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Welcome to the ICONIC YEG Real Estate Blog, where our mission is to demystify the Edmonton real estate market for buyers, sellers, and enthusiasts alike. We aim to provide a gateway to a wealth of insider knowledge, essential market trends, and unbeatable strategies tailored specifically for the Edmonton community.

We hope to not only to inform but also to empower you with the industry's best-kept secrets and proven tactics, helping you make informed decisions in this dynamic market. Whether you're eyeing your first home purchase, planning to sell a property, or simply staying on top of the latest real estate trends, ICONIC YEG is your ultimate guide to navigating Edmonton's real estate landscape.

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Discover the Charm and History of Edmonton’s Parkdale Neighbourhood

Parkdale is a central Edmonton neighbourhood with deep roots in the city’s history. Located just minutes north of downtown, Parkdale was developed in the early 1900s alongside the construction of a local streetcar line, providing direct access to shops and services along 118th Avenue. Today, Parkdale remains an ideal location for those seeking an ultra-affordable home in a historic community.

Did you know that Edmonton gained city status in 1904 with a population of just over 8,000 people? Only a year later, Edmonton became the capital city of Alberta when the province was formed on September 1, 1905. The community of Parkdale was established soon after, with 40% of residences built before World War II and another 30% before 1960. These historic properties offer a glimpse into Edmonton’s architectural past, with many heritage homes restored to include modern amenities.

In addition to its historic homes, Parkdale offers a mix of housing options at affordable price points. Detached infill homes and half-duplexes are ideal for first-time buyers, while low and high-rise apartments start at just $65,000 for a one-bedroom unit.

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With downtown Edmonton only minutes away, Parkdale residents can enjoy amenities like the shops and eateries of Jasper Avenue, Rogers Place, the Edmonton City Centre mall, and the Downtown Business District. Bordering 118th Ave also provides amenities within walking distance, including grocers, medical services, and banking.

Other nearby attractions include the Royal Alberta Museum, Art Gallery of Alberta, Citadel Theatre, and Edmonton Convention Centre. The community is also home to many parks, including the large Giovanni Caboto Park.

The Parkdale Community League was established in 1922 to promote community engagement and “sane and true” patriotism through social and recreational events. The league originally organized activities like tennis matches, dances, variety shows, and hockey games. Though the league declined during World War II, it was re-established in 1956 to fundraise for a new rink complex. A community centre was built in 1981 through an $830,000 community services grant, offering space for community events and programming.

In 1986, Parkdale amalgamated with the neighbouring Cromdale community. Together, Parkdale-Cromdale Community League represents the interests of both communities and provides resources for residents.

Welcome to Parkdale, an Edmonton community with deep historical roots and a variety of amenities for residents. Explore the neighbourhood to discover its historic homes, green spaces, recreational facilities, schools, and local businesses. Parkdale's friendly and welcoming atmosphere, affordability, and proximity to downtown make it an ideal place to call home.

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Iconic Communities: Forest Heights

Forest Heights is the absolute best of all worlds, located on the southeast bank of the North Saskatchewan River Valley, walking distance to downtown, surrounded by mature trees and nature - some of the best Real Estate is located in the often overlooked neighbourhood in Edmonton.

Forest Heights is rich in history and maintains some of the best views of both Downtown Edmonton and the River Valley.  While some areas built upon the viewpoints in Edmonton are highly congested, Forest Heights still maintains large lots, ample nature, and a tight knit community.

While the Iconic team has sold many homes in Forest Heights because we see the obvious value in the community, here are our top reasons why you should consider calling Forest Heights your new home:

Proximity to Downtown

Forest Heights is located just minutes from downtown Edmonton, making it the perfect community for those who want to be close to the action. Downtown Edmonton is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, and Forest Heights residents can easily take advantage of all that the city has to offer.

Quiet and Safe

Despite its proximity to downtown, Forest Heights is a quiet and safe community. The neighbourhood is filled with families and young professionals, and crime rates are low. Residents can feel confident letting their children play outside or taking a walk through the neighbourhood at night.

Great Schools

Forest Heights is also home to some of the best schools in Edmonton. The public schools in the area are highly rated, and there are also a number of private schools nearby. Whether you have young children or are sending them off to college, you can rest assured that they will receive a great education in Forest Heights.

Beautiful Homes

In addition to being located in a great neighbourhood, the homes in Forest Heights are also beautiful. The houses in the area range from small starter homes to large executive homes, and there is something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a cozy bungalow or a luxurious estate, you'll find it in Forest Heights. Check out what we have coming soon to Forest Heights here!

Spectacular Views

Another reason why Forest Heights is the best community to live in is because of its spectacular views. The neighbourhood is situated on a hill, and many of the homes have stunning views of downtown Edmonton or the river valley. Whether you're relaxing on your patio or taking a stroll through the neighbourhood, you'll be able to enjoy some truly breathtaking views.

Close-knit Community

One of the best things about living in Forest Heights is that it feels like one big family. Neighbours know each other and look out for one another, and there's always someone around to lend a helping hand. If you're looking for a close-knit community where everyone knows your name, then Forest Heights is the perfect place for you.

It's Just Perfect!

When it comes down to it, there's no place like home sweet home...and there's no place like Forest Heights! Everything about this community makes it the perfect place to live, work, and raise a family. If you're looking for somewhere that has it all, then look no further than forest Heights!

Want to learn more about the community of Forest Heights or the properties within?  Contact us and let us show you what we love most about this iconic neighborhood in central Edmonton!

Not sure if Forest Heights is right for you, check out other Iconic Community options in Edmonton Alberta!

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Explore East Junction: The Best Local Activities, Services and Shopping!

The East Junction and the surrounding area is a great place to visit if you're looking for some local flavor. With restaurants, bars and shops galore the area has something that will appeal in tones of every age group! A diverse mix makes this vibrant area worth exploring - from old school bowling lanes popular with hipsters or relaxing local cafes with sustainable options. There's always something new around each corner here.

Best Local Activities

Bonnie Doon Bowling Lanes

The perfect date starts with a night out at Bonnie Doon Bowling Lanes.  You'll have so much fun, you won't even remember what time it is! Not only does this place offer affordable entertainment for everyone who wants to come together as friends or lovers (or both!), but also delicious food and friendly staff that will make anybody feel welcome - all while having some great laughs along the way too boot!

The Muttart Conservatory

Only a few minutes away from the East Junction, The Muttart Conservatory is one of Canada’s largest indoor botanical collections. 

Current Exhibit - Fall Into Fashion

“Take your turn strolling down the catwalk in the Muttart Conservatory Feature Pyramid this fall. We are transforming the space into an elegant environment with floral fashion on display. The fall chrysanthemums will be out in full bloom mixed with zinnia, ornamental kale, and tall grasses. You’ll find mirrors, and planted shoes and purses galore!  Throughout the pyramid we will also feature some mannequins modeling garments made by students at MC college.” 

Best Local Shopping

Good Goods Co. 

A one-stop shop for all your sustainable, local needs. From craft beer to artisanal cocktails they have everything you need and more! They also offer an incredible amount of carefully curated "goods" from clothing lines designed by locals or handcrafted jewelry made locally - there's no better way to enjoy what our little city has going on than shopping with Good Goods.

Ottewell Community Artisan Farmers Market

Offering year round service, the Ottewell farmers market is open every Thursday from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at the Ottewell community league! Incredible local options, food trucks and regular events - check out their social page here to stay updated on the vendor lists. 

Best Local Restaurants

Juniper Cafe and Bistro

If you're looking for a local favorite that's not only delicious but also good for your community, then look no further than Juniper! With seasonal and homemade options - there really isn't anything they can't make into perfection. So head on down today because once people find out about how great this place is...well let's just say we'll be lucky if any seats are available at all!

Duggan's Boundary Irish Pub

The locals have been coming to this cozy pub for years. Once you walk through the door, it feels as though you’ve truly transported yourself from our modern world into Ireland itself! The warm woods and booths are reminiscent of home; while their outstanding food will make any Irish enthusiast drool with anticipation (no pun intended). Duggans also offers a NEW patio which might be one of the best we have ever seen in Central Edmonton - perfect for summer days!

Stay tuned for our next series of Explore East Junction: Guided Walking Tours coming next week!




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