Cottage of the Week: $800,000 for a modern retreat on McVittie Island

Cottage of the Week: $800,000 for a modern retreat on McVittie Island


Address: McVittie Island
Neighbourhood: Bracebridge
Agent: Todd Adair, David Bemmann and Megan McLeod, Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: $799,000

The Place: A newly built home on McVittie Island in Lake Muskoka that shuns log-cabin kitsch in favour of clean lines and glass.

The History: Completed in 2014, the contemporary cottage is on a large island, which it shares with several other homes. It’s accessible only by water, so in place of a garage there’s a single-slip boathouse. The property comes with two designated parking spots on the mainland where the owners can leave their cars.

Big Selling Point: The minimalist design has more in common with a modern Toronto mini-mansion than with your typical cottage. There are ample walls of windows, an open-plan living area and three good-sized bedrooms.

Possible Deal Breaker: With only one bathroom, the buyers should be prepared to do some bathing in the lake.

By The Numbers:

• $799,000
• $3,110 in property taxes (2015)
• 1,620 square feet
• 3 bedrooms
• 2 parking spots on the mainland
• 1 bathroom
• 1 hot tub
• 1 single-slip boathouse
• 1 year old