One of Halifax’s best things is how quickly you can leave it behind. That’s the appeal of Timberlea, Prospect, and St. Margaret’s Bay. Each feels isolated, distinctive and original — and miles away from big city living. Yet they’re not, just a hop, skip and a jump away from all that downtown Halifax can offer.

Timberlea feels homey, woodsy, and — frankly — a throwback to the Halifax-that-was half a century ago: think long driveways, corner stores, and small family businesses that enjoy good custom. The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail delights in every season, proving popular with hikers, bikers, snowmobilers, and cross-country skiers. Nearby lakes abound, small diamonds that freeze early, and figure skaters and hockey teams from Timberlea enjoy plenty of ice time.

Nearby, the Links at Brunello has taken the Nova Scotia golfing to the next level. The course is gorgeous, laid out over a rugged glacial plain, with narrow fairways and fast greens that will challenge.

Homes in the area run the gamut from charming bungalows to spacious family homes. What they share in common is rural quietude, and generous, well-treed lots.

Prospect is off to the southwest, and though it’s just kilometres as the crow flies, it’s a world away in feeling, with stark, austere hills that dip and rise before falling to the sea. Soils here were scrubbed by retreating glaciers to leave a countryside dotted with towering boulders, scrubby spruce, and heathers . Prospect Bay shares the beauty of nearby Peggy’s Cove, but without the tourist traps (or lighthouse). Off the main roads, osprey outnumber automobiles.

Nothing feels citified here, with homes ranging from small cottages to larger multilevel homes with every modern convenience. The light is different here, golden and rich, and the nights are mysterious when the fog creeps in to spark the imagination. There’s also a certain humility that comes with living in one of the province’s best wild places, whether a gale is blowing or not.

That’s true of Saint Margaret’s Bay, too. Once prime cottage country, people living in the Bay maintain that close-knit feel. Several small popular beaches reside along route 3, but many more secluded dreamscapes are tucked away for locals to know and cherish.

The area is growing dramatically. Older cottages, often refined and expanded for outdoor living, are slipped along scenic roadways. But homes for every budget are always coming on the market, including new tract homes , and a handful of mansions.

Locals love the Bike and Bean, Trellis Café, and the Acadian-inspired White Sails Bakery and Deli. The Shore Club is the thumping heart of the community, and the Saint Margaret’s Centre is busy, boasting two hockey arenas, a bevy of basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, and a pickleball league.

For the people who live in these communities, the ocean is their alpha and omega, a place where real-world problems feel insignificant. Take your Labrador for a walk along a secluded beach, you’ll see why. Give Century21 a call today to find your bliss.

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