Cape Breton Estates: Land of the Golden Arms

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Property Information: Huge Lake Ainslie Estate

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Photo Slide Shows with Captions
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Hunting Area Photos
Sample Tree Plot Photos
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Other Resources:
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N.S. Registry Map - Lake Area
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Other Maps:
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Aerial Map*
Map Showing Boundary Lines*
Map Showing Contour Lines*
Map Showing Forest Stands*
Map Showing Soil Series*
Map of Glacial Geology*
Map Showing Ecodistricts*
Map Showing Ecosections*
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Lists of Flora on Property by Group:
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Ferns Flowering Plants
Rushes Aster & Goldenrod
Sedge Club-moss
Grasses Mosses/ Liverworts
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Price: $785,000
Categories: Residential/Single Family
Cottage/Recreational
Commercial
Tradewinds ID#: 10643
MLS® #s: 201723909
201723887
201723834
Address: 4331 & 4333 WEST LAKE AINSLIE RD
City: SOUTH LAKE AINSLIE (Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada)
B0E 3M0
Lot Size: 560 ACRES (surveyed)
Property ID's: 50312834, 50312826, 50296680, 50053495
Sq. Footage (MLA): 4,213 (main residence)
2,006 (guest residence)
615 (guest cottage)
Total Fin Sq. Ft.(TLA): 5,158 (main residence)
2,006 (guest residence)
615 (guest cottage)
Sq. Footage (other): 958 (attached double garage, main house)
625 (equipment barn/garage, guest)
600 (equipment barn)
Lake Frontage: 1341'
GPS Info: 46.0884717957; 61.167926788
Building Dimensions:
Main House: 45' X 103' (irregular shape)
Garage (attached): 30' 7" X 31' 4"
Guest Residence: 28' 4" X 24' 4"
Red Barn: 25' X 25'
Guest Cottage: 25' 10" X 23' 10"
Barn (above road): 30' X 20'
Old Cabin (in woods): N/A
Old Cabin with Garage: N/A
Possession: NEGOTIABLE
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Residential
Overview:

Just a 20 minute drive from Cabot Links is a unique property on the shores of Lake Ainslie, the largest freshwater lake in the Maritimes. The 560 acre property has 1341 feet of waterfront with lovely views down and across the lake into the surrounding hills. The main residence, constructed of substantial logs from the large surrounding woodland, has been meticulously looked after and modernized over the past 3 decades. A strong sense of years past is retained in the rich colors of the main log walled great room with massive stone fireplace. A huge moose head surveys the room which includes the dining area and overlooks the lake just below through large picture windows. The very generous deck provides the perfect outdoor location for barbeques and appreciating the long lake view. A newly expanded eat-in kitchen still has the original wood burning stove. The 103 by 45 foot building has 5 bedrooms (3 ensuites) and 5 bathrooms. The main floor master suite provides access to the exercise room and sauna. The guest residence is 2006 sq. ft. of living area with 4 bedrooms including a master suite on the ground floor. The unusually large acreage sweeps up the hill and has mature hard maple, birch and beech. Forest roads cover a good portion of the land and show evidence of moose, bear, deer, partridge, fox, bear, lynx, coyote, hawks and eagles. Lake Ainslie is part of the Margaree River System, well known for trout, perch and salmon. There is a trout stream high in the woods overlooking the lake. At a price of $100 per square foot of living area and the 560 acres at no additional cost, this listing is the best value on the market.

Commercial Overview:

Many years ago, this unique property was a hunting and fishing lodge. While currently used as a private year round residence, the 560 acre, multiple dwelling estate on the shores of the Maritimes' largest fresh water lake, is still suitable for commercial purposes in the tourism sector. Given its proximity to the extremely popular Inverness links courses and its size, one can visualize a hills course in this location with club house, manager's residence, guest accommodations and lakeside amenities already in place. The main residence, formerly the lodge, has over 5000 sq. ft. of spacious rooms including a great room with a giant fireplace and large outdoor deck overlooking the lake and hills beyond. The second residence is over 2000 sq. ft. , also at the shore. Both homes have sizable attached garages with storage space. There's a one bed guest cottage and a number of outbuildings as well. All the structures are on a 4-acre lot with an undeveloped additional four acres adjacent to it, totaling 1341 feet of lake frontage. The property offers 9 bedrooms total (5 are ensuites), and almost 8000 sq. ft. of living area - very reasonably priced at $100 per sq. ft. (Substantial list of upgrades and improvements available). The 552 additional acres are a valuable woodlot, rise above and overlook Lake Ainslie and offer numerous opportunities and come at no additional cost. This is a beautiful property with a very desirable location and a listing price that represents excellent value.

Note:

This listing is perhaps the best buy in Cape Breton. The living area (7779 sq. ft.) is priced at just $100 per square foot for a total price of $785,000. The buildings are ideally situated on the lake shore and have been beautifully maintained - tastefully modernized to retain original features. A list of improvements, including a new roof and kitichen, is available.

Next to the four acres where the residential structures and outbuildings are located are four additional undeveloped waterfront acres, making a total of 8 acres on the lake shore. Valuable woodland acres containing one cleared lawn area and an old barn are comprised of 552 surveyed acres. In essence, the woodland acres are included at no extra cost. A buyer can acquire the living areas for $100 per square foot (a considerable bargain by itself) and own the huge acreage behind for zero additional cost.

Comments:

This property has many notable features, including a massive masonry and tile wood-burning stove in the living room which radiates heat very efficiently. The period kitchen wood stove is properly installed and functional. The original ground-floor bathroom adjacent to the great room is currently being renovated with a multiple person tub and new glass door woodstove. It is an over sized bathroom located behind one of the kitchen walls and could therefore be used to expand the ktichen to commercial size.

The master ensuite provides access to the exercise room and sauna. The master bedroom is a very substantial size being in excess of 500 square feet.

The very large moose head dates from the early days of the hunting lodge and is a central figure in the great room next to the large stone fireplace. The 40' by 16' front deck overlooking the lake extends the living space comfortably into the outdoors.

The guest residence is of substantial size, affording an additional 2006 square feet of living area; three bedrooms and a bath on the second floor and master ensuite on the ground floor, having been built into the barn. The intercom between the master and the upstairs hall dates from the days of young children.

A New Yorker in 1954 built the original log structure which is now the great room of the main dwelling. For a number of years the gathering place of his friends for hunting holidays, the lodge was sold to a Floridian in the early 1960's, then to a Sydney couple in the early '70s. During the 2 decades of their ownership, a number of additions to the main house were constructed, keeping the theme of log walls. The current owner's German-Swiss father then purchased the property in 1981 and set about modernizing and weatherizing the entire estate, beginning with the main home. The present excellent condition of the residences is largely due to the care and attention of his heirs.

HUNTING: Since the building was originally built specifically for hunter friends of the owner, it is hardly surprising that the 560 acres are still populated by Moose, Bear, Deer and the occasional cougar, not to speak of the local coyote/wolf cross breed, fox and lynx. The fact that during the intervening years between the early 1960s and the present, very little if any hunting has been allowed there, supports the physical evidence of present wildlife including bear and moose.

FISHING: Lake Ainslie is part of the Margaree River System and is well known for trout fishing in season (perch also caught). Tributary streams afford excellent fly-fishing opportunities while the lake drains into the SW Margaree River, a well-known salmon fishing river. In turn, it empties into the NE Margaree which is the main salmon fishing river in this area. There is also a trout infested stream at the upper end of the woods high on the high overlooking Lake Ainslie.

ABOUT SHOPPING: 10 minutes to Whycocomagh, 20 minutes to Inverness, 45 minutes to Port Hawkesbury

Woodland
Acres:

A wood cruiser/naturalist evaluated about 204 acres of the forest above the road. Here are some highlights of his 2010 report.

Purpose of Cruise

This property is located at South Lake Ainslie, Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada at latitude N 46 02 52 and longitude W -61 07 51 was visited in August 21, 24, 26, 27, 28 and September 2 and 3, 2009 at the request of the owners to collect information and data so that a report describing the property could be prepared. The attempt has been to collect forestry field data and combine it with information on local soil and geology to provide the landowners with an overall view of the land.

General Description

The property is about 2500 meters (8202 feet) long and 336 meters (1102 feet) wide and contains about 82.9 hectars (205 acres) of forest land west of the West Lake Ainslie Road that passes between the lowers portion of the land and the lake. The elevation at the Lake Ainslie shoreline is about 60 meters (196 feet). The land rises to a maximum elevation of approximately 200 meters (656 feet) on the northern boundary line at a the western edge. MacMillan Brook enters the property near the highest elevation, flows out into the forest and loops back before traveling about a third of the property down slope along the boundary line before exiting to the adjacent woodlot. The property lies in the wake of a much higher hilltop which is located about 1.1 km to the northwest. The elevation of this hilltop is about 25 meters (82 feet). Small trout were seen quite often in MacMillan Brook which was seen running briskly and had very clean looking water. Four photos of the brook have been provided including one that shows an old bridge now covered with small trees.

Most of the property has soil belonging to the Thom Sries on the hilly stoney land. There are two significant geological units, a northerly granite, granodiorite unit that underlies about a quarter of the property and a sedimentary sandstone, shale unit that underlies the most south westerly portion of the property. Glacial events have created various soil and till deposits. All of the property falls within the Cape Breton Hills Ecodistrict.

The forest is predominantly of a hardwood composition with suar and red maple, beech and yellow birch being the most common species. A small amount of softwood occurs being represented by balsam fir, white and black spruce, white pine and eastern hemlock. There has been some cutting in the distant past. The spruce budworm, hemlock looper, tussock, moth and eastern spruce bark beetle attacks that have occurred since 1975 have killed much of the balsam fir that used to be mixed in among the hardwood forest. A small amount of recent cutting was done in 2005. Although some of the land is quite rocky, this has not not prevented a very fine tolerant hardwood forest from developing. The majority of the trees are between 90 and 180 years of age. Some of the hardwood forest can be considered as an old growth forest. Some very large red and sugar maple, yellow birch, white pine and eastern hemlock were encountered.

Most of the land is operable. The steepest slopes are found on the south side of MacMillan Brook going up into stand number 6. Granite and granodiorite boulders are quite common on the most north easterly part of the property. Access is provided by kilometers of old bull-dozed trails. These are suitable for walking or for use with small machinery. They are starting to grow in with young trees in places. Also the foest canopy overhead is closing in and hiding the trails in places. There is some minor erosion ocuring on the most northerly trail due to runoff during rain storms. A small wooden bridge built over a small stream is no longer able to provide passage. Easy access is available by walking up the neighbors drive and cleared field at least part way up the hill.

The property has many attributes that attract and sustain wildlife. Moose tracks were seen quite often along the trails and in wet areas. Signs of black bear were also seen. Ovenbirds, Seiurus aurocapillus, were seen quite often.

The forest, if harvested, would yeild a large quantity of hardwood fuelwood, a small amount of hardwood veneer, a moderate amount of hardwood logs other than veneer and small amounts of softwood pulpwood and studwood.

Geology

There are two very distinct groups of bedrock within the property area. One, HSgd is an intrusive body of granodiorite consisting of quartz, plagioclase, orthoclase and smaller amounts of hornblende and biotite. Some authors have dated this outcrop as Late Devonian while others have referred to it as Precambrian. Boulders of this outcrop can be seen along the lake shoreline and are scattered over the surface of the mnost north easterly part of the property. The remaining larger portion of the property is underlain with two younger sedimentary formations of the Horton Group from the Carboniferous Period. The Strathlorne Fromation, (Chs), consists of grey micaceous quartz rich sandstone along with gray and red shale. The Ainslie Formation, (Cha), consists of red and grey sandstone with minor amounts of gray shale and siltstone. These beds are striking on a north east south west axis and are dipping in a south easterly direction. (See map of bedrock geology provided above under "Other Maps"). MacMillan Brook provides an opportunity to see the sanbdstones and shales of the Horton Group.

Soils

Two soil series occur over the property, the Thom Series covering most of the property and the Milbrook Series covering a small area in the north eastern corner. The Thom Series soils are very stoney and generally occur on hilly, mountainous terrain. The parent material is a grayish-brown sandy loa, till. Movement and accumulation of organic matter into the B horizon produces a dark brownish color. The Thom Series are low in natural fertility and are easily eroded. Excellent forest stands can develop on these soils. The Milbrook Series developed from a reddish brown clay loam till parent material is often found on rolling topography with long moderate slopes. The C horizon is typically compact containing gravel. The millbrook Series on this property is rated as M/B-2, which inidicates gently rolling and moderately stoney land. (See Map showing Soil Series above under "Other Maps"). A field on the neighbouring property to th south and along the main road is situated ont he Milbrook soil series.

Glacial Geology

The most recent glacial episode, the Wisconsin Glaciation began during the late Pleistocenbe Epoch of the Quaternary Period at about 75,000 years ago and produced the Laurentide Ice Sheet which reached its maximum extent about 25,000 years ago. By the beginning of the Holocene Epoch about 10,000 years ago, this ice mass had largely melted away. Sev4eral different areas are found on the property and are illustrated on the Map Showing Glacial Geology (available above under "Other Maps).

These are listed and described as follows:

  • RB, rolling forested outcrop terrain with little or no till cover except in depressions, interspersed with up to 40% bare glaciated outcrop
  • RC, rolling to rugged rock areas with undifferentiated patches of thin till covering up to 40% of area
  • 7a, unconsolidated nonglacial thin blocky rubble on steep valley sides cut mainly in rock locally overlying glacial till
  • 2a, unsorted debris deposited beneath glacier ice, rolling fluted plain composed of several layers with the thin sandy surface till overlying sequences of thick finer grained tills, overall thickness about 5 to 10 meters (16 to 32 feet).

Ecological Land Classification

The entire property falls within ecodistrict 310 The Cape Breton Hills. This ecodistrict is one of eight ecodistricts within The Nova Scotia Uplands Ecoregion 300. The Nova Scotia Uplands Ecoregion 300 is broadly characterized by higher elevations, hilly topography, well drained slopes and tolerant hardwood forests. Three ecosections occur within the property, SMKK, the largest with well drained medium textured soil on hilly terrain where slopes range from 5 to 30%, ICHO, imperfectly drained coarse textured soil on hummocky terrain and WFKK, well drained fine textured soil on hilly terrain. See Maps showing ecodistricts and ecosections above under "Other Maps".

Directions:
Please contact agent (Tom @ 866-325-1001) to arrange an appointment to view the property.
Area Links:
Cape Breton bullet Golf Courses in Inverness:
Cabot Links Course
Cabot Cliffs Course
Cape Breton bullet Margaree-Lake Ainslie River System
Secret Pools and Tranquil Glades: Facts, Stories, Photos, Maps
Cape Breton bullet Lake Ainslie
About Lake Ainslie and the community
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.
 
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Lake Ainslie and Nearby Area Photos (from "Tours with Tom" photo slide shows of Cape Breton):

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Type: Main house, guest cottage, guest house
Style:
1 1/2 Storey (main), 1 floor (cottage), 2 floors (guest house)
Title to Land: Freehold
Property Size: 560 Acres
Land Features:
Wooded/treed, partial landscaped, lake shoreline of 1341 feet, mostly sloping, rolling, large level area on hill top overlooking Lake Ainslie
Access: Boat access, year-round access via gravel to paved drive off of W. Lake Ainslie road (paved)
Heating:
Electric, Woodstove, Other
Garage Type: Attached, double
Water: Stream
Sewer: Septic
Services:
Electricity, Telephone, High Speed Internet, Garbage Pickup
Rental Equipm.: None
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Exterior:
Vinyl (over aluminum sheathing and original Cedar shingles) on main residence, cedar shingles on guest cottage; double layers of cedar shingles on red guest residence barn wing and with new vinyl over same on the other wing,
Driveway: Pavement, Gravel, Double
Foundation: Concrete, Undeveloped, Full, Crawl (2 dwellings, cottage is slab)
Features:
Deck (40' X 16'), Balcony, Alarm System, Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, Ensuites, Sauna, Exercise Room, Great Room, Sleeping Loft, Log Interior Walls, Balcony, Air Exchanger, Secondary Suite, Eat-in Kitchen
Roof: Asphalt shingle and metal (main house); asphalt shingle (guest house), metal (guest cottage)
Flooring:
Carpet, well-maintained original wood floors (main house); carpet (guest cottage), wood subfloor (red guest house)
 
Inclusions:
Moose head, all electric appliances, canoe, 15 foot aluminum boat with outboard, ride-on mower-tractor, log skidder, furniture is negotiable*
*complete list available upon request.
Exclusions: Chandelier above dining table, personal items
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Bedrooms: 5 \ 4 \ 1
Bathrooms: 5 \ 2 \ 2
Building Age:
  • MAIN: 1954 (various additions over the last 30 years)
  • GUEST HOUSE: 1975 (completed in 1982)
  • GUEST COTTAGE: 1954-55 (completely renovated in 1990)
Garage: 2 attached - main home and guest residence
Gar .Details:
The garage attached to the main residence is 30' 7" X 31' 4", has electricity and an automatic door. The guest residence has a combination garage/barn which measures 25' X 25' and has electricity.
Water Access: YES
Water: LAKE AINSLIE (freshwater)
Sign: No HST: No
Lockbox: NO PCDS: No*
*Owners are seasonal residents and therefore cannot sign a PDS but have completed one unsigned for informational purposes.
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MAIN HOUSE:

Floor Room Size
MAIN FLOOR LIVING ROOM (GREAT ROOM) 38' X 27'
MAIN FLOOR DINING ROOM (GREAT ROOM)
MAIN FLOOR FAMILY / MEDIA ROOM / STUDY 17' X 16'
MAIN FLOOR EAT-IN KITCHEN 24' X 10' 8"
MAIN FLOOR BATH 9' 3" X 4' 5" (3 PCS)
MAIN FLOOR MASTER BEDROOM 27' X 19'
MAIN FLOOR ENSUITE MASTER BATH 12' X 9' 7"(5 PCS)
MAIN FLOOR EXERCISE ROOM 11' X 9'
MAIN FLOOR SAUNA 6' 10" X 5' 9"
MAIN FLOOR BATH 12' X 10' 6" (2 PCS)
MAIN FLOOR 2nd ENSUITE BATH 13" X 4' (3 PCS)
MAIN FLOOR BEDROOM 13' X 19' 3"
MAIN FLOOR LAUNDRY 10' 6" X 10' 5"
MAIN FLOOR OFFICE/DEN (OR 5TH BEDROOM) 10' 7 " X 16' 5"
MAIN FLOOR FOYER 15' X 16'
MAIN FLOOR DECK ON LAKE SIDE 16' X 40'
MAIN FLOOR COVERED BALCONY 63' X 5'
MAIN FLOOR UTILITY ROOM 13' X 8' 9"
MAIN FLOOR STORAGE 24' X 3' 2"
Floor Room Size
2ND FLOOR BEDROOM 18' X 9'
2ND FLOOR BEDROOM 11' X 9'
2ND FLOOR 3rd ENSUITE BATH 7' X 9' (3-PCS)
2ND FLOOR LOFT / LANDING 19' X 9'
Floor Plans (both floors)

GUEST HOUSE:

Floor Room Size
MAIN FLOOR FOYER 9' 9" X 10'
MAIN FLOOR LIVING ROOM 27' X 11'
MAIN FLOOR TV ROOM 11' X 11' 7"
MAIN FLOOR BATH 2-PIECES
MAIN FLOOR KITCHEN 11' 4" X 11'
MAIN FLOOR MASTER BEDROOM 14' X 13'
MAIN FLOOR ENSUITE MSTR BATH 12' X 7' 8" (4-PCS)
MAIN FLOOR ATTACHED GARAGE / BARN 25' X 25'
Floor Room Size
2ND FLOOR BEDROOM 13' X 13'
2ND FLOOR BEDROOM 10' 3" X 11'
2ND FLOOR BEDROOM 11' X 11'
2ND FLOOR BATH 3-PIECES
Floor Plans (both floors)

GUEST COTTAGE:

Floor Room Size
MAIN FLOOR COVERED ENTRY WAY 8' X 6'
MAIN FLOOR LIVING ROOM 20' X 11'
MAIN FLOOR BEDROOM 21' X 11'
MAIN FLOOR BATH 2-PIECES
MAIN FLOOR BATH 1-PIECE
MAIN FLOOR KITCHENETTE 4' 8" X 3' 9"
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Assessment: $595,600 (2017) Taxes:

$6,467 (2017)

Improvements:
  • 1997: electrical wiring and box updated
  • 1998-99: all new windows
  • 2001-02: vinyl siding added OVER the aluminum siding
  • 2005: new alarm system (Spicer, Sydney)
  • 2013: new roof on main residence
  • 2015: deck, deck railing, added stairs - main residence
  • 2016: new vinyl siding on wind of guest house
  • 2017: extension of electric baseboard heaters and removal of oil furnace
  • 2017: enlargement of kitchen with dining area
  • 2017: permit for new septic system (to be realized in 2018)

Listing Realtor: Tom Childs: Call any time @ 1-866-325-1001 / 902-756-3073 or cell @ 902-258-7555
 

Tradewinds Realty Inc.

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( The above information is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed. )
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