Laurier Heights Real Estate: River Valley Roots

Tue, 16 Dec by Terry Paranych

Laurier Heights community location in Edmonton
The community of Laurier Heights can be found in west-central Edmonton, tucked into a bend of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. The River Valley circles Laurier Heights from the northern edge to where Whitemud Drive crosses the river. 149 Street and the Whitemud border Laurier Heights on the west side, and it’s north border is 87 Avenue. Nearby communities surrounding Laurier Heights include Parkview, Jasper Park, Lynnwood, and Quesnell Heights on the other side of the Whitemud.

This is a wonderful, mature neighbourhood on the cusp of Edmonton’s central inner-city. Residents enjoy tree-lined streets, ample playground and park space, and many nearby commercial areas and services.

Edmonton Valley Zoo gates

Gates to Edmonton Valley Zoo, photo by Kevlar67

At Home in the River Valley

Many homes in Laurier Heights have beautiful, scenic views of the River Valley, including Buena Vista Park, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park, and the Edmonton Valley Zoo, which is just southeast of the community boundary in the valley.

Its immediate access to the River Valley is ideal for families and couples with active, outdoorsy lifestyles: Laurier Heights is a great starting point for any river valley adventure, and there are trails and pathways that will take your throughout Edmonton’s Ribbon of Green. Fort Edmonton Park is nearby, and across the river you can access Whitemud Park, Whitemud Creek Ravine, and the University of Alberta Farms area. Skiers and snowboarding families will love how close they are to Ski Valley, just a few minutes drive away on the Whitemud.

Living, Playing, & Working in Laurier Heights

Laurier Heights streetscape, photo by Johntwrl

Streetscape of Laurier Heights, photo by Johntwrl

It’s easy to get in and out of Laurier Heights, whether you’re commuting to work or just heading out for a day of errands. 149 Street connects with Whitemud Drive, while driving north for a few minutes gives residents access to the Stony Plain Road/102 Avenue corridor that leads quickly into downtown. And Whitemud Drive makes it easy to access everything south of the river, including the University of Alberta, Southgate Centre, and Old Strathcona.

At the heart of Laurier Heights is Laurier Heights Park, a large park space with tennis courts, soccer fields, a baseball pitch, an ice rink, playgrounds, and a spray park. You’ll also find the Laurier Heights Community League here, as well as Laurier Heights school, which welcomes children from kindergarden to grade nine.

At the corner of 149 Street and 87 Avenue is a commercial shopping area, including restaurants, cafes, and professional services. Just a short drive away along 87 Avenue is Meadowlark Shopping Centre, where you can find many more stores, services, groceries, more restaurants, and an Edmonton public library branch.

Laurier Heights Real Estate

Looking at the 2014 census data for Laurier Heights, what is most immediately striking is how long people tend to stay put in Laurier Heights. Over 60% of residents say they’ve been living in their home for 5 years or more, which is a great indication that a community has strong roots, a solid foundation, and is excellently served by local amenities.

You’ll primarily find single-family detached homes in Laurier Heights, but there are a few apartments and apartment-style condo low-rises around. The age demographic in Laurier Heights trends a little older, with many residents over 40, so you can bet this is a generally quiet community where you won’t have a lot of rambunctious midnight parties disturbing your shut-eye. There’s also a couple of senior citizens homes in the area, which shifts the demographics upwards.

But don’t be deceived by it’s older demographic appearance: There’s a lot here for families to love. What kid wouldn’t want to live within walking distance of the zoo?

Like the sound of Laurier Heights? Visit our Laurier Heights Real Estate Stats & News page to see current market information for this community and browse nearby amenities, or start searching Laurier Heights Homes for Sale in Edmonton

Shop Local in Edmonton This Christmas

Tue, 09 Dec by Terry Paranych

Shop local in Edmonton this ChristmasChristmas is almost upon us, and that means it’s time to get a move-on with your Christmas shopping to make sure you’re ready for the big day.

Of course, these days you can Christmas shop from the comfort of your own home with an internet connection while lounging in your pajamas, but we here at the Paranych Team feel that lacks a little bit of the holiday spirit.

We live in a growing city, the capital of Alberta, and there are a lot of fine local businesses right here in Edmonton that would love to help you with your Christmas shopping! And by shopping local, you’re going twice as far with your Christmas giving: You give a gift to a family member or friend, and also one to the community! The more business we keep in Edmonton, the more our city with grow, succeed, and flourish.

Where To Shop Local In Edmonton This Christmas

Whyte Avenue in Winter, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

Whyte Avenue in Winter, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

Whyte Avenue

This is definitely a top Christmas-shopping destination in the city. Most people in Edmonton know Whyte Ave for it’s summer festival atmosphere and vibrant night life, but this south-central street has a huge variety of small, locally-owned shops and boutiques with unique stock you just can’t find anywhere else. Anyone on a hunt for stocking stuffers needs to make at least one stop on Whyte: You’re sure not to leave empty handed this time of year!

 

124 Street Shops, by Mack Male

Shops on 124th Street, photo by Mack Male

124th Street / Highlands

Wow, has 124th Street changed in the last few years! Stretching from Jasper Avenue up north all the way to 111th Ave, this patch of Edmonton is a growing hot-spot for local artists, entrepreneurs, and products. Whether you’re looking for a special piece from one of the small art galleries, antiques, loose-leaf tea, trendy clothing, delicious baked goods, or almost anything else, you’ll find it somewhere on 124th. If you’re tasked with bringing a bottle of wine or dessert to an upcoming Christmas party, make 124th your first stop.

 

104th Street Promenade from above, photo by Mack Male

104th Street From Above, photo by Mack Male

104th Street Promenade

Who knew you could cram so much goodness in only a few blocks? Home of the notoriously excellent 104th Street Market in the summer months, a lot of people forget that 104th Street between Jasper Ave and 104 Ave is open all winter long! There are some truly unique shops here, as well as some awesome coffee shops and restaurants that would be thrilled to let you treat your friends and family this Christmas with a gift card. Remember, a gift doesn’t have to be a “thing” you can wrap, it can also be a great experience like a delicious meal, a long coffee-date, or a yummy baked treat.

 

Crestwood Centre

Located in the community of Crestwood along 142 Street at 96 Ave, Crestwood centre is a tiny, little-known gem for local shopping and eating. Here you’ll find several fantastic restaurants, a great cafe, a couple of unique boutiques, and a great bakery. This lesser-known, small commercial gem is almost entirely populated by businesses owned and operated by Edmontonians, and all of them are great. If you’re in the Crestwood area, definitely stop by!

Be An Edmonton Snow Angel

Tue, 02 Dec by Terry Paranych

Edmonton Snow AngelsWe Edmontonians received our first big snow late last week, and we all know it won’t be the last one we get this year; winter is just beginning after all! And for homeowners, that means it’s time to break out the shovels and snowblowers!

Clearing snow from sidewalks and driveways isn’t anyone’s favourite winter job – especially when we get a foot of the white stuff at once – but for some residents, it’s a seriously insurmountable task. For people with disabilities or seniors in our community, a task most of us find merely annoying – shovelling snow – can be physically impossible.

Edmonton Snow Angels: A Worthy Cause

The Snow Angels program run by the City of Edmonton is a great awareness and recognition program, encouraging us all to help a neighbour in need this winter by shovelling an extra walk or driveway.

Because a lot of us drive to most places, it’s easy to forget how dangerous snow-covered and icy walkways can be. There’s a good reason we have a city bylaw that prohibits letting ice and snow build up on walkways, and each and every homeowner is responsible for clearing their own walk within 48 hours of a snowfall. But for some people – often the very people the bylaw protects, who need firm footing and trust us to keep our walkways ice free – shovelling snow is extremely difficult and even dangerous. This is particularly true when we have a huge dump of snow, like we did last week.

Edmonton Snow AngelBe A Snow Angel

Joining the Snow Angels is easy: Next time you pull out the snowblower or your shovel, think about any neighbours in your community that might have difficulty clearing their walks and, after yours is done, walk over and do theirs too! If you’ve got a strong back, a young pair of legs, and a shovel you can make this winter a less stressful, less dangerous time for people living right in your community. It’s the kind of good deed that keeps you warm on the coldest day!

Thank a Snow Angel

Is there someone in your community going above and beyond to help their neighbours in need this winter? If you know a Snow Angel and want to give them a big “thank you”, the City of Edmonton wants to know! Complete the online nomination form and your Snow Angel will receive a letter from our Mayor Don Iveson, tickets to an Oil Kings game, and be entered in a draw to win additional prizes. It’s a great way to say thanks to someone who’s always ready to lend a hand and shovel an extra walkway.

Potential Real Estate Scams In Edmonton & How To Avoid Them

Tue, 25 Nov by Terry Paranych

Real Estate Scams To Watch Out For

Despite the large number of trustworthy REALTORS®, agents, brokers, contractors and homeowners in the Edmonton real estate market,  Real Estate scams in Edmonton do happen every year. In some cases, people can be out some money, a project or potentially much worse. Here are the top 4 scams we’ve seen out there and how you can do you best to avoid them.

4. Real Estate Property Investment Seminars and Workshops

We are talking about the Real Estate seminars that sell you on “Getting Rich Quickly”. You go for free, get to eat or drink something, and sit with other folks who know as little about the material as you. They get you in and they sell you without giving you anything of value.

What You Can Do

Avoid them if they seem too good to be true.  If you want to learn about Edmonton real estate investing, be sure to talk to seasoned pros—like our team!

3. Online Rental or Real Estate Scams

You see a deal that’s too good to be true on Kijiji. You check the add and call. The renter says they can’t meet there but books a meeting “off site” to exchange keys and sign off on the agreements. You head to what you think is your new home only to find out that there is still a tenant living there, and it’s not your home.

The way this works is the ads on kijiji are actually “scraped” from real listings and posted to look like ads. Then the scammer pretends to be a landlord, property manager or real estate agent and targets you.

What You Can Do

Be watchful. Any time you see a desperate “must rent now!” with an asking price too good to beat, there is a good chance that it is too good to be true. It is important to always view the rental property prior to renting it out. Be sure to check out Paranych Rentals to view real listings available for rent now.

2. Home Improvement Scam

Not all scams are about purchases or rentals. In fact one of the most common scams throughout Ontario and BC is the door-to-door contractor one. A contractor sizes up a problem with your home and knocks on your door offering amazing deals (and using high pressure sales tactics to win you over). Then they half start your project, take you deposit and run off with your money  leaving a large mess for you to deal with.

What You Can Do

  • If any contractor is eager to work with you, review and sign a formal agreement before any money crosses hands. A contract is good protection against bad work.
  • Check references with any new contractor that you bring aboard. References are your stop gap and they will give you a sense of the type of contractor you have. If they use inflated references, you should be able to tell.

Following up is the key. Ultimately, never agree to anything that gets proposed at your door, no matter how convincing it seems.

1. The “It Could Never Happen to Me” Scam

Technically, this isn’t so much a scam as it is a way of thinking that can lead to being scammed. No one deserves to live in their home paranoid of what lurks out there, but we need to stand guard and realize that real estate scams in Edmonton do happen. You can help to reduce the risk by being cautious, taking your time when deals sound a little too good to be true.

Remember, too that scammers are a small minority of a very active, honest and trustworthy businesses that are here to help.

If you have any further questions about home ownership and how to protect yourself from Edmonton real estate scams be sure to talk to us. The Paranych Team is always here to help you. Get in touch with us today!

‘Skinny Homes’ for Edmonton Real Estate

Tue, 18 Nov by Terry Paranych
Skinny Home, Edmonton Real Estate

One of the many interesting designs available on the market. Image credit: dowsizemyspace.com

Next year might be getting a little busier in the downtown core.

Edmonton City Council’s Executive Committee voted last week on a motion to amend our zoning laws.

In this motion, single-residence 50-foot lots (RF-1) could be subdivided into two smaller 25-foot lots.

They voted unanimously.

But they also asked city council to look at this seriously and prepare a report looking at the possible impacts of skinny homes in Edmonton’s mature communities.

Most of the city’s mature neighbourhoods pepper Central Edmonton. The impact could be huge—especially in areas with higher numbers of historical properties and lands.

But the overall benefit to skinny lots and homes can’t be overstated. Our city suffers from a lack of residential density in its core, and erecting skinny single detached homes or even skinny duplexes would go a very long way. We could see dramatic changes to the inventory of affordable detached homes in our city core within a decade by simply opening up the marketplace to them.

Many of us in the industry are excited by this idea—it strengthens the potential mix of families moving into mature neighbourhoods giving them even more new energy and protecting older schools that may have dwindling student numbers.

Skinny Home: Edmonton Real Estate

Another fabulous Skinny Home design from Oregon

Thousands of residents would love to make Central Edmonton home. We know this because they’re already moving here. Building skinny homes is but one of the ways to get that sustainable mix of families and homebuyers into the city core without having to put maturing in-laws into seniors care.

We think it’s a win-win for the city, and we hope that the rest of our fine city understands how good it will be for us.

If you’re keen to get involved in the conversation, here is the list of council and committee meetings throughout the year.

If you have any thoughts or questions about the city council motion, you can read more about it here and here.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Edmonton real estate market, the Terry Paranych Team is always happy to have a conversation with you. Get in touch with us to get things started.

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