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.
Finding the perfect neighborhood is a big decision, especially with a young family. There are many things to consider when deciding what community you want to raise a family and live in. Which schools would your children attend? Where would they play? Is it safe? Where will they go to school? If these questions are on your list of criteria for a potential community, Sackville, Nova Scotia is the perfect place to call home.
Located about 20 kilometres inland of Halifax is the small but mighty town of Sackville. It was founded in 1749 and once known by the Mi’kmaq as a prime fishing and hunting location as well as a stopover place for passing settlers. It is now an emerging urban town dominated by young, growing families.
Almost a quarter of Sackville’s population is made up of residents under the age of 20, according to the province’s website. All these young families mean Sackville has a wide array of community schools with 12 elementary schools, four junior high schools and two high schools.
Growing up here, kids don’t need to look far for something to do. Whether it’s joining the Sackville Storm Basketball Association, Sackville Minor Hockey Association or a recreational dance or yoga class, there are always ways to stay active. Sackville is known for its many soccer fields, basketball courts and the brand new skate park. The Sackville Sports Stadium and Sackville Public Library are two major community facilities that always have something going on for all ages. With so many young families, there are many opportunities for kids and parents to get out and start new friendships that will last a lifetime.
Don’t worry about missing the urban buzz of Halifax - in Sackville, residents can choose the busyness on Sackville Drive or the relaxation of its quiet subdivisions or proximity to local lakes. Located in the heart of Sackville is Downsview Plaza. It’s a one stop shop for everything you need for the family. You can also grab a quick meal or sit down to eat at one of Downsview’s fast food and home style restaurants. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the plaza, you’ll be sure to find it before reaching the end of Sackville Drive.
Sackville also has two bus terminals conveniently located at each end of town for commuters who take the bus. The Metro Link is a high speed transit system which travels from Sackville to downtown Halifax various times throughout the day.
Sackville, Nova Scotia is ideal for the growing family. It has everything the family needs to succeed and live a happy, active life. Its strong sense of community, urban amenities, and recreation make Sackville a memorable place for a family to grow and a comfortable place to call home.
The fast facts (for Sackville, Nova Scotia):
Average sale price: $215,102
Average days on market: 93
Number of listings sold: 277
Municipal Deed Transfer Tax: 1.5%
Median age: 46.10
Average household size: 2.34
Households with children: 52 per cent
Average household income: $88,256
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 Halifax-Dartmouth Region, sub-district 25 for year-to-date (January – July).
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