Edmonton Real Estate Blog

A big thank-you to coffee lover and guest contributor this month Hannah from Honey & Betts for partnering with us and sharing her favourite top spots for a high quality caffeine jolt!

Coffee is essential for people - it doesn't matter if you work full-time, or are a stay-at-home mom, or are somewhere in between - coffee fuels us, and good coffee excites us! And if you're looking for some amazing Edmonton coffee shops in your neighbourhood, good coffee is not that far away!

These 5 Edmonton coffee shops hold a special place in my heart because not only are you drinking a delicious cup of coffee, you're also supporting small businesses where your impact matters greatly.

My list of the top 5 Edmonton coffee shops you must try:

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Whether it’s about feeling connected to the community or finding the best finishes to suit your style - building a new home is a great option if you’re looking for a turn key home that’s  perfectly tailored to your lifestyle. We’ve partnered with Daytona Homes to bring you a few top tips to keep in mind while embarking on the construction of your new home.

Choosing the Community

The neighbourhood where you choose to live and build your home is one of the first decisions you’ll need to make along the way - and one of the most important. It’s all about research. Consider what commute times will be like, what schools are in the area and if amenities that are important to you are close by. Daytona Homes Associate Sales Manager Tania Nash

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Early each morning, you’ll find Kerri-Lyn Holland brewing up two morning lattes at her built-in Miele coffee machine - getting ready to start the day. It’s a routine that sheds light on exactly where she chooses to focus her time and energy. “I don’t go to coffee shops, I’m too cheap,” says Kerri-lyn smiling. “I’m Scottish and I’m an investor, so I will never spend my money at a Starbucks.”

According to Kerri-lyn, investing needs to be the number one priority for any of her clients. “What keeps me going is trying to break the mould of how realtors are perceived and also of what properties people can invest their money in,” says Kerri-lyn. “Whatever price range they’re in, we help them understand what they can expect.”

 Although she grew up in

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Parkview Infill Home Edmonton - Holland & Associates

The benefits of choosing an infill property are almost too many to list. Choosing a mature neighbourhood can mean creating more time and space for what really matters - LIFE. Mature neighbourhoods in the heart of a city mean less travel time with short commutes to a downtown office, quick walk to schools, coffee shops and nightlife with plenty of easy transit options if you want to park the car and go! They come with beautiful tree lined boulevards or are poised on the edge of Edmonton’s river valley jewel. It’s a home that comes with life built in!

 

This home, right between Scona Road and the North Saskatchewan, is a pristine example of how successful infill development has been and why it’s picking up steam in Edmonton’s core

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Meeting up with friends, hitting the gym, relaxing at home with your feet up after a hard day at work.  What would you do with the extra hours you could save travelling to and from the office?  The next time you're stuck in a traffic jam envisioning better possibilities, many happy downtown dwellers are already living out the dream.   

"From the time I leave out the door and walk to work it takes ten minutes."  For Sarah Kelly, who works in Finance at Manulife Place, it's a life well lived.  Her relocation to Edmonton's core just made sense.

"I was living south side and got a new job downtown - it would have taken me an hour to get home at the end of the day.  Instead I sold my place and moved closer to work. That was 13 years ago and it's

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RBC has recently announced a cut in their 5-year fixed term mortgage rate, and with other banks expected to follow suit, now may be a better time than ever to look at locking in that mortgage on a new home.

A mortgage is a loan that is primarily used to buy a home. Lenders will loan you a large sum of money to cover the purchase of a property, using the home as collateral until repayment of the mortgage has been made. Finding the right mortgage to suit your needs may seem daunting at first but with these simple steps you’ll be on your way to home ownership in no time.

Step One: Find a Lender

Apart from the comfort factor, going to a bank where you’re already a customer can make the mortgage application process easier. You can always compare

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If it’s a Saturday or Sunday you are bound to find the Holland family rink-side ready for their next minor hockey game. Jason Holland now coaches for his 6-year-old son Max’s hockey team with the same excitement and passion he had on the ice playing professional hockey in Europe and the NHL for over two decades. After retirement Jason says a whirlwind of change came along with the transition, but it all happened at the perfect time. “I became a dad, which is incredible. We had two kids in two years, Grace and Max, and being a parent is so much fun,” says Holland.

Jason’s passion and past with hockey still weaves its way into day-to-day life at the Holland household, catching Oiler’s games with the family on a regular basis and sharing lessons

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With chilly temperatures and snowfall blanketing our city, it can be easy to just settle in, get cozy and hibernate our way through conditions that can take up more than half of our calendar year. But as Canadians, it’s so important that we take full advantage of the beautiful communities we call home and get out and stay active during every season.

Fitness expert, Trainer and owner of SVPT Fitness & Athletics , Shara Vigeant, says it’s important to avoid inactivity during the long winter months.

“Depression, disease or chronic illness, injury and lack of independence are just a few of the risks. Moving simply makes us healthier and happier,” she says. “The longer you are inactive, the more you are putting yourself at risk for ill health and

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For over a decade the Diamond family have been living the acreage life outside the city limits in Sturgeon County. While they raised their young daughter it was perfect. Lisa and Jerrold Diamond could spend time in their yard and let their toddler run loose without worrying about traffic or noise. They could just live what most would consider a quiet country life.

But as their daughter got older, her own social life was in the city. She was going to a school in the community of Crestwood which was perfect when she was smaller. It was right where both Lisa and Jerrold worked and it was easy to drop her at school on their morning commute. But as time went on the commuting became more than Lisa could handle.

“It was good for a long time.  When

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Snow topped canopied trees, shiny games on the street, twinkling Christmas lights - these are just some of the seasonal sights you’ll see in the charming family neighbourhood of Crestwood.  Situated in west Edmonton, it has schools, shops, the River Valley, ravines and it’s a short bike ride, drive or leisurely stroll to the Edmonton Valley Zoo. While there’s plenty to do and experience all year round, winter is especially welcome in this area of town.  Known for its wooded paths, playgrounds and parks Crestwood is the perfect spot for families who love living their life outdoors.

A Breath of Fresh Air

“We chose this neighbourhood definitely for its walkability,” says Ava Hogle, with toddler Ben, just outside the Crestwood community hall.   “We

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