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.
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.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: Sunrises and sunsets are the bread and butter of cottage living. There is one cabin positioned on the east-facing side of the island, and another on the west-facing side, so you won’t miss a single solar phenomenon.
BIG SELLING POINT: If space, privacy and a feeling of being far removed from everyday life are on your bucket list, then owning an entire island is the way to go.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: The only downside to having an island for a cottage is getting there. A boat with licensed driver will be necessary.
BY THE NUMBERS:
• $13,626.23 in property taxes (2011)
• 12 acres of land
• 3,000-square-foot master cottage
• 1,800-square-foot main lodge
• 1,000-square-foot loft in boathouse (with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths)
• 10 bathrooms
• 9 bedrooms
• 8 buildings (1 main lodge, 4 sleeper cottages, 1 laundry cottage and 2 boathouses)
• 8 fireplaces
• 2 boathouses
• 2 deep water harbours
• 1 sauna