The Making of a Rural Retirement Home in Nova Scotia
The name for the property, Red Maple Ridge, came about because of the beautiful Red Maple trees and the ridges that are on it.
It is located in Halfway Cove, N.S. which is 14 km east of the community of Guysborough, on Highway 16.
The dream was to own a large amount of rural land that was as natural as possible and where we could build, enjoy, and protect it. The prime consideration was affordability. A search was started in 2005 on the MLS which covered all of Canada. It quickly became evident that the best prices were in the maritimes. Between the two of us, we had some knowledge of the living conditions in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia, therefore the discussion was made to concentrate on Nova Scotia (reverse migration).
The difference in the economy and real estate market between Edmonton and Nova Scotia allowed us to pay off all our debts, build a house and retire 3 years early. Our Edmonton house was listed on 26 April 2010 after undergoing almost 6 months of renovations. We accepted, after negotiations, the first offer received (11th of July), conditions closed on the 20th and possession on the 11th of August. Got out of the house with 20 minutes to spare. Stayed in Camrose the first night in case there were problems with the sale. Then to Limerick and stayed over 2 weeks with Don & Lee. On to Ottawa and a weekend with Clair & Deb. Arrived in N.S. on the 2 September.
On arrival, we first looked at buying an acreage with a house because the money obtained from the sale in Edmonton was not enough to build with, but the bank was willing to mortgage so the dream continued. The time line for building is found here.
A year and a month and we are in the house, thank you everyone that was involved. The dream took 4 years (almost to the day) and is very close to the image.