The location. I had to move to Dartmouth for work a few years back, and there was nothing here at the time. But since then, the neighbourhood is really starting to take off. There is a great mix of oldsters, hipsters, young families, and dirtbags. The main street has a a crepe place, a record store/barber shop/coffee shop (all one thing) and three or four dive bars. It's a truly mixed neighbourhood, full of character houses, graveyards, and lakes. Plus it's a quick ferry ride away from downtown Halifax. I'm really excited to see where this neighbourhood goes.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
Purge! You may think you have purged as much as possible, but trust me, you can go deeper. I'm a total KonMari convert. If your apartment is too small for a coffee table, you don't need a salad spinner.
Tidy up! Although my apartment is only 400 square feet, it's twice the size of the last place that I lived in. In that place I learned how important it is to keep things clean. Even one dirty dish takes up a lot of room.
Take good care of the things you do have (and spend the money on the things that are worth it). I only have one knife, and I get it sharpened regularly. I bought the top end mattress after years of sleeping on a terrible one - and it was worth every penny. I recently re-painted both chests of drawers that I have, and they look brand new. When you live in a small space, every single thing you own is right there in your face - so make sure it looks good and keeps working!