Strum Island

Built stone by stone

In two phases, this six-bedroom, six and a half bathroom, Strum Island home was a labor of love built over four years.

THE HISTORY

strum island mahone bayThe South Shore of Nova Scotia is immensely popular with sailors and sightseers alike where multiple recreational outlets exist for hikers and boating enthusiasts. Experience Nova Scotia’s charm and culture during the area’s annual events like the Bluenose Celebration and the Tall Ships Festival. An hour from the Halifax International Airport and 45 minutes from Peggy’s Cove, Mahone Bay is a quaint and historic village where the locals are famous for their warm hospitality.

Main Street is dotted with a variety of restaurants and shops, outdoor plazas, a marina, and most famously, the fabled church spires. Situated around the enchanting towns of Lunenburg and Mahone Bay, Strum Island’s landscape has been carefully restored by the owner with native vegetation — some 50,000 plants — in order to preserve its natural setting. To prevent erosion, the owner also installed a new sea.

Built in two phases, this six-bedroom, six and a half bathroom, Strum Island home was a labor of love built over four years. The main home comprises two stories of living space with an expansive third-floor master suite and lounge. The fourth-floor offers an observation tower with spectacular 360-degree views and, above the tower is a traditional light house inspired Widow’s Walk.

Particular attention was paid to incorporate furniture grade standards into the construction of this sturdy home. A one-of-a-kind walnut-carved bar adorns the open interior, with a media room, exercise area and an impressive kitchen that will satisfy the burgeoning menu of a budding master chef or the private musings of an intimate, weekend brunch. Such attention to detail is purposefully expressed throughout the home.

An expansive outdoor entertainment area, the “Lobster Temple,” features a built-in granite table and expansive/grandeur wood-burning fireplace. In addition, 4,500 square feet of covered and uncovered decks and patios add to the comforts of outdoor gatherings. A short walk up the hill from the main house leads to the Rose Hut, the island’s island getaway, with ever changing but spectacular views.

strum island mahone bayArrive by air to the island helipad, or by water from the mainland just 1,750 feet away. The island’s 105-foot-long wharf of pressure-treated wood and concrete accommodates a variety of watercraft, or you can fly in to the island, arriving on the island helipad. A two-story boathouse comfortably accommodates a caretaker/maid/cook.

Enjoy the boating, fishing and hiking opportunities on the mainland or the serene sandy beach and inspiring greenery on Strum Island.

The mainland boasts a 100-foot-long concrete wharf. A 1.67-acre parcel has been set aside for another boathouse and home should the new owner desire. Utility services are in place and the remainder have been approved.

Strum Island is connected to the mainland for services but it is self-sustaining if these are disrupted. A well supplies fresh drinking water via an aquifer powered by electrical generators.

Made almost entirely of granite, the residence integrates western red cedar, slate roofing, copper flashing, a stone roof and impact glass to efficiently mitigate the elements and requires minimal maintenance, the home was built to strict Dade County, Fla., codes.

When you’re away, a state-of-the-art security system monitors the home, which can be controlled remotely from any part of the world via computer, iPad or smartphone.

Architecturally unique, the features and amenities of this private, secure, coastal property make Strum Island an unparalleled retreat, surrounded by the beauty and grandeur of the Atlantic Ocean.