What makes you a floating home expert?

Stefanie Carmichael is a real estate salesperson who specializes in floating homes. She lives and raises her toddler son on one, her parents live on one, and she just loves them. She knows what to look for when buying one, and can tell you all about what life is like on a floating home in…

Are there floating homes for sale in Toronto?

Yes! Chances are at any given time there is a floating home for sale or a float home owner thinking of selling. However, because of the high demand, many floating homes are sold privately or off-market. Contact our team today to find out which floating homes are for sale now or coming up for sale…

Does it get noisy in the Marina?

During the summers, Bluffer’s Park receives a lot of visitors. However, the floating homes are largely hidden from view behind trees, which also help to block out some of the noise. All Marina parking lots are closed at 11pm and loud noise must also stop by then. Police maintain a regular presence to ensure the…

Do I have to pay a monthly fee?

Yes, float home owners in Toronto pay a monthly mooring fee to the Marina, similar to a condo maintenance fee. The fee includes the slip for your float home, water, a share of the Marina’s property taxes, and Marina maintenance of electricity, sewer and water connections. It it typically around $700. Electricity is not included,…

What happens to floating homes in the winter?

Living on a floating home in the winter is magical. The tourists disappear, the seasonal boats get taken out of the water, and you have the entire lake to yourself. Unlike boats and houseboats that require equipment to keep ice from forming around them, floating homes can completely freeze in without being damaged. Their concrete…

How much is property tax on floating homes?

Float home owners pay a portion of the Marina’s property taxes, which is included in their monthly mooring fee (similar to a condo maintenance fee). It typically works out to less than $1,000 per year, much less than property taxes on land.

How big are floating homes?

Floating homes can vary in size just like regular homes. Most of Toronto’s floating homes range from 700 sq. ft. for a one-storey house, to 1,500 for a two-storey house. And that doesn’t count all of the levels of decking, including, in most cases, a 700 sq. ft. top level open air deck.

Can I move a floating home?

It takes a lot of effort to move a floating home, but it can be done. They need to be towed by one or more boats, and can only be moved in calm weather. Most of Toronto’s floating homes are permanently moored in their location, where they have all the necessary Marina connections for water,…