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Cottage of the Week: $2.6 million for a bungalow with a double-decker boathouse on Lake Muskoka

(Image: Bob Clarke Team)

(Image: Bob Clarke Team)

Address: 1090 Sunset Bay Road, Unit 4
Neighbourhood: Bala
Agent: Bob Clarke, Royal Lepage Lakes of Muskoka Realty, Brokerage
Price: $2,575,000

The Place: A handsome bungalow with tons of deck space and luxurious upgrades on Lake Muskoka Point in Bala.

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Cottage of the Week: $3 million for a granite island with its own power supply

(Image: Paul Bennett)

(Image: Paul Bennett)

Address: Spring Island
Neighbourhood: Pointe au Baril
Agent: George Webster, Moffat Dunlap Real Estate Limited, Brokerage
Price: $2,975,000

The Place: Two cottages—one for the owners, one for guests—on an eight-acre outer island in Pointe au Baril.

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Cottage of the Week: $5.2 million for a lakeside palace in Oro-Medonte

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Address: 15 Georgina Drive
Neighbourhood: Oro-Medonte
Agent: Krista Charlene Alkerton, Royal Lepage First Contact Realty
Price: $5,150,000

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.

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The Chase: how four city-dwelling families found fuss-free condos in cottage country

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

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Cottage of the Week: $12 million for a modern Muskoka Lakes mansion on a private island

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Address: Bass Island
Neighbourhood: Muskoka Lakes
Agent: Storey Badger, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage, Port Carling
Price: $11,800,000

The Place: A contemporary, window-lined mansion on Bass Island, in the middle of Lake Muskoka.

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Cottage of the Week: $640,000 for a Huntsville cottage with a modern interior and a river in the backyard

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Address: 3471 Ravenscliffe Road
Neighbourhood: Huntsville
Agent: Kayley Spalding, Coldwell Banker Thompson Real Estate, Brokerage
Price: $639,900

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.

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Cottage of the Week: $800,000 for a modern retreat on McVittie Island

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Address: McVittie Island
Neighbourhood: Bracebridge
Agent: Todd Adair, David Bemmann and Megan McLeod, Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: $799,000

The Place: A newly built home on McVittie Island in Lake Muskoka that shuns log-cabin kitsch in favour of clean lines and glass.

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Cottage of the Week: $2.5 million for a Lake of Bays cottage with a seriously impressive fireplace

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Address: 1148 Green Point Road
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Agent: Todd Adair, Jeff Liddle and Megan Mcleod, Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: $2,499,000

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.

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Cottage of the Week: $2.7 million for a Gravenhurst summer home with a catwalk

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Address: 1089 Arundel Lodge Road
Neighbourhood: Gravenhurst
Agent: Storey Badger, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage, Port Carling
Price: $2,690,000

The Place: A Lake Muskoka cottage with a large boathouse on Skinner Bay.

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Cottage of the Week: $3.3 million for a Parry Sound home with a whole lot of windows

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Address: 9 Felsman Lane
Neighbourhood: Parry Sound
Agent: Judy Parks, Paul Heenan and Linda Heenan, Royal Lepage Lakes of Muskoka; and Mike Timmins, Royal LePage Team Advantage Realty, Brokerage
Price: $3,295,000

The Place: A sprawling, 5,700-square-foot cottage with a guest bunkie, located on the shores of Georgian Bay.

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Great Spaces: a Haliburton cottage that turned a die-hard city slicker into an amateur woodsman

Great Spaces: a Haliburton cottage that turned a die-hard city slicker into an amateur woodsman

Stephen Grant is one of Toronto’s top divorce lawyers, the man one-­percenters like David Thomson and Michael McCain go to when their marriages ­falter. He’s also a city guy who never dreamed of owning a cabin in the woods. That is, until he met his wife, Sandy Forbes, in the early ’90s. She’s a lawyer too, a partner at Davies who specializes in commercial litigation. She yearned for a ­weekend escape from their frenetic schedule. “Sandy wanted a cottage,” says Grant, “and like any sensible husband, I said yes.” (His line of work has made him an expert on matrimonial arbitration.) Their decade-old retreat is on a forested lot in ­Haliburton facing a quiet lake. But its design, by architects ­Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe, is thoroughly urban. The structure is encased in Shim-­Sutcliffe’s signature rusting steel, and the burnished concrete floors belong in a downtown loft. In these modern surroundings, Grant has learned to enjoy the relaxed pace of country life: while Forbes lounges for hours with a paperback, he passes ­leisurely afternoons trying out recipes from Saveur and Bon Appétit.

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Dear Urban Diplomat: how do I get my cottage-hogging brother to play fair?

Dear Urban Diplomat: How do I get my cottage-hogging brother to play fair?

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Dear Urban Diplomat,
A few years ago, my brother and I inherited the family cottage, on Lake of the Woods near Kenora. He and his family live a half-hour away and use the cottage a lot. My partner and I can only make it out there about three times a year. My brother told me he’s buying a new $850 barbecue for the place, and he wants me to split the cost with him 50/50. I don’t feel that this is justified. Shouldn’t I be paying less? How should I respond?

—Weber Warfare, Richmond Hill

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Cottage of the Week: $1.4 million for a Muskoka cottage surrounded by fountains and sculptures

Cottage of the Week: 1650 Peninsula Road Address: 1650 Peninsula Road
Neighbourhood:  Port Sandfield, Ontario
Agent: Max Hahne, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage
Price: $1,400,000

The Place: A three-bedroom, two building cottage set on 60 acres bordering Lake Rosseau.

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Cottage of the Week: $4.35 million for a Lake Rosseau getaway with a Hamptons vibe

Cottage of the Week: 312 Burgess Road

Address: 312 Burgess Road
Neighbourhood: Rosseau, Ontario
Agent: Joseph Quinn, Chestnut Park Real Estate
Price: $4,350,000

The Place: A 12-acre property on Lake Rosseau with a four-bedroom main cottage, a three-slip boathouse and a separate building for a gym or workshop.

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Cottage of the Week: $3.3 million for a private island on Lake Muskoka

Cottage of the Week: Cove Island Address: Cove Island
Neighbourhood: Lake Muskoka
Agent: Max M Hahne and Storey Badger, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage
Price: $3,295,000

The Place: A small island in Lake Muskoka with a four-bedroom cottage, a bunkie and a boathouse.

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