‘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.

‘Lest We Forget.’

Tue, 11 Nov by Terry Paranych

Remembrance Day


The Paranych Team would like to extend a very warm thanks to the men and women who have fought bravely throughout the centuries protecting our society, our way of life and the people who live and love among us. Your valour, courage and sacrifice will always be remembered, and we are forever in your debt. Thank you on behalf of all Canadians. Today your nation salutes you.

Grandview Heights Real Estate: An Edmonton Gem

Tue, 04 Nov by Terry Paranych
Grandview Heights Real Estate: Google Maps Image

Grandview Heights sits atop some of the most picturesque parkland in the city.

One of the best things about Edmonton is the beauty of the wooded areas that ease into parklands. We find examples of this throughout the River Valley’s Ribbon of Green that follows the North Saskatchewan River.

Grandview Heights Real Estate - Activities

A man kayaks through the quiet waters along the Whitemud Ravine.

But there are a host of other ravines that line areas of Edmonton, and they provide the same level of wonder and nature, grounding the communities that surround them and adding incredible value to homeowners.

One such community is Grandview Heights, located north of the University of Alberta Research Farms, east of the Whitemud Creek Ravine and south of Fox Drive.

This neighbourhood overlooks the picturesque knolls of Whitemud Park which spill into the North Saskatchewan. It’s easy to see why the homes here go for a noticeable premium even when compared to houses in neighbouring communities. Grandview Heights is one of the city’s most picturesque communities with natural features that near raw wilderness.

What is especially unique about Grandview Heights is that it has neighbouring communities, but it lacks direct neighbours. Belgravia, Brookside, Lendrum and even Park Allen are nearby, but none of them reach Grandview Heights’ borders.

Grandview Heights Real Estate

More than 95% of Grandview Heights homes are single family detached units on sizeable lots. They tend to be spacious, beautifully crafted structures, some that date back to the early 1960s. You can see the ‘60s sensibilities in the streetscapes and charming architecture even today. The largess of these houses doesn’t always become obvious until you walk inside, which is a quirk of home design from that period. Some of the 300+ homes retain much of their original appeal, keeping these homes in very high demand.

Living in Grandview Heights

One of the interesting things about this neighbourhood is that you’re never far from anything in the city. The recreational amenities are at every doorstep, though the commercial areas can be found further southwest, north west off Belgravia Road or further along the Whitemud Drive Expressway. Being so close to a major arterial road is also a boon for residents who can access any area of the west or east in under 25 minutes.

Community Activities

Grandview Heights StairwayThe endless community activities also make Grandview Heights stand out. Being completely surrounded by parkland affords you year round outdoor enjoyment. From cycling to trail walking, rollerblading to cross-country skiing, the trails along Whitemud park stretch well into the ravine. The nearby toboggan hill is an easy crowd pleaser for kids and community league members can enjoy the four full-sized tennis courts throughout the spring and summer.

With so much available for residents, Grandview Heights is a community that truly lives up to its name. If you have a home in Grandview Heights and are considering selling your home, get started on your free home evaluation today. If you are looking to buy a Grandview Heights home, get in touch with us and we can look at what best options are available to you.


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.


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