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.
Each year, there are always a few communities in Nova Scotia that have particular reason to celebrate and boast community pride. These communities earn the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award.
In 2013, WALLACE, NOVA SCOTIA, a coastal community on the Northumberland Strait in the province’s mainland, was one of three communities to be awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award. It was previously known as Remsheg, meaning “the place between” in the Mi’kmaq language, which pinpoints its central location between Pugwash and Tatamagouche.
In the application for the Community Spirit award, it notes that what makes Wallace unique is that it relies on the strength of its citizens to “get things done when the need arises.” In coming together, they improved recreational facilities to include a ball field, tennis-basketball courts and outdoor rink free for all to use. The people in Wallace also joined forces to answer its need for a core community service –more accurate and up-to-date weather forecasts. The monitoring is available on its site, www.wallacebythesea.ca and made possible by the efforts of many.
Like many of Nova Scotia’s coastal and rural regions, Wallace is a retirement community. It beckons snowbirds and cottage-dwellers for the summer months, so it is sure to welcome newcomers. The community distributes small gift baskets with donations from local businesses like Jost Vineyards and Bella Vista Farms to all new residents. Most newcomers feel so welcome they are transformed to new volunteers. This keeps the foundation of what makes Wallace, and its surrounding place-proud hamlets, a truly special place to live and work in Nova Scotia.
The fast facts (for Wallace and surrounding district):
Average sale price: $112,115
Average days on the market: 167
Listing on the market: 121
Number listings sold: 27
Median age: 49
Average Household Size: 2.32
Households with Children: 47%
Average Household Income: $62,293
*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 Northern Nova Scotia, sub-district 103 for year-to-date (January – June).
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