After their travel plans were canceled, a few globetrotters bought this $ 925,000 cottage in Muskoka


        Après l'annulation de leurs projets de voyage, quelques globe-trotters ont acheté ce cottage de 925000 $ à Muskoka          

Adresse: 71, rue Stewart
Canton: Baie Georgienne
Agents: Shawn Woof et Vicki Janes, Sotheby's International Realty Canada
Vendue auparavant pour: 300 000 $, en 2007, avant les rénovations

The property

A 2,000 square foot cottage on Lake Stewart in Muskoka. The four bed, two bath bungalow has 170 feet of workable waterfront and a detached sauna.

The buyers

Chris Weir, 67, a retired esthetician and her husband, Bob Weir, 75, a stock broker

The story

In 2007, Louise Rivett, a former insurance executive, bought the place for $ 300,000. At the time, it was a bungalow with two beds and a bathroom without a terrace. Rivett spent the next year making upgrades, including removing drywall to expose the original 1930s fireplace and hiring a contractor to install pine floors throughout and build a back patio. Then, in 2013, the builders added a 750 square foot extension with a family room, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Rivett had originally planned to live out his retirement at home, but the pandemic struck. In March, when her trip to Europe was canceled, Rivett was left stranded at home. One day while walking around the area, she came across a nine acre property for sale in a wooded area. She liked the idea of ​​living in an environment filled with nature and decided to purchase the wooded property and bring the Stewart Lake bungalow to the market.

The sale

In early 2020, Bob and Chris, who live in Moore Park, were planning a trip to Russia. Then, of course, the pandemic put the brakes on any travel plans. After spending months in isolation, Bob figured this would be the perfect time to fulfill his dream of still owning a cabin. Plus, with some recent success in the stock market, Bob had extra money to invest in a retirement property. He figured a chalet would provide a nice weekend getaway, as it’s unclear when international travel will resume.

On June 5, Bob’s agent sent him listings of properties near the lakes in Orillia, but he thought they looked too much like a house, with several floors and finished basements. Bob wanted a place that looked like a cabin, with a sandy waterfront and a dock where he could watch the sun rise over the water. Due to his recent business transactions and lifetime income, Bob had an unlimited budget, but preferred to buy a modest cottage on a small lake, rather than a monster mini-mansion on a busier body of water, like Muskoka. , Rousseau or Joseph.

When Bob’s son John found the Stewart Lake bungalow, priced at $ 900,000, they decided to drive off and take a look. He ticked all of Bob’s boxes: the back deck was facing east, so they could catch the sunrise; there was a strip of waterfront similar to a beach; and the pine interiors gave it a cottage feel. In addition, there was a two-car garage, where Bob could store his BMW Z3 in the winter.

Within hours, Bob submitted an offer of $ 925,000 without conditions. It sealed him. After the deal was made, when Chris finally got a chance to see the place, she thought it was lovely too. She liked that Bob and John chose a modest, low-maintenance property with water services and winter snow removal provided by the city. The two dogs in the family, Shilah and Tucker jumped straight into the lake on their first visit.

Before taking possession of it on August 4, Bob and Chris plan to buy a boat. Apparently Bob could pay for a 17-foot Bayliner outboard. For now, to satisfy their travel bug, Bob and Chris plan to spend long weekends at the property.


The foyer measures 113 square feet:

In the kitchen there is a stone backsplash and a farmhouse sink.

This fireplace dates from the 1930s:

The closed back porch offers a view of Lake Stewart:

Here is the dining room, which has pine floors and ceilings, like the rest of the chalet:

The 360 ​​square foot family room:

Here is the first bedroom, which has a ceiling fan and a door to the aft deck:

The second bedroom also has access to the aft deck:

There is a bathroom, with shower and toilet, opposite these two bedrooms:

In a separate room there is a deep soaking tub. This window overlooks the north side of the property:

The 186 square foot master bedroom has two sliding doors to the back deck, where buyers can enjoy the view of Lake Stewart:

Here is the second bathroom, which has been painted yellow to match the front of the chalet:

The rear deck:

This hangar is actually a sauna for six people:

The rocks surrounding the hearth were recovered from an excavation to level the property:

Here is a view of the property from the water:

In numbers
  • 925 000 $
  • $ 5,200 in taxes
  • 2063 square feet (including the closed porch)
  • 8 days in MLS
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 6 parking spaces
  • 2 car garage


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