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What $360,000 buys across Canada, including an escape-worthy cabin on a B.C. beach

Property Snoop: From cozy, light-filled Toronto condo to waterfront properties on both of Canada's coasts

1. A two-storey, gable-roofed home overlooking P.E.I.’s South Shore

The front porch and living room windows look out on a huge lawn, beyond which the Northumberland Strait is in view.

Address: 5658 Rice Point, Rte. 19
Where: Rice Point, Prince Edward Island
Price: $375,000
Specs: 3 beds, 2 baths
Just because you’re old-school doesn’t mean you should have to contend with old-school issues (leaks, cracks, drafty windows). This sea-facing house, custom-built in 1999 and situated on a 2.5-acre property, comes with all the requisite heritage charm (porch, wood stove), but is kitted out in modern conveniences, including great room concept, large entertaining deck and abundant light.

2. A sun-drenched, cozy one-bedroom in midtown Toronto

This suite is on the third and top floor of the building, offering a view into the trees.

Address: #301, 21 Thelma Ave.
Where: Toronto
Price: $360,000
Specs: 1 bed, 1 bath
The Bellair sits smack in the middle of Forest Hill Village and this top unit comes architect-renovated with an open-concept living room and extra touches like backsplash under-counter lighting. Monthly maintenance fees are steep at $682/month, but they include underground parking and property taxes.

3. A waterfront house in the woods on Mudge Island, B.C.

Between beach and forest, this spot enjoys plenty of local wildlife, including deer, rabbits, and blue heron.

Address: Lot 1, Driftwood Drive
Where: Mudge Island, B.C.
Price: $354,000
Specs: 3 beds, 2 baths
Waterfront property near Vancouver for less than $400K? We’re in. This newish cabin (2003) sits on almost half an acre and eschews the normal cabin-y set-up (dark, small, cramped). Instead, its bright and airy layout includes a great room for modern living, walk-in closet plus an office. It’s all easily accessed by small boat once you’re on neighbouring Gabriola Island.

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