Historic Oceanfront Estate

  • $5,850,000
72 Duke Street Chester, NS B0J1J0
For Sale

Historic Oceanfront Estate

72 Duke Street Chester, NS B0J1J0
  • $5,850,000


Here is an opportunity to own a true piece of Chester Nova Scotia history. This one-of-a-kind, award-winning Front Harbour estate with stunning views of the harbour and the Atlantic Ocean beyond from almost every room also boasts a Pre-Confederation water lot with more than 462 feet of water frontage and a wharf. The elegant 4,800 SF+/- residence, originally built in 1795, was completely rebuilt from the ground up in 2018 by renowned designer Philip Mitchell. The 4 bedroom, 4 full bath and 2 half bath residence has been meticulously updated for year-round living including Enviroshake roofing with a lifetime guarantee, double glazed/hung historic reproduction custom windows by Ridley (maintenance free exterior finish), custom hot water radiators, in-floor heating, built-in speakers, Waterworks plumbing fixtures, and so much more, all while recalling historic details from when the house was originally built. The expert craftsmanship and hand-crafted finish work are evident throughout. Details include restored original wide plank floors, beadboard, paneling, moldings, hand carved staircase banisters, marble stonework, custom cabinetry, and more. The restoration won the ‘Built Heritage Award’ from the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia and has been featured in numerous magazines, books and online publications. The home was the cover story of Veranda Magazine and is featured in the design book, “Collected Interiors, Rooms that Tell a Story” by Rizzoli.

This is a home unlike any other. Arriving at the property transports you to another world – mature private gardens with stone terraces, wrapround veranda, wisteria covered pergola and outdoor pavilion with a woodburning fireplace. Entering the home on the main level, you are welcomed into the mosaic marble tiled entry foyer and led directly through the Nova Scotia pine paneled dining room into the large living room and sunroom featuring exquisitely crafted detail work and finishes. The living room and dining room each have a fireplace. There is ample room for family and guests, a perfect place to privately relax or entertain on a grand scale. The true chef’s kitchen can serve as its own entertainment space complete with its custom Bellini cabinetry, hand carved island, marble counters, 5 burner La Cornue gas range, Sub Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, 2 farm sinks, and a bay window dining area. There is also a butler’s pantry with an electric wall oven, a second Miele dishwasher and warming drawer. The main floor half bath features a barrel-vaulted ceiling.

At the top of the main staircase is a landing that serves as a library with seating area. The principalbedroom suite has windows on three sides with sweeping views of ocean, a window seat and a decorative antique fireplace. Currently it is configured with his and her’s ensuites and 2 walk-in dressing rooms, one complete with a built-in bed for naps. However, his ensuite and dressing room can easily be converted back to a separate ensuite bedroom.

The top floor features two spacious vaulted ceiling ensuite bedrooms that have access to the expansive roof deck with awe-inspiring views. The lower level offers a family room with woodburning fireplace, bar, mudroom with dog shower and a potting room.

Additionally, a 900+/- sq. ft. separate coach house with a 2 car garage below has a guest suite with full bath however it could be used as a studio room for yoga, meditation, art, or a home office.

Known as “White Cottage”, it is one of the original homes in Chester and is now recognized as one of the most beautiful homes in Nova Scotia. It has been totally renovated and updated making this the perfect oceanfront estate for all times.

The historic seaside village of Chester offers sailing at the Chester Yacht Club, golf, tennis, shops, galleries and restaurants.


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Updated on August 10, 2021 at 8:07 am


  • Address 72 Duke Street
  • City Chester
  • State Nova Scotia
  • Zip/Postal Code B0J1J0
  • Country Canada


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