C $1,250,000; US +/-$926,000; € +/-833,000

The Rope Loft is the quintessential Nova Scotia seaside restaurant with an abundance of opportunity. This iconic Chester property has incredible value, including tourist and marine possibilities and is zoned for multiple commercial operations and a residence. The ocean dream has never had so much potential.

The Rope Loft's waterside deck ambiance is as compelling as its food. A landmark for both locals and visitors, the front harbour ocean views and laid back attitude perfectly suit the village pace. Located centrally next to the Tancook ferry dock, the Rope Loft features a majestic upstairs dining room and a cozy downstairs pub.

Historically, the “Old Wharf” has been operational as a marina and a restaurant since the 1980’s. Built over two hundred years ago, the property is one of the oldest commercial buildings in Nova Scotia.

A piece of Chester history resides within the solid oak construction of the building; the post and beam of the famed American privateer ship “Teaser”. A member of her crew blew the ship up, killing many of the crew, during the war of 1812, so the British would not capture the vessel.

4500 sq ft of commercial space compliments the 1300 foot waterfront residence, which is currently owner occupied.

If running a restaurant is not your speed, then consider turning the entire building into a gorgeous waterfront residence, retaining some of the original character of hand-hewn beams, and providing immediate access to sailor’s paradise!

Reference Number:



36 Water Street, Chester, NS

MLS: 201811506

PID: 60091873 & 60394970


From Halifax, take Highway 103 to Exit 7, and turn right on Highway #3. Make a left turn on Duke Street. Veer left onto Water Street. Property is on the left. 

Building Age: 202 years

Size of Lot: 0.21 acres

Total Square Footage: 4636 sq. ft. (Commercial: 3,410 sq. ft. & Residential: 1225 sq. ft.) 

Outside Dimensions: 46 X 32 + 51 X 25

Waterfront: Yes. 

Room Sizes:


Ground Floor: Restaurant: 15 1/4 X 32 3/4; Restaurant (jog): 23'1/12 X 8'5/12; Bar: 7'5/6 X 18'2/3; Bathroom Hall: 3'1/2 X 22'1/6; Entrance: 12 X 3'5/6; Bathroom (buoys): 9 5/6 X 9'1/12; Bathroom (mermaids): 7'1/12 X 12'1/3; Second Floor:  Dining room: 23'7/12 X 28'1/12; Kitchen: 22'11/12 X 17'11/12; Kitchen serving area: 1 X 11'1/3; Dishwasher room: 11'3/4 X 6; Office: 8'7/12 X 11'11/12. Total Restaurant: 3100 sq.ft.

Restaurant Decks: Ground floor: Restaurant deck: 21'2/3 X 52'1/6; Restaurant deck (jog): 9'5/6 X 16'1/6; Second Floor: Restaurant deck: 15'5/6 X 52'1/3; Restaurant deck (jog): 14'3/4 X 6'1/6. 

NORTH WEST COMMERCIAL SPACE: Store room: 9'1/4 X 8'5/12; Furnace room: 4'1/3 X 8'3/4; Shop space: 14'7/12 X 13'1/3.


Ground Floor: Foyer/Stairwell: 11'1/2 X 12'11/12; Laundry room: 7'1/4 X 9'2/3; Bedroom (guest): 10'3/4 X 7'1/2; Foyer/stairwell (jog): 6'4/7 X 3'3/4; Bedroom, master: 18'1/12 X 10/1/12; Walk-in Closet: 8'3/5 X 6'3/4; Bathroom: 6'11/12 X 5'5/6. Second Floor: Kitchen/living/dining: 23 5/12 X 26'1/2. Total Residential: 1225 sq. ft. 

Residential Decks: Ground floor: Eastern deck: 25' 1/4 X 4' 5/6; Side deck: 34 1/3 X 3' 5/6. Second floor: 25' 1/4 X 4' 5/6

Roofing: asphalt shingles

Flooring: Wood

Included: Restaurant tables/chairs, all kitchen equipment. Residential; washer dryer, stove, fridge, dishwasher, microwave. 

Exclusions: Residential: furniture, paintings, decor, artwork. 

Septic: Municipal 

Well: Drilled well 

Hot Water: Electric

Heating: Propane fireplace and electrical baseboard heaters

Parking: Nine spots on the side and four in the front of the restaurant.              

Leased Equipment: Propane tank and Water heater

Rental Type:           Net Rentable Area:         Rental Rate:        Occupant:                Lease Expiry:                                 

Office                         3100                                 Call realtor           Rope Loft                Call realtor 

Rental                        310                                   Call realtor            Premiere Sea         Monthly

Residential Unit        1225                                 Call realtor           Owner occupied     Call Realtor

Other                         1014                                  Call realtor           13 floats                    Call Realtor                                                     


Please Contact Listing Agent: Piers Baker- Cellphone Number: 902-980-0522 or Email: piers@tfts.ca