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**Now SOLD!** Kahshe Lake Cottage For Sale

Known as Sunny Lodge, here’s a water access Kahshe Lake cottage with 415 feet of south-facing frontage on a super-private, level lot.

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Approaching the Kashe Lake cottage

Drift back in time to the 1940`s and you may begin to understand the Kahshe Lake cottage compound appearing in the distance. Such a private and level property is very rare. A three minute boat ride in a `new to you` boat has you arriving at a choice of docks, one a solid T out front, and the one around the point a classic.

The lot here is exceptionally level, with just a few Muskoka rock outcroppings.

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View beyond the point

Granite, pine and the cool, clear water of Kahshe Lake beckons. The cottage itself is a three season cottage, but with a lovely granite fireplace that was hand built over 70 years ago.

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Classic Muskoka cottage

Three small bedrooms, a olde Muskoka classic great room, bathroom and kitchen complete this offering. A one room Bunkie offers plenty of room for guests or the kids.

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Classic Muskoka Great Room

There is also a workshop and storage area. The property and waterfront are absolutely beautiful – beyond perfect.

Three boats are included with this Kashe Lake cottage, one being a 19’ recent model Princecraft deck boat with a 115HP Evinrude engine, along with furniture and cottage/household items.

Some interesting facts about Kahshe Lake’s  name from Wikipedia:

The Indian word Kah-she-she-bog-a-mog is defined in a dictionary developed by early Jesuit missionaries and located in the archives in Ottawa. The morphemes break as follows: Ka-shesheb-agam-ag: ‘where there are-ducks-lake-place’, thus ‘Lake of Many Ducks’; compare Ojibwe jishib ‘duck’; the following are spurious (Carl Masthay, St. Louis, 2009): Kah-Lake, She-Many, Bog-Ducks,a-and, Mog or Maug-Loons, therefore Lake of Many Many Ducks and Loons (researched by Ken Little). Other people swear that it means Lake of Many Islands or “Lake of Healing Waters”. Yet others, especially those with powerful motor boats, nickname it Lake of Many Rocks and “The Minefield”. The lake’s west end is shallow while the east side is deep, yet both areas have many shallow rock hazards with no marker buoys that just seem to appear “out of nowhere” as the waterways are navigated. There is a section in the middle of the lake that is so rugged that if marked with sonar, it appears as the pulses of a heart beat on a pulse reader. These many distinct areas in the lake provide for easy fish locating for avid fishermen.

It is notable that there is a public beach off North Kahshe Lake Road. The beach is a gathering point for residents and cottagers. There are public boating docks and a boat launch. The lake has been featured on several fishing shows, it has also been featured on television, most notably in a Tim Hortons commercial. There are many organized events in and around the lake, particularly Kahshe lake regatta, Several barn dances, End of Summer labour day concert, and Rockhaven Inn craft sale.

 

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Newly Listed!$439,000

Kahshe Lake Cottage For Sale

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Cityname, ST

  • 3Beds
  • 1Baths
  • 784Square Feet

**Now SOLD!** Muskoka Cottage for sale. Gull Lake in-town treat

Cottage for sale on Gull Lake, Gravenhurst.
Dreaming of escaping from the office to your Muskoka Retreat? Not interested in a long drive from the city or hiking through the bush, but do want an upscale Muskoka experience? This cottage is so perfectly positioned for fun and games.

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Gull Lake Classic Muskoka Views

Gull Lake is beautiful, with rock outcroppings and classic Muskoka pine and style. It joins Silver Lake, so you have many miles of pristine boating to enjoy. See this link for more on Gull/Silver Lakes.

Muskoka cottage for sale. Gull Lake
Gull Lake heading for Silver Lake by boat

The view from the cottage is spectacular and the trip to the dock is a cinch. The cottage is in town. That means high speed internet (hard to get in remote areas), walking to dinner, enjoying Music on the Barge on Sunday nights, boating (or walking) for groceries and ice cream. This cottage is not for those seeking a wilderness experience. It is for upscale urban couples, with or without children who crave an easy breezy getaway.

Gravenhurst is Muskoka’s town closest to the GTA.

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Gull Lake is only 90 minutes from the GTA
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**NOW SOLD** Muskoka Cottage for sale. Gull Lake in-town treat

560 Sixth St.
Gravenhurst, ST

  • 3Beds
  • 1Baths
  • 1180Square Feet

** Now Sold!** Unique Muskoka Cottage for sale

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Circa 1934
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Double sized level lot steps from water
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Original Fir, Spacious Rooms
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Classic Muskoka Fireplace

 

Real Muskoka cottage for sale.

Every once in a while there is a very special place that speaks to that special cottager who loves Muskoka history. This place was built in the thirties, in Muskoka Beach Village and although it has been very well preserved, it still has all the original features that made cottaging so appealing in the past century.

The cottage is white clapboard, with an oversized Muskoka Room, for starters. You can see the water through the trees, while sitting on the porch. The walls are fir lined, and the rooms are spacious. The original stone fireplace is so appealing, and there are pristine oil lamps attached to the walls.

The bathroom is bright and gleaming and the kitchen is large. If you listen carefully, you can hear the rabble of meal making, and the laughter of a bygone era.

The carefree days of enjoying Olde Muskoka don’t have to be over. Purchase this property today. It stands steadfast on a double lot with municipal water and the potential for municipal sewage. It is currently three season, but would make a great place to live year ’round with some renovations.

The beach is a few steps away. This cottage is not directly on the waterfront (but not across a road) , and therefore the taxes are low.

The deeded access is fewer than a dozen steps to a wide sand beach, lovely swimming and some of the best views Lake Muskoka has to offer. And you thought that Lake Muskoka was just out of your reach. Asking a mere $360,500.00

Muskoka cottage for sale. Henshaw Lake

We have just listed a great turn-key cottage with everything done.

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The owners thought this through and ended up with a really great place. Granite slab stairs, lush landscaping to last, and kid friendly waterfront with a sand beach on spring-fed Henshaw Lake.

The view of Henshaw Lake from the cottage property
The view of Henshaw Lake from the cottage property

 

This three bedroom, one bath cottage is both stylish and functional. Stacked washer and dryer conveniently located in a spacious bathroom. Forced air propane furnace makes the property comfortable and easy to use.  The structure is concrete block, clad in Cape Cod style siding, and the interior is insulated (both walls and ceiling). It is also efficient, cosy and dry, perched on a completely insulated crawlspace.  All new plumbing includes pump, filter and heated water line. The electricals have been updated too. This cottage is solid and has good value. Perfect for the buyer who would like to escape work.

You’ll find the listing here and here’s the virtual tour.

Relationships matter. What makes selling cottages in Muskoka worthwhile.

We received some kind words of praise yesterday from a couple who bought a cottage we had listed.

I am not surprised because I know how much Catharine cares about doing the right thing for all customers, but it is really wonderful when people stop and take the time to let us know!

“We can’t thank you enough for all you have done for us in our search for the perfect cottage. You have gone above and beyond what is expected of an agent.  You were extremely patient with us and not pushy at all when we were scared and undecided about purchasing our cottage.  After spending hours in the freezing cold during the lengthy building inspection you still remained up beat, positive and always had a smile on your face…..You always responded to our e-mails and phone calls (and there were many) within hours.  Answered all of our questions, and when you didn’t have the answer hopped in your car drove to the township office to get the answers.  You gave us many valuable reference for the best trades people.
 
My mother always told me, to be successful in business you need a good lawyer and accountant. I now believe that a good real estate agent is on that list of people required to be successful.  And you are the best in the business!
 
Thanks”

Thank you so much for your kind comments. Some other client comments are here.

Lake Joseph. Out on the April ice.

We were taken by snowmobile today so we could determine a listing price for a very nice Lake Joseph island property.

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45 mph makes for a good wind chill when you’re holding a camera!

We’ve been asked a few times actually, just in the past three or four days: “How thick(thin) is the ice on the big three?” Well we can tell you, as of today it is still very solid. Visibly on Lake Jo, there are no signs of open water except around bubblers and moving water. We have a way to go in Muskoka before break-up.
Below, even right beside the boathouse, the ice is very sound.

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Catharine; either waving, or trying to stop the process altogether!

We can’t show you the boathouse, the cottage, or anything identifiable on the property yet, as it’s not listed. But, here’s an image I made of the point while waiting for the snowmobile to return to pick me up.

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Spring at the Cottage in Muskoka … not here, not yet.

Many times in the past, at work in Toronto, Chicago, Orlando, or Boston, I’d hear about spring equinox (night and day of approximately equal length) and begin to wonder how conditions were at our Muskoka cottage.

In case you are at work planning for spring at the cottage, I have an update for you. Depending on where you are, it may not be all that spring-like, and it isn’t here either.
On Lake Muskoka, I made this image less than 20 minutes after the spring equinox today (Mar 20th). It’s hard to tell, but it was snowing and the high today is expected to be -2C.

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Lake Muskoka from Muskoka Beach area. Mar 20, 2013, spring less than an hour old.

Here’s how the spring weather looks coming up this week:

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If you are reading this a bit later here’s the current forecast.

And have a look below at the historic records for this date. Last year we hit 24.8C – much better than -18 in 2007!

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We did have an “early” spring last year and cottage real estate, just took off for us.

Speaking of spring, we’re at the Cottage Life show on April 5th -7th, really getting the cottage season jump-started; actually we are there Sunday the 5th from 1-5pm, so come and say hello.

If you want tickets give us a call.

Cottage, not in Muskoka? Pity.

Just thought I would quickly add this one to the blog. From our recent trip to England and Scotland, it’s a cottage listed in Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds.

This one is not a waterfront cottage, but it is 17th century stone, has a thatched roof and is beautiful to look at.

Catharine checking out a property - even on holidays!
Catharine checking out a property – even on holidays!

It’s £1,365,000, that’s approx $2,100,000.

It is surprisingly poor from an energy efficiency standpoint, coming in at 2nd from the bottom on the scale used in the UK; it isn’t broken down but I suspect that the thatch is equally as poor as the stone.

The circa 1600 exposed beams/rafters are rather unusual by Muskoka standards. See below…

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Spotted in a Muskoka Cottage: Bonnet Chest

I’m sure the Bonnet Chest isn’t only a Canadian phenomenon. But, if you Google it, you will get lots of Canadian, and only a few US links. Even Wikipedia doesn’t know about them; searching for bonnet chest there will get you nothing. They are not mentioned in the otherwise excellent: The Heritage of Upper Canadian Furniture by Howard Pain. It seems that they may have been a Mennonite piece designed, of course, to protect bonnets. The design made its way into Canada from Pennsylvania and seemed to have become more popular here.

I have always liked their shape. Especially the ones with the upper section projecting out a few inches (chest on chest), highlighting the oversize drawers; makes me want to pull one open and look inside. There’s just something about the lines and the substantial size. So, a bonnet chest has been on my list of things to make for a long time. Recently I saw a fairly good example of what was once a lovely chestnut piece at a cottage we sold. Unfortunately our seller was keeping it, and it moved away.

Now recently, in that case, was more than two years ago. I went out the same week and bought some 4/4 curly maple. It took a couple of weeks a bit at a time to process the rough sawn wood into useable boards. But, it took over a year to build it. Not just because furniture making is done in my spare time. It’s because I was designing my bonnet chest based on ones I liked, while looking at pieces for sale on the local Kijiji and Craigslist.
And while looking, I saw one that I had to buy in Beeton. Over the years it had been pretty much reduced to a pile of water-stained boards, it was 90% apart, had had some type of birds (chickens maybe) living in the lower drawers and all the upper drawers and backsplash were gone – years ago and nobody knew where. But, it was only a hundred bucks or so, what was left was all made of butternut, and the money went to support Beeton hockey so I bought the pile of parts, headed to a sawmill and bought some rough-sawn butternut to replace the missing pieces and took it all home.
It was winter so we weren’t too busy with cottages and within a week or so it was done.
I feel great about saving this one; it could go on for another century or more, rather than rotting away.

Original (mostly) Bonnet Chest

We are VERY busy in the summer, and pretty busy the rest of the year, so I got back to the new chest only from time to time. I am fairly slow with carcass pieces to begin with. In addition to turning some 8/4 maple on the lathe for the legs, which took some time to get around to, I knew I wanted to hand-cut dovetails, front and back in all the drawers. This turned out to be 100 dovetails in all, which makes the piece cool in the builders mind, but added a couple of months to the project in “eked out” time.

Anyway, the bonnet chest is complete now, just as the summer is drawing to a close. We don’t have any bonnets, so we keep dog-leashes in one of the bonnet drawers of the old one, and not much at all yet in the new one.

My take on the Bonnet Chest, in curly maple

100 hand-cut dovetails.

Classic Muskoka Cottage & Boathouse; View From Above

We have a magnificent property listed at Pine Point on Lake Muskoka.

The key feature about this property is the land itself; the rare privacy afforded by 895 feet of Lake Muskoka frontage on this beautifully level point. Nevertheless, the buildings, specifically the boathouse, has found its way into a number of classic Muskoka books.

As an iconic Muskoka boathouse, the boathouse at Pine Point doesn’t dominate the scenery; it plays an important supporting role.

Iconic in summer.
Standing resolute to the winter cold and winds.

We wanted to feature all of it somehow; the boathouse, cottage and the truly wonderful property itself in our own way. So, up in a battery powered remote-controlled helicopter went a carefully mounted digital camera, and softly(whew) down it came with the following pictures on its memory card:

… beautiful!