Muskoka Bay Club: Luxury and Fun in Perfect Harmony

July 28, 2015 Updated: August 5, 2015

When it comes to luxury recreational condominiums, Freed Developments Muskoka Bay Club is truly in a class of its own. Located in Gravenhurst, Ont., in the very heart of Muskoka, this 850-acre development is currently in the fourth phase of its 25-year master plan.

Designed by acclaimed architect Doug Carrick and built around the world-class Muskoka Bay Golf Club, this magnificent resort is a four-season community offering an abundance of recreational and social activities. Its crowning glory is an incredible 17,000-sq. ft. Clifftop Clubhouse that offers gourmet dining, full-service fitness, a spa, infinity pool, children’s pool, tennis courts, pro shop, and bistro.

Freed Developments is currently marketing two recreational communities in Muskoka: Muskoka Bay Club and, a little farther north in Bracebridge, Touchstone on Lake Muskoka.

Company president Peter Freed believes that Muskoka is a solid investment. “Muskoka will always be a recreational destination for people from Toronto. It is beautiful and close,” he says.

“But,” he cautions, “Muskoka is a slow-growth proposition. It will never be a quick boom.”

Investors have not driven the market here like they have in downtown Toronto. Homes at the Muskoka Bay Club have been bought exclusively by end users, including a number of Chinese buyers who love the area, the golf, the amenities, and who also take advantage of Muskoka Bay’s lucrative rental program. Owners can opt to put their residences into a rental pool for use by guests when they are not in attendance. The Muskoka Bay Getaway offers guests Play and Stay Packages from $259 per person which includes an overnight stay in a luxury accommodation, 18 holes of golf with a power cart, and a full breakfast at the Cliffside Grill.

Phase Four at Muskoka Bay Club offers a variety of home styles and options, including spaciously designed Muskoka-style detached homes ranging in size from 1,350 to over 4,000 sq. ft., luxurious villas from 1,450 to 2,200 sq. ft. and one- and two-bedroom, two-level lofts. Prices start from the mid-$300’s to over $1 million. Of course, homes are meticulously finished with stunning features—a hallmark of Freed Developments.

Many of the purchasers at Muskoka Bay Club are cottagers who love Muskoka but want a carefree retirement or weekend destination.

“They are selling their cottages and buying here because it’s easy and maintenance-free,” says Freed.

What really distinguishes Muskoka Bay Club—apart from the magnificent homes offered—is the extraordinary golf. The club has been named by Golf Digest as “Our Best New Canadian Course.” It has also won the distinction of the 9th Best Course in Canada by Score Golf Top 100 Courses in Canada (2010/11), Best Course You Can Play in Ontario By Score Golf (2009/10/11/12/13), 5th Best Modern Course in Canada by Golf Week Magazine (2011), 9th Best course in Canada by Score Golf (2010), and many more industry accolades.

For people searching for an idyllic, four-season community for retirement, permanent residency, or weekend recreation, Muskoka Bay Club truly has it all in a setting that is breathtaking and with unforgettable amenities.

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Judy Hazan is an experienced writer for the real estate industry based in Toronto.