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Cottage of the Week: $2.5 million for a built-from-scratch Collingwood retreat with a koi pond

The 4,800-square-foot home also comes with an elevator, heated floors, 14-foot ceilings and multiple winter-proof decks

Cottage of the Week: $2.5 million for a built-from-scratch Collingwood retreat with a koi pond
A real estate photo in Clearview, Ontario taken by Elevated Photos Canada.

Location: Nottawa, Simcoe County Price: $2,499,000 Size: 4,793 square feet Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Real estate agents: Kelly Caldwell and Janet Stephanie Piotrowski, Royal LePage Locations North

The place

A four-bedroom, four-bathroom bunker in the hamlet of Nottawa, a short drive south of downtown Collingwood. The two-storey home is situated on an acre of land surrounded by a natural forest.

The history 

In 2020, the owners—themselves designers and builders—bought the vacant plot on which this house now sits. After two years of planning and construction, they moved in. They’re now retiring to Florida, so they’ve put the home on the market for the first time.

The tour

The owners added hydro lines and a driveway to the property, which used to be part of a farm.

This property used to be an empty field.

The façade is defined by its eclectic mix of features—a koi pond, an artificial waterfall, gardens, a stone staircase and two covered decks.

An aerial view of the koi pond.

Here’s a closer look at the huge front deck. It has a firepit for year-round hangouts.

The front porch is its own lounge entertainment zone

Moving inside reveals the open-concept space, featuring heated floors. In the kitchen: a 14-foot island, a six-burner Thor gas stove and storage galore.

Among many amenities, the kitchen comes with a 14-foot island.

This gas fireplace with its 14-foot accent wall anchors the living area

The living room with its feature-wall fireplace.

Next to the living area is this office. That’s a wine fridge built into the desk.

The office sits next to the living area

Down the hall is the main bedroom, which has a private walkout to one of the home’s five decks.

The sliding doors frame the scene like a picture.

Here’s the ensuite bathroom, with marble floors, a double vanity and a soaker tub.

The bathroom has a nice view of the land.

The ensuite is also equipped with this shower system.

The shower system is high tech

This is the main suite’s walk-in closet.

The main suite also has a walk-in closet.

The family room is upstairs and has access to two more decks. That’s an elevator on the right, and just beyond it is a second full kitchen.

The family room is on the second floor and has two decks.

Here’s a reverse angle of the family room, showcasing another gas fireplace.

There's another gas fireplace up here.

This deck faces the backyard and comes with a grill and a hot tub.

Anyone care for a mini putt?

Here’s the view from the hot tub.

The property's undeveloped land is breathtaking.

This deck overlooks the front yard.

This patio is on the opposite side of the family room.

There are two bedrooms on the top floor. This one has wall-to-wall storage doubling as a banquette.

Here's one of the secondary bedrooms.

This bedroom has a view of the forest.

This bedroom overlooks the forest.

The two bedrooms share a bathroom, which comes with a glass shower and a floating vanity.

This is the shared bathroom.

The backyard leads to many hiking trails, and there’s plenty of room back here for future owners to add an in-ground pool.

There's plenty of opportunity for the new owners to build up the backyard.

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