It’s been a rocky real estate year in Nova Scotia, with some regions experiencing booming price growth – like the Highland Region’s 36.1% year-over-year average price appreciation – while others saw large price contractions – the South Shore saw the average price slide by nearly 27%, according to the Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS. The average home price in Cape Breton expanded 6.8%, despite a whopping 26.4% decrease in sales, suggesting higher priced homes made up a more significant portion of sales.
When it comes to pricey real estate and high-end amenities, Cape Breton Island delivers in abundance. The most expensive homes right now on Cape Breton Island offer private living by the water, surrounded by vast acreages, with generous outdoor living spaces, and proximity to Cape Breton Island’s many golf courses. Fireplaces, gardens, guest houses and docks are also popular among the island’s priciest homes – one of which played host to a bevy of iconic political and public figures, including Hellen Keller.
As for the #1 most expensive home for sale right now on Cape Breton Island, this luxurious home comes with 100 acres of natural landscape on the shores of popular Bras D’Or Lake.
#1: 15531 Highway #4, Johnstown, $1,200,000, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Boasting 17 waterfront acres on coveted Bras D’Or Lake, it’s no surprise this estate reigns as Cape Breton’s most expensive home for sale right now. The 2,203-square-foot home rests atop a hill, surrounded by 17 wooded acres, and with 83 more of them across the road also included in the deal. Outdoor amenities include landscaped gardens, a trout pond, 3 private coves, a paved driveway, decks, and a 236-square-foot patio.
The screened-in sun room is perfect during the colder months, and guests can enjoy the wine room. Other amenities include a detached garage, fitness facilities, a den, a family room, a dining room and a fireplace. There’s an outdoor hot tub, as well as an al fresco dining and cooking area, complete with barbeque station.
#2: 81 Chemin Doucet-Aucoin Road, Inverness County, $1,100,000, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Built in 2008 on a 57-acre estate, this tranquil residence offers 3,600 square feet of luxurious living space. The vast grounds include park-like acreages and a bounty of fruit trees and berry bushes. The 4-bed home basks in breathtaking views of the water and the surrounding natural landscape. The outdoor area includes a wrap-around covered porch, as well as a wrap-around covered veranda, and balconies.
Indoors, the kitchen features generous counter space and a breakfast area and the living room boasts a fireplace, while oversized windows bring in plenty of natural light. There’s a guest apartment complete with bedroom, living, kitchen, and an en-suite.
#3: 1092 White Point Road, Victoria County, $1,095,000, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Built in 1970, this contemporary home is perched 370 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, with breathtaking views of the ocean and the surrounding forests. The property is extremely private – surrounded by nature, it’s accessed by a winding uphill road. The 5-bed home takes advantage of its unparalleled location by incorporating two covered viewing stations, showcasing views as far as St. Paul Island on clear days. The home also boasts 3 decks, a screened-in porch, a landscaped courtyard, oversized windows, several fireplaces, and a library. The property also features a guest house complete with a fireplace, and a 2-car detached garage.
#4: 1310 Broad Cove Marsh Road, Inverness, $999,750, 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
Built in 2006, this 2-story Inverness home is known as “The red box on the hill” thanks to its unique look. The 1,350-square-foot home is just 15 kilometers from both the Inverness beach and boardwalk, and the renowned Cabot Links Golf Course. The 2-bed home enjoys Northumberland Strait views, and offers upscale amenities like walk-in closets, a large half-covered deck complete with children’s play area, a large balcony, oversized windows, custom-made cabinetry, and extensive maple flooring. There’s also a laundry at the basement level, as well as two rooms that could be used for a variety of purposes.
#5: 329 Schieling Drive, Marion Bridge, $865,000, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
Boasting 170 feet of private Mira River frontage, this 2.4-acre estate is a water lover’s playground. The entire shoreline is well suited for swimming, and the 372-square-foot permanent dock allows for boat mooring and an assortment of water sports. There’s also a boathouse and a 384-square-foot waterfront deck.
Overlooking the waterfront, the 3-bed home features an additional 1,100 square feet of decks, complete with outdoor sitting areas, al fresco dining, an outdoor fireplace, a barbeque area, and a built-in hot-tub. Indoors, the home showcases a professional wet bar, an entertainment lounge with fireplace and billiards, a fully-equipped kitchen complete with a wine fridge, a walk-in closet, and multiple fireplaces.
#6: Rabbit Snare Gorge, Inverness, $845,000, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
Designed by Omar Ghandi and Design Base 8, this 1-bed, 1-bath house was originally conceived as a summer vacation home. The bedroom and bath are on the ground floor, accessed via a dramatic 20-foot tall rusted steel entry, while the main living area is located on the second and third floors. Oversized windows frame generous views of the surrounding landscape, while the large deck with glass railing offers outdoor entertaining space with a natural backdrop.
The iconic home sits on 35 mostly heavily wooded acres, which also include a gorge with two ravines and two brooks, 1,000 feet of dramatic ocean frontage in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, a boat house, a newly-built bridge, and a challenging hiking trail leading to the dramatic cliffs of the oceanfront.
#7:835 East Margaree Road, Margaree, $790,000, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
Dramatic views of the ocean, Margaree Harbour, Margaree River, and endless wild landscape surround this 2.5-acre property. Perched high above the surrounding vistas, the 2015-built home offers close to 3,888 square feet of luxurious living space that includes an oversized kitchen complete with porcelain floors and a private deck, generous closet space in all bedrooms, a den, a games room and a rec room.
The energy-efficient home also features generous outdoor space with glass railings throughout, including a large walk-out deck, and several balconies. The property is just minutes from Highland National Park, and sits between the golfing greens of Cabot Links, Bell Bay, Le Portage, Cabot Cliffs, and Highland Links.
#8: 37 John Angus Lane, South Harbour, $789,000, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Built in 1976, this South Harbour round house was once featured in Fine Homebuilding Magazine. The 3-story home comes with 7.3 acres of land, 5 of which are wooded natural landscape, while the remaining 2+ acres feature fenced vegetable gardens, tended fields, and landscaped gardens. The estate basks in mountain and ocean views, and sits on private Cape Breton water frontage, complete with kayak slip and small dock.
The breathtaking views can be taken in from the 3-season porch, through the bevy of windows and from multiple decks – complete with built-in seating. Furthermore, the listing also includes an artist studio/workshop with abundant light atop the detached garage, as well as all the custom furnishings, a canoe, and a propane barbeque setup. 37 John Angus Lane is also attractively close to Aspy Bay and Highlands National Park
#9: 4333 & 4331 West Lake Ainslie Road, Inverness County, $785,000, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
Built in 1954 on the shores of Lake Ainslie, this estate comes with a whopping 560 acres of land and 1,341 feet of waterfront. The 4,635-square-foot main residence was built from logs sourced from the property’s grounds and it went through significant updates over the past 30 years, including a recently-expanded eat-in kitchen. The 5-bed home boasts an oversized deck, a great room complete with stone fireplace, and a master suite complete with sauna and an in-home gym. The waterfront views can be enjoyed from a screened-in porch and extensive decks.
The estate also features a 2,006-square-foot, 4-bedroom guest house. The massive property abounds in mature birch, beech, and hard maple, and has extensive forest roads. Big game, including bear, lynx and coyote, as well as large birds of prey roam throughout the extensive acreage, which also boasts a trout stream high up in the forest.
#10: 11 Derby Point Road, Grand Narrows, $780,000, 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms
Originally built in 1887 as the Grand Narrows Hotel, this lovingly maintained landmark has hosted icons of the 19th and 20th century such as Hellen Keller, Alexander Graham Bell and U.S. President Roosevelt. The 3-story Second Empire-style property enjoys extensive lake views, sitting on private Barra Strait frontage and boasting a private Bras d’Or Lake beach across the road. The 6,490-square-foot home is listed with most furnishings included and features a grand covered porch, extensive balcony space, two living rooms, two dining rooms, and a den.
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