Condos for sale in Halifax Nova Scotia

Welcome to Halifax's new condo market 

Don't bust out the pitchforks and torches just yet.Click to enlarge

  • Don't bust out the pitchforks and torches just yet.

It’s a condo conundrum. Do you go downstairs to use the indoor pool or get some exercise on the full-size indoor track? Actually, maybe a brisk stroll through the shops below is considered cardio. But don’t forget there’s also cocktails on the sixth-floor terrace with the neighbours later. Or maybe you’ll just grab a bottle of Opus One 2008 from the built-in under-the-counter wine cellar and spend the night in, gazing out at the unspoiled, undeveloped view. There’s also that fabulous sushi restaurant around the corner whose tuna tartare rivals the stuff you had in Japan. You wouldn’t even have to go out to get it—the new concierge, what’s-his-name, can bring it up. As you stand in your high-end, stainless-steel-and-marble kitchen, weighing your options, the built-in coffee station suddenly finishes brewing your gourmet Guatemalan espresso. Overwhelmed by the decisions and distracted by the aroma of fresh java you give up and retire to one of two ensuite bathrooms for a bath in the oversized soaker tub. A brief repose ensconced in marble and dim lighting will undoubtedly help you figure out your plans.

Oh, condo living is a hard one and, like it or not, it’s the soon-to-be reality for a lot of Haligonians. Get ready—the condominiums are coming.

The imagined reality above is set in Pavilion, the 13-storey luxury condominium coming soon to the corner of Sackville and South Park Streets, where the old CBC Radio building currently sits empty. Next door, and across a manicured piazza, will be Curve, the Pavilion’s slightly lower-end sister building of 200 apartments spread over 15 floors. Together they form the multi-million dollar venture of Jim Spatz, owner of Southwest Properties, and his partners. Pavilion is 85 luxury condo units above prime retail space, including a massive, state-of-the-art YMCA facility.A model suite in the Pavilion, which will replace the CBC Radio building at South Park and Sackville (and is already 90 percent sold). - GEOFFREY CREIGHTON But the biggest selling point is the unspoiled view of green-space that is almost guaranteed never to be developed. (Unless Halifax gets really desperate and sells off the Public Gardens and Citadel. Knock on wood.)

By themselves the location and amenities are impressively luxe for Halifax. But given the sales, there is clearly a demand. After the opening weekend, 80 percent of the units had commitments (in the form of two percent down). It took just five weeks for the sell-through rate to bump up to 90 percent. Two penthouse units had to be made available and one was snapped up almost immediately. One man bought two $4.5-million units next door to each so he can knock down a wall and create one massive suite spanning an entire side of the building. Another woman released her hold on a unit after getting cold feet, only to change her mind and buy it back two weeks later. By then, the cost had shot up $40, 000. She paid the price of waiting, literally and figuratively.

Welcome to Halifax’s new condo market.

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  • A model suite in the Pavilion, which will replace the CBC Radio building at South Park and Sackville (and is already 90 percent sold).
  • Geoffrey Creighton

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