Cape Breton Estates: Land of the Golden Arms

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Cape Breton Estates: land of the golden arms

Property Details: Extraordinary Getaway

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Price: $1,900,000 (Exclusive Listing)
Category: Residential
County: Victoria County, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sizes:
Lot size: 19.755 ACRES
Sq. Footage (TLA): 3352
  600
Building Dimensions:
Residence 20 X 39 plus 32 X 56
Guest House 35 X 23 (includes adjacent enclosed wood storage/work bench area)
Garage 22' 6" X 32' 6"
Additional Structures: Two permanent, wood frame cabanas on the cliff
Possession: IMMEDIATE
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Overview:

One of the principle reasons my wife and I founded Cape Breton Estates.com Inc. was in order to provide both sellers and prospective buyers the opportunity of a far wider photographic experience on the internet, as well as a more detailed descriptive effort in print. As many will agree, Cape Breton is comprised of some truly remarkable scenery and a breadth of landscape that challenges the imagination to accept as being a part of the same smallish, roughly 100 mile by 200 mile island, at the north end of Nova Scotia. But National Geographic Magazine and other recognized travel professionals agree, ranking Cape Breton very highly as an extraordinary destination.

In that special context, this property is for a very special person. One for whom beauty, comfort and privacy is paramount. And for whom being remote, yet accessible by normal vehicle, accepting distance as an advantage and a privacy enhancing value, is desirable. The dwelling, on a ridge top about 370 feet above the ocean below, fits that description perfectly. Unique is one adjective, aerial is another, beautiful and even majestic can also be included, although the reality strikes subjectively. The accompanying photos are a poor two dimensional effort to illustrate a reality that is simply extraordinary.

Reached by a steepish drive that was blasted out of the rock face, once on top, the woodsy environs, dry rock walls, pleasing use of substantial hard maples amongst the crushed rock court yard and turn-around, lead invitingly to a multi-level board and baton weathered home that simply belongs there. Three sides of the building have decks that are above the trees, and provide breathtaking vistas of mountains, the Atlantic Ocean, soaring cliffs, long stretches of sandy beaches, and total absolute privacy - forever.

The guest house is actually part of the quadrangle court yard, doubling as an indoor firewood storage, with a work area, and a separate entrance to the complete guest quarters. There is a kitchen as well as living room in a tasteful milieu. A private potentially screened deck perches at the top of the drop-off and has its own gorgeous views.

The main house, snugly constructed on top of the living rock with concrete posts let into the outcrop, is designed to provide a comfortable setting in every area of the building. The ground floor entrance (one of two) is directly into a separate air-conditioned office, overlooking the court yard and driveway entrance. An adjoining complete bathroom and adjacent separate bedroom make this a very pleasant possible maid's or in-law's quarters. The stairs leading up to the main living area open onto the landing that is also the main entrance hall. Large living room and fireplace, library with wood stove, and Master bedroom all have magnificent views of ocean, beaches, mountains and soaring cliffs.

A functional kitchen adjoins another living area which opens on one of several decks, and a partially separate dining room. Another wood-burning stove provides plenty of warmth for colder days. The building faces east, over a patch of bald rock, lending its description to the name of the property - Bald Rock. Blueberries thrive in the small area below the ocean facing front deck, before firs take over, precipitously dropping to the roadway far below and out of sight.

Given the chaotic and unpredictable nature of global politics, economic and social conditions, and the relative scarcity of quiet areas far from prospective destabilized locations, this unique property combines a wide variety of features, any one or two of which make this a remarkable place.


More:
  • a quarter of a mile of dry stone walls (no concrete used)
  • stone used in walls came from the blasting of the driveway
  • the two car garage is oversized because it is designed to accommodate a Bombardier tracked vehicle for winter use
  • there is a large area just outside the courtyard and near the garage where the gravel drive widens out significantly to accommodate a number of parking spaces for vehicles
  • the water view from the property is panoramic; it encompasses Aspy Bay, sand beaches and the Sugarloaf Mountain Range to the N. W., Cape North and St. Paul's Island out over the Atlantic and the cliffs leading to White Point to the S.E.
  • Sandy beach access is five minutes away
  • the nearest town for shopping is Neil's Harbour and there is also Ingonish nearby; a number of restaurants are open seasonally and a few year-round as well
  • ample opportunity for moorage is also nearby
  • one of the downstairs bedrooms in the residence has a charming "cupboard bed" that's queen size
  • all aspects of this property - construction, utilities, landscaping were designed to provide the ultimate in safety, comfort and durability
  • all structures were built to fit into the land and preserve as much as possible its natural state
  • the arbor in summer is covered with old growth green leafed vines that lend unusual interest to the walk between the main residence and the guest house
  • the house is exactly 370 feet above sea level
  • various skylights are placed strategically throughout the main floor of the residence

 

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Appointment required - please call Tom @ 866-325-1001

Area Links:
bullet Ski Cape Smokey
It's among the region's best hills, with a variety of runs from beginners, to double diamond glade runs, and is rich in breathtaking vistas.
bullet The Highland Links Golf Course
Considered by many to be the number one golf course in Canada (and recently voted as such in major golf magazines) with a 5 star rating. Ranked 57th in the world. Viewing the terrain of the course gives a good sense of the geography of the area.
bullet Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada
Government of Canada web site. Details nearby Highlands which cover 950 square kilometers, about 20% of northern Cape Breton. It is the largest protected wilderness area in Nova Scotia and is an outstanding Canadian landscape.
bullet Cape Breton Highlands
More info about this incredible park.
 
 
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Type: Split Level Residential with Guest House
Style: Contemporary
Title to Land: Freehold
Property Size: 19.755 ACRES
Land Features:
Private ridge, rock outcroppings, wooded, beautifully landscaped surrounding house, precipitous and rolling, elevated, expansive ocean and mountain views, courtyard, stone pathways with rock walls, arbor, all exterior utility lines are buried
Access: Year round paved street
Heating:
Split System, Electric, AC, Wood stove in main residence; guest house is Electric Heat Pump and Air Conditioned
AC Two upstairs bedrooms are air conditioned
Garage Type: Detached, oversize 2 car
Water: Drilled well, 400 feet (large reserve), substantial flow rate
Sewer: Septic - 2 systems; one for the residence and one for the guest house
Services:
Electricity (200 Amps), Telephone, High Speed Internet, Garbage Pick-up
Rental Equip.: None
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Exterior:
Board and Batten; studding is 2' X 6' with plywood on both the inside and outside with the insulation between. This wall box construction provides extra strength and insulation.
Driveway: Gravel
Foundation: Built on concrete pillars let into the bedrock below
Features:
Fireplace, wood stove, wood cook stove, decking surround house, enclosed porch,
Roof:
New in 2007: a waterproof membrane layer under the asphalt shingles which are tarred down as well as nailed for extra wind and moisture resistance.
Flooring: Finished Pine, Area Rugs, Ceramics
 
Inclusions/ Exclusions:
Everything in the house remains except a few of the owner's personal wall hangings.
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Bedrooms: 3/1
Bathrooms: 3/1**
Rental Income: No
Buildings Age: 1971*
Garage: Yes
Gar.Details: see above
Water Access: View
Water: Ocean
Sign: No
Lockbox: No
PCDS: Yes
*guest house is 12 years old, 4 bathrooms in main residence; one bath in guest house
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Floor Room Size
MAIN FLOOR FOYER 7' 4" X 4' 8"
MAIN FLOOR LAUNDRY 7' 6" X 6'
MAIN FLOOR KITCHEN (EAT-IN)/LIVING ROOM - OPEN PLAN 24' X 32'
MAIN FLOOR PANTRY #1 11' x7'
MAIN FLOOR PANTRY #2 8'x 7'
MAIN FLOOR FAMILY/DINING ROOM 31' 6" X 15' + 15' X 6'
MAIN FLOOR MASTER BDRM WITH DRESSING/SITTING ROOM & WALK-IN CLOSETS 25' X 12' + 25' X 20'
MAIN FLOOR ENSUITE BATH (3 PC.) 13' X 6'
MAIN FLOOR ENSUITE BATH (2 PC.) SINK/TOILET
MAIN FLOOR BEDROOM 13' X 11'
MAIN FLOOR BEDROOM 17' X 12' 6"
MAIN FLOOR LIBRARY/DEN 14' 6" X 11' (irreg.)
MAIN FLOOR ENCLOSED PORCH 23' 6" X 9' 6"
MAIN FLOOR SURROUND DECKING 10' deep
Floor Room Size
GROUND LEVEL BEDROOM/OFFICE 13' X 11' 4"
GROUND LEVEL BEDROOM 13' 6" X 11'
GROUND LEVEL BATH/LAUNDRY (3 PC) 10' X 11'
GROUND LEVEL FRONT DECKING WITH BUILT IN BENCH SEATING 15' X 24' 6"
 
Floor Room Details
"BASEMENT" UTILITY CRAWL SPACE AREA ABOVE GROUND (DUE TO BEDROCK) BEHIND LOWER LEVEL
 
GUEST HOUSE
Floor Room Size
MAIN FLOOR FOYER 6' X 13'
MAIN FLOOR KITCHEN/FAMLY/BAR/ OPEN PLAN 22' 6" X 14' 6"
MAIN FLOOR BATH WITH LARGE CLOSET 3 PC.
MAIN FLOOR BEDROOM 15' X 11' 6"
MAIN FLOOR SCREENED PORCH 32' X 12'
MAIN FLOOR ENCLOSED WOOD STORAGE/WORK AREA L-shaped
MAIN FLOOR COVERED ENTRANCE HALL 13' X 6'
 
CLIFF-SIDE CABANNAS
Floor Room Size
CABANNA #1 ONE OPEN AREA, COVERED/BAR B QUE 8' X 12'
CABANNA #2 ONE OPEN AREA, COVERED 8' x 15'
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Assessment: $ No Assessment has been done by province (2011) Taxes: $1700 (2011)
Listing Office: Compliments of Tom Childs
  Call any time @ 1-866-325-1001
Tradewinds Realty Inc.
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(The above information is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed)
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