The Glenora neighbourhood in west Edmonton is highly regarded and considered one of the most desirable areas in the city by many. It is one of Edmonton’s oldest and most historic neighbourhoods with a history dating back to 1869. The first major developments began a few decades later in the early 1900s.
Nowadays, the area is a mixture of beautiful historic homes and newer residential developments. The tree-lined streets are a great place to walk around for those who enjoy architecture.
The area also boasts several schools, parks and views of the river, as well as commercial and shopping spaces. It is bounded on the east by Groat Road, on the north by 107 Avenue, on the west by 142 Street and on the south by the river valley and the MacKinnon Ravine.
Sometimes, all you need is some good inspiration to start reimagining the possibilities of your living space. I understand – we’ve all been there!
If you’re wondering what to watch for home improvement inspiration, look no further. These are some of the top shows about home renovation and interior design to jumpstart your daydreams.
Dream Home Makeover
A classic on Netflix and for a good reason. The fun and cheery episodes follow Studio McGee founders and husband-wife team Shea and Syd as they turn people’s dreams into realities. And, as an added bonus for viewers, each episode it filled with practical design tips you can use.
Love It or List It
This show has been running on HGTV for nearly 15 years and has a strong following. Designer Hilary Farr renovates a home while realtor David Visentin takes the owner to look at other properties. By the end, the owner gets to decide what to do: stay in their renovated home if they love it or list if to move somewhere else.
This Netflix series takes viewers into some beautiful and unique home interiors, from a live aquarium to a life-sized dollhouse. They may not all be interiors you’d want to replicate, but they definitely show the variety of tastes!
100 Day Dream Home
Watch husband-and-wife team Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt build dream homes from the ground up in just 100 days in this HGTV series. Fun to follow and you’ll get the inside scoop on what it takes.
Tiny House Nation
Inspiration for all of us, regardless of the size of our homes. Take a tour of America’s tiniest homes with John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin, and meet some of the families who have decided to downsize.
Do you have a favourite home improvement show not on this list? Let me know what you’re watching!
The Canadian government is once again making international headlines with an announcement about banning some foreign buyer from buying real estate for the next two years. The move comes as an effort to cool the nation’s hot housing market, after prices have risen more than 20% in many areas in the past year. Rental prices have also increased.
The new rules have exemptions for permanent residents and foreign students and workers, as well as people buying a primary residence.
Analysts are divided about the impact this temporary ban will have on housing prices, however. There is limited data on the exact number of homes purchased by foreign investors in Canada, but experts say it is a relatively low percentage of the overall market.
One analyst from Bullpenn Research & Consulting, for example, estimated that just 1% of homes purchased in 2020 were from foreign buyers compared to about 9% in 2015 and 2016. Instead, rising populations and a shortage of supply are seen as the driving forces behind price increases.
New Zealand introduced a similar measure banning foreign buyers in 2018, with varying results on the real estate market.
Other factors like rising interest rates are expected to also impact the housing market prices.