The National Post reports
that condo buyers in Toronto, Canada are paying a premium to
have a condo overlooking a cemetery.
Apparently, all the condos overlooking parks and other beautiful
scenery are all taken up. So, folks have found that having a
view of a cemetery is just as serene and beautiful.
But not just any cemetery, only those that are filled up. The
newer cemeteries often have backhoes digging out plots.
Mr. Johnston said mature cemeteries such as Mount
Pleasant are the ones residents want to be next to, as opposed
to active ones where burials are a regular occurrence. "They
don't want to look out their window and see digging," said
At Mount Pleasant, residents get to be near what the cemetery
describes as a "park-like setting" that is home to one of
North America's finest arboretums. Sculptures abound at the
cemetery and, of course, there is no shortage of flowers.
The concept of the "memorial park" actually hit its "hey
day" in 1800s, from about 1830 to beginning of the 1900s. The
Bonaventure in Savannah, Georgia, and Mt. Auburn in Cambridge,
Massachusetts were great examples. They were more than just
park-like, almost nature-like, with ponds, trees, an assortment
of flora and wildlife like rabbits, deer, and an assortment
of birds. Families visited these places for picnics and social
events. They also had amenities like benches, tables, fountains,
Today, most memorial parks are simply seen as cemeteries.
It's interesting that urban cemeteries are serving in another
capacity, to provide great scenery. It'll perhaps help towards
their own preservation.