Cape Breton Estates: Land of the Golden Arms

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Cape Breton Estates: land of the golden arms

East Bay: Hidden Value - Obvious Appeal

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Price: $510,000
Category: Residential
MLS® 201623720  
PID# 15333131
Tradewinds Property #10127
Address: 4154 East Bay Highway
City: East Bay , Cape Breton County, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada B1J 2A1
Size:  5.47 Acres
Dimensions / Shape:  rectangular
GPS Info: Lat: 46.006359 N Long: -60.393627 W
Sq. Footage (MLA): 
Sq. Footage (TLA): 
1,642 (does not include basement)
Building Dimensions: 
24' x 24' + 24'8 x 27' + 36' x 27'
Sq. Footage: 
Building Dimensions: 
24' x 24'
Bras d'Or Lake Frontage:
214 ft.
Possession: Negotiable
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The critical aspect of a real estate listing is getting the true image across. In this case, there is the very pleasing image that meets the eye and then there's the one you don't see. The true value of this property is hidden by both the rules governing the computation of the total living area and the constraints of the search database. A casual look at the listing suggests the price is too high at over $300 per square foot. In reality, the full basement, also 1642 sq. ft., while not meeting the criteria for "developed", is clean, dry, heated, has windows, and is thoroughly usable. Adding the basement doubles the space and halves the square foot cost, putting it in the lower range for neighbouring properties and less than the average of three appraisals obtained by the owners. Another hidden asset is the home's very high quality in-ground geo-thermal heat pump, including 1500 feet of buried pipes - responsible for one of the lowest cost, highest efficiency systems on the market today. Total cost of power is just $185/month. The home was custom built to take full advantage of the elevated 5 + acre lot overlooking the Bras d'Or Lake. Resembling a high tech aircraft from an ariel perspective, the unique structure features panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The interior floor plan is well thought out for convenience and appeal. The finishings are high end and the eat-in kitchen manages to be both spacious and cozy. The unusual great room has a floor-to-ceiling fire place, vaulted ceiling, and a perimeter wall of windows highlighting the spectacular view. Sailing, hiking, golf, wintertime skiing, and services are all nearby but far enough away to allow peaceful suburban living.


While this well designed home is appropriate for many types of single family groups, it is perfect for the so-called empty nesters looking to down-size for retirement years. Its one floor living style is extremely practical with the attached garage opening into the mudroom area which in turn leads into the kitchen, a short distance to lug groceries.

The common living areas are grouped into one wing featuring a large and well-equipped eat-in kitchen and a high ceiling great room arrangement that encompases dining, living and foyer centered around an imposing brick fireplace facing a wall of windows that provide a panoramic view of the Bras d'Or Lake with a backdrop of forested hills and mountains. The other wing groups the bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and den together in a logical separation of living space.

Perhaps best of all is the huge gyprocked and insulated lower level which lends itself to any number of uses. Its 1642 square feet double the space of the dwelling, a very attractive feature for those in the "down-sizing" mode who do not wish to have to get rid of the contents of a larger dwelling that they would rather keep. There's a large storage closet made for clothing and luggage. The utilities are grouped in the same area in one corner and the rest of the substantial space can be customized for the buyer's needs. Any couple living here will not have conflicts over storage space - there's room for everyone's "stuff" as well as ample hobby space.

The lower level is dry with no evidence of any leakage and there is no typical "basement odor" plus you can see, since it is an open, unfinished space, that the construction is very good quality. The window wells, also done correctly, provide outside light augmented by more than adequate lighting fixtures in the ceiling.

The heat pump deserves special mention as it is responsible for very reasonable heating and cooling costs. It is in-ground geo-thermal with 1500 feet of piping buried up to 5 feet deep. You can view a schematic of the system by clicking this thumbnail (opens new window to allow enlargement of image):

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There is a location certificate available on this property as well as a thorough maintenance record.

Area Links:
Cape Breton bullet JA Douglas McCurdy International Sydney Airport
This airport is just a 30 minute drive from the property.
Cape Breton bullet Ben Eoin (wiki)
Info about the Ben Eion resort area with golf course, marina, skiing and park, all located about 5 KMfrom the property.
Cape Breton bullet Sydney River on Facebook
Area businesses and residents
Cape Breton bullet Middle Cape photo
Aerial photo of the Middle Cape area.
Cape Breton bullet Cape Breton Farmer's Market in Sydney River on Facebook
Large, organized market with multiple vendors and a wide variety of products for sale from produce to spices and more.
Cape Breton bullet Sydney Web Site
City of Sydney web site with historical and present day info. Very heavy on business promotion and capturing the tourist dollar, but it's a start on learning about the city - especially what services and purchases are available. d out and what is there is worth the look.
Cape Breton bullet The Newfoundland Ferry Terminal
A 40 minute drive from the property.
Cape Breton bullet Mira River Provincial Park
Good photos, including aerials of the Mira.
This hospital is the major medial referral centre for Cape Breton Island. The web site is extensive, covering all the departments in the hospital as well as a full spectrum of topics associated with a major medical institution.
Cape Breton bullet Wikipedia's Write Up on N. Sydney
A reference on the community which covers current features, history and a few links to area attractions.
Cape Breton bullet Village of Baddeck
A very picturesque village and a favorite tourist destination - about a one hour drive from the property.
Cape Breton bullet The Lakes Golf Club

One of Cape Bretons premier golf destination overlooking the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes in Ben Eoin Nova Scotia. With rolling hills, crashing streams and dramatic elevation changes The Lakes engages you in unique experiences that far transcends the ordinary.


Property location is exactly 1km west of the East Bay church on Route 4. 9. (West side of highway.)r - no sign.. Showing by appointment only - please contact Tom @ 866-325-1001 or 902-756-3073.

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Type: Residential - Single Family
Style: One Storey, Contemporary
Title to Land: Freehold
Property Size: 5.47+/- ACRES
Land Features:
Sloping Land to Lake Shore, Elevated and Level Around Home Site, Mostly Cleared, Treed, Lake View, Mostly Landscaped, Lake Frontage on Bras d'Or Lake
Access: Paved Road (East Bay Highway / Route 4)
Heating: Fireplace/Geo Thermal/Heat Pump
Garage Type: Attached, Double, Electrified
Water: Drilled Well
Sewer: Septic
Services: Electricity, Telephone, Garbage Pick-up, Satellite TV, High Speed Internet
Rental Equipm.: Propane Tank - Scotia Propane, $97.64 annually including tax, contract expiry Feb. 28, 2017
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Exterior: Wood Siding
Driveway: Tarmac, Parking Spaces /Turn-Around
Foundation: Concrete/Full/Undeveloped (heated, wired, 1642 sq. ft.)
*Air Exchanger
*Alarm System
*Ensuite Bath
*Satellite Dish
*Wood Fireplace
Roof: Asphalt Shingle
Flooring: Hardwood/Ceramic
Inclusions: Fridge, blinds, dishwasher, washer/dryer, on main floor, ext cord holder in garage.
Kitchen stove, mounted clock radio in kitchen, small freezer, mounted tool cases in basement.
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Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1/1/1
Rental Income: No
Buildings Age: 1997
Garage: Yes
Gar.Details: Attached
Water Access: Yes
Water: Lake
Sign: No
Lockbox: No
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Floor Room Size
MAIN FLOOR EAT-IN KITCHEN (semi-open plan) 27' x 13'
MAIN FLOOR LIVING ROOM (open plan) 24' x 25'
(Great Room Style with vaulted ceiling)
MAIN FLOOR ENTRYWAY (separated by floor to ceiling fireplace)
MAIN FLOOR BATHROOM 5' x 4'3 (half bath)
MAIN FLOOR BATHROOM 7'4 x 5' - 4pc.
MAIN FLOOR WATER SIDE PATIO (outside) 16' x 24'
Floor Room Size
MAIN FLOOR ATTACHED GARAGE 24' x 24' - 576 sq. ft.
Floor Room Size
LOWER LEVEL PARTIALLY DEVELOPED (utilities, storage, clothing closet, workshop, window wells - gyprocked and insulated) FULL (open) 1642 sq. ft.
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Assessment: $461,400 (2016) Taxes: pending
Listing Office: Compliments of Tom Childs
  Call any time @ 1-866-325-1001
Tradewinds Realty Inc.
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(The above information is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed)
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