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.
A historic farming community, and well-kept nature-lovers secret, Spryfield sits on the top of a hill overlooking the Armdale Rotary and the Mainland of Halifax. Spryfield, named after Captain William Spry who held the first cleared farmland in the area, has been a day-trip destination for Haligonians and other Nova Scotians since coming into existence in 1766. Spryfield has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last decade, expanding the local business district with grocers, restaurants, a new YWCA, a community health program, and the beautiful Captain William Spry Centre – with a library, pool, gym, skate park and community programming. Business, however, is just one draw for this small community.
Traditionally known for its “Rocking Stone,” a local attraction in the area of Kidston Lake that is still easily “rocked” by visitors, Spryfield’s wooded trails, hidden urban gardens, and vast lakes provide outdoor adventures and respite from the busy city life. The Spryfield Urban Farm Museum, which sits on part of the original Kidston farm, provide locals with opportunities to plant and raise their own vegetables, educate youth on the importance of agriculture, and a quiet place for walking, exploring and reflecting.
The trails in Long Lake Provincial Park give locals, visitors, and their dogs a scenic walk through the untouched wilderness in the middle of this community. Swimming, canoeing, kayaking and other water activities are also popular at Long Lake – especially in the heat of July and August. Rocking Stone Park gives locals another option for hiking or walking and, in the winter, provides ample room for snowshoeing and skating. There’s also quick access to many hiking or walking trails through the wooded areas of the community, and along the rocky shore. And, for the ocean-hungry resident or visitor, Crystal Crescent Provincial Park and beach is only a 20-minute drive from the heart of Spryfield.
Spryfield provides locals with opportunities to live, work, and play within easy access of downtown Halifax. With a growing population, many new homes popping up, and local amenities that rival other small communities the people of Spryfield can truly say they live in a community that balances the best of both worlds – the beautiful natural Nova Scotian outdoors and the amenities of city living.
The fast facts (for Spryfield and surrounding district):
Average sale price: $229,403 Median age: 42.6
Average days on the market: 168
Number listings sold: 68
Municipal Deed Transfer Tax: 1.5%
Median age: 42.6
Average Household Size: 2.10
Households with Children: 72%
Average Household Income: $64,133
*Data from NSAR’s MLS® System (2014 year-to-date). See REALTOR.ca for more demographics
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