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Cottage of the Week: $1.9 million for a high-end Georgian Bay home on a sandy beach

Address: 199 Osprey Way
Neighbourhood: Georgian Bay
Agent: Max Hahne, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage
Price: $1,899,000

The Place: A 3,700-square-foot family cottage on popular Honey Harbour. There’s a separate in-law suite over the garage.

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A guide to the summer’s must-attend music festivals

Current Obsession: Travelling Road Shows

(Photographs: Cockburn courtesy of Huntsville Festival of the Arts; Fucked Up by Daniel Boud; Sinclaire and Mumford & Sons courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Huntsville Festival of the Arts
July 4 to August 28, Huntsville

In a nutshell: Roots music meets Roots clothing.

The highlights: The indie-country duo Whitehorse, the fiddle superstar Natalie MacMaster, a two-night stand from the unerringly earnest Bruce Cockburn and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which backed Dr. John and the Black Keys at last year’s Grammys. The festival also recently started a cottage-country version of Nuit Blanche full of kooky-cool art installations and street theatre.

Who goes: Folkie moms and dads in Tilley hats and cottagers bored of playing Yahtzee.

Where to sleep: Deerhurst Resort, which scored a $2-million reno for the infamous 2010 G8 summit, has three luxe restau­rants and top-notch facilities.


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Cottage of the Week: $2.35 million for a waterfront property with a very pricey home theatre

Cottage of the Week: 18 Coutnac Crescent

Address: 18 Coutnac Crescent
Neighbourhood: Tiny, Ontario
Agent: Lorne Howell, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage
Price: $2,350,000

The Place: A sprawling vacation property with a high-end house and a 160-foot stretch of white sandy beach on Georgian Bay.

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Cottage of the Week: $2.2 million for a vacation property with two libraries

ADDRESS: 245 North Shore Road

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Port Severn, Georgian Bay

AGENT: Armin and AnneMarie Grigaitis, ReMax Baywatch Ltd., Brokerage

PRICE: $2,199,000

THE PLACE: A cottage with a palatial air (for instance, it has a circular staircase and a turreted tower), tucked in its own little cove on Georgian Bay.

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Sold: a 12-acre island in Georgian Bay for $4.5 million

With all the talk of condo bubbles, over-the-top bidding wars and failed flips, wading into Toronto’s housing market requires equal parts bravery and real estate savvy. To help with the latter, we decided to dish when the properties we profile in our House of the Week, Condomonium and Cottage of the Week features are sold. Here, all the details from the latest sale.

The full description: Cottage of the Week: $6.8 million for an island, plus six cabins, in Georgian Bay [September 1o, 2012]

• The place: A 12-acre island housing a sprawling family compound designed by Stark Architects. Spread across the property are a main lodge, a master cottage, three self-contained sleeper cottages, a laundry cottage and two boathouses—one with a two-bedroom loft apartment.

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Cottage of the Week: $2.7 million for a Georgian Bay getaway with a pirate ship

ADDRESS: 168 Old Mill Road

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Georgian Bay

AGENT: Bob Emmett and Fred Shaw, Royal LePage Four Seasons Real Estate Centre, Brokerage

PRICE: $2,650,000

THE PLACE: A unique (how many homes greet you with a totem pole at the front door?) and grandiose (check out the chandelier in the bathroom) cottage that still maintains a home-y feel, thanks to wide-plank wood floors, reclaimed wood-beam ceilings and that old cottage staple, a moose head on the wall.

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Cottage of the Week: $6.8 million for an island, plus six cabins, in Georgian Bay

ADDRESS: Chamberlain Island

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Sans Souci‚ Georgian Bay

AGENTS: George Webster, Moffat Dunlap Real Estate Ltd.

PRICE: $6,800,000

THE PLACE: Purchased in the 1930s, this 12-acre island was once home to a modest log cabin, but now houses a sprawling family compound designed by Stark Architects. Spread across the property are a main lodge, a master cottage, three self-contained sleeper cottages, a laundry cottage and two boathouses—one with a 2-bedroom loft apartment.

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Cottage of the Week: $1.6 million for a secluded three-acre island

ADDRESS: 155 Island

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Private island near Honey Harbour, Georgian Bay

AGENT: Stephanie Anne Newlands and Matthew Alexander Parent, Private Service Realty

PRICE: $1,599,999

THE PLACE: A private island that is just under three acres (the size varies depending on water level), and located 15 minutes from Georgian Bay’s Honey Harbour. The three buildings have a quirky charm, and contain six bedrooms in total. 

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Cottage of the Week: $6.5 million for an eco-friendly estate on the shore of Georgian Bay

ADDRESS: 201 Little Cove Road, Tobermory

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Georgian Bay

AGENT: Darlene James, RE/MAX Grey Bruce Realty

PRICE: $6,500,000

THE PLACE: This eight-bedroom estate sits on over 98 acres of land on the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. It was originally built as an eco-lodge (which means there are plenty of guest rooms for friends and family).

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Sold: a 12-acre waterfront retreat north of Parry Sound for just under asking

With all the talk of condo bubbles, over-the-top bidding wars and failed flips, wading into Toronto’s housing market requires equal parts bravery and real estate savvy. To help with the latter, we decided to dish when the properties we profile in our House of the Week, Condomonium and Cottage of the Week features are sold. Here, all the details from the latest sale.

Cottage of the Week: $2.6 million for a 12-acre retreat just north of Parry Sound [May 22, 2012]

The place: A 12-acre property with a main cottage, a separate secondary guest cottage, a private sandy beach, a boathouse, outdoor showers and 360-degree views.

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Gone in 60 Minutes: how to get from the office desk to the cottage dock in about an hour

Gone in 60 Minutes | Billy Bishop Airport

Top down and open road used to be the best way to get to the cottage, but that was before highways became parking lots, crammed with expletive-spewing drivers all thinking the same thing: there’s got to be a better way. Turns out there is. Here, we show just how fast the city’s luckiest cottagers get from Billy Bishop Airport to their northern oases.

ANTHONY LACAVERA
Chairman, Wind Mobile

His plane: 2012 Lancair Evolution Turbo Prop (approx. retail value: $945,000)
His cottage: Lake Muskoka
Estimated air time: 20 minutes
Other destinations: New York; Montreal


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Cottage of the Week: $3.3 million for a 45-acre country estate in Collingwood

ADDRESS: 8447 30/31 Side Road

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Collingwood

AGENTS: Carol Lome, Royal LePage Real Estate Services and Judy Crompton, Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage

PRICE: $3,295,000

THE PLACE: A six-bedroom, five-bathroom country estate perched on a hill in Collingwood’s Pretty River Valley. The property is winterized for year-round use, and is near Devil’s Glen and Osler Bluffs ski clubs, as well as some top-notch golf courses.

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Cottage of the Week: $1.2 million for a Georgian Bay cottage with a deck made for sunset gazing

ADDRESS: 1174 Tiny Beaches Road South

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Township of Tiny, Southern Georgian Bay

AGENTS: Gabriele Telfer, Royal LePage In Touch Realty

PRICE: $1,185,000

THE PLACE:  This two-bedroom, two-bath cottage is located along the sunset-blessed southern peninsula of Georgian Bay, but its stone landscaping and natural wood interior give it a positively coastal air.

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Cottage of the Week: $2.6 million for a 12-acre retreat just north of Parry Sound

ADDRESS: 47/48 Pointe Au Baril Point

NEIGHBOURHOOD: The Archipelago, Parry Sound

AGENT: George Webster, Moffat Dunlap Real Estate Ltd. and Erica Reddy, Royal LePage Signature Realty, Brokerage

PRICE: $2,580,000

THE PLACE: A 12-acre property with a main cottage, a separate secondary guest cottage, a private sandy beach, a boathouse, outdoor showers and 360-degree views.

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Cottage of the Week: $5 million for a palatial spread in the heart of ski country

ADDRESS: 201 Brophys Lane

REGION: Blue Mountains, Ontario

AGENT: Veronica Lord, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage

PRICE: $4,950,000

THE PLACE: A muscular, Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired four-bedroom on Georgian Bay.

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