Lunenburg Nova Scotia is known worldwide for its real estate. Established by european settlers over the last 257+ years, the architecture is a combination of early colonial, Georgian, Victorian and modern. Although Mi’kmaq (native Canadians) and Acadians (French colonists) had long resided in the area, the first formal colonization of Lunenburg began in 1753 when a group of German, Swiss and Monbéliard immigrants, called “Foreign Protestants” were enticed here to fortify the British presence in Nova Scotia. They were meant to counter the Catholic residents who might have a conflict of interest about loyalty…
The town was planned as a grid of streets and blocks, each with 14 house lots, and spaces for park and fortifications. This organization and continued maintenance of its historic architecture, gave Old Town district of Lunenburg world heritage status from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1995. Tourists, seasonal residents, and locals enjoy this beauty still today.
Outside Lunenburg town limits, larger lots were also laid out for the settlers in the area still known as Garden Lots. This is not to be confused with the small garden lots that were granted to the settlers for agriculture east of the Town, and large plots of 30 and 300 acres in the “hinterlands” (now inhabited by Nova Scotians for generations). Here are photos of the coastal pastureland where people farmed, fished, and built modest communities; it now is prime development land.
A 1950’s ‘doll house’ that enjoys these cottage water views is for sale in this area, at the time of this writing. Being just outside the Town of Lunenburg there are also lower county taxes. Nature lovers would have wetland wildlife to watch and pastoral surroundings. With its rolling small field, there is also a trickling brook, a skating pond, and an orchard with a multi-species apple and pear trees.
Garden Lots is only minutes to Blue Rocks and Mahone Bay, which are treasures as well. As for value, that cottage would need some TLC to bring out its loveliness, so it’s priced to sell . . . and who knows, you might time it right to see the tallship Bluenose II sail by in the distant harbour.
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Bettina Gouthro Grunwald