Our Communities: The Halifax Penninsula - Halifax Real Estate Remax Nova

Published 11 January 12 11:04 AM | Merv Edinger 

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If you are the type of person who wants to be in the heart of the action, with everything within walking distance, surrounded by hotspots, restaurants, universities, hospitals,shopping, spas, & activity, then perhaps living in downtown Halifax is for you. 

Over a half a million people walk up & down Spring Garden Road itself daily.  So pick a spot at a cafe or pub, to people watch or be seen yourself.  In the Summer time, any of the many patios openned by local restaurants, cafes & bars are crammed with people enjoying the fine weather, a cold beverage & perhaps a bite to eat with some great company, other Haligonians.

There are many spots to shop, whether its in little boutiques on or off Spring Garden Road & throughout the city, scrounging for discounted deals in consignment shops, Antiquing ( best spots are in the North End of the city along Agricola Street ) or in the mall settings of Spring Garden Place, the Halifax Shopping Center, or the West End Mall.  Many artisans have also set up shops in private residences.  If its crafts, local produce & products that you are looking for, make sure you visit the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market at Pier 21. http://halifaxfarmersmarket.com/ Make sure you visit Peter & Megan at The Fish Shop for the freshest seafood available. 

If you are a foodie, than Halifax is the place to be!  Many fine restaurants by award winning & recognized chefs are available for you to enjoy, but don't forget to try one of the many smaller quaint venues as well where you will find terrific fare. Some for you to consider are:

On Saturday afternoons, the place to be is the Lower Deck for draft, live music & the old fashioned Martime hospitality.  If the Keltic & Maritime music is not your thing, Halifax does have the one of highest ratios of watering holes per capita in the country.

Halifax is also the home to Dalhousie University, University of Kings College ( which is the oldest university in North America ), Saint Mary's University, NSCAD as well as a campus of  NSCC & other trade schools, making it a great place to own income properties.  Many of the older homes have been converted to accomodate rental units.

For information regarding schools, please visit the Halifax Regional School Board website where you can obatin information on all levels of schools, bus schedules, use a home address look up to check a home's school zone, & other school information.  http://www.hrsb.ns.ca/ 

One of the finest surviving examples of Victorian Gardens in North America, is the Halifax Public Gardens which began on Common land by the Nova Scotia Horticultural Society in 1836. In 1847, Horticultural Hall was erected in the Gardens and served as the meeting room for members of the Society. A second series of gardens was established by the City of Halifax in 1867 and in 1874 the gardens were unified into the present 16 acres. The Gardens continue to be an accessible public leisure destination. http://www.halifaxpublicgardens.ca/m_4.asp

A popular recreational area in the heart of downtown are the Halifax Commons, in local popular usage more often referred to as the Commons, is a Canadian urban park in the community of Halifax in Nova Scotia's Halifax Regional Municipality. It is Canada’s oldest urban park, with the North Common and the Central Common still in use as a public park area.  The recent addition of the Halifax Oval, an outdoor skating rink, which can accomodate 1,500 skaters at once, for public use has been very popular with Haligonians & visitors alike.  Other parks loved by dog owners are Point Pleasant Park & Sir Sanford Flemming Park.  For a list & guide to parks & trailways, please visit http://www.halifax.ca/rec/TrailsHrm.html.

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