This one’s a jaw-dropper…

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Located in Avondale, Nova Scotia, Canada this massive estate was first built as a fortified mission dating back to the year 1699.

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Now owned as a private residence, this structure has been thoroughly restored & renovated over the past 30 years. It’s current owner bought it in 1980 for $15,000. [that’s fifteen thousand dollars!]

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The owner’s children have grown up and moved on, so he and his wife have listed it on the market for $2,195,000.

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Says seller/empty-nester Sherman Hines:

It was mainly a place for the children. It’s a wonderful place for children to grow up, and now there are just two of us, and seven buildings, and we use three rooms.

– from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/

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Hines hopes that the fortified church-turned-home will become a museum above any other purpose.

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According to the Priceypads website:

Built in 1699, this 313-year-old home, fondly known as “The Mission”, is one of the rarest and most unique offerings in all of Atlantic Canada.  Built at the request of Abbe M Thury, a few miles from Grand Pre, the famous site of the expulsion of the Acadians in 1755 – 1758.

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(That moose head just gave me a sudden and piercing pang of home-sickness for Canada.)

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Detail of an antique door:

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Then you have the dungeon er, subterranean wine cellar…

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Reminiscent of the Paris Catacombs, this ancient stone cellar was once used by the French as the base of a fortified church to protect against British military forces.

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Insanely creepy/romantic in a Phantom of the Opera kind-of-way.

For the owners, the cellar was love at first sight:

We drove up and I crawled around in this basement, it was full of mud and debris. I was doing kind of a duck walk around, I couldn’t stand up, and I fell in love with it.

– from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story

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I can see why.

The property includes several smaller cabins as well…

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Rustic interiors in gorgeous rural scenery…

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(The fur-trapper’s cabin?)

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Oh Canada… I miss you…

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…fake deer and all.

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For many more photos and additional information about this 300-year-old fortified church & property in Nova Scotia, see the following websites:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/06/22/ns-avondale-home-sale.html

http://priceypads.com/66848/the-mission-2195000/

http://proguidepublishing.com/Poplar_Grove/index.html