Welcome to a short drive by of one part of my home town of Bedford, Nova Scotia. Bedford sits at the tip of the Bedford Basin. Today’s drive by will be focused on the area of Shore Drive and the homes closest to the water. For years the homes here had huge lots but in the past decade or so, many of the owners sold parts of their property and newer homes have gone up. The beauty in the above picture is one of my new favourites. I love the wide white trim, the colour of the siding and the design of the garage door. The columns and stone design of the porch is typical of the newer homes on or near this road. And just around the corner is this older home. I love the porches and the colour combination used.
This home was chosen cause I adore turrets. I think they add interest to homes and I just wish I could go inside to see the floor plan. Don’t you?
When I was teaching, one of my students moved into this home below. I did get invited here. 🙂 It has a great deck hanging over the water’s edge and a beautiful main floor plan.
This next home was a renovation of one of the older homes. I love the cedar shakes and the porch. Looking through the trees to the left is an example of how homes were tucked onto the same property with winding driveways to reach them.
Perhaps my favourite addition to the street is this small cottage placed in what use to be the front yard of the home behind it. The English cottage design is charming. What I appreciate is that the eyebrow window on the front is a homage to one of the well-known architects of Nova Scotia. Andrew Cobb designed many of the well-to-do homes in this area using his signature window design. Doesn’t it look like this home was always here? I really appreciate when developers are careful to save the century-old trees on the properties.
Across the street is another new house tucked between two older homes. I wish I could show you these older homes but they are protected from view by garages, fences and privacy landscaping.
No ride around Bedford is really complete without a stop by this landmark. The Chickenburger has been here since the early forties. Until a few years ago, it was a family-run business. Luckily, the new owner grew up here and appreciated the ambiance and has maintained the best parts including the jukebox that still plays the oldies. Purple People Eater ring a bell?They have added an ice cream shack at the back called Chicken Little where they get the kids to bring in their report cards on the last day of school for a free ice cream! You can also watch outdoor movies outback and every Tuesday is Antique Car night. I love the glass block design out front and the old tree in the new stone planter. It has been there since I was a child.