Archives for December 2010

Ben’s Foreclosure Friday listings – Dec 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!!! All the Best for 2011!

We would also like to congratulate our most recent Foreclosure Friday purchaser.

Here are  foreclosure listings, up to $300,000, in & around the Edmonton area. If you are looking for a good deal on a house or condo, have a look through these listings.

(Just click on this link  “ForeclosuresDec31” to access the listings)

If you have any questions or would like to see one or some of these homes, just contact us.

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Edmonton Neighbourhoods – Carlisle

Carlisle is a residential area named after Carlisle Castle in England. It is located in the Castledowns area of north west Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Location

Carlisle’s location is bounded by several streets and Avenue. It is located on the west of Castledowns Road, north of 137th Street and south of the 145th Avenue. The 123rd Street serves as its western boundary.

Development

Construction in the area started in the 1970s, decades after it became part of Edmonton. Based on the data provided by the 2001 federal census, 74.1% of all the residences were constructed during the 1970s and another 20.7% constructed during the 1980s. Although some construction tool place before the 1970s and after the 1990s, majority of the residences here were built during the period of the two decades.

Data from the 2005 municipal census lists single family dwellings as the most popular residential unit taking up 54% of the total houses built. The remaining structures are divided among row houses with 26%, duplexes with 11%, and rented apartments in low rise buildings not higher than four stories. Of the total residences, 67% are occupied by their owners while the remaining 33% being rented.

Additional data from the 2005 municipal census characterized the Carlisle population as mobile. Of the total population, only half (50.2%) had lived at the same address for five years or more. Thirteen percent (13.2%) of all the residents had moved within the last 12 months, while 22.5% had moved within the last one to three years.

The St. Timothy Catholic Elementary School that is operated by the Edmonton Catholic School System serves the educational needs of the children of the Carlisle neighborhood.

The selection of the name Carlisle follows the common practice of naming all the neighborhoods within the Castledowns area after famous castles.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlisle,_Edmonton

Edmonton.ca:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlisle,_Edmonton

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Cinderella’s Castle – Christmas Lights

There probably isn’t a more magical house in all the world, Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World. So we thought it fitting to have it as our final Christmas Light Show house for this year. Have a terrific Christmas tomorrow, and we all wish you the very best in the new year.

Merry Christmas to All! And to All a Good Night!

Ben’s Foreclosure Friday listings – Dec 24, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!!

Here are  foreclosure listings, up to $300,000, in & around the Edmonton area. If you are looking for a good deal on a house or condo, have a look through these listings.

(Just click on this link  “Foreclosures-Dec 24 ” to access the listings)

If you have any questions or would like to see one or some of these homes, just contact us.

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$30M for Edmonton River Valley

HEATHER MCINTYRE
METRO EDMONTON

The Capital Region is one step closer to housing the largest urban park in North America after $30 million worth of federal funding was announced yesterday.

The money is for the River Valley Alliance’s vision for the North Saskatchewan River Valley, stretching 18,000 acres from Devon to Fort Saskatchewan.

“This is truly remarkable news and really makes this concept a reality,” said Sol Rolingher, chair of the alliance.

The money, announced by Rona Ambrose, MP for Edmonton-Spruce Grove, will be combined with $50 million from the province and another $30 million that still needs to be collected from the seven member municipalities.

That $110 million will be used to create trails for about half of the 88-kilometre river valley where there currently aren’t any, as well as footbridges. The leftover money will be used to acquire any land needed to complete the preferred route.

“(The river valley) is one of the jewels in Edmonton, we already know that,” said Ambrose.
“There is great will to get this done; that’s the key.”

The entire project, which consists of three phases, could cost more than $600 million.

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Edmonton Neighborhoods – Canossa

Canossa is located in the north of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Majority of the residents in this neighborhood are people working for Canada Forces Base Edmonton making the average household income of the place significantly higher than the city average.

Location

Canossa is one of the north end neighborhoods of Edmonton. It is located south of Anthony Henday Drive, west of 121st Street, north of 167th Avenue,  and to east of 112th Street.

Development

Development in Canossa only started in the 1990s until the later part of the decade, making it one of the newer neighborhoods in the area. Construction spilled well into the current time as the majority of the structures were built in the period from 2000 to 2006, with development still ongoing as of 2008. Still, lands within the neighborhood located north of 175th Avenue is still under agricultural use.

Data from the 2005 municipal census shows that 84% of all the residences in Canossa are single family dwelling while duplexes make up 11% and row houses 5%. A very high 97% of the total residential structures are occupied by the owners, with the rest being rented.

The plan for the neighborhood was prepared in 1984, but was amended several times to conform to the existing regulations. The resulting plan showed an improved stormwater management regulation, reduction in the land area of school and park sites, and a response to the market demand of decreasing land area reserved for multi-unit dwellings.

Canossa’s design follows the existing neighborhoods blue print of creating a safe, quiet, and beautiful residential environment.

The name of the neighborhood was taken after the Canossa Castle in Bologna, Northern Italy built around 940AD. This castle was destroyed in 1255 after falling to the hands of the Imperial troops. Though subsequent restoration followed, the castle is in ruins to this day.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canossa,_Edmonton

Edmonton.ca: http://www.edmonton.ca/for_residents/2006_DEMOGRAPHIC_Canossa.pdf

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North Edmonton LRT Expansion

This is a great virtual video of the expansion of the LRT system in Edmonton. Construction will apparently start in 2011 and completed by April of 2014. The stations include stops at Grant MacEwan and NAIT, Kingsway Mall and the Royal Alexandra Hospital. This should be a great expansion of the current system, bringing some of the northern communities into easier access to the rest of the city.

Eventually, the redevelopment of the Edmonton Municipal Airport land will include a further expansion of the tracks, and they will ultimately head all the way out to St. Albert from there.

When combined with the Anthony Henday freeway system, Edmonton is shaping up to have a world class infrastructure.

Enjoy the movie!

This is Fantastic… How Do They Find The Time?

This is the 3rd in our week of Christmas Houses Gone Wild! I’d hate to see these people’s electrical bills. And for that matter, who has the time to do this?!?! Merry Christmas all!

Edmonton Neighbourhood – Calder

Calder started as a railroad colony in the early 1900 as employees of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway settled in its area. It is previously known as the Village of West Edmonton. Now, this residential neighborhood in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is a part of the City of Edmonton.

The neighborhood is bounded to the north by the 132nd Avenue, to the south by the 127th Avenue, to the east by 113 A Street, and to the west by the 127th Street.

Development

Calder was formally annexed by Edmonton in 1971. Currently, the neighborhood is composed of the Elm Park subdivision and east of 120th Street and part of the Village of Calder west of the 120th Street. Its history and development is directly tied to the construction of the Grand Pacific Railway and the development of the Hudson’s Bay Company Reserve.

Capitalizing on the rising prices of lands within the area in the early years, the Hudson Bay Company delayed the sale of 1,600 acres of land within the reserve. This area remained bare while the areas around it were developed for use as subdivisions. Only when the Grand Trunk Railway Arrived in 1909 did formal settlements were established within this area. Employees of the railway became its earliest settlers, and in July 1910, the Village of West Edmonton, or Calder was established.

As the population of Edmonton doubled between 1945 and 1956, development of surrounding neighborhoods accelerated. Calder’s long history of development is reflected in its structures. Some of them are so old, dating back to the subdivisions of 1905, 1909, and 1901. Some of the old structures were replaced by buildings built after World War II as the development of the area continued.

The newer buildings within the neighborhood can be found in the northern part of the area while the older structures are concentrated near the Calder Railway Yards.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calder,_Edmonton

Edmonton.ca: http://www.edmonton.ca/for_residents/2006_DEMOGRAPHIC_Calder.pdf

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Using a wood stove or a fireplace? This is great info from CMHC.

For many years I used a wood-stove to help heat my acreage house in Manitoba. First, I had to describe its location and installation to the insurance company to get insurance. Then came finding, splitting, storing, and burning different kinds of wood. Questions like…

Poplar, oak, ash. How dry should they be? How much wood is a Cord? What is a face-cord?

It was only later that I found the CMHC “Guide to Residential Wood Heating”. It is full of excellent information. I highly recommend it to any one who burns wood or is looking at buying a wood-burning appliance.

It also makes you look like a pro. Everyone always marvels at my ability to make a quick, long-burning fire. It’s called the “Top-down Fire” and its a great way to build your fire.

Here is the link to follow:

https://www03.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/catalog/productDetail.cfm?cat=3&itm=94&lang=en&fr=1292278812389

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