The place: A one-and-a-half-storey cottage with soaring ceilings, wood detailing and plenty of outbuildings.
Of the three major Muskoka lakes, Joseph is cottage country’s most star-studded. Its lots—generally bigger than those on nearby Rosseau and Muskoka—attract celebrities and business titans who require adequate room for their toys, boats and egos, and prefer not to rub elbows with nosy neighbours. The maximal-living trend is most obvious on the lake’s northern tip, dubbed Billionaires’ Row, where one lakeside cottage compound recently went on the market for a record-setting $25 million. Here’s a look at who calls Lake Joe their home away from home.
The place: A two-lot property on an island in Bob’s Lake in Frontenac. It consists of a guest house, a tree house and a main building.
The place: An upper-crust take on a classic log cabin, located on Lake Onawa near Hunstville.
The place: A 70s-era cottage built into the granite shoreline of Georgian Bay. It consists of three separate buildings and it comes with two islands located a short distance offshore—perfect for sunset picnics.
Address: 15 Georgina Drive
Agent: Krista Charlene Alkerton, Royal Lepage First Contact Realty
The Place: The Eyrie, as this nearly 10,000 square foot property is dubbed (don’t worry, Game of Thrones fans, no villainous Littlefingers to be found at this one), is a modern six-bedroom, seven-bathroom manor perched on a high outcrop above Lake Simcoe’s Kempenfelt Bay, just minutes from Barrie.
Toronto’s building boom is creeping into cottage country, turning prime lakefront properties into condo compounds with distinctly urban amenities, like heated pools, spas and helpful staff to handle the headaches
Cottage of the Week: $640,000 for a Huntsville cottage with a modern interior and a river in the backyard
The Place: A three-bedroom, three-bathroom farmhouse on a seven-acre plot of land along a meandering river in Huntsville. Fox Lake is a quick canoe ride away.
The Place: A newly built home on McVittie Island in Lake Muskoka that shuns log-cabin kitsch in favour of clean lines and glass.
The Place: A five-bedroom, four-bathroom cottage (with at least three antler-inspired chandeliers!) on Muskoka’s Lake of Bays. All its main living spaces are arranged around a round, two-storey great room.