Moving from the west coast to Halifax?

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  1. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    Honestly - I've lived in the maritimes my whole life and travelled all over the world for work. Other places are nice to visit - but no where else is home.

    Given the choice? I'd live outside the city and commute. Windsor, Falmouth, Enfield, Elmsdale, Timberlea, Porter's Lake. Any of those areas that are closer to the city, the higher the price of real estate. Those areas are also the same zone for Gas Price regulation and cheapest in the Province.

    Best Prices for Groceries? There are some great Farmer's Markets and some Mom and Pop type places that have limited selection, but great prices. Look up CUTS Meat Market or CHOPS Meat Market. Honestly can't beat their produce prices. There are places that sell milk at cost and once you know where you're going to live, the easier they are to find.

    Farmer's Markets can get you the rest of your Farm Fresh Produce - there are communities that have their own Saturday Markets and then all the road side places as well.

    Entertainment? Neptune Theatre if you're into live and the requisite Movie Theatres around. Great local music as well. The Union Street in Berwick has great local/Nova Scotia talent on Friday nights. Other places like the Evergreen will bring you some awesome intimate and interactive acts like Bif Naked. (That lady is tiny!). The Metro Centre also offers some big name singers throughout the year. Downtown Halifax has some great pubs and bars with live music.

    The more rural areas will offer homes with acreage. Hobby Farms are common. While it will create an issue with travel in Winter - a decent compact tractor can be purchased for 20k brand new with 0% financing every spring. The Windsor/Falmouth area will also offer lower property taxes.

    Your experience will be dictated by how outgoing you are. There are anecdotes about how CFA (Come from always) are treated. I don't consider the wholly accurate or inaccurate. I'm sure both sides of the coin are true. I have neighbours I'm friendly with - I'll help them out when they need it, but we're not having block parties every weekend.
    (Mind you I tend to insulate myself from people because of my job and there are few whom I actually let into the inner circle).

    It's a slower pace here. It's different from out west.

    Taxes are high. Nova Scotia is a have not Province. Most traditional industries have been desecrated by modernization, Government quota cuts or just changes in the way the world views things. Nova Scotia is a province trying to find itself in a changing world and is realizing it's forgotten it's glasses in the car. White Collar professionals usually have an easier time than labour based blue collar workers.

    Does that help at all?
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  2. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Not sure if it helps him, but that's well put.
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  3. Commuter Boy

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    Very helpful, thank you.
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  4. Green1

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    You just have to remember the Maritime mentality,"if you want it we'll get it,if you want it today go somewhere else" but it is getting better and Ikea just opened
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  5. C-Stain

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    I have my moments
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  6. Newfiebullet

    Newfiebullet Been here awhile

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    The winters are the worst thing about NS. You just can't count on getting snow, the snow never lasts for very long. Give me a real Canadian winter anyday.

    Ah, well, you can rest easy, because your fears are completely unfounded.

    There seems to be a few posts that were removed. Probably a good thing from what I can tell.

    Personally, I don't like the Maritimes because of the short winters and shortage of crown land/wilderness. But that's because my idea of fun is backcountry snowmobile riding.

    In the summer I love all three Maritime provinces. I lived in Halifax for a number of years when I was younger, and thought it was a great city, with lots to do. If not for the crappy winters I'd probably never have left.
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  7. Commuter Boy

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    For those paying attention, I was flown to Halifax for an interview last week, spent the whole day and part of the evening with the team, then flew out.

    They said they wanted a few days to get feedback from everyone.

    Thanks again for all the sage advice on here.
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  8. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    :lurk

    Woulda bought you a beer...
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  9. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Not much time to relax. I could have shown you around for an hr or three. Brought you to Ikea... :lol3

    The jetlag of in and out like that must feel awesome.

    Good luck.

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  10. fredgreen

    fredgreen let's take it apart....

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    You mean he could've bought you a beer! Could've bought me a beer too......cheap bastard!
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  11. C-Stain

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    I suppose. Left Coast Money seems to go further on the Right Coast.
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  12. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    initial impressions?
    you like?
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  14. Commuter Boy

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    I did polish off a case of Alpine and a bucket of oysters with my old man and one of my uncles and helped another uncle put a dent in his beer fridge in Dartmouth. The flight home was, ah, a little touch and go.....
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  15. Commuter Boy

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    Good shop, growth prospects, solid crew of folks. Consistent 10 best employers in Canada place. Same salary range as here. Get paid to ride a motorcycle around the province, wine and dine other professionals and help people in shitty situations. They asked me what I thought the downsides of the position would be. I couldn't think of any :lol3

    One of my biggest worries was I was away too long and was tainted and wouldn't get along, but the people were downright friendly and welcoming. Traffic was easy by Lower Mainland or Victoria standards, even across the bridge during rush hour. People actually seemed to know how to merge, shoulder check, and change lanes. Didn't hear a horn in the whole commute, it was almost eerie. Saw a deer running along people's lawns on Connaught between Chebucto and Bayers, just keeping up with traffic on the middle of the peninsula.

    Good craft beer options, restaurants, entertainment. Uncle in Middleton has a property that links up to a huge off road trail network, says you can go all the way to the south shore on the trails.

    Income taxes are more expensive, but land is still cheap.
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  16. fredgreen

    fredgreen let's take it apart....

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    Lots of good woods riding here, not just on the rail bed. Get to Middleton and C-Stain will be humping your leg to get you out riding.
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  17. R_Rick

    R_Rick Been here awhile

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  18. TREE

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    I drive here and am always surprised how good locals are at merging and letting you into a slot in stop and go bumper to bumper. Traffic is slower and people more courteous than most other cities in Canada from what I've experienced. YMMV of course. Maybe we have bad collision stats but I find Hfx has laid back drivers . Not sure why stats are higher , if they're eating donairs , texting or what . . . I still prefer the the pace here in traffic.
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  20. fredgreen

    fredgreen let's take it apart....

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    Tailgating is the provincial sport of NS. Some old fart will be driving 70 in a 100 zone and 5 cars will be up his ass, but won't pass. You come up on that on your bike, look in your mirror and the car behind you will be so close you can smell the burger the driver is eating.
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