Dream Homes: Battle of the lakes for the first long weekend of summer

When it comes to Muskoka, lakes Joseph and Rosseau are arguably the best of the best, with large lots, stunning views and A-list cottagers. Here’s a look at some of the multimillion-dollar properties dotted around both. Which lake takes the title?

Star-studded Lake Joseph

This lakeside retreat (lead image) may well be the epitome of cottage country splendour. With six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, an open-concept main floor and oversized kitchen, this cottage is well-suited for entertaining. The owners of this expansive 10-acre property can revel in total privacy with friends and family on an expertly manicured lot, whilst enjoying a few bottles from the cottage’s large wine cellar. Or take the party down to the two-storey boathouse, where you might even see business mogul Kevin O’Leary or former model Cindy Crawford out on the water (both own properties in the area). Listed for $9.485 million (1218 Redwood Rd., Unit 3).

Address: 83 Topajo Rd.
Listing price: $6,950,000

This three-acre property spans 640 feet of rocky shoreline on Lake Joseph. The seven-bedroom cottage  includes a large porch with motorized shutters and screens, two-storey boathouse and a spacious home theatre.

Address: 1112 Hemlock Point Side Rd. 
Listing price: $6,850,000 

This classic cottage boasts quality finishes throughout, from a cathedral ceiling and stone fireplace in the great room, to antique hemlock flooring. Meandering granite pathways lead through the two-acre property to dual boathouses on Lake Joseph.

Remarkable Lake Rosseau

Modern lake house or luxe resort? Tucked away on Bass Bay sits a stone estate that doesn’t exactly give off a cosy cottage vibe. The lakeside mansion was designed and built over the last three years and is on the market for the first time. The interior includes large principal rooms and high arched windows that let in an abundance of natural light. It offers an infinity pool and a hot tub that looks out onto the lake. Plus it has a basketball court that can double as a tennis court on its two-acre property. Neighbouring cottagers include celebrities such as Martin Short, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. Listed for $14.955 million (155 Burgess Rd.). 

Address: 45 Sandy Farm Bay
Listing price: $11,995,000 

With over 240 acres on Lake Rosseau, this compound has three separate cottages on it. Plus, the property also boasts its own private lake, airplane landing strip, tennis court, three sandy beaches, two boathouses and forest for as far as the eye can see.

Address: 34 Ashfield Dr.
Listing price: $3,895,000

This recently renovated cottage offers its own golf green (with three chipping areas) and two-storey boathouse on a 19-acre property. Not to mention the lakeside deck leading to a private gazebo and hot 
tub on Lake Rosseau. 

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