Originally Posted by mamawithstars
We are moving to Halifax in June and are looking for advice on where to live. We have never been there and don't know where to start. We always live downtown in the cities we have lived in. We need to be walking distance to parks. library and groceries for sure and a farmers market near by would be a big plus. Is Dartmouth a nice area to live? I heard that the ferry is an easy way to get downtown Halifax.
I have a 3 1/2 yr old son and a 18mth daughter so I'm sure we will be out to that Toddler LLL meeting that was mentioned earlier.
Also looking for homeschooling groups or other homeschoolers with simularly aged kids.
I I'm a Dartmouth girl and recently moved back after living in another part of the province for a while. Dartmouth has some nice spots that are very accessible to Halifax. Downtown Dartmouth has several nice facilities - a library with a great children's section, a few restaurants, community centers, theater, and even a Farmers Market. (Not as old, large or picturesque as the Halifax one but nice and less crowded - the Halifax market is not too far from the ferry landing.)
A few areas you might consider are:
The area just to the left of the MacDonald bridge coming from Halifax, right around Pelzant Street. Not the most high end but has character, and a lot of kids and young families. A great playground and not too far from the family center.
Also, the "flower streets". Tulip, Dahlia, Rose - the streets crossing them are pine, maple, etc. This might be slightly more expensive but there are flats there and it is close to the library and Sullivan's pond park.
There is also an area of houses between Ochterlony Street and the Commons, right downtown, that is nice if you can find something.
Up Pleasant or Portland Street, not right downtown but around Hawthorn, is nice.
One place you might consider if you are willing to take a temporary place is these
apartments. They might be slightly farther than you would like to be, but they are not far from the Pelzant street area I mentioned. They aren't exciting, but they are kept up pretty well and aren't loud, and I think they do month to month leases.
If you decide on Halifax, North end is the most affordable but only some parts are nice.
There is a group on yahoo called HomLearnersNS you might like to look at. We will be just starting homeschooling with my daughter this fall, though we've been doing a little reading work.