Cape Breton Estates: Land of the Golden Arms

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Cape Breton Estates: land of the golden arms

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Price: NEW $118,000
Category: Residential (former operating farm)
PID# 50040286* Tradewinds Property#: 10119
  *includes PIDs 50079094 and 50315641  
Address: 605 Melrose Hill Road
City: MELROSE HILL (Inverness County, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Lot Size: 111+/- ACRES
Mapping: 46° 4'47.04"N; 61°18'15.43"W
Elevation: 621 ft.
Sq. Footage (MLA): 1970 sq.ft.
Sq. Footage (TLA): 1970 sq.ft.
Building Dimensions: 23'4 x 26'6 + 21'x15'6 + 7' x 8'
Possession: NEGOTIABLE
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Overview:

This old house is worth saving but you need to be a DIY person and OK with living off grid. The century house and its 111 acres were once a prosperous farming homestead. Male descendants of the original settlers went off to war in the last century and returned home to pursue urban careers. The family elders sold off the land but kept the house as a summer home for their daughter.  The current owner bought it over 40 years ago and used it seasonally up through 2016. Through the years, she peeled off 10 layers of wallpaper and oiled the beautiful old floorboards along with other renovations. The post and beam home has high ceilings and spacious rooms. The Maple flooring (still level) and very sturdy stair railing were shipped in from Boston. The ground floor layout has many open plan features including a large foyer area. The acreage has approximately 25 cleared acres used most recently to grow blueberries. Apple trees of many varieties can be found all over the rolling land along with forested sections covered by softwoods and some hardwoods. Remnants of a large vegetable garden near the house can be still be seen as well as the concrete foundation of a barn. Anyone choosing to live in this location known as Melrose Hill will have only wildlife for neighbors, will see the night sky devoid of artificial light and never be bothered by road noise. Civilization, however, is not far away. Shopping in Mabou and incredible beaches are just 5 and 10 miles distant respectively. Any buyer interested in pursuing agricultural use of the land may qualify for favorable provincial financing upon purchase. More adjacent land available!

Comments:

Details Regarding the Condition of the House
(The vendor has owned the house since 1978)

Structure

  • Post and beam.
  • The heavy beams in the basement have recently been inspected. They are in excellent shape except for one small section located under one of the windows in the great room. The rotten area needs replaced.
  • The foundation is cement floor over bedrock, a fact which has helped the floors in the old house stay level for over 100 years. This statement pertains to the 2 storey part of the house; the foundation under the rest of the home might be the same but is not known.
  • The siding on the non-2 storey part of the house needs replaced.
  • Due to the home being unoccupied for most of the year, there is a problem with mice in the house.
  • The walls in the basement are rock and there are two places where it needs repair.
  • There was a minor roof leak which was repaired before it caused major damage to the structure. Three of the four slopes of the roof got new metal roofing before winter arrived.
  • There is pink fiberglass insulation in both the exterior walls and the attic but none in the roof.

Heating and Cooling

  • There are two wood burning stoves; one is a Vermont and there are 2 woodstove chimneys installed.  Both stoves are currently non-functional. The Vermont needs new fire brick installed and needs to be hooked up to the chimney as does the other. The liner and condition of the chimneys is unknown but they look relatively good outside. No qualified person has ever done any work on them.
  • There is a 4 year old propane space heater, still in the box, on the premises.

Electrical and Plumbing Systems

  • There has never been power in the house, hence there is no wiring anywhere.
  • There is virtually no plumbing system. Water was pumped out of a well located just outside the house and brought inside in buckets for use.  There are two working drains in the house, however, one in the kitchen and one in the upstairs bathroom.
  • The well is old but still produces water that is clear and has no odor. The water has never been tested, however. The outside pump for the well is quite old and probably needs replaced if someone wanted to maintain outside access to the water. There is a very vigorous spring (and a stream) near the house so the well is probably dug not drilled, but no one knows for sure. The close proximity of the water was probably the factor that decided the location of the house since indoor plumbing in that era was unlikely.

Sewage Disposal

  • The septic tank collapsed and is non-functional so there is no disposal. Porta potties have been used for the short stays in recent years. New owner would need to install a septic tank and system along with the plumbing.

Area:
  • 5 miles from Mabou
  • 5.62 miles from Mabou Harbour
  • 10.7 miles from the town of Inverness
  • 5.2 miles from Lake Ainslie
  • 10.8 miles from Whycocomagh
  • The village of Mabou has a well stocked grocery store and several restaurants/bars. One is the Red Shoe Pub, famous for offering Celtic music entertainment, including fiddle music for dancing. Cape Breton's first families of Celtic music and tradition have all played at the Red Shoe,. In fact, the pub is owned by members of the Rankin family.
  • The fishermen's wharf is located nearby so the boats pass in front of the house to head home through the harbour and the river estuary to the dock. It's the clue to head over to the wharf where you can purchase the catch of the day -
  • Major shopping and amenities are approximately 30 miles away in the town of Port Hawkesbury.

 

Area Photos:

Nearby Area Photos (from "Tours with Tom" photo slide shows of Cape Breton):

Area Links:
Cape Breton bullet Lake Ainslie - The Settlers Story
Traces the settlement of East Lake Ainslie from its beginning in 1820.
Cape Breton bullet Margaree-Lake Ainslie River System
Secret Pools and Tranquil Glades: Facts, Stories, Photos, Maps
Cape Breton bullet Wikipedia - Lake Ainslie
Public input about Lake Ainslie
Cape Breton bullet The Inverness County Web Site
Lake Ainslie is in Inverness County and the site gives good coverage of the wider area in which this property is located.
Cape Breton bullet Community Groups & Organizations
Cap site with links and info about groups and various organizations based in the Lake Ainslie community.
Cape Breton bullet Whycocomagh Provincial Park
A "Parks Canada" site - this page covers the attractions of the park and offers a few photos. Open from mid-June until mid October the park has picnic areas, lake access, a boat launch, and a 2.4 km (1.5 mi.) hiking trail.
Cape Breton bullet Government Site
A photo of the beach.
Cape Breton bullet The Oran
For area news - this is the web site of the local weekly newspaper, The Oran.
Cape Breton bullet Mabou Wikipedia
Small summary of the location.
 
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Type: Single Family
Style: 1 1/2 Storey
Title to Land: Freehold
Property Size: 111+/- ACRES
Land Features:
Approx. 25 acres blueberries, partially wooded, partially cleared, rolling, expansive views over valleys and hills, too many apple trees to count - various varieties,
Access: Gravel road
Heating: Wood stove
Garage Type: none
Water: probably Spring fed dug well
Sewer: Septic system nonfunctional
Services:
Cell phone, Garbage Pick-up, County road maintenance including show removal
Rental Equipm.: None
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Exterior: Wood shingles
Driveway: Dirt
Foundation: Rock and Concrete, Partial, Undeveloped
Features:
Wood stove on the main floor, 2 attics, hardwood floors and staircase
Roof: Asphalt Shingle(1 of 4 slopes) and Metal (3 of 4 slopes)
Flooring: Wood
 
Inclusions:   All contents
Exclusions:   No exclusions
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Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Rental Income: No
Buildings Age: 100+ yrs.
Garage: No
Gar.Details:  
Water Access: Yes
Water: Brook
Sign: No
Lockbox: No
PCDS: No
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Floor Room Size
MAIN FLOOR ENTRY / FOYER 13' x 8'2
MAIN FLOOR PARLOR 13'3 x 14'
MAIN FLOOR KITCHEN 11'10 x 12'6
MAIN FLOOR BEDROOM 10'9 x 9'
MAIN FLOOR FAMILY or GREAT ROOM 20'6 x 14'
Floor Room Size
SECOND FLOOR BATH (NEEDS REPAIR TO USE) 10' x 7'
SECOND FLOOR BEDROOM 11' x 11'2
SECOND FLOOR BEDROOM 12' x 11'2
SECOND FLOOR LARGE OPEN TOP OF STAIRS 18' x 10'6
Floor Room Size
THIRD FLOOR ATTIC - STORAGE 20'6 x 14'
THIRD FLOOR ATTIC - STORAGE 12' x 11'2
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Improvements:

2016: 3/4 of roof replaced with metal roofing

HST: HST payable only on PIDs 50079094 and 50315641
Assessment:

$88,400 (2016)

Taxes: pending
Assessment Details: $41,800 (2016 RESIDENTIAL TAXABLE) - PID# 50040286
$23,800 (2016 RESOURCE FARM) - PID# 50079094
$13,300 (2016 RESOURCE FOREST) - PID# 50079094
$ 9,500 (2016 RESOURCE FARM) - PID# 50315647
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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