Outdoor Edmonton Home Ideas for Fall

Tue, 28 Oct by Terry Paranych

Outdoor Edmonton Home IDeasYes, it’s October, and in Edmonton, we know what the fall can be like here. From one minute to the next it could be 15 degrees, or it could be -15 degrees!

But we don’t let a little thing like a number slow us down in Edmonton. October is sweater weather—and if it calls for a second sweater, we just make it happen.

Which is why the Paranych Team thought that now is the time to talk about great last-minute ideas for Edmonton outdoor living, the things that will keep us and our friends and families outside as the days get shorter—even as the snow starts to stick.

1. Lights

Outdoor Edmonton Home TrendsKnowing that our daylight is dwindling, it’s a good idea to have ample lighting. Night comes quickly at a barbecue that runs a little after supper. Tea lights might be nice touches when the weather is gentle, but balanced lighting is important for dining and for safety. Think about how you can mix string lighting and soft patio lanterns with ballast lighting to create the right atmosphere.


2. Seating

Outdoor Edmonton Home Ideas

Benches and installed seating have really made a comeback. Gone are the days that outdoor furniture comprise of a series of the same style chairs and a 42” high table. Ottomans, love seats and recliners have become friendly for outdoor lounging and even dining, so know that it’s safe to mix and match.



3. Edible Plants and Gardens

Outdoor Edmonton Home IdeasPeople are often amazed when they ask about the number of edible plants that can grow into September, October, and even November. From flowers to tubers and even leafy greens and cruciferous plants, there are dozens of edible plants that can give your garden an extra month or two of use.


4. Grills

Outdoor Edmonton Home Ideas: GrillsIn Canada, grills are a year-round thing. If this surprises you, you might want to go to more hockey and football games. Seriously, though a sensible workspace is as important for summer grilling as it is for winter grilling. Access and safety should be considered whenever you grill, but it’s especially important in the season where frost first settles on surfaces.



5. Fire Pits

Outdoor Edmonton Home IdeasThe fire pit is the saviour of the outdoor evening when the temperature drops too quickly. There are limitless designs and types to choose from, and the source fuel is another choice to consider. Some prefer wood for simplicity, others might prefer natural gas (or even running a line from the home to a permanent fire pit. Either way, if you get one your family will thank you for it.

Edmonton really is a great autumn city for those who take the time to think about extending their outdoor living a few months. It’s well worth the investment for many of us who love being able to take the time to sit with our families in the crisp early evenings.

And if you’re hoping to buy or sell your Edmonton home this autumn, or you just want to figure out if now is the right season to buy or sell, get in touch with us. We’d love to have a conversation about how we can help you.


Edmonton Ghost Tours

Tue, 21 Oct by Terry Paranych
Edmonton Ghost Tours

These events can get pretty spooky. Good thing there are a few folks to hang on to!
Photo Credit: Edmonton Examiner

It’s been such an amazing fall this year.

The weather’s been warm and sunny, and the leaves seem to be staying up longer than last year (by about 3 days—an amazing feat in Edmonton!).

It sure doesn’t feel like it, but Halloween is creeping around the corner. People across our city are getting their costumes and readying for the sugar-induced insanity that is Halloween in Edmonton!

People have different ways of celebrating the occasion. Some dress up with their kids and head out trick or treating. Others prefer to stay in and provide candy to little ones (and protect their front doors, should pranksters get too few treats).

But for other adventurous folks, the week of Halloween offers them an opportunity to explore the spookier side of the city, getting a taste of Edmonton that is as old as our community, one that is especially strong on these misty October nights.

Edmonton Ghost Tours: Unforgettable and Spooky Fun

One of our city’s worst kept secrets is the Edmonton Ghost Tours running from October 6-30 this year. Two tours will be taking place over these weeks, one throughout Old Strathcona, the other throughout the University of Alberta and the Garneau neighbourhood. (Check the website above for the dates and times, as they change depending on the day of the week.)

Edmonton Ghost Tour Tour Guide

A tour guide prepares to give a ghost tour of Old Strathcona.

Edmonton’s colourful and rich history makes it easy for enterprising historians and culture lovers to create amazing community groups like Edmonton Ghost Tours. One of the great things about this city is its ability to embrace creative and new ideas and ways of looking at things. It’s what has gotten through the hard times of the past, and it’s the very thing that will help to guarantee our success in the future. Supporting activities, events and energy like this is something that we can all enjoy because it’s at the core of our community.

Hope to see you out on the ghost tours this year. There’s not much time left, so book yourself and get out there!

And if you’re looking to buy or sell a not-so haunted home in Edmonton, get in touch with us. We’d love to sit down and get you on the path to getting a new home.


Ritchie Community: Character, History and Affordability

Tue, 14 Oct by Terry Paranych
Edmonton Ritchie Neighbourhood

Ritchie is a community that has activities year round for families of all sizes and interests.

Edmonton’s Ritchie neighbourhood has a lot of good things going for it. It’s location directly south of Whyte (82) Avenue as far as 72 Ave. It runs east to west from the Mill Creek Ravine to 101/102 St.

Ritchie is a vibrant and historical neighbourhood that is close to the University of Alberta, and it’s only a short trip north to downtown. Many residents enjoy the access to arts, culture and nightlife, although Ritchie tends to be relatively quiet.

This neighbourhood loves its diversity and independence. The Spanish, Francophone and Catholic schools draw very diverse families to the homes here in Ritchie. In fact, as of the 2005 Edmonton Census, nearly 68% of the homes were detached single family dwellings, row houses or duplexes. Approximately 32% of homes are rental apartments and condos in walk-up style buildings.

Parks and Playgrounds

This old area has one of Edmonton’s most picturesque park spaces. The Mill Creek Ravine has off-leash areas, walk-in picnic sites, remote toilets, and even rough singletrack for great mountain biking. the Ritchie playground, spray deck and arena on 97 St. has limitless activities, including bike polo, skating, sandboxes and Ritchie Park for field-based fun.

Ritchie’s Community Spirit

One of the great things about mature neighbourhoods is that they tend to have active families who work to keep their neighbours active. Ritchie Community League is an active group, supporting residents with activities for all ages and preferences. From live music performances to chili cookoffs to youth groups and activities, Ritchie Community League will impress with how much they are able to engage residents.

Spiritual Places

Ritchie’s churches and houses of spirit are as diverse as the community is. People of all faiths and persuasions can find a home in Ritchie:

It’s easy to see how the Ritchie neighbourhood could be attractive to a homeowner seeking a safe, active community. First time buyers often appreciate the affordability of Ritchie homes, and the variety of home types appeal to established homeowners seeking a warm community that they can raise their family in.

If you would like to learn more about the homes in Ritchie, or if you would like to sell your Ritchie home, get in touch with us. We’d love to have a conversation with you!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Mon, 06 Oct by Terry Paranych

Terry Paranych Edmonton Real Estate Happy Thanksgiving


Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving from the Terry Paranych Team! Hope your family gets to spend the holiday weekend together. If you’d like to get your family to celebrate Thanksgiving in a new home next year, reach out our team. We can help you find the right home for your family.

Fall Fundraising: 3 Events Not to be Missed!

Tue, 30 Sep by Terry Paranych
Edmonton Fundraisers in October

Sporting events and galas abound during the month of October, like this one for the Alzheimer’s Association of Canada

October is almost here, and already we can see more Halloween decorations on windows and not just on shop shelves. It’s a good time of year to be a kid!

But it also a good month if you’re a community-minded grown up. October is when the fall fundraising season gets into full swing, making it a very exciting time for the organizations seeking support and the people who hope to see those organizations succeed. Edmonton is known for being a supportive city, and we’re proud of that! So the Paranych Team though it would be a great idea to talk a bit about three of the great fundraising events happening in our city that people like to support. If you know of any you’d like to the list, please leave a comment below.

1. Bids for Kids – for Kidsport Edmonton, October 9, 2014

Bids for KidsThis charity auction takes place at the Matrix Hotel before the Oilers home opener. Kidsport helps to ensure that every kid gets to play sports, especially those that come from lower income households. Whether it’s equipment or entry fees, Kidsport is there helping kids from our communities gain access to the sports they love. We know that it’s good for them, which is what makes Kidsport a necessary organization for the health and well-being of our city.

Auction items include

  • One week accommodation in Whistler, BC (flights included)
  • Two nights accommodation at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  • Oilers’ game day event (on a game date of their choice), which includes a Ben Scrivens jersey
  • Valentine’s Day staycation package at the Matrix Hotel
  • Box at Rexall for Oilers vs. Vancouver match October 17, 2014
  • Ryan Smith Retirement Package (including a frame pack and jersey), and many more!

Special Guests for Bids for Kids include

  • Ed Hervey, General Manager of the Edmonton Eskimos
  • Steve Hamilton, Oil Kings Head Coach
  • Kaetlyn Osmond, Canadian Olympic Figure Skater
  • Colin Miller, FC Edmonton Head Coach
  • Neville Wright, Canadian Olympic Bobsledder
  • Chris Morris, Golden Bears Football coach & 3 time grey cup champion
  • Michael Asselstine, Wrestler
  • For more information, go to the Bids for Kids website


2. Hope for Little Hearts Run/Walk Saturday October 18, 2014, Rundle Park

Childrens Heart SocietyThis is an event that is in honour of those lives that have been touched by congenital heart disease (CHD). The walk and run is to raise awareness of CHD in the community and educate people about it.

But this walk also unites the families and friends that have been impacted by the illness, so that they can connect and work together to fight it.

Proceeds for the event go towards the Children’s Heart Society’s Hope and their mission to assist children and families suffering or affected by CHDs.

It’s easy to get involved! You can join a team, form a group of your own to be a team, go as an individual or volunteer. They need many hands to make events like this a success, so whatever you choose to do, just get down there and do it! Check the website and sign up today.

3. Building Magic in the Air Gala, October 25, 2014

2014 Building Magic In the Air Gala | STARSThe Chateau Lacombe Hotel in Edmonton lights up this evening for a country western gala you won’t want to miss! Held in support of our emergency services known as STARS, proceeds go toward the purchase of the specialized tools needed for emergency medical helicopter service. STARS serves many remote areas of our Central Alberta and northern region, and their work saves the lives of many people.

Now in its fourth year, Building Magic in the Air has partnered with various resource and construction companies to create an unforgettable evening which includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, live auction and gala dinner. For more information, visit their website and register!

These are just 3 of the many great events and organizations planning to make this October a memorable one. Let us know what events you’re going to next month! Leave a comment below and tell us about the great events happening in our wonderful city. It’s up to all of us to ensure that our organizations can thrive and help Edmontonians in need.

And remember, you can always get in touch with the Paranych team if you have any questions about living here or buying or selling a home in Edmonton. Thanks!


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