Perhaps you are looking for a new home in Halifax, Nova Scotia? There’s certainly plenty to choose from and in every price bracket.

Building a new home within a community development certainly has a lot of advantages. Here are just some of the great reasons why you should think about building within a new community in and around Halifax:

  • They have the latest technology and infrastructure (great internet and reliable services)
  • A growing community means more resources and money allocated.
  • The amenities – communities are often built close to all the popular amenities
  • Schools – in particular, developers always research the best schools in the area as they choose their location.
  • Being part of a community. There’s nothing like watching the community grow around you.

 

How do you choose the best community in Halifax?

Once you’ve decided to build your home within a new community development, choosing the right one can be a bit of a challenge. How do you decide between so many amazing opportunities and developments? Naturally, there are some factors that you can look at while making your decision:

Planned and existing amenities.

Halifax has some amazing local amenities and each community within Halifax has its own. That’s no different with new community developments as well. Check to see what the community is close to for everyday necessities and the nice-to-haves. How far will you need to travel to get to the grocery store? The gym? How about schools for your kids?

Ask plenty of questions and find out as much information as you possibly can.

The stage of development.

Is the community in its infancy or is it already well established? This will determine the amount of construction in the area, how many businesses and amenities are established close to the community, and what you can expect after you move into your new home.

There will also be a lot more options with newer communities. Want the corner lot? The last one on the street? Getting into a planned community development early will give you the choices that you otherwise won’t have if you build late in the development.

What home builders are building within the community?

This is important to consider. If you love one of the great local Halifax home builders but they are not currently building within the community you are interested in then perhaps it might not be the right fit.

It is sometimes possible to have an outside builder create your dream home, depending on the community rules and regulations, so be sure to ask before simply ruling out a community if you really love it.

Physical location.

The physical location of the community will play a big role. If it is on the other side of town compared with where your family works or if it is not as close to the events you currently attend, that is something you should consider. There will always be growth in communities and more amenities will likely arrive, but you can never change where it’s located.

Here is a list of new and existing community developments in the Halifax and surrounding area.

Oakfield Woods – A well-designed community close to great golfing, parks and Grand Lake. Close to Highway 102 with easy access to the airport, this subdivision offers single family homes starting in the mid $300,000’s on 1-2 acre wooded lots.

 

Oaken Hills, Wellington – This established community still has some lots available. It very much focusses on family living with an emphasis on outdoor lifestyle. Well located, close to Provincial Parks, Grand Lake and Oakfield Golf and Country Club. www.parkdaledevelopments.com/oaken_hills/

 

Parks of West Bedford – Located between Kearney Lake and the Hammonds Plains Road, this large development of new homes has a good choice of house sizes, designs and price points available. www.theparksofwestbedford.ca

 

Rockingham South, Bedford – Located at the highest point in Halifax, with views of Halifax Harbour and Bedford Basin. Centrally located, close to shopping, amenities, and highways. www.rockinghamsouth.com

 

The Ravines of Bedford South – A new townhouse and single-family home development, close to ravines, ponds, streams, walking paths, trees, and natural vegetation. Sales for available units range in price from $375,000 upwards. www.cresco.ca/our-communities/the-ravines/

 

Kingswood North – A well-established residential community situated between Hammonds Plains Road and Lucasville Road. Surrounded by lush natural forest, Kingswood North offers a peaceful country setting, close to Bedford and Sackville. Phases 6 and 7 in progress. www.kingswoodnorth.com

 

Berry Hills, Middle Sackville – A brand new community development in Middle Sackville, Berry Hills offers the tranquillity of country living with the convenience of city life. Located just off Sackville Drive, it offers quick access to everything important for the growing family. Lots start from $90,000. www.berryhillsliving.com/

 

Indigo Shores – Indigo Shores is a lakefront community located directly off Highway 101, via Exit 2A. The community is minutes from shopping at the Bedford Commons and the Burnside Industrial Park, and only 25 minutes to Downtown Halifax. Located on gorgeous McCabe Lake, the community features over 450 large, wooded home sites as well as riverfront and lakefront lots. www.indigoshores.ca/

 

Lost Creek Village, Beaverbank – A new 700-acre development bordered by Kinsac Lake and Lost Creek Golf Club. This new affordable community will take about eight years to complete and will have only 400 lots. All the properties are wooded and range in size from 1.5 to 3 acres. www.lostcreek.ca/village

 

Long Lake Village – A 40-acre development on Northwest Arm Drive. A flexible mix of multi-residential buildings, single family homes, semis, and townhouses. Close to everything and only 10 minutes to downtown Halifax. Long Lake Provincial Park is 5,000 acres of lakes, forests, trails, rivers and streams in the heart of the city. www.longlakevillage.ca

 

Seven Lakes, Porters Lake – The Villages of Seven Lakes, is an award-winning new lakeside community just 25 minutes from Halifax. Surrounded by stunning lakes, beautiful forests and green spaces, the development offers a variety of home styles and a number of builders from which to choose. www.sevenlakescommunity.com

 

Russell Lake West, Dartmouth – In its final phase of development, Russell Lake West is ideally located to enjoy a natural lakefront setting while living in the heart of Dartmouth. This master-planned community features executive homes nestled on the hillside overlooking Russell Lake. www.claytondev.com/communities

 

Colby South – A community on the shores of Bissett Lake, offering large home sites in a community close to shopping, schools, and services. Lakefront or wooded lots available. The community features direct access to trails and is minutes from Long Lake Provincial Park – 2000 hectares of protected land featuring hiking trails, lakes, streams, and waterfalls. www.colbysouth.com/

 

Governors Brook – Located off of Herring Cove Road, Governor’s Brook is an established residential community featuring a mix of housing types. 15 minutes from Halifax’s downtown core with good public transportation. Phase 7-12 is currently under construction. www.governorsbrook.com/

 

Erindale Estates – Eastern Passage’s newest seaside community, featuring a mix of semi-detached and single-family homes. Eastern Passage is a quaint community that lies along the Atlantic Ocean. The community is home to unique destinations including the local shops, art galleries, and restaurants at Fisherman’s Cove and golfing at Hartlen Point. www.erindaleestates.com/

 

The Links at Brunello – A lifestyle and golf real estate community, well situated, close to Bayers Lake and only 15 minutes from downtown Halifax. Bordered by Nine Mile River, the 6000-acre Otter Park, and the Wilderness Common. A good selection of lots and homes available. www.thelinksatbrunellorealestate.com/