Come over to “the Darkside”
Dartmouth may not be home to Darth Vader, but with a nickname like “the Darkside”, it could be the perfect home for Star Wars fans of all ages. It is also ideal for those who are trying to get out of Halifax, while remaining close enough to enjoy the upsides of life in this hub. Dartmouth, unfortunately, has a bit of a negative stigma around it – some earned, some not. The unearned part originates from the TV show, Trailer Park Boys, which was shot in Dartmouth and has led some to believe the city is like the world seen on the show. The earned part comes from the crime rate. The town does have higher crime rates than Halifax and surrounding areas, including a high number of violent incidents. What does this mean for you? Well, if you are moving to Dartmouth, it is worth taking some extra time to research potential neighbourhoods before jumping in.
Prices in Dartmouth are amazing… if you can find availabilities. In theory, there are a variety of choices, including townhouses and apartments of all sizes, as well as subsidized housing. In reality, it is almost impossible to find availabilities. If you do find a place, make sure to check out the neighbourhood before committing. That way, you are at least aware of the crime levels – and what you are getting into.
Typical housing type:
A blend of single-family homes, townhouses, and apartment buildings.
Avg. rent by housing size:
Avg. rent compared to other Canadian cities:
It’s almost impossible to get a rental in Dartmouth
It’s easy to find cheap rents in Dartmouth. There are 1-bedrooms, 2-bedrooms, and even 3-bedrooms for under $1,000. Plus, many of these places are all-inclusive. That is probably why availabilities are snapped right up. If you can find one, especially for a good deal in a safer neighbourhood, we suggest jumping on it.
Dartmouth doesn’t have the greatest reputation in Halifax. Is that well-deserved? Yes and no. Some of it is simple snobbery. Don’t listen to that part. Dartmouth is more interesting than it is given credit for. On the other hand, some of the reputation is based on the area’s higher crime rates, which have spiked in the last couple of years. If you are planning to move here, please be careful and a take some time to walk through potential neighbourhoods first.
There are a number military installations in Dartmouth, so it is common to find military personal living in the area. Many of these personal and other Dartmouth residents are couples or single-parents with little ones. Locals tend to be working class, with education and income levels being lower than average. These are salt-of-the-earth, East Coast types who work long and hard to care for their families.
Perfect for: Families in need of affordable housing or military personnel posted to the area.
Not-so-perfect for: Anyone who worries about higher than average crime rates.
Life & Style
Dartmouth doesn’t have pretentions or airs. This is a down-to-earth place, where folks spend their time chatting, drinking and eating together. Life is not all about relaxation, though. Locals also work hard to make ends meet and care for their families. On the weekends, it is common of neighbours to find reasons to come together, even that is as simple as to barbeque a meal. If you have youngsters, don’t forget to check out the city’s parks or fun zones.
Dartmouth is filled with lakes and parks, as well as a couple of golf clubs. There are a number of public and private schools in the area. If you have little ones, you will also have no problems finding things for them to do, including jump their energy off at an indoor trampoline park. The biggest shopping plaza is Mic Mac Mall. Just a short hop away are big box stores and a cinema. Head down to the Portland Street area for a glut of restaurants. In terms of moving around the area, there are a number of major highways, making it easy to access anywhere in the province. There is also public transit around Dartmouth and into Halifax. There is even a ferry service.
World Peace Pavilion
Cole Harbour Place