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I have listed a new property at 9331 172 ST in Edmonton.
You'll love this stylishly upgraded condo with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, and a den! Walk in the door to an open and functional floorplan, the living room is a cozy atmosphere ready to cuddle up by the wood burning fireplace on winter nights, the dining room features a beautiful crystal chandelier and crown moulding perfect for hosting elegant dinners, and the kitchen is efficient with a granite counter-top island/breakfast bar and a large pantry! The french doors down the hall open up to the den featuring a built in wall unit that's perfect for hiding computer equipment and stylish storage! The inviting Master bedroom has a 4 piece en-suite and large walk in closet! Outside there's a spacious deck with room for a bistro set and fresh florals, plus a spacious storage room! The parking stall is directly in front of this unit for easy access! An excellent location just moments away from West Edmonton Mall, Whitemud, and the Anthony Henday.
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When you are buying a new home, choosing the right neighbourhood can be just as crucial to consider as the house itself.

In general, people tend to be creatures of habit and, when moving, will look at the neighbourhoods they know best first and opt to stay in the same part of the city that they are accustomed to whenever possible.

But sometimes circumstances like family, work relocation, school or other life events push us into unfamiliar territory and so the search for a new neighbourhood must broaden.

What are the factors that make us choose a specific area or, as the case may be, stay in one location? How can we make more unbiased neighbourhood selections? Here are some questions to ask and factors to consider.

Distance and convenience
Distance from work, school and other daily activities are one of the most important considerations because the impact commutes have on day-to-day quality of life. If you commute by car, what is the traffic like at peak hours? If you take public transit, how accessible is it? How far away are shopping malls, parks and leisure centres? City councils have this kind information publicly available online.

Economics
Price is always a factor.  When looking for a new place, make a list of neighbourhoods by price range. Sometimes this means considering different property types—a townhouse in one neighbourhood might be a better fit than a single detached home in another. One way of judging this is by looking at the real facts and MSL sold prices.

Family-friendly
What schools are nearby? What are the neighbourhood demographics like—are there other young families around? Community social statistics and national Statistics Canada reports can give you a taste of what to expect. Looking at where schools, playgrounds and green spaces are located is also important.

Crime
Safety is paramount. Higher levels of home-ownership in an area typically lead to more investment in the community so that is a factor to look at. But also, dig up municipal police reports, available online, to find out what kind of crimes are occurring, how frequently and in which areas.

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I have listed a new property at 609 REYNALDS WAY in Leduc.
Former WESTERN LIVING SHOWHOME!!! This STUNNING 1846 S.F. boasts an open concept floor plan perfect for entertaining family and friends. The SPACIOUS KITCHEN has ample RICH CHOCOLATE COLOURED MAPLE CABINETRY with Centre island breakfast bar, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, custom glass tile backsplash, large living area with beautiful custom feature wall TV nook and gas fireplace combo, the dinette overlooks the DECK, FULLY FENCED YARD with a GATE TO NEW PLAYGROUND, WALKING TRAILS AND LAKE. gorgeous DARK HARDWOOD FLOORS, a beautiful powder room with tile feature wall, spacious mud room with built in bench and storage round out the main floor. Upstairs is home to a lovely bonus room with vaulted ceilings, office niche & laundry room. 2 fantastic children's bedrooms, a full bath and a LUXURIOUS MASTER SUITE with walk-in closet and 5 piece ensuite with his & hers sinks, a deep soaker tub and separate double shower. Bonus Features are CENTRAL A/C, HEATED GARAGE, GAS hook up on deck...
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I have listed a new property at 10612 147 ST in Edmonton.
Nestled in a prime location this Grovenor bungalow is a great opportunity! The spacious main floor starts with a bright and open family room showing off the wood burning fireplace, around the corner is a formal dining area perfect for hosting to many, follow through to the kitchen with its upgraded stainless steel appliances and a large dinette overlooking the blooming greenery in the backyard.The 4 piece bath has recently had a major lift with new floor to ceiling smokey grey tile and new fixtures, and 3 welcoming bedrooms including the Master complete the main floor.The basement has endless possibilities with an oversized rec room featuring a corner bar and cozy fireplace, a large bedroom with multiple built-in shelving units, a workshop, and storage area.The home is surrounded by lush greenery providing plenty of privacy, double garage, and exceptional RV parking space. A short drive from great restaurants, the MacKinnon ravine, downtown, yellowhead, schools & public transportation.
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I have listed a new property at 5512 175 ST in Edmonton.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING!!! This solid 3 bedroom bungalow is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in Gariepy. A little TLC could go a long way in this spacious 3 bedroom bungalow with 3 season sunroom attached. 3 bedrooms on the main, main floor family room with brick faced fireplace. The basement is partially developed with an additional family room, bedroom and 3 pc bath. Close to schools, shopping, public transportation.
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I have listed a new property at 4612 163 AVE in Edmonton.
Amazing Brintnell family home with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, in a quiet cul-de-sac near one of the best playgrounds in Edmonton! The spacious entrance features a huge walk-in closet with loads of room for the perfect pinterest organization. The main floor open concept boasts a functional kitchen island with a raised breakfast bar, ample counter space, plenty of cabinets, and a separate pantry for additional storage. The kitchen overlooks the sunny living & dining areas and has a terrace door leading out to the massive deck that’s perfect for entertaining in your private backyard with new vinyl fencing. Upstairs features a huge bonus room, vaulted ceilings, full bath, 2 additional bedrooms, and a generously sized master bedroom with a private 4 piece ensuite. The unspoiled basement is perfect for future development with a framed bedroom and double plumbing ready for a bathroom. Close proximity to schools, parks, transit, grocery stores, Anthony Henday, Manning Towne Centre, and LRT!
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I have listed a new property at 21327 58 AVE in Edmonton.
LOCATION, LOCATION, FANTASTIC LOCATION!!!! This beautiful 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom family home boasts many upgrades and is situated on a quiet (no through road) crescent and BACKS ONTO A SCHOOL YARD AND SOCCER FIELDS. Gorgeous rich maple hardwood, custom ceramic, warm neutral paint tones throughout, custom window coverings, Stainless Steel Appliances, main floor laundry with soaker sink, walk through pantry to the spacious kitchen, centre island with custom country sink and touchless faucet, raised breakfast bar, subway tile backsplash, etc. The spacious kitchen has AMPLE CHOCOLATE COLOURED MAPLE CABINETS overlooking the Living & Dining areas. A terrace door leads to a SOUTHFACING 2 TIERED COMPOSITE DECK with powder coated railings, overlooking the IMPRESSIVE SUNDRENCHED YARD, storage shed, apple tree, box garden and the sports field. Upstairs features include a massive bonus room for entertaining, 3 big bedrooms including a large master suite, 5pc bath. Close to schools, shopping, Anthony Henday & Whitemud!
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I have listed a new property at 14835 103 AVE in Edmonton.
ABSOLUTELY IMMACULATE & BEAUTIFULLY UPGRADED INFILL DUPLEX!!! Here's the best of both worlds...a new home in the desirable and established neighbourhood of GROVENOR. Steps to shopping, public transportation (New LRT LINE), MacKinnon Ravine and Edmonton's Majestic North Saskatchewan River Valley Parks and Trails System. This Gorgeous 3 Bedroom home is perfect for someone looking for a new home in an older established area. Beautiful open concept boasts 9' ceilings, Rich Hardwood & Ceramic Floors on the main, Plush Carpets in the Bedrooms, Ample Kitchen cabinetry, huge centre island, built in computer desk, Stainless Steel Appliances, The Master Bedroom features a 3 piece ensuite and large walk-in closet. The low maintenance and private south facing yard has a nice sundeck with gas hook up for the BBQ and is fully fenced. The detached single garage has plenty of room for extra storage as well.
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I have listed a new property at 505 CARSE LANE in Edmonton.
This immaculate well kept family home in the desirable Carter Crest is sure to impress! With almost 3000 sq ft of executive living space, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 17 ft vaulted ceilings in Living & Dining Rooms, Gorgeous Hardwood Floors and the list goes on. The kitchen boasts ample cabinetry and a large dinette overlooking the private south facing yard and family room. Upstairs the Massive Master bedroom features a 5pc DOUBLE JACUZZI en-suite, his and hers sinks, and a spacious seating area with a view of the beautiful backyard ensuring parents have a quiet space to relax. The fully developed basement has a wide open concept for entertaining and a nanny suite with bed, 3 pc bath and walk-in closet. Enjoy the sunny fully fenced south facing yard with stamped concrete patio. Freshly painted top to bottom, 2 HE furnaces, H2O Tank & water softener. Steps to walking paths, the river valley, Terwillegar rec center, close to shopping, schools, public transportation, Whitemud & Anthony Henday.
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Summer barbeque season and outdoor patio gatherings are upon us. Whether you have an expansive garden, a cute nook patio or an overhanging balcony, there are always ways to make the most out of what you have.

 

Hidden storage

There is no getting around it — you need space to keep items you are not using but, in limited areas, that can be tricky. One of the best ways around storage issues is to have hidden places to keep things that are out of the way but easily accessible. One of the most common ways is to have a bench that can lift up to reveal storage underneath for blankets, cushions and whatever else you need to hide away.

 

Double-duty furniture

Always keep in mind, when you are buying furniture, the versatility factor — one item that can be used twice saves space in the long run! A low table with strong legs can hold your drinks when it’s just you or double as a stool when guests are visiting. Sturdy cushions plush out your seats or can be arranged in a circle for extra seating.

 

Fake it till you make it

If you don’t have a garden, consider putting down fake grass to brighten up an otherwise bare ground. The grass may be greener on the other side but, when it’s on your side, it can make your space seem that much bigger.

 

Take your gardening to new heights

If you can’t expand out, then move up. Hanging plants, creeping vines along a wall and shelves of pots can give you all the benefits of a larger yard in a smaller space.

Multiple small spaces

If you have a larger area, make it more user-friendly by setting up multiple small spaces: one corner as a bar, another for gardening, a few chairs for taking in the sun. If your space is more limited, such as one small apartment balcony, consider using it for one specific designated space. Put down a huge cushion and use it as a hanging area for reading, attach a table top to your balcony railing and use it as a bar with a skyline view, the options are endless.

 

Simple and elegant

Be intentional in how you use your space and how you decorate. Clean lines and minimal colours will make it seem less cluttered and, therefore, bigger. Don’t give up on the essentials but use only what you really need.

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I have listed a new property at 17720 57 AVE in Edmonton.
Discover this warm and inviting 4 bedroom home on a private pie shape lot in the desirable Gariepy neighborhood. Boasting over 2500 sq ft of living space, low maintenance landscaping, an oversized double garage, and a fantastic location. In recent years this home has been completely renovated from top to bottom! Featuring an upgraded kitchen, stone facing fireplace, marble, carpet, and hardwood flooring, modern bathrooms, high efficiency furnace, central air, and triple pane vinyl windows! The main level has a spacious entrance, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, family room, and living room. Upper level has 3 bedrooms, 4 piece bath, and the master bedroom has 2 closets! The spacious basement is a fully finished open layout with 1 bedroom, a 3 piece bathroom, media and games room, and a large laundry/storage room! This quiet keyhole cul-de-sac is situated in a phenomenal neighborhood 2 blocks from the ravine, bike trails, and plenty of shopping, public transportation, and parks nearby!
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I have listed a new property at 350 13441 127 ST in Edmonton.
Welcome to Shepherd's Place Kensington! This bright and clean 753sq. ft. 1 bedroom condo has everything you need! The large entryway leads into the main living area with gracious bay windows that open up the home to lots of natural light and air! A comfortable open concept that offers generous closet space and convenient in-suite laundry! Enjoy sunny days on the south facing balcony, walking along the path in the courtyard oasis, or join in at the lounge for socializing. The perfect home for a senior wanting to join a flexible and welcoming community, Shepherd's Place offers Long Term Care, Supportive Living, and Independent Living in a faith based setting. Conveniently located next to Kensington shopping centre, Kensington Bingo Hall, nearby 137th ave shopping, restaurants, grocery stores, and a bus stop right at your front door!
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I have listed a new property at 205 142 Selkirk PL in Leduc.
Welcome to the beautiful "Suntree Pointe" Bi-Level condominium community. These unique up and down duplex style units are situated in a private fenced cul-de-sac next to wonderful walking and bike trails surrounding a gorgeous lake feature, green spaces, play ground for the kids and a brand new school all in walking distance. This wonderful 3 bedroom upper unit is bright and spacious with loads of natural sunlight flooding in through the south facing patio doors leading onto your private deck. Custom window coverings, 6 appliances and 2 parking stalls at your front door make this a prefect starter or investment property.
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I have listed a new property at 20511 46 AVE in Edmonton.
THE HAMPTONS FINEST!!! This beautifully appointed 2,200 S.F. 4+2 Bedroom executive family home is situated on a quiet crescent backing onto country residential properties. The main floor boasts an open concept with a flex room at the front entrance, bright and sunny living room with a cozy gas fireplace. The GOURMET KITCHEN has loads of cabinets, GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, corner pantry, raised breakfast bar and spacious dinette. The upper level has 4 large bedrooms (one converted from bonus room) including a huge master suite with walk-in closet and luxurious ensuite. The newly developed basement has a additional family room, 2 bright bedrooms, and a beautiful bath with heated floors. This home is ideally located close to several schools, parks, walking trails, shopping, the Anthony Henday and public transportation.
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Security is important all year round but during the summer months especially, property crimes and break-and-entries tend to spike. Warmer weather means people are more likely to leave their windows open, their patios unlocked and their houses unattended. 

 

We talked to our city’s police department about why property crime increases and what people can do to keep their homes safe and secure during summer. This is what they told us:

 

Always lock up

It’s easy to pop out quickly for a walk around the block or a quick trip down the road to the shop, but always lock the door, windows and patios behind you no matter how soon you’ll be back. A third of burglars enter a home through an unlocked door. Even if you are out in the back gardening, lock you front door — you’d be surprised at how quickly and quietly a thief can slip in.

 

Out of sight, out of mind

Most property crimes are opportunistic – the thief sees a chance to steal something and takes it. If it’s hidden away, there is less temptation and opportunity. So if you buy a nice new item, wait till pick-up day to put its packaging outside in the recycling. You don’t want to advertise to thieves what valuables you have in your home. Don’t leave visible items in your car; thieves have been known to smash a car window to steal something as small as a gym bag or a pile of papers. 

 

Report suspicious activity

The police want citizens to call and report suspicious activity, even if doesn’t seem like a crime is being committed yet. If you see someone milling around and you have a bad feeling, report it. It’s not a waste of time or resources, the police officer we spoke to told us, and it might prevent a theft. 

 

Final check

Before you leave your home, do a quick walk around and final check. Put yourself in the mind-set of a thief – if you wanted to break and enter, how would you do it? That curtain fluttering in the breeze? Close the window. That ladder leaning against the wall? Put it away. Prevention is the best way to keep your property safe and thief-proof.

 

Log it

Keep a list of details about your most valuable items if worst-case scenario should happen. If something is stolen, you will have more chances of getting it back if you can provide details and a picture of the item. The majority of stolen goods the police recover are never returned to their rightful owner because they can’t be tracked down. With bicycles, for example, you can imprint a serial number on the frame and log it with the police; that way, if your bike is stolen and someone tries to sell it, you will be notified.

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I have listed a new property at 13415 128 ST in Edmonton.
RARE FIND IN WELLINGTON...Here's an "ORIGINAL OWNER HOME" and very solid 3+1 bedroom bungalow situated in a quiet crescent location and boasts an oversized double detached garage and features recent upgrades like a HIGH EFFICIENCY FORCED AIR FURNACE, CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING, NEWER HOT WATER TANK, updated main floor bath and stainless steel fridge & stove. There is ORIGINAL OAK HARDWOOD FLOORING under the living room and dining room carpet. The fully finished basement has a HUGE FAMILY ROOM with a bar and the original tile floor features a tiled shuffle board layout. There's a fourth bedroom, den and laundry/utility. The fully fenced yard has a private patio perfect for entertaining family and friends, close to schools, shopping, parks and public transportation.
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I have listed a new property at 10831 135 ST in Edmonton.
PRIME NORTH GLENORA LOCATION!!!! This spacious 1,330 S.F. Semi-Bungalow has been meticulously maintained and boasts BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL OAK HARDWOOD FLOORS ON THE MAIN & UPPER LEVELS. House and garage wrapped in vinyl siding, newer shingles on house and garage, upgraded Mid Efficient Forced air furnace, newer hot water tank, new 100 amp electrical service, newer sump pump, unique drive way with rare front street access and rear double garage. Lots of room for extra toys and RV Parking, Privacy chain link fencing and a meticulously manicured and fully landscaped yard. Easy access to Westmount Shopping Centre, Public Transportation (hub), U of A, Grant McEwan, Downtown and Edmonton's Majestic River Valley Trail System.
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