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Lake of Bays, Muskoka

Lake of Bays Real Estate Trends | Summer 2024

Always one of the most coveted areas of Muskoka to cottage in, Lake of Bays has seen a seismic shift in real estate. Starting in May of 2020 there was an meteoric rise in both sales volumes and prices which peaked exactly one year later. Since then, as you can see by the chart to the right, cottage sales have been steadily sliding going from historic highs to lows in under 3 years. There are many factors affecting the decline in cottage sale not only on Lake of Bays but throughout Muskoka and across Ontario. You can find our complete Ontario cottage analysis here.

Take the price chart below with a grain of salt. Similar to Muskoka’s “Big Three”, Lake of Bays has seen the luxury real estate market stay reasonably stable which continues to skew average and median prices. For our purposes we define the luxury segment as cottages over $3,000.000. Add to that the very low sales numbers and it makes average and median price charts almost useless. As an example there were only 33  Lake of Bays cottages were sold in all of 2023 on the Lakelands Real Estate Board, a very low data set.

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Lake of Bays Waterfront Cottage Sales

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