Moving from West Coast to East Coast

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Since: Apr 08

Richmond, Canada

#1 Apr 1, 2008
We've been looking at the possibility of relocating from BC to Nova Scotia. We have four young children and are looking into finding a 'slower paced lifestyle' community. Although I've done alot of researching and viewing several websites on Nova Scotia, I still don't know which community would be suitable for us. We like to be near the ocean and Halifax (no more than 1-2 hours away) Of course finding the right schools are important as well.
Does anyone have any suggestions or input? This is a very big decision for us as we'll be leaving our families and friends in BC however we're feel we would have a better lifestyle not only for myself and my husband but our children as well.
rcmorris

Burnaby, Canada

#2 Apr 5, 2008
We have just sold our home in BC and have purchased a home in Halifax about 15 - 20 minutes from the City in the area of Westwood Hills off route #103 in Upper Tantallon by Still Water lake. The area is under development and is quite beautiful, only minutes from the ocean with views of St. Margaretís Bay. Our friends who are also originally from BC too have lived there for the last couple years and absolutely love it. The area reminded us most like BC except that the lot sizes are 1.5 to 2 acres! Our son will be attending Middle School, which is close by. A brand-new high school (Sir John A. Macdonald High school) opened in 2007 which is also only minutes away and looks incredible. We are very excited to move in June and are looking forward to a more relaxed lifestyle as well. Lifeís an adventure and we felt only we can look after ourselves. In terms of leaving friends and family they initially had been quite upset with the idea but have since started to come around. We explained the financial benefit alone of taking our equity from selling our home here is enough reason to move let alone the beauty and atmosphere of the Maritimes! Feel free to post should you have any questions and Iíll try and respond as soon as I can. Good luck with you and your decision to move back east!

Since: Apr 08

Richmond, Canada

#3 Apr 15, 2008
Thanks rcmorris,

That's good to know there are others going moving there for the exact same reasons. Some of our friends and families just looked at us as if we just lost our minds our something when we talked about selling our house and moving to NS.
However the financial benefit is there as well as the kind of lifestyle we're looking for our family. Our town has been spiralling out of control in terms of growth and busier lifestyles, great for some people but not for us and any nearby smaller communities are either getting pricey or really cheap in the middle of nowhere with very little to offer.
What kind of pricing is the area of Westwood Hills? I'm still trying to learn about the communities and it's a bit overwhelming, they're all so pretty!
Although I've never been to NS, my great grandparents, grandmother & my mom were born there and I've had great uncles & relatives that were killed or injured in coal mine disasters so we hear a few stories from Halifax. I guess it's time to bring my generation and my children's back there,lol.
rcmorris

Burnaby, Canada

#4 Apr 28, 2008
We looked at 3 bedroom homes in the Westwood Hills area starting at about $230,000. Prices definately can go up from there to $350 /$370,000. We settled in the middle of that range. For Nova Scotia it's probably more expensive than most other areas. Again though we were looking at newer homes in basically a new subdivision. There is definately cheaper housing and areas available. Before we went to check things out we were looking at the real estate listings on mls.ca, I caution though - you cannot judge a house soley on the pictures and the listing. You definately have to see it in person! What I would definately encourage is flying out, taking a few days and seeing things for yourself before deciding. We had contacted a realtor in respect to our list of properties we were interested in and he showed my wife, son and I around while looking at them. We also brought a GPS unit for driving on our own which if you haven't used one was an incredible help getting around (and back to our hotel). Keep checking Westjet for seat sales from Kelowna!

Since: Apr 08

Surrey, Canada

#5 May 1, 2008
Thanks rcmorris for your suggestions. We're trying to make a trip out there sometime in the next couple months depending on seat sales. I agree with you not judging houses by their pics which is why we need to go out there and have a look around. We've been looking at older character homes to new homes on the internet and it can be so overwhelming! Most importantly we need to find a community that 'feels right' to us and our busy family.
I see you are near your moving date and wish you and your family the best!
Lakefront home

Toronto, Canada

#6 Jul 14, 2008
BCmommyof4 wrote:
We've been looking at the possibility of relocating from BC to Nova Scotia. We have four young children and are looking into finding a 'slower paced lifestyle' community. Although I've done alot of researching and viewing several websites on Nova Scotia, I still don't know which community would be suitable for us. We like to be near the ocean and Halifax (no more than 1-2 hours away) Of course finding the right schools are important as well.Does anyone have any suggestions or input? This is a very big decision for us as we'll be leaving our families and friends in BC however we're feel we would have a better lifestyle not only for myself and my husband but our children as well.
Hi there,
I have a beautiful home for sale in Sackville, NB. Sackville is a small, picturesque, university town, located on the NB / NS boarder. It is a great place to raise a family - low crime, great schools. There is a lot of open space (farmland, walking and biking trails) and the university brings world class cultural entertainment year round. Sackville has recently be designated a Cultural Capital of Canada. Our home is located on 1/5 acres of land on Silver Lake. The home has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, large family room with propane fireplace, a huge deck, and loads of potential. You are just 5 km from downtown Sackville and a 25 minute drive from the nearest city, Moncton, NB.
We would like to sell privately. If you are interested in finding out more, please respond again and we will make arrangements to connect.
Sorry if I selfishly ignored your request for information about Nova Scotia. You will find housing costs more in NS... Sackville is a real gem. Certainly worth a look.
-Laurie
Dawn and Ben

Saint John, Canada

#7 Aug 8, 2008
Hi,
My family and I are looking to move to Sackville as soon as possible.

We came across our ad and are wondering if your house is still for sale?

If so, please respond (either to this ad or to our email at dawnmwatters@gmail.com).

Thanks
Dawn
Lakefront home wrote:
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Hi there,
I have a beautiful home for sale in Sackville, NB. Sackville is a small, picturesque, university town, located on the NB / NS boarder. It is a great place to raise a family - low crime, great schools. There is a lot of open space (farmland, walking and biking trails) and the university brings world class cultural entertainment year round. Sackville has recently be designated a Cultural Capital of Canada. Our home is located on 1/5 acres of land on Silver Lake. The home has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, large family room with propane fireplace, a huge deck, and loads of potential. You are just 5 km from downtown Sackville and a 25 minute drive from the nearest city, Moncton, NB.
We would like to sell privately. If you are interested in finding out more, please respond again and we will make arrangements to connect.
Sorry if I selfishly ignored your request for information about Nova Scotia. You will find housing costs more in NS... Sackville is a real gem. Certainly worth a look.
-Laurie
Maria Ballis

Richmond, Canada

#8 Oct 20, 2008
Hello,

I came across this blog with other's moving from B.C. to Nova Scotia.

We are thinking of moving to Nova Scotia too and wondered if person's from B.C. found the people to be friendly and warm as we have been told.

We are looking for a family friendly environment of course safe etc....

We are a family of 4 two children and 2 adults - my children have attended french immersion schools and love it.

The Westwood Hills area sounds good - is there any other areas that would be of interest?

We are starting from scratch and would like to move by next summer 2009.
House 4 sale Bridgewater

Halifax, Canada

#9 Dec 13, 2008
Hello all ,
Saw this little blog and found it quite interesting Our family will be putting our house for sale in the new year and woundering if there was any interest..
We have a beautiful 1600 sqft bungalow with 200 ft of lake front on a semi private road with 2 school teachers as neighbours...
The home was built in 1979 has 2x6 wall very well insulated with a spectacular view of the lake. Three bedrooms with two baths.
many upgrades we are the second owners..
The home is pet and SMOKE FREE!!! In very good condition.
Also has a large work shop insulated and wired as well as one large out building next to the work shop and one small out building on the lake.
( there is small mouth bass in the lake !! Will tell the new buyers where the hot spot is after the sale is complete !!!)
Very private lake but only 10 min to the town of Bridgewater ( Walmart) We are looking for serious offers only please!!!!! shawn7472001@yahoo.com
thanks for looking.. can send pics
PLEASE ONLY SERIOUS PEOPLE NEED TO RESPOND !
Miriam

Truro, Canada

#10 Dec 14, 2008
BCmommyof4 wrote:
We've been looking at the possibility of relocating from BC to Nova Scotia. We have four young children and are looking into finding a 'slower paced lifestyle' community. Although I've done alot of researching and viewing several websites on Nova Scotia, I still don't know which community would be suitable for us. We like to be near the ocean and Halifax (no more than 1-2 hours away) Of course finding the right schools are important as well.
Does anyone have any suggestions or input? This is a very big decision for us as we'll be leaving our families and friends in BC however we're feel we would have a better lifestyle not only for myself and my husband but our children as well.
Hi I jest move from BC and after long research I choose Truro for the time mi son finish school and later I like to by house by the sea maybe at Sunrise Trail NS.The Atlantic Ocean is much more wormer here and surfing is great!!Education is cheaper and lots of choices to go to universities,Agriculture,Techn ology and one of the bigest Acadia university in Wolfvile,NS
Winnywho

Winnipeg, Canada

#11 Apr 17, 2009
I would check out Lunenburg. It is close enough to Halifax for the airport when you want to visit BC. It is a sweetheart town with lovely homes and ocean views.Nova Scotia is so beautiful that it would almost be safe to say close your eyes and point a pen.I found the people to be warm and accommodating.You lucky people.
BCmommyof4 wrote:
We've been looking at the possibility of relocating from BC to Nova Scotia. We have four young children and are looking into finding a 'slower paced lifestyle' community. Although I've done alot of researching and viewing several websites on Nova Scotia, I still don't know which community would be suitable for us. We like to be near the ocean and Halifax (no more than 1-2 hours away) Of course finding the right schools are important as well.
Does anyone have any suggestions or input? This is a very big decision for us as we'll be leaving our families and friends in BC however we're feel we would have a better lifestyle not only for myself and my husband but our children as well.
Maria Ballis

Kelowna, Canada

#12 Sep 30, 2009
rcmorris wrote:
We have just sold our home in BC and have purchased a home in Halifax about 15 - 20 minutes from the City in the area of Westwood Hills off route #103 in Upper Tantallon by Still Water lake. The area is under development and is quite beautiful, only minutes from the ocean with views of St. Margaretís Bay. Our friends who are also originally from BC too have lived there for the last couple years and absolutely love it. The area reminded us most like BC except that the lot sizes are 1.5 to 2 acres! Our son will be attending Middle School, which is close by. A brand-new high school (Sir John A. Macdonald High school) opened in 2007 which is also only minutes away and looks incredible. We are very excited to move in June and are looking forward to a more relaxed lifestyle as well. Lifeís an adventure and we felt only we can look after ourselves. In terms of leaving friends and family they initially had been quite upset with the idea but have since started to come around. We explained the financial benefit alone of taking our equity from selling our home here is enough reason to move let alone the beauty and atmosphere of the Maritimes! Feel free to post should you have any questions and Iíll try and respond as soon as I can. Good luck with you and your decision to move back east!
Hello,

To the rcmorris family. We too purchased a home in Westwood Hills. We have a couple house sitting until we arrive in the summer of 2010. We currently live in Victoria, B.C. and would love to touch base with new friends since we will not know anyone in the Westwood Hills subdivision.

Our e-mail address is: natura9@telus.net - my name is Maria Ballis

Thanks so much.
rcmorris

Bedford, Canada

#14 Jan 15, 2010
Hi, Just a little update. We are now settled into our new home and we absolutely love it! The people are incredible here, warm, friendly and welcoming. The education system is wonderful, the teachers here actually teach as opposed to lecturing and then sending the kids home with homework. Our son loves it here as well. As someone before said, you could pretty much point a pen at the map and be happy. We have found Westwood Hills great as it is a 30 minute drive to Halifax (in what they call rush hour), yet the area is still very treed and not so congested. Beautiful, and we are close to shopping, Sobeys, Canadian Tire etc. We are one exit away from the most beautiful beach Queensland and a 10 minute drive from Peggy's Cove. We feel really safe here as well. As the properties are larger, you definitely notice when someone is coming up your drive! Well hope this helps others when making the big decision to move east. You will not be disappointed!
BCMommyof4

Burnaby, Canada

#15 Jan 19, 2010
rcmorris wrote:
Hi, Just a little update. We are now settled into our new home and we absolutely love it! The people are incredible here, warm, friendly and welcoming. The education system is wonderful, the teachers here actually teach as opposed to lecturing and then sending the kids home with homework. Our son loves it here as well. As someone before said, you could pretty much point a pen at the map and be happy. We have found Westwood Hills great as it is a 30 minute drive to Halifax (in what they call rush hour), yet the area is still very treed and not so congested. Beautiful, and we are close to shopping, Sobeys, Canadian Tire etc. We are one exit away from the most beautiful beach Queensland and a 10 minute drive from Peggy's Cove. We feel really safe here as well. As the properties are larger, you definitely notice when someone is coming up your drive! Well hope this helps others when making the big decision to move east. You will not be disappointed!
Oh wow!! I thought I'd check here to see if there has been any updates and here you are,lol! I'm glad to hear about your positive move. We put the idea of moving there on the back burner for awhile during the slow market here and are now looking into it again. We are actually looking into making a trip out there this year and do some exploring. I'm doing more research than ever before and comparing people's notes of their experiences (good and bad but mostly good)! How do you compare their health care to BC's? Thanks for the update, I've always wondered how you guys made out there!
Mom of two

Toronto, Canada

#16 Jan 28, 2010
I have two girls approaching school age and am hoping to move east in the next year or so that our daughters can attend better schools (plus we love the east coast and have wanted to move east for years)- we are in Toronto now and the schools are overcrowded and none of our neighbours are happy with the education their kids are receiving! Does anyone have any advice about best areas for elementary school-age children? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
petrinab

Langley, Canada

#17 Feb 4, 2010
BCMommyof4 wrote:
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Oh wow!! I thought I'd check here to see if there has been any updates and here you are,lol! I'm glad to hear about your positive move. We put the idea of moving there on the back burner for awhile during the slow market here and are now looking into it again. We are actually looking into making a trip out there this year and do some exploring. I'm doing more research than ever before and comparing people's notes of their experiences (good and bad but mostly good)! How do you compare their health care to BC's? Thanks for the update, I've always wondered how you guys made out there!
just wondering how you are making out there...the thought crossed my mind to the same with my family.
sharon

Sidney, Canada

#18 Feb 7, 2010
My husband and I, both recently retired and in our early 60s, are tired of living on the expensive West Coast and have made the choice to pack up and move to the Maritimes this spring (2010). We have not yet decided which community to live so we may rent until be become familiar with the eastern provinces, although I hate the idea of having to move a second time. Everyone's comments on this webpage has relieved my mind to know that we are not alone in our thinking, even though our friends and family (like some of yours) are very disappointed that we are leaving and also think we are totally bonkers for considering such a thing. So thank you everyone for taking the time to post your information. Maybe all of us new immigrants (ha, ha) should get together and become acquainted in our new Atlantic home!
Dmay

Kelowna, Canada

#19 Feb 12, 2010
Im excited to come by this post as well.I have 3 children under 4 and me and my musband are talking about making a move out east as well.We are currently in kelowna bc and the cost of living here is ridiculous.My brother is in new brunswick and we are thinking we would like to move there as well.All our friends think we are crazy as well...but we just know we could have a better lifestyle out there!Im glad to see that you who haved moved from b.c are loving it out there....This makes me lean more towards our decision.My husaband is dealing with a wcb claim as he had a work injury and now seems he has to re enter the work force and take a huge cut in pay...as long as we are out here i think we will always be struggling.It seems like there is work out that way and we could almost be mortgae free..or have way less of a mortgage to worry about.Im glad i came across this post...it makes me excited:)
petrinab

Langley, Canada

#20 Feb 12, 2010
this is a hot topic in our house right now. anyone have a vibe for jobs in the Halifax area (especially in the teaching dept)?
BCMommyof4

Burnaby, Canada

#21 Feb 21, 2010
We're still researching the province. I've sent away for info packages on various counties of the province. We're favoring the Annapolis Valley as well as Lunenburg area. We love the little quaint towns and the fact that you're never more than 1/2 hour away from the ocean. Halifax is not too far either if you're in the mood for the 'big city' shopping and events.
As Dmay mentioned the cost of living in the Okanagan is simply ridiculous. My husband has a high paying job and it's still not enough to live here. We're tired of how fast our community is growing and the 'arrogant' attitude that is becoming all too common. People do say "why all the way to NS" and I just say "why not?" Even though it would be very very hard to leave our family and longtime friends we're fortunate to have this opportunity to live a much better quality of life and be financially further ahead.
We're hoping to move out there within a year.
For those who are looking into it, please do use the street view on Google Earth as it gives you a much better prospective of the beautiful province!! I've spent hours on that feature 'travelling' around NS,lol!

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