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Owners Enjoy Smooth Sailing At The Waterways Of Muskoka

Construction is once again in full swing at The Waterways of Muskoka, one of the most desirable communities in Bracebridge. The new owner-developers, Alliance Homes and Lakewood Beach Properties Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Teracorp), are going forward with enthusiasm and sales have been brisk. From current purchasers to residents who have lived there since the beginning, everyone is excited that things are progressing at this scenic neighbourhood on the Muskoka River.

“There’s nothing else like this in Muskoka,” says Sales and Marketing Director Kelly Purkis, “and people are thrilled that we’re selling again. Alliance Homes and Lakewood Beach Properties are doing a phenomenal job of carrying forward. All of the issues from the previous receivership have been handled, and it’s onward and upward from here.”

Purkis has been there since the beginning, when The Waterways of Muskoka first opened. “This is an exceptional community,” she says. “Most of our buyers are empty-nesters, some retired, and others semi retired. What they all have in common is a love of water and the desire for a fun, active lifestyle. Many own canoes or kayaks and enjoy paddling on the river. Plus, the homes are adjacent to Annie Williams Park on the river, where they can walk their dogs and take their grandchildren to play and swim.”

She has high respect for the current residents, who continued to keep their homes looking beautiful during the sales hiatus. “There is a real pride of ownership here,” she says. “The homes are freehold, which means owners can garden as they like. Everyone has a slightly different eye for texture and colour, so the overall look is eclectic rather than cookie-cutter. It’s lovely.”

She explains that the buyers at The Waterways of Muskoka are well educated and hail largely from Bracebridge, Huntsville, Lake of Bays, Gravenhurst and Bala. “Not everyone who is downsizing for comfort wants to live in an apartment. Our purchasers want to live in a house in a community where they can get to know their neighbours. What makes Waterways unique is its condominium component covering lawn-mowing and snow clearing. Residents love having the ability to lock the door and travel south in winter without worrying about exterior upkeep.”

The Waterways of Muskoka was among the first communities in Ontario to offer bungalow and bungalow-with-loft townhomes with double-car garages, another big selling point. “Again, this is something our buyers want. Those who own two vehicles want to keep them.” Unless they select a townhome that is already built, potential purchasers can choose a bungalow or bungalow-with-loft design. “Whichever they select, they will be in the midst of a very social, friendly place to live.”

Jan and Alison Olsson agree. Jan is a former high school principal who is currently teaching in the social services worker program at Georgian College. He is also president of the condominium corporation that maintains the common elements of Waterways. He and Alison, who also works in education, are two of the original owners. “We were already Bracebridge residents when we bought here,” Jan says. “This community appealed to us because of its ideal location. It’s on the river, close to town, beside the park and only minutes to Highway 11.”

They have lived in Waterways since July 2012, and they find the neighbourhood pleasant and fun. “Everyone here likes quiet residential living, and people are very sociable. Neighbours get together a lot and this is a great place to live. Everyone is happy at the prospect of construction moving forward.”

The Presentation Centre is located at 2 Santa’s Village Road in Bracebridge. For more information, contact Sales Manager Kelly Purkis at 705-645-5533 or visit