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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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Edmonton is a leading example of community gardens. There are over 30 community garden groupsin Edmonton; and over 60 different garden sites.

Community gardens bring many benefits to Edmontonians. -Provide recreation for young and old -Make neighbourhoods more beautiful -Produce healthy food -Create community spirit -Share gardening knowledge and experience

The City of Edmonton supports community gardens by Providing municipal land (with Partners-in-Parks agreements), Supporting Sustainable Food Edmonton, and advice and coordination to community leagues.

In the end, the goal of urban community gardens and the key to their success is the same: "Urban gardeners see numerous benefits, from a heightened sense of empowerment to a lighter grocery

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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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“Home is the nicest word there is,” wrote Little House on the Prairie author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. For many first-time home buyers in Edmonton, though, home is more than a word—it’s a hope and a dream, a place where you’ll be investing not only your hard-earned money but your future as well. For some, a first-home may be a stepping stone to greater things, while for others it becomes a place to start a family or a new job. Regardless, though, it’s easy to get swept away.

Young home buyersRemember—alongside the long list of exciting features that you’ll find in the Dutka Team’s real estate listings—all first homes come with pitfalls. When you’re just starting out, it can be difficult to know what’s required of you, and it’s definitely tempting to follow your heart

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Locals are quick to speak with pride about Edmonton’s many great amenities and attractions—from its farmer’s markets to its famously massive shopping mall—but for people outside the city, sometimes the place can seem like a bore. Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s simply not true. Edmonton is as vibrant, bustling, and diverse as any other great Canadian city. If you’re considering a move to Edmonton, or simply looking to visit, these are five facts that may surprise and even entice you about life in E-Town.

1. Edmonton is home to the largest urban park in North America 

With more than 160 kilometers of pathways stretching across 20 major parks, Edmonton’s famous North Saskatchewan River Valley crosses the city in an eye-catching “Ribbon of

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It’s an open secret in real estate that springtime inspires homebuyers—especially first timers—to come out of hibernation. While copious sunlight and chirping birds might seem very far away right now, savvy home sellers in Edmonton will definitely want to start taking advantage of these long winter months to prepare for the busy season. What’s the best way to prepare to sell a home during winter? How can you be ready when the spring market thaws? Here are a few tips to get you started.

Renovate During Winter

Minor improvements in springtimeMany sellers make the mistake of waiting for finer weather to begin improving their home, leaving a mess during the first vital months of the spring Edmonton real estate market. Since your property won’t be looking its best in the muck and gloom

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No matter how much you love the ice and snow, winter in Edmonton can be a real beast. When there's slush piling up along the roads and several feet of the white stuff to shovel in your driveway, it can be hard to find many reasons to get outside. When it's so cold that you have to open your fridge to heat the house, it can even be hard to get out of bed.

Family skiing in Edmonton

But the Edmonton spirit is all about facing wintery adversity with a smile—or without bursting into tears, anyway. We're a city of wintery warriors. It's no wonder we've been dubbed one of Canada's best urban centers to visit during wintertime by Canadian Geographic. Each year in Edmonton, there are tons of activities and attractions that make it easy to embrace the chilly season. So pull on your

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