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5 Backyard Add-ons To Make Your Summer

Stuck with a boring strip of grass to mow? Looking for a chance to spend some more time in the outdoors? Love to entertain? Summer may be well underway, but that doesn't mean it's too late to add a little oomph to your backyard gatherings. If you're looking to make the perfect addition to your backyard before autumn arrives, and to make the most out of summertime, here are five suggestions that are a great fit for many Edmonton homeowners.

Next Level Barbecuing

Love to barbecue? Why not take your grilling game to the next level? Aside from upgrading the BTUs on your grill, additions like wood-fired pizza ovens or smokers can expand your outdoor cooking possibilities immensely. If you're looking for more, consider a full-scale outdoor kitchen,

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 The Big Bang Theory of Edmonton

It's official. According to last year's census data, Edmonton saw an astonishing growth rate of 14.8 percent between 2011 and 2016. More than Calgary, more than Vancouver, more than Toronto, Edmonton is a boom town—the fastest growing city in Canada. At this rate, the population within the city limits will exceed one million people within the next five years.

But which neighbourhoods are witnessing the most growth? And what does this mean for home owners?

Filling a Need

According to the city's most recent Annual Growth Monitoring Report, the city will have to add 150,000 new housing units by 2020 to accommodate the influx of new residents. While new developments on the fringes of Edmonton continue, infill is the city council's current

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It can be tough to decide on where to live when you’re researching for the best areas for you and your family. Here are our top four communities in Edmonton based on safety, affordability and accessibility.

Mother and daughter in a house together hugging

Edmonton has its fair share of pretty great communities for families. Unlike areas that are great for singletons, young couples or retirees, families have a very specific set of needs when researching great areas to live. They want the neighbourhood to be safe and have a low crime rate, affordable and be within a reasonable proximity to good schools. It’s those requirements that we weighed and measured to come up with the following four best communities to live in Edmonton. Continue reading to find out why.

Safest Edmonton Neighbourhoods by

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From Poke to Pets—Restaurants in Edmonton are Becoming a Cut Above the Rest

The food scene in Edmonton has certainly come a long way. Gone are the dreary days of the early 2000s when questionably authentic Asian noodle bars, such as Wok Box, were considered the pinnacle of the restaurants in Edmonton. Now, thanks to a rise in talented and creative chefs, Edmontonians are inundated with options. The only difficult choice to make now is what to eat. Here are three of the most exciting trends that are about to make a splash with food trucks and restaurants in Edmonton.

Fab Fusion from Edmonton Food Trucks

The 2017 Edmonton food truck season kick-started in epic fashion in early May 2017. Foodies from across YEG flocked to the Northlands Expo

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Common Condo Questions

It doesn't matter whether you are a first-time home buyer or if you're an empty nester that has decided to downsize, buying a home can be a nerve-wracking experience. It's only natural that, as you meander your way through the complexities of the Edmonton real estate market, you'll have questions. Here are a few things you need to know when viewing condos for sale in Edmonton.

What other fees should I be aware of when searching condos for sale in Edmonton?

Strata Fees

Strata fees (or condo contributions) can vary from development to development. They are financial payments that are put toward the costs of repairing and maintaining common areas (ie: plumbing, HVAC systems, and landscaping.) Condo contributions can also be put towards a reserve

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7 Exciting Things to Do in Edmonton This Summer

 

The secret is out—Edmonton is one of Canada's coolest cities. With record numbers of young professionals moving here, and a thriving student population at the University of Alberta, more and more people are learning about all the cool things to do in the city, especially during the beautiful summer weather. Here are a few of the many amazing activities for you to check out this summer!

The Edmonton International Jazz Festival

You can check out some of the best musicians from around the world at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival. Running for ten days, from June 23rd to July 2nd, the festival includes shows in a number of classic Edmonton locations, like Churchill Square and Bellamy's Lounge at Chateau Lacombe. Head to the Needle Vinyl

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why millenials want oliver real estate

It's no secret that more and more millennials—people born in the '80s and '90s—are choosing to live in Edmonton. In fact, Edmonton has one of the highest millennial populations in Canada, thanks to lower real estate prices and higher incomes for young professionals than cities like Vancouver and Toronto. But this up-and-coming generation is proving to have different needs than previous ones when it comes to lifestyle. So where should recent graduates and young professionals be looking when they move to Edmonton?

People in their 20s and early 30s are less interested than their parents when it comes to the suburban dream—owning a detached single family home and having to drive to and from work for an hour every day just doesn't resonate with

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Best Neighbourhoods for Retirees

It's hard to believe, but it wasn't that long ago that "retirement" was a dirty word among hard-working Edmontonians, who've always seen the value of keeping busy and scoff at the idea of settling down. Today's seniors, though, are an energetic bunch, the kind of people who might be seen volunteering on Monday, playing hockey or basketball on Tuesday, and then packing their bags for a months-long European tour by the weekend.

But whether you're looking for a launch pad to start your worldly adventures or just a garden to call your own, you've got many options when it comes to the Edmonton real estate market. To help make retirement the best years of your life, it's important that you choose the right neighbourhood. With that in mind, here is a list

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Celebrate Easter in Edmonton

If you're looking to keep your family hopping, you'll love this egg-stra special list of things to do this Easter that will help put a little spring in your steps. There are so many hare-raising Easter events in Edmonton that we’ve boiled this list down to just eight favourites. So cuddle up with some-bunny special, collect your Easter baskets, and get cracking!

March 11 to April 23 - Sweet Smell of Spring at Muttart Conservatory

The lush flora of the Muttart Conservatory is already a popular choice with Edmontonians looking to escape the winter blues, but each year the feature pyramid celebrates the imminent arrival of spring with colourful tulips and other bulbs in full bloom. On Easter Sunday (April 16) the Muttart is also hosting its annual

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2017 Kitchen Trends

At Ryan Dutka Real Estate Solutions, one of the first things we notice when showing Edmonton homes for sale is that prospective buyers often start touring by looking at the kitchen. While you might spend most of your time in the living room or den, the kitchen seems to have a special role in how we think about our domestic spaces, maybe because so much that's crucial to family life happens there. So it shouldn't be a surprise to learn that, if approached carefully, remodeling a kitchen can often be a good way to add value to a home. 

Whether you want to upgrade the kitchen in your newly purchased home, are considering giving your kitchen a face-lift before hitting the market, or are just looking to make your space more liveable, here are five 2017

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