Each week MainStreet takes a look at what we call Extreme Real Estate deals. Extreme could mean comparing properties that can be had for less than $200,000 with similar spots that go for $2 million or more. Or we might present three houses in the U.S. for less than $40,000 (they do exist). Or a selection of castles in eastern Europe for under half a million. Whatever they are, you’ll be extremely impressed. This week we bring you: A Tale of Two Lake Front Hideaways.

Outdoorsy types come in all shapes, sizes and economic means. Fortunately, outdoorsy hideaways do, too.

Lake House No. 1: The Cozy Cabin

If being surrounded by moose, watching fish jump and listening to the dulcet tones of near isolation is your idea of bliss, hop a puddle jumper to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where a lake front hideaway can still be picked for the price of a luxury automobile.

Located just an hour’s drive from Halifax International Airport (LGA to YHZ for as little as $250 USD round trip), one modestly priced property hugging the pristine waters of Nine Mile Lake includes an 1,800 square-foot year round cottage with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a forest’s worth of pine cabinetry and paneling, floor to ceiling windows framing woodsy and watery views and a 350 square-foot deck. Priced at $160,000 USD, taxes will run an astonishing $745 per year.

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Contact Monica Sontrop of Tradewinds Realty at (902) 275-5613 for more information.

Lake House No. 2: The Weekend Glam Palace

Maybe your budget is bigger and backgammon on the back deck with a glass of chilled Chardonnay while the sun sets over the glassy waters of Connecticut’s largest lake is more your idea of getting away from it all.

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Just a few hours drive from the wilds of Wall Street are the rolling lake lands of Litchfield County, Conn. where real estate options run towards the well to do. One water front hideaway, located in a private and gated lake community and hanging over the shoreline of Candlewood Lake, sits on more than three quarters of an acre of waterfront property. Priced at $1,795,000, the sophisticated post and beam-built house measures 3,500 square feet and includes meticulous millwork, Arts and Crafts detailing, a chef’s kitchen, 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Other expensive amenities include an eight-person hot tub, a water's edge cabana and a large deepwater dock for parking the vintage Chris-Craft boat.

Contact Kathleen Harrison at Fazzone & Harrison Realty at (860) 307-7203 for more information.

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