Beloved for its colourful homes, waterfront properties, quaint towns, and coastal lifestyle, South Shore, Nova Scotia real estate lays the foundation for a laid-back way of life. The South Shore region, which encompasses a number of towns and destinations, is known and loved for its rural characteristics located just a short distance from Halifax, the province’s capital city.
Nova Scotia real estate is underpinned by historical significance, and the build types across the South Shore exemplify this. From charming homes with close-knit neighbours on tree-lined streets, through to waterfront estates sitting on large plots of land, South Shore real estate’s offerings align with a diverse range of lifestyle choices.
Within the boundaries of South Shore are several towns, each with their own captivating story. Barrington is known as the “Lobster Capital of Canada,” while Chester is home to Canada's largest keel boat racing regatta. A burgeoning community of artists and artisans waits in LaHave & Petite Rivière, and Liverpool is the birthplace of Hank Snow, Canadian-American country music icon. The TV series, “The Curse of Oak Island” is based on an infamous ‘money pit’ in Oak Island, and Shelburne became one of the largest cities in North America in 1783, when 3,000 Black Loyalists escaped to freedom.
Mahone Bay is beloved for its fall and winter festivals, while Peggy's Point Lighthouse, the most photographed lighthouse in Canada, can be explored in Peggy’s Cove.
Lastly, Lunenburg – home of the Bluenose racing schooner on the Canadian dime – is one of just two urban North American communities designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marked by its diversity, Lunenberg prides itself in being home to varied lifestyles, landscapes, climates, and cultures, as well as a booming business district.
All of this diversity combines on the South Shore to capture the truest essence of Nova Scotia real estate – the architecture of which is charmingly assorted. Build types of South Shore real estate range from 1600s French Colonial and mid-1800s Neoclassical and Italian Villa style through to 1900s Tudor Revival. A number of Nova Scotia’s private heritage residences were crafted by knowledgeable carpenters instead of architects which has resulted in South Shore real estate displaying characteristics of differing architectural styles – some even feature elements from overlapping time periods.
Thanks to the range of destinations within the South Shore, this region offers endless opportunities for leisure. Back-country camping, oceanfront accommodations, fresh lobster dinners, historical tours, beach days, and day trips to nearby attractions like downtown Halifax and Dartmouth are all waiting to be explored.