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Colliers Brings a Piece of Waterfront History to Market in Ontario

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Development opportunity consisting of 36-acres with just under 1,400 SF of frontage along the shores of Lake of Bays

An iconic, 36-acre, waterfront property located along the shores of Lake of Bays, just two hours north of Toronto, is now on the market and available for sale as an investment and development opportunity. This exclusive, all-season resort offers luxurious cottages and villas, on-site amenities, and significant potential for revenue growth through further development.

Historical significance in a sought-after location

Originally operated as Birch Haven Resort with a history dating to the 1950s, the property was acquired by the current owners and re-envisioned as The Landscapes – Lake of Bays, a Private Residence Club, in the mid-2000s.

The first phase of The Landscapes consisted of two cottages and two four-plex villa units that were marketed and sold as fractional ownership intervals. Subsequent phases of The Landscapes development included additional residential units, resort amenities such as the Recreation Complex with outdoor pool, hot tub and fireplace, boat docks, an extensive boardwalk, a two-storey boathouse with lounge and fireplace, a beach cabana, a tennis/sports court, a volleyball court/skating rink, a temporary fitness centre, and a maintenance building.

Nearby, visitors and locals alike will find the iconic BigWin Island golf club, a 520 acre island paradise, complemented by resort style services and world-class golf.

Seeking innovative developers

The Landscapes and amenity portions of the property are situated on approximately 20 acres of land and have been built out to approximately 30% of the current allowable density of 64 residential units in addition to the various amenities. The development of the project also included the construction of roads, water, sewage treatment, electrical and propane utilities with significant excess capacity available. The majority of the fractional intervals within The Landscapes have been sold by the developers over the past 15 years. Included in this offering are 12 fractional intervals of remaining inventory in Phase 2 of The Landscapes development. 

The other component of this offering is the Baysville Shores property consisting of approximately 16 acres immediately adjacent to The Landscapes. The Baysville Shores lands are held in a related company and envisioned to accommodate 80 residential “woodland” units that could ultimately access the resort amenities at The Landscapes. 

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Experts collaborating with experts

Mark Lester, founder of Unique Properties (Colliers’ premier division for distinctive and unique properties) Matt Johnson, Senior Vice President and Peter Davies, Senior Vice President, have partnered to bring this property to market.

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Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter:

Peter Davies

Vice President, Sales Representative

Toronto Downtown

Peter Davies is a Vice President and Co-Chair of Colliers Not-for-Profit Advisory Group.  He is an office leasing (tenant representation) and real estate investment specialist at Colliers with the CCIM designation working out of the downtown Toronto office since early 2002. His focus is working with a wide array of non-profit and charitable clients in the Toronto area and across Canada including small to large charities, local and national health providers, associations, foundations, housing, educational groups and places of worship. He has extensive experience working with a wide diversity of public and private clients across the Greater Toronto Area, throughout Canada, the U.S. and numerous global markets.

As Co-Chair of Colliers Not-for-Profit Advisory Group, he provides defensible real estate solutions which support the mission, values, and vision of not-for-profit organizations. Peter has published numerous unique articles on issues surrounding commercial real estate and the non-profit sector.

As a graduate of McMaster University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Peter joined Enterprise in 1994 in a training program where he rapidly advanced to manage two of Toronto’s largest offices.  Subsequently, Peter joined GE Capital where he remained for approximately 5 years progressing through a variety of sales and finance positions, ultimately as the Senior Manager of Southwestern Ontario overseeing a $105 million dollar portfolio of industrial based leases and loans.

Peter’s key strengths lie in his ability to effectively collaborate and communicate with the diverse stakeholders involved in long term projects. Also, he is often commended by his clients for his extensive risk mitigation efforts and in overall successful project execution.



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Mark Lester

Senior Vice President | Unique Properties | Personal Real Estate Corporation

Vancouver - Rogers Tower

Since 1991 Mark Lester has represented some of Canada’s most spectacular properties. With an educational background in city planning and professional experience as a planner and real estate market analyst in Vancouver and Toronto, Mark entered the real estate brokerage world with a unique and informed perspective.  Mark’s level of expertise in the marketing and valuation of complex and high profile properties has been recognised by a diverse and discerning client base. 

To bring his clients a refined expertise in the sale of unique real estate assets, Mark founded the Unique Properties practice at Colliers International in the late 1990s.  Part of his approach was to ensure that the practice established a strong digital presence, yet maintained a pro-active approach to marketing.   Since that time, Mark has led the sale of over 20 private islands, Canada’s largest cattle ranch, numerous resorts and development sites, and  long list of other unique properties throughout Canada and globally, with a combined value of over $1 billion.  Both clients and the real estate industry recognize Mark’s business acumen, his thoughtful and creative approach, his discretion, his commitment to relationships, and his relentless pursuit towards a successful outcome.

Mark is widely recognized as a foremost expert in the marketing and sale of unique assets such as:

·        Private Islands

·        Ranches

·        Agricultural Lands and Agri-Businesses

·        Rural Land

·        Development Properties 

·        Resorts, Lodges and Hospitality Assets

·        Golf Courses

·        Marinas

·        Waterfront Estates

·        Forestry and Resource Lands

·        Foreclosure Properties



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