If you’re in search of a slower pace of life, breathtaking views, and affordable prices, then buying a home in a small town in Nova Scotia or Cape Breton might be just what you need. With stunning coastlines, rolling hills, and picturesque fishing villages, the region is renowned for its natural beauty.
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Compared to other provinces, Nova Scotia is also one of the most affordable. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, Nova Scotia had a benchmark price of $384,600 in April 2023 – that’s $360,000 cheaper than the national average of $744,600. That price dips down even more if you head out to Cape Breton, where the average price was $254,154 in May 2023 according to the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors. So if you’re ready to start a new chapter out east, here are some of the best small towns to buy a house in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton:
Baddeck, Cape Breton
At the heart of Cape Breton sits Baddeck – a charming small town on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake. One of the village’s claims to fame is the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, built in tribute to the inventor who at one point even had a summer home here. You can find beautiful waterfront properties and hillside homes with panoramic views of the town and the lake.
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg is a picturesque port town on the south shore of Nova Scotia, known for its colourful buildings and stunning waterfront. With its scenic beauty and charming small-town feel, it’s a popular spot for homebuyers. Homes on the south shore of Nova Scotia had an average price of $376,352 in May 2023, cheaper than the provincial average. Properties range in style from beautiful waterfront homes to hillside bungalows with panoramic views of the town and harbour.
Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Mahone Bay is a quaint town on the south shore of Nova Scotia, not far from Lunenburg, known for its three picturesque churches and its stunning views of the bay. Though the town is small, residents have access to several artisan shops, breweries, and restaurants. Homebuyers can find properties with views of the water and the town’s colourful buildings.
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
Annapolis Royal is a historic town located on the Annapolis River in western Nova Scotia. The town is known for its well-preserved architecture, beautiful gardens, and stunning views of the river. Homes in the Annapolis Valley sold for an average of $377,902 in May 2023. Homebuyers can find waterfront properties, hillside homes, and properties with views of the town and the river.
St. Peters, Cape Breton
St. Peters is a small town located on the eastern shore of Cape Breton Island. The town is known for its stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Bras d’Or Lake. Homebuyers can find waterfront properties and hillside homes with panoramic views of the ocean and the lake.
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