Homes & Cottages for Sale in Bracebridge, Ontario
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Bracebridge, Ontario Overview
The Town of Bracebridge lies in the core of the Muskoka’s, with a population of just over 16,000. That number doubles during the summer. It is two hours from downtown Toronto and overlooks the famous Bracebridge Falls, the most significant waterfall in the region.
Bracebridge is an excellent all-around location known for its natural splendor, arts, and general relaxation.
Real Estate For Sale in Bracebridge, Ontario
Bracebridge real estate is part of the Lakelands north real estate region. Statistics for waterfront properties, Bracebridge cottages for sale, have an average sale price of just over a million at $1,055,000 in January of this year, compared to $772,500 last January. This makes for a 36.6% increase.
For non-waterfront properties, its traditional houses for sale, Bracebridge had an average sale price of $699,000 in January 2022, up 26.9% from January 2021’s average sale price of $551,000.
In terms of the number of properties sold, waterfront property sales are down 66.2% this year, while non-waterfront sales are down 23.4%. This is down from a massive high in 2021, when sales of properties were exceptionally high.
Living in Bracebridge, Ontario
Bracebridge is surrounded by idyllic lake country, nestled within the winding rivers and pine trees of the Muskoka’s. It’s perfect for the lake cottager, with various water sports, lakeside swimming, and boating available in the summer months. A few of the favourite local areas include Kirby’s Beach and the wharf at Bracebridge Bay Park.
The incredible Bracebridge Falls is the first place you’ll want to check out when you arrive in town, which is nicely complemented by High Falls and Wilson’s Falls on the Great Trail. The Great Trail runs over 27,000 kilometres throughout the Muskoka’s, providing gorgeous views for all.
For the adventurous sort, you can try Aerial Adventure Park. For a more relaxed event, you can try one of the numerous world-class golf courses in the Muskoka Highlands.
Surprisingly, the popularity of winter activities is also growing in the area, with snowshoeing, skating at Memorial Park, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing gaining traction. This culminates in the annual Fire & Ice Festival, Bracebridge’s own twist on a winter carnival.
The infrastructure in the area has been improving in recent decades, with many solid schools and an excellent healthcare system. The South Muskoka Memorial Hospital and several pharmacies and clinics are there for your needs.
The Muskoka’s has inspired painters such as The Group of Seven for decades through its natural beauty. You can see some of the current work being made at shows like the Muskoka Arts and Crafts Summer Show.
Bracebridge also has the impressive Rene M Caisse Theatre, a 300-seat modern auditorium held by local productions and recitals.
Finally, Bracebridge has no shortage of local eateries, from fine dining to pub-style fare. The Riverwalk is an upscale farm-to-table dining experience that looks over the Muskoka River, while the Wobora and El Pueblito can provide some options worldwide.
There’s the famous Muskoka Brewery just down the road and the Lake of Bays Barrelhouse, which serves a variety of local brews for beer drinkers.
- Located at the heart of the Muskoka’s
- You can visit the iconic Bracebridge falls, the most significant in the region
- Various water sports and lake activities are available
- Surrounded by The Great Trail, a massive network of wilderness to explore
- Many festivals, including the winter Fire & Ice Festival
Bracebridge Area Schools
There are two decently ranked elementary schools in Bracebridge based on Fraser Institute ratings. There are fewer schools to choose from as a smaller area, although Bracebridge’s schools ranked better than many others in the Muskoka’s on average.