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Cottage of the Week: $2.3 million for a Muskoka property steeped in history

Cottage of the Week: $2.3 million for a Muskoka property steeped in history

Address: 46 Roe Rd., Huntsville, ON Agent: Megan McLeod, Sotheby’s International Realty, Brokerage Price: $2,295,000

The place

A sprawling five-bedroom bungalow on the shores of Huntsville’s Fairy Lake.

The cottage sits on nine acres of land. There’s a stream running through the property and a grassy, tree-dotted field right next to the lake:

Cottage of the Week: $2.3 million for a Muskoka property steeped in history

Inside, the dining area gets tons of natural light:

Cottage of the Week: $2.3 million for a Muskoka property steeped in history

Thanks to some high ceilings and a half-moon window, so does this spacious living area—which was added to the house as part of a later addition:

Cottage of the Week: $2.3 million for a Muskoka property steeped in history

There are five bedrooms in the main cottage. This one opens right up to a lounge area:

Cottage of the Week: $2.3 million for a Muskoka property steeped in history

This one has a view of the water:

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Cottage of the Week: $2.3 million for a Muskoka property steeped in history

Here’s another porch area that faces the water:

Cottage of the Week: $2.3 million for a Muskoka property steeped in history

The original living room has a stone wood-burning fireplace and walls covered in paintings by the owner’s father:

Cottage of the Week: $2.3 million for a Muskoka property steeped in history

Up a wooden spiral staircase is a small office nook and another bedroom:

Cottage of the Week: $2.3 million for a Muskoka property steeped in history

Outside, there’s a guest house with two additional bedrooms, a living space and bathroom:

Cottage of the Week: $2.3 million for a Muskoka property steeped in history

The shoreline has a natural sandy beach:

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Cottage of the Week: $2.3 million for a Muskoka property steeped in history

And there’s also a treehouse, just for fun:

Cottage of the Week: $2.3 million for a Muskoka property steeped in history

The place faces west, meaning there are tons of stellar sunsets:

Cottage of the Week: $2.3 million for a Muskoka property steeped in history
The history

The property has been in the same family for over 75 years. It was purchased by the current owner’s father, Oscar Fairman, an artist who regularly painted with members of the Group of Seven, in the 1940s, and the first cabin was constructed in the 1950s. When the owners decided to live there year-round to raise their family, they added a few more extensions to the cottage, in 1990 and 1999. Now that they’re older, they’re finding the property upkeep challenging.

Big selling point

The beach area, treehouse and large green lawn make for a very kid-friendly setup. Adults can observe the antics from the deck, chardonnay in hand.

Cottage of the Week: $2.3 million for a Muskoka property steeped in history
Possible deal breaker

We’d hate to be on lawnmower duty.

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By the numbers

• $2,295,000 • $10,055 in taxes (2018) • 5,236 square feet • 230 feet of waterfront • 9 acres • 5 bedrooms • 3 bathrooms

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