Built by Philip Heison circa 1770, this home is thought to be the oldest house in the town of Mahone Bay. Built at the edge of the sea, it has been home to an inn keeper, a farmer, a merchant, a blacksmith or two, a sailor, a widow, a teacher, a famous Canadian journalist, a designer, seen children born beneath its eaves who left to sail the seven seas, and in the course of 250 years has seen empires rise and fall and thousands of immigrants successfully reach its shores. This home retains the rich atmosphere of its pedigree, but beneath the mellow wood and the three original fireplaces and ancient timbers, is a modern home with all the comforts of the 21st century. The house has been extensively and thoroughly renovated to a high standard: fully insulated; rewired; in-floor hot-water heating system; new baths and kitchen; new windows; new main floor extension with vaulted master suite featuring full bath, laundry, walk-in closet and French doors to rear garden terrace. There is an all season sun-room open to the kitchen; elegant country dining room with large, wood-burning fireplace with crane and built in cabinetry serving as a bar salvaged from a historic Lunenburg store. Both the formal living room and colonial sitting room feature their original wood burning fireplaces and woodwork. The property is unusually large for town centre, close to 3/4 of an acre, with a lovely private back garden and mature trees. The recently built double car garage is wired and heated and has ample room for additional storage. There is also a large potting shed. The house has an exceptional setback, is directly across from the Mahone Bay government wharf and is level walking to all the amenities one would need in one of Nova Scotia's and this country's most beautiful towns. This property would be a candidate for subdivision or the construction of a small shop or cottage by the road. The property is level, touches the sidewalk and is on the old road between Mahone Bay and Lunenburg.
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