A bungalow-style home in a quiet centralized neighbourhood with a 50-foot deck to enjoy sunrises and sunsets punctuated by harbour and bridge views all while located within sight of parks and close to downtown Halifax (8-minute drive or bus). This spacious single-floor home comes equipped with 3 bedrooms (all Queen-sized), 2 bathrooms (including one ensuite with a large shower, another with a shower and tub), 2 living rooms (with 55 and 46 inch TV's) and 1 full-service kitchen with dishwasher.
Enjoy the cosy confines of a bungalow-style single-floor home including a large deck (50' x 12' -- set-up with a large BBQ and two tables with chairs) to enjoy the harbour and bridge views in Halifax's centrally located Hydrostone North (voted one of the Great Neighbourhoods in Canada/Great Places in Canada by Canadian Institute of Planners in 2011). The home is located within sight of public parks (including a playground, basketball and tennis courts, a dog park, and ample green space) and in close proximity to downtown Halifax.
The most frequently mentioned attraction aside from the comfort, space and privacy and our home offers is that you'll enjoy Halifax's best residential view of the harbour and bridge from the 50-foot deck. The views are beautiful -- particularly at dusk and dawn. The deck also provides a serene setting to enjoy morning coffee, meals, reading, tanning/sunning, cooking and general relaxation. Just off the deck is a bar area including a bar fridge making for lovely evening cocktail options.
We pride ourselves on ensuring that our guests have all they require in order to enjoy a most comfortable stay. Over the past three years, we have hosted international guests from China, Australia, England, Northern Ireland, Belgium, San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Seattle as well as many compatriots from Newfoundland, Ontario, Quebec and Alberta to great satisfaction and rave reviews.
The home includes: 3 beds, 2 baths, 2 large living rooms and a full-service kitchen. Given the bungalow-style, all rooms are on the same floor, however, they are separated into two distinctly different areas -- one with a bedroom, bathroom and sunken livingroom, and the second area with two bedrooms, a bathroom and the second livingroom. The floor plan is ideal both in terms of accessibility (only three stairs to navigate to reach the back half of the home) and privacy.
All contents of the home including bedding, towels, cookware, dishes, cutlery and bar tools & glassware are included for your convenience. The home also comes equipped with secured unlimited free high speed Wi-Fi access, free 24-hour parking, a dishwasher, a coffeemaker, a kettle, a microwave and a large stainless steel BBQ for outdoor grilling.
In terms of the neighbourhood, most amenities are within walking distance. A lovely walk through the Hydrostone area and past Fort Needham Park (Home of the historic Halifax Explosion Memorial) will lead you to the Hydrostone Market which offers many amenities including a few restaurants/cafés, a coffee shop, a bakery, a boutique, a butcher, an olive oil shop, a health foods store, an art gallery, a pub, and a spa, salon & masseuse -- among other conveniences. The home is also within walking distance of a pharmacy/small grocer, a convenience store, and a beer, wine & spirits/liquor store -- all only a short stroll away. A trip to the full-service grocery store is also near. All of these walks offer incredible panoramic views of the city, parks, the harbour and bridge.
The proximity to downtown in this urban area does not compromise the quiet family-friendly residential nature of the neighbourhood, despite being only minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown and waterfront Halifax -- including its waterfront boardwalk, cobblestone and Argyle Streets (home to historic pubs and world class local gastronomy), historic Citadel Hill, the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market and the university district. The area also provides ease of access to Halifax's suburbs of Clayton Park, Sackville, Bedford, Dartmouth, and proximity for short-drive day trips to historic UNESCO World Heritage designated Lunenberg, picturesque Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore, South Shore, Annapolis Valley, majestic Cape Breton Island (Cabot Trail & Highlands National Park), neighbouring province New Brunswick and more.
As mentioned, transit to downtown Halifax is an 8-minute bus ride on Bus # 7 from just outside our home to the downtown terminal. The bus arrives every 15-minutes on weekdays and every 30-minutes on weekends. To access the bus schedule for the stop near to the home (across the street and 3 addresses to the right), please call Metro Transit's 'Go Time' for specific departure times.
Given the home's central residential location, the local full-service grocery store is only a 5-minute drive and it's only an 8-minute commute to a variety of malls or major shopping districts such as Bayers Lake, Dartmouth Crossing, Micmac Mall or Halifax Shopping Centre.
The Guide to Staying at Billy and Courtney's
Welcome to Halifax and to our home. We hope that you enjoy your stay! I just thought I would put together a few notes that will help you to enjoy your stay.
Given that there is a separate address in the basement of the home (a sousplex), you may see the residents entering and exiting through the shared side entry. Although you will not see or hear from them otherwise, the residents below also share the driveway and laundry.
Lastly, if you could kindly and politely observe the following, it would be greatly appreciated.
-No smoking indoors! (An ashtray is provided on the deck.)
-No pets! (We have allergies to direct contact with pet fur.)
-Please lock all doors and windows when leaving the home (Must pull the front door handle toward street and lock with key.)
-Please respect neighbours by keeping noise and music to a respectful level while on deck or in home.
-Please shut off all lights when not in use. (Environmental concerns)
-Please leave the home in a reasonable state of tidy and cleanliness.
-Please only use fireplaces during winter stays. (Not safely equipped for spring, summer or fall usage.)
-No traditional candles or fires!
-Please turn off all electric heating upon check-out.
-If interested, please place all organic compostable materials and refuse in the big 'Green Big' bin on the side of the home. Garbage goes in bins on side of home.
Calling Police/Emergency: 9-1-1
Calling Police/Non-emergency Dispatch (phone number hidden)
Best of Halifax:
Best Wine, Beer and Spirits/Liquor Stores: Novalea Ave., Agricola Street NSLC's, The Port (Fine Wine), Rockhead (Craft Beer and Fine Wine)
Best Local Pizzerias: Mother's Pizza, Bramoso Gourmet Pizza, Salvatore's, Metro Pizza
Best Local Pubs/Watering Holes: Good Robot, The Henry House, The Old Triangle, Stillwell, Agricola Street Brasserie, Field Guide, Lower Deck, Durty Nellies, Split Crow
Best Craft Beer Spots: Stillwell and Battery Park (just over the bridges in Dartmouth)
Best Restaurants: Niche, The Henry House, Chabaa Thai, Curry Village, Economy Shoe Shop, Great Wall, The Argyle, Brooklyn Warehouse, Agricola Street Brasserie, Five Fisherman, McKelvie's, The Barrington, Chives, The Wooden Monkey, Sushi Nami, Hamachi House, 2 Door Down, The Stubborn Goat, Turkish Delight, Cafe Chianti. Waterfront Warehouse, Edna, Morris East, Ryan Duffy's, The Keg, Salty's, Auction House, Song's Korean, Seoul
Best Fine Dining: Bicycle Thief, Da Maurizio, Ristorante a Mano, Press Gang, The Cut
Best Vegan Restaurants: enVie, Heartwood Cafe
Best Gluten-Free Bakery/Cafe: Odell's
Best Local Breakfast Spots: Cousin's, Coastal Cafe, Julien's Patisserie Bakery and Cafe, Smith's Bakery and Cafe
Best Fish and Chips: Willman's, Fries and Co., John's Lunch,
Best Local Craft Beer and Cider Breweries: Good Robot, Granite, Propeller, Garrison, Bridge
Fast Food Options: Kempt Road
Best Local Drugstores: Lawton’s & Shopper Drug Mart
Best Sports Bars: Halifax Sports Bar & Boston Pizza
Best Clubs/Dance Bars: The Dome, Taboo & Pacifico
Best Theatres: Neptune Theatre, Bus Stop Theatre, Spatz Theatre
Best Movie Theatres: Bayers Lake, Dartmouth Crossing, Park Lane, Oxford
Best Sporting Event: Halifax Mooseheads hockey (September to April/May), Halifax Rainmen Basketball, University Sports
Best Live Music Venues: Bearly's House of Blues, Stayner's Wharf, The Marquee/Seahorse, Gus' Pub, Durty Nellies, The Lower Deck, Old Triangle, The Ale House
Best Grocery Stores: Sobeys, Superstore and/or Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market/Halifax Forum Market, Alderney Landing Weekend Market
Best Health Food Stores: Organic Health Market, Super Natural Health Products
Best Local Convenience Stores: Needs Duffus Street, Hydrostone Grocery
Best Local Gas Stations: Petro Canada, Shell, Ultramar, Irving
Best Local Tours: Harbour Hopper, Silva Boat Cruise, Citadel Hill & Peggy's Cove
Best Shopping Malls/Areas: Mic Mac Mall, Halifax Shopping Centre, Spring Garden Road, Dartmouth Crossing & Bayers Lake
Best Parks: Merv Sullivan Park (on our street: Kencrest Ave.), Isleville Park (3460 Isleville Street), Public Gardens (Victorian Gardens), Point Pleasant Park, Bedford Ravines
***A basket of tourist information and flyers have been left on the kitchen table for your use.
Communication is done via email/phone/text/SMS at arrival, departure and by request.
We love our neighbourhood because it's centrally located near to downtown Halifax's Hydrostone North community (voted one of the Great Neighbourhoods in Canada/Great Places in Canada by Canadian Institute of Planners in 2011) and provides for lovely views of the harbour and bridge.
And of course, what makes any great neighbourhood is the kindness and respectfulness of the people within it. We're blessed with lovely neighbours and community members.
Disponible para huéspedes
All contents of the home including bedding, towels, dishes, cookware and bar tools are provided for your comfort and convenience. The home comes equipped with free unlimited Wi-Fi access, free 24-hour parking (for multiple cars), stove, a fridge (with freezer), a coffeemaker, a kettle, a dishwasher, a microwave, a bar fridge and a BBQ.
Upon request, guests will also have access to a garden shed for the storage of bikes and other outdoor equipment.
Atención a los huéspedes
Interaction with guests will only take place at check-in, check-out and by request. Any other required or requested communication will be conducted either by phone, text/SMS, or email, dependent on the guest's preference.
Otros aspectos destacables
We are able to check-in guests at any hour -- no matter your arrival time -- for your convenience.
Check-in time can be earlier than the 3 p.m. time listed provided we're not hosting back-to-back stays which requires that we clean and prepare the home for your stay following a 10 a.m. check-out.
When staying in our home, kindly and politely observe the following:
-No smoking indoors! (Ashtrays provided on the deck)
-No pets! (We have severe allergies to pet fur)
-Please lock all doors when leaving the home (Must pull door handle toward street and lock with key)
-Please respect neighbours by keeping noise and music to a respectful level while on deck or in home
-Please shut off all light (Environmental concerns)
-Please leave the home in a reasonable state of tidy and cleanliness
-If BBQ is used, kindly turn-off tank after cooking, scrap grill with brush and replace the BBQ cover after cooling period
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