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!

 

Hail Storms, Home Insurance and What You Can Do.

Tue, 23 Sep by Terry Paranych
Southern Alberta Hail Storm

Clouds from the August 2014 hail storm over southern Alberta. Photo Credit: Michael Basnak

The Challenge

Last month, parts of southern Alberta saw a hailstorm that damaged homes, vehicles and landscaping. Property Claims Services issued a survey that estimated $450 million in damages to residential and commercial properties.

It’s no wild guess that Prairie living can mean property (and sometimes people) can be exposed to severe weather. It’s a part of prairie life, one that’s been a fact of life since the First People roamed these wide areas.

But climatologists suggest that new data is telling us that the severe weather will continue to be with us, and in fact it’s increasing in frequency.

The Solution(s)

The insurance, health and emergency services industries tell us that there is nothing to panic about—and they’re right! The most foolish thing we could do is lose our ability to find great solutions by getting panicky.

The insurance industry has a few coping measures that will ease the burden severe weather can have on the industry. Yes, raising premiums and deductibles is happening, but there are creative solutions at work, too. Some Alberta companies are offering homeowners premium discounts for making upgrades to their homes. Some great examples include

  • Reinforced garage doors
  • Impact resistant shingles
  • Storm shutters over windows

Some of the products out there are market (and not just lab) tested, and they might serve the job well. But the cost to purchase and install these products demands that homeowners commit to doing research and due diligence. There are some US insurers who allegedly offer up to a 30% discount incentive for installing impact resistant shingles.

Upgrades are just a few of the many solutions the insurance and construction industries are doing to reduce the impact of severe weather on communities in Alberta. It isn’t good news for anyone to think that heavy rain and hail storms are a reality here, but this province has a history of finding innovative ways to meet new challenges, and Albertans are coming up with many solutions to protect property and people.

Are you doing any upgrades to your home? Got any ideas about how to protect your home and property from severe weather? Leave a comment below!

And if you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Edmonton, get in touch with the Paranych Team. We’d love to chat about the kind of house you’re dreaming about and how we can help you make it your home.

 

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