Surreal Estate: $6 million for a Georgian Bay compound with a grotto-style sauna and a boathouse
What cabin in the woods would be complete without a party bar right on the lake, fir all over and design from the award-winning firm Partisans?
Location: Bernyk Island, Georgian Bay
Size: 3,960 square feet
Realtor: Lisa LePage, Royal LePage In Touch Realty
A beach-style family compound sitting on 17 acres of Georgian Bay’s Bernyk Island. The main residence has five bedrooms and four bathrooms and connects to a 5,000 square-foot dock. Also on the property is a three-bedroom guest house, a two-bedroom homestead and a two-bedroom bunker. The entire piece of land is a 10-minute boat ride from Frying Pan Island’s restaurants, marina and SSCA community centre.
In the 1950s, an outdoor enthusiast built the main cottage as a hunting and fishing cabin. The location was prime: it came with miles of lake exposure and was shielded from the wind by a forest. Over the years, the builder expanded his haven to include an entertainment space and then built more cottages on it to host family and friends. The property changed hands in 1999, and the new owners added a network of granite paths around the buildings, a wooden dock facing the bay and a grass badminton court. They also hired award-winning Toronto firm Partisans (famous for Bar Raval) to design a grotto-style sauna.
The property is now up for grabs. Realtor Lisa LePage says that the land, divided into six building lots, comes with tremendous development potential.
Here’s an aerial view of the three-storey, five-bedroom main cottage, surrounded by nature, rising over Georgian Bay. Welcome to Bernyk Island.
This is the island’s back bay, where a private dock stretches into the water and holds a state-of-the-art boathouse and open-air kitchen.
The dock comes with multiple covered lounges.
This is the kitchen. Inspired by industrial design, it has stainless steel countertops, custom cabinets and a midnight-black backsplash. All of its luxury appliances are built in.
Here’s the view from the land.
On the edge of the property is the grotto-style sauna. Its exterior blends seamlessly into the forested terrain, but the interior is something else entirely.
Inside, the sauna is equipped with striking curved walls. The rounded window faces west to take in sunsets.
The previous owners carved these granite paths between the property’s cottages for easier access.
Walking up the stairs reveals the main cottage, which has terrific west and north-facing views.
A guest lounge with a pergola flanks the cottage entrance.
Inside, cedar surrounds an enormous stone fireplace.
Those wall-to-wall sliding doors give way to the deck.
Here’s the dining room, sandwiched between granite floors and dramatic fir beams.
Finally, the gym, which doubles as storage space for water-sports gear.
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