As we get prepare to celebrate our country’s 149th birthday, I can’t help but reflect on how lucky we are to live in such an extraordinary & diverse country.
This past weekend I experienced my first cricket match at the city’s Loyalist Rugby & Cricket Club. Cricket in the city? Who knew! On top of a fun day of cheering, cold ones, and sunburns – I couldn’t help but notice the cultural diversity that surrounded me. Players and spectators included a mix of Canadians and immigrants – from countries as far as New Zealand, Australia, India, South Africa, and many more.
Each person has his/her own story of how they ended up living in Fredericton. Whether attending one of our local universities, working in our growing tech and start-up industries, following a loved one, or any of the many other reasons: most arrived here with a short-term plan, but have decided to call Fredericton their forever home (my Husband included!). They love this city and all that it has to offer.
Conversations with the players and spectators made me realize something so very important: No matter the distance travelled to get here, how lucky we are that within a 10 minute drive, we can experience two polar opposite, yet internally sought-after, Canadian lifestyles that will appeal to both the City dweller & the Country seeker.
Fredericton embraces the city life: With over 88+ kms of walking/biking trails, city bus transit system, and developed road ways that span the entire city, everything is always just a few minutes away and traffic is never too crazy (ok, this Regent Street redo is a bit of a fiasco.. but it’s still not as bad as Toronto’s every day rush hour.. Right?!). The city offers a plethora of amenities: sought-after grade schools and post-secondary institutions, malls, local shops & vendors, farmers markets, restaurants offering local and international cuisine, festivals, government and private sector employment, activities for kids and adults of all ages, and So. Much. More.
Within 10 minutes of the city centre, including (but not limited to!) Hanwell, Killarney, Charters Settlement, and all places in between and around, the revered country life is alive, with everything from larger treed lots that offer privacy from neighbours, to nature that surrounds these homes and neighbourhoods. An abundance of flora & fauna, walking trails, ATV & snowmobiling trails. Each area has its own sense of small community, where kids can play ball hockey in the streets, neighbours are always ready to lend a hand, and your backyard is a true private oasis where you can kick up your feet and enjoy the sounds of nature, stargazing (you can see full constellations!), and neighbourhood bonfires on any given Saturday night.
A perfect example of these two lifestyles, both currently priced at ~$329K, are 355 Oxford Street, centrally located on the coveted “Hill”, & 30 Rose Way, in a peaceful family area just past New Maryland, buzzing with a small community feel, in Charters Settlement.
Two completely different lifestyles, same price, minutes away from each other. So, what’s your preferred lifestyle? Tell me on Facebook, and you’ll be entered in a draw to win $100 Gift Card to a local business of your choice. Draw will be made Monday, July 4th at 5pm AST.
Happy Birthday, Canada & Happy Canada Day to you all!
Your friend in Real Estate,
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