Category: Living at Q

Do the math.

May 9, 2019 by Catheryn Hodgson

It’s slim pickings on the Halifax peninsula if you’re interested in a quiet, high-end condo. Your selection is even narrower if your mandate is to find one with reasonable condo fees. A lot of people underestimate the impact of condo fees. After all, you’re running the numbers, looking at monthly costs all in…but when you […]

Outdoor Oasis

May 30, 2018 by Yuna Ahn

  That Extra ‘Room’ A small condo balcony or terrace can be transformed into an additional outdoor ‘room’ with some strategically placed plants, colourful accessories and a seating area for relaxing or enjoying a meal. First, take some time now to clean & repair your outdoor furniture. If you need something new, sale items are […]

Smoke-free building Halifax

May 17, 2018 by Yuna Ahn

  Not all condo buildings are created equal; nor are they all created smoke-free! Even though Nova Scotia implemented the Smoke-free Place Act in 2002 requiring all indoor workplaces and public places like schools, libraries, theatres, restaurants, bars, etc., to be smoke-free, most of the condo and rental buildings in Halifax took a bit longer […]

Cat or Dog?

April 18, 2018 by Catheryn Hodgson

Although there are some people who enjoy both dogs and cats in equal measure, there are a lot of folks who have a distinct affinity for one or the other. At Q Lofts, no need to worry –  we welcome both as members of your family! So, are you a cat or dog person? “Cat” […]

Warning: exercise has been known to cause health and happiness

April 4, 2018 by Catheryn Hodgson

We all know that Q Lofts has a great walk score and lots of places to choose for a meal out, a coffee or a cocktail. But did you know that Q is in an area with tons of getting-fit options? Not only is there a gym in the building but a short walk connects […]

Green and Healthy. Indoor plants are not just decoration

March 2, 2018 by Catheryn Hodgson

  Q Lofts boasts an airtight building envelope. Because of that, having fresh air is a big deal. Exhaust fans in the two bathrooms in each suite continuously exhaust stale air to Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) on the roof which, in turn, pull in fresh air. In fact, a full exchange of air occurs approximately […]

What’s a Walk Score and why should you care?

February 15, 2018 by Catheryn Hodgson

Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address. It awards points based on the distance to the closet amenity in a number of categories. The company was founded over 10 years ago with the belief that “walkability offers significant benefits to our health, the environment, our finances […]

New fun in the North End

January 31, 2018 by Catheryn Hodgson

  The Coast’s Year in Review issue last month had its “annual round-up of the opening and closings that changed the small business landscape” for 2017. It’s no surprise to those of us who are die-hard fans of the area north of the commons that, of the 103 businesses which opened around HRM, Halifax’s north […]

Q first floor suite available

September 11, 2017 by Catheryn Hodgson

  We have a gorgeous, first-floor suite available for purchase. At 1006 square feet, it has the largest living room of all of our suites – four feet longer, in fact! Beautifully painted throughout with a dark “Black Magic” feature wall leading out to a large 8′ x 12′ private patio, this suite will be […]

A few more details – read the POLYCORP news release

June 9, 2017 by Catheryn Hodgson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE POLYCORP Receives Honourable Mention For Excellence in Green Building by Canada Green Building Council Halifax, Nova Scotia – June 9, 2017 – Local developer and builder, POLYCORP, received Honourable Mention for its north end Halifax condominium project, Q Lofts, in the category of Excellence in Green Building – New Construction at the […]

CaGBC honours Canada’s green building leaders at 2017 Leadership Awards

June 2, 2017 by Catheryn Hodgson

  The Canadian Green Building Council announced its award winners in a number of categories at its recent annual conference. We are delighted to announce that Q Lofts received honourable mention in the new category of Excellence in Green Building – New Construction. And we are in very good company. A second honourable mention was […]

Q Lofts: Small things make a huge difference for LEED Platinum status

February 21, 2017 by Catheryn Hodgson

An entry mat impacts LEED Platinum status? Really? Every aspect of Q Lofts’ design minimizes environmental impact. Building materials and techniques were chosen with a close eye to environmental impact on long-term durability. While many are familiar with the ‘big ticket’ items — ICF (insulated concrete form system exterior walls), triple-glazed windows, heat pumps and […]

December 0% Builder Finance Program

December 2, 2016 by Catheryn Hodgson

Q Lofts offers urban living without compromise. And purchasing at Q Lofts in December offers you an opportunity for interest-free, 90% financing on new Q suites. This promotion will give qualified purchasers an opportunity to save on interest and avoid the cost of mortgage insurance in the short term. By purchasing at Q Lofts, you’re […]

The coolest condo in town

August 11, 2016 by Catheryn Hodgson

  It’s one thing to talk about the in-floor radiant heating and cooling system at Q Lofts. It’s even better when we can show you. Using a thermal imaging camera, we took a picture of Angela, one of our open house associates, this past Sunday. She’s standing in the living room of the model suite. […]

The lowest condo fees in town. Here’s how it’s done…and why

April 7, 2016 by Catheryn Hodgson

  You may be diligent about your energy consumption but if your neighbour likes to keep the windows open in winter, yet crank the heat, you end up paying the price…literally. At least, that’s the case for a typical building. Q is definitely not typical. Condo fees can be the ‘big unknown’ for many who […]

Building a green Q Lofts: Meet Ian Spence, Construction Manager

March 27, 2016 by Catheryn Hodgson

Ian Spence, Q Loft’s Construction Manager and owner of Spence Consulting (@SpenceConsult), has been a part of Q Lofts right from the planning stages, and says that this project has been very different than others he has worked on. “This was my first experience managing a project for Polycorp, and though I’ve completed larger projects, […]

Halifax’s North End is a Great Neighbourhood to Call Home

November 18, 2015 by Catheryn Hodgson

In the past ten years, the North End has undergone a dramatic transformation from being the less-salubrious part of town to Halifax’s most dynamic neighbourhood. Not sure what makes the North End so special? Here are five reasons why people want to live here, and why Polycorp was so excited to find the site they […]

News Release: Public art installation at North End Halifax Q Lofts to be unveiled

September 25, 2015 by Catheryn Hodgson

  The piece, entitled “Questions of Time and Settling” incorporates rough stone, flowers and foliage, lighting, and polished steel mirrors, etched with poetry specifically about Halifax’s North End, to create a piece of art in keeping with the eclectic nature of the neighbourhood and the contemporary design of Q Lofts. Local public space group, co*lab, […]

Q offers the lowest condo fees in Halifax

February 27, 2015 by Catheryn Hodgson

  Using value engineering and lifecycle costing, we ensure that you — the condo owners — will reap the benefits and have the lowest condo fees in Halifax. Here’s how we achieve this for you: we use insulating concrete form (ICF) which results in well-insulated, foot-thick exterior walls (see photo) all doors and windows are […]

Five Perfect Ways to Spend an Afternoon in the North End

December 29, 2014 by Catheryn Hodgson

  Living in Halifax’s North End means that you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to great places to eat and drink, shop, and find fun things to do. Here are five perfect ways to spend an afternoon in this vibrant and exciting neighbourhood. Check out the Hydrostone Market Take a short stroll up Agricola […]

Love Dogs? So Does Q Lofts

December 10, 2014 by Catheryn Hodgson

Unlike many residential developments in Halifax, Q Lofts has no restrictions on the size of dogs allowed and is ready to welcome two dogs per unit. (Aggressive dogs or those that cause excessive noise aren’t suited to condo living, and there is a pet policy in place to protect both dog owners and those owners […]

Beautiful Finishes and Impeccable Design in Every Q Loft

November 27, 2014 by Catheryn Hodgson

Before the Q Lofts project began, an old industrial building sat on the site at 5662 Roberts Street. It had once housed a print shop, and was later used as a storage facility by the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. “When we designed the building we wanted something that was leading edge architecturally, really funky, […]

An Incredible Offer for First-Time Condo Buyers

November 21, 2014 by Catheryn Hodgson

  If you’ve had your eye on a beautiful new Q Loft but haven’t had an opportunity to organize your finances to pull together the $20,000 deposit, we have an offer for you: Sign your Q Lofts agreement before December 19, 2014 and we will help you with your deposit. We’re hoping this offer will […]

Introducing the Q Lofts model suite

October 29, 2014 by Catheryn Hodgson

Last month we were excited to be able to show our first finished suite to eager owners who had already purchased one of our condos off plan, and several others who were contemplating buying one of our lofts. In the weeks leading up to the showing, we worked hard to get everything ‘just so’ to […]