Woodside lies between Downtown Dartmouth and Eastern Passage. It’s a well-established neighbourhood with centuries of history, but it’s often overlooked by homebuyers. But with a dozen friendly eateries, easy access to Halifax via the Woodside ferry, the main NSCC campus, and character to spare, this up-and-coming neighbourhood is a wise investment and a lovely place to call home.
Many gracious older homes line Pleasant Street and its side streets, moving away from Downtown, and traces of an older Dartmouth emerge. Small, locally-owned business crop up — tiny pharmacies, small machinist shops, one-lift mechanics, an independent gas station — and white clapboard churches are thick on the ground. The venerable John’s Lunch perches at the top of the Woodside Ferry parking lot, and after you finish your fish, you can take in a cut-throat game of bocce at the Dartmouth Lawn Bowling Club.
But just because the mid-century is on clear display here, don’t be fooled into thinking that the 21st century has neglected Woodside. Far from it! Along this same stretch of Pleasant Street you’ll find Dartmouth General, the Nova Scotia Hospital, and the ultra-sustainable waterfront campus of Nova Scotia Community College. Connecting the three campuses is Woodside Area Regional Park, with several kilometers of Trans-Canada Trail running along the waterfront of Halifax Harbour. Woodside is also home to Innovacorp, the province’s award-winning venture capital fund for start-ups.
Woodside has lots of cozy, post-war era homes, with neighborly front porches, tidy hedges, and private backyards. They evoke a white picket fence nostalgia, but they’re also the perfect blank slate onto which new homeowners can project their own personalities and tastes. Cedar shingles a cottage style garden wouldn’t look out of place on Marvin Street, but neither would an ultra-modern matte black steel and glass renovation. What’s more, several streets boast affordable harbour views, uncluttered by shipyards or hotels — an impossible luxury on the other side of the Harbour.
Another delightful luxury is the culinary renaissance of Woodside. Here you’ll find the original locations of both Cheese Curds (gourmet burgers) and Habañeros (modern tacos), and just steps away is Birdie’s Bread Company (sourdough breads from local grains). And for comfort food, the aforementioned John’s Lunch is a heart-warming local institution. Nearby, the John’s Lunch crew has launched Pleasant Street Diner, with an expanded menu and more seating.
Commuting in and out of Woodside is very convenient. The Woodside Ferry has a generous parking lot, and delivers commuters directly onto Upper Water Street in Halifax. The Bi-Hi (aka Highway of Heroes) delivers workers to Burnside Industrial Park, the Mic Mac Mall, or Dartmouth Crossing in about 10 minutes, and the commute to Shearwater is shorter still. And the neighbourhood schools are
Woodside is ripe for discovery, and it won’t be this affordable forever. If you’re looking for your first home, a long-term family home, or an investment property, let Century21 show you the Woodside we’re passionate about.