If you daydream about owning a beautiful house someday, these are sure to fuel your imagination. These breathtaking Nova Scotia houses are far from what you'd expect to find in rural parts of the province. The combination of sophisticated design and breathtaking natural surroundings is a recipe for real estate perfection.
Omar Gandhi, a Canadian architect, travels from Toronto to Halifax every couple of days where he opened an architectural firm back in 2010, according to a story in The New York Times Style Magazine.
The firm told Narcity that these homes are unique not only in their design but in their setting as well.
All of them are custom builds and are not your typical Nova Scotian home. The landscapes that they're built on are almost as unique as the homes themselves.
Every single house is crafted with the needs of the people who will live in them. Gandhi's aesthetic is darker and more dynamic than the usual for Nova Scotia, according to the Times.
Here are nine of Gandhi's incredible homes for you to drool over. If you haven't been to Nova Scotia, you might want to plan a trip there just to catch a glimpse of these works of architectural art.
The Lookout at Broad Cove Marsh
Where: Inverness, Nova Scotia
Description: This home is located on a narrow piece of land between a tree-lined country road and a cliff that overlooks the ocean.
There's a single corridor running the entire length of the house that branches off to different rooms. One half of the house is perfect for both indoor and outdoor entertaining. The private side has floor-to-ceiling glass windows that offer breathtaking views of the ocean, even in the winter.
Where: Hunts Point, Nova Scotia
Description: This beach house is located in a part of the province known for having lush, natural landscapes. Off of the main living space is a room that opens to the private back patio, offering unobstructed views of the landscape. Plus there's a rotating fireplace that comes down from the ceiling.
Rabbit Snare Gorge
Where: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Description: This cabin rises proudly out from between the trees. Sitting on 46 acres of land along the wooded coastline of rural Cape Breton, this cabin stands taller than the trees.
You can see directly to the ocean on one of two viewing platforms. The living space that's on the third floor has the final, highest lookout spot of the property.
Where: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Description: At the southern tip of the province, this house is adjacent to marshland, small islands and the Tusket River off the Gulf of Maine. It's low, long and horizontal to be respectful of the other homes in the area.
The house has both a covered deck that's an extension of the living room for entertainment and an open one off the master bedroom to bask in the sun.
Where: Hubbards, Nova Scotia
Description: This 2,500-square-foot house is located among the trees of a dense forest and is designed to have open spaces that get flooded with natural light.
The kitchen is double the height and opens up to the second floor. In one of the two bedrooms, the windows offer up a view of the forest that's so peaceful.
Where: Louisdale, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Description: This house, as well as the studio and darkroom space, are both are jet black with metal roofs. The land has a forest around it and the ocean before it.
Where: Chester, Nova Scotia
Description: This beautiful house overlooks the ocean and was designed to provide the ultimate harmony with nature. With huge sliding glass panels in the kitchen and living room, the heart of the house opens up to the deck and swimming pool.
Where: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Description: In the backlands of Halifax’s Purcell’s Cove, this dramatic house is jagged like the bedrock around it. The house overlooks a series of lakes and the ocean.
A boulder several metres high surrounds the home and makes it a private oasis.
Where: Inverness, Nova Scotia
Description: This house looks like it's part of the natural landscape, coming out of a hillside adjacent to the Inverness Harbour and MacIsaac’s Pond. With lots of windows, the views you get from inside make the landscape another feature of the house.