Charming house near the Hydrostone Market in Halifax's North End. You have access to the entire house and backyard with plenty of parking.
This house has two bedrooms, den, upstairs full bath, living room, dining room and easy-to-navigate kitchen with a dishwasher and a hot-water tap. The front of the house has a newly landscaped entrance with a small porch and bistro set to enjoy the sunny mornings. The backyard is quite spacious for houses on the peninsula and faces west providing much sun and warmth, but you can always find some shade if needed. The backyard has grass and is fenced in allowing for much privacy. The deck is spacious with patio furniture and a BBQ offering a great way to relax and enjoy outdoor meals. Utilities are included with price (heat, hot water, electricity, washer and dryer, wireless Internet [20 mbps] and FREE local and long-distance calling anywhere in North America).
Within walking distance is the Hydrostone Market that has several great restaurants (sushi, pizza, European Bistro), Starbucks coffee, bakery, cafe, antiques and even an olive oil/balsamic vinegar shop. Also nearby is a cafe/bistro that specializes in healthy options as well as natural health products and hand-made artisan gelato and sorbetto. They have open mic on Fridays and are also hosting an international film festival in June and other events. For those looking for a different take, the Lion's Head offers local microbrew on tap and pub food with plenty of TVs to watch the game or enjoy energized Karaoke Friday and Saturday nights.
The Hydrostone Groceteria serves as our closest convenience store one block away with a lot of different products. A large grocery store (Super Store) with attached liquor store is a 10 minute walk away (small convenience store 2 blocks from the house) and several other nearby restaurant options. Two blocks away to pick up microbrew from our local store. For families trying to beat the heat a playground/waterpark fits the bill. Fort Needham (5 minutes) has a great view of the city and has full tennis courts, walking paths and the Memorial Bell Tower to the victims of the 1917 Halifax Explosion. The neighbourhood is very walkable with ample green space.
The location in the North End allows you quick access to downtown (5 minute drive) and is close to both bridges to get over to Dartmouth or easily to the airport and/or out of the city. The major shopping districts (Bayers Lake, Dartmouth Crossing, Halifax Shopping Centre, Mic Mac Mall, and Spring Garden Road) are all within a 10 minute drive. Walking down Agricola Street 25 minutes you will arrive at the Halifax Commons--an urban park with recreational facilities--during the winter months (Dec. to March) it is the location of the Halifax Oval for outdoor ice skating (summer it will be switching to an in-line skate track).
We realize that people staying in Halifax will be visiting areas towards city center which is only a 5 minute drive by car. Otherwise, your options to get from our house to city centre are as follows.
Walking: We walk quite a bit and it takes around 40 minutes past the Halifax Commons and Citadel Hill. Overall it is fairly flat with the steeper hills near the Harbourfront. We usually break up the walk stopping at shops/restaurants along the way. To be honest, it is quite enjoyable if you are not opposed to a little exercise.
Bus: One block away from the house on Robie St., you can catch the #7 bus that runs along Robie St. passes North St., Quinpool Rd, Spring Garden Rd. then turns on South St. and then onto Barrington St. running through downtown. It returns along Gottingen and then passes by the Hydrostone Market. This bus runs roughly every 25 minutes and costs $2.25 per person (10 tickets for $18).
Taxi: From our house to anywhere on the peninsula costs roughly $10. Taxi service is amazing in the city with little wait time. From the airport it is a flat rate of $55. (We use Casino Taxi)
Car: There are several car rental agencies 3 blocks away on Kempt Rd. if you want to rent a car during your stay and do not want to rent a car from the airport and have it for the entire trip.
Carshare: Down the street at 5817 Demone St (near Agricola) (4 blocks away) is one parking space for Carshare where you can rent a Toyota Yaris sedan by the hour/day for reasonable rates. Longer periods of time it is best to rent from a rental agency.
For longer stays, we would ask guests to water house plants if needed and to note that Tuesday morning is compost, recycling, and/or garbage pickup at the curb. You are more than welcome to help water the garden, but it is not expected.
There are many great things to check out in the neighbourhood (for full listing, please check out our guidebook). If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!
The house is professionally cleaned before each guest arrives with all sheets and towels washed and bathroom, floors and kitchen cleaned.
The location is good, within walking distance of downtown Halifax. The local neighbourhood is upscale urban with interesting restaurants and othe shops. There is good food shopping within walking distance. The house is well equipped, including the kitchen which is small. The beds are comfortable. There is amazing art throughout the house reflecting Heather and Mike's interests and world travels. Parking is off street and good. Overall this is a great place for a couple.
We had the opportunity to meet and talk with Mike and Heather. They were very welcoming and interesting people.
Joan and Gavin
My colleague and friend Marian and I stayed in this house in October 2013. The house is lovely, very well appointed and comfortable and in a great position. It was also very reasonably priced for the size and specification of the property. I would strongly recommend this house to others.
Very cute and warm feeling house. Location is great, right by the Hydrostone Market and very close to major bus routes.
We had a great stay at Heather and Mike's house. They gave us all the info we needed to make the most of the house and our stay in Halifax, including a welcome card which was most appreciated. The house is great and well located. We really enjoyed our stay. Thanks very much.
Everything at Heather and Mike's place is awesome. It is a great home base when visiting Halifax and the surrounding area. Location itself is perfect - the Hydrostone is a perfect neighbourhood.
So great to come home after a long day to a comfortable home in a great neighbourhood.
We'll definitely be back!
We had a great experience staying in this house. It was very clean and well cared for, aesthetically designed and comfortable. I was renting it for some out of town visitors and was able to go ahead of time to meet Mike and have a tour. I felt very good about the owners and would definitely rent the house again. The house is in a very nice neighbourhood, quiet but close to a favourite shopping street. We were also working in the house and there was enough room for us to comfortably work in the space with an office upstairs and a dining room downstairs. Thanks Heather and Mike for providing such a lovely home!
Excellent location, for seeing Halifax from.
Easy to find
Very nicely furnished throughout
Laundry facilities were appreciated
Thoughtful touches throughout, incl a guide to what to do and see
Good location, nice house indeed very charming. We were very pleased with Heather and Mike's attention to details. Plus they were great hosts and remained in touch throughout our entire stay to make sure we were not missing anything.
We would recommend this house and would absolutely be happy to go back.
Nous avons passé une semaine et c'était vraiment une expérience formidable.
La maison est magnifique, spacieuse et charmante et bien située près de toutes les commodités.
Heather n'aurait pas pu être plus serviable ou plus accueillante.
Je recommande fortement cet endroit, elle est une hôte merveilleuse.
Nous espérons y retourner.
Heather and Mike's place was beautiful, quiet, in a nice location and we had a great experience staying at their place.
We will book with them again!!!