Nothing says summer like ice cream on a hot day, so we’ve rounded up some of the best local spots to grab a scoop (or a swirl) in the Greater Edmonton Area this summer. 

Made By Marcus

(Brewery District & Whyte Avenue) 

Made by Marcus promises honest ingredients, innovative flavours and a superior experience. Originating in Calgary before expanding to Edmonton, Made by Marcus experiments with uncommon flavour profiles using locally sourced ingredients to create premium ice cream featuring some of the wildest flavour combinations. Each batch is built from scratch with dairy from grass-fed cows and real ingredients produced by farmers, roasters, distillers and artisans they know and trust. It’s no wonder people line up for their ice cream. 

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 Before we dive into our round-up of Edmonton's best community leagues and homeowner associations, let's first break down what each of those is, as well as the cost and services included. 

A Homeowner Association or "HOA" is typical in Edmonton's "planned developments," and their fees are collected on top of property taxes to assist with maintaining and improving the amenities in a particular neighbourhood. Most neighbourhoods in Edmonton don't have HOA fees, but they are becoming more common as developers add facilities to communities that the city will not maintain through property taxes. 

Typically, HOA fees are small - around $100-$200 a year, but they can be higher depending on what is covered. HOA fees commonly cover things like…

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Halloween Weekend is upon us, so we thought we would round up the top Halloween Events in and around Edmonton.

Family Friendly

Telus World of Science is hosting several Halloween-themed events and activities for the whole family to enjoy! Some events are selling out, so make sure you head to their website to see what is still available and pre-book your tickets online. Don't want to venture out? They also have online videos showcasing Spooktacular Science Activities you can do at home. Edmonton Valley Zoo Boo at the Zoo, presented by Co-op. Dress up in your Halloween costume and head to the Edmonton Valley Zoo to celebrate conservation, costumes and candy! You'll get to learn about some of your favourite animals while watching them get their Halloween…

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We recently gathered at Laurier Park for our first ever Summer Extravaganza Picnic and wow, was it ever a success! It was amazing to see everyone for a family-friendly picnic, where the team could gather and kids and dogs were all welcome. There were tons of activities set up for everyone to enjoy including bubbles, volleyball, soccer and more! We had drinks and snacks for all - even water dishes for our four-legged friends. Curbside YEG was on site serving up delicious eats and the guys from Frosted Shaved Ice brought the cool treats. We know this is an event we won’t forget! Especially with all the great photos, thanks to Rob with Rob Hislop Photography. He was so engaging and seamlessly blended into the event capturing incredible candid and action…

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Sheldon and Sara were recently joined for a Facebook Live by some of Liv’s resident experts on purchasing and living in a rural home. Tameka Ross, Lindsay Parsons and Allison Meston all had amazing information to share, and we’ve compiled it all into the blog post below. Watch the replay here:   Covid has seriously impacted the real estate market from a huge drop last march to a completely unexpected surge this spring.  The biggest trend over the last 10 months has been the desire for more space and along with that, there has been a huge growth in sales of rural properties. 

Reasons people have been making the move:

[caption id="attachment_8379" align="alignright" width="241"] Allison's family enjoying the outdoors on their…

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It's not broken, we just moved your cheese. It's been just over five years since we've done any major updates to our very popular home search website EdmontonRealEstate.pro. Last time, on December 15, 2015, we had about 5,500 user sessions a day. Lately, we've been averaging about 17,000 user sessions a day. The most traffic we ever saw in one day was 19,803 user sessions on June 30, 2020. So why change things? Especially when we know people love the site, and people hate change. 66% of our traffic is on a mobile device, and the mobile experience on our new site is far superior to the old one. Our new site has been designed "mobile-first" so it works as well on a phone as it does on a desktop. It's designed for speed, and it has a beautiful map-based…

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Week 10 Update:

Welcome to the final week of our Luv Local Eats $10K Giveaway! We've given away $9,000 dollars in gift cards from 9 different local restaurants to 90 amazing people. We are so grateful for the positive response to this giveaway and for all of the nominations you have shared. For the 10th and final week of the Luv Local Eats Giveaway, we have 10, $100 Gift cards to Continental Treat Fine Bistro up for grabs. Continental Treat is a family affair, as three generations of the Borówka Family work together to bring their romantic turn of the century dining vision to life in the downtown / Whyte Avenue area. Please share this giveaway with your friends and family, tag your nominations and tell us and them why in the comments section and help…

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Consumer Choice Award results are in! Much like everything else, they looked a little bit different this year without the gala. While we missed celebrating with our team, we are honoured to receive the Consumer Choice Award for Real Estate Broker Residential in Edmonton and Northern Alberta Area for the 2nd year in a row. The Consumer Choice Award was established with the sole purpose of recognizing business excellence in small and medium businesses across Canada. Businesses that are chosen by you, the consumer, based on their merit and reputation within their communities through an in-depth and unbiased process. Receiving this award is a true honour; it affirms that we have achieved our goal of providing outstanding customer service and that we…

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Awards season is not just for celebrities, real estate agents receive awards at this time of year as well. In the industry, agents are typically given awards for selling a lot of real estate, which in our minds, does not necessarily equate to being a great real estate agent. We know that our clients want to be well represented and that they want to have a positive experience buying or selling real estate, and the only way to know if we've done a good job is to ask our clients. Our brokerage uses an online service called RealSatisfied that allows customers to rate their agent on three key performance indicators: customer satisfaction, agent performance and recommendation. Customer ratings and testimonials are available on each agent’s bio page on our…

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On Monday, August 20, City Council will be voting on whether to approve changes to the Zoning Bylaw to make building secondary suites (basement suites) easier in Edmonton. The proposed changes are extensive and would allow secondary suites to built:

  • on small lots
  • in semi-detached, duplex and row housing
In addition, the regulations overall are being simplified, giving secondary suites more flexibility in size and configuration. The changes should make it easier to build, and legalize suites, and ultimately lead to more housing choices for all Edmontonians. There are already suites in semi-detached homes all over the city, they're just not legal. I hope these changes are approved so owners can legalize these suites leading to safer living…

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