Cottage of the Week: $2.7 million for a homey Lake Simcoe property an hour from Toronto
A recently built three-bedroom cottage on Lake Simcoe, just an hour drive from Toronto.
From the road, the place looks unassuming:
There’s plenty of porch space:
Inside, the front door opens directly onto a dining area:
Which flows into the rest of the main floor:
The main living area has a peaked pine roof, oak floors and a stone fireplace:
An extra-high window lets in light:
Here’s the view from the porch:
The coffered ceilings continue into the country-chic kitchen:
Which has marble countertops, a disguised fridge and a gas range:
There are three bedrooms. Here’s one of them:
Another one has a stone fireplace:
Downstairs, there’s some empty space for the buyers to fill:
There’s another bedroom and ensuite down here, too:
Because of the property’s slope, the basement opens directly onto a cobblestone path that leads down to the water:
Outside, there’s a picturesque dining area:
And, of course, the beautifully turquoise Lake Simcoe waters:
The owners are a Dutch-Canadian couple who lived in The Netherlands for 15 years before returning to Toronto in 2007. They loved Hedge Road’s proximity to the city, so they searched for years for a weekend retreat on the street. Finally, they bought a small, 50-year-old cottage in 2013. They had it totally rebuilt in 2015 by timber-frame construction company Normerica.
Big selling point
The drive time is unbeatable. The buyers can relax with a gin and tonic by the lake while all their friends are still stuck in traffic on the 400. A committed cottager could even manage a daily commute from here to downtown Toronto.
Possible deal breaker
There’s no dock, making swimming and boating a challenge.
By the numbers
• $11,721 in taxes (2018)
• 3,000 square feet
• 110 feet of waterfront
• 3 bedrooms
• 3 bathrooms