Oh, the allure of a quiet life in the country! As Canadians across the country migrate to urban centres, whether for employment, education, or love, Nova Scotians still recognize the value of a more peaceful, contemplative way. And if you crave both the quiet solitude of the forest and the economic opportunity of the city, you should put down roots in Mount Uniacke or Beaver Bank.

These communities are tucked away from the city lights, full of sleepy, winding cul-de-sacs, thick with forest. There’s plenty of space for outdoor living, whatever that means to you: organized sports like softball or shinny, solitary pursuits like gardening or running, hiking with your pack or snowmobiling, or starting the day with yoga al fresco. Or maybe you just want to wake up with a strong cup of tea while watching the deer graze out your kitchen window — that counts as outdoor living in our books!

If your last visit to the Uniacke Estate Park Museum was in elementary school (or if you’ve never visited at all), you owe it to yourself to make the trip. While making the approach through ancient hemlocks via the old stagecoach road from Halifax to Windsor, think of what it would mean to build a country house in this woodland in 1805.

Stroll Lake Martha’s gravel paths, or take the more challenging hikes through virgin forest. Check out the ha-ha wall and walk the greenhouse path. While touring the house, ask the excellent guides about the unrelated murders committed by both Richard John Uniacke and his son, 20 years apart. Examine the house’s fixtures: that enormous iron key, the bannister and mouldings, the ornate door knocker, all made by hand. It’s a slice of our heritage with plenty of angles to ponder.

Not to be outdone, Beaver Bank also boasts a richly documented history of families in the area. Several large land grants were issued to Loyalists displaced during the American Revolution. It was also the home of the four Grove sisters, whose finishing school educated several generations of upper-class Nova Scotian ladies from the early Victoria era until the 1940s.

The homes available here could suit almost anyone: smaller bungalows, spacious executive homes, even converted cottages and cabins with water access. The recent developments in Beaver Bank offer energy-efficient homes built to high standards, but if you prefer a bit of age and character, or a fixer-upper to sink your teeth into, there are always a handful available.

Now, even though we’ve waxed poetic about the secluded beauty of these neighbourhoods, we don’t want you to get the impression that they’re remote. Far from it! Even during rush hour, you can expect to commute from Beaver Bank or Mount Uniacke to Bedford, Burnside, or Bayers Lake in 30 minutes or less. What’s more, they’re within easy reach of Windsor and the Annapolis Valley, too.

Mount Uniacke and Beaver Bank are wonderful places to feel the rhythm of nature, and perfect places to raise a family. Give us a call today, and we’ll show you the homes you’ve been dreaming of.