$6.995 Million

If a meteor hit Lake Joseph, this cottage and boathouse would be the only structures left standing, says listing agent Ross Halloran, only half jokingly. He says the owner, who is in construction, built the cottage with industrial-grade mate-rials and built it to last. It was going to be his "final cottage," the agent says.

Cottage country is hot

New taxes on foreign buyers, a cooling of the luxury real estate market in the GTA, rising interest rates, new mortgage "stress test" rules – most people seem oblivious to all this in cottage country.

Muskoka now ‘Hamptons of the north’ for luxury cottage living

MUSKOKA—Tokata is one of those idyllic enclaves of waterfront real estate — spacious, gracious, packed with modern amenities and perched on a private peninsula jutting into quiet Silver Lake.

No Slowdown for Ontario’s Cottage Country

The pandemic put life on pause, but in Ontario’s cottage country, the market is now in overdrive as buyers look to escape the city. The market is about six weeks behind normal, with people now bringing their cottages on to the market, says real estate agent Sandy Waldie of Chestnut Park Real Estate.

Muskoka Property Sales Continued to Set Records Across the Board in August

As cool autumn weather starts to settle into Muskoka, it's not only campfires keeping the locals warm. Property sales -- still ablaze in the wake of a fiery summer season -- are also continuing to put in the work.

Muskoka Property Sales Reached "Unprecedented Levels" in September

Autumn has made its colourful descent on the Muskoka region, but, as red and orange leaves fall to the ground, the local real estate market refuses to follow suit.

The Power of Pocket Listings: Inside 'Unlisted' Muskoka Real Estate

Buying into Muskoka real estate has never been harder (or more expensive) than it is right now. Pent-up buyers, staring down long summer months without travel, looked north in the spring in search of relief. And they haven't stopped since. 

Where Will Muskoka’s Red-Hot Real Estate Market Go From Here?

In case you haven’t been paying attention all summer long, real estate across much of the province has made a COVID comeback -- and then some. And Muskoka real estate certainly hasn’t been a stranger to this increased activity. 

Storeys' Real Estate Issue of the Year 2020: Cottage Country

Mid-March isn't a moment many of us would like to relive. With the onset of COVID-19, panic hit and nearly all aspects of daily life were affected. And while many were not yet thinking about it, cottage country was facing its own crisis.

Summer Plans? How to Hunt for a Cottage During the Winter Season

Searching for a cottage can be challenging, even at the best of real estate times. To make the process a little bit easier, many hopeful buyers spend the cold winter months searching online, with goals of purchasing their dream cottage in time for the spring and summer ahead.

‘Pent-Up Buyer Demand’ in Muskoka’s Market Bodes for a Strong 2023

As the year draws to a close and interest rates continue to weigh heavily on purchasing power, the real estate market is quieting down in Muskoka. Year-over-year, waterfront sales were off 39.6% in November, while non-waterfront sales were down 34.4%, according to the latest data from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).

Muskoka Sees 'Long-Awaited Boost' to Listing Inventories in October

As the weather cools, things appear to be heating up in Muskoka -- particularly where the supply of new-home listings is concerned. According to new data from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), residential non-waterfront sales activity recorded through the MLS System for the Lakelands region totalled 376 units in October, a 32.3% decrease from that same period in 2021.

Rising Rates Spurring the Return of Vendor Take-Back Mortgages

As interest rates rise and demand drops, the housing market has seen offer nights disappear and financing conditions come bouncing back. But another big change is on the horizon: the resurgence of vendor take-back mortgages.

Rising Interest Rates Chill August Muskoka Sales

It appears the effects of rising interest rates have made their way to the pristine shores of Muskoka, as sales of both waterfront and non-waterfront properties have chilled compared to last year.

Don't Miss This 'Classic Old School' Haliburton Cottage With Over 7 Acres of Land

You just can't beat the classics. If your summer days could use a dose of timeless waterside vibes, a new listing on Farquhar Lake, described as a 'classic old school cottage,' is calling your name.

When Irish Hills Are Rolling: Gorgeous 290-Acre Farm Hits the Apsley Market

For those with a green thumb, a love for lush nature, and a preference for solitude, a property that could be called 'perfect' has hit the Apsley market. A half-hour drive from Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, 28 Rose Island Road is the type of listing you don't get to see very often.

This 11-Acre Georgian Bay Island Costs Less Than a Home in Toronto

Sometimes the expense of city living is enough to make anyone want to pack up their compact condo and head to the great outdoors. A sprawling island of your own in Ontario's Muskoka region sounds like a pretty nice alternative, right?

In the World of Cottage Country Realty, Experience is Priceless

When determining your next move within the cottage country real estate realm -- be that selling, buying, renting, or otherwise -- listening to your heart is important.

Muskoka Sees Slowing Sales, But Prices Are Starting to Soar

Summer's already feeling hot, but home values in Muskoka might be even hotter. While sales in the the region appear to be slowing, desirable property types are seeing price hikes as an influx of new listings emerges. 

Sales Slow, But Prices Continue Rising in Muskoka’s Real Estate Scene

As summer approaches, so too does peak cottage season. And while sales may be slowing in Muskoka, prices on coveted property types continue to rise.

Cottage Country Charm and Modern Flair Coalesce At Kahshe Lake

Known for its rugged landscape and natural splendour, Muskoka is beloved for its recreational opportunities paired with the most exceptional lakeside living.

How This Cottage Country Real Estate Team Sets the Perfect Stage for Luxury Sales

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. It’s a sentiment attributed to Picasso, and embodied by the work of Halloran & Associates when it comes to staging a cottage for sale.

Muskoka Real Estate Market Continues to See a Correction

At the onset of the pandemic, the coveted cottages in Ontario’s picture-perfect Muskoka region became even hotter commodities. 

For Cottage Owners Wanting to Unlock Equity, Now is the Time

Ontario is in the throes of what could be called a seller’s dilemma. The issue being, home costs are at record-breaking highs, but to cash in on your property’s value typically means entering the uncertain (and ultra-competitive) buyer’s market. 

This Muskoka Real Estate Team Lets Their Listings Do the Talking

It’s hard to pinpoint the one thing that sets Halloran & Associates apart from other real estate teams, because it appears to be a lot of things.

Rare Rental Opportunity Puts Power in Cottage Purchasers' Hands

Muskoka's cottages are renowned for their impressive layouts, lavish interiors, and swoon-worthy views. Those in the market for a home away from home look to this region for their perfect place, and it often doesn't take long for them to find it.

Ontario's Cottage Country Real Estate Sees Record-Low Levels of Supply

The coveted real estate market in Ontario’s cottage country is experiencing record lows of supply and soaring prices.  

Four of Canada's 10 Fastest Growing Regions are in Ontario's Cottage Country

ntario’s popular tourist towns are becoming permanent, year-round homes to many more people.  According to census figures released this week from Statistics Canada (StatsCan), a handful of Ontario’s tourist towns have dramatically increased in population.

Supply Vs Demand: Muskoka's 2021 Real Estate Trend Expected to Carry Into 2022

Winter's winds are blowing through Ontario's cottage country, and still, competition in Muskoka's real estate scene remains hot.

"Diverging Trends" Evident in Muskoka's November Real Estate Activity

Following months of record-breaking activity, Muskoka's real estate market maintained busy status in November. But not without some nuance.

How to Get the Most out of Your Winter Vacation in Cottage Country

Ontario is known -- and beloved -- for its picturesque winters. Like something out of a Group of Seven painting, people from around the world flock to see Ontario’s cottage country in the wintertime, and to enjoy weekends tucked away in snowy retreats. 

Ontario’s Staycation Tax Credit Makes a Cottage Country Escape Even More Enticing

There’s a new reason to visit Ontario’s unforgettable Muskoka region (...and, one that actually makes it more affordable).

Demand Continues to Challenge Supply in Muskoka's Fall Real Estate Scene

As autumn digs its heels into the sandy shores of Muskoka, supply and demand continue to face-off -- albeit, with a minor slowdown that's slightly reminiscent of pre-pandemic days.

Fallingwater-Inspired Stunner Hits the Market in Port Sydney (VIDEO)

Newly-built and fresh to the market, Fallingwater North -- inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater -- will take your breath away.

Kahshe Lake Karma: Lakeside Modern Serves Daily Dose of Good Vibes

If you're beyond ready to -- at long last -- embrace a lifestyle of good vibes only, let us introduce you to your chance to cash in on some Kahshe Lake karma.

Muskoka Meets Manhattan at Prestigious Lake Joe Club

Imagine: a life in Muskoka, paired with condo benefits you'd find in Manhattan and landscapes akin to those of The Hamptons.

Muskoka's 'Big Four?' Record-Breaking Sale Puts Kahshe Lake on the Map

What if we told you that Muskoka's Big Three may actually be... a Big Four? Come take look at Kahshe Lake, and you'll see what we mean.

Inside a Luxurious $7M Lakefront Home on Georgian Bay (VIDEO)

People often dream about being able to fall asleep to the sound of waves, but not many of them actually get the chance to do so.

'List It and Buyers Will Come': Muskoka Sales Cool But Fall Demand Remains Strong

As if taking cues from Mother Nature, real estate activity throughout the Muskoka region cooled in September, falling from last year's record to more "normal" levels.

Muskoka's August Realty Market Remained "Firmly in Sellers' Territory"

August brought highs and lows to the Muskoka real estate front, but the big picture continues to look good for those hoping to sell.

Modern Vintage on Grape Island Serves Cottage Country Compound Vibes

Multi-generational living is on the rise in Canada. But what about multi-generational vacationing?

From the Ground Up: Building Your Dream Cottage Could Be the Best Move You Make

Purchasing a lot in Ontario’s pristine cottage country offers a blank canvas to turn a vision into reality on the dream vacation house front.

Bancroft, Ontario Named the Best Place to Buy Real Estate in Canada

Bancroft – located on the York River in the north end of Hastings County – was just designated as the best spot to buy real estate in Canada.

The Lure of the Private Island Home

The desire to escape the pandemic and other worries of modern life has made retreats on private islands more enticing.

Ontario’s Big Three Lakes Offer Refined Cottage Living

Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph represent the heart of the area’s Cottage Country, a playground for the wealthy since the 1800s

For $1.9 million you can buy this luxe container compound on Ontario's Grape Island

Refurbished shipping containers dotting the sprawling property help give new meaning to the phrase “island life”