Jim, Iris and Lesley guide you effortlessly through the best choices for you and your family’s cottage buying dreams
As knowledgeable and experienced REALTORS®, we pursue the best prospects, advise you each step of the journey, and connect you with a team of professionals to handle all the details for your problem-free purchase.
Will activities include long boat trips through interconnecting lakes, or do you envision a quieter smaller lake with less water traffic?
Riverfront properties are less costly than lakefront and appeal to paddlers, but won’t interest those who like to sail or waterski.
While island properties present some unique access challenges and are generally less expensive, they do offer better privacy, security, and tranquility.
Are you willing to trade easy access or safety for seniors or children for that great view or innovative architectural feature? Those two features are often paired with steep slopes that present challenges in these areas.
Remember that the type of shoreline you enjoy is influenced by the type of waterfront activities you enjoy, as well as the age and ability of the swimmers.
Do you love a sun-filled day? Do you envision waking to a beautiful sunrise, or photo finish sunset? Do you prefer a brisk or light breeze? We advise you on how the exposure affects the hours of direct sun, the views, and the difference between an onshore or offshore breeze.
Year-round road access may influence property taxes. It’s also important to consider seasonal use and private road maintenance potential, septic systems and their particular requirements, and the need for water supplies or associated purification methods.
Commonly recognized as Canada’s premier ‘Cottage Country‘, Muskoka has been attracting people for over 150 years. Its clean lakes, rivers, and healthy forests are the envy of countless Canadian cottage goers and international investors.
While various levels of government have undertaken the protection of Muskoka’s environment for future generations, The Gardiner Team is well acquainted with local policies, permit requirements, and area by-laws. We readily inform buyers of anything that may affect your purchase decision.
This may include land severances, site plan control, building restrictions, shoreline development, buffer zones, and *shore road allowances.
A shore road allowance is the 66′ right-of-way around most lakes and navigable rivers in Muskoka, owned by the Crown, and administered by each municipality.
It may be purchased and deeded to the property owner with certain conditions.
We also advise you on how to protect your property from shoreline erosion, how to care for your grounds in an environmentally friendly manner, how to eliminate noise and light pollution, and even how to attract (or deter) wildlife. We have an extended team of professionals who provide all manner of cottage related services.
The Gardiner Team is here to answer your every question. Big or small, it’s our concern to make your buyer journey as enjoyable (and thoughtful) as possible. And, our services don’t stop with the conclusion of the sale. We are here to help on an ongoing basis.
“Jim and Iris Gardiner were both amazing to deal with. A truly professional team. They shared a great deal of knowledge with us and really shed important light regarding potential Island Cottage ownership – all the pros and cons. Not only did they sell our existing cottage in 24 hours for much higher than our asking price they helped us find our new slice of paradise on Lake Muskoka in a very tight market. We are thrilled with our new cottage and love being on Eilean Gowan Island! We would highly recommend either Jim or Iris for any of your Real Estate needs!”J & D – Sold on Echo Lake and bought on Lake Muskoka
Mike Taylor was a great find for us. Mike was accessible and flexible with showings, visits, the house inspection and all of the steps involved in closing a sale. Following our closing Mike has continued to be a valuable source of information providing us with contacts for insurance, plumbing and electricians among other things.S & D – Muskoka River, Port Sydney
Jim did me a favor 20 years ago and I wanted to return the favor – I approached him and Iris at the cottage show and, even though I already had a real estate agent, he recommended a cottage property that I purchased and enjoyed for those 20 years. I therefore, tracked him down and had him be our agent in selling that property. Our priority was to find new owners that would be friendly and fit in well with the neighbors and Jim and Iris found the perfect couple Jim and Iris made the entire sale most enjoyable. The experience was so smooth and enjoyable that the sellers, the buyers and the real estate agents all got together for supper the following summer at our old cottage!K & L – Lake Muskoka
As first time cottage buyers but no strangers to purchasing property, we were fortunate to find Mike Taylor. We purchased through him in 2016 and would gladly again. Honest, great local knowledge and mindful of the nuances of financing, our experience with this agent was golden. Hardworking and always available, Mike made our experience of this purchase so much easier. A great job and comes with the highest recommendation” Thank you AgainS & C – Buck Lake, Huntsville
It is with great pleasure and appreciation for me to recommend the services of Jim Gardiner and the entire Gardiner Team. Jim’s awareness of community by-laws and market related activities extracted incremental value for us when we were finalizing the purchasing agreement.JB – Mirror Lake