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Wearing.PhotoshopdoneWelcome to the Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team’s blog for Huntsville real estate and lifestyle, including the communities of Port Sydney, Utterson, Baysville, Dorset, Dwight, Novar, Emsdale and Burks Falls.

Begin a New Life in Muskoka in This New Home!

 

 

When it comes to finding the perfect spot to build a new home in the Muskoka region, many look toward waterfront properties to get the best of year-round natural beauty, country tranquility and relaxing recreation. Brand new waterfront homes like this one are often difficult to find. We have a unique and exciting opportunity to share with you. A brand new home being built along the shores of the Big East River, just outside of Huntsville, is sure to please.

 

 

Located at 49 Glencairn Crescent, this beautiful parcel of land is pending the ground breaking of a new home built by long-time Muskoka builder, Peter Smith of Peter Smith Construction. A Peter Smith home is a well-built one, with the wealth of experience and expertise that Peter has going into every square foot. The plans for this new home have been drawn up and specifications completed, but building has yet to begin. Now is the perfect time to buy this home and really customize the plans to make it completely yours.

This home within a cozy rural subdivision known as Ballantrae Heights is ideal for anyone ready to retire and enjoy the relaxing life. The current plans include a covered entryway opening to a main living area, with an open floor plan incorporating the kitchen, dining and living rooms, with a covered deck overlooking the river. The master bedroom is just off the main living room and comes with its own ensuite bath and view towards the river. Two additional bedrooms and a second bathroom make this home ideal for welcoming guests for a visit or a growing family as well.

Some of the finer details to be incorporated into this new 1,616 square ft. homeinclude hardwood and ceramic tile flooring throughout the main living space, a walk-in pantry in the kitchen, and walk-in closet in the master bedroom. Kitchen cabinetry will be by All About Kitchens, and exterior windows and doors by Ross Windows. There will be 2-door garage, gravel drive from the main street, and a drilled well for providing pure, clean water to the home.

In addition to the main floor, there’s also a walkout lower level which has the potential to be finished should the buyer want to incorporate more living space into this home right away or in the future. This is perfect for creating an entertainment or games room, space for hobbies and crafts, an office or bedroom as well as an additional bath. If you have dreams of making a new waterfront Muskoka home your own, this is the perfect chance to do so, while you still have time to work with Peter Smith to have this home built-to-suit. A full Tarion New Home Warranty Program will be included should the buyer be a year-round resident.

If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you to move into the waterfront home you’ve been dreaming of, we can help make it happen. If you are ready to move the area, or it’s time to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. We’re here to work for you, and give you the best experience when it comes to fulfilling your home dreams. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

 

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

 


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When you are ready to buy or sell your home, cottage or condo, you want a team whose expert advice you can trust and count on. Achieving your real estate dreams begins with an in-depth conversation about your wants and needs. The Wearing-Parrott team not only provides over 55 years of combined experience helping their clients, they believe in the power of listening too. You will be center stage through the entire process. Contact us to set up an obligation-free appointment, and find out how you can put our real estate team and experience to work for you.

Please call 705-788-3535 or email us at:  info@WearingParrottTeam.com  today!

Informed Buyer Seller February 2018

Memories Live on with Huntsville Seat Dedication Program

 

There are many reasons people love to call Huntsville home. Ultimately, Huntsville is a town which embraces the benefits of hometown living. It takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to support creative arts and the environment. It takes a village to create a place where the people are key to the future of a community.

As a hometown community, Huntsville has an active resident population, many of whom volunteer, help others in need, and work together to keep important programs going. Much of our community is centred around tourism – the Muskoka region is the great outdoor backyard which thousands of visitors come to for a fun and relaxing vacation. Many visitors simply come for the sole purpose of participating in one of our many incredible public events and festivals; most of which are put on to help our community in one way or another.

Huntsville is a family town, a wonderful place to raise kids. In fact, many families have been here for generations, building a life together, encouraging younger ones to stay, or return, and continue the family legacy of this place they call home. While others fall in love with Huntsville on their first visit, then discover for themselves just what an incredible place this is to live.

Just as important as loving where you live, are the people and distinctive moments in your life which are worth remembering. We know amazing folks who make a big difference in the community, go the extra mile to help others in need, or simply offer a caring hand. We have close relationships with those we love and cherish special times together.

And when a loved one passes away, we grieve for their loss. Yet life moves on and time helps us heal, but we don’t forget, and sometimes a special memorial is just the thing to commemorate someone or something important to you and your family.

The Town of Huntsville understands the importance of community connection and support; how it goes hand in hand with the people who live here directly. With this in mind, the Huntsville Seat Dedication Program has been re-instated. If you want to honour a loved one, or friend who made a difference in the community, or even a special moment in your life, this is a unique way to do so.

The Huntsville Dedicated Seat Program provides a commemorative plaque on a seat within The Algonquin Theatre, The Jack Bionda Arena or The Don Lough Arena.  For $250.00 you can memorialize a special someone or moment for all of Huntsville and our visitors to know. There’s a limited number of seats available; 155 in The Algonquin Theatre, which is where the program originated previously, as well as almost 1,800 seats in the arenas combined.

And in true Huntsville community fashion, the proceeds from the Dedicated Seat Program will be given to the sports memorabilia fund and the reserve fund for the theatre, both of which are aimed at helping keep our connections to our culture and our past alive; another commemoration of sorts for the community as a whole.

It takes a village to support a community, and Huntsville is a wonderful place to see this idea in action. Discover all the details about this touching and special way to remember loved ones and special memories, at the Town of Huntsville website.

If you are ready to move the area, or it’s time to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. We’re here to work for you, and give you the best experience when it comes to fulfilling your home dreams. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

 

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Photo 1 By Huntsville Ontario [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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What Type of Wood Floor is Best for Your Muskoka Home, Cottage or Condo?

 

There’s nothing like the look and feel of a wood floor. In the Muskoka region, many cottages come with wood flooring in at least part of the property. Today, there are more options when it comes to enjoying the look and feel of wood beneath your feet. If it’s time to update the floors of your property, you’ll want to consider all your options before you decide.

Traditional Hardwood or not? That is the first question. Key benefits to installing a hardwood floor are the Return on Investment, in both value and durability. Hardwoods are also considered an eco-friendly option, the trees themselves being a renewable resource. Yet, hardwood floors can be expensive, and they can be vulnerable to water damage, which also limits where you should install hardwood – the laundry room and bathroom are not the best places.

Some of the most popular hardwood floors include ash, cherry, mahogany, oak and walnut. All of these are harder wood trees and can stand the test of time when it comes to durability. There’s also another type of wood which is growing in popularity, even though it’s actually a type of grass. We’re talking about bamboo flooring. Bamboo is the ultimate in eco-friendly hardwood – it grows so quickly it’s truly a renewable resource. If you are looking for something more on the unique side for a hardwood, exotics such as Brazilian cherry or teak are excellent choices, but the cost will be greater.

But what if you want wood flooring throughout your cottage? There are now engineered wood options available which can handle higher daily traffic and even withstand greater exposure to water than traditional hardwood floors. Keep in mind, engineered wood is still the real thing, it’s how the flooring is put together which makes the difference.

With engineered wood floors, there are more options when it comes to colour, plank width and even design. Many of the most popular types of hardwood for flooring can also be found in engineered wood products. These floors are made of a minimum of three layers of a hardwood, plywood and hardwood veneer, which is on the surface. This process allows for a greater range of grain type and finishes, as well as budget options.

If you’re considering wood floors for your Muskoka home, cottage or condo, taking some time to review all your options will help ensure you are happy with the results. Whichever way you choose to go, wood floors also add value to your property. Check out the following reviews on Hardwood Flooring and Engineered Wood Floors, published by Floor Critics, a great online resource.

If you are ready to move to the area, or it’s time to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. We’re here to work for you, and give you the best experience when it comes to fulfilling your home dreams. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

Enjoy Winter Recreation Around Muskoka

 

Living in the Muskoka region year-round brings with it some seasonal challenges, in particular, the winter months can keep us inside more, yet there’s also plenty of beautiful winter days and nights around here, where there’s more fun and excitement to be had outdoors. Now that we’re deep into the season, there are some truly special things you can only do this time of year.

Ice skating is one a national pastime. It’s made better when you can skate outside, on a frozen lake surrounded by the beauty of the Muskoka woods. When the ice is thick enough and the weather conditions are right, anyone around Huntsville can experience the fun to be had on Cann Lake, which is now open for public ice skating.

This free, skating site is the perfect way to spend some quality family time together, have fun with friends, or perhaps even a romantic afternoon with that special someone. Cann Lake is located near Conroy Park off Brunel Road and Forbes Hill Drive. Of important note, all public postings for safe skating times should be adhered to. Last year Cann Lake wasn’t opened for skating due to safety concerns; making this a truly special treat to take advantage of while you can.

If skating along the 1.3 km of trails in Arrowhead Provincial Park is something you’ve long wanted to try, now’s the time to go, especially while we can do so at night. On now through February 22nd, the park’s skating trail is lit up by hundreds of tiki torches, skate your way through the woods under the stars during Fire and Ice Nights.

It wouldn’t be winter in Muskoka without a family-friendly, community festival. You’ll find one happening in Dwight, February 9th– 10th with the Dwight Winter Carnival. Outdoor fun is coupled with pancake breakfasts, a dart tournament, chili cook-off and plenty of kid’s activities. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, challenge the kids to science experiments and games, and take a spin on a carnival ride. This community festival has something for everyone.

Getting out and enjoying winter in the Muskoka region is easy to do, living here year-round gives you the opportunity to experience it all. If you are ready to move the area, or it’s time to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. We’re here to work for you, and give you the best experience when it comes to fulfilling your home dreams. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

Save Energy & Brighten Your Muskoka Cottage with LED Lights

 

Energy conservation is something we can all play a part in. This was recently highlighted with the new LED lights installed at the Jack Bionda Arena in Huntsville. As part of the Federal Gas Tax Fund, the outdated lighting in this major community centre will not only save on costs but also energy output too. Homeowners can also make a difference and conserve energy with LED lights. But not all LED lights are the same. There are not only a wide range of options now on the market, but using the right type of LED for your space will help lighten a room and lower your energy use.

For a great resource on LED lighting for every room in your Muskoka home, cottage or condo EarthLED.com has a comprehensive guide you can start with. You want to consider what a room is used for as much as the design of the room itself, and what type of lighting you already have in place. Sometimes just changing to LED bulbs is all that is needed. If you’re planning some home projects, installing some new fixtures may be a part of your plan. If so, including LED lights will not only help with energy conservation, but also make a great listing feature when it’s time to sell your property.

Some Key aspects to consider when switching to LED in the home:

  • The lower the color temperature rating on a bulb, the warmer the light. If you want to keep your living room feeling cozy, like when you have a nice fire to warm yourself by, use a yellow light. For places where you want as much light as possible, such as the kitchen, go for a higher temperature, blue light. The cooler color of these bulbs helps mimic day light conditions.
  • Enhance your night time routine and make getting sleep a bit easier with warmer, yellow-light LED bulbs. These have been found to actually help people retain their natural circadian rhythm, or sleep patterns.
  • For the home office, workshop or craft-room, opting for LED desk lamps which allow you to change the color temperature between yellow and blue based light could be just the thing. These lamps can help you shine the brighter, cooler light when needed.
  • Highlight art or an architectural feature with spotlights, and utilize ceiling spotlights to help deflect shadows from a room. Ceiling fixtures are also great to minimizing glare on the TV, ideal for the living room or a rec-room.
  • There are also LED light options for chandeliers, exterior light fixtures, motion-activated lights and holiday lights. Another great idea is to accent LED lights to the bathroom, these can help with everyday use and be used in place of a night-light for when guests are staying over.

Living in an area with winters such as ours, lighting can play a big part in keeping your Muskoka property comfortable. Whatever your home lighting needs are, there is now an LED light option available to help with conserving energy and keeping your electricity bills lower. If you are ready to move to the area, or it’s time to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. We’re here to work for you, and give you the best experience when it comes to fulfilling your home dreams. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team: Space for the whole family in this Burk’s Falls home

The Muskoka / Parry Sound region is a wonderful place to raise a family and if it’s time to expand to a spacious home with room for everyone we have a property listing in Burk’s Falls you’ll want to view. Whether you have a growing family, older kids, or multiple generations living together, the farmhouse at 227 North Pickerel Lake Rd has plenty of space, inside and out.

With 3,471 square feet, this 5-bedroom, 2-bath home sits comfortably on 3.25 acres of open landscaping. Classic farm-style architecture connects with modern comfort throughout the property. The large living and dining area is the central hub on the main floor, with open access to a cozy family room, the kitchen, a sunroom, mudroom entrance and 2-piece bath.

Wonderful family meals will be a joy to make in the spacious, updated kitchen. Designed by Cutter’s Edge Custom Kitchens, this space holds true to the farmhouse style with shaker-inspired cabinetry. Modern luxury is also included with granite countertops, a centre island and all updated, built-in appliances. The easy-maintenance tile flooring is also heated; there’s no cold toes on winter mornings in this home!

There’s also plenty of light throughout the home, with lots of windows throughout the main and upper floors. With the passthrough window connecting the living room and the mudroom directly, even in winter, this is a light& airy home. Detail features such as built-in shelving in the laundry room and ceiling fansin the bedrooms on the upper floor add both function and character to the home. The airtight wood stove in the living room not only adds to the farmhouse character of this property, but ensures everyone will be warm and comfortable throughout the colder months.

Upstairs, the bedrooms are cozy with plenty of windows to let in light, and easy to care for with the installed laminate flooring. The finely updated 5-piece bathroom includes a double vanity and full bath/shower, as well as extra cupboard space. The farmhouse style is accentuated across the upper floor with finely crafted wood paneling walls along the hallway and within the bedrooms. Wood railings, window frames and doors also add to the warmth and comfort. The full-height basement has an extra finished room, ideal for an office, games room or perhaps even an extra bedroom.

What really sets this spacious farmhouse apart as an ideal place for a large family, is the guest house and Quonset-hut style garage. When you come to view the property, you’ll also discover a “cabin in in the woods”. This cozy space comes with its own 2 pc bathroom and kitchenette;the options for how to use this space are endless. It could be the ideal “Mother-in-law” cottage, or perfect playhouse for the kids. Need a quiet place to work from home or practice yoga? This could be the spot. Add in the large Quonset-hut garage and workshop space also on the property, and you have room for everyone and their hobbies, recreational vehicles, and storage.

The farmhouse at 227 North Pickerel Lake Rd also offers the serenity of the country, with over 3 acres of private, open landscaping surrounded by wooded forest, and its own pond. From evening BBQs in the summer, to snowshoeing in the winter, it’s easy to take advantage of the location of this home and spend time outdoors. It’s also conveniently located within a quick drive to Burk’s Falls, a charming village with close-knit, community ties, plenty of recreation opportunities, and locally owned restaurants and shops. If you are looking for a home to raise your family in the Muskoka / Parry Sound area, and want plenty of space, this property is worth checking out.

If you are ready to move the area, or it’s time to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. We’re here to work for you, and give you the best experience when it comes to fulfilling your home dreams. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.


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When you are ready to buy or sell your home, cottage or condo, you want a team whose expert advice you can trust and count on. Achieving your real estate dreams begins with an in-depth conversation about your wants and needs. The Wearing-Parrott team not only provides over 55 years of combined experience helping their clients, they believe in the power of listening too. You will be center stage through the entire process. Contact us to set up an obligation-free appointment, and find out how you can put our real estate team and experience to work for you.

Please call 705-788-3535 or email us at:  info@WearingParrottTeam.com  today!

 

Keep Your Muskoka Cottage Ready for When the Power Goes Out

 

Living where we do with snowy winters, it came as no surprise that 2018 started off as  cold as it did. When the temperatures drop, or a big storm rolls through, there’s a greater chance you could lose power. When the lights and other electrical devices go out, it’s better to be prepared in advance, for those just-in-case moments.

Chances are you already have a power-outage home kit, and possibly even a generator, something many year-round residents invest in. But when was the last time you reviewed your home emergency kit? We still have months of winter weather ahead of us –  review the checklist below and plan ahead to help keep your Muskoka home, cottage or condo safe and comfortable the next time your power goes out.

A basic home emergency kit should include enough food and supplies to sustain you and your family for a least 72 hours. Standard kits typically have:

  • Batteries (Keep a list of all the types you may need and store extra supplies)
  • Battery-operated or hand-crank flashlight and radio
  • Candles with matches and/or oil lamps
  • Cash in lower denominations (for miscellaneous purchases)
  • Emergency plan (each family member should have a copy or know where it is)
  • Extra blankets, bedding supplies
  • Extra keys to your house and any vehicles
  • First aid kit
  • Food (non-perishable)
  • Important paperwork (Keep copies of birth and marriage certificates, passports, licenses, wills, land deeds and insurance in a safe but easily accessible place at home)
  • Manual can opener
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Special needs items (i.e. medications, infant formula)
  • Water (2 litres per person/per day)

 

Learn more about what to do before, during and after a power outage at the Canada.gov Get Prepared Web Page.  It’s full of great information and tips. There’s also important safety reminders such as ensuring you have a working carbon monoxide detector, and using wood stoves or generators for heat. Another great resource is the Red Cross of Canada, they also have home emergency starter kits to help get you started. For those with mobile devices, one link to keep handy is the Hydro-One Outage Map, with it you can see who has power and whose still waiting, and get up to date information on weather related power conditions.

Regardless of the time of year, if you are ready to move the area, or it’s time to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. We’re here to work for you, and give you the best experience when it comes to fulfilling your home dreams. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

Discover Inspiration with 2018 Canadian Home Design Trends

 

As we begin a new year, and perhaps a bit of cabin fever setting in, many homeowners begin to think about updating their living space come the spring. With home shows starting in March, home designers, decorators and architects are already talking about the big trends in renovations and décor. Seeing the latest home design ideas can bring inspiration towards updating your Muskoka cottage, home or condo. Listed below is a summary of some of our favourite home trends.

Natural Bold Colours. You can’t think about home design ideas without paying attention to colour. While neutral tones are still considered best for anyone planning to sell their property, there is now a wider range of colour shades which can be considered neutral. The key trend in neutral shades is not only broader but also with a focus on natural shades. Go beyond off-white or beige, and get creative with paler shades of nature such as sage green, light blue-grays or any of the many shades in between. You need not paint all your walls; an accent one adds drama to a room without being overwhelming. Painting wood trim in a bolder, contrasting color is another big trend taking hold in 2018, and makes for a great way to add colour without going overboard.

Tile Flooring. While we love hardwood floors in our cottages, kitchens, baths and even rec-rooms can be enhanced with tile flooring. Tile flooring can be easier to keep clean and be more resilient to spills and water over time. Tile also works well within high-traffic areas, and can be more cost-effective. One complaint of tile has been the need to demolish a floor when it’s time to update. Now large format, thin tiles are available which will allow for layering over an old floor. Another tile trend is adding excitement and drama to floors. Encaustic tiles are made from a centuries-old process of layering colored clay to create intricate and bold designs. These floors make a statement all on their own.

Artful Sinks & Faucets. Gone are the days of practical, utilitarian sinks and faucets. Over the years a variety of material options have been embraced by designers, bringing about inspiring, artful designs to our kitchens and baths. Texture is a big 2018 trend in sinks, with copper, stone and even glass options adding a sense of drama to a home. Artisan-crafted, raised sinks with intricate designs harken back to the grace and beauty of the 19th century European style. These sinks, along with the growing trend of trough or farm sinks would be right at home in many a Muskoka cottage. Faucets add the finishing touch to an artful sink, and there are as many stylish artisan-inspired fixtures as there are sinks.

If you are planning to update your Muskoka cottage, home or condo, now is the time get inspired with ideas. Canadian Home Trends Magazine has some great articles on 2018 Home Trends, where you can discover more of what’s in store for the coming year. If you are planning to move to the area, or are ready to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. We are here to work for you, to give you the best experience when it comes to fulfilling your home dreams. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

 

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