HALIFAX – Toronto has the Bridle Path. In Vancouver, it’s Shaughnessy. Montreal boasts Westmount.
In Halifax, you’ll find the multi-millionaires along an exclusive strip of waterfront properties on the Northwest Arm — a picturesque inlet that branches off from the main harbour.
Last week, Halifax real estate agent Mariana Cowan posted an online listing for a seven-storey home there that has so far received more than two million views.
Asking price? $10 million.
The ultra-modern, five-bedroom, 11,000-square-foot home — currently owned by the CEO of a gold-mining company — is among the most expensive properties ever offered for sale in the historic port city, Cowan says.
“It’s one of the most magnificent properties … and it has one of the largest private marinas,” she says. “It’s a one-of-a-kind property that you might see in Miami or Vancouver.”
The angular, concrete and glass building at 6400 Oakland Road — with its floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple docks — stands in stark contrast to the other homes in the area, including stately mansions that predate Confederation.
In a humble, historic city where the average price for a home sold in July was $292,000, this mansion is an in-your-face brute — gaudy jewelry and all.
Built in 2010, the open-concept house has 10 bathrooms, an elevator, executive office suite, a two-bedroom guest house and a popcorn bar in a large cinema room that includes in-floor subwoofers.
There’s also a two-bedroom pool house, a greenhouse, in-ground swimming pool and a fitness area that features a sauna, steam room, wet bar and indoor pool.
The home also comes with its own awkward past. It was the location for two kidnapping attempts.
In 2014, a young Halifax-area man was sentenced to five years in prison for twice breaking into the home in 2012 to abduct the current owner, GoGold Resources Inc. CEO Brad Langille.
Aaron Patrick MacDonald, then 20, pleaded guilty to four charges, including attempted abduction, pointing a firearm and wearing a mask in the commission of an indictable offence.
The home is among the most expensive to appear in Nova Scotia’s real estate listings, but Cowan says pricier properties have made it to the market outside Halifax.
Cowan has the listing for a $14-million, 9,500-square-foot home on a private island in Mahone Bay — an hour’s drive southwest of Halifax. To entice purchasers, Cowan is offering seven shares of $2 million apiece for the six-bedroom, six-bathroom house on Strum Island with an observation tower and helipad.
And there’s no shortage of big, expensive homes in the other Maritime provinces — though the prices are low when compared to homes in Canada’s bigger cities.
In April, the Vancouver Province published a report suggesting that nine of the 10 most expensive homes in Canada were in British Columbia, with prices ranging from $25 million to $44 million.
In 2014, an 11,000-square-foot home on Lake Utopia in southwestern New Brunswick went on the market for $9.65 million, the CBC reports. That home features 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, three tennis courts, an indoor basketball court, a go-kart track and three private beaches.
In July, a six-bedroom beachfront mansion in northern P.E.I. sold for $4.6 million — $3 million less than its original asking price in 2009. The local real estate agent said a check of Island listings suggested the selling price was a provincial record.
The owner of the 12,000-square-foot house in Cable Head East — Pennsylvania architect James Carr — said he decided to drop the price after years on the market produced only a handful of showings.