From home renovation advice and selling tips to in-depth community features and the best brunch spots in the city, we’re counting down our top 20 blogs of 2020 – as voted by you, Edmonton!

20. Downsizing Your Home: 7 Essential Features You Need

If you’ve been thinking about downsizing your Edmonton home, Downsizing Your Home: 7 Essential Features You Need will give you some great insight as to which features you should be looking for.

19. 7 Benefits of Penthouse Living

Low maintenance and luxury living accompanied by some of the best views Edmonton has to offer are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to these 7 Benefits of Penthouse Living.

18. Edmonton Community Spotlight: Highlands

Voted as one of the best…

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The southeast neighbourhood of Holyrood remains one of Edmonton’s most desirable infill communities. First established in the early 1900s, this family-friendly area is known for its quiet, tree-lined interior streets, landscaped street islands and close proximity to the North Saskatchewan River Valley.

Did you know? Holyrood has undergone three name changes since its conception, including Mount Pleasant, East Edmonton Gardens and Balmoral. “Holyrood” did not become the community’s official title until the 1950s. 

Single-Family Homes for Every Style and Price Point 

Despite its inception in the early 1900s, the majority of Holyrood’s residential development occurred between the end of WWII and the 1960s. Single-family homes are the…

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There’s no denying real estate investing can be a lucrative and reliable way to create steady cash flow, build long term financial security, hedge against inflation and take advantage of numerous tax deductions. But, despite the many benefits that come along with real estate investing, it’s not without its challenges. 

In fact, too many mistakes, and you may find yourself in over your head financially. The good news is, with the right skills, determination and knowledge upfront (especially as a first-time investor), you can set yourself up for success.

Here are nine common first-time real estate investment mistakes to avoid:

Mistake 1 = Skipping the Basics 

There’s a lot more to real estate investing than buying a property and finding a…

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A quiet community nestled along the North Saskatchewan River Valley, Laurier Heights offers convenient access to many of the city’s most treasured outdoor attractions, including the Edmonton Valley Zoo, Buena Vista Park and the Edmonton Rowing Club. A nature lover’s delight, this picturesque neighbourhood is defined by an extensive network of walking and cycling trails, off-leash areas, picnic sites and natural playgrounds, making it an extremely popular choice among growing, active families.

A mature community first established at the end of World War II, Laurier Heights is also highly coveted among homebuyers due to its tree-lined streets, unique home styles and proximity to desirable amenities.

Did you know? Laurier Heights is named after…

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For most first-time buyers, affordability is the number one priority for choosing the right home. The good news is, Edmonton features a variety of diverse and budget-friendly home styles, guaranteed to suit every lifestyle and personality.

Here are three affordable and first-time buyer-friendly home styles you’ll want to consider:

Apartment-Style Condos

Average Price: $230,688*

Minimum Down Payment: $11,534

Depending on the size, style and location, apartment-style condos are perhaps the most affordable home style around. For this reason, they are a popular choice among first-time buyers looking to enter the market and build valuable home equity. They’re also extremely low-maintenance, making them an attractive option for working…

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Delton and Eastwood represent two of the oldest communities in Edmonton. Located just north of the downtown core, these dual neighbourhoods amalgamated with the greater city in 1910. Further development was spurred by a local streetcar line, which saw several homes and businesses crop up in and around the area. Boasting quiet streets and unbeatable historic charm, Delton and Eastwood are a “must-see” for anyone looking for a mature neighbourhood with a comfortable community feel.

Did you know? Delton was named after Edward Delegare Grierson, a Canadian Pacific railway employee who went on to own several properties along famed Jasper Ave. Grierson also served as an Edmonton city councillor in the early 1900s. 

Home Styles in Delton and…

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Like so many infill communities around Edmonton, McKernan offers home buyers the unparalleled charm they have come to expect from an established neighbourhood. Located near the University of Alberta, this highly desirable community is riddled with mature trees, walkable streets and sits within proximity to some of the city’s trendiest amenities.

Did you know? McKernan was named after John McKernan – a member of one of Edmonton’s prominent pioneer families as well as a highly successful businessman and entrepreneur. 

McKernan Home Styles: The Best of Both Worlds

Although first-established in 1912, homes were not developed in the McKernan area until the late 1940s and early 50s (until then, most of the neighbourhood consisted of what was…

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