Brick home right in the
throughout. Most furnishings included. center of Huntsville. Steps to river access. 3
Superb beach. Separate granny suite... lots of Bdrm 2 Bath with main fl family room and
room for extended family & guests. Superb brick fireplace. 4 season sunroom. Sumptuous
location for golfers. Two stone fireplaces. 5 master w/large ensuite.
minutes to center of town. $1,695,000 A dream to show $379,000

MARY LAKE – NOW $799,000
IMMEDIATE CLOSE
200 Feet of Western Sunset Exposure. Pine NEW
kitchen w/breakfast nook & fam. rm with
riverstone fireplace. Fabulous tanning deck. PRICE
Covered Boat Slip. 4+ bdrms. Original 1917
farmhouse in part of cottage. 2 Fireplaces.
Large garage for all of the toys. $799,000

SUPERB MUSKOKAN
COTTAGE/HOME HARD TO FIND BUILDING LOT
This great pine lined cottage is absolutely ON PENINSULA LAKE
charming with level child friendly lot and Level lot with south all day sun exposure. Cur-
south facing views for all day sun. 5 Bdrm plus rently has a tennis court on the lot. Good tree
a 2 bdrm bunkie with washroom. Double car line. New septic already in place. Build your
garage for all of the toys. $789,000 dream cottage here. $369,000

WATERFRONT ON LAKE OF BAYS
WITHOUT THE HIGH PRICE
Want to be on the lake but not pay the high
taxes, this is it. Superbly maintained one owner
home/cottage. 3 bdrms 2 baths, double garage,
hard sand bottom beach with dock and small
storage bldg at waters edge. A definite must see
... great value... $459,900

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Bonnie Nunn Paul Pilon
Sales Representative Broker

Specializing in Landscape Design & Construction
705-783-0292 B RO K E RAG E 705-783-0555
bonnienunn@c21cottagecountry.com paulp@c21cottagecountry.com
•Interlocking & Natural Stone Driveways
Lake of Bays On Golden Pond “Lake of Bays” •Retaining Walls•Flagston
•Walkways•Patios•Steps•Decks & Fences
•Excavation•Grading•Annuals/Perennials
•Trees, Shrubs, Topsoil

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Experience the past while enjoy-
ing the present by sitting back
Magnificent home or cottage on and enjoying the solitude along
beautiful Lake of Bays. Sand beach with the great views from the
with separate docking area has charming wraparound porches.
southwest exposure to enjoy the sun- Rustic 4 bdrm cottage of yester-
set views and all day sun. This fully year in excellent shape and wood-
winterized home/cottage features 4 en floors. Quality 10X20 shed/
bdrms with a generous main floor bunkie, extra large privy, no grass
master suite and lake views from all just mature trees on 1.28 acres of
of the principal rooms. 12`x 12` land & 103 ft of deeper & superi-
bunkie for extra guests. or lakefront.
Asking $1,350,000 Asking $459,000

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GOING, GOING, GONE! HARD TO BEAT AT $299,900!
This solid cedar panabode cottage/home Don’t miss this custom built Viceroy 3 bdrm
TING needs new caring owners. This 2 bedroom w/almost 2 acres of property 2 mins from
LIS
NEW boasts a large eat in kitchen plus a screened town. A det dbl garage w/att storage shed
dining room/sunroom. Large livingroom w/ramp provides ample space. A spiral stair-
has woodstove & ebb heating. Steel roof, 2 case to the upper 2 beds & oversize bath adds
decks & privacy round out this first time interest while saving space. The lrg lv & dr look-
out to a wraparound deck & screened Muskoka
offered property. Being sold as is. Call today
room made for pure enjoyment. Many ameni-
WENDY for a tour.
$209,900. ties in this well cared for home. $299,900.
CLELAND
Sales Representative
ONLY 45 MINUTES FROM BARRIE FINISH TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS
View this wonderfully spacious family cottage built at the 63.8 acre farm property with new Olympia all steel
ED! 40’x80’ building ready to be finished to your use.
water’s edge. West facing open concept living/dining room
& kitchen all show the magnificence of popular Myers REDUC Great pasture property to rent out while you build
Lake. Main flr master has ensuite c/w Jacuzzi tub & cor- your dream home. New underground hydro
ner shower. Muskoka Room is pine lined & surrounded by installed centrally metered, brand new septic sys-
TF 1-800-953-8655 glass. Upstairs games rm with a professional sized pool tem. Shed 8x10 has hydro panel. Well in place.
table, 3rd bdrm & 4 pc bath. Warm wood ceiling & walls Mature trees both evergreen & deciduous with
F 705-687-7710 complement the thick carpet floor covering. Double carport Muskoka granite outcroppings offer many choice
B 1-705-687-3474 Ext. 25 has att. heated workshop & exercise rm. Child friendly spots for building. Old farmhouse & barn have
C 1-705-646-4617 shoreline as well as a deck for diving, this cottage has it all. been demolished. Close to town amenities. Lots of
wendycleland@royallepage.ca Most furnishings & all appliances are included. Just move potential here. Call for directions today.
in immediately & enjoy. All this for only $389,000. $239,900.

MOVE IN READY, MAKE AN OFFER! Are you thinking of selling your cottage this summer?
This year round property features 3 Now is the time to begin!
beds, lrg rec rm, vaulted ceiling in liv-
Lakes of Muskoka ing room, warm inviting fireplace, cus- Please Call Me for a COMPLIMENTARY
tom kitchen, 215’ s/w shoreline, gor- No Obligation Consultation and
Brokerage
geous sunsets, dry boathouse
Independently Owned & Operated
w/marine railway, double car garage CONFIDENTIAL MARKET EVALUATION
and endless amounts of enjoyment.
390-5 Muskoka Rd. S. Don’t miss this one.
of your cottage or home.
Gravenhurst, ON $639,000. Wendy Cleland Cell 705-646-4617

W I L E Y R E A L E S TAT E
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Kayley Spalding www.coldwellbanker.ca
Ellen Wiley Terri Brown Sales Representative kspalding@vianet.ca
BROKER OF RECORD SALES REPRESENTATIVE
ewiley@coldwellbanker.ca tbrown@coldwellbanker.ca

Muskoka
Craving Privacy?
1,100 ft of lakefront on Fletcher

Home or
Lake, 175 + acres, surrounded
by Crown Land, for this well
cared for and nicely appointed,

Secondary
3 bdrm "Eco Friendly' cottage
with sauna at water’s edge.
Propane equipped and accessi-
ble only by water this rare find

Residence
has all the privacy you could
want and lovely lake views.
$549,000
Peaceful Muskoka River residence rest-
Serene Setting Asking ing in beautiful Port Sydney. Spacious 3
375 ft lakefront on Fletcher bdrm, 2 bath home/secondary resi-
Lake, 1+ acre with road access $269,900. dence is ready for your family to enjoy.
and a park like setting for Many recent upgrades include: renovat-
recently constructed, open & ed bathroom, upgraded kitchen, fresh
bright, 3 bdrm cottage with paint, newer windows and so much
Call Kayley
loft master suite. Detached more! This great property is tucked off of
double garage has upper floor For Details
the road and sitting right near the river
for sleep space or hobby room. 789-4957 so that you can enjoy the beautiful views
Awesome views, shallow &
deep water. Must be seen! (705) 390-2760 from the living room window while the
fireplace sets the mood.
$649,000
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Lena Patten of Hilltop Interiors in Rosseau recommends having only one focal piece of art in a space, such as this fun print of bears canoeing.

ADD CHARACTER WITH THE RIGHT HOME ACCENTS
By Karen Wehrstein interest and becomes the focal point of the room. fixture.
Unique accents can change a home or cottage With a great piece of art, you don’t need much “I wouldn’t put a totally modern landscape in a
from a merely luxurious building to a truly special more,” says Patten, who also sells furnishings, country house. I like for it to stand alone, but yet
place. A one-of-a-kind touch can make your piece decorative accessories and original art at Hilltop work with the environment that it’s in. When you
of Muskoka unmistakably and unforgettably Interiors in Rosseau. walk into a room, you want to notice and appre-
yours. In fact she advises against two striking pieces in ciate the piece of art, but it shouldn’t jump out at
When it comes to selecting artwork for your one room, as they will detract from each other. you and slap you in the face.”
home or cottage, interior designer Lena Patten Every room should have a single special piece as a She’ll design a room around a piece of art a
recommends careful consideration. focal point, she says, whether it’s a painting, client has fallen in love with, or help clients choose
“Art is very personal, and it creates a lot of sculpture, distinctive carpet or unique lighting artwork to fit with an existing room design.

Smith Architect Inc.
Building
a Better
Muskoka
59 Main Street East, #6 Since
Huntsville, Ontario 1860
P1H 2B8 RR1, Bracebridge, ON P1L 1W8

Tel: (705) 789-9858 705-385-1315
NEW COTTAGES
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Designing your Muskoka Dream
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Art can even be incorporated outside the home
or cottage. Totem poles, for instance, are in vogue
in Muskoka and look great in the right place, says
Patten, who sells totem poles ranging in height
from eight feet to 10 feet.
“One client put one near the Muskoka chairs
around the fire pit,” she says. “As you drive by on MUSKOKA’S ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDER
the lake you can see it . . . it’s very cool.”
There’s something about designs carved into THE VIEW FROM YOUR DECK
wood that seems to catch people’s eye and imagi- STARTS WITH OUR DESIGN TEAM
nation.
LET US TURN YOUR SKETCHES INTO YOUR TURN-KEY COTTAGE
Mike Cutting of Cutting Brothers Construction
in Port Carling specializes in artistic carvings.
His carving can be worked right into the build-
ing’s structure. Mantles, staircases, banisters, newel
posts, doors and entranceways are the most popu-
lar areas and themes tend to be Muskoka flora or
fauna, such as pine cones, oak leaves, herons,
loons, dragonflies, fish, turtles and so on.
But Cutting isn’t limited to that and has catered
to some unique and unusual requests.
“A guy wanted his family represented as bears,”
he says. “I thought it would look very static, five
bears. So I talked him into doing a scene of the THE ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDER
bears doing a trout run.” ENERGY STAR and R-2000 Homes are approximately
He portrayed the animals to match the personal- 30% to 40% more energy efficient
than those built to the minimum Ontario Building Code.
ities of mom, dad and three kids, for a piece that
will be forever treasured.
BUILDING BETTER HOMES & COTTAGES FOR OVER 35 YEARS
This summer, by customer request, he hollowed
out half a tree and mounted a granite urinal in it. Head office 705-385-2311 Member
“The customers come up with half the ideas,” he 126 Greer Road, Port Sydney, P0B 1L0
says. “We have a lot of fun.” bfrench@homesmuskoka.com
Stained glass pieces are another way to add cre- www.homesmuskoka.com
ativity to a home or cottage.
Gail Wilson of Port Carling does one-of-a-kind
stained glass windows of all sizes, as well as custom
Photograph: courtesy of Cutting Brothers Contracting

Intricate wood carvings, such as this heron
by Mike Cutting, add character to a home.

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lamps and other projects. She even “What I do is take the glass and
once did a stained glass tabletop for decide what it’s going to be,” the
an antique sewing machine. award-winning artist says who has
Two factors make her work been practicing stained glass for
unusual in the stained glass medi- about nine years.
um. Wilson’s pieces
First, she has an don’t necessarily
unusually represen- have to be installed
Building the custom home or tational approach, into windows, but
cottage of your dreams
and therefore is can also work well
throughout the Muskoka / Parry
Sound and surrounding areas with willing to take on “They’re all on walls with a
Cripps Contracting Ltd. Fully subjects that are not light behind them.
insured and a registered builder
with TARION.
typically the subject art. It’s like “I shine the light
of stained glass art, on the wall and it

Model Home and Office
such as pictures of
old Muskoka lodges
making bounces back
through the glass,”
located at and classic boats. she says.
189 Pineridge Gate,
Gravenhurst “I try and stay
a painting She also does
Phone (705) 687-4497 away from the look custom installa-
or Toll Free 1-800-481-8338 of it being like a with glass.” tions. She once did
www.crippscontracting.com puzzle,” she says. the doors for a set
Second is her of kitchen cabinets.
methodology of You can use stained

Building Your Muskoka Address transforming exist-
ing patterns in the glass into com-
positional elements. Flowing lines
in a raw stained glass pane becomes
glass for interior
dividing walls, she suggests, or a
backlit sign behind a bar.
“They’re all art,” she says. “It’s like
the sweep of a mane of hair; a ran- making a painting with glass.”
dom pattern becomes the Picasso- Furniture and accessories can be
esque form of a woman’s body; a art too, particularly when designs
smoke-like plume in the glass ends and concepts are mixed in exciting
up belching from the smoke stack of new ways.
a steamboat. Urban Rustic Living in

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Photograph:courtesy of Gail Wilson

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Stained glass, such as this piece by Gail Wilson, adds colour to a
home or cottage and is truly one of a kind.
www.edenlanehomes.com

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Photograph:Emma Lovell
Tary Roossien of Urban Rustic Living in Huntsville likes to add wood to a home, such as this antique monk’s table, made of elm. Wooden fur-
niture with a look of weight to it, with the grain showing through is her preference. She thinks it makes a space feel more comfortable.

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Huntsville, which is owned by Tary tage. One line of lighting fixtures
and Ed Roossien, combines natural she offers combine very old blond
elements with a sophisticated design driftwood, unstained, to show its

BUILD AN ENERGY
and is a source for a full range of natural colour. Topping it off is an
home décor items. urban-style shade.
Visitors who step inside the store “The electric piece goes up the
will notice a lot of wooden furni- middle,” she explains, “and the top
ture, much of which is antique. is a completely square shade, on a
“Wood makes everything natural, log cabin-style stack of driftwood.”
more comfortable and cozy, espe-
cially old wood,” says Tary
Roossien, an interior designer.
She likes the items to have weight
and the grain to show through, so
She also sells a floor lamp that has
legs and a post made from the
branches and trunks of birch trees,
with a shade of handmade paper.
Even the exterior of a home or
EFFICIENT HOME
“you can see the life of the wood in
the product.”
cottage can be personalized with
accents that make it stand out. One
Cut your heating costs by up to 50%
For instance, she sold an armoire such item that adds distinction is a
with doors made from gates that are cupola. In practical terms, it’s a ven-
Energy efficient • Fire resistant • Noise reduction
300 years old.
“We left them intact so the whole
tilation device. In aesthetic terms it
can be, “the crowning jewel on top,”
Reduce your heating costs year after year
front is very authentic. They have in the words of Judy Cotter, who
such a beautiful profile, they have with her husband Kevin, owns
such a texture . . . almost like a cas- Country Classics Cupolas.
tle sort of look,” says Roossien. Starting the business from a sin-
“When we do design we always gle-car garage in Bobcaygeon in
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to be a really dynamic piece.” cupolas,” says Judy Cotter. “Unable
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historical traditions, they do reflect
historical flavour. For example, our
bell-top roof style is similar to the
copper domes seen in Europe.”
A cupola, she says, provides curb
appeal.
“Some rooflines are very boring,”
she notes, especially with modern
technology having eliminated the
old-style stone chimney. “A cupola
can add a focal point to a roof,
break up a roofline, change the
height of a building, or balance
something like a garage that’s a step
down. It really draws attention to
the building because it is unusual.”
There’s the practical aspect too. A
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helping extend the life of rafters,
insulation and roofing material.
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Photograph:Laura Bombier
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Finally, if you want to depart
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“Though I make more response of both family and com-
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Photograph: Courtesy of Diamond’s Edge
Golfers play a round at Diamond In The Ruff. Golf enthusiasts can live right by the course at the Diamond’s Edge fractional development.

LIVING JUST A CHIP SHOT FROM THE GREEN
By Allan Cook ownership concept and the perfect solution to their same basic format means the equity of each will
The first stop after a nice round on the links is conundrum. grow at the same level.
always the clubhouse; it’s a perfect place to relax, “It just happens to fit what we want – which is a “You’re not mixing up million dollar homes with
think about the game, relive the good moments few weeks up north, but not the time and responsi- a thousand dollar home. They’re all of equal value,”
with friends and get ready for the drive home. But bility of the cottage, plus an opportunity to play she explains.
more and more savvy golf lovers have traded the golf,” Barnard says. “This is our second summer The first five cottages were ready for occupancy in
drive for a simple short stroll from the clubhouse to there; we were some of the first people to join and May of 2007, and owner feedback has been incor-
their front steps. it’s been the best investment we’ve ever made so far.” porated into enhancements for the second and third
Last year, Michael and Janet Barnard purchased a A 9-hole course, the cozy esthetic of the challeng- phases. Phase two is currently ready for occupancy.
share of a cottage at the Diamond’s Edge fractional ing and enjoyable Diamond In The Ruff has been “We’ve done some favourable enhancements
ownership development on Nutt Lake in Utterson, carried across to the Diamond’s Edge development, through owner feedback,” Peacock explains. “Every-
alongside the renowned Diamond In The Ruff golf limited to only 15 Normerica post and beam cot- thing that we’ve done is based on what the owners
course. tages on 33 1/2 private acres overlooking quiet, sce- thought could be improved.”
“The main attraction is it gives you the opportu- nic Nutt Lake. Owners pay a small annual fee that covers every-
nity to play golf, and you don’t have to drive; you The developers custom designed the furniture thing from utilities, taxes and insurance to mainte-
just come out of your cottage and walk across the with Munro’s Furnishings of Innisfil to complement nance, housekeeping and their golf fees.
road and there you are,” Michael Barnard quietly the rustic beauty of the post and beam designs, Built in 1993, Diamond In The Ruff, designed by
boasts. “They even keep your clubs and clean them which features an open loft and spacious deck and Ted George, has been called “the Augusta of the
and have them out for you every morning when screen porch. North” due to its exquisite landscaping and greens
you’re ready to play.” “It’s got a real cottage feel,” says Rhondi Peacock care.
The Barnards had been looking for a retirement of Diamond’s Edge. “People want a cottage; they “We have 12 greenskeepers for nine holes and one
property in Muskoka but didn’t want to balance don’t want a town home, and we are stand-alone full-time person on flowers,” says Peacock. “It’s just
feeling obligated to spend time at a cottage of their homes.” breathtaking.”
own with retaining their memberships at their Each three-bedroom, two-bath cottage has 10 Michael Barnard agrees. “It’s an absolutely lovely
beloved home golf course in Toronto. An ad for shares available, which start at $89,900. Peacock 9-hole golf course, beautifully kept and interesting
Diamond’s Edge introduced them to the shared points out that having the cottages all share the to play,” he says, “And we like the cottages, they’re

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golf property take their time and do
their research.
“I think you need to look around
and see what there is on offer,” he
says. “You need to look around see
what the calibre of the golf course is,
and also you need to decide whether
the accommodation is good.”
Of course, Barnard feels that he and
his wife have found the perfect loca-
tion.
“I would certainly recommend
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Photograph: Courtesy of Homes of Huntsville Downs
“We’ve been very happy here. We’ve
enjoyed it immensely.”
While a share of a golf vacation
property is an excellent option for
some, there are those who wish to
have a year-round home next to their
favourite course. Fortunately, there
are developments in Muskoka cater-
ing to that very dream, the newest of
which is The Homes of Huntsville
The Homes of Huntsville Downs are beautifully appointed, as this state-of-the-art kitchen demonstrates. Downs.
Originally known as Settler’s Ridge,
really nicely built.” enjoy spring and fall golf as well, and which we’d never done before, and we the development was renamed after
Every owner is guaranteed that two they’ve also discovered the joys of just went snowshoeing on the golf the recent procurement of land
of their five weeks each year will be winter at Diamond’s Edge. course every day and really enjoyed around the 83-year-old Huntsville
during the prime golf season. The “This winter we went up in January it,” Barnard says. “It was beautiful up Downs Golf Club. A project of ven-
Barnard’s weeks land so that they can and decided to go snowshoeing, there.” erable Muskoka developer Bruce

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Evans through his Evanco Homes cept, one-level living. And while we
division, The Homes of Huntsville realize that our buyers are active, they
Downs will feature low-maintenance, don’t want to be active at work – they
environmentally-friendly living in want to be active at leisure activities,
beautifully designed single-family so we’re making the homes as mainte-
bungalows. nance-free as possible.”
“We really feel the time is right,” Evanco will also be incorporating
explains Barb Buckley of Evanco energy efficient products into the

Photograph: Courtesy of Homes of Huntsville Downs
Homes. “The baby boomers are exit- homes as well, and are committed to
ing the GTA, and there are a lot of the environment inside and out.
Muskokans who are looking for more “We’re going to have some larger
leisurely living as well. Golf course lots, but they’re not going to be all
living really appeals to them. cleared and landscaped because we’re
Huntsville’s a vibrant community, so trying to keep the trees and as much
let’s open it up and let’s do it now.” of the natural topography as we can,”
Buckley notes that today’s empty- Buckley says. “You’re going to have a
nesters are active and interested in arts buffer in between with trees in
and culture as well as leisure activities. around and behind the homes, so you
“These are active adults that are don’t look right in your neighbour’s
The Homes of Huntsville Downs project is being marketed as a high
retiring; they’re not just going to sit quality development, with features like this spa-inspired bathroom. back yard.”
on their front porch all week,” she In advance of the opening of the
says with a laugh. “They plan to be sport of choice a generation ago, will provide buyers with country liv- model home and sales centre, Evanco
busy. They plan to be active. Buckley feels that golf has taken over. ing within easy reach of Highway 60, Homes is partnering with Coldwell
Huntsville has a vibrant downtown, “It’s social, it’s leisurely, it’s not a amenities, the hospital, and Banker Real Estate in Huntsville to
and it’s a very active community. It high-impact sport; there’s the coun- Huntsville’s dynamic downtown. market the Homes of Huntsville
has the fabulous new Algonquin The- try-club atmosphere, sort of a place to Construction is nearing an end on Downs.
atre, unique little shops and the nice go,” she says. “Huntsville Downs has the 1,915 square foot model home at “We’re hoping to open (the sales
mix of restaurants and everything. We a great casual golf atmosphere. It’s the site, which will be the showpiece centre) in early September,” Buckley
just really feel that the subdivision is a what the people are looking for. It’s a for the development’s commitment to says, clearly enthusiastic about Evanco
great fit, and if we can add that golf fabulous course. It’s outside of town, bringing the best Home’s plans project. “It’s a quality
component to it that makes it all the just on the outskirts, and it’s beauti- “We have from 1,100 square feet product, it’s a quality name, it’s a great
more appealing.” ful.” up to 2,500 square feet for homes,” area. We just think we have all the
Where tennis might have been the The Homes of Huntsville Downs Buckley explains. “They’re open con- components for a great subdivision.”

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Realty Inc. Brokerage vaulted pine ceilings, full retreat or hunt camp. Miles of trails for walking or ATV’s.
9 Chaffey Street, walkout basement, exten- Enjoy the natural scenery and wildlife. Property includes a
sive decking, open concept
HUNTSVILLE kitchen and living room 1000 sq. ft. cabin. Held by the same family for over 40 years,
705-788-1200 area, plus a secondary struc- it is time to pass this jewel along. Good long term logging
ture that is over 600 sq. ft. potential.
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$510,000. Call for details. Call for details.

18 September 2008 Cottage Home & Property SHOWCASE
Evans through his Evanco Homes cept, one-level living. And while we
division, The Homes of Huntsville realize that our buyers are active, they
Downs will feature low-maintenance, don’t want to be active at work – they
environmentally-friendly living in want to be active at leisure activities,
beautifully designed single-family so we’re making the homes as mainte-
bungalows. nance-free as possible.”
“We really feel the time is right,” Evanco will also be incorporating
explains Barb Buckley of Evanco energy efficient products into the

Photograph: Courtesy of Homes of Huntsville Downs
Homes. “The baby boomers are exit- homes as well, and are committed to
ing the GTA, and there are a lot of the environment inside and out.
Muskokans who are looking for more “We’re going to have some larger
leisurely living as well. Golf course lots, but they’re not going to be all
living really appeals to them. cleared and landscaped because we’re
Huntsville’s a vibrant community, so trying to keep the trees and as much
let’s open it up and let’s do it now.” of the natural topography as we can,”
Buckley notes that today’s empty- Buckley says. “You’re going to have a
nesters are active and interested in arts buffer in between with trees in
and culture as well as leisure activities. around and behind the homes, so you
“These are active adults that are don’t look right in your neighbour’s
The Homes of Huntsville Downs project is being marketed as a high
retiring; they’re not just going to sit quality development, with features like this spa-inspired bathroom. back yard.”
on their front porch all week,” she In advance of the opening of the
says with a laugh. “They plan to be sport of choice a generation ago, will provide buyers with country liv- model home and sales centre, Evanco
busy. They plan to be active. Buckley feels that golf has taken over. ing within easy reach of Highway 60, Homes is partnering with Coldwell
Huntsville has a vibrant downtown, “It’s social, it’s leisurely, it’s not a amenities, the hospital, and Banker Real Estate in Huntsville to
and it’s a very active community. It high-impact sport; there’s the coun- Huntsville’s dynamic downtown. market the Homes of Huntsville
has the fabulous new Algonquin The- try-club atmosphere, sort of a place to Construction is nearing an end on Downs.
atre, unique little shops and the nice go,” she says. “Huntsville Downs has the 1,915 square foot model home at “We’re hoping to open (the sales
mix of restaurants and everything. We a great casual golf atmosphere. It’s the site, which will be the showpiece centre) in early September,” Buckley
just really feel that the subdivision is a what the people are looking for. It’s a for the development’s commitment to says, clearly enthusiastic about Evanco
great fit, and if we can add that golf fabulous course. It’s outside of town, bringing the best Home’s plans project. “It’s a quality
component to it that makes it all the just on the outskirts, and it’s beauti- “We have from 1,100 square feet product, it’s a quality name, it’s a great
more appealing.” ful.” up to 2,500 square feet for homes,” area. We just think we have all the
Where tennis might have been the The Homes of Huntsville Downs Buckley explains. “They’re open con- components for a great subdivision.”

Waterfront Home
Amazing custom home with
over 300 ft frontage on the
peaceful Muskoka River. This
top quality custom home
has it all: vaulted pine ceil-
ings, custom kitchen with
granite counter tops, hard-
wood flooring, fireplace in
living room, extensive deck-
ing, large Muskoka room, full
finished walkout basement,
central air, ensuite and much
more. Asking $599,900.

Trevor Private Lake
Looking for complete priva-
Docherty cy! Private lake located 15
Sales Representative minutes from Huntsville
705-787-5060 surrounded by 200 acres of
land. Easy year round access
trevorre@vianet.ca Waterfront Lots Year round waterfront development located 15 minutes
- Great for a year round
from Downtown Huntsville. Geared for privacy and peaceful living all lots have
home or cottage. No public
a minimum 200 ft frontage on the lake and up to 7 acres of land. Included is
access to the lake ensures
150 acres of common land surrounding the waterfront lots to be used by the your complete privacy. Sev-
owners in the development for trails and added privacy. Clean lake, good fish- erence potential. Asking
ing and restricted motor boat use. Everything is ready for your year round $879,900. Call for details.
home or cottage, prices starting from $155,900 up to $259,900.

Waterfront Living
Almost new waterfront
home located 10 minutes
776 Acres
from Downtown Huntsville. Looking for a private retreat or hunt camp. This large chunk
Sutton Group Muskoka This 1400 sq. ft. home offers of Muskoka is the perfect place for your private retreat or
Realty Inc. Brokerage vaulted pine ceilings, full
walkout basement, exten-
hunt camp. Miles of trails for walking or ATV’s. Enjoy the nat-
9 Chaffey Street,
sive decking, open concept ural scenery and wildlife. Property includes a 1000 sq. ft.
HUNTSVILLE kitchen and living room cabin. Held by the same family for over 40 years, it is time to
705-788-1200 area, plus a secondary struc-
ture that is over 600 sq. ft.
pass this jewel along. Good long term logging potential.
that could be used as a Asking $649,900.
games room etc. Asking Call for details.
$510,000. Call for details.

18 September 2008 Cottage Home & Property SHOWCASE
WIRING THE COTTAGE FOR LIGHT, SOUND AND MORE
By Emma Lovell
Years ago, a trip to the cottage in Muskoka
meant a quiet escape from the fast-paced life of
the city. Televisions and computers were left
behind for campfires and board games. But for
many, the days of the rustic retreat are long gone
and the cottage is becoming a place to showcase
easy living and the latest in home entertainment
systems.
Entertaining Interiors is a company based out
of Barrie that specializes in outfitting cottages
and homes with complete entertainment sys-
tems. Brad Trew, the company’s president, says
though many still consider the cottage a getaway,
they can’t live without the convenience of home.
“When they get to the cottage, reality sets in
and they realize they still want to be connected,”
he says.
The solution is to install electronics in discreet
Photographs: Emma Lovell

and unobtrusive ways, often in walls and behind
cabinetry. Some people even look to custom
installations that allow screens to drop down
from behind canoes on the ceiling or hide
behind a painting or mirror. He says this helps
people retain the Muskoka feel of their cottage
without forfeiting their technology. This flat screen TV, installed by Avery Audio of Dorset, pulls out from a cabinet and can be
swivelled in multiple directions. When not in use, it is out of sight.
“With everything hidden away, they walk into
their cottage and it still has that rustic feel, it still equipment is grouped together in a electronics says it’s important to start thinking about wiring
has that Muskoka look to it and they still feel as cabinet located in the office. Typically with these needs as early as possible.
though they can relax there,” he says. set ups, any CD players, IPods, DVD players or “From a consumer’s point of view, they should
Trew recalls a project he started last summer music servers (hard drives designed specifically really think hard about it as the plumbers and
near Port Carling. At this cottage he installed a for music storage) will be stored in a similar cen- electricians are just starting. That gives them a
complete audio/video system with a high defini- tral location. Each source can then be controlled couple of weeks to make decisions,” he says.
tion television. He also installed several speakers using LCD touchpads mounted in the walls Webb makes initial contact with clients early
in the ceiling of the home. All of the supporting throughout the home. to start walking through house plans and decid-
The homeowner is also able to control the sys-
tem through an LCD remote control which can
be used to change the TV channel inside or
adjust the volume from the outside patio. Trew
also installed a simple lighting control system in
the main living areas of the home.
Because the audio/visual equipment and light-
ing controls communicate through the keypads,
Trew says this allows for an interesting feature.
“From his bedroom, at the end of the night, if
he’s not sure he shut all the lights off, we give
him an all-off switch. So he hits one button and
that can take everything off throughout the cot-
tage,” Trew says.
With any installation it is important to work
with a professional to get exactly what you want
out of your cottage’s entertainment system.
“You have to feel comfortable,” he says.
Photograph: Emma Lovell

Photograph: Emma Lovell

“You’re putting your dream cottage in a bunch of
other people’s hands and hoping at the end of
the day when they’re finished that you can walk
into it and it’ll be what you envisioned.”
For new builds, the process of outfitting a
home with the latest in audio/visual equipment
All electronics are centralized by this control This remote, installed by Entertaining Interi-
rack installed by Entertaining Interiors.
can begin as early as the groundbreaking stage. ors, controls all features in the home.
Dale Webb, co-owner of Avery Audio in Dorset,

www.cottagehomeshowcase.com September 2008 19
ing where electronics will be placed worked on last spring, wiring for
in each room. With high definition the future was a major considera-
television and intricate keypad sys- tion. The homeowners discovered
tems, wiring needs are changing the importance of this step the hard
SALES • RENTALS • SERVICE and Webb says it’s easiest and most way.
cost efficient to do “One of the
all the wiring things that we
before the walls are
closed in. He says
“It’s important learned with the
very first installa-
many people don’t for the tion that we did in
1103 Main St., Box 368, Dorset, ON P0A 1E0 think about elec- the city was when
705.766.2422 • Fax: 705.766.9666 tronics until the you try to retrofit,
www.averyaudio.ca build is complete,
consumer it doesn’t work,”
which can be a says the homeown-
“FROM PRE-WIRE TO FINAL INSTALL costly mistake. to tell the er, who wishes to
When wiring a remain anonymous
WE DO IT ALL” new home, Webb professional due to privacy con-
also suggests home- cerns.
Whole Home Audio & TV
owners think about what they might When they start-
wiring for the ed thinking about
Appliances future. see down their new cottage,
Accessories “It’s important the Markham-
High Speed Satellite Internet
for the consumer to
tell the professional
the road.” based couple spoke
with Webb about
Satellite TV what they might what they were
Central Vac see down the road. Ask questions. looking for then and how their
What’s new coming? What’s the needs might change in the future.
DVD / TV Rentals
new trend? Put an extra wire in When Webb began, aesthetics
EASY now because at least that leaves the were a major concern. In an effort
THE LOFT
ART GALLERY
INFRA-RED
SAUNAS outdoor furniture door open for future changes,” he to conceal the equipment, Webb
says. installed speakers hidden in the
HOME THEATRE SOUNDROOM
At a Lake of Bays cottage Webb ceiling throughout the home and

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painted them to match the light very localized to the villages and
fixtures. Most of the equipment towns,” Webb says.
was hidden away in a cabinet in the He adds that homeowners have
basement and controlled by in-wall several Internet options including
keypads throughout the home. wireless, if a tower is nearby, and
He also put a home theatre sys- satellite Internet. Another option
tem in the basement. Due to space that is gaining in popularity is
constraints posed by a stone fire- accessing Internet through cellular
place, the view of the TV was com- towers. The final decision usually
promised by the large mantle. As a depends on cottage location and
solution, Webb mounted the TV cost, Webb says.
on a swivelling arm inside the cabi- With so many choices, it’s easy
netry that allowed the homeowner for a homeowner to get over-
to pull the TV out from the wall whelmed.
and position it so it can be seen “The industry is becoming very
from any seat in the room. When specialized and it’s important to
the TV isn’t in use it can be tucked consult a professional to get an idea
back into the cabinets. of what’s out there,” Webb says.
Webb also installed more than David Johann, owner of David’s

Photograph: Emma Lovell
just what is visible. Inside the walls, Muskoka Audio Video in Brace-
wires lay waiting, in case the fami- bridge, says it’s important to choose
ly’s needs ever change. a system that is right for the indi-
“It’s wired for what we need now vidual. He says customers are usual-
as well as what the future plans are, ly looking for equipment that is
so that just makes it very easy,” the easy to use and reliable.
This cottage, wired by Avery Audio, features keypads throughout.
homeowner says. They control all the music systems in the cottage. “We want to keep it really simple.
For instance, they are considering That’s the key issue,” he says.
installing an extra TV on the upper that when the homeowners retire to project, which is a common prob- “When you’re going out to look for
floor to help elderly family mem- the area and need a home office, lem throughout Muskoka. home automation and electronics,
bers who may not want to go they can still stay connected. “Access to Internet is definitely an it’s great only if you can work it. If
downstairs. Also, Internet access Unfortunately, Internet access issue. The problem that a lot of you can’t work it, you just spent all
was spread throughout the home so was a major challenge with this people have is that high-speed . . . is this money for nothing.”

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Although simplicity is often the tages as well.
goal, Johann says systems are “You might not do quite as
becoming more complex. Increas- much, but we can certainly do it,”
ingly, people are turning to com- Johann says. “It’s just more time
plete home automation systems involved and more costly.”
that integrate multiple services in Common solutions include drop-
the home. ping wires through attics or ventila-
“You can really turn it up a notch tion ducts. There is also an array of
with automated lighting, heating wireless equipment for things like
and air conditioning and surveil- speakers, computers and televisions
lance cameras. These can all be dis- available. However, not everyone is
played through keypads.” ready to embrace wireless technolo-
Most people who are installing gy yet.
home automation systems are look- “With anything that’s wireless, I
ing towards automated lighting, don’t care what it is, there are
Johann says. These lighting systems always little quirks and problems,”

Photograph: Jan Pitman
include options like emergency set- says Webb at Avery Audio. “Wires
tings that light up a pathway out of are always better than wireless.”
the house at the touch of a button. Webb adds that wireless technol-
You can also turn the lights on and ogy is quickly evolving and perhaps
off remotely, often through the David’s Muskoka Audio Video in Bracebridge specializes in home in a few years, with new advance-
Internet or a cell phone. Some sys- entertainment systems, like this complete home theatre. ments, he will begin recommend-
tems even sample how you use the ing wireless equipment to his
lights in your home and can repli- ligent people all the time, but they on the market, Johann says the best clients.
cate that on a routine basis. Johann don’t maybe have time in their busy idea is to consult a professional who No matter what equipment you
says many are wary of these sys- life to have to learn how to turn a can help you choose a system that’s choose, the best idea is to start
tems, worried that they will be too light on.” tailored to what your individual planning early and consult a profes-
difficult to operate. If a reliable and easy-to-use sys- needs are. sional. Entertainment systems are
“It just requires a little bit of tem is installed and programmed Although home automation sys- often one of the last things home-
planning right at the start,” he says. correctly, they can make life signif- tems are wired into new builds, owners think about, but something
“The thing to urge is that we like to icantly easier, he says. there are options for homeowners they will get the most enjoyment
keep it simple. We sell to very intel- With so much new technology with pre-existing homes and cot- out of in the long run.

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705-645-5257 The answer to that question would be how much do they work here and
I have a friend in Toronto who are they familiar with the peculiarities of Muskoka? Have they sold any-
is a realtor and they have
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it better to use them or a local familiar with the other listings on the market and have they seen them?
firm?
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Q years. Nancy Baker
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A the adjacent property owner for many purposes, are common in Muskoka. In
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right-of-way, in favour of my neighbour, for
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