Spring has finally sprung in Muskoka cottage country. Buds are popping, contractors and landscapers are hopping as they ready cottage properties for the season. Muskoka lakes ice is almost gone and while flooding is always a concern this time of year the current levels appear to have been lowered enough to support the melting. Blackflies will be out soon, and they will be hungry. Jack’s rule of thumb - when the trilliums are in full bloom the blackflies are in feeding mode! What’s Going on Muskoka Saturday, May 19th is the official kick-off of MLA summer member events. A Water ...
Springtime in Muskoka
May 2, 2018
Listing Your Muskoka Cottage Property for Sale
April 13, 2018
Important Factors to Consider When Listing Your Muskoka Cottage Property for Sale Selling your lake front vacation home is a major life event. Whether you are upsizing, downsizing or leaving the area, there are many variables to consider when listing your property. Who Best to Represent Your Waterfront Property? What to Look for in a Realtor: Length of Service - When a Realtor states they have “years” of experience. How many years is that exactly? The more time a Realtor has worked in the business, the more knowledge they should possess. It’s equally vital that this “seasoned” agent be ...
Muskoka Jack - Seasonal Nomad 2017/18
November 29, 2017
Many of you may be wondering where this seasonal nomad is hanging his hat this winter. Believe me, that hat is not a toque! Last year we stayed close to home, spending the winter in the Caribbean. This year we are back in the South Pacific. Based in Fiji for the first three months, then Queenstown, (much akin to Muskoka) New Zealand from January until April. A new addition to my Evolving Bucket List, we are looking forward to exploring this part of the world. We return to Muskoka early April in time to prepare for the 2018 cottage real ...
Help Prevent Resort Over-Development in Muskoka
November 21, 2017
During peak cottage season, our Muskoka lakes are bustling. On weekends from May 24 through till Thanksgiving and week long in July and August. Paddle boarders, kayakers and canoe enthusiasts share the pristine waters with wakeboarders, water-skiers and wake surfers. Muskoka residents, cottage owners, renters and holiday goers at resorts such as Sherwood Inn, Clevelands House and Red Leaves are all enjoying Muskoka cottage life. We know why! Our clean lakes and stunning views are a magnet for visitors from around the globe. Over the years we’ve seen an increase in traffic on the roads and on the lakes. We ...
Muskoka Light Pollution Solutions
August 10, 2017
Light Pollution. We have all heard the term many times before, partially because in recent months a plethora of information has been published on topics surrounding this issue. But what really is the problem? Simply put, light pollution is the wasteful by-product of our society’s seemingly obsessive desire to light up every place and every thing we encounter at night. Light pollution is insidious, even in Muskoka. It creeps slowly into our communities, rural areas and even lakefront retreats with almost every renovation or new building project. It isn’t necessarily the result of people’s negligence but rather their lack of ...
Internet at Your Muskoka Cottage
July 27, 2017
Is Internet at your Muskoka cottage frustrating you? Join the club! I can't tell you how often I hear my Lake Joseph neighbours complain about the speed (or lack thereof) of their internet service. Keep in mind, we are in cottage country paradise, not a bustling high tech metropolitan area. Unless you are on a working vacation I recommend unplugging and unwinding. That being said, I have the privilege of working in Muskoka which comes with the disadvantage of relying on the internet. So, I feel your pain. There are times when we need internet and times when we crave it. Especially ...
Muskoka's North Lake Joseph
July 20, 2017
Cottaging in Muskoka can take on different forms. Some are drawn to Muskoka for its many amenties and activities. Others are lured and lulled by the peace, tranquility and true escape from city life. If you fall into the latter category, you'll find yourself looking for a larger parcel of land with wider frontage. Larger waterfront properties usually translate into greater privacy. If you really want a peaceful retreat, far away from boat traffic, road noise and the eyes of neighbours you can find this in the northern half of Lake Joseph. When discussing cottage property with my clients the most ...
Chestnut Park ~ Muskoka's Leading Brokerage
June 27, 2017Buying Tips Cottages Market News Muskoka Properties My Services Real Estate News Selling Tips Waterfront
Chestnut Park is a well known and respected real estate brokerage. But did you know that Chestnut Park is Muskoka's leading firm? CEO Chris Kapches shares the reasons why Muskoka waterfront real estate buyers and sellers rely on the services of a Chestnut Park Sales Representative. You can find the latest copy of Chestnut Park's "Invest in Style" on your dock or in various locations throughout the community to view listings and relevant area information. And, thank you for choosing me to represent your Muskoka waterfront cottage property real estate needs. Contact me directly at 705-646-4693 and enjoy your ...
Spring Cottage Life Show 2017
March 23, 2017
Spring is in the air - and at the Cottage Life Show! Next weekend, Friday March 31st through to Sunday April 2nd The Internation Centre in Mississauga hosts the Spring 2017 Cottage Life Show. Cottaging in Muskoka is a lifestyle all of it's own and the Cottage Life Show features many related exhibits to enhance the cottaging experience. Get excited about the upcoming Muskoka cottage season! The Dock Party - the social hub of the show, proudly serving Muskoka Brewery beer, Muskoka Lakes Cranberry Wine, Georgian Bay Spirit Co., and Walter All-Natural Caesar Mix. Better still proceeds benefit the Cottage Dreams Cancer ...
Seasonal Nomad Jack
November 11, 2016
Summer is over along with the real estate selling season and so I’ve made my seasonal exit from Muskoka. Many people have been asking where I will be this year. The past two winter we were based in Fiji and explored various areas of the South Pacific and Indonesia. This year I’m staying closer to home making it easier for friends and family to visit us in sunny St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands. From here we plan on visiting many neighbouring islands including St. John, St. Croix, the BVI’s and possibly Puerto Rico. We’ve rented a beautiful ocean front villa, perched ...