Imagine waking early to watch the first rays of sunlight break over the horizon, warming the still waters of the lake; pushing off in your canoe through the glowing, billowy mists for a quick paddle in the first light of day. You have your rod and tackle box, the smallmouth bass are hungry, and there’s plenty of time for a few casts in the bay before you need to head back and start frying pancakes for the kids. Imagine them racing to the beach screaming, “Last one in is a rotten egg!”; teaching them to swim, paddle, and water ski in the clear Muskokan waters. Imagine flinging your moody teenager off the raft after a triumphant wrestling match; you haven’t seen him laugh like that in years. Imagine inviting the whole clan up for a long summer weekend: tours out on the lake; sunsets on the dock with a cold beer in hand; roasted marshmallows on the campfire. Your brother-in-law has had a bit too much to drink and you’ve just taken some embarrassing pictures of him that are sure to be a talking point of the next day when you tell him that they’ll become a central part of the cottage photo album. Imagine walking hand-in-hand along the coastline with the person you love most: you stop, you look into each others’ eyes, you kiss for what feels like the first time, and you can’t remember ever feeling more in love.
If you have ever found yourself daydreaming in this way, you are not alone. Buying a cottage in Muskoka is a dream that many people have, and here at The Hunt Team we want to help you realize your dream. More than that, we want to help you find perfect cottage for you so that when you sign the deed, your dream comes true.
The perfect cottage is hard to come by, and what might be ideal for one person, is not so for another. When looking to buy a cottage, it is important to consider how you aim to use it. Will this be a family cottage? Will it be a quiet lover’s getaway for you and a significant other? Is it going to be a summer escape for you, your close friends, and extended family? Or is it somewhere you plan to retire? Considering these questions will help you determine which cottage is the right one for you.
The most important part of finding the perfect cottage is how it feels to you. When you are looking at cottages, go down to the waterfront, survey the land, wade into the water; see it not only as it is now, but try to imagine it as it could be. See which direction it faces; will you have a clear view of the morning sunrise or the evening sunset? Spend time there and remember how you have dreamed of buying a cottage. Picture yourself there with your family, imagine all the things you wish to do there with all the people you care about, and ask yourself: does this feel like it did in my dreams?