1. A working hobby farm on Vancouver Island
Address: 6929 Somenos Rd.
Where: Duncan, B.C.
Specs: 3 bedrooms, 2 bath
With its moderate climate, artisanal farms and numerous wineries, the Cowichan Valley is often called the “Provence of Canada.” This almost-13-acre parcel allows you to indulge your inner Peter Mayle should you so wish, but there’s also fencing for animals and a large shop for tinkering, glass of rosé in hand. And you’re only minutes from the quaint town of Duncan for all your urban-ish needs.
2. A sprawling property on Lake Superior
Address: 30 Pinder Dr.
Where: Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Specs: 3 bedrooms, 1 bath
This home has all the benefits of new construction (geothermal heating, main floor laundry, in-floor heat in the basement) but it’s the setting—three acres and 240 feet of shoreline on Lake Superior—that are the real drivers. Oh, and there’s a historic converted church on the property that’s now a workshop, as well as a nunnery that’s doubles as a guesthouse with loft. Praise be.
3. An East Coast island getaway
Address: 422 Fundy Dr.
Where: Campobello Island, NB
Specs: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath
Campobello Island was the long-time summer retreat of Franklin D. Roosevelt so you’ll likely feel presidential yourself with these five-and-a-half waterfront acres. The interiors have been seriously upgraded: full chef’s kitchen with granite counters, liberal use of slate (hand-cut!) and clerestory windows — a total turn-key sale.