While moving is probably far from anyone's minds right now, it's fun to think about staying home at a nice, spacious house. While real estate still isn't cheap in Canada, houses for sale in Amherst, Nova Scotia are surprisingly inexpensive. It's one town where you also get a lot of bang for your buck.
Located about a 2-hour drive north of Halifax, Amherst sits right by the Bay of Fundy and has a population of just under 10,000 people.
While it can't offer the kinds of ocean views that interested buyers could find elsewhere in Nova Scotia, Amherst does have plenty of history, not to mention a quiet peacefulness to it.
"It is old fashioned here, people don’t lock their doors," Amherst resident Cathy LeBlanc told the National Post in 2019, "and if you moved to Amherst tomorrow every neighbour in the area would show up at your door with something to eat."
Along with the neighbourly kindness, Amherst also happens to have some absolutely beautiful homes available for sale, and you'd be paying less than half a million dollars to live in them.
We're taking a look at some of the breathtaking (and relatively inexpensive) homes that are on the market in this humble east coast town.
171 Victoria Street East
Description: This lovely old-style home blends classic touches with modern appliances. At 3272 square feet, there's plenty of room to move around and make yourself at home. Nothing says "stay inside, stay cozy" like a gas fireplace, right?
200 Victoria Street East
Description: Located just down the street from the previous home, this lovely house shows off a splash of colour with its bright, red door. Classic architectural flourishes adorn the 4798 square feet of living space. With five bedrooms and two full baths, you can get whatever you need from this house.
27 Biggs Drive
Description: With this house, you're getting a large family home for practically a third of what you might pay for something smaller in Toronto or Vancouver. This four-bedroom bungalow provides 3,657 square feet of space, but it's the cozy basement complete with bar, pool table, and fireplace that really sells it.
40 Duckling Dell
Description: If you're into an open concept home, this is the right house for you. A huge living room and spacious kitchen are accompanied by a wood stove and spacious yards. Having 2760 square feet of interior space isn't bad either.
18 Birchwood Place
Description: Opulence, privacy, and a huge lot are all included with this luxurious 2540 square foot home. A large kitchen, beautiful master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and a giant unfinished basement providing plenty of opportunity for revamping just make it even better.
38 Rupert Street
Description: This five-bedroom home has plenty of character, and even a lovely alcove perfect for curling up in the sun with a good book. With the opportunity to be converted into a duplex, this 3192 square foot house could even provide extra income.
When these huge homes cost way less than a small condo in the city it's easy to dream about packing up and moving away. But if your dreams are even more luxurious Nova Scotia has some pricier properties too.
In another town, just outside of Halifax you can listings like a $1.9 million mansion with its own private, sandy beach.
Just goes to show, there really is something for everyone out there.