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Embracing the Holiday Spirit: Family Fun and Festive Delights
As the snow blankets our city (it will, I promise), Winnipeg comes alive with the festive spirit of the holiday season. Whether you're seeking family-friendly activities or looking for some holiday magic for yourself, our vibrant city has something for everyone. As your trusted Winnipeg realtor, I'm here not only to guide you through the housing market but also to be your go-to source for local happenings. Let's dive into some that are my own favourite, or ones in the plan to try for the first time: 

1. Zoo Lights Festival at Assiniboine Park Zoo
⭐ Delight in the illuminated animal displays, warm up with hot cocoa, and create lasting memories with the family.  

2. The Forks: 
⭐ Soon, you'll find a winter wonderland complete with outdoor skating, festive markets, and warming huts.

3. Elf In Concert With The WSO: Need I say more?  
⭐ It is ELF!  Perfect for the kids and the kids alike.  (I love Elf a little too much).  December 8&9, WSO. 

4. Candlelight Jazz - A Charlie Brown Christmas:
⭐ This is a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Winnipeg. At the Winnipeg Art Gallery under the gentle glow of candlelight. Tickets here.

5. A Holiday Circus Spectacular - A Christmas Rockstory:
⭐ An electrifying stage show featuring award-winning acrobats, aerialists, daredevils, and circus performers, all backdropped by a rockin’ holiday soundtrack. Blending jaw-dropping performances with classic Christmas tunes.  Tickets: December 12, all ages, playing at the Burton Cummings Theatre. 

What other events are you planning to attend? 

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New property listed in Riverbend, 4E

I have listed a new property at 27 John Reeves PL in Winnipeg. See details here

Offers Oct. 16th afternoon. This 1,735 square-foot home is situated mid-block in a quiet, established neighbourhood & boasts elegant oak hardwood floors. With two cozy living rooms, a full dining room, and main floor laundry and bathroom, it's an entertainer's dream. The eat-in kitchen opens to a delightful back deck for outdoor dining. Five spacious bedrooms and three modern bathrooms provide ample space for a growing family. Step into the backyard to find a deck, lower-level patio, and charming pergola, perfect for enjoying the fresh air. There's also a shed and garden beds for those with a green thumb. Additional highlights include a double-car attached garage with front access, a newer furnace, and shingles (2022). Rough in for 4th bath in basement. Appliances are included for your convenience. You are steps away to major shopping, transportation, all levels of schools, and restaurants. Don't miss this Winnipeg gem – call now to schedule your viewing.

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Ceilings - The Fifth Wall

Look up. What do you see? A plain white popcorn ceiling? Chances are you're one of millions of Canadians who haven't explored the option of ceiling decor. Designers are calling it the fifth wall in a room and have started to become more and more vocal about sprucing ceilings up. Here are some decor options to consider for your ceiling:

Wallpaper, or ceiling paper to be more accurate: Apply a textured wallpaper to your smooth ceiling in much the same way you would a wall. It can be left its original colour, or painted for a more stunning effect. Or, opt for a wallpaper that features a bold pattern or bright colour to enhance an otherwise serene room.

Wood planks: These can be applied over a textured ceiling and can be painted or stained to match, or contrast, other woodwork in the room. Choose a lightweight plank and be sure to nail them to joists. For added interest, angle the planks across the room, make a herringbone pattern, or even add a few rows around the room before switching to a typical strip design. 

Corrugated tin: Using adhesive and screws, you can cover your ceiling with elegant tin ceiling tiles. Use them throughout a room or as a focal point above a dining room table or kitchen island, for example.

Fabric: Think of a tent, but in elegant, gauzy fabrics that drape from the center of a room to the walls. Alternatively, drape fabric across the ceiling adhering it every few feet with a wooden beam to create a cloud-like look. Be sure to choose fabrics that are lightweight and can be stapled to the ceiling. 

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Embracing the Future: Winnipeg's Journey towards 15-Minute Cities

In recent years, urban planning has taken a bold step forward, giving rise to the concept of "15-Minute Cities." These cities are designed with the goal of making essential amenities and services accessible within a 15-minute walk or bike ride from any point in the community. As a forward-thinking realtor in Winnipeg, you might wonder how this concept could shape the real estate landscape of our beloved city.

What are 15-Minute Cities? The 15-Minute City concept envisions a community where daily needs – such as groceries, schools, parks, and healthcare facilities – are all conveniently situated within a short distance. This not only reduces the reliance on cars, minimizing traffic congestion and pollution, but also fosters a sense of community, well-being, and a higher quality of life.Winnipeg's Journey towards the 15-Minute Ideal

Winnipeg, with its diverse neighborhoods and strong sense of community, is well-poised to embrace the principles of 15-Minute Cities. The city's ongoing efforts to enhance public transportation, cycling infrastructure, and walkability align perfectly with this vision.

Imagine strolling down tree-lined streets in Osborne Village, where local shops, cafes, and parks are just steps away from charming homes. Picture a family-friendly neighborhood like River Heights, where schools, recreational spaces, and essential services are all within reach. With proper planning and community involvement, we can transform these pockets of convenience into full-fledged 15-Minute Hubs.

Implications for Real Estate For realtors like us, the shift towards 15-Minute Cities offers exciting opportunities. As these neighborhoods become more self-sufficient and attractive, property values could experience an upward trajectory. Homes in areas with superior walkability scores and proximity to amenities might become particularly sought after, appealing to both environmentally conscious buyers and those seeking a convenient lifestyle.Moreover, property developers might focus on creating mixed-use spaces that integrate residential units with commercial establishments, further contributing to the accessibility and vibrancy of these areas. As a realtor, being knowledgeable about the 15-Minute City concept and its local implications will put you at the forefront of a changing real estate landscape.

Championing Change As a realtor in Winnipeg, you play a vital role in shaping the city's future. By embracing the 15-Minute City concept and promoting its benefits to potential buyers, you're not just facilitating property transactions – you're contributing to the creation of healthier, more sustainable communities.

In conclusion, the 15-Minute City concept is more than just an urban planning trend; it's a vision for a better quality of life, reduced environmental impact, and vibrant, connected neighbourhoods. As Winnipeg takes steps towards becoming a 15-Minute City, realtors have the unique opportunity to be agents of positive change, guiding clients towards homes that align with this innovative and sustainable urban vision.

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I have sold a property at 6 821 St Paul AVE in Winnipeg

I have sold a property at 6 821 St Paul AVE in Winnipeg. See details here

Centrally located in the West End, west of Arlington, this immaculate condo offers urban oasis living. After a remarkable 2007 conversion, all units and common spaces were beautifully updated. Conveniently situated on the 2nd floor of this 3 story walk-up, home boasts numerous wonderful features. A stunning brick feature wall spans the entire unit, complemented by new windows (2021) that bathe the space in natural light. With laminate flooring and 9-foot ceilings, the condo feels airy and spacious. Residents will appreciate the building's cleanliness, quiet atmosphere, and non-smoking policy. In-suite laundry, newer HWT, a large basement storage unit, keyless front entry, video security, and a delightful shared courtyard with a fire pit and patio enhance the living experience. The U of W, grocery stores, and major bus routes are all within walking distance, making this location highly convenient. Condo fees are so low, this affordable and well-maintained unit is not to be missed!

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New property listed in North End, 4C

I have listed a new property at 385 Aikins ST in Winnipeg. See details here

This spacious family home will house your large family. It has 5 bedrooms, a large dining room and family room, ready to be restored to its natural beauty. Have you seen the original woodwork? Gorgeous! There is an inviting foyer, back mudroom, plus porch on the 2nd floor for additional storage, or perhaps a playroom, office or walk-in closet! This solid home has a double lot that is worth investigating further. 60X100. Book a viewing today and see for yourself. This home is conveniently located near a major bus route, shopping, and all level of schools.

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I have sold a property at 31 Joyal PL in Winnipeg

I have sold a property at 31 Joyal PL in Winnipeg. See details here

Welcome to your new home! This spacious property spans 1625 ft2 and features 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a finished rec room & a private office that brings convenience and comfort. Step into the private yard with a deck, perfect for outdoor gatherings. Enjoy the advantages of central air, main floor laundry and bathrooms. The family room, eat-in kitchen and living/dining room provide ample space for relaxation and entertainment. Park effortlessly in the attached single garage, with plenty of space for additional cars in the front access driveway. The fully finished basement offers versatile options & ample storage. The exterior showcases an elegant blend of stone and stucco. Situated on a desirable cul-de-sac, this location offers peace and privacy. The fenced yard ensures security. Nearby playgrounds, shopping, and public transportation add to the accessibility of the location. All appliances are included. Schedule a showing today!

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I have sold a property at 45 Ironweed RD in Winnipeg

I have sold a property at 45 Ironweed RD in Winnipeg. See details here

Step into comfort and elegance with this captivating cab-over home. Built in 08, it boasts 3 beds, 3 baths, and a finished basement. With a charming vinyl exterior and durable shingle roof, this home offers both style and functionality. Inside, enjoy the blend of wall-to-wall carpet and vinyl flooring for comfort & easy upkeep. Stay cozy with forced air heating powered by natural gas. The double attached garage effortlessly accommodates your vehicles and storage needs. Step out to the fenced yard with a deck and create your own private retreat. Conveniently located near playgrounds, shopping centres, this home offers ease and accessibility. Additional features include central air, a practical hood fan, main floor laundry, and a smoke-free, pet-free environment. Essential appliances such as a dishwasher, dryer, garage door opener, microwave, fridge, stove, washer, and window coverings are included. Don't miss the opportunity to make this property your own. Schedule a showing today!

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I have sold a property at 3 Country Club DR in Sanford

I have sold a property at 3 Country Club DR in Sanford. See details here

Introducing your next home in Sanford, just a short drive from Winnipeg's perimeter! This distinctive 1156 ft2 elevated one level bungalow offers 3 beds, 2 full baths, and a spacious double detached garage (22x24). Nestled in a serene and pet-friendly enclave, discover a tranquil oasis with a charming garden area. Enjoy the perks of low taxes and utility costs! Immerse yourself in a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere, where the clubhouse hosts year-round activities. Engage in classes, games, events, and tournaments, catering to all interests. There is also a communal garden space. With the conveniences of Kenaston Common just a stone's throw away, relish in a rural lifestyle while still being close to the city. Experience a community designed with your needs in mind; the RM of MacDonald has much to offer, too! Don't miss this opportunity to call Sanford your home. Come and discover a world of possibilities!

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New property listed in South St Clements, R02

I have listed a new property at 0 McMurchy LANE in St Clements. See details here

39.98 acres in a quiet area located at a dead end road, close to Bird's Hill Park, Selkirk, Garson, Oakbank. Property has good, healthy soil and there is a marsh about halfway through it with approximately an acre of bush at west end of property. Buyer to do own due diligence. Access from McMurchy Lane. It is a low density area.

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I have sold a property at 6 428 Sherbrook ST in Winnipeg

I have sold a property at 6 428 Sherbrook ST in Winnipeg. See details here

Affordable 1 bedroom condo in West End. Twin buildings, courtyard between each. "Smart card" coin-op laundry, lots of parking on Sherbrook, close to HSC, Sherbrook Pool, shopping, public transportation, and more. This unit is great for someone with accessibility needs, as it is on the main floor, and the building is access friendly. It is also a unique layout as an end unit with windows and light coming from the South, West, and North! Granite countertops in the spacious eat-in kitchen, comes with stove, fridge, dishwasher, and window coverings. Bonus: this building is pet friendly!

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Liveability In Winnipeg Neighbourhoods

What are the best neighbourhoods in Winnipeg to buy a house in? See the top picks in Winnipeg based on affordability, walkability, population density, cultural and ethnic diversity, accessibility, and proximity to work, transit, schools, hospital, amenities, and parks.

Most Liveable Neighbourhoods in Winnipeg

  1. River Heights: The cost of housing in this neighbourhood is above-average for the market, but its proximity to school and hospitals separate it from others on the list. Stroll along the Assiniboine River as you take in some of the most beautiful homes in the city. There are single-detached homes for families and working professionals, from century homes to 50’s style bungalows to modern builds. Just six kilometres from downtown, it is an easy commute into the city centre. It has the perfect mix of big box stores and charming boutique shops on Academy Road.
  2. Norwood Flats: This neighbourhood is just south of Winnipeg’s downtown. Norwood Flats in primary residential homes built before the 1960s. Find character at a reasonable price in this historic area. It is a top pick for young professionals for its proximity to work and entertainment downtown. Plenty of school options and proximity to a hospital make it a top choice for families. Outdoor lovers chose Norwood Flats for its parks and walking trails along the Red River.
  3. Osborne Village: This is a genuinely affordable region, especially for young people. This trendy neighbourhood is filled with cafes, pubs, fine dining, bookstores, and boutiques. It is a fun, energetic community that is popular with young professionals.
  4. Fraser’s Grove: Boarding the Red River, there are homes on the riverfront. Close to downtown and access to green space provide the best of both worlds. This is a popular option if you are looking for great value for a home.
  5. Scotia Heights:  This is another neighbourhood with affordable home options close to the downtown core. This community is bordered by parks and the river, making it another excellent choice for outdoor lovers. It has many community organizations and a vibrant ambiance.
  6. Wolseley: Lots of character homes in this fun neighbourhood. It is considered a more affordable neighbour, River Heights. Zoned for residential and commercial pretty, you’ll find one-of-a-kind shops. Downtown is known as the Granola Belt for its organic grocers and trendy shops. It’s easy to walk and bike all through the neighbourhood.
  7. Riverview: Some would argue that this is one of Winnipeg’s best-kept secrets. It is best known for its character homes, green space, and amenities. Sitting just south of downtown, most of the homes in this neighbourhood were built in the 190s and earlier. There are condo options for those looking for a different opportunity. Osbourne Village is found just north of Riverview and is filled with all the charming shops you want.
  8. Old. St. Vital: Established by French settlers in 1822, it remains a robust francophone neighbourhood. This large neighbourhood features a wide diversity of housing options, with newer builds. The area has it all for family living, with public libraries, community centres, and public pools.
  9. Crescentwood: Mature trees, bustling streets, and great patios are all in this historic neighbourhood. There is always something happening in this neighbourhood, whether you are looking for a night on the town or just to grab a coffee. Like most Winnipeg neighbourhoods, it features mature trees and abundant green space.
  10. West End: This is one of the most affordable neighbourhoods on this list. This established neighbourhood is close to the downtown core and multiple hospitals. This eclectic neighbourhood has so much to offer.

Most Liveable Neighbourhoods in Winnipeg

As listed above, the most liveable neighbourhoods in Winnipeg are all close to green spaces, parks, retail shops, and transit. They boast many liveability factors that appeal to homebuyers in those neighbourhoods.

Winnipeg Liveability Trends

Liveability in Winnipeg is expected to continue to improve. “Developers in the region know that Winnipeg residents, like many Canadians, enjoy their own neighbourhoods, so they keep this perspective in mind when building and planning. Gone are the days where neighbourhoods have the bare minimum; the focus now is adding value to the properties with great neighbourhood amenities”.

Winnipeg at a Glance

Winnipeg is the capital city of Manitoba and boasts a diverse economy in sectors including trade, manufacturing, education and health care. Often called the “gateway to the West,” Winnipeg is also culturally diverse, with over 100 languages and nationalities represented. People are often drawn to Winnipeg because of its unique winter experiences and great liveability factors, including unique neighbourhoods and access to green space.

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