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Who hasn’t dreamt of working from home — no more alarm clocks beeping, lengthy commutes at rush hour or having to choose fancy office attire over pyjama pants, so the vision goes. It’s a life that many freelancers, remote workers and other independent professionals choose.

 

But many of those who have traded corporate for coffee shops are now turning to a new environment: coworking spaces.

 

Sharing workspace and renting a desk in a flexible office has taken off in popularity in recent years because of the endless opportunities it offers to socialize, network, collaborate with other like-minded professionals and increase productivity.

 

According to studies, one of the biggest factors that determines productivity at the office is the workspace itself and a well-designed space can increase productivity by 20 per cent.

 

Whether renting by the hour, setting up a more permanent environment at home or tweaking the space at your office desk, here are the top three things to create a more efficient workspace:

  • Lighting: Choose a desk next to a window if you can for natural light or, if not, consider bringing natural light bulbs. Many of the coworking offices are now focused on light, airy spaces and décor.
  • Noise level: Everyone has a different tolerance to noise and, for some, too quiet is just as bad as too loud. Part of the appeal with coworking spaces is the chance to be around other people but, unlike your neighbourhood coffee shop, there are designated quiet zones and respect for fellow workers.
  • Refreshments: Almost all the coworking offices offer a fully equipped kitchen with amenities like blenders, toaster ovens and espresso machines. Some offer limitless coffee or beer on tap. Whatever fuels your brain should be easily accessible, wherever you choose to work.
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I have listed a new property at 12009 133A AVE NW in Edmonton.
Absolutely Immaculate and Spacious Bungalow located on a quiet crescent in desirable Kensington. This property is loaded with recent upgrades including, Kitchen, 6 appliances, main bath, freshly painted, Vinyl PVC Windows and Wood casement, Roll Shutters, Forced Air Furnace, Hot Water Tank, Central Air Conditioning, Vinyl Siding on house and garage, Shingles on house and garage. Original Oak Hardwood Flooring under carpet. The Oversized Double Garage has a new door and opener, extra wide concrete pad for RV, boat , etc. Great location close to schools, shopping, parks and public transportation. This is a beautiful "TURN KEY" property...
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I have listed a new property at 60 53217 RGE RD 263 RD in Rural Parkland County.
EXECUTIVE COUNTRY RESIDENTIAL LIVING ONLY 5 KILOMETERS FROM EDMONTON. Here is the perfect building site for your executive retreat. This slopping walkout .683 Acre lot backs onto the Lois Hole Provincial Park in Rural Parkland County and is surrounded by Million Dollar Homes. Opportunity is knocking for this RARE Building Pocket only minutes to West Edmonton and yet situated next to a Provincial Park in a very quiet and private setting...
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I have listed a new property at 18 LAMBERT CRES in St. Albert.
PERFECT INVESTMENT OR STARTER PROPERTY!!! This beautifully maintained 3 bedroom Bi-Level is located on a quiet crescent close to schools, shopping, parks and public transportation. Recent upgrades include Forced Air Furnace, Hot Water Tank, Shingles, Interior Paint Throughout both floors, Vinyl Windows, etc. There are 2 entrances to the lower level and a second kitchen down, full bath and extra large bedroom for the extended family member. Very bright and sunny, a fully fenced yard, 12'x12' deck, fire pit and 2 storage sheds.
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I have listed a new property at 827 TODD CREST in Edmonton.
Remarkable Custom Built Executive home on a HUGE PIE SHAPED LOT backing onto a treed walkway leading to Terwillegar Park. This exceptional home boasts 7 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 2 Family rooms, a Beautiful and Private Media/Theatre Room, a Massive Luxurious Master Suite with 6 Piece Jacuzzi Ensuite with Steam Shower and Spacious Walk-in Closet. 18' Ceilings in the Living/Dining area, a Dream Chefs Kitchen with oversized centre island, GRANITE COUNTERS IN KITCHEN AND ALL BATHS, built-in entertainment centre in family room, main floor bedroom and full bath, main floor laundry, a fully finished basement with 2 additional bedrooms, a full bath, family and theatre rooms, an oversized heated triple garage, a maintenance free deck with aluminum powder coated railings and tempered glass inserts overlooking a massive pie shaped yard. Located on a quiet and very private key hole crescent close to schools, shopping, public transportation, the Terwillegar Rec Centre and easy access to the Antony Henday & Whitemud.
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I have listed a new property at 3933 62 ST in Edmonton.
This Unique Carriage style Condo boasts over 832 S.F. of living space and an undeveloped basement for extra storage, a large master bedroom, renovated 4 piece bath. Located in prestigious Greenview close to Millwoods Golf Course and in a great complex that gives you the feel of comfort & safety in your own place. The sunken living room has a cozy brick faced wood burning fireplace & a great window seat with plenty of natural sunlight. Plus a private balcony deck area with 2 exposures. The dining room is open to the living room as well. The warm wood kitchen has a bay window over the sink area adding more natural light to the room. Lots of counter space & ample cabinets. In-suite storage & laundry are wonderful extras as is energized parking, close to many amenities like shopping, parks, golf, many schools and the new LRT a short distance away. Just move in and call it Home!
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I have listed a new property at 22018 95A AVE in Edmonton.
Here's a Beautiful 2,148 S.F. SABAL "Evolution 3" custom built home in the serene community of Secord offering walking trails, parks, wet lands, new schools and great access to new shopping & Costco near by...this is a perfect place to call home! This comfortable two story family home is smoke free & offers ample living space; gleaming hardwood floors, great room concept is spacious & offers a cozy gas fireplace. The gorgeous kitchen has loads of custom cabinets, island with raised eating bar & a walk through pantry. A spacious dining area opens up to the maintenance free sun deck, box garden & out door living space in the fully fenced (6' VINYL) yard! There's a main floor office, laundry & powder room. The second floor has a huge bonus family room & a spacious owners suite with full ensuite bath & walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms are generous sizes as is a second full bath. The full basement has 9' ceilings, ridp, central air, water softener and is unspoiled for future development ideas.
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I have listed a new property at 5519 209 ST in Edmonton.
This beautifully upgraded, 1847 sq. ft., two storey home will make you proud! The main floor boasts a huge eat-in kitchen with centre island & Breakfast bar, GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, CUSTOM CABINETRY, HARDWOOD FLOORING, black appliances and patio doors leading to the private fully fenced back yard. The upper level features a HUGE BONUS ROOM with a cozy corner gas fireplace. There's a 4-piece bathroom and three bedrooms including the master with a Jacuzzi ensuite. The fully finished lower level offers a 4th bedroom, full bath and spacious theatre room with built in surround speakers. The private yard has underground sprinkler system and a maintenance-free, stamped concrete patio - great for summer entertaining. Additional features include custom window coverings, central vacuum system, high efficiency furnace, alarm and custom cabinet in the double attached garage. This is a perfect family home just steps to school, walking trails, water features, parks, public transportation, the Anthony Henday and more...
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I have listed a new property at 315 ORMSBY RD in Edmonton.
Exceptional View Property!!! RARE FIND...Original Owner, CUSTOM BUILT by LENDORFF. 3+1 BEDROOMS ABOVE GRADE...full bath and bedroom on main plus a generous sized OFFICE/DEN. Vaulted Ceilings in living room, NEW TRIPLE PANE WINDOWS THROUGHOUT, 2 NEW HIGH EFFICIENCY FURNACES, 2 NEW CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONERS, Cedar Shake Shingles, poured concrete flower beds, OVER 3,020 S.F. of living space above grade, spacious rooms throughout, brick feature wood burning fireplace and wet bar in family room, huge custom kitchen with Centre island and breakfast nook all OVERLOOKING A PRIVATE PARK RESERVE. The oversized master suite has a 4 pc Jacuzzi ensuite, a large walk-in closet and bay window with stunning sunny south exposure views of the park. The fully fenced south facing yard has an oversized deck and a new concrete patio perfect for entertaining the largest family gatherings. The basement is newly insulated and wide open...ready for development!!! A RARE OPPORTUNITY AND LOCATION...
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I have listed a new property at 14 51028 RGE RD 261 RD in Rural Parkland County.
INCREDIBLE RARE FIND AND ONE OF A KIND!! Amazing custom built home with numerous hand crafted top quality appointments throughout make you feel like you are in Tuscany! Solid maple hand made front door. Travertine stone floor beautifully displayed through the main floor. Stunning hardwood floor in the master bedroom. The cathedral archway outside the master bedroom is a work of art! A Chefs DREAM KITCHEN with ALL BUILT-IN APPLIANCES, COFFEE BAR, GRANITE, CULTURED STONE. All bedrooms have WALKIN CLOSETS and ENSUITES. There's a spacious and inviting great room/entertaining room perfect for those company parties and large family get togethers! A spectacular Media Room allows you to enjoy those blockbuster movies with a dozen of your closest friends. Extra large in-law or Nanny suite on the lower level that has its own separate entrance. Amazing extra large Multi-level deck overhanging the ravine with a second story that overlooks your very own private stream that is always flowing and needs no maintenance!
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I have listed a new property at 16424 100 ST in Edmonton.
RARE FIND...HANDICAPPED ACCESIBLE AND REMODELLED BUNGALOW TO ACCOMADATE A SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILY. This home has been remodeled with ramps front and back, wide door frames, no hallways, roll in bath, ceiling track system, motorized lift to basement, wheelchair accessible vanities, oversized attached garage (20'x28' with single door) with interior ramp, etc. The property is located close to public transportation, schools, shopping, parks and more.
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I have listed a new property at 10079 166 ST in Edmonton.
Prime Business Condo in fantastic West Edmonton Commerce Park Location. Street frontage right on 166 Street with client parking right at your front door. Currently fixtured for a drapery design business complete with Steam Press Table, racking, Laundry, and mezzanine with extra shelving and storage. Many possible uses from retail, office, medical or business. Nicely fixtured with kitchen, 2 piece bath, ceramic tile and carpet, central air conditioning, storage and 360 S.F. mezzanine overlooking the lower level. Low Condo Fees of $231 monthly
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I have listed a new property at 14835 103 AVE in Edmonton.
Newer Infill Townhome Condo.
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I have listed a new property at 10101 98 AVE in Morinville.
Fantastic first time home or investment property. This beautifully upgraded character home sits on a massive fully fenced and very private corner lot. Recent upgrades include a NEW MAPLE KITCHEN, with very large centre island, NEW BATHROOM, NEW VINYL WINDOWS, Newer Maple Hardwood flooring to compliment the original hardwoods, New Ceramic Tile, Upgraded 100 AMP Electrical Service, Upgraded Forced Air Furnace and Hot Water Tank, Sump Pump, Vinyl Siding, Asphalt Shingles, 6' privacy, sundeck, 2 newer garden sheds, etc, etc. Loads of Character combined with modern features make this the perfect starter or investment property. Close to schools, shopping, transportation, minutes to St. Albert and Edmonton Garrison.
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A recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling has been gaining a lot of attention right now as it will hugely impact Canada's real estate market today. The ruling specifically targets tax exemptions given to foreign nationals who bought and sold houses. Check out the article below for more details:

 

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/b-c/landmark-b-c-court-ruling-will-shake-real-estate-industry-lawyers-say-1.13029717

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I have listed a new property at 9333 82 ST in Edmonton.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!!! A RARE Opportunity is definitely knocking very loudly for this solid bungalow situated on a huge pie shaped lot fronting onto an island park in the very desirable neighbourhood of Holyrood. The d├ęcor is very original and immaculately maintained. Original OAK HARDWOOD floors with boarder inlays, curved wall accents, original baths up and down, mahogany kitchen cabinets and an incredible recreation room downstairs reminiscent of the late 50's & 60's. Recent upgrades include 100 AMP Electrical service, High Efficiency Furnace and Hot Water Tank, a huge 26'x24' detached garage in the massive fully fenced pie shaped lot. The driveway is long enough to accommodate RV storage. This property is just steps to an Elementary School and only 2 blocks to High School, Gallagher park, future LRT, Boonie Doon Shopping and minutes to downtown Edmonton and the Majestic North Saskatchewan River Valley.
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In recent years, the number of business owners who run their businesses from home has increased for several reasons. The most important one is to be available for their kids or be near family. However, working from home brings a lot of distractions even with a temporary office set up within the house. A solution to this could be to build an office in your backyard, or a “Shedquarter”. Shedquarters, a cube room, or a garden room are becoming a rage these days. It offers the privacy and uninterrupted workflow you need, like being in an offsite office, yet provides the advantage of being a few steps away from your home. Your shedquarter does not necessarily have to be an office space, it can also be your workshop area, an art room, a getaway space, or simply just an extra room where you can hang out.

 

Several companies mostly in the US, Australia, Europe, and Canada offer services to set up these miniature studios that can really add value to your home. You can even build it yourself.  Just check with the local building permit office about obtaining a permit before you plan your shedquarter. As a rule of thumb, permits are normally required for structures exceeding 100 square feet

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