And Retirement In Canada's Hidden Paradise
|by Phillip Townsend
and inexpensive place in North America where oceanfront and lakeside lots
can be had for as little as $10,000 (or a charming 3-bedroom home on several
acres can be yours for under $50,000). Sound like a dream? It's not.
of Heaven does exist. Nestled in the North Atlantic on Canada's east coast,
Nova Scotia is a little-known paradise steeped in Scottish, Irish and English
history. For the potential expatriate or retiree, Nova Scotia has a lot
to offer...inexpensive real estate, a low cost of living, unspoiled natural
environment, friendly people and lifestyle opportunities to suit virtually
prices are among the lowest in North America and with the local government
rolling out the red carpet to newcomers, it has the potential to become
North America’s next great retirement haven.
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has long been a favorite escape for savvy Canadians and Europeans, yet
few Americans live or retire in this secretive outpost. Why? Well,
perhaps it's because Nova Scotia isn't a destination you stumble across
surrounded by water, it lies hidden between the Atlantic Ocean, the Bay
of Fundy, the Northumberland Strait, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Canada’s
second-smallest province (21,425 square miles), Nova Scotia is about half
the size of Pennsylvania with a population of just under 1 million people.
4,600-mile coastline is dotted with quaint fishing villages, lighthouses
and working seaports. Over 3,800 islands lie off its shores (some are for
sale); the largest being Cape Breton, which is nearly a quarter size of
mainland Nova Scotia. Most of Nova Scotia’s population is concentrated
along the coast.
city is the capital, Halifax, in which about 40% of the province’s population
lives (much of the interior is heavily forested and sparsely populated).
The area's most famous part-time residents are Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore,
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is one of those places that can seduce you through its sheer natural beauty.
endless stretches of picturesque coastline, a lush green countryside, the
beautiful colors of autumn, and the friendliness of its people, make it
one of the most livable places in North America. Nova Scotia has a bit
of something for everyone: old-world European architecture, everything
is close to the water, New England-style charm, great restaurants and leisure
opportunities, and slow-paced towns that haven't changed much since the
19th Century, where fishing and enjoying the outdoors is a way of life.
is another plus. Summer temperatures range from the mid 60s to the
low 80s, with the winters being much milder (with less snow) that you'd
expect to see north of the border. Like the United States, Canada has a
fully democratic system that respects individual rights and freedoms.
|In fact, Canada
has some of the strictest personal and financial privacy laws in the world.
many places in the United States, Nova Scotia enjoys a low crime rate,
with incidents of violent being remarkably low. Americans don't need a
visa to spend up to 180 days as a tourist in Canada and non-citizens may
buy property without restrictions.
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fact that there's no such thing as a rat race in Nova Scotia, you can legally
enjoy perks that are forbidden at home (such as being able to smoke genuine
Cuban cigars). Its biggest asset is its cost of living. You’ll pay $12
a month for cable TV and $28 a month for home telephone service (or use
a public payphone for just 20?)...
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fresh lobster, potato salad, coleslaw, bread, and mouthwatering dessert
at a charming local restaurant for $17, and that includes a good bottle
of local wine!
you an example of the costs in U.S. Dollars, here are some properties on
offer right now (late May 2005):
• A beautiful
private 1-acre lakefront lot (only 35 minutes from the capital) for only
$10,500, and a 3/4-acre lot with ocean views: asking price: $14,500 (just
an hour from the capital), both perfect places to build your dream home.
• A 4-bedroom
home overlooking the harbor in a charming private neighborhood for $53,750.
• A 5-acre
lot to build your dream home on in a new development right on the Atlantic
Ocean neat several country clubs for $36,400.
• A newly-renovated
ocean-view 4-bedroom home within walking distance of a golden sand beach
and the local general store (and only a 10-minute drive from one of Canada's
most picturesque historic towns) can be yours for only $105,000.
• A secluded,
yet accessible 340-acre parcel of land that includes a lake on the property
(your own private fishing and hunting reserve). The cost: $101,000.
• A fully-furnished
bachelor apartment in the city for $500 a month, with all utilities, indoor
parking, TV, microwave, bed linens, dishes and eating utensils. Only a
10-minute walk to the ferry.
and many more make this little-known place worth investigating. Right now
is the perfect time to get into Nova Scotia on the ground floor, before
the mainstream media lets everyone in on the secret and prices begin to
For more information
about living, retiring and investing in Nova Scotia, visit: www.nsliving.info.
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