Cottage of the Week: $1.1 million for a Lake of Bays cottage with lots of outbuildings

Cottage of the Week: $1.1 million for a Lake of Bays cottage with lots of outbuildings

The cottage for sale at 5031 Muskoka District Road 117

Address: 5031 Muskoka District Road 117
Neighbourhood: Dorset
Agent: Penny Kiely and Maxine Reid, Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty, Brokerage

Price: $1,095,000

The place: A one-and-a-half-storey cottage with soaring ceilings, wood detailing and plenty of outbuildings.

The history: In 2002, the owner tore down the smaller structure that used to occupy this lot and replaced it with his own design. Several years later, he transformed the porch into a lounge area with a guest suite, added the great room and installed landscaped paths throughout the property.

Big selling point: The accessory buildings include a lakeside dry sauna, a cozy writer’s cabin, a bunkie, a workshop shed and a boathouse.

Possible deal breaker: Parking is a little scarce, because there’s no garage and the boathouse only has a single slip. On the plus side, this gives the buyer an excuse to limit the number of guests, so he or she can enjoy the writer’s cabin in Thoreau-like solitude.

By the numbers:

• $1,095,000
• $3,753 in taxes (2015)
• 2200 square feet

• 152 feet of shoreline
• 4 bedrooms
• 3 indoor hearths (including one wood stove)
• 2.5 bathrooms
• 2 fridges
• 1-slip boathouse
• 0.8 acres