Touchstone on Lake Muskoka Celebrates Return to Elegance

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Lake Muskoka marked the start of its return to its Golden Age today as civic leaders, purchasers and the development team celebrated the start of construction of Touchstone on Lake Muskoka, an elegant, fractional lakeside community of luxurious cottages and villas.

What we have heard from buyers to date is that this is the project they have been waiting for

The $75-million, award winning Touchstone on Lake Muskoka project will rise on 30-acres between Bracebridge and Port Carling previously occupied by the ageing Tamwood Lodge and Aston Beach Resort. In their place, The GenerX Corporation will create a stunningly beautiful community of 80 two, three and four-bedroom lakeside cottages and villas centred around the Touchstone Lodge.

The resort will be managed by Sequel Hotels and Resorts, which also manages the much acclaimed Ben Miller Inn and Spa, and the Elora Mill Inn.

As Walter Thompson, President of GenerX officiated; local civic leaders praised the project for its concern for preserving Lake Muskoka’s pristine forests, shores and lakes and creating a project, which is expected to become an icon celebrating the Muskoka lifestyle.

“Touchstone marks a new era in Lake Muskoka’s long history,” Mr. Thompson said. “Our goal is to restore a property marked by the passage of the years and return this section of the lake to the grandeur and luxury it once stood for.

“Better yet, through the introduction of fractional ownership, we can deliver all that is wonderful and deeply enjoyable about Muskoka to a new generation of families. These exceptional Muskoka cottages and villas are designed with just that in mind. They are superbly suited to cottage life for a good many families.”

Touchstone offers one-eighth ownership of luxurious two-bedroom villas starting as low as $74,000. At the high end, superb, fully furnished, four-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot villas sell for $199,000. Ownership also includes membership in the Intrawest Resort-to-Resort program, which allows owners to exchange their Touchstone cottage or villa for a vacation home at one of Intrawest’s fabulous properties around the world.

The centerpiece of Touchstone is the Lodge at Touchstone. It offers commanding views of Lake Muskoka, the most sought after vacation spot in Ontario. Owners can expand their quality of life beyond that offered via traditional cottage ownership by dining in the elegant restaurant, pampering themselves in a life-enhancing spa, swimming in the infinity pool or working out in the state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Better still, a dedicated team of service personnel take care of all the property and household maintenance so that owners can enjoy a truly maintenance free style of life.

“All owners need to do is arrive, unplug and start enjoying their own unique Muskoka experience. Touchstone will take care of the rest,” says Thompson.

The residences, designed by Ava Janikowski Architect Inc. reflect all the warmth of traditional Muskoka design with luxury vacation home finishes built-in. Each cottage and villa enjoys an uninterrupted view of the magnificent lake, screened Muskoka rooms, generous terraces and access to the waterfront via landscaped walkways.

Touchstone on Lake Muskoka has already met with both critical and commercial success. Phase I is sold out and buyers can expect to move in by summer next year. A limited number of cottages and villas are being released as Phase II later this month.

“What we have heard from buyers to date is that this is the project they have been waiting for,” says Mr. Thompson. “Touchstone offers them the perfect lifestyle in a truly magnificent setting at an affordable price.”

Visit the website at http://www.touchstonemuskoka.com.

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