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A Note from The Editors Spring means longer days, sunnier skies, greener grass and a healthy look ahead to summer. It’s a hopeful season – filled with encouragement, change and a sense of something new. 2018 has certainly been new for the Cayman Marshall Team, as we have just celebrated a very large victory as our Port Carling Brokerage wins “Best Real Estate Agency in Canada” at the International Property Awards; something I couldn’t have dreamed at the inception of this brand six years ago. The Spring issue is full of good things: We’ll explore some beautiful spaces with Tamarack, some design ideas with Urban Rustic Living, and as always we’ll explore the most beautiful real estate that Muskoka has to offer. A huge thanks to Greg Armishaw & Laura Morrison for plowing through the heavy lifting with this issue. Todd Adair* President/Sales Representative

As for the market: In Muskoka, we are still experiencing a shortage of inventory and increasing demand pushing from the GTA and abroad. Cayman Marshall as a whole is three times where we were versus last year in sales volume (April 1st 2018). Please read my market report for more details on the market. Baby boomers are eager to start their golden years and our foreign buyer markets have doubled every year for us for the last three years. If Muskoka suffers in sales volume this year, it will be due to the lack of good inventory, and so values will likely rise again by year end.

I LONG FOR SPRING. I want to live in the sunshine. Swim that lake. Drink the fresh air. Spring brings new life to the world around us, doesn’t it?! I’m always so energized as spring approaches after a long Muskoka winter. It signifies the creation of our Spring/Summer issue!!

Laura Morrison*

I count it such a privilege to be a part of this magazine – to be a part of the Cayman Marshall brand. No year is like the last. We certainly don’t rest on our laurels, which at times is exhausting but ALWAYS worth the effort. Todd expertly leads our team (sometimes similar to herding cats!) with wisdom, hard work and most importantly…results. How incredibly honoured we were to win our International Property Award – be sure to read about it in this issue. We were also indulged once again with another lavish and opulent trip to Turks – more on that in our next issue!

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You, dear readers, are why we do this! We are also so encouraged when we hear how much you love the magazine. With a lack of good inventory this early into spring, Cayman Marshall is extremely gratified to be able to fill this magazine with striking and impressive properties – savour each and every page…

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SPRING/ SUMMER 2018 PUBLISHER Preferred Publishing EDITORS Todd Adair* Greg Armishaw Lauren Lowe Laura Morrison* CREATIVE DIRECTOR Cathryn Haynes ART DIRECTOR Kelsey Kennerell PHOTOGRAPHERS Andre Carriere ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Greg Armishaw CONTRIBUTORS Martha Uniacke Breen Melissa Dube John Ellis David Lasker Shelly Schlueter Amanda Sherif Published In Canada by Preferred Publishing www.preferredpublishing.ca FOR ADVERTISING INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT Greg Armishaw at 647.226.0686 or email: greg@caymanmarshall.com All square footages are approximate. Some square footages include living space in the lower level. Information is subject to errors and omissions. Not intended to solicit properties currently for sale. Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc., Brokerage www.caymanmarshall.com Sales Representative* | Broker & Broker of Record**

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ogether, the words urban and rustic may sound like an oxymoron. But just as in life where opposites can and do attract, the same can be said for home decor, where sometimes a little tension is a good thing. Based in Huntsville, Urban Rustic Living is both a journey and a destination, cottage decor that pays homage to the distinctive beauty that is Muskoka: natural textures, and a range of hues that speak to both the shifting Muskoka skylight and the dramatic Georgian Bay rock face.

memories take hold. According to Tary Roossien of Urban Rustic Living, “Cottage spaces should make you feel comfortable, layered with textures that invite you to curl up with a cup of tea or glass of wine and simply relax from the stresses of city living.” Note the simplicity of intent, but the degree of subtlety in the execution. As Tary likes to say, “It’s all about creating a true Muskoka experience.”

In general, it’s the simplicity of decorating and design that makes everyone think they can do it, but in reality, it’s the subtlety of execution that quickly frustrates the amateur. Cottage decor can run the gamut from eclectic to kitschy, but above all, cottage decor shouldn’t take itself too seriously. The cottage is the backdrop to seasonal life in Canada and for generations has been where the best family

Starting from a quaint home decor business in Port Sydney, she and husband Ed have grown their business over 15 years into a vibrant 7,000 square foot studio and showroom in Huntsville. Urban Rustic Living, and its sister business, The LightHouse, offer complete design services from start to finish. Or maybe you just want a unique vase for the colourful wildflowers native to the area? They do that as well.

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With a conscious effort to be environmentally friendly, their tastefully curated showrooms fill a nineteenthcentury two-storey house as well as a studio housed in a former church next door, on Main Street. The inviting home settings mirror cottage life that is all about relaxing with family and friends.

Bring On The Colour When asked about cottage trends, Tary notes that all-white great rooms that conjure up images of cloudless skies and cool water will always be popular. Exposed beams, wood planks, and white beaded board are timeless; however, she says that cottage decor is starting to lean into darker colours. “In great rooms, it’s important to carve out niches to establish smaller intimate spaces within the larger space.” Accent pieces such as weathered leather chairs and oversized ottomans in rich reds and deep browns anchor smaller conversation areas and add an interesting pop of colour to neutral background palettes. Colour is also gaining ground in cottage kitchens. “We’re seeing more coloured cabinets again: nautical blues reminiscent of Nantucket and moody slate greys such as Benjamin Moore’s Stone Cutter and even pops of red.” She says that sleek oversized kitchen islands are not going away anytime soon, but unique tiled backsplashes are adding texture and character to cottage kitchens. Feature walls are popping up in almost every room in one form or another, and not always painted or wallpapered. “We’re seeing what we like to call ‘earthy-chic,’

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which while being usually of a lighter palette, incorporates texture with materials like stone and wood. Before, we would put up barn boards, but this takes it to another level.” Just as most cottages have an enduring family history, so do their furnishings. Cottages will always hold family heirlooms and mementos. A mix of old and new is not uncommon, so when it is time for something new, it’s all about natural fabrics and design elements that work alongside personal family treasures. Family photo walls will always be popular, but in a twist on the usual gallery, Tary says they are now doing more full walls of stretched canvases with action shots that tell a story, alongside traditional portraits. Life in Muskoka is simple and connected to nature. Casual, low maintenance and easy care are the words most used when people describe their cottage style. That, Tary says, should be reflected in decorating choices.

Let There Be Light About six years ago, Tary realized that people were heading to the city to find custom and unique lighting fixtures,

Casual, low maintenance and easy care are the words most used when people describe their cottage style.

so it was a natural progression that led to opening The LightHouse. Just as in decor, there are lighting trends. “We’re seeing an update on the still popular mixed metals of the past few years. Gold is returning and mixing with polished nickel, chrome, copper and bronze for a modern feel.” When January rolls around, it marks the start of a hectic shopping season. Tary hits all the major design shows to bring

surprising decor and lighting options to their stores, including one of the largest lighting shows in North America in Dallas, Texas. Once back home, showroom vignettes change every two weeks to keep things fresh. One-of-a-kind pieces from local artisans and across North America are nestled in soft, welcoming places that invite you to sit and take in the Muskoka atmosphere. Relaxation is encouraged as there is nothing too precious about anything throughout the spaces. It’s all about that subtle execution. Spring/Summer 2018

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SUBTLE EXECUTION Natural Synergy Understanding this innate Muskoka sensibility is a well-honed skill, and it’s her constant search for the unique and the environmentally responsible that led her to another natural synergy, this time with Soapstones Natural Skincare in Port Carling. Together they have almost 20 years of Muskoka roots. When asked why a furniture store was partnering with a skincare line, Tary notes that she sees nothing but harmony in the partnership. “We’re offering something that we believe

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in and that aligns with our philosophy of celebrating local craftsmanship, nature, and above all offers an authentic Muskoka experience, in a new shared location.” Cottagers and locals alike wax on about the light and the magical properties of a Muskoka sunset or sunrise. Cottage decorating is about that organic feeling of nature, brought inside where furnishings are soft, tactile and above all comfortable – just like Muskoka itself.

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BRIGHT, LIGHT & BEACHY • TAMARACK NORTH MAKES IT LOOK EASY • BY JOHN ELLIS When homeowners Don and Irene decided to build on their vacation property at Centre Beach in Georgian Bay, the brief to their go-to Toronto architect, Wayne Swadron, was clear: The home was to be “bright, light and beachy.” It also had to make the most of a narrow property, conform to strict building codes, preserve a majestic pine tree in the back yard, and adhere to a construction schedule that would result in the least possible inconvenience for their new neighbours. Swadron and his team knew that it was critical to work with a builder experienced in the types of architectural and structural challenges one faces when building on a waterfront. For president Chris Madden and his team at

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Tamarack North Ltd., this would literally mean building on a beach. Swadron’s firm had worked with Tamarack in the past; he knew they were among Muskoka’s finest builders of seasonal homes and custom residential lakefront estates. He also liked the approach proposed by the employee-owned company, and knew they had the kind of experience that would be critical to success. “Local knowledge is essential when assessing a beachfront project,” says Tamarack North’s project manager, Jim Atchison. “You need to know the territory and what’s possible when you are essentially building in sand. You also need to understand local rules and be prepared to provide municipal representation for your clients.”


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“TO CREATE OPEN SPACES AND MAKE USE OF SO MUCH GLASS, THERE’S SIMPLY NO MARGIN FOR ERROR AT ANY STAGE OF CONSTRUCTION.”


The design of this home is  simple, clean and airy.

One of the first decisions the design-build team made was that a functional basement was out of the question. As the Tamarack team had suspected, core samples from the site revealed an abnormally high water table, and soil conditions that would almost certainly result in water issues over time. To compensate for the lack of a basement for storage and utilities, the entire team worked on innovative solutions to make the most efficient use of space within the two-storey structure. Open spaces and large window glazing were the key to creating a spacious feel and answering the call for “bright, light and beachy.” The kitchen, living room and dining room flow into one another to create an open and communal atmosphere.

“Contemporary design puts a lot of pressure on the builder,” says Swadron. “To create open spaces and make use of so much glass, there’s simply no margin for error at any stage of construction.”

decades. Our customers are investing in family homes that will be passed down through generations. That’s the responsibility that we accept and it’s what compels us to do the right thing for the long-term health of the home.”

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Tamarack North is also one of the few builders capable of year-round production, thanks to the company’s 17,000-square-foot warehouse in Rosseau, Ontario, which hosts Tamarack North’s in-house paint department and offers climatecontrolled storage for clients should the need arise. The structure is also home to a team of full-time trades, who can assemble components year-round and store materials for just-in-time installation. “Everything had to happen on time and in a very precise order,” says Madden. “The owners were very respectful of their neighbours and didn’t want construction to be an inconvenience for anyone. We broke ground in September and the family moved in the following June – exactly on schedule. It was a huge team effort all around.”

OPEN SPACES AND LARGE WINDOW GLAZING WERE THE KEY TO CREATING A SPACIOUS FEEL AND ANSWERING THE CALL FOR...

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“Bright, Light  & Beachy”


BRIGHT Keeping the interior bright and casual was a big priority for the homeowners, who had chosen Centre Beach because of its friendly, small-town atmosphere and the hospitality of the locals. They already had friends in town and looked forward to entertaining as much as possible. To minimize the presence of the modern kitchen, minimalist cabinetry was built into the exterior wall, and island chairs keep things friendly and casual.

LIGHT One of the family’s favourite spaces, the Muskoka room, also turned out to be one of the most demanding design features. Its location on the main floor allows for a complete reveal to the elements. Sliding glass doors fold away, and drop-down screens turn the year-round space into a shady retreat for dining and entertaining.

BEACHY One thing is certain about life on the beach: it’s going to be sandy. “When you build from scratch, you get the opportunity to include everything you’ve ever wanted,” says Madden. “You also get the chance to plan ahead and make some really smart decisions.” As an example, Madden points to the outdoor water feature that serves as a foot wash, located where the backyard patio ends and the beach begins. It’s another example of what’s possible when you plan ahead and work with an experienced team that loves what they do.


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“I feel proud & privileged to receive this award” Royal York hotel, the beautiful edifice towering 28 floors over Front Street. We competed against many outstanding agencies from all across the Americas, but were ultimately delighted—not to mention incredibly humbled—to be selected as the 2017 winner in the Best Real Estate Agency category. The International Property Awards is the largest, and most prestigious, program of its kind in the world. It celebrates the highest levels of achievement by companies that operate in property and real estate, split into regions that cover Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the UK. Originally founded in 1995, the awards started as a small program, covering ten different residential categories. Over its 26-year run, the awards have grown in size and scope, attracting high levels of publicity and entrants from around the world. The awards are judged by an independent panel of 70 industry experts, as part of a panel chaired by four members of the UK Parliament’s House of Lords—Lord Caithness, Lord Best, the Earl of Liverpool, and Lord Thurso. The panel looks for entrants and projects that demonstrate extensive commitment to a variety of areas, including design, quality, service, innovation, originality, and commitment to sustainability.

We arrived at the Toronto Fairmont Royal York at sunset, fading light casting rich shadows across the 88-year-old hotel. As we wandered through the building to the main mezzanine it was hard not to feel dwarfed by the building’s presence and its place in Toronto and Canadian architecture history. We smiled as we found our table beneath a sparkling chandelier, while colleagues and friends from across the Americas milled around us on all sides. As the presenter for our category took the stage, a palpable excitement rose from our

table. It was a privilege even to be considered, but as the winner was announced a deep pride swelled inside our collective chest. “Cayman Marshall!” the presenter said, and our president, Todd Adair, rose to accept the award. On November 13, 2017, Cayman Marshall was honoured to be the recipient of the Best Real Estate Agency in Canada award; a distinction given by the International Property Awards as part of their Americas 2017 Property Awards ceremony. The event appropriately took place in the historic

The ceremony was part of an exhibition and networking summit hosted by the Property Awards. We spent the day talking with colleagues from around the world, seeing the amazing work each has done. That evening, we admired the most stellar projects as they were invited to the stage. It was impressive competition, which made our winning all the more exciting—to be counted as a leader amongst these professionals. “I feel proud and privileged to receive this award,” Todd said, “especially when judged among so many worthy competitors. The recognition underscores the hard work of the entire Cayman Marshall team.” Spring/Summer 2018

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Best Real Estate Agency in Canada award. We are grateful for this recognition and will continue to uphold the values of the Awards as we plan our future projects.

Receiving a Property Award is a mark of excellence for the recipient in the global property and real estate industries, and means increased attention both domestically and globally. For us, being recognized demonstrates Cayman Marshall’s ongoing commitment to the industry. “At Cayman Marshall,” Todd continued, “our core values are respect, teamwork, and a ‘think-outside-the-box’ spirit. Receiving this award will continue to propel our business to even greater things.” Cayman Marshall is relatively new, founded five years ago in 2012, but we’ve strived to make a big impact on our industry in that short time. Being honoured with this award was a huge morale boost to our team and demonstrates to our current and potential clients that we know our stuff. “It’s nice to be working at an award-winning company,” Todd said. “We’re not the biggest brand in the world—yet— but we think and strive to be the best. There’s nothing better than winning an award, especially from the International Property Awards. And that will only mean positive things for Cayman Marshall’s future.” As the ceremony wrapped up and everyone wandered out, we took another look up at the towering Fairmont Royal York, an architectural monument imbued with historical impact. Award in hand, lifted by the recognition of our peers, we too felt monumental and that the best of Cayman Marshall’s work is still ahead of us. Spring/Summer 2018

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A SOLID FOUNDATION Nordcap Steel Docks owner Philipp Spoerndli,

who has driven over 10,000 piles as support for his permanent steel docks, offers some lessons for the lakeside.

By David Lasker

Muskoka is to Toronto what the Hamptons are to New York,” The New York Times has declared. “Except that in Muskoka, everyone is on sparkling blue lakes and the curb appeal is from a boat.” To reach that boat from the rocky shores of Ontario’s most famous lake district, you need a dock. Cottage owners can choose from three types: floating, lift-out, and permanent, explains Philipp Spoerndli, owner and founder of Bracebridge-based Nordcap Steel Docks. Spring/Summer 2018

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We interviewed the region’s go-to man for permanent steel docks at his office near the town’s scenic waterfall on the Muskoka River. “They drag it over with a boat and anchor it in place with ropes or chains,” Spoerndli says about floating docks, which must be pulled onto shore before winter and pushed out the following spring. “The big drawback is that on a choppy day, you feel like you’re on a ship. You get seasick because it constantly moves. You can’t relax.” A lift-out dock has a lightweight aluminum frame with levelling feet that sit on the lake bottom. The framework gets lifted in and out, and the planks locked in and removed, each autumn and spring. It won’t make you seasick, but the semi-annual, day-killing install/ remove ritual is quite the chore. “I’ve had numerous calls from people after they’ve done it 10 or 15 times,” he says. “They’ve got to mobilize their whole family and drag their teenage kids out, who don’t want to help, and their uncle and who knows who else,” he adds with a laugh. He acquired one customer who was fed up with being hostage to his lift-out dock. “He could only get to his cottage when the dock was in. One year, his contractor said, ‘I’m not going out there, there’s really high water.’ That’s when he decided to call us.”

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IN 1991,

Spoerndli became one of the first in the area to build a permanent steel dock. Another dissatisfied lift-out customer approached him, pleading, “Either you do a permanent dock for our island or my wife will make me sell the cottage.” During Spoerndli’s 27 years in business, he’s had to innovate. There was no one to mentor him. He was, of necessity, a pioneer in his market niche. Born in Davos, the Swiss resort town famous for its Alpine ski slopes and chi-chi World Economic Forum, he retains a slight German accent that bestows an authoritative tone to his words. He originally

intended to go into farming and went to an agricultural college; he happened to visit Canada to get some out-of-country experience. “I liked it so much I moved here,” he recalls. What impressed him about the land of maple syrup? “The space and the room here; it’s not super-densely populated. Even though I grew up in the mountains, you needed to fight for everything: a parking spot, a bench to sit on when you go hiking, even a table at a restaurant, because on a nice day they’re


the steel sub-structure would eventually rust. (The sleeper is the short 2X4 wall fastened atop the steel stringers, to which the dock surface joists are fastened.) Rusting nails wouldn’t be a big deal if water levels in Muskoka’s lakes remained constant. However, they’re lowered in winter at the dam in Bala, to allow for spring flooding. “Last year, they didn’t drop the water level enough, so ice floes were floating around six to eight inches above dock level,” Spoerndli says. “You get something like that slamming into the wall of a boathouse, and the ice will collapse it.” During a flood, the buoyancy of the wood pushes the dock upward. Carbon-steel nails are vulnerable to rust; the upward pressure can snap their grip in the steel and cause the entire dock to suddenly float up. “You’ll see people out there putting garbage cans on their dock and filling them with water to weigh them down and keep the dock from floating away,” Spoerndli notes.

always packed. It’s the same with jobs. You’ve got to pay your dues and line up and wait 10 to 15 years before you’re promoted – or maybe not. It’s all kind of set.” While attending an Alberta governmentsponsored farming program, he decided that the carpentry apprenticeship program at Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alta., offered brighter prospects. Several years later, he and his wife volunteered at Beacon Bible Camp in Torrance, Ont., near Bala. They liked the Muskoka countryside so much they built their home nearby. The career shift away from carpenter was serendipitous, Spoerndli recalled. “Because I was a carpenter, people would ask me to fix their crib docks.” In this method of construction, which typically lasts 25 years, pairs of logs are laid parallel, then others laid over them to make a rectangle; the process is continued upward in a style of building like

log cabin construction, to form a crib that is then filled with rocks for stability.

Indeed, he recalls, “The most embarrassing moment of my dock-building career was when a customer called me in a panic and said, ‘My neighbour just saw my dock floating by in front of his cottage. He went out and tied it to a tree.’ I thought, this has got to be a joke. We went out to investigate and, sure enough, it wasn’t.”

To use the letter-to-the-newspaper-editor’s favourite phrase, Spoerndli was shocked and appalled at what he saw, because to repair a crib dock’s rotting wood, the boathouse perching on it would have to be lifted and temporarily supported. “Typically, the outside rots before the inside. I was just shaking my head. Why such poor design? The wood dock was not built to be serviced. You literally had to lift up the boathouse and rip everything apart to fix it. I said, ‘There’s got to be a better way.’” So it was, in 1991, that he became one of the first in the area to build a permanent steel dock. “There were plenty of naysayers: ‘Oh, this is not going to work; it’s not going to last.’” The critics had a point at first, because the carbon-steel nails used to fasten the sleepers to

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The wild card is the depth of the overburden (the soil or rock lying over the bedrock). “We always have to go to bedrock with our piles,” he states. “Where there is clean bedrock, we drop a pin that goes 12 inches or more into bedrock, to keep the pile in place.” And, he adds, some Muskoka shorelines drop steeply. “We’ve done docks for $110 a square foot where we were in 40 feet of water. It’s like building a tower underwater, with 200-plus pieces of bracing. It gets very involved.”

We price our jobs so that we don’t have to charge for any extras. We’re

ALL-INCLUSIVE as much as possible. Fortunately, all the nails had failed at the same rate, so the entire dock, including the fascia (the front-facing horizontal planks), floated away as a single, undamaged unit.

area vulnerable to rust, so Spoerndli prefers tubular hollow structural steel. He displaces oxygen on the tube’s interior by filling it with concrete onsite.

“So we went over there and pulled the dock over the supporting structure, just in time. The water had already started to recede. We waited for it to go down completely. Then we lifted every third or fourth plank and refastened the sleepers to the steel with tech screws.”

He specifies tubing made by a single steel mill in the U.S. that places the newly made tubes, once they’ve cooled, in an acid bath to remove any mill scale. Then the tubing is sealed with epoxy primer to eliminate surface rust.

He soon switched to stainless-steel tech screws for all the firm’s installations. They’re a vast improvement since they are rustproof and slightly malleable, which makes them flexible enough to “give” without breaking. However, the metal is soft and unable to take a point, so holes must be pre-drilled and the screws threaded at low RPM, making them a little trickier to install. As for the underwater steel piles, some builders use standard structural-steel I-beams, whose configuration offers a wide surface

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When the tubing arrives at Nordcap, it receives one to two additional layers of epoxy coating, depending on its position on the dock. Bare metal steel is also sandblasted, to enhance the adhesion of the epoxy sealer. The process gives his docks a service life of at least 60 years. As for costs, “We price our jobs so that we don’t have to charge for any extras. We’re all-inclusive as much as possible. Our typical price ranges from $50 to $70 per square foot, depending on pile length, accessibility, type of planking, and other factors. A large dock, 2,600 square feet, say, can have 30 tons of steel, not counting the structure on top for a boathouse.”

The other variable is the deck material. Synthetic lumber is increasing in popularity because it doesn’t require staining or painting, but the initial cost is higher than typical lumber; it also expands and contracts more than wood in response to temperature changes, so it requires different installation procedures. As for cedar, “Just since last year it’s gone up in price by 20 percent. And if you don’t oil it every two or three years, it deteriorates quickly. You may get 15 or 20 years out of your deck, depending on the maintenance you do. Pressuretreated cedar costs another 13 percent, but it’s more resistant to decay and will last several years longer than non-treated cedar.” For those who want the very best, “Ipe or Brazilian walnut is the ultimate outdoor decking. If you choose not to treat it, it will turn to a silver grey and hold up for 50 years or longer. It is very dense and absorbs less moisture than softwoods.”

Ultimately the selection of durable materials, says Spoerndli, combined with top-notch workmanship, will give you a long-lasting structure that you can pass on to your grandchildren.


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Our sincerest thank-you for everything you did to close our mortgage. You went above and beyond providing construction funds for our new cottage build and then conventional bank financing at a low rate upon completion. Your staff and the companies you associate with are professional, competent and easy to work with.  It was a pleasure working with you all. HAPPY CLIENT

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FOR MANY YEARS, MUSKOKA HAS BEEN VIEWED AS ONE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE REGIONS IN THE COUNTRY FOR VACATION PROPERTIES, AND NO WONDER... WITH ITS SPARKLING LAKES, UNSPOILED NATURAL SCENERY AND YEAR-ROUND ATTRACTIONS. MUSKOKA’S BEAUTY CONTINUES TO BE REFLECTED IN PROPERTY VALUES, WHICH RISE STEADILY YEAR AFTER YEAR. 114

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Real estate professionals divide the high-demand cottage sub-markets in Muskoka into two categories: those in which the market absorption rate is good, cottage prices are continuing to rise year after year, and sales are very solid; and a second category, where inventory levels are closer to balanced with good sales inventory. Both of these categories are excellent for both buyers and sellers to consider, depending on needs and investment resources. The absorption rate refers to the percentage of total cottage inventory that’s being sold vs. the number of properties being listed; it’s used to measure the temperature, in a sense, of the market. So, for example, if there are 100 active listings in an area and 60 of those listings are sold in a month, that’s a 60% absorption rate.


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THE ENTIRE REGION OF MUSKOKA CAN BE BROKEN INTO SEVERAL SUB-MARKETS, EACH WITH ITS OWN CHARACTERISTICS AND ASSETS. LAKE MUSKOKA, ROSSEAU AND JOSEPH Without a doubt, The Big Three – Lakes Muskoka, Joseph and Rosseau – continue to be the hottest market in Muskoka, driven primarily by location, big-lake boating and amenities. The absorption rate on the Big Three is by far the highest-scoring Muskoka market based on our calculations. A waterfront cottage on any of these highly desirable lakes has long been considered the “it” location for longtime Muskoka cottagers and newcomers alike, and it is reflected both in prices and demand.

HUNTSVILLE CHAIN OF LAKES The chain of lakes near Huntsville comes in a surprising second place for waterfront absorption rate. Many buyers are shocked to find out that the drive time from Hwy. 400/401 to Huntsville is approximately the same as the drive to Port Carling, and its year-round amenities help drive ongoing demand among baby boomers.

THE SMALLER MUSKOKA LAKES Coming in at a respectable third place is the smaller lakes market. Along with the Big Three, Muskoka abounds in beautiful smaller lakes, such as Skeleton Lake, Kahshe Lake, Muldrew Lake, Three Mile Lake, and many others. Cottages on these lakes are growing in demand not just because they offer prices that are in reach of many typical cottagers, but because they offer the traditional cottage experience that many of us remember from growing up: great swimming, fishing and unspoiled nature, and they are largely free from the jet ski and power-boat traffic that traverses the larger lakes.

LAKE OF BAYS It’s surprising that Lake Of Bays lands in fourth place in terms of sales, since in my opinion, this region is the most undervalued in Muskoka – yes, this lake is in the boundaries of Muskoka. Lake Of Bays is one of the cleanest, clearest lakes in Ontario, and offers excellent amenities, including

“ T hi s O ntar io trea sure offers alte r natives for a w ide rang e of need s and budget s.”

world-class golf and dining, along with all the unspoiled nature and views that have made Muskoka famous for generations. Lake Of Bays is my dark-horse pick to be back on top at this time next year.

BORDERING MARKETS Muskoka’s bordering markets also should be included when considering the overall Mukoka regional market, since they are often a consideration for buyers from Toronto and the GTA who want to purchase central Ontario vacation property but are looking for an alternative to Muskoka. These markets include, for example, Georgian Bay, Parry Sound, and the lakes just north of Huntsville. As prices and demand in Muskoka continue to rise, these markets will continue to reflect increasing demand as a wonderful (and often, still affordable) alternative.

WHETHER BUYERS ARE LOOKING FOR A GRAND MUSKOKA COTTAGE IN THE TRADITION OF THE GREAT SUMMER HOMES THAT HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A PART OF THIS FAMOUS REGION’S HISTORY, ARE SEEKING A MORE MODEST PROPERTY – PERHAPS LIKE THE COTTAGES WHERE THEY SPENT THEIR OWN CHILDHOOD SUMMERS – OR ARE SIMPLY LOOKING FOR A SPECIAL PLACE TO ENJOY THE RELAXED LIFESTYLE THAT COTTAGE LIFE OFFERS, THIS ONTARIO TREASURE OFFERS ALTERNATIVES FOR A WIDE RANGE OF NEEDS AND BUDGETS. Spring/Summer 2018

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“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein When we opened the doors of Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc. as a small boutique Brokerage firm to serve the Muskoka Real Estate Market in 2012, we did so with the intention of redefining the level of service that clients could expect from our Real Estate Professionals. Since then, we have grown into an impressive team of top-producing Realtors and Brokers committed to ensuring our clients receive the highest level of service when buying or selling property in one of Canada’s most sought-after luxury destinations. We at Cayman Marshall have been entrusted with the most prestigious waterfront properties in Muskoka. As leaders in the Muskoka Luxury and Waterfront Real Estate Market, we have had record sales on many of Muskoka’s finest lakes with expectations to surpass the One Billion dollar mark in total sales volume this summer. We have offices in Port Carling, Huntsville/Lake Of Bays and we’re launching our new Toronto office this spring to meet all of our clients’ needs. Our in-house IT professionals have developed proprietary online tools and software, interactive and intuitive websites, virtual tours, stunning photography and an astonishing network of over 400 local and international referral partners to ensure our clients’ listings get the exposure they need to attract the most discerning buyers.

The Cayman Marshall Team enjoying yoga on the beach in Turks!

be the “Best Real Estate Agency in Canada” – a title that we cherish! Founded on the principles of teamwork, service and value, Cayman Marshall is the best advantage for buyers and sellers alike in Ontario. If you’re looking for a team that understands the entire Muskoka Real Estate market from north to south, you can count on us to continue being the most successful team in Muskoka.

We now print six magazines in Ontario each year and have become one of the largest Muskoka magazines with an impressive 25,000 printed copies and 30,000 online copies circulated with each issue showcasing all of our clients’ listings. As a final distinction, our Cayman Marshall Port Carling Brokerage was just voted (by a large panel of judges) to

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RAY DICKSON**

MIKE ARNOLD*

Broker of Record

Sales Representative

Ray has been loving Muskoka for the past 40 years and is happy to call it home with his wife Johanna and their two boys. His passion for Muskoka is equally shared with real estate since first licensed in 2007.

With 25 years’ experience in sales and marketing, joining the Cayman Marshall team was a great fit for Michael. His “customer first” dedication to his clients has always resulted in successful long-term relationships. With a passion for boating and water sports, Michael looks forward to enjoying all that the Muskoka Lakes has to offer.

JESSICA KAYE*

JEFF LIDDLE*

Sales Representative

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Jess prides herself on being born and raised in Muskoka, spending summers on the lakes and winters on the snowmobile trails. Jess’ understanding for Muskoka is what helps her succeed in making the real estate transaction successful and enjoyable for all her clients.

Jeff entered into real estate in 2008 facing a down market and a recession in the echoes. Overcoming the odds, Jeff has now become a “top producer” in his industry. Raising his 2 boys alongside his wife and getting the occasional golf game in is what Jeff enjoys most when he’s not out selling.

TODD ADAIR* President/Sales Representative Todd made a name for himself in real estate back in 2011 when in Todd’s first year of selling, he earned the spot as the #1 Remax agent in Muskoka. That motivated him to continue on and become President of Cayman Marshall International Realty in 2012. In 2013, he became the majority shareholder and recently decided to purchase the entire company and dedicate 100% of his efforts into taking Cayman Marshall to the next level. Todd has created, built and sold various IT companies. Throughout his career, he has been known for breaking the mold and always moving against the grain – never satisfied with the ordinary, but striving for excellence. Todd firmly believes that real estate isn’t about excelling at sales, but rather about being great at solving problems and caring for clients through exceptional service. In Todd’s down time you will find him buying, building or renovating his own real estate projects, on the water wakeboarding and kite surfing, or hacking up the fairways of a local golf course. Todd’s most important job is being a husband and father to his family of four.

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DAVID BEMMANN**

CAT BROWN*

MELISSA DUBE

STEVE HADDOCK*

Broker

Sales Representative

Office Administration

Sales Representative

With over 13 years of experience, Dave has become a top selling agent of luxury waterfront property in Muskoka. Dave lives on Lake Rosseau and spends much of his time on the water. His commitment to customer service, professionalism and honesty provides his clients with an enjoyable and successful real estate experience.

Growing up in Waterloo, Cat was fortunate enough to spend all of her summers at her family cottage on Lake of Bays. Cayman Marshall sought after Cat for her enthusiastic, positive attitude and Cat is now thrilled to be building a career in Sales with the Cayman Marshall Team.

Melissa recently moved back to Muskoka after living 10 years in Quebec. With over 10 years of administration and customer relations background, she is now the newest member of our team as an office administrator. Melissa is devoted to our customers and team members, which makes her a great asset to us!

Steve is a strong relationship builder, honest and dedicated to Customer Service. This combined with his intimate knowledge of Muskoka lakes and area has made him a consistent top producer. Steve is an avid cyclist and golfer and maintains residences in Toronto and Muskoka and ties to both communities. His mantra and favourite quote is to “get up, dress up, show up, and never give up”.

KRISTIN MCCREA

LAURA MORRISON*

AMANDA SHERIF

Office Manager/Personal Assistant to Todd Adair

Sales Representative/Editor

Office Administration

Laura is originally from Oakville but moved to Muskoka to become a Realtor. Laura currently ranks as one of the top-producing agents in Muskoka with $50 Million in sales in 2016 specializing in luxury waterfront. Laura continually puts her clients’ needs before her own and values trust and integrity as her cornerstone.

Growing up in Toronto, Amanda spent summers going to camp in Muskoka and always enjoyed the atmosphere and beauty the area had to offer. With over six years of experience in customer relations, Amanda is an ideal fit for the Cayman Marshall team.

Kristin and her family enjoy calling Muskoka home. In 2015 Kristin began her career with Cayman Marshall and has been lucky to work alongside some of the most talented agents in the business. During her spare time you can find Kristin and her family experiencing all the outdoor activities that Muskoka has to offer.

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