Listing Diaries | 13 Rosemount Avenue – Country Estate in the heart of the West End

This charming Dutch Colonial two-story home at 13 Rosemount Avenue is set back on a 17,248 square foot lot, surrounded by pristine gardens and private woodlands, creating a private backyard setting perfect for relaxing and reconnecting with nature. This property was once part of original Andrew Downes Zoological and Botanical Gardens, which was the first zoo in North America. The zoo closed in 1868 when Downs was offered a job to set up a zoo at Central Park in New York City. The reputation of the original park was worldwide and lived on for decades after its closure, known for its ornamental trees, various specious of flowers, lush landscaping and of course a vast collection of wildlife.

This home is the ideal place for bird watching, and it is conveniently only 5-minutes away from the downtown Halifax core. Additionally, its also steps away from one of the most delightful walking trails in Nova Scotia, the Chain of Lakes trail network, which runs from Bayer’s Lake through to St. Margaret’s Bay – with over 75 km of trail to be explored!

This two story home has plenty of space and an abundance of natural light. On the main floor, there is a large living room, office, family room open to the dining area, butler’s pantry, half bath, and a bright and sunny kitchen that overlooks the gardens with an architecturally designed gazebo. The second level features three bedrooms and a large four piece bathroom with laundry. The finished lower level has a cozy recreational room and a large workshop area.

Nestled in amongst the trees, and perched on a hill awaits this intriguingĀ home, built on land once occupied by the first professional zoo on the continent.