The Delight is in the Details

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a place special – those subtle details that give clues to a home’s history or the lives of people who’ve lived there and loved it as their own. 

 

In homes with a degree of vintage, a unique architectural detail evokes a place in time. The half-hip roof at 3378 Albert Street exemplifies the “built to last” construction ethic reflected in 1920s homes that replaced those lost in the Halifax Explosion.

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3378 Albert Street, Halifax

For some interesting history on reconstruction after the explosion, read here.

 

Sometimes a room’s distinctive shape gives it character. This bedroom isn’t just a bedroom – it’s a sanctuary!

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82 Duke Street, Lunenburg

 

There’s nothing like a peaked roof to make a bedroom feel cozy.

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5621 Leeds Street, Halifax

 

Exposed brick can act as a nod to the past that contrasts nicely with a home’s contemporary character.

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6428/6430 Norwood Street, Halifax

 

History stands front and centre in this home, where tall Gothic dormers attest to its Gothic Revival heritage.

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121 Edgewater Street, Mahone Bay

For more on the history of 121 Edgewater Street, read here.

 

Vintage cast-iron radiators and wooden detail around the staircase give this home character and hint at its history:

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3080 Dublin Street, Halifax

 

The generous windows in this heritage character building located in a trendy part of the Halifax Peninsula are very much in keeping with its vintage:

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5574 Falkland Street, Halifax

 

Sometimes a detail’s uniqueness makes it memorable. Such is the case with the rare piano finish of the engineered wood floors in this Prospect, Nova Scotia home:

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140 Hages Lane, Prospect

 

The sweeping hardwood staircase is the centrepiece of this home – an inviting detail that leads visitors in and through the elegant, well-appointed interior:

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14 Amirault Court, Halifax

 

And there’s nothing like a bathroom oasis that includes a glassed-in shower with custom tile work. The only thing that would make this detail better would be heated floors to keep your feet warm. WAIT! They’re here!

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5959 Spring Garden Road #1207

 

Sometimes it’s the small details that add a feeling of luxury to a bathroom space – like this faucet and vessel sink:

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42 Sunnyvale Crescent, Sackville

 

Placed in just the right spot, an elegant light fixture can bring an entire room to life:

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45 Vimy Avenue #18, Halifax

 

Then there are the practical things. How about this tidy, space efficient laundry arrangement to make life a little easier?

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127 Purcells Cove Road, Halifax

 

From stylish to practical, contemporary to heritage, the details in a home say much about who we are and the things we hold dear. The next time you walk through your home, take note of the details, big and small – what do they say about YOU?

*Opening Image: Central Fireplace at 2 Tucker Lake Road, Beaver Bank.

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Red Door Realty is a full service real estate company that exists to serve residential, multi-family, and commercial clients. To view more of our current listings, click here.

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What’s Your Kitchen Personality?

The more you know, the more you can create.
There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen.
Julia Child

What style of kitchen is your ideal? As the room in the home that sees the most activity, your kitchen reveals much about your personality. From personal taste to practical considerations, your kitchen says a lot about you. So what’s your best fit? Let’s take a look.

THE FOODIE:
For you, a well-stocked chef’s kitchen is a must, complete with the BEST quality appliances.

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This kitchen at 140 Hages Lane is set with stainless Bosch appliances.

You are a loyal follower of the Slow Food Movement and belong to at least one Gourmet Supper Club. Your friends consider you a maestro in the kitchen and are more than happy to pitch in as sous chefs while you work your magic.

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This chef’s kitchen at 50 Kinburn Acres Road has plenty of surfaces and work stations.

THE MULTI-TASKER:
Need to supervise the kids’ homework while you cook supper? Work on a freelance assignment with one eye on the pot of spaghetti sauce bubbling on the stove? For you, an eat-in kitchen serves a multitude of purposes and helps you keep up with the demands of a fast-paced lifestyle.

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This updated eat-in kitchen at 328 Portland Street includes plenty of counter space and a nice little spot for a kitchen table.

Your friends treat your kitchen as an informal gathering place – busy, yet welcoming.

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Walk right in, sit right down! This spacious French country kitchen with woodstove is functional, practical and warm. 121 Edgewater Street, Mahone Bay.

THE ENTERTAINER:
The kitchen is the centre of your home, with enough room for a crowd and a huge island where everyone can gather.

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The kitchen wall at 5529 Carriageway Crescent was removed and in its place is a large maple island, perfect for cooking, eating and entertaining.

You’re known as the ultimate host and there’s always room for one more friend around your table. An open-concept kitchen design is your ideal because it allows you to cook and socialize at the same time.

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An open-concept, upgraded kitchen at 14 Amirault Court.

The Urbanite:
You’d rather dine at a neighbourhood bistro or gastropub than eat at home. For you, a well-stocked kitchen includes a spacious wine rack and a fridge large enough to accommodate several quality cheeses from the farmer’s market, plus a couple of growlers of local craft beer.

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At Harris East Condos, you’re steps away from all the trendy new cafes and restaurants, and a few blocks from downtown Halifax. Unit 404, 5677 Harris Street puts you in the middle of all the action.

Your kitchen is the gathering spot before a night out on the town with friends.

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Southport Condos, 1065 Barrington Street, is where all the evening fun begins.

The Trendsetter:
For you, style is as important as function. You prowl the aisles of home design stores, looking for the latest trend and you’re perpetually planning your next kitchen update.

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Contemporary finishes including a modern colour palette and quartz countertops set the tone in this chef’s kitchen at 267 Nadia Drive.

Your friends consider you the go-to person for kitchen design advice and you’re happy to share ideas.

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Granite countertops, under cabinet lighting and plenty of cupboard space at 45 Vimy Avenue #18.

Foodie, Multi-Tasker, Entertainer, Urbanite or Trendsetter, the kitchen will be an important part of the house as long as there is food to cook and bellies to fill. So where do you fit in? Are there any categories you would add? Let us know by replying to this blog post.

Bon appétit!

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Opening image: Everything’s within reach in this kitchen at 19 Theakston Avenue.

Red Door Realty is a full service real estate company that exists to serve residential, multi-family, and commercial clients. To view more of our current listings, click here.

Take a Walk around our Halifax Neighbourhood

At Red Door Realty we’re fortunate to have our Halifax office in the middle of a bustling, vibrant district – a walk around the block reveals that we are surrounded by the people and businesses that make this city tick! Join us in a tour of our neighbourhood.

Our Halifax office is situated at the corner of University Avenue – appropriate enough, given that we’re just down the street from Dalhousie University & the University of Kings College – and a few blocks from Saint Mary’s University.

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Dalhousie University

Across the street, Le Bistro by Liz has provided us with many a lunch or dinner throughout the years – it’s still a favourite stop.

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Le Bistro by Liz, 1333 South Park Street

Humani-T Café is always ready with a coffee, soup, sandwich or its famous gelato to keep us going when the work day gets busy.

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A latte from Humani-T Cafe, 1451 South Park Street

Need a last-minute Christmas gift for someone very special? Fawcett’s Fine Jewellery is there for you!

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Fawcett’s Fine Jewellery, 1447 South Park Street

And when the snow starts falling, Preamble Footwear can fit you out with some stylin’ boots.

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Preamble Footwear, 1457 South Park Street

Holiday home decor? Thornbloom can deck your halls!

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Thornbloom , 1459 South Park Street

If you’re looking for a new look or just a quick style or colour for the holidays, the pros at Thumpers Salon can help you out. Tell Malcolm we said hi!

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Thumpers Salon, 1455 South Park Street

Hungry? Your Father’s Moustache is a great place for a quick bite or some live music.

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Your Father’s Moustache, 5686 Spring Garden Road

Rockbottom Brew Pub boasts some of the best craft beer in the province.

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Rockbottom Brew Pub, 5686 Spring Garden Road

If you love independent book stores, Bookmark is the place for you.

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Bookmark Halifax, 5686 Spring Garden Road

Then there’s Spring Garden Place: Lovely stores, fantastic food court – this boutique shopping centre is definitely worth a drop-in!

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Spring Garden Place, 5640 Spring Garden Road

A shout-out to our friend Don Power at Vitality Medi Spa in Spring Garden Place!

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Vitality Medi Spa, Spring Garden Place

Duggers Men’s Clothing has kept Halifax’s gentlemen looking sharp for over 20 years.

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Duggers, 5476 Spring Garden Road

A new shop on the block, Fantasie Music offers private music lessons, instrument sales & rentals, and musical gifts.

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Fantasie Music, 5512 Spring Garden Road

One of the best things that’s happened to this city in recent years, the Halifax Central Library is celebrated for its innovative architecture. A truly public space, there’s something here for everyone.

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Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road

History in our midst! Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica is the oldest Roman Catholic church and first stone church in Halifax. Its cornerstone was laid on June 29, 1820.

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Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, 5221 Spring Garden Road

Further up the street, Suzuki Restaurant is our #1 stop for sushi.

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Suzuki Restaurant, 1579 Dresden Row

Love Thai? Fill your belly at Chabaa Thai Restaurant.

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Spring Rolls from Chabaa Thai Restaurant, 1546 Queen Street

Whether you’re consigning clothing or shopping for yourself, Put Me On keeps you in style and under budget.

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Put Me On, 1526 Queen Street

And for those occasions that call for a unique floral arrangement, My Mother’s Bloomers takes creativity to the max.

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My Mother’s Bloomers, 5486 Spring Garden Road

Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia is proud of the fact that 100% of the items in their shop are handcrafted by local artisans from Atlantic Canada. Definitely a must on your Christmas shopping trip.

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Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia, 5635 Spring Garden Road

Woozles is Canada’s oldest children’s bookstore and it’s right here in our neighbourhood!

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Woozles, 1533 Birmingham Street

Pete’s Fine Foods – known locally as “Pete’s”, this popular lunch stop and market brings flavour and colour to the area.

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Pete’s Fine Foods, 1515 Dresden Row

The Fireside and Tom’s Little Havana: These two long-loved watering holes recently relocated to new digs on Birmingham Street and so did their loyal patrons. Welcome to the neighbourhood!

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The Fireside  and Tom’s Little Havana, 1542 & 1540 Birmingham Street

A women’s clothier since 1973, Foreign Affair is a familiar storefront and favourite shopping destination on Spring Garden Road.

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Foreign Affair, 5639 Spring Garden Road

Park Lane Mall: three storeys of quality shops – you could take care of your entire Christmas list here!

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Park Lane, 5657 Spring Garden Road

Just down the street from our office, the Halifax Public Gardens provides an oasis of peace in the midst of all the hustle and bustle. The gardens are quiet with the approach of winter, but they do give us a reason to look forward to spring!

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The Halifax Public Gardens, 5665 Spring Garden Road

 

Thank you for coming on our tour of the neighbourhood. There are many more shops and destinations just a quick walk from our doorstep – too many to list in just one REDitorial. One last tip: if you lived here, you would have the whole neighbourhood at YOUR doorstep!

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Embassy Towers, 5959 Spring Garden Road #1207

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Red Door Realty is a full service real estate company that exists to serve residential, multi-family, and commercial clients. To view more of our current listings, click here.

Confused by Condo Fees? You’re Not Alone.

Every condo has fees, but for the first-time buyer, this can be confusing. Why take on another monthly expense on top of your mortgage payment?

Let’s take a closer look: what exactly do condo fees get you? Here’s where your REALTOR® can help.

We consulted RDR’s Denise MacDonell, co-owner of The Condo Company, a Halifax-based source for information on the local condominium market: “When you purchase a home that is not a condominium, you have to maintain it, clear snow, mow the lawn, heat it, and insure the structure,” she says; “You can hire someone to do the work, or do it yourself, but you will still pay for materials, fuel, insurance. A condo fee pays for all those  things, just in an organized way.”

Take this Downtown Dartmouth condo, for example:

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1 Prince Street, #609, Dartmouth

Known as Admiralty Place, this condominium complex includes an indoor heated pool, fitness centre and hot tub – allowing you to cross a gym membership off your monthly budget; the gardens eliminate the bother and expense of maintaining outdoor green space; and the heated indoor parking keeps you and your vehicle warm, dry and protected from the elements year-round.

Also in Dartmouth:

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87 Pebblecreek Crescent #102

At Morris Lake Vistas your monthly condo fee pays for heat, hot water, underground parking (#102 includes TWO deeded parking spots – one heated, underground), maintenance and snow clearing. What’s really special about this condo complex is the deeded lake access!

Meanwhile, across the water in Halifax:

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114 Regency Park Drive #110

This classic Clayton Park condo boasts what appeals to every new homeowner or student looking for a well-maintained home that builds equity: a low condo fee that includes heat, water, landscaping, snow removal, underground parking, and storage.

And this is where paying condo fees can protect your home equity.
“Your condo fee has three components generally”, explains MacDonell: “One part goes to operating costs, one to insurance, and one part goes into a reserve fund. It is the reserve fund that builds over time so that when it comes time to replace windows, roofs, and retaining walls (among other things), there is enough money in the fund to cover the work.”

A good condo corporation manages and utilizes its reserve and contingency funds well. Summer Gardens is one such corporation.

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1470 Summer Street #1305

The condo fee for this 13th Floor unit includes everything that it takes to operate the building outside the unit front door. That means the beautiful indoor pool, fitness centre, hot tub and sauna are waiting for you when you come home after a long day; the common room is available for your entertaining needs; and during the sunny months you can enjoy the private and peaceful gardens – all of this is cleaned and maintained through each owner’s contribution of condo fees. It’s like the whole Summer Gardens community chips in so everyone can enjoy these unique features.

Parkhill Terrace is another solid, well managed condo corporation.

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105 Dunbrack Street #402

At 105 Dunbrack Street #402, condo fee includes heat, water and hot water. Not only that, This unit comes with a storage locker, and there is a private party room in the building!

Condo life is not for everyone, but more and more people are discovering its conveniences – and that includes condo fees! For more information on condos, contact Red Door Realty’s Owner/Broker, Pam Cherington, or any of our knowledgeable REALTORS®.

 

Red Door Realty is a full service real estate company that exists to serve residential, multi-family, and commercial clients. To view more of our current listings, click here.