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Choosing a Neighbourhood in Halifax
It is important that the part of Halifax you choose to live in is well
suited to you and your family. The following is a list of considerations
and possible problem areas:
The quality of air, water and soil is a top concern as a polluted neighbourhood
can be detrimental to both your health and property value. Ask your
real estate agent, neighbours and local media about any known environmental
issues in the area. Fortunately, Halifax has excellent quality air.
It's harbour location allows for good air flow. However, the harbour
itself is very polluted, after many years of dumping raw sewage directly
into Halifax harbour. Halifax Municipality recently changed this policy
and is working to clean up the harbour.
The home you are considering may be tidy and attractive inside and out,
but how does it compare to the surrounding area? Explore the neighbourhood,
keeping an eye open for signs of neglect (overgrown lawns, houses in
need of paint, trash and junked appliances littering yards). Halifax
is a walker's city and it is easy to check out the area you will be
moving into. Rmember, no matter how diligent you are in the upkeep of
your property, a run-down neighbourhood can drive your property value
Check with the local police department to find out if the home you
are considering is in a safe Halifax neighbourhood. The Halifax police
may be able to provide statistics regarding break-ins and other crimes.
Generally Halifax is a safe city. At one time the areas north of the
citadel and along Hollis Street were riddled with crime; however, recent
developments have really cleaned up these areas. Many homes in these
areas were refurbished and the area has seen remarkable recoverly.