A community can be defined by a great many things. The people? Definitely. The amenities? Most certainly. The job prospects? Absolutely. And, indeed, the housing is also a big part of the fabric of a community.
Considering all this, you may think the community you live in – simply put – rocks! REALTORS® living and working in Nova Scotia can attest that a great many communities do. And that’s what we hope to share with you in this new series. REALTORS® want to reacquaint you with the places, people and (naturally) the homes that build a community up! Whether you are living here, or living away, Nova Scotia communities are unique, welcoming and affordable places to live. It’s worth celebrating.
Known as the Main Street of the South Shore, the town of Bridgewater is set along the south coast of Nova Scotia just an hour outside of Halifax. This growing town boasts events and organizations for people of all ages that rival cities double the size. So, it’s no wonder that in 2014 Bridgewater was one of three communities to receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award. This award celebrates the power, strength and diversity of vibrant communities across Nova Scotia.
And Bridgewater is diverse – providing many opportunities for people of all ages. In 2013, the town was recognized as the first official Senior Friendly™ town in Nova Scotia, and has been working with local businesses and organizations to better serve the needs of growing a senior population since 2010. Bridgewater also has numerous organizations and activities for youth including Youth Arts Week, a week-long art celebration; Place-making Bridgewater, a program that engages youth to reclaim and beautify town spaces; and FutureStart, a website created in partnership with local youth to support job skills education.
The Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC) is another opportunity for people of all ages to participate in community life in Bridgewater. This $35-million facility opened early in October 2014, after several years of fundraising, construction and planning. The centre includes the Clearwater Seafoods Arena, the BMO Financial Group Aquatic Centre, the Margaret Hennigar Public Library, the Robert N. Wentzell Galleria, as well as an active living centre and other facilities.
The LCLC provides fitness activities, community space and academic support, but there are other ways to enjoy Bridgewater. In 2010, Bridgewater established the Bridgewater Community Gardens Network (BCGN). This project, with funds from the town and donations from local businesses, provides 20 garden beds for residents and community groups as well as seating areas. Like the plants, the project grew and added a new program, Incredible Edible Bridgewater (IEB), which established six gardens filled with edible crops across town. Later, the Edible Trees Bridgewater program and planted 33 fruit and nut trees around town. All of these programs, along with education sessions and events, serve to promote healthy, local, fresh food to residents and visitors.
These are just a few of the activities that the diverse town of Bridgewater provides for its residents and visitors alike. There’s something for everyone in this growing town from art to gardening, recreation to academics – Bridgewater is a town full of fun, community engagement and activities for all ages!
Year-to-date fast facts (for Bridgewater and surrounding district):
Average sale price: $170,703
Average days on the market: 164
Number listings sold: 381
Municipal Deed Transfer Tax: 1.0%
Median age: 43.9
Average Household Size: 2.24
Households with Children: 59%
Average Household Income: $80,305
*Data from NSAR’s MLS® System (2014 year-to-date). See REALTOR.ca for more demographics
This community profile series is brought to you by the Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS® (NSAR). To learn more about featured communities in Nova Scotia, visit nsrealtors.ca or contact your REALTOR®. *The data presented is collected through NSAR’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System and includes statistics from South Shore Region, sub-district405 for year-to-date (January – September).
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