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
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).
BRAGGING RIGHTS: A quick boat ride will get you to the Fathom Five National Marine Conservation Area, a scuba-diving haven with pristine water and 22 shipwrecks.
BIG SELLING POINT: The main lodge was built in 2005 with an emphasis on sustainability: natural materials like the giant recycled Douglas Fir pillars that soar over the main entry were locally sourced, and the property also has radiant heating, natural cooling, rainwater harvesting and the bio-filtration of grey water.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: Because the Bruce Peninsula has rocky shores, there is no boat dockage on the property. Sailors will have to dock at the one of the two ports in Tobermory, which is a 10-minute drive away.
BY THE NUMBERS:
• $6, 500,000
• $11,622 in property taxes (2011)
• 7,000 square feet of space
• 700 feet of water frontage
• 98 acres of land
• 9 bathrooms
• 8 bedrooms
• 2-storey library
• 3 fireplaces
• 1 set of custom glass French doors
• 1 executive boardroom
• 1 saltwater swimming pool