Colby Village is a mature, gracious, expansive neighbourhood that stretches from Caldwell Road to Bisset Road in Cole Harbour. Crescents, cul-de-sacs, and gently sloping hills lend the streets a secluded feeling, and the homes are solid and substantial.

A country club atmosphere permeates Colby Village. On Colby Drive, one of the main routes into the neighbourhood, you’ll find the popular Cole Harbour Outdoor Pool & Tennis Complex, and three minutes farther is the Colby Village Ball Diamonds, and extensive walking trails that run along a small creek. These trails also ultimately connect to the Cole Harbour Heritage Trails.

The forests and lakes in this neighbourhood have been fully harnessed for recreation. The Cole Harbour Heritage Trails are a marvel, tracing their way across large fields cleared by long-ago farmers, through marshes, dappled woods, and the rocky coast of Cole Harbour. It also passes through what remains of the Halifax’s poor farm, as well as its cemetery. The trail also passes the site of Weir House, a hunting lodge visited by King George V.

Like nearby Colby Village, Forest Hills benefits from a number of new restaurants along Cole Harbour Road — from a delicatessen to burritos to Thai, there’s plenty of choice. And long-time neighbourhood favourites like the Palladium (Greek specialties and diner favorites) and Vine’s Pasta Grill (nostalgic Italian), and Jamieson’s (modern pub fare) are less than five minutes’ drive.

And although Colby Village is miles from Halifax, it’s really only about 20 minutes’ drive to Bayer’s Road — even in traffic. Commuting to Burnside or Dartmouth Crossing takes even less time. In addition to regular service by Metro Transit, this neighbourhood is less than five minutes from the MetroLink terminal on Portland Street. This is Halifax’s bus rapid transit that provides express connections to downtown Dartmouth and Halifax every ten minutes during weekday rush hours. And a drive to the Woodside Ferry terminal takes about 10 minutes, 15 during rush hour.

But there’s more to life than work, and the finest things are just minutes away from Colby Village. Rainbow Haven, Conrad’s, and Lawrencetown Beaches are all accessible within 30 minutes. A further 30 minutes can see you to the white sands of Martinique Beach or to the unspoilt hiking trails of Salmon River. This stretch of the Marine Drive is also rich with tiny treasures like the L’Acadie de Chezzetcook, Memory Lane, and Fisherman’s Life Museums.

And fittingly, there’s something about the gardens and streets of Colby Village that speaks of small-H heritage. Of family homes meant to last generations. Of a lifestyle grandparents want to pass down. You can see it in the quality of the homes: facades clad in brick and stone, with muted paint colors and generous verandas. You can see it in the swimming pools and in-ground trampolines in the backyards. The people who own these homes are proud of them, and they’re proud of their neighbourhood.

Colby Village is a wonderful place to put down roots. Let a Century21 agent be your guide.