Thanks to Paula Langille, Royal LePage Realtor who sponsored this post. As a consistent award-winning Realtor® with Royal LePage Atlantic in Halifax, Paula’s business is based on referrals, a strong work ethic, education, care, trust and community. As a Mom of three, she also understands the extra considerations needed while buying or selling a home when children are involved.
Almost two years ago Laura and Trevor Snow, along with their two teenage daughters, sold their home in the Waverley area of the HRM and bought an airstream trailer. Then they hit the road for four months, travelling around the United States, exploring and experiencing life on their own schedule.
“I want my children to have many opportunities for different types of education and experiences, as well as learn to have an appreciation for the little things in life, like going to the beach or knowing your neighbour,” Laura says.
Travel is an important part of the Snow family’s life. Laura is a travel blogger at My Life in the Sun, as well as a Production Accountant, and they have visited many places as a family together.
Despite all of the places they’ve visited, they’ve made a conscious choice to make Halifax their home base and raise their kids as Haligonians.
“There are so many experiences that are very East Coast-based that we love, such as being able to experience all four seasons, drive all around Nova Scotia in a day and to be close to the ocean,” says Laura.
Laura is from Saint John, NB and Trevor, an Audio Engineer, grew up in Fall River. Both lived in subdivisions as kids and they love the community feel of that style of family living. When they returned to Halifax in May 2018, after their four-month-long road trip, they chose to re-settle in the Royale Hemlocks part of the city, in an apartment right on Larry Uteck Boulevard.
“We chose Larry Uteck because of all the amenities that are so close to everything,” she explains. “My children love to take the bus downtown to the mall or library and I love that I only have a short drive to work on Quinpool Road. We also love that there is a lake for swimming within walking distance, walking trails close by and a school with a field right next door to run around in. We often see deer in our back yard and geese land on the field in the spring and fall. It's a lovely place to live.”
Their daughters Jenna (17) and Maia (15) have grown up in the HRM and Laura says that they’ve loved raising them in Halifax because they have family members close by for support and they’ve enjoyed all of the options for kids in the area such as the museums, the Dartmouth Sportsplex and the Discovery Centre.
Now that they’re at an age where they’re more independent, Laura says another draw to living in Halifax is the safety factor.
“Now that my children are older I love how safe this city feels,” she says. “It's a good size city with a lot of things to do but so big that you don't get to know a lot of people. You can feel safe with your teens roaming the city on their own.”
As a family some of their favourite places to visit together are going to the Blue Elephant Thai restaurant down the street on Peakview Way, hitting up the nearby lake or Lawrencetown Beach for a swim, going on road trips around our province to places such as the Annapolis Valley, walking the Bedford and Halifax waterfront boardwalks, camping at Laurie Park and shopping at the mall.
Their new community fits their family well, Laura says, and, because it’s affordable, it also allows them to continue to travel and experience other cultures and places. This embodies what it means to them to be raising Haligonians.
“I want my children to learn that the world is a big place and their goals should not only be to get a job and buy as big a house as possible but to also think about what makes them happy in life. Travel, a good community and friends are very important as well.”
YOU COULD LIVE HERE TOO…
This lovely, spacious four-bedroom family home in the Royale Hemlocks community, tucked a few minutes away from Larry Uteck Boulevard, is currently on the market, Click on the image below for more information or contact Paula Langille for help finding or selling your own home in the HRM.
Paula’s Tip: Weighing your options of renting vs. buying? A mortgage may seem daunting at first, but in the long run, it will save you money. A mortgage is often less than rent and you're building equity and wealth over the long run. That's money in your pocket rather than your landlord's. Contact Paula directly for all of your real estate needs.