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

November 18, 2015
Lola Augustine Brown

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 chose to build Q Lofts on:Q Lofts Agricola Street Brasserie

1)     The neighbourhood is eclectic. There’s an interesting mix of people living in the North End from hip young things to families to seniors, and a huge range of cultural and ethnic groups. “It’s that mosaic, that fabric that’s all woven together that makes neighbourhoods interesting and vibrant,” says Louis Lemoine, Polycorp’s VP of Development, “and the best neighbourhoods in any city are the ones where you have people from all socioeconomic groups living side by side.”

2)    It is a fantastic place to socialize. Whether you fancy a pint and a burger at Gus’ Pub and Grill, want to splurge on some of the best food you’ll find in any city anywhere at the Agricola Street Brasserie, or go grab coffee and a pastry with friends, you have a lot of options in the North End. If you love late night entertainment, you can dance the night away to a DJ or live band at the Marquee Ballroom, or show off your karaoke skills at the Lion’s Head Tavern.

3)    You can walk everywhere you need to go. The North End has a walk score of 95, making it a walker’s paradise. Q Lofts is a 10-15 minute walk from downtown, and you can walk or bike to local stores, major supermarkets, and pretty much every amenity you’ll need. This means you can ditch car ownership (and all the costs that come with it), and if necessary join a car share program for when you need to go further.

4)    There are lots of green spaces. You’re just minutes away from the Halifax Commons with its huge open spaces, tennis courts, dedicated sports fields, skateboard park, playground, and pool. There are also some pretty, smaller parks if you head north, and gorgeous Point Pleasant Park is a 15-minute bike ride south.

5)     The North End is an arts and culture hotspot. You’ll find lots of sweet little galleries scattered throughout the ‘hood, from the Bogside Gallery and Lady Luck Boutique (there’s a dedicated gallery space at the back of the store) on Young Street where you’ll find art and locally made gifts, to the Eye Level Gallery and Parenthesis Gallery on Gottingen, to art on display in cafes like FRED. There’s also the excellent Bus Stop Theatre on Gottingen Street, which is a great place to catch new plays and shows by emerging artists. There are cultural events that happen throughout the year, such as the Northern Lights Lantern Festival, and various music festivals that bring high-caliber talent to venues throughout the neighbourhood.

Lola Augustine Brown

Lola Augustine Brown

Freelance writer Lola Augustine Brown is a regular contributor to Canadian Living, The Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Today’s Parent, and various other magazines and newspapers. She lives in Nova Scotia, and loves Halifax’s North End.