2992 PE-1 Highway, South Pinette, PEI
There aren’t many opportunities to own a significant portion of Canada’s smallest province, but the farm at 2992 PE-1 Highway, South Pinette, is one of those opportunities. The farm is located on the more attractive east side of the island on the south coast about 35 minutes from Charlottetown, and a short drive from the ferry to Nova Scotia at Montague. There are 175 acres of land separated by highway, and the southern plot gives the owner about 700 feet of beachy waterfront at Gascoigne Cove off Northumberland Strait (with an Airbnb-ready one-bedroom cottage located on the water for visitors). The owners bought the place in the 1970s, and this 1916 red-brick Edwardian farmhouse has been flawlessly preserved to retain its rustic charm. Inside there are dark red walls, floral wallpaper and honey-colored wood floors everywhere you look. Three bedrooms on the upper floors are tucked under dormer windows and the main floor has a greenhouse-like sunroom built from the living room. The large kitchen – made entirely of wood including butcher block counters – connects to the dining room and the corridor to the back porch. There are several outbuildings, including a horse barn and granary that has been converted into a guesthouse with its own kitchen and second-floor bedroom (the seaside cottage, by contrast, has a kitchenette in one large open space). About 100 acres of land was contracted to a neighbor who practices organic farming.
“This is the most beautiful ranch house I think I’ve been in,” said registry agent Nick MacDonald with Re/Max Charlottetown Realty who put a $1.2 million price tag on the property. “For PEI, this is at the higher end of the market, but there was a lot of interest. It’s one of those characteristics where people in the driveway come with their ‘Oh my gosh’ moment…you tend to stick with them.”
Ring Road 53315. 134, Yellowhead Rural County, Alta.
Built in 1993, this cozy log house features dark walnut floors and wood-clad master rooms with rounded beams and wood-burning fireplaces. “The kitchen part of the house is actually a 100-year-old cabin, and they built the rest of the log house around it to order,” said Laura Miller, of Century 21 Twin Realty, which is offering the property for sale. The open kitchen and dining room transitions from those wood walls into a modern kitchen with a large island, free-standing fridge and freezer that locks in a range of cabinets and counters in the corner of the room. There are two bedrooms upstairs and a covered balcony off the main bedroom.
For $1.2 million, she gets 287 acres of land, a cattle barn, shop, her own sawmill, cabins and other outbuildings. The couple who owns it is also willing to negotiate the inclusion of the cattle operation in the sale, with equipment and animals that could add another $500,000. There is also an oil lease for the property generating around $3,200 annually.
It’s midway between Edmonton and the western regional boundary of the Rocky Mountains (Jasper National Park is about 150 kilometers away) along the Trans-Canada Highway and the nearest big city is Edson about half an hour away. “They have been on that land forever, never for sale,” Ms Miller said. People from outside the county love the quiet and low property taxes that were only $466 last year.
South Menezes, Hudson Bay, Sussex.
The great exodus from Ontario to more affordable parts of the country is touching everywhere, including the small town of Hudson Bay, Sask, which has a population of 1,700, which is A) not on any kind of bay, B) about 330 kilometers away It’s the largest city in the province, Saskatoon and C) certainly nowhere near the actual Hudson Bay (Manitoba en route).
Realtor Robbie Moshenko has lived in Hudson Bay her whole life, selling homes for most of her career to locals, and if someone from outside the county was looking to buy, they were coming in for a local job or coming home to their family. Not since the epidemic. It has sold homes to families looking to buy an “invisible sight” – some who plan to work remotely (satellite internet will be essential for these people) or get work locally. “They are young, in their forties and fifties, they sell and come here and live without debt,” she said.
And who can blame them when $395,000 gets a 35-acre prairie and modern open-plan ranch with panoramic views from every window. Mrs. Moshenko’s farm house is listed in South Menezes, off the Saskota Travel Route south of Hudson Bay, and has a pond, some pine gazebos to shelter the house from the winds, and a modern farmhouse first built in 1952.
The kitchen is anchored by the huge open living and dining room with a vaulted ceiling clad in blond wood, a black brick fireplace, and a sliding door to the deck. Black cabinets wrap around the outside wall under what looks like an acre of butcher block counter, including an induction range, double-freezer refrigerator, and massive island. There are two bedrooms upstairs, one folded out into a loft, and a master suite on the main floor with its own en-suite and closet. The land is leased for farming, but there are outbuildings and ambitious beginners can build something for themselves. Last year’s property taxes were only $2,400.
849 Fairfax Road, Lansdowne, Ont.
Farmhouses come in all kinds of materials and depending on the age and region you can expect wood, brick, simple wood frame or if you are lucky sometimes you find stone.
The stone masonry of the 1883 farm was found at 849 Fairfax Road. In Lansdowne, Ont. (ed.). , adds some wow factor to this 125 acre hobby/horse farm. The farm was listed for sale at $1.05 million by Laurie Dillon of Greater Ottawa Realty Inc. The farm is about 10 minutes from Ganonoque and an hour from Ottawa, but expects a buyer from the greater Toronto area to be interested in a piece of St Lawrence Seaway. The house is located near the center of the land, surrounded by a forest of trees which then opens to the fields currently planted for hay, in the back of the wooded area is the horse barn and the sandy path of a little over a decade. Last year, annual property taxes were just $2,599.
Inside, the “summer kitchen” (unconstructed stone extension) was renovated in 2008 with custom Alder cabinetry and soapstone counters and is an open space with dining room and island. The rest of the house contains smaller rooms typical of pre-20th century stone houses. Many of the fixtures are antiques salvaged from other homes in the area; The fireplace mantle comes from a breakdown in a nearby town, some light bulbs acquired in Kemptville, Ont. There are three bedrooms on the second floor, but like many stone homes, the ceilings aren’t quite high, but are covered in ship-shaped painted wood—a staple of modern farmhouse décor—and when paired with slightly stained hardwood floors throughout the look shouts rustic comfort. . “You pull the lane and you feel the tension coming out of your neck,” said Mrs. Dillon. “If I hadn’t downsized myself, I would have done all of this.”
2321Z Chemin Thomas-Gore, Lachute, Que.
To the east of Lachute, Kew, (and about an hour from Montreal to the east) the massive 430-acre 2,321 Z Chemin Thomas-Gore dog-legged plot stretches from the main road through undeveloped rivers. and lakes in central Quebec. And as you might hope in a piece of rural Quebec, it’s set up to produce maple syrup. “There’s a nice sugar shack, and it’s all automated,” said Danny Lavalle of Multi-Immo Laurentides Real Estate, which is showing the house for $1.95 million. There are over 500 maples planted on the grounds, as well as a barn, shop, and other outbuildings, and there are trails, streams, a hunting camp, and fields that grow soybeans and wheat. The farm was established in 1860, and the house sits above a large pond that you can enjoy from the wraparound porch.
“It is a country house: a metal roof, a three-tiered brick house, now rebuilt inside, on a classic rock foundation,” said Mr. Lavalle. The dining kitchen has cream cabinets and stone countertops with a slate stone backsplash. The main rooms are light and bright with cream walls, plaster chandelier medallions and crown moldings throughout. There is a bedroom on the main floor and two more on the second floor, with a convertible loft storage room. Taxes were about $5,800 in 2021.
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