King Street Court Park

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Bridgewater Riverfront Revitalized

king st court

Beside future walking ramp

You need to come see  the redesigned improvements to King Street Court Park. It is now more visible, accessible and inviting!

bridgewater fountain

Floating viewing platform

A Community Celebration on October 2nd, 2010 had participants partying despite the drizzly morning.  (Volunteerism and economic revitalization of the riverfront were the reasons for the entertainment).

For once the street was blocked off not for construction, but for the enjoyment of the public.  More and more festivals and even weddings, will be happening in the park in the future.


"Naming the Twins"

"Naming the Twins"

There were bands playing, FREE cake, buskers doing professional facepainting and making balloon animals while on stilts.  My favourite part was riding through the farmers market in golf carts and stopping at the Petite River Winery’s hard cider tasting.   Mmmm

Petite River Winery

wine & cider tasting

Service clubs ran BBQ stands, a ladies kick boxing club performed, and bubbles donated by a local business floated on the breeze.  Prizes ranged from bicycles to coveted gift certificates.

bridgewater fountain

Butterfly face paint

This event was put on by a committee from the Riverfront Renaissance action group of the Bridgewater Development Association.  Many plans and promotional efforts have been carried out in the background.

King St Court

Seating and Interpretive Panels

If you’d like to assist Bridgewater‘s momentum in getting the Lahave River back to being a major draw for enjoyment and business, there is plenty to do.

bridgewater fountain

I love the fountain

Check out the following site for details on progress to date and future phases of the economic development plans.  There are also thank yous to the various funders listed there.

king street court

water walkway

See you at the next batch of more things going on in the South Shore!


Betttina Grunwald

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Oceanfront Building Lot

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Bee’s Cove


How many times do people search for a fish shed that can be converted to a cottage?

Well, here it is!

oceanfront building lot

There’s calculated space for well and septic, in addition to the 2nd wired outbuilding on site.

Did I mention there’s a wharf too?  Once 100 feet long, it would need a finger float to join to the grandfathered tip. Your own pier for a houseboat or party platform, angled to accommodate the current.

Sensational sunsets, due to southwest orientation of buildings. See fabulous area photos on Google Earth    (44 07 48 N, 64 34 38 W)

oceanfront building lot


Lot Size: 29,300 Sq.ft.

Fish Shed: 30′ x 16′

Outbuilding: 19′ x 20′

Oceanfront +/- 180 feet


oceanfront building lot


Many nostalgic and recent charms are in this  harbourside community . A reading festival and spontaneous fun make the village ideal for lasting enjoyment. It inspires bike rides or long walks past pretty homes and the commercial waterfront.  Slow winding roads like Medway Street, lead to this deeded lane.

Close to Liverpool and Bridgewater amenities, and not isolated like waterfront building lots can sometimes be, out there on the ocean.


Tell your REALTOR(R) to “fill their boots” as a Caper would say… there’s a key onsite for easy showings.

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Open to waterfront Trade

Friday, August 6th, 2010
63 Acres on Molega Lake OPEN to TRADES – Cottage Country NS OWNER IS OPEN TO OCEAN OR LAKEFRONT COTTAGE OFFERED IN TRADE FOR PAYMENT!photo by owner of acreage on Molega LakeI could gush about how amazing a spot in Cottage Country and practical too, that you don’t have to leave a vehicle on the mainland to feel like you’re on your own private coastal retreat.  Take a scenic water tour of Molega Lake if you want at any time of a delicious day…

The road through Harbour Acres is the best road in Cottage Country I have seen in years.  There are neighbouring oversize lots, a secure gate, and Protective Covenants.  This parcel has Sixty-one continuous acres of mixed forest, a new roadway to an ideal waterview building site, and a nearby two acre island included, all away from water ski boat traffic. Molega Lake is superior for kayaking and canoeing as well!

nova scotia stone outcroppingsbuilding driveway for NS lakefront

This cottage country land opportunity is located 40 minutes from Bridgewater, the hub of the South Shore… or 15 minutes to Greenfield (which has great convenience stores and the stunning Medway River). If heading another half hour to oceanside Liverpool, you might as well stop in Milton on the Mersey River, to get their special spring water.

Or just stay put and enjoy the bounties of nature on your estate property on sizable Molega Lake. Cottage country Nova Scotia at its prime!

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Lunenburg Nova Scotia architecture

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

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…

interior of Lunenburg Nova Scotia  churchLunenburg Nova Scotia  church

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.

horse and buggy tour in LunenburgLunenburg Nova Scotia aerialLunenburg Nova Scotia aerial

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.

Garden Lots, Lunenburg County, Nova ScotiaGarden Lots, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia

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.

(This is a replica sailing ship, of the successful racing schooner found on the Canadian dime.) For more images of the Bluenose homeport of Lunenburg, just click this link or paste it into your internet browser’s address bar:

Bon Voyage!

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Green waterfront homes in Nova Scotia

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Waterfront Homes in Nova Scotia

For “useablewaterfront, buyers are choosing green properties in Nova Scotia

for boating, swimming, winter sport and water view lifestyles. Oceanfront

is beautiful in summer, riverfront is gorgeous in spring , and lakefront is

enjoyable Year-round as long as the roads are open more than seasonally…

waterfront homes in nova Scotia

Beaver tail Basin has a few of these homes for sale for part-time and fulltime residents. The Basin is an extended cove of massive Molega Lake, or even a lake on its own. Your boat can be launched at the CAUSEWAY BRIDGE that allows passage from Beavertail Basin into Molega Lake. The lots in this area were scooped up by nature lovers, world travelers, and working folks early as the Lakeland Retreats development grew.

Narrows Raod causeway narrows road causeways

Boats enjoy safe moorage at clean shorelines and swimmers avoid the crowds this group of popular lakes near Bridgewater can accommodate. A natural sand beach for Retreats owners and guests only, is also within a dog walk. There is high-speed internet and well-maintained private roads in this part of Cottage Country. Just out of the hustle and bustle (under one half hour from hospital and Big Box retailers) you’d find:

Beaver tail basin

An Interhab post & beam house with upscale slate and cedar landscaping along with 142’ lakefront on the Basin. With in-floor heat on two levels and a gas fireplace, the owners never wanted to leave. A standby automatic generator self-tests weekly, and some backup baseboard heat exists for the master suite and loft sitting area.

interhab post and beam windmill in Nova Scotia

Another property is a contemporary lakefront cottage/home within a private, peaceful oasis. Effectively younger than its seven years, and joined to the newer workshop, this one level charmer is well above the waterline. Should one wish to open up views or groom the forest path into a two level stairway the owners have left this to the discretion of the second owner. The lake is so clean, they draw as much water as they need directly through a Reverse Osmosis filter.

waterline in Beavertail Basin

Its grounds are low maintenance, with extra sewage system filters. A thermal heat storage system and wood burning fireplace give you the means to have a smaller impact and still live year-round in comfort. There’s a six-foot frost wall basement for more storage, and practical details throughout with a touch of luxury.

Come see why for “useablewaterfront, buyers choose these greener kinds of properties for boating, swimming, winter sport and water view lifestyles.

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Oceanview cottage and farm, NS

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Oceanview Nova Scotia farm and cottage

oceanview Nova Scotia farm and cottage

There is a timeless property within walking distance to Broad Cove Beach, with its sand and clam flats. This home is only ten minutes drive from Crescent, Rissers and Cherryhill Beaches. One hour and twenty minutes gets you to the city of Halifax and twenty five minutes to the bustling Town of Bridgewater.

broad cove ocean viewoceanview Nova Scotia farm and cottage

Faded hex-signs (painted barn designs) foretell of the magic charm of this antique farm. There are fertile fields,  acres of firewood, ocean views, a rustic guest house, and a mature garden setting.  This homestead is graced by the 150+ year old Cape with her black steel roofs and terracotta clapboard.

barn in Broad Cove oceanview Nova Scotia farm and cottage

Lovely fruit trees and flowering bushes delight your senses… the salt air and sheltered location are most wonderful for outdoor pursuits. There are multiple outbuildings, which could satisfy hobbyists and home business.  The village boasts a summertime café and nearby Petite Riviere has a general store and fire hall parties.

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Rent out this oceanview guesthouse for side income, or put your visitors up in style — where you won’t trip over each other.

To see room sizes and interior photos, if this property is still available with its real estate company, click this link:

“There are an abundance of berries, heritage apples and plums and flowering perennial gardens thriving in the micro-climate of their venue.  The stalwart farmhouse embraces one as warmly and gently as does the land. To the southeast of this lush plateau, fertile pastures rise sharply to a high crest where there is a rustic two-story refuge with a rather stunning view of the sea.  On the backside of the crest of the hill is the farm wood lot. ” Tony Walters

For those Buyers able to pursue the property, the roadway uphill to the Cottage is drivable.

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Ten Mile Lake, NS, Canada

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Nova Scotia, Canada ” Ten Mile Lake” Wonderland

Information for Nova Scotia, Canada “Ten Mile Lake”:

  • Location: Only 15 minutes Liverpool with its 2000 residents, also near the nicest sand beaches ,you will find pure nature on an unspoiled lake. A kayak-er and canoeists’ dreamTen Mile Lake canoeing
  • Development: There is only one on this lake. There are 21 lots on the waterfront, and 8 with water access, in an ideal South-east to South-west orientation.  The sites are fully surveyed, with electricity and roads to the borders and sewage permit tested.
  • The Project: Lots are large to guarantee your privacy. “Pick out your spot and build your holiday house or retirement home”.
  • Ten Mile Lake: The painterly, fish rich lake, with 3 islands, is great for small motorboats and canoes. Experience  the Canadian Loon,  Beaver, and other wildlife.  A 250 acre woodland reserve belongs to this development that is yours to enjoy for birdwatching.  Hike, jog or bike in the fresh air and hunting-free grounds.view of Ten Mile Lake Sample Lot:  330′ waterfront  6 Acres $55,000 Cdn.

Summary “Ten Mile Lake” Nova Scotia

2 hour drive from the International airport and about 1.5 hours from the capital city of Halifax. Only 19km from Liverpool, where stores, restaurants, theater and the infrastructure of a small town is found. Approximately 30 minutes from Bridgewater with 8000 residents. Five minute drive (8km) from the village of Greenfield with shops, gas station and post office.  The Medway River, a well-known waterway, flows through  the area and is beautiful to kayak on (20 km until the Atlantic Ocean) and fish from.

tourism in Nova ScotiaKejimkujik national park, one if the biggest  nature parks in Nova Scotia is 30 km away and 15 minutes drive from Ten Mile Lake are sand beaches on the Atlantic ocean. When you want to play golf, White Point Beach Golf Resort is near Liverpool. Guaranteed quiet, as large speedboats are not likely; it’s best with canoes and boats with an outboard motor.  Drinking water quality for swimming as springs bubble up through the rocks… very pristine. Excellent fish stock such as trout, river bass, small mouth bass, eels and more.

Lake size is about 97 Hectares,  width approximately 2 km, and length about 5 km.   The flora and fauna are Wonderful:  a mix of tree stands with maples, evergreens, birch, etc. and ferns, wild orchids, different water plants (usually lily pad blooms) .

Ten-Mile-lake photo in fallSummary of Nova Scotia CANADA area climate

Through the influence of the Gulf stream, there is a mild climate on the South Shore! We have a warm summer with lots of sun (1,945 sunshine hours per year, compared to the health resort of Bodensee with 1699 hours) and a pleasant summer temperature (22-30 degrees Celcius). Measurable winter with little snow,  temperature occasionally as low as  -18 degree Celcius.  Reasonable mosquitoes on “Ten Mile Lake”. Colourful autumn (Indian  Summer) with temperatures still up to 20 degrees Celcius in October.

Come have a look !

Nova Scotia REALTOR Bettina Grunwald~Bettina

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Nova Scotia investment property, or homeplace Retreat?

Friday, March 26th, 2010

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Nova Scotia oceanfront home

Oceanfront home where rent pays the mortgage

An oversize deck spans the granite ledge, rising up from the Bay. This distinctive dwelling can accommodate everything from year-round coastal lifestyles to special retreats. The open concept gathering areas and peaceful personal spaces match the great inspiration of the property’s setting.  Nova Scotia investment property, or homeplace Retreat? It could be either, or both!

Nova Scotia investments property or retreat

Look out to the open ocean

An abundance of light… The groomed shoreline is linked to a private island via the floating boardwalk. An extra 525 feet of saltwater frontage also spans a swimming cove and separate lot.  Ask your REALTOR(R) for a survey.

This house property is popular on- – and is well looked after. For purchasing, tenancy must be taken into consideration (ie.  giving notice in summer for the Fall, is too late unless inheriting the cashflow is OK!!)

Lot size: ±3.92 Acres
Living Area: ±3180 Sq. ft.
Age: ±17 Years
Garage: 24′ x 22′
Ocean Front: approx ±1050′ + island circumference


Living/Dining Room Combined: 20′ x 26′ L-shaped

double sinks and lots of wood

1 of the 4 Port Medway bathrooms

Kitchen: 13′ x 9′
Laundry/Utility: 24′ x 9′
Bedroom: 12′ x 14′
Bedroom: 12′ x 10′, irregular
Master Bedroom: 14′ x 17′
3 Pc. Ensuite
5 Pc. Bath + 2 Pc. Bath

Family Room: 21′ x 17′
Den/Office: 10′ x 9′
Bedroom: 17′ x 14′
Storage: 24′ x 22′
3 Pc. Bath

Electric & Oil Heat
Drilled Well ~ Septic
Ensuite ~ Deck/Patio
Gravel Driveway


map view of Austrian Rd

Aerial view of retreat home area

Medway Cove Retreat is found where the Medway River winds its way to the bold Atlantic. The area offers privacy and seclusion, yet is close to the historic town of Liverpool. A drive along the Lighthouse Route will bring you to the communities of Lunenburg, a UNESCO world heritage site, Mahone Bay and Chester.

Halifax, the capital city of Nova Scotia, is only a 70 minute drive away. For more information on the above areas click

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Lunenburg Nova Scotia Festivals

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Lunenburg Santa arrives by Boat

Community involvement in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia is very strong. People pull together to carry out a great many things. Besides the art, music festivals, and heritage tours, a new festivity hit the scene this winter: a boat themed Christmas Parade. For in Lunenburg, Santa arrives by Boat.

Now normally Santa arrived on a trawler in the harbour and it happens around St. Nicholas Day (a celebration in keeping with the Germanic heritage in Lunenburg).  The first St. Nicholas fest was started  by a local real estate company. Rumour has it there were European livestock as well as a saucy St. Nick.

This time the Lunenburg Board of Trade wanted to freshen up the concept, and suggested floats made of Doreys. These are special rowboats used by fishermen, yes I did not say fisherpersons. Fishers? The boats are often buff yellow, and they are visible in the fog.

Just check out the harbourfront buildings in Lunenburg and see how lively the colours are:Lunenburg Harbourfront boats and paint colours

So these merry wooden boats were propelled through the hilly streets of Lunenburg in an outrageous parade of holiday spirit. There were mermaid elves and Victorian carollers. The Rotary Club of Lunenburg underwrote the production, as their insurance covered non-profit events.

rotary Club of Lunenburg parade float

In all, the weather held long enough to do another parade in Bridgewater , for the Lahave River Valley Christmas Festival. But that’s another post

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