Ingrid is from the tiny fishing village of Indian Harbour on the beautiful shores of St. Margaret’s Bay, the entrance to the South Shore.
After graduating from NSCAD in 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Art, majoring in Jewellery Design and Metal Smithing, Ingrid's hard-working spirit and keen design sense were tested when she and her partner purchased their first historic property in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Together they extensively restored and renovated the five-bedroom house in just four short months and opened The Artisans Bed and Breakfast, which they successfully operated from 2001 to 2005.
The success of this venture led Ingrid to many historic restoration projects along the South Shore. One significant accomplishment was the sensitive renovation of the Baily House, an 1890 Lunenburg Victorian, which was later featured in EDIFICE, an architectural magazine.
In 2009 Ingrid shifted her focus and began her real estate practice. Her hands-on experience with renovation and restoration provided her with an invaluable foundation in design and construction, proving very useful when appraising properties and advising clients. Her warm personality, integrity, and commitment enabled her to quickly grow her client base.
Wanting to experience big city life and new opportunities, in 2012 Ingrid relocated to the East Village of Manhattan. The skills developed from working on historic properties in Lunenburg found her employed as a highly skilled craftsperson on multi-million dollar projects. Although a gratifying experience, she realized there is no place like home and decided to return to her native Nova Scotia.
The seaside community of Mahone Bay is Ingrid’s new home, and she adores this charming historic and friendly town. She is delighted to be able to share her significant knowledge and background with her clients and her extensive understanding of the nuances of the South Shore’s towns and villages is invaluable when marketing or finding properties.
Ingrid Ostrom REALTOR® / Real Estate Advisor
5 Pleasant Street
Chester, NS B0J 1J0