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What you get for $262,000 

That’s the average price of a home Halifax in 2011 according to mortgage website Ratehub. So we shopped around to see how much house it could buy.

Given Halifax’s active real estate scene, the specific houses we found may not be on the market right now, but new listings are always coming up.


The Home: Two-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home, 9 Fenwood Road
How Much: $234,900
Size: 1,386 square feet
Per Square Foot: $169.48
Setting: An older house near Chocolate Lake, just off the St. Margaret’s Bay Road.
Inside: Hardwood floors, working fireplace and lovely, slanted ceilings in the bedrooms. A rec room is the finished basement is wired for cable and internet.
Outdoor Space: Large front porch, backyard on 4,750 square feet of property.


Sherwood Park
The Home: A 22-year-old house, three storeys, three bedrooms and two bathrooms, 47 Birch Cove Lane
How Much: $249,000
Size: 1,710 square feet
Per Square Foot: $145.61
Setting: Just off the Bedford Highway, this home affords great views of the water and roomy, suburban living a short drive from Bayers Lake and Clayton Park amenities.
Inside: Hardwood floors beneath skylights, a wood stove for ambiance and energy savings on heat.
Outdoor Space: A deck and wooded backyard.

The Home: A three-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom home on a cul-de-sac, 295 Oceanview Drive
How Much: $244,900
Size: 1,265 square feet
Per Square Foot: $193.60
Setting: A modern subdivision in Bedford not far from Larry Uteck Boulevard, the development is 15 years old and retains a look of newness, with nature on the doorstep, woods and bicycle paths just down the block.
Inside: Garage as part of the home, hardwood floor on the main level, fireplace, with a customized main bathroom including corner whirlpool and large master bedroom.
Outdoor Space: Detached home with small, tree-lined backyard.


Cole Harbour
The Home: A large five-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow on the edge of Cole Harbour, 14 Leander Drive
How Much: $259,000
Size: 2,100 square feet
Per Square Foot: $123.33
Setting: Sunset Acres is just beyond Forest Hills Parkway, where the suburban development gives way to the countryside.
Inside: Eat-in kitchen, a garburator, under-cabinet lighting, pantry and patio doors to the deck. Lower level includes cozy rec room, laundry room; two spacious bedrooms (or office/den), a full bath, storage room and a kitchenette/living room combination with its own entrance to the backyard. Outdoor Space: Fully fenced yard with a 12 by 12 wired shed.


The Peninsula
The Home: An 80-year-old three-bedroom, two-storey row townhouse, 5522 Duffus Street
How Much: $259,000
Size: 1,100 square feet
Per Square Foot: $235.45
Setting: Located north of the Hydrostone neighbourhood, this is a lovely residential area near parks and schools, on a busy main street.
Inside: A fixer-upper, formerly a rental property asking $1,750. Three small bedrooms upstairs with bathroom, living room, kitchen and dining room downstairs.
Outdoor Space: Small front yard, backyard pretty much a parking spot.

The Home: A 61-year-old duplex, with two two-bedroom apartments, 330 Portland Street
How Much: $258,000
Size: 1,770 square feet
Per Square Foot: $145.76
Setting: Located up where Portland Street is greenest and steepest, surrounded by large, well-established homes in a great community, not far from Penhorn Mall.
Inside: Two roomy apartments, the downstairs with hardwood floors and fireplace, the upper with washer and dryer.
Outdoor Space: Three parking spaces, small yard.

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