Hammonds Plains Nova Scotia
Sandy and Judy Hines
About Hammonds Plains Nova Scotia
Hammonds Plains Nova Scotia is located between 25 and 30 Kms from downtown Halifax. It is an area of large lots, trees and many lakes surrounded by beautiful homes. Lots are typically an acre or larger so there is a great feeling of space. Nature is at your doorstep with deer, bunnies, pheasants, etc.
Housing ranges from smaller older homes to rambling executive homes. There is no municipal sewer anywhere in the area. All homes have septic systems. Most houses have no municipal water with the exception of Kingswood Subdivision where much of the subdivision has municipal water.
Hammonds Plains Nova Scotia has some amenities but not as many as you would find in the more urban core of HRM. There is some local shopping, restaurants and medical services available.
Schooling in Hammonds Plains can best be described as excellent. All schools offer French Immersion education.
Most residents of Hammonds Plains drive their cars to commute to work. The commute to Halifax is reasonable and ranges from 25-40 minutes. There is an express bus called the Metro X that travels to Halifax from the Hubley Center Mall during peak times and other limited bussing during the day.
For recreation many sports are available in the area or close by.
Hammonds Plains Nova Scotia Real Estate and Homes For Sale
There are several very nice subdivisions in the Hammonds Plains areaarea. These include Kingswood, Glen Arbour, White Hills, Westwood Hills, Haliburton Hills and several others. We have created detailed descriptions and photos of most of them . On the Index line above click and NEIGHBOURHOODS then scroll to Hammonds Plains Subdivisions. A sub menu will come up with the various subdivision pages.
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Hammonds Plains Schools
Kingswood ElementaryFive Bridges Junior High SchoolHammonds Plains ConsolidatedMadeline Symonds Middle SchoolTantallon Elementary Building TwoSir John A Macdonald High SchoolTantallon Elementary Building OneCharles P Allen High School8 - 8<>
The school system in Hammonds Plains/Tantallon is excellent.
There are 4 elementary schools, a middle school and two high schools serving the area. C.P. Allen High School is the newest facility opening in Sept 2013. C.P. Allen is considered one of Nova Scotia's top schools.
French Immersion is taught in every school in the area.
All children in Hammonds Plains Nova Scotia attend C.P. Allen and all children in Tantallon (Westwood Hills and Haliburton Hills Subdivisions) attend Sir John A MacDonald High School located in Tantallon.
Some of the schools are located in subdivisions. Kingswood Elementary is located in Kingswood Subdivision and Madeline Symonds Middle School is located in White Hills Subdivision.
The schools in the area are: Kingswood Elementary, Hammonds Plains Consolidated, Madeline Symonds Middle School, C.P. Allen High School, Tantallon Elementary, Sir John A MacDonald.
Things to do Hammonds Plains Nova Scotia
There are few indoor recreation facilities located in the Hammonds Plains/Tantallon but there are still many recreational opportunities in and close to the community.
The area does have an excellent community center called the St. Margaret's Center. It has an olympic size rink, a second rink, an outdoor pool, gymnasium and fitness center. This facility is located in Tantallon in front of the Westwood Hills Subdivision and next to the Hubley Center Shopping Center.
The area has several outdoor sports fields which are used for soccer, baseball and other sports.
Many of the recreation activities take place in Halifax, Clayton Park, Sackville or Bedford. Most activities are only a few minute drive away.
For indoor swimming many Hammonds Plains/Tantallon Nova Scotia residents go to the Canada Games Center in Clayton Park, Sackville Sports Stadium in Sackville, Dalplex at Dalhousie University or the Spryfield Wave Pool. All are 15-20 minutes drive away. In the summer many residents swim in the many lakes in the area or use the outdoor pool at St. Margaret's Center or the Lion's Pool in Bedford.
For hockey or ringette residents will use the rink in St. Margaret's Center, BMO center ( 4 rinks) in Bedford, one of the two rinks in Sackville or many of the other rinks throughout metro. Like anywhere, if you are involved in hockey in metro your games and practices will vary throughout metro and could be anywhere from within your community to an hour drive away.
Outdoor water sports are enjoyed in the many lakes in the Hammonds Plains Nova Scotia community. The salt water beaches of the south shore such Queensland and Hubbards are a 15-20 minute drive away. The area is very well located to take advantage of this feature and many of the residents do just that.
One of the best golf courses in Canada , Glen Arbour, is located in Glen Arbour Subdivision in Hammonds Plains. Owners of homes in Glen Arbour Subdivision get unlimited golf privileges to play the course but all owners in Glen Arbour pay a yearly "sustaining fee" of about $850 (goes up the inflation rate each year) whether you play golf or not. However the course is a public course so if you don't live in the subdivision you can still buy golf packages for multiple rounds or just pay green fees.
The Hammonds Plains/ Tantallon area has lots of recreation opportunities for all ages and interests. If not in the community itself they are found a short drive away.
Shopping in Hammonds Plain Nova Scotia
Shopping in Hammonds Plains Nova Scotia is limited but getting better all the time. There are no large shopping malls, but there are several strip malls that provide much of what is needed on a daily basis. Groceries, medical and most household supplies can be found in the community and larger shopping centers are not far away.
The largest shopping location in the area is located at the Tantallon end of Hammonds Plains. It is called the Hubley Center Shopping Center. This center has many stores and services including Sobeys grocery store, a library, a hardware store, restaurants and fast food, Dollarama, medical offices, Goodlife Fitness Center and more. This mall is located very close to Westwood Hills and Haliburton Hills Subdivision and a short drive from White Hills, Glen Arbour and Highland Park.
Also located in Tantallon are several smaller strip malls that house stores such as a Canadian Tire, Marks Work Warehouse, Atlantic Superstore, Shopper's Drug Mark, Lawton's, a drop in medical clinic and more.
There are several smaller strip malls in Hammonds Plains Nova Scotia that have professional offices, drug stores, conveniences stores and more.
Many of the residents of Hammonds Plains shop in Bayer's Lake Business Park in Halifax where the big " box " stores such as Costco Wholesale, Staples, Best Buy, Winners, Old Navy, Home Sense, Home Depot and many others are located. Only a 15 -20 minute drive away, this is a popular shopping location. Residents also shop in Bedford where there are a few shopping malls.
Commuting from Hammonds Plains Nova Scotia
There are a several options in HRM for getting to and from work or school. Unfortunately there are no train or subway systems. However you can drive, take a bus, take a ferry, drive a bike or use a combination of these. Most people who live in Hammonds Plains take their car to work but some take the bus. .
The bus system in HRM run by Metro Transit is not perfect but is always improving. There is very limited bus service in Hammonds Plains and mostly on peak traffic times only. There an express bus,called Metro Link, that runs from the Hubley Center Mall in Tantallon to downtown Halifax. This bus runs at peak times in the morning and afternoon. You can Park and Ride from a free parking lot at the Tantallon terminal. These buses can be faster than driving because they have only a few stops and the ability to keep a traffic light green until they go through the light. The commute time varies depending on the time of day and location but on average it is between 40 and 45 minutes.
Cost and availability of parking in Halifax might be a consideration for the means of transportation you choose. Parking is very limited and the cost can be high. If you are in the military there is limited parking at the Halifax dockyard, on a first come first served basis, and some limited off site parking on the streets. For this reason many military commuters often decide not to drive to work.
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