MOUNTAIN LIFE - Blue Mountains | Fall 2018

FALL 2018 ML BLUE 79 words & photos :: Colin Field From the front, Jeff Swartz’s home doesn’t look like much. It fits inconspicuously into the street, much like the other houses that surround it: simple cottage- style homes that have grown up over the years. But stepping through the front door, it’s instantly apparent this is no normal bungalow. It’s gorgeous; open, bright, with views of Georgian Bay that last for days. Swartz, a design/build architect from Toronto, has had a place in the Blue Mountains for 20 years. But when this property popped up he had to have it. “It’s a challenge to get shoreline,” he says. “My wife said I want to be close to town, so that ruled out so many other places. There isn’t a lot to look at. So when I drove the street and saw the sign, I looked at the beach access, and I locked it up in two hours. My wife wasn’t even in the country.” They spent the summer of 2016 in the 1,800-square-foot, two bedroom bungalow as Swartz began working on plans. “We slept in the original bedroom then and we realized the sunrise is just stunning,” he says. “So I remade all my plans. Originally the bedroom was on the second floor, but the sunrise is just too beautiful. We built it so there’s nothing to block the view. Everything was just about the view, wherever you go in the house.” MOUNTAIN HOME THE BEACH HOUSE This unassuming but innovative renovated bungalow is all about the water views