Halifax, Nova Scotia | Canada's Atlantic Boomtown
The Halifax Regional Municipality now has a population of more than 400,000 people, but its large area means it’s easy to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday city life. The HRM offers everything from urban excitement to coastal retreats. From luxurious condos to lakefront acreages. Although the average price of Halifax real estate has risen significantly in the recent past, it is still affordable in comparison to many other cities in Canada.
COVID-19 put Nova Scotia on the map. The province meticulously handled the pandemic to allow its population to live in a way that resembled normal, while most other places in the world struggled to keep COVID under control. Now, our slower paced East Coast Lifestyle coupled with some pretty spectacular coastline make Nova Scotia an extremely desirable prospect. Want to get out of the city for a day? Drive an hour to numerous beautiful beaches in one direction or to some world class wineries in the other.
There is anticipated to be an additional 18,000 housing units in the Halifax / Dartmouth down town cores by 2030. The city is in the middle of a massive redevelopment plan which will look to accommodate this growth while simplifying the approval of new projects. Halifax also offers a state-of-the-art convention center that is the perfect platform to showcase Nova Scotia’s hospitality to the world. Simply put, Halifax is arriving on stage as the place to be – a perfect blend of urban living and natural beauty, shouldering miles of majestic ocean shoreline.
What to do once you get here
Moving to a new city can feel like a daunting task, but fear not! Our HaliPad Real Estate representatives do their best to make your transition to the Halifax area as easy as possible. If you are planning a trip to Halifax, your HaliPad agent will gladly show you around our great city and all it has to offer. You’ll find information below about how to plan a house hunting trip as well as links to some of our favourite Halifax restaurants, activities and places to stay. We even have a two bedroom Airbnb we offer to our clients at a discounted rate (subject to availability).
Housing options and making the most of your trip
HaliPad specializes in house hunting trips for their clients. You generally won’t have a great deal of time to view homes on your visits to Halifax so it is important to make the most of it. Your HaliPad agent can arrange an over the phone consultation prior to planning your trip. That way, you'll know the type of homes you’ll be looking to view upon your arrival. Once your schedule is mapped out, your agent will be able to arrange showing appointments that will give you an in-depth overview of the market. You won’t have to worry about scheduling showings with multiple different Realtors. Instead, you’ll be able to focus on seeing as many different areas and houses as possible while HaliPad takes care of the rest.
HaliPad agents understand the importance of your time and the huge decision you are taking to move. With that in mind, they guarantee you will leave the Halifax area with all the information you need to feel confident in your next steps.
Places to Stay
Where will you put your feet up at the end of the day? Halifax is full of great hotels, but here are some of our favorite picks for you!
The Muir Halifax – Halifax's newest and most exquisite hotel. Located on the Halifax Waterfront with amazing dining, a wellness center and a private yacht to experience the harbour, first hand.
Sutton Place Hotel – In the heart of downtown, located near the bustling night life on Argyle Street and surrounded by a huge number of world class dining options.
The Prince George Hotel – One of our personal favourites as they go out of their way to ensure you’re very comfortable during your stay. Plus, it’s home to one of the best rated restaurants in town, Gio.
The Halliburton – A older boutique hotel, bursting with character. Enjoy an evening in your room where you can curl up to your own wood fireplace!
Get ready to eat; Halifax is chock full of amazing places to dine! Here are some of the places we love.
The Press Gang – No visit to Halifax is complete without a relaxing evening in this charming restaurant and oyster bar!
Gahan House – Enjoy the in-house craft beers at the new location in the Nova Centre in the heart of downtown Halifax.
The Bicycle Thief – A favorite among Haligonians and tourists alike. Dining here will make you feel like a local in no time!
Sushi Nami Royale – You must try the Rock N’ Roll lobster sushi! That’s Nova Scotian!
Besides looking at the incredible variety of real estate options available to you, you’ll also want to have some fun exploring!
NS Wine Tour – The Annapolis Valley wine region is starting to get recognition on the world stage and it makes for a perfect day trip from the city! Lots to explore and lots to excite your taste buds!
Whale Watching Boat Tour – Halifax is an urban playground surrounded by rugged natural beauty. One of the best ways to experience that is with a whale watching tour off of Brier Island. Any day you get to feel the splash of a whale breaching in the Bay of Fundy is a pretty good day! Don't forget to try the scallops in Digby on your way there!
Cape Breton Island Golfing – World-class golfing is at your doorstep in Nova Scotia as well! Whether you take a scenic drive on the Cabot Trail or swing the nine iron, you’ll be sure to fall in love with the island that is only a few hour’s drive from Halifax.
Halifax Historical and Cultural Tour – You’ve been on city tours before, but we’re willing to bet you haven’t done one from an amphibious vehicle yet! Here is your opportunity to learn all about the beautiful city from land and sea (and have an awful lot of fun while doing it)!
Next Step, contact a HaliPad representative to let us know the details of your trip and they will ensure you make the most of your time.