Annapolis Royal made the North American-wide list for Best Old-House Neighbourhood.
The editors of This Old House have tracked down 61 great neighborhoods that have promising futures, strong communities, and homes that truly deserve a long-term commitment – and Annapolis Royal is among them.
The 2012 Best Old-House Neighborhoods appear online at www.thisoldhouse.com/best-places.
This Old House scoured the United States and Canada to find unique, tight-knit neighborhoods for their fifth annual search for the Best Old-House Neighborhoods. These places might not be on your radar, but deserve to be, according to the magazine’s editors.
“Located at the junction of the Annapolis and Allain rivers, Annapolis Royal is a waterfront community of just under 500 residents, many of them artists, writers, or retirees,” This Old House says on its website of winners. “The town is proud to be one of North America’s oldest continuous European settlements. It was founded as a French colony in 1605 and eventually served as the capital of Acadia (later Nova Scotia) until 1710, when it became the capitol of British Nova Scotia. Later, the town became home to merchants, commercial fisherman, and sea captains who built elegant houses along St. George Street. Today, the waterfront is populated with shops and art galleries, as well as the Historic Gardens, a 17-acre horticultural wonderland that tells the story of Nova Scotia through the gardens and crops planted here over the centuries.”