My Country Farmhouse – Prince Edward Island Heritage Homes

Prince Edward Island has some of the most spectacular views in the country. No matter where you are on the island you will not be disappointed. It also has some of the most incredible century homes. Some with turrets and towers, rare island sandstone homes, mansard roofs and architectural styles of homes in bright east coast colours.

Here are some beautiful homes that you can find on Prince Edward Island: (Please visit Realtor.ca for full listing details and photos)

This flat-iron design home was built in 1894 and can be found in Souris, PEI. It is a two-unit home listed for $159,000. The interior of this home is unique and could probably use some personal touches and character brought back. But the potential is great with that affordable price tag. You can find more information on this listing at MLS® Number: 202007529.

Located in Georgetown, PEI this home was built in 1915 by Ship Captain Stephenson. It has 9′ ceilings, Douglas fur thought-out, maids quarters, a north and south sunroom and  carriage house. Not to mention a pretty amazing kitchen sink. You can see more amazing pictures of this beautiful home at MLS® Number: 202009790.

This 3400 square foot home is located in Murray Harbour, PEI and was built in 1878. It has original wood floors, a hidden staircase, claw foot tub, and an attic that is ready to use as a great studio or bedroom. It has a list price of $249,900. You can find more information and pictures of this old lady at MLS® Number: 202008783.

This incredibly rare PEI Sandstone house was built in 1860 from a nearby quarry and can be found in Hamilton. It has been in the Ramsay family for 6 generations. It has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, 24′ thick walls, water views and sits on 1.21 acres of land. This home is listed for $319,900 and you can find more pictures and details at MLS® Number: 202007793.

This breathtaking 4500 square foot home is located in Summerside, PEI with a list price of $449,000. This 103 year old home has original wood trim and wainscotting, hardwood floors, a window bench seat on the middle landing, and double car garage. Mini mansion? Sure looks like it. You can see more pictures and read more information on this home at MLS® Number: 201913287.

I don’t usually copy and paste the full details of a property however this home has such a great history. And so here are the details as written on the MLS listing at realtor.ca: “Offered for sale is the Battersby Farm House, home of the Battersby sisters, well known local farmers. This home originated near the shoreline of St. Peters Bay. Sometime more than 100 years ago it was moved across the farm where it stood for more than 100 years near St. Peters Rd. In 2001 the present owners moved it back to the shoreline at the back of the farm and undertook a massive renovation. Today it is one of the most impressive farm homes in P.E.I. dating back to the colonial era. The home sits on five lots next to St. Peters Bay. The mansard style roof is typical of construction in 1870-1880. Today this home is thoroughly modern throughout & offers gracious bay side living in a private setting. It is being sold with most furnishings and contents. Forty minutes to Charlottetown there is nothing else like it on the market in eastern P.E.I.” Listed for $399,000 you can see more pictures of this gem at MLS® Number: 202008352.

I hope you enjoy your tours of all these incredible Prince Edward Island homes. They definitely deserve a look.

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My Country Farmhouse – Sunny Century Homes

There is something so happy about the colour yellow. It’s warm, inviting and cozy.  Whether on the inside of the house on the walls, the exterior siding or simply a hit of yellow on the front door. You can’t help but feel like smiling when you see it.

Here are some sunny century homes to brighten your day: (please visit Realtor.ca for full listings)

Located in Temiscouata-sur-le-lac, Quebec this gorgeous yellow home was built in 1928 and is currently listed for $274,500. It has a 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms (B&B potential). It has warm wood features and amazing repurposed bathroom vanities through-out. For more pictures and information on this property please visit MLS® Number: 14017000.

Located in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia this spectacular yellow house was built in 1845. It is a show stopper. With 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, a bar, original wood flooring, and brick fire place. At a list price of $599,000 you can find more pictures and information on this home at MLS® Number: 202009553.

This 1888 home is located in Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur, Quebec for a list prince of $379,000. It has 4 bedrooms and one bathroom, original hardwood floors, claw foot tub, brick fireplace and wood trim through-out. Please visit MLS® Number: 25944473 for more pictures and information.

Located in Hillsborough, New Brunswick this cute country farmhouse sits on 9.74 acres and has multiple out buildings, horse stalls and breath taking views. You have to see the interior pictures. It has original wood through-out, painted furniture, bead-board ceilings, claw foot tub and so much more. Listed for $249,500 you can find the pictures and information at MLS® Number: M128660.

This 1912 B&B is located in Kempt, Nova Scotia at a list price of $415,000. It has 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, indoor pool, diner style kitchen, a self-contained 2 bedroom / one bathroom apartment and and library. Please visit MLS® Number: 201927377 for more pictures and information.

This is such a neat property. Located in Yarker, Ontario at a list price of $399,000 this 1904 building is known as the former Waterfall Tea Room. It sits on the Napanee River with absolutely incredible views. This is perfect for a live-work investor. Cafe, gallery, antique store – skies the limit. There is a residential unit on the upper floor. You can see more pictures at MLS® Number: K20003047.

I hope you enjoy taking a virtual tour of each of these properties. They are all truly one-of-a-kind.

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My Country Farmhouse – Spectacular East Coast Inns

With the economy at a complete halt it was no surprise to see many Inn’s or large family homes for sale. These businesses rely on people coming and going (mostly during the warm season) which means they don’t often make money during the winter. Insurance, hydro, heating, land taxes and running costs on an empty property will simply overwhelm these independent businesses so quickly. And in the end – they will feel they have to fold. I hope that is not the case for any of these beauties.

Here are some of the Inns I’ve found over the last couple of days while watching the real estate market: (please visit realtor.ca to view the listings)

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Located in Tusket Nova Scotia at a list price of $228,000 this house was built in 1856.  It has 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. It sits on 11 acres of mostly wooded land. There is a workshop/stable and a separate studio over the garage. This house can easily be left as a single family home or play host on Air BNB or Inn. You can see more pictures at MLS® Number: 201926033.

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This 8 bedroom 4 bathroom house is located in Yarmouth Nova Scotia for $498,000. This place is large and retains all of its 1868 charm and character. Wood detail throughout, marble fire places, hardwood floors and a curved staircase are just so dreamy. There is a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment over the workshop which means you could live and work on the property. This would be a lovely inn.  You can see all the pictures of this beautiful house at MLS® Number: 201923261.

Built in 1874 this gorgeous heritage house is a turn key B&B. Located in Yarmouth Nova Scotia for $799,000 this home has 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. It retains all the original character with crown moulding, hardwood floors, multi-level curved wood staircase and some original wood trim. You can see more pictures of this house at MLS® Number: 202007126.

Known as The Turret this 1869 Queen Victoria home is located in Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia. It has a list price of $459,000. This established B&B has 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms and is being sold furnished. It has a separate living quarter for the owners on site. Live and work from home. This house is worth taking a look at. You can find more pictures and information on the Turret at MLS® Number: 202008232.

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Located in Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia for $624,900 The Garrison House was built in 1869. It has 7 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms as well as an owners quarters. It has 3 dining rooms, a bar area and parking for 10 cars. This Inn offers more than just a place for people to sleep. Imagine events taking place in one or more dining rooms. You can see more information on this incredible home at MLS® Number: 201916700.

Aged to perfection – The Bailey House was built in 1770. This truly is a piece of Canadian History. Located in Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia for $850,000 this B&B has 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. For the complete history on this Georgian beauty visit https://baileyhouse.ca/history/. To see more pictures of this stunning 250 year old house please visit MLS® Number: 201916699.

Located in Bear River Nova Scotia for $299,000 this home has been operating as an Air BNB. There are 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, studio apartment, and tons of preserved wood detail. It has over 5000 square feet of living space to accommodate a lot of happy guests. You can see more pictures and get more information on this property at MLS® Number: 201919819.

I hope you enjoy taking a tour of the properties I’ve listed above. I know I wouldn’t mind living in any one of these homes and playing host.

**** I am not affiliated to realtor.ca. I simply find it to be one of the best online sites to tour properties****

My Country Farmhouse – Seeing Red (East Coast Edition)

The east coast loves colour so I thought I’d highlight some beautiful red century homes. Enjoy! All properties can be found at Realtor.ca

Built in 1874 this victorian home is located in Clyde River Nova Scotia. It has all the character and charm that one could want in a house this age and it is in perfect shape. Wide plank flooring, original fire places and wainscotting just to name a few.  Visit this house and take a tour at MLS® Number: 202003139.

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Located in Guysborough Nova Scotia this circa 1890 house has one heck of a view. Listed at $180,000 this turn-key house is move-in ready.  Add your personal touch and keep the original charm.  You can find more information and pictures of this property at MLS® Number: 201807435.

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The Ellery Scott House is a 1 1/2 storey Classic Revival Home built on a large raised lot in 1884. It can be found in Yarmouth Nova Scotia at a list price of $209,900. Absolute gorgeous detail in this house. Wide plank pine flooring, original fire places in most rooms, wood trim and mouldings, and a stairway to heaven (well the tower).  This is a cozy property. Would make an amazing home or cottage. Take a look at this property at MLS® Number: 202005480.

This 1910 Victorian home is done to perfection! Move-in and swim! Stunning woodwork throughout, inlaid hardwood floors, and multiple out buildings. Wait until you see the bathtub – what a statement. This house is listed for $259,900 and is located in Middleton Nova Scotia. You need to check this listing out at MLS® Number: 202002996. It is worth a look.

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***I am not affiliated with Realtor.ca – I simply find it to be the most user friendly site to view real estate***

 

 

My Country Farmhouse – Ontario Gem Part 9: The Hughes House

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Last week I decided to ask a friend and colleague if he and his wife wouldn’t mind sharing pictures and news paper clippings of the house they bought last year. Glenn and Kelly Hughes moved in October 2019 – and from what I’ve been told it is Kelly’s dream house, and you will soon see why.  Built in 1860 and located in Burford Ontario this home is on the same land as one of our very first florist shops and greenhouse. The original florist shop stood for 110 years.

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Here is a picture of the original florist shop from 2012

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Heritage home restorers Dan and Carol-Lyn Brown took on the task of completing this home in 2018/2019.  They smartly took before and after pictures to show just how much work was required to bring this beauty back to life.  And it needed a LOT of work.

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Starting with the exterior

The original wood windows, wood siding and front posts were chipping away, some shutters in disrepair and a new roof was needed. They sanded most of the original wood siding and replaced others, followed by a fresh coat of white and black paint. Replacing the wood windows with period windows that are energy efficient, painting the posts and adding a new roof.

The main level

As you enter the house you are greeted by a beautiful dark wood staircase, old green carpet, peeling wallpaper, mouldings, and falling ceilings.

Upper level

The restored stairwell is now absolutely breathtaking.  Painted Black and white. The risers have a lovely tile detail and the spindles are a crisp clean white. New light fixtures, wood flooring and freshly painted walls give this home a welcoming warm entrance. Also note – the original front door with bell. Classic.

Upper level

Original Living room

As you move through the main floor you can see how much work was required to get this job done.

The former living room is now the dinning room and vice versa. It has an incredible tray ceiling with oversized medallion, and chandelier. What a lovely well thought out space.

The dining room

The new dining room off the kitchen has another gorgeous ceiling medallion, high crown moulding, fresh creamy paint, harvest table, and look at that fire place!

The sunroom (Before / During / after)

The original kitchen

The original kitchen is a complete GUT. However, there are some adorable features. Built in banquet, large bright window and wood cut-out and open shelving over the sink area.

The restored kitchen has quartz and butcher block countertops, apron sink, school house pendant lights, sitting area, and cozy floor runners under feet.

Look at the beautiful stained glass cabinets in the kitchen they were originally from a church in Hamilton Ontario.

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Second Floor

Heading upstairs there are several bedrooms with sloped ceilings, cupboards with original hardware, and tons of damage.

But now the bedrooms are cute and quaint. New walls, ceilings, paint, light fixtures, floors and mouldings. You don’t need much more than that.

The Bathroom

Another full gut job in the bathroom – I wouldn’t want to sit on that toilet YIKES… My moms current house has the same tub from the 1960s which means it certainly is not original to the house.

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But now, the black and white patterned tile, wall colour, antique mirror and pedestal sink are a perfect compliment and a nod to the former bathtub and newly painted stairs.

Unfortunately there are no inside pictures of what used to be the old florist shop (demolished) and green house but what I can show is the now fully repurposed space AKA the Man Cave (former boiler and work room). Complete with bedroom, games area, kitchenette and living room.

And to finish up this tour the yard had to be torn up to replace pipes and tanks.

But you wouldn’t know it now.

I hope you enjoyed taking a tour of this 160 year old home. It really is an Ontario gem.  Thank you to Glenn and Kelly for sending the information and pictures showing the incredible change that was made.  They certainly kept a lot of its original features and improved on many others.

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Stay tuned for more incredible homes and design ideas.

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My Country Farmhouse – All About the Mansard (Nova Scotia Edition)

What the heck is Mansard? A mansard or mansard roof (also called a French roof or curb roof) is a four-sided gambrel-style hip roof characterized by two slopes on each of its sides with the lower slope, punctured by dormer windows, at a steeper angle than the upper.

Here are some super cute Mansard style properties located in Nova Scotia. You can find these listings at realtor.ca

Absolutely the cutest little house for only $97,500. This would be the cutest summer home. Located in Osbourne Harbour Nova Scotia this little Second Empire house was built in 1882. This house once belonged to Captain John King who along with his brother, owned a Schooner that sailed out of the harbour to Jamaica, trading salt cod and hay for rum and rope. Check out this little gem at MLS® Number: 201923666.

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Is my age showing? Built in 1892 this Second Empire home located in Salmon River Nova Scotia is listed for $115,000 but really needs an overhaul inside.  Bring me to life!  You can find more information and see the interior pictures at MLS® Number: 202003920

Hope you’ve enjoyed learning about a Mansard roof. Now you can point them out to everyone you see.

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*** I am not affiliated with Realtor.ca – I simply find it to be the most user friendly site to view real estate***

My Country Farmhouse – Ye Old Churches

How cool would it be to do a church conversion? SO COOL! Here are some churches that are currently for sale on Canada (Yes I’ve expanded the search).  You’ll want to see these. They can be found at Realtor.ca

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Located in Campbell’s Bay Quebec this church was built in 1958 ( I know – not quite 100 years old yet) but it is only listed at $90,000.  It already has a kitchen and bathroom that you’ll want to renovate but at that price tag this could be a fun project. You can find more pictures of this little guy at MLS® Number: 16152713.

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Check out that view!  Located in St. Mary’s River Nova Scotia this little church is just waiting for someones creativity to take over. Cottage? Air BNB? Second home? This cutey was built in 1914 and is listed for $172,000. It sits on 4.2 acres and has 700 feet of waterfront – luxury. You can find more information at MLS® Number: 5117131.

Stay tuned for more inspiring properties.

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***I am not affiliated with Realtor.ca – I simply find it to be the most user friendly site to view real estate***

 

My Country Farmhouse – Ontario Gems Part 4: Anything But Brick

It’s time to show love for the houses that are not made of brick or stone. Perhaps they are log, wood siding or more commonly now – vinyl siding.  These houses are just as charming and generally have at a slightly lower cost (if you decide to you’re ready to buy). Take a peak at these properties at Realtor.ca for some inspiration.

Located in Renfrew Ontario this 1875 log cabin is one of the most spectacular transformations I’ve seen.  This cabin has been well thought out and keeps all of the rustic charm with all the modern comforts of a luxury hotel.  The beautiful floating steel and wood stairs, traditional wood beams, open concept kitchen, living and dining room and a luxurious bathroom with stand alone tub. Listed at $279,000 can be found at MLS® Number: 1188391

Located in Stone Mills Ontario this beautiful blue home has all its original features. Wood ceilings and beams, hardwood floors, wood burning cook stove, screened in porch, 3 season sun room, and a tire swing.  This house is cozy and warm and sits on between 1 and 3 acres of land. Listed at $399,000 you can find this gorgeous house at MLS® Number: K20000495

This white 1900s home is located in Campbellford Ontario on a nice street in town and is listed at $299,900.  It has been updated over the years but needs some TLC. It has an unfinished attic with tons of potential (studio, library, master bedroom). The exterior of the house will need some love to bring it back to its glorious self. You can get more information on this little gem at MLS® Number: 252827

Stay tuned for more incredible Century old farmhouses

*If you have any before and after pictures of a Century old house that you’ve been working on please feel free to send some pictures and I will do a post to inspire others who follow this blog

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My Country Farmhouse – Ontario Gem Part 3: The Perth Manor

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Welcome to The Perth Manor. Built in 1878 and located in (you guessed it) Perth, Ontario. This little Chateau has 9 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms and has been running for years as a boutique hotel.

Traditionally a family home. Luxurious and elegant, the Italianate style mansion built in 1878 features leaded glass bay windows, original quarter-cut white oak floors, wall tapestries from the 1920’s, distinctive porte cochere, terrace with fountain overlooking gorgeous gardens.

Take a look inside:

Chrystal chandeliers, wall papers, wainscotting, crown moldings, and floral fabrics make these rooms super luxe.

Solid wood furniture, area rugs, leaded glass windows, and old updated radiators make these rooms warm and welcoming. Each bathroom has been updated yet still maintains the character and charm. Tiled wainscotting, pedestal sinks, and bright paint to liven up the small bathrooms. I’m getting some great ideas looking at these bathrooms for my powder room.

And to sum it up there is a fully converted carriage house on the property (live/work) Amazing!

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I hope you enjoyed touring this stunning chateau. You don’t need to go to Paris to stay in one – we have one right here in Ontario.

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To view the full listing of this property please visit Realtor.ca MLS® Number: 1184867

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My Country Farmhouse – Ontario Gems Part 2: Brick Beauties

Here are some local listings for those who might be interested in one day purchasing a property in the Eastern parts of Ontario. You can find these listings at Realtor.ca

Located in Norwood Ontario this house has an incredible price tag – with a catch.  Priced at $199,000 this house has been completely gutted and is ready for someone to come in and create a master piece.  I figure it would probably take about another $100 – 150 thousand dollars to complete its transformation. It sits on 1.38 acres on a quiet country street within walking distance to town. (only 8 minutes from me — Man if I had to money this would be my next project). You can find the listing at MLS® Number: 254652

Alright – this house is pretty nice on the outside but needs to be refreshed on the inside. What you are getting here is 115 acres of land with some pretty neat out buildings.  This house is located in Tweed Ontario and is priced at $415,000.   Much higher price tag but what you are getting is LAND LAND LAND. You can find the listing for this house at MLS® Number: 250752

This move in ready century home is located in Norwood – Asphodel Ontario and is priced at $495,000. It sits on 2.5 acres and has some out buildings.  This listing is located in the same area as the first listing (which I estimate that the first listing could sell for anywhere from $425 and $480 thousand dollars once it is in perfect shape). You can find this listing at MLS® Number: 253615

Located in Tweed Ontario this century home was built in 1900. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  The beautiful double story bay windows and corbels add so much character before entering the home. This house can use some updating but at $274,900 it has good potential You can find the listing at MLS® Number: 240231

Built in 1907 This house has been fully renovated and it’s stunning. Listed at $357,000 and located in Belleville this house is ready for someone who likes little to no maintenance. The yard is tiny.  Just spend all your time sitting on the front porch. You can find this listing at MLS® Number: 253764

This 1884 Gothic Revival style house is located in Norwood Ontario for $409,900.  I’ve driven by this house many times and yes, it is as beautiful in person as it is in the pictures.  It has a ton of original character on the inside but might need some minor updating (carpet removal/wall paper removal). You can check this beauty out at MLS® Number: 209989

I hope you enjoying touring these beautiful houses (even if it’s just for fun).

If you’ve found the house of your dreams in any of these listings, I know a great local real estate agent 😉