History meets luxury and nature on the grounds of Downtown Dartmouth. Originating on the shores of the famous Halifax Harbour, Downtown Dartmouth is one of the best places to be in the city. The Dartmouth Waterfront gives residents a place to enjoy public green space, grab a coffee, visit the library or enjoy the views of the Halifax skyline. A short, scenic ferry ride to Downtown Halifax is a daily routine for many Dartmouthians and a must for all visitors. The Halifax Dartmouth Ferry is truly part of history. Winding your way along Portland Street, Queen Street, and Ochterloney you will discover historic sites such as Christ Church, constructed in 1817. The Quaker House nearby is meant to be a replica of Quaker homes built in 1785 shortly after their arrival from Nantucket near Boston. 73 Alderney Drive, currently hosting the “Restaurant 73” is the older commercial brick building on the Dartmouth side of the harbour.
One of the most wonderful things about downtown Dartmouth is its small footprint, yet it is so full of things to do. Today the streets are lined with charming restaurants, coffee houses, pubs and small specialty shops. Enjoy a wonderful meal at The Canteen on Portland Street, or Battery Park on Ochterloney. Then there is Two If By Sea for coffee and croissants. Visit Revanna Pizza for their decades-long famous pizza and donairs! Since 1976, The interlude Spa has been a popular neighbourhood establishment offering up-to-the-moment services and a respite from our busy lives. Drop by Janet’s Flower Shop, which has been delivering fresh, beautiful flowers to Dartmouth locals for years.
With the current prices of single-family homes in the Downtown area rising to $350,000, it is obvious that Dartmouth is growing in appeal and popularity. Buying homes in this area on streets like North, Wentworth, Church, King and Park Avenue are some of the most noteworthy streets in the area, but you cannot forget about Ochterloney Street or Dundas.
In 2005 Kings Wharf Condominiums on the waterfront were started and today they are a thriving part of the community and continue to expand. Now, the average condo in the neighbourhood is $444,900.
Come discover the history and beauty of Dartmouth by taking a visit to Downtown Dartmouth. We promise, you won’t regret it.
- Bicentennial School
- Dartmouth High School
- Dartmouth South Academy
- Shannon Park Elementary School
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North End Halifax
For many years the North End of Halifax was considered to be up and coming, now, in the year 2021, it seems like the neighbourhood has finally made it. Not only does the North End have a host of local businesses, where you can find anything from coffee or craft beer, to live music and flowers, the North End is also one of the most historical places on the Peninsula. Situated between the South End and Halifax Central, this neighbourhood is a prime location with lots to offer. The area was once home to Africville, a small community that was deemed safe for African American settlers escaping enslavement. The history of the North End does not finish here. In December 1917, the North End was struck with disaster following what is now commonly referred to as the Halifax Explosion. The explosion, caused by two war cargo ships colliding, caused nearly all structures within an 800-metre radius to be obliterated. This caused the loss of life, homes, businesses, buildings and hope for many in the area.
Today, the North End is filled with memorial sites, such as the Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower, the Mont Blanc Anchor site, and the Hydrostone market, which was one of the only buildings to remain standing after the disaster. The North End boosts liveliness while maintaining its historic roots and is the perfect example of resilience in a community. No matter where you are in the North End, you are never far from local businesses, shops and restaurants, entertainment or friendly faces. The Downtown Halifax Boardwalk is just a 5 km bike ride. Here, you are close to downtown living without the fast pace and hustle. Nowadays, the area’s price tag has climbed considerably. But, with more and more happening in the neighbourhood, it commands it. Like many areas, condo developments are on the rise along with infill housing and increased density.
The North End is often considered the affordable way of living on the Halifax peninsula. It is no wonder 23,897 Nova Scotians call the North End their home, whether you are looking for a townhome, condo, or a bungalow, the North End has it all for you. The area offers a large variety of homes to fit everyone's style, needs, and aesthetics. It is one of the most popular places to live and is growing more and more popular as time goes on. Don’t believe us? Let the numbers speak for themselves, in May 2021 alone, 21 homes were sold in the North End. The average price for a single-family home is $592,712. More interested in condo living? Don’t worry, we have those stats too. On average, a condo in the North End is selling for $322,127.
Whether you are looking for the best coffee in town, a lively bar to spend your Saturday night, or a beautiful flower arrangement to put in your new living room, we’ve got you covered. We know the best of the bests when it comes to small, locally owned businesses, such as Props Floral Designs. Located in the Hydrostone Market, Props is a small, female-run business that offers beautiful flowers, custom floral subscription boxes, and bouquets for special events. With help from their shop dog Kuma, you will be able to make your floral dreams come true.
Looking for a place to hang out with friends on a Saturday night? Check out the array of bars, pubs and clubs on Gottingen Street, including HopYard, a beer bar serving brunch, lunch and dinner, with a unique feature. HopYard changes its menu once every two weeks so you will never have to worry about getting bored with the flavours. Is listening to live music more your thing? Stop by the Seahorse Tavern. Established in 1948, the Seahorse has everything you need under one roof. From live music, a dance floor, delicious food and inexpensive drinks, the Seahorse may just become your go-to place on the weekend.
- Joesph Howe Elementary School
- Oxford School
- St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary School
- Citadel High School
- St. Stephen’s Elementary School
- Shambhala School
- Highland Park Junior High School
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Bel Ayr Park
Quiet established family neighbourhood located in eastern Dartmouth. Developed in the late 1950’s and early 60’s the area is noted for mostly brick construction, bungalows and mid-century design elements. The big draw for residents is nearby Bell Lake. Featuring long standing Abenaki Canoe Club the lake is well used for swimming, paddling and ice skating. The area also includes two well respected schools in Bel Ayr Elementary and Eric Graves Junior High School. A short walk to Cole Harbour Road also provides a hosts of shops, services and more.
Points of Interest
- Abenaki Aquatic Club
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As one of Dartmouth's most popular, long respected neighbourhoods Crichton Park checks most boxes for today's buyers. Just north of Downtown Dartmouth, you can find almost anything in this area. In fact, from Crichton Park, you can walk to The Ferry in about twenty minutes. Many Crichton Parkers do just that every day to get to their place of work in Halifax.
Fun fact, Crichton Park was the first neighbourhood in all of Nova Scotia to receive Natural Gas service back in 2004. Along with being ahead of the times, Crichton Park also a family-friendly neighbourhood with lots of exploring to do. Parts of Crichton Park, streets like Lakeside Terrace, Edenbank and Brookdale are right on beautiful Lake Banook. In the early two-thousands, another area of Crichton Park was developed on Lake Mic Mac with streets like Lakeshore Park and Lakemist filled with beautiful homes and stellar views. Walking trails around the lake, the TransCanada Trail and Shubie Park are enjoyed and well used year-round.
One of the main landmarks of Crichton Park is Lake Banook, a freshwater lake running for 1.21 km across the neighbourhood. Interestingly enough, Andy Sawler’s grandfather, Owen Sawler founded the North Star Rowing Club in the Halifax Harbour. The North Star is a recreational and competitive rowing club for over 80 years. In the ’60s, the club relocated and now calls Lake Banook home. North Star introduces athletes to the sport of rowing while providing a safe and fun environment for everyone!
Water sports not your thing? How about hitting some golf balls at a beautiful, luxurious golf course? Brightwood Golf Course is adjacent to Crichton Park and is just “up the hill” from Lake Banook. Establish in 1914, Brightwood is a Donald Ross and Willie Park Jr design covering over 5,000 yards of greenery and has a 68 par. Brightwood continues to be a social hub for many residents of Crichton park and their surrounding neighbours and is a place for great food, great golf, and a great experience.
For many families, Crichton Park Elementary School is a focal point with a strong sense of involvement and community. The nearby historic North Star Rowing Club, Banook Canoe Club and Birch Cove Beach are longtime favourites of the 2,682 residents' summer activities and sports.
Properties here cover the full spectrum of taste including classic turn of the century gems and increasingly desired mid-century modern. Most homes were built between 1990-1970, with few new developments popping up around the community. Because this is a mature neighbourhood, many homes have undergone significant renovations.
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Dartmouth's Portland Hills is centrally located near a host of convenient amenities. Situated east of Morris Lake and earlier phased Portland Estates, homes in this neighbourhood were built beginning in the late 1990's and include a mix of single family, townhouses and condominiums. Close to popular walking trails, ample green space, rapid transit link and the coveted Portland Estates Elementary School. Locals frequent nearby Finbars Pub and Piez Bistro at Portland Hills Centre.
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Colby Village! Since its inception in the early seventies, this lovely area has been a magnet for local families and transferees alike. Almost fifty years later, it is now a mature area with beautiful shrubs and trees. Nearby amenities include: Bissett Lake and Park, Colby Village Pool, Cole Harbour Place, Medical & Dental , Shopping, Bus Routes, Restaurants and of course schools of all levels. It is an easy run to Shearwater and close to the #118 Highway. Sense of Community is great here. Of course, in recent years, Cole Harbour has become famous as being the hometown of Sidney Crosby. Sidney actually was raised in Colby Village!
- Colby Village Elementary
- Caldwell Road Elementary
- Astral Drive Elementary
- Astral Drive Junior High
- Auburn Drive High
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Forest Hills is a family friendly neighbourhood that offer a host of advantages for home owners. Connected by a series of walking trails the area was ahead of its time in terms of promoting active living and community. The hub, and that of adjacent Colby Village, might well be Cole Harbour Place. The multipurpose facility offers regular civic events, an up to date gym and well used 2 ice surfaces. In fact, this is where Sidney Crosby learned to skate! Residents also enjoy the newly developed Cole Harbour All-Weather Sportsfield, ball fields, tennis courts, a skateboard park and more. Modern amenities are all located nearby along with quick access to shopping, bus routes and schools of all levels. From a real estate perspective, this area enjoys good value, consistent pricing and excellent future potential.
- Colonel John Stuart Elementary
- Joseph Giles Elementary
- Robert Kemp Turner Elementary
- George Bissett Elementary
- Humber Park Elementary
- Sir Robert Borden Junior High
- Graham Creighton Junior High
- Auburn Drive High
- Cole Harbour District High