Hawthorn Hill, Mahone Bay
Situated south of the tennis courts, a short stroll from Mahone Bay’s pretty shops & restaurants, is Hawthorn Hill – Mahone Bay’s premium neighbourhood. Hawthorn Hill is an environmentally responsible neighbourhood designed with a focus on renewable resources, energy efficiency, community and respect for nature and the environment in which we live. Currently home to 11 high quality custom built homes (with another 3 in the design phase), Hawthorn Hill offers healthy, affordable homesites intended to encourage the construction of energy efficient homes in conjunction with a healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle. Amenities include paved public roads, municipal sewer, protective covenants and 15 acres of green space set aside for Hawthorn Hill owners to enjoy. Phase I is sold out. Currently there are 23 homesites available in the final phase, though no two are the same! So choose early to avoid disappointment.
Hawthorn Hill is developed by Neighbourhood Developments Ltd.
Hawthorn Hill was the inspiration of Ian Startup back in the 1990’s. When it all came together in 2002, eagerly awaited Hawthorn Hill was the first of its kind in Canada, combining the concept of a healthy home and a healthy environment – outside as well as inside. Until Hawthorn Hill, Mahone Bay had virtually no new housing stock and, other than the occasional spare lot, nowhere to build new and no architectural guidelines to safeguard one’s investment and assure neighbourhood standards. Further residents had no protection from incompatible practices on neighbouring properties such as perfumes from fabric softeners, lawn sprays or lawn pesticides. As a resident of Mahone Bay, and long before the environment was front & centre as an issue, Ian had a vision for a neighbourhood of like minded people who cared and set out to design a sustainable community where ultimately he would be happy to live – and he did. With protective covenants and architectural guidelines in sync with the local architecture. Fast forward to 2015, Hawthorn Hill has succeeded in attracting young families, professionals and retirees alike.
About the Developer…
Ian Startup (Neighbourhood Developments Ltd) is an experienced R-2000 Home Builder, home designer and renovator active in the industry since 1980.
Ian’s working career has been in the energy efficient home construction and renovation industry. After taking countless courses from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), CMHC and the Atlantic Home Builders and Renovators Sector Council Ian has been providing training for home builders, renovators and other industry professionals. Ian was a member of CMHC’s International Training Team until it was dissolved in 2012. The Team travelled the world as experts in Canadian building technology and building science. Since 1999, Ian has worked for NRCan in their energy efficient home programs both (formerly) as a trainer and (currently) as a Quality Assurance Auditor.
Ian brought this expertise to the design of Hawthorn Hill, including designing and building 3 of the existing homes. Two are registered with NRCan as R-2000 Homes. Although owners may choose whomever they wish to design and build their home, Ian will always be available to assist owners with the process by providing objective, knowledgeable advice.
An active sculptor, Ian is a long time resident of the South Shore of Nova Scotia.