Please visit our Open House at 115 SUMMERFIELD PT in Sherwood Park. See details here

Open House on Saturday, October 29, 2022 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Welcome to this completely renovated Summerwood home that offers beautiful luxury finishes and high-end appliances throughout. From the moment you walk in, you will be able to see and feel the quality of this home. With over 2000 square feet of living space, including a finished basement, there is plenty of room for your family. This home also boasts a NEW high efficiency furnace, new hot water tank and new air conditioning, so you can keep your utility costs under control. All bathrooms, flooring, kitchen, mudroom and so much more have been renovated with care and attention to detail. The private backyard has been designed with paving stones, perfected gardens, and a gas fireplace for the cool nights at home. The double detached garage has its very own Central Vac System! This incredible home is located on a quiet street, walking distance from parks and amenities. With too many upgrades to mention, this home is one you do not want to miss!

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The East Junction and the surrounding area is a great place to visit if you're looking for some local flavor. With restaurants, bars and shops galore the area has something that will appeal in tones of every age group! A diverse mix makes this vibrant area worth exploring - from old school bowling lanes popular with hipsters or relaxing local cafes with sustainable options. There's always something new around each corner here.

Best Local Activities

Bonnie Doon Bowling Lanes

The perfect date starts with a night out at Bonnie Doon Bowling Lanes.  You'll have so much fun, you won't even remember what time it is! Not only does this place offer affordable entertainment for everyone who wants to come together as friends or lovers (or both!), but also delicious food and friendly staff that will make anybody feel welcome - all while having some great laughs along the way too boot!

The Muttart Conservatory

Only a few minutes away from the East Junction, The Muttart Conservatory is one of Canada’s largest indoor botanical collections. 

Current Exhibit - Fall Into Fashion

“Take your turn strolling down the catwalk in the Muttart Conservatory Feature Pyramid this fall. We are transforming the space into an elegant environment with floral fashion on display. The fall chrysanthemums will be out in full bloom mixed with zinnia, ornamental kale, and tall grasses. You’ll find mirrors, and planted shoes and purses galore!  Throughout the pyramid we will also feature some mannequins modeling garments made by students at MC college.” 

Best Local Shopping

Good Goods Co. 

A one-stop shop for all your sustainable, local needs. From craft beer to artisanal cocktails they have everything you need and more! They also offer an incredible amount of carefully curated "goods" from clothing lines designed by locals or handcrafted jewelry made locally - there's no better way to enjoy what our little city has going on than shopping with Good Goods.

Ottewell Community Artisan Farmers Market

Offering year round service, the Ottewell farmers market is open every Thursday from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at the Ottewell community league! Incredible local options, food trucks and regular events - check out their social page here to stay updated on the vendor lists. 

Best Local Restaurants

Juniper Cafe and Bistro

If you're looking for a local favorite that's not only delicious but also good for your community, then look no further than Juniper! With seasonal and homemade options - there really isn't anything they can't make into perfection. So head on down today because once people find out about how great this place is...well let's just say we'll be lucky if any seats are available at all!

Duggan's Boundary Irish Pub

The locals have been coming to this cozy pub for years. Once you walk through the door, it feels as though you’ve truly transported yourself from our modern world into Ireland itself! The warm woods and booths are reminiscent of home; while their outstanding food will make any Irish enthusiast drool with anticipation (no pun intended). Duggans also offers a NEW patio which might be one of the best we have ever seen in Central Edmonton - perfect for summer days!

Stay tuned for our next series of Explore East Junction: Guided Walking Tours coming next week!




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I have listed a new property at 115 SUMMERFIELD PT in Sherwood Park. See details here

Welcome to this completely renovated Summerwood home that offers beautiful luxury finishes and high-end appliances throughout. From the moment you walk in, you will be able to see and feel the quality of this home. With over 2000 square feet of living space, including a finished basement, there is plenty of room for your family. This home also boasts a NEW high efficiency furnace, new hot water tank and new air conditioning, so you can keep your utility costs under control. All bathrooms, flooring, kitchen, mudroom and so much more have been renovated with care and attention to detail. The private backyard has been designed with paving stones, perfected gardens, and a gas fireplace for the cool nights at home. The double detached garage has its very own Central Vac System! This incredible home is located on a quiet street, walking distance from parks and amenities. With too many upgrades to mention, this home is one you do not want to miss!

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I have listed a new property at 11814 50 ST in Edmonton. See details here

Perfect, cute, lovely home in the up and coming area of Newton! Solid house, freshly renovated on 433 square meters of land. Large WEST facing yard with newer oversize, double garage - this home has it all. In amazing condition, this house - as is, is MOVE IN READY! New windows, floors, paint, appliances, and updated bathroom. Furnace, electrical, shingles all updated in last 10 years. With two bedrooms, open concept living area, full bathroom, double car garage, and massive west facing fenced yard - this is not a property to be missed. Basement is perfect for additional storage and cozy living space, partially finished with flooring! PERFECT FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYER AND INVESTORS! Zoned RF3

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The History of Holyrood, Edmonton


History

Holyrood was originally called Mount Pleasant and East Edmonton Gardens in 1912. This area joined together with Strathcona County just one year after it happened during the 1912 amalgamation process where they became part of our city's newest district called 'Edmonton'.  After the amalgamation with Edmonton, this area became known as Balmoral due to its duplication with another subdivision name. In 1953 they were rebranded Holyrood after Edinburgh's famous abbey; likely named so because of how close it is located near many major landmarks like tourist attractions or government offices. At that time there were only about 1000 homes but by 1955 this number grew tremendously due to large numbers of people moving into new developments in the central region which made them famous for being highly energetic and a very young population.

 

The Two Mile Circle

 
In the early 1900's, the two mile circle was an area known for being connected by train, offering the inhabitants of the area - convenient access to services, amenities, and a means to cross over the newly constructed bridges, connecting Edmonton to Strathcona. The newly delivered rail service, The Edmonton Radial Railway, name stemmed from its radial, or "out-and-back", model; all streetcar lines terminated at Jasper Avenue and 101 Street, and radiated outward to various areas of the city. This municipal radial railway system was the first public transit system in the City and allowed for explosive housing growth within the Two Mile Circle.
 
 
The Two Mile Circle, now known as Central Edmonton still holds a special place in many people's hearts. While the original radial railway system has long been gone, the new LRT line that will open in 2023 is going to once again connect the city in ways not seen in years. 
 
 

The Housing Boom


The desire to be in the convenient “two mile circle” resulted in a housing boom in the Holyrood area between 1912 - 1955 at which time there were just over 1000 homes in the area.

However, between 1960 and the early 1980’s, housing starts stalled and the area became plagued by failing infrastructure and regular sewage back ups. With almost annual flooding between 1980 - 1983, the residents of Holyrood threatened to sue the city over failing infrastructure. Insurance companies stopped insuring the homes in the area - leading to a decline in desirability despite being so close to the downtown and strathcona cores.

 
No new developments or large projects were started until the 1990’s when the proposed Holyrood Townhouse Project was pitched in 1996. The Holyrood Townhouse project was brought forward by a developer, in their plans they wanted to demolish the 186 rental townhouses that existed and replace them with the 460 Unit townhouse project.  The local residents and community league opposed the number of units and suggested the developed scale their project back to 324 units.
 


Concerns won out and the majority of the redevelopment would officially be turfed at the time, with the exception of a 95 Unit Apartment building at 8543 95 Avenue. Between 1990s and 2020 nothing happened to this site and the townhouses that were to be demolished in the 1990s still stood when Regency Developments purchased the entire site in 2016 and set their own sites on redevelopment.  The first tower in development of the newly coined East Junction, will open in early 2023.
 
As of 2022, the community of Holyrood maintained approximately 1600 dwellings.  The East Junction will add an additional 1300, almost doubling the population in this beautiful community.  Connected to the core by the new LRT service, this is just the beginning of significant growth that mirrors the activity and excitement that the community has not seen since the early 1950's. 
 
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When selling your home, you want to make sure that it is appealing to potential buyers. This means taking some time to stage your home in a way that will make it look its best. Here are a few tips on how to stage your home for a quick sale:


1. declutter and depersonalize - Buyers want to be able to see themselves in your home, and that can be tough when your personal belongings are everywhere. So, take some time to declutter and depersonalize your space. This will make it much easier for buyers to imagine themselves living there.


2. neutralize - Another way to make your home more appealing to buyers is to neutralize the space. This means painting walls neutral colors and getting rid of any bold or bright décor. By keeping the space neutral, buyers will be able to visualize their own furniture and belongings in the home.


3. focus on curb appeal - First impressions matter, so you want to make sure that your home looks great from the street. This means mowing the lawn, trimming hedges, and maybe even planting some flowers. Anything you can do to make your home more inviting from the outside will help attract buyers.


By following these tips, you can stage your home in a way that will appeal to potential buyers and help you sell quickly.

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Please visit our Open House at 12330 75 ST in Edmonton. See details here

Open House on Saturday, October 15, 2022 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Unbeatable value and opportunity in Elmwood Park! This large bungalow is situated on one of the largest lots in the community! With almost 10,000 SQFT of land, this is a gardeners paradise, an investors best build site, or a buyers best long term value option for years to come. Priced well below assessed value, there is unlimited potential to create the home you have always desired. The SOUTH FACING, fully fenced yard offers a NEW oversized deck, massive urban garden, ample parking and single garage! This is truly an urban farm in the city! The large bungalow is ripe with design opportunity and the big ticket items are already done! Roof and furnace were done is 2009, the vinyl siding is impeccable, as well, most of the windows! Basement is roughed in for a kitchen - allowing a buyer flexibility to create a suite to suit their long term financial goals! Community has new sidewalks, lights, and close to DT YEG. This is the BEST option for the savvy buyers who know what they deserve.

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Please visit our Open House at 104 4610 50 AVE in Stony Plain. See details here

Open House on Sunday, October 9, 2022 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Stunning, opulent luxury living in Stony Plain's exclusive Heritage Court. This adult (35+) bungalow offers incredible upgrades including NEW vinyl plank flooring, new countertops, backsplash, hardware and lighting. With a brand new and luxurious primary ensuite - there is nothing left to be desired. Generous and open floor plan with 2+1 Bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and immense natural light pouring in through windows and skylight! South facing deck overlooking green space and a fully finished basement! Single attached garage and close to everything. What are you waiting for?

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Edmonton is becoming known for being a hub for many young professionals. With a massive migration of working youth packing their bags in Toronto or Vancouver and heading to good ol' Edmonton for the promise of high wages and a lower cost of living.

This younger generation of white-collar professionals often has specific housing needs that differ slightly from those on either side of their age range. For example, while younger students are often looking for cheaper first-time housing or rentals, most young professionals have already finished their educations. They are more likely to seek independent housing space to call their own.

On the flip side, young professionals are often not quite ready to settle down with a family like the older generation before them. In fact, this generation of millennials are settling down later than any before them; as such, locating their homes in areas with the top elementary schools may not be among their priorities.

Though every person’s needs are different; in general, the best places to live in Edmonton for young professionals have a few common factors:

Close to their workplace

Easy access to public transit

Proximity to grocery stores

Lively area with many night-life options

Fortunately, Edmonton has many incredible neighbourhoods to choose from that are perfect for today’s young professionals. Here are just some of the many great areas in Edmonton for young working professionals:

The Brewery District

The communitues of Oliver, Westmount and Queen Mart Park make up this ICONIC area known as the Brewery District. This is a top location for oung professionals as there is incredible shopping, restaurants, amenities and outdoor activities.  With a unique blend of services, shops, and restaurants, The Edmonton Brewery District is perfectly conducive to hassle-free urban living. 

Find Homes and Condos for Sale in the Brewery District Here

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The Ice District

Edmonton's Ice District is an Iconic area in the heart of downtown Edmonton.  A public plaza, sports, entertainment, a chic hotel, 5 star dining options, epic nightlife and access to state of the art shopping.  "It’s much more than a state-of-the-art arena. It’s a place to gather. A place to celebrate. A place where you – and our city – are always at your best!"

Find Homes and Condos for Sale in the Ice District Here

Find the Perfect Rental Option in the Ice District Here

Old Strathcona Area

Anchored by the funky, bohemian spirit of Whyte Avenue, historic buildings blend with youthful exuberance to make Old Strathcona one of Edmonton’s trendiest neighbourhoods. The city`s celebrated arts and cultural community makes its home here, as does a plethora of unique local boutiques, one-of-a-kind art galleries and music shops, and trendy restaurants and cafés.

Find Homes and Condos for Sale in Old Strathcona Area Here

Find the Perfect Rental Option in Old Strathcona Area Here

If you’re a young professional looking for your perfect neighbourhood, we can help make your dreams a reality. With a team of Real Estate Professionals who know this city and the secret gems better than most, we are here to help.

Learn More About Edmonton Neighborhoods Here

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Contact us and let us tour you around this incredible city!

 
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If you are considering selling your home or want to ensure you are getting the highest rate of return on your renovations, we have outlined the best, most cost effective and rewarding renovations you can do to your home.

Best Renovations for Increasing the Value of Your Home 

If you plan to be in your home for the next five to ten years, the most rewarding upgrades you can do to your home would be to increase energy efficiency.  Not only will this protect your wallet in the long run, when you plan to sell your home in the future - these upgrades will last longer and hold their value better then the current trending wallpaper. The ways in which you increase or improve the energy efficiency of your home is:

Maintain or Replace your Furnace

New high-efficiency furnaces use the least amount of energy, but older models can also be made more efficient. Annual servicing by a professional is the first step. That will involve cleaning the parts you can’t see or reach and making sure it isn’t working harder than it has to. For your part, replacing filters every three months.

Replace Windows and Doors

Not only do new windows and doors work miricles for the curb appeal of your home, new windows have a high return rate when you eventually decide to sell. New windows will add big savings to you and your family in the monthly cost of utilities. Getting new ones in preparation for selling can not only add a another entry to the list of the home’s positive aspects, and they can bring in a roughly 73% ROI.

Best Small and Affordable Renovations for Increasing the Value of Your Home

Are you looking to sell soon? Now?  With more homes sitting longer on the market and selling for lower values, the best way to prepare for sale is to appeal to the highest volume of buyers.  Also, you need to stand out over the competiton.  We have outlined the best, and most cost efffective renovations you can make to improve the value, time, and return when you look to sell you home:

Upgrade Lighting

Tastes change quickly, and what was the latest in lighting design five years ago could now look horribly dated. Replacing fixtures modernizes a space for very little money. In rooms like the dining and living room, where a chandelier or pendant light can be quite prominent, consider how a different light fixture could improve the space. Check out the latest lighting trends of 2022 here

Fresh Paint

A fresh coat of paint instantly updates and transforms the entire interior of your home, and when you consider that the average price tag of a gallon of one-coat coverage paint is around $38, that’s about the biggest bang for your buck you can get. Check out the latest paint color trends of 2022 here

Hardware

Just like lighting, hardware styles change quickly.  Give your kitchen and bathrooms a cost effective face lift by painting the cabinets and adding some new and trendy hardware! These simple upgrades require only patience and a screwdriver to accomplish, but the results will be well worth the effort. In fact, you may even find that the hardest part is the shopping, since there are just so many choices out there to put your own stylish stamp on your home. Check out the latest trends in hardware here

Switch Plates and Covers

In most homes, the switch plates and outlet covers are a standard bit of cheap, white plastic. They don't look bad, but they're certainly nothing special. Try paintable covers to match your walls, or go for a natural wood look instead. You can also choose decorative bronze, nickel or brass plates for a luxe look, though you may want to add black switches for a better blend if you choose a dark finish. 

Never forget general house maintenance and how important it is when selling your home

Buyers pay attention to how well a homeowner cares for their property; poor home maintenance can keep buyers from ever committing to a sale, as it may send a message that the home was not well cared for. On the exterior of your property, clean gutters, trimmed lawns, and smart landscaping ups curb appeal and welcomes buyers. For interior maintenance, it is suggested to regularly inspect air filters, floors, walls, and the fireplace to eliminate buildup and replace any home system that isn't working properly.

Making the best home improvements before selling can increase buyer interest and ultimately secure sales. Generally, focus on cheap cosmetic changes that enhance curb appeal and update rooms that attract the most buyers. Keep aesthetics conservative as to not isolate buyers through bold choices. Also, avoid unnecessary structural repairs and any major renovations that would engulf a budget.

Have questions about what you should do to prepare for sale?  Get a free market evaluation by Iconic YEG and we can consult and advise what upgrades or renovations might be worth doing before selling.  

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