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Ice Castles (until March 20)

Enjoy this award-winning frozen attraction built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists.


Silver Skate Festival (Feb 7 – 17)

Have fun with your entire family in this longest winter festival in Edmonton. Discover breathtaking snow sculpture, winter sports, live music, and much more.


Snowshoe & Stargaze (Feb 15)

Experience the night sky with fellow enthusiasts at Astotin Lake after dark!


Valentine’s Day at Miller Crossing Farmers Market (Feb 14)

Explore the market to find everything you need to make a special dinner or buy special gifts for your special one.


Winefest Edmonton (Feb 14 – 15)

Swirl, sip and savour the all-inclusive sampling of wines from all over the world and an array of delectable hors d'oeuvres!


SkirtsAfire (Feb 27 – Mar 8)

Come visit the only theatre and multidisciplinary arts festival featuring women.

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If you want to live in an Edmonton neighbourhood with the best of all worlds, you should take a look at Strathcona.


Here, it’s an easy drive downtown or to the University of Alberta and a nice walk to the North Saskatchewan River Valley or the Mill Creek Ravine.


The real estate is a mix of older, character homes in great condition (some 100 years old) and modern apartments and condominiums, high- and low-rise.


At the centre of it all is hip, artsy Old Strathcona with its historic town feel and bustling, main artery, Whyte Avenue. Whyte’s famous for its art galleries, pubs and night clubs, trendy boutiques, theatre venues, international restaurants and coffee shops.


It’s a world class festival hub in the summer, with all kinds of live music and entertainment. As of 2019, Strathcona’s roads and sidewalks are getting re-surfaced and decorative, new streetlamps are being installed. The improvements are scheduled for completion in 2021.

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I have listed a new property at 417 52328 Range Road 233 in Rural Strathcona County.
Exceptional quality in this CUSTOM BUILT Montorio 2 storey in Spectacular Balmoral Estates. There's over 5,600s.f of meticulously crafted living space including the SEPARATE FULLY DEVELOPED 2 BEDROOM SUITE with private entrance. A CHEFS DREAM KITCHEN boasting a 5 burner gas stove w/2built-in ovens, massive walk-in pantry, huge island, extended Maple (espresso) cabinetry, Granite counters, coffered ceiling, formal dining/flex room w/stepped ceiling, great room with custom feature wall & stone faced fireplace. Upper level boasts a lavish master suite with a raised sitting area, 3 sided f/place, a 5pc jacuzzi ensuite, 2 additional bdrms, computer room & laundry. Fully Finished Lower level features a fitness/bdrm, theatre room, wet bar, games area, cold room & 4pc bath. Hot water heating system w/4 fan coils & heat recovery unit, under slab heating down. Central air conditioning, sprinkler system, covered veranda, 2 patios, deck and fire-pit backing onto a green space!! Energy Efficient Green Built Home!!!!
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I have listed a new property at 415 1004 ROSENTHAL BLVD in Edmonton.
This Beautiful 2 BEDROOM, 2 BATHROOM, TOP FLOOR condo has a spectacular west view from the bedrooms and private balcony. A well laid out floor plan has the bedrooms & baths on opposite sides and a wonderful entertaining space in between. Rich Chocolate Maple kitchen features GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, an OVERSIZED ISLAND w/EATING BAR, Stainless Steel Appliances & ample counter/cupboard space. Upgraded Engineered WIDE-PLANK flooring in the kitchen & living areas. The spacious master bdrm features a double sided WALK-THRU closet w/organizers & mirrored doors to the 3PC ENSUITE. The spacious SECOND BDRM is adjacent to a 4PC BATH. IN-SUITE LAUNDRY, an OVERSIZED BALCONY w/natural gas BBQ outlet, Titled UNDERGROUND PARKING STALL W/STORAGE CAGE. Jade Condos offer a SOCIAL ROOM w/POOL TABLE & WET BAR, FITNESS ROOM & GUEST SUITE at $50/day for family/friends. Next door to parks, walking & bike trails around multiple lakes, close proximity to Anthony Henday, Whitemud, Costco, River Cree, shopping & many restaurants.
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We’ve been hearing a lot about “the next decade of interior design.” That’s too far ahead for us.


Everything changes too fast. Here’s what we expect to see in 2020 that we like:


  1. The home gets back to being a comfortable retreat where you can just chill inside calm, relaxing spaces with less clutter and more ambiance.
  2. Expansive whites and earthy greens and browns re-connect us with a soothing, natural aesthetic. 
  3. Lighting becomes better and brighter, spotlighting and showcasing feature walls with materials like wood, rock and cork. 
  4. Enviro-conscious living takes over with tech-smart, energy-saving abodes where recycling rules. 
  5. Open floorplans are improved with chic, industrial partitions that create functional flow. 
  6. The kitchen remains the hub for both families and entertainers. 
  7. The cactus makes a comeback. 
  8. Velvet is dusted off, too, re-introducing plush, luxurious affordability. 
  9. Ceilings break free, embracing new, integrated design concepts.
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It’s an interesting topic. Everyone has their idea of what “dream home” means. They’re at every price point.

If you’re looking for yours in 2020, read on for tips. If you’re listing, make it someone else’s dream home by staging it that way!


Buying?

Dream homes are not one size or style fits all.

Can you picture your dream home? Try. It’s much easier to find when you know what it looks like!

If you need help getting started, think about the lifestyle you’re after and then imagine your new home at the epicentre of it.


You might want a family home that better suits your active lifestyle, for example. Maybe you’re renting and your dream is to own. Or it could be you’re ready to lock-and-leave as you travel to exotic destinations.


Once you’ve given some thought to your lifestyle and the home that’ll best suit it, think about your budget. The good news is there are dream homes at every price point. It’s all about the fit.


Consider the most appropriate square footage, floorplan and number of rooms. Give some thought to the type of neighbourhood you want to live in.


Selling?

If you’re listing because you want to move – position your property as someone else’s dream home!


Who is the buyer that’ll see it that way? If you understand your home’s key strengths -- based on what people want -- you can enhance them for the sale. This doesn’t mean extensive renovations. You might not get your money back. It means great staging, though.


Stage it yourself or let us help you attract the right buyer. Consider updating colour schemes, furniture and layouts. Give our Interior Design Trends article in this newsletter a quick read.


Whatever you do around presentation, make sure it’s priced right when it hits the market and you’ll have a better chance at selling it quickly.


Make it happen this year!


Talk to me in January about finding your dream home in 2020… or selling your property to fulfill someone else’s dream. I’ll buy the coffee.

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I have listed a new property at 13416 127 ST NW in Edmonton.
INCREDIBLE INVEST OR REDEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY with this SPACIOUS AND UNIQUE 7 bedrooms, 2 full bathroom property situated on a MASSIVE 10,200S.F (69'X148') RF4 ZONED LOT. Front drive access for this massive 46'x23' garage and possible rear alley access allow for ample applications for redevelopment. The property has had numerous upgrades (shingles, furnace, hot water tank, deck) and has original OAK HARDWOOD floors, ceramic tile, upgraded laminate, newer main floor bath, etc. etc. Close to shopping, parks, multiple schools, restaurants, public transportation and more.
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I have listed a new property at 520 EBBERS WAY NW in Edmonton.
Welcome home to the wonderful community of EBBERS. Conveniently located close to parks, lakes, play grounds, shopping, restaurants, theaters, transit, and the Anthony Henday. This beautiful 2 storey home is loaded with extras. The open concept main floor boasts a front office/den, a spacious living/dining area, and gourmet kitchen featuring custom Maple Cabinets and a large centre island. Enjoy GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES and GORGEOUS HARDWOOD FLOORS, handy 2pc powder room. The FULLY FINISHED BASEMENT has an additional spacious Familyroom, full 4pc bath, a large oversized bedroom and storage room. Upstairs your master retreat includes a walk-in closet and 4pc ensuite. Two equally sized additional bedrooms share the main 4pc bath and CONVENIENT SECOND FLOOR LAUNDRY. All this and a LARGE CONCRETE PATIO in the west facing back yard & DOUBLE DETACHED GARAGE thrown in to the deal! PRICED FAR BELOW REPLACEMENT and TAX ASSESSMENT!!! DON'T DELAY!!
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Edmonton is a magical time in the winter, with frosted windows and snow-covered peaks within reach. And December, with all the holiday festivities from Christmas to New Years Eve, is the best month to celebrate.


There’s a lot happening around town, from quaint markets to ballet performances (if you’re in doubt, check out our list of events!) but there’s one place in particular that stands out: New Year’s Eve fireworks.


What is New Year’s Eve without a dash of lights and the bang of firecrackers going off?


And, of course, the best place to see the firework’s display in Edmonton is at the province’s iconic building: the Legislature.


There will be lots of family-friendly activities in the evening, followed by the bright lights starting at 9 PM

Details:


Federal Building
9820 107 St., and Capital Plaza
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Fireworks: 9:00 PM

Don’t forget to bundle up warmly when heading out to watch the lights, there can be lots of waiting around beforehand.

And if the government building isn’t your place to be, try these options instead:


Telus World of Science Edmonton
11211 142 St.
9:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Monday and Tuesday


Haddow Park
2099 Haddow Drive
5:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Monday
Fireworks at 8:00 PM


Some of the surrounding areas are also hosting their own local displays including:


Heritage Park
5100 41 Ave., Stony Plain
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Monday
Fireworks at 8:45 PM


Broadmoor Lake Park
2015 Oak St., Sherwood Park
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Monday
Fireworks at 8:00 PM

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Glow Gardens (until Jan. 4)
Glow is the largest indoor Christmas festival in greater Edmonton.


Shumka's Nutcracker (Dec. 15)
The media is calling this the “best” Nutcracker performance for generations.


Christmas Bureau Breakfast (Dec. 17)
Give some holiday cheer at this charitable event.


Edmonton Christmas Market (until Dec. 21)
A first-of-it’s-kind holiday festival in the heart of downtown Edmonton presented by ATB Place. Check out the market at Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00-8:00PM and Saturdays 12:00-6:00PM!


A Christmas Carol (until Dec. 23)
A holiday classic, not to be missed.


Boxing Day (Dec. 26)
Sales events happening around the city, don’t miss out on savings!

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When you think luxury property, what comes to mind?


Are we talking mega mansion with panoramic views and rooftop patio with helicopter pad?


How about a sprawling home gym that more closely resembles a private superspa? What’s that? A superspa usually takes up an entire floor and can come complete with your own team of personal trainers and a movable climbing wall. It features every type of exercise equipment plus wet, dry and infrared saunas, lap pools, massage rooms and meditation gardens. Everything in a superspa is run by smart technology.


Luxury homes with features like this are real. They’re sometimes sold with on-call staff to help run them and these days the list of features is limited only by our imaginations. Luxury homes around the world now run into the hundreds of millions of dollars and often come “fully loaded” with the following:


  • IMAX home theatres
  • Superspa home gyms
  • Fleets of supercars and other premium vehicles 
  • Showroom-style, glass-walled, multi-level, multi-car garages
  • Indoor/outdoor infinity pools with waterfalls and waterslides
  • Boutique-style walk-in closets that double as fashion party venues
  • Every type of specialty bar (from Irish Pub to Health Bar)
  • Park-like landscaping with high-end outdoor sound systems and lighting
  • Outdoor kitchens (with seasonal covers) featuring world class grilling equipment
  • Pool halls with arcades and DJ booths
  • State-of-the-art smart home operating and security systems
  • Top-of-the-line weather-proof doors and windows with adjustable tints
  • Elevators with panoramic views

Luxury real estate is about making – or borrowing -- enough cash to surround yourself in a high style, spare-no-expense new construction (or renovation) that is the absolute expression of what you love most in this world: Architecture, automobiles, sports, fashion, interior design, art, entertainment… you name it!


In Edmonton, luxury real estate often means historical as well as modern mansions on expansive properties with views of the downtown city skyline, the North Saskatchewan River or the river valley’s parkland, which, stretching for 25 km is the longest area of connected parks in North America.


The luxury category here (depending on who you ask, of course) starts at approximately $1 Million. Some of the highest-priced real estate to be found in Edmonton is in the neighbourhoods of Westridge (average active listing price of $3,650,000); Wedgewood Heights ($3,465,580); Brander Gardens ($3,429,333); Richford ($3,250,000) and Windsor Park ($2,301,273).


One of the properties in the luxury price range that’s currently on the market is an $8.5 Million property described in its listing as a “classic English brick Manor” on a .79 acre ravine lot in Westbrook Estates. It’s 19,500 square feet (14,025 above grade; 5,478 walk-out basement), custom-designed and surrounded by nature. It features an indoor pool and hot tub, chef-inspired kitchen, formal living, dining and family room, butler's pantry, crown mouldings, imported tiles, an exceptional upper floor master retreat, large additional “luxury suite” bedrooms, an elevator, media room, fully equipped bar, rec room, wine room, upgraded mechanical and security systems.


Also popular in Edmonton at the moment, as far as luxury features go:


  • Soaring ceilings and state-of-the-art skylights
  • Beautiful, open (and sometimes flexible) floorplans
  • Massive, high-end windows with stunning views and smart tint control
  • All architectural styles
  • The finest materials, such as (Italian) Carrara marble
  • Environmentally-conscious monitoring systems

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Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.
Veterans Affairs Canada (veterans.gc.ca)


More than 2.3 million Canadians have served our country in World War I (1914 to 1918), World War II (1939 to 1845), the Korean War (1950 to 1953) and other wars and conflicts.


More than 118,000 Canadians have died serving Canada and helping to protect the values of our country and the free world.


Please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website at veterans.gc.ca for an educational backgrounder on Remembrance Day. It includes the following statement:


“The Canadians who went off to war in distant lands went in the belief that the values and beliefs enjoyed by Canadians were being threatened. They truly believed that "without freedom there can be no ensuring peace and without peace no enduring freedom."


Beverly Memorial Cenotaph in Edmonton invites you to join them for a Remembrance Day service Monday, November 11 from 10:30 to 11:30 am. 4001 118 Ave NW, Edmonton. For more Remembrance Day events in Edmonton this year, please visit edmonton.ca where you’ll find a Calendar of Events.
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I have listed a new property at 10407 139 ST in Edmonton.
RARE OPPORTUNITY!! Imagine sitting on your covered veranda overlooking One of GLENORA"S Finest tree lines streets. Numerous custom infills surround this Impressive Executive 2 storey. Over 4,400s.f. of top quality living space. Unparalleled features include In-floor heating, on-demand boiler system, central A/C, Video Security System, Fully integrated "SMART WIRING", Custom Wrought Iron railings, 60" Wainscoting, Coffered Ceilings, Beverage station, Engineered hardwood, Custom Tile, Reclaimed "barn style" doors from Great/Living rm to office/den, INCREDIBLE CHEF'S KITCHEN featuring HUNTWOOD custom cabinetry, Marble counter-tops, top quality appliances, incl 6 burner gas counter-top stove, 36" upright fridge & freezer, oversized country style sink, expansive island w prep sink. Master retreat boasts a cozy gas fireplace & entertainment wall, IMPRESSIVE LUXURY 5PC ENUITE SPA & Walk in Closet. Fully Dev basement, 9' ceilings, wet bar, gym, bdrm. Multi lvl deck, 6' Privacy fence, Oversized 28'x26' Htd Garage!
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I have listed a new property at 415 1004 ROSENTHAL BLVD in Edmonton.
This Beautiful 2 BEDROOM, 2 BATHROOM, TOP FLOOR condo has a spectacular west view from the bedrooms and private balcony. A well laid out floor plan has the bedrooms & baths on opposite sides and a wonderful entertaining space in between. Rich Chocolate Maple kitchen features GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, an OVERSIZED ISLAND w/EATING BAR, Stainless Steel Appliances & ample counter/cupboard space. Upgraded Engineered WIDE-PLANK flooring in the kitchen & living areas. The spacious master bdrm features a double sided WALK-THRU closet w/organizers & mirrored doors to the 3PC ENSUITE. The spacious SECOND BDRM is adjacent to a 4PC BATH. IN-SUITE LAUNDRY, an OVERSIZED BALCONY w/natural gas BBQ outlet, Titled UNDERGROUND PARKING STALL W/STORAGE CAGE. Jade Condos offer a SOCIAL ROOM w/POOL TABLE & WET BAR, FITNESS ROOM & GUEST SUITE at $50/day for family/friends. Next door to parks, walking & bike trails around multiple lakes, close proximity to Anthony Henday, Whitemud, Costco, River Cree, shopping & many restaurants.
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