Real Estate

Nova Scotia—Concierge Auctions, the largest luxury real estate auction marketplace in the world, will bring Whaleback Estate to auction on August 26, via the firm’s digital marketplace. According to listing agents Mariana Cowan and Ian Smith, the team opted to bring the 6,790-square-foot estate to auction because “the format drives healthy competition…auctions are used for virtually every ultra-luxury product there is–wine, cars, art–why not real estate?”  


With a reserve $2.6M CAD starting bid, Whaleback Estate offers buyers a rare opportunity to own a piece of living history, as the property was originally constructed as a WWII observation tower, strategically positioned to guard the Halifax Harbor and surrounding coastal areas.

In its current iteration, the abandoned military complex located twenty five minutes outside of Halifax, has been reimagined by renowned designer Erla Laurie as an expansive contemporary estate. Standout features include a main house constructed around 18-inch concrete tower walls, with 20-foot glass walls that offer stunning 360-degree views of the Atlantic coastline.


The secluded 2.7-acre outdoor amenities include an ocean-view infinity pool cascading into a second recirculating pool below, multiple outdoor entertaining spaces, a cedar sauna room, secluded gazebo, fifth-floor observation deck, and 550 feet of rugged ocean frontage.

Cowan and Smith view the upcoming digital auction as an exciting tool to reach an extremely limited buyer pool, stating they “are confident” the auction will yield incredible results. “Combining our efforts with Concierge Auctions provides an even greater opportunity to reach the ideal buyer anywhere in the world.”


Located at 137 Gannet Lane, Nova Scotia, Canada, the property is represented by the Cowan-Smith team of Mariana Cowan and Ian Smith. For the complete listing and video tour, visit Concierge Auctions.