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If you want to live in an Edmonton neighbourhood with the best of all worlds, you should take a look at Strathcona.

Here, it’s an easy drive downtown or to the University of Alberta and a nice walk to the North Saskatchewan River Valley or the Mill Creek Ravine.

The real estate is a mix of older, character homes in great condition (some 100 years old) and modern apartments and condominiums, high- and low-rise.

At the centre of it all is hip, artsy Old Strathcona with its historic town feel and bustling, main artery, Whyte Avenue. Whyte’s famous for its art galleries, pubs and night clubs, trendy boutiques, theatre venues, international restaurants and coffee shops.

It’s a world class festival hub in the summer, with all kinds of live music

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We’ve been hearing a lot about “the next decade of interior design.” That’s too far ahead for us.

Everything changes too fast. Here’s what we expect to see in 2020 that we like:

  1. The home gets back to being a comfortable retreat where you can just chill inside calm, relaxing spaces with less clutter and more ambiance.
  2.  Expansive whites and earthy greens and browns re-connect us with a soothing, natural aesthetic.
  3. Lighting becomes better and brighter, spotlighting and showcasing feature walls with materials like wood, rock and cork.
  4. Enviro-conscious living takes over with tech-smart, energy-saving abodes where recycling rules.
  5. Open floorplans are improved with chic, industrial partitions that create functional flow.
  6. The kitchen
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It’s an interesting topic. Everyone has their idea of what “dream home” means. They’re at every price point.

If you’re looking for yours in 2020, read on for tips. If you’re listing, make it someone else’s dream home by staging it that way!

Buying?

Dream homes are not one size or style fits all.

Can you picture your dream home? Try. It’s much easier to find when you know what it looks like!

If you need help getting started, think about the lifestyle you’re after and then imagine your new home at the epicentre of it.

You might want a family home that better suits your active lifestyle, for example. Maybe you’re renting and your dream is to own. Or it could be you’re ready to lock-and-leave as you travel to exotic destinations.

Once

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Boardwalk Ice on Whyte (Jan 23 – 26, Jan 30 – Feb 2)
Join Edmonton’s fantastic winter festivals. The real fun starts when temperatures drop below zero.

Jasper Beer & Spirits Festival (Jan 31 – Feb 2)
Get ready to experience a unique mountain retreat at this 2 night festival hosted at the world-renowned Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

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Edmonton is a magical time in the winter, with frosted windows and snow-covered peaks within reach. And December, with all the holiday festivities from Christmas to New Years Eve, is the best month to celebrate.

There’s a lot happening around town, from quaint markets to ballet performances (if you’re in doubt, check out our list of events!) but there’s one place in particular that stands out: New Year’s Eve fireworks.

What is New Year’s Eve without a dash of lights and the bang of firecrackers going off?

And, of course, the best place to see the firework’s display in Edmonton is at the province’s iconic building: the Legislature.

There will be lots of family-friendly activities in the evening, followed by the bright lights starting at 9

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Glow Gardens (until Jan. 4)
Glow is the largest indoor Christmas festival in greater Edmonton.

Shumka's Nutcracker (Dec. 15)
The media is calling this the “best” Nutcracker performance for generations.

Christmas Bureau Breakfast (Dec. 17)
Give some holiday cheer at this charitable event.

Edmonton Christmas Market (until Dec. 21)
A first-of-it’s-kind holiday festival in the heart of downtown Edmonton presented by ATB Place. Check out the market at Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00-8:00PM and Saturdays 12:00-6:00PM!

A Christmas Carol (until Dec. 23)
A holiday classic, not to be missed.

Boxing Day (Dec. 26)
Sales events happening around the city, don’t miss out on savings!

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When you think luxury property, what comes to mind?

Are we talking mega mansion with panoramic views and rooftop patio with helicopter pad?

How about a sprawling home gym that more closely resembles a private superspa? What’s that? A superspa usually takes up an entire floor and can come complete with your own team of personal trainers and a movable climbing wall. It features every type of exercise equipment plus wet, dry and infrared saunas, lap pools, massage rooms and meditation gardens. Everything in a superspa is run by smart technology.

Luxury homes with features like this are real. They’re sometimes sold with on-call staff to help run them and these days the list of features is limited only by our imaginations. Luxury homes around the

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