Here are four cottages at opposite ends of the price spectrum for the prospective recreational property owner.
Can’t afford this? La Have Islands, Lunenburg County, N.S.
Quaint, but with mod cons including a central-vacuum system and air exchanger, this four-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage has direct ocean frontage – the holy grail for most East Coast recreational-property hunters. Though it’s on an island, you can drive directly to the property’s nearly five-and-a-half private acres over a causeway.Asking price: $748,000
Then how about this? Russell Lake, Queens County, N.S.
This three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage sits on six acres of your very own wooded land. It’s right on a lake, complete with dock and water supplied from a drilled well. Inside, there’s a fireplace for chilly evenings, and 1,248 square feet of living space.Asking price: $325,000
Can’t afford this? Hondoo Island, South River, Ont.
This cottage comes with ownership of half an island and a custom-built, 2,400-square-foot winterized cottage. So, why isn’t it a million bucks? Properties that can be accessed only by boat generally cost less than those with land access, so you get more for your money. In this case: three bedrooms, two bathrooms, hardwood floors and high-speed Internet access.Asking price: $699,900
Then how about this? Oxtongue Lake, Dwight (Lake of Bays), Ont.
Right on the lake with a sand beach, this 50-year-old, 750-square-foot cottage may be what real-estate agents like to call “cozy” but it comes with a bunkie (for teenaged kids or guests to sleep in) and a dryland boathouse (read: shed).Asking price: $329,900