Moving to YEG: Edmonton’s Best Neighbourhoods for 20-Somethings to Live In

Fri, 02 Apr by TruHome Inc


So, you’ve made the decision to move to Edmonton—or maybe you’re already a Yegger and just looking to switch things up. Either way, that’s great! We’re here to help you find the right Edmonton neighbourhood for you. Follow along to see what we think the best neighbourhoods in Edmonton for 20-somethings (or beyond) are. And don’t worry, we’ll ensure our choices are activity and budget friendly.


For those already living in Edmonton, Oliver is an obvious spot. Located a short walk away from MacEwan University, several grocery stores and various restaurants and pubs, Oliver is a highly desired area in our city. Though it’s only a 10-20-minute talk to the Downtown core, Oliver is filled with towering trees, beautiful parks, and even a large community garden. And if you are planning on having a family, Oliver is home to several day cares, Oliver Elementary School and even has a public swimming pool—perfect for hot summer days! Explore all Oliver Homes for sale here


An up-and-coming neighbourhood, Ottewell is a large residential neighbourhood located East-central Edmonton. It’s a short bus ride to the University of Alberta and is filled with parks, long streets (perfect for the avid runner), and even an outdoor skating rink. Not to mention—Anvil Coffee House is a neighbourhood favourite. If you’re looking to purchase your first home, Ottewell is filled with perfect starter bungalows at an affordable cost. Discover all Ottewell Homes for sale here.


Depending on your interests, the obvious location of Downtown Edmonton might be perfect for you. In non-pandemic times, Downtown is the hustling and bustling centre of our city, filled with many local eats (like Rosewood Foods and Tiffin), cocktails around every corner (shoutout to The Bower and Woodwork) and is home to Churchill Square—where most of Edmonton’s iconic summer festivals are held. So, if you’re working in one of the Downtown towers and are child-free, you’ll likely love Downtown. Though rent and mortgages tend to be higher, you’ll save a lot of money on transportation and parking if you simply set up fort in the core. Explore all Downtown Edmonton homes for sale


We understand that not all 20-somethings want to be close to the downtown core. Sometimes we just want an affordable home in a beautiful neighbourhood! In Summerside, you’ll get exactly that. Filled with all the essentials, you’ll never have to leave Summerside. In this newer Edmonton neighbourhood, you’ll find large homes, walkable paths, and both chain & local restaurants. And what’s more, you’ll even find Lake Summerside—a 13-hectare and 28-foot-deep lake where you can swim, fish and even go to unique workshops at! Discover all Summerside Homes for sale.


Ritchie is known for being home to a variety of demographics—the long-time homeowners, the roommates and the young families. With a strong sense of community, you can’t go wrong with choosing a home in Ritchie. If you want to support local, you won’t have any troubles doing that in Ritchie as it’s home to favourites like Farrow, ACE Coffee, La Boule and Maven and Grace. And as an added bonus, this eclectic neighbourhood also has three parks and lots of family-friendly activities within a short reach. Explore all Ritchie Homes for sale. 


And for our final recommendation, we’re bringing you Woodcroft. Woodcroft is the perfect mix of homey residential, heritage and convenience. A neighbourhood built in the 1950s, you’ll find lived-in homes, a roomy park and an abundance of furry friends. And if you’re looking to stay long-term, this neighbourhood is home to Woodcroft Primary School and Ross Shepherd High School. Be sure to check out all Woodcroft homes for sale


So, have we convinced you to call Edmonton home yet? The list of incredible Edmonton neighbourhoods doesn’t end here, and we’re happy to talk more with you to find out what area of our city best suites you and your lifestyle. Contact us today to chat about your Edmonton real estate needs.

What Do Dog-Friendly Edmonton Condo Options Look Like?

Wed, 08 Jan by TruHome

Hello YEG!

All of us at TruHome love our pets and each of us has made choices in regards to our living environments that would be good for our pets and ourselves. For example, I (Caitlin) chose to live in a house over a condo so that my lovely fur-bears can enjoy a doggy door and yard, while my sister (Elisse) knew right away that a condo would be better for her family, including her little dog. 

In retrospect, when I re-consider my lifestyle, I do feel an Edmonton condo would have also worked really well for me and my two bubbly schnauzers. Unfortunately, before I became an Edmonton REALTOR®, I didn’t realize all the amazing Edmonton condo choices that do exist for people like myself and my dogs.

The reality is that there are plenty of options when it comes to living the Edmonton lifestyle while loving and living with your pets. I wanted to share a few of my favourites to get you started on exploring the real possibilities you can consider:

 The Valhalla Located In Oliver

The Valhalla is the ultimate in pet-friendly living in the core. Not only do they allow pets, but they are also one of the most flexible when it comes to the overall size of your dog. Great Dane? No Problem! Your lovable fur baby is welcome here. With sprawling views of the river valley and downtown, a large indoor pool and an incredible gym – this condo provides it all in location and lifestyle. Want to learn even more about The Valhalla, be sure to read about the 10 Things You May Not Know About The Valhalla. 

The View Overlooking Riverdale

Nestled at the top of the hill in picturesque Riverdale, this Edmonton condo lives up to its name. Enjoy some of the best views in Edmonton surrounded by river valley walking trails. Not to mention, it is located only five minutes away from Edmonton’s downtown core. The building has reasonable pet restrictions, massive floor plans, ensuite laundry, underground parking and lower condo fees, making it a great option not to be overlooked!

Cherry Brook Court Situated in Oliver

This condo is situated in a prime location in the heart of Oliver. Only one block away from Jasper Avenue and close to every desirable amenity including a great pet food store, Global Pet Foods. With tree-lined streets, multiple parks and a network of walking paths, Cherry Brook Court is perfect for the young urban professional or first time home buyer. Accepting cats or dogs – all are welcome in this amazing condo!

The River Grande in Riverdale

Named “Edmonton’s Garden”, Riverdale is a premiere community hugged by the curve of the North Saskatchewan, surrounded by walking trails and home to one of the best off-leash dog parks in the entire city, the Dawson off-leash park which is less than a five-minute walk from the building. Large balconies, friendly 18+ neighbours and amazing floor plans make The River Grande a top choice for any dog parent! 

Morris Lofts in Downtown

Situated in the best location in downtown YEG, this exclusive loft building welcomes your pets. Residents love the generous floor plans, well-managed board and underground parking. What more could you want for your furry friends? Your steps away from Work Nicer (a fantastic co-working space), TEC Edmonton, 104th Street, Start-up Edmonton and the Ice District. 

Trinity Pointe in Bonnie Doon

One of Edmonton’s best kept secrets facing Mill Creek Ravine, this steel and concrete building is well-constructed and sound-proof. Connected to the ravine and trail networks, this building is ideal for pet owners all around. You will want for no amenity living near Whyte Avenue, Bonnie Doon mall, and downtown if you choose this as your next home! Not to mention with the expansion of the LRT network and its hub will bring even more exciting news to the area.

Want to discover more pet-friendly buildings in Edmonton? Our Edmonton Real Estate team would be thrilled to find the ideal home for you and your furry friend. Let us share our expertise to help you on your way!

Your TruHome Advisor,

Caitlin Heine

When Caitlin Heine isn’t out and about helping buyers and sellers navigate the Edmonton Real Estate market, you’ll often catch her out enjoying Edmonton’s beautiful river valley with her two schnauzers, Lumi & Hilli.

Edmonton Loft Living – Real History, Real Living

Thu, 12 Sep by TruHome

Edmonton Lofts

We often hear people brag about the loft space in their designer home or their loft-style condo, but with only 200 true converted industrial lofts in Edmonton, those who own them belong to an exclusive club with a lineup of buyers hoping to get in. 

At the heart of the core surrounded by every possible amenity, endless entertainment and downtown nightlife, YEG’s converted industrial lofts are an excellent choice for today’s urban singles and power couples. These properties are well-built and efficient with a minimalist aesthetic. Not only are they smart real estate investments, but they come with a coveted lifestyle inside a rare piece of Edmonton history. 

True converted Edmonton industrial lofts represent just 2% of residential properties in the core and only 6% of those have been listed/sold within the past year. Which means to get into the 200-Loft Club you need an Edmonton real estate advisor with the expertise to help negotiate your membership. That’s where I and the TruHome Real Estate Team come in. 

The TruHome team started researching Edmonton’s lofts because we are passionate about our local history when it pertains to how Edmonton became the city it is today.

Did you know Philips Lofts used to be a storage warehouse with a 20-foot arcade?

Or that Cobogo Lofts is built on the foundation of the Ker Building which burned down in 1913? 

Our team and myself personally, appreciate the uniqueness of loft living and have dedicated time and energy to specialize in these types of properties, we are well connected with current Edmonton loft owners and building managers. If you don’t see what you are looking for on the Edmonton MLS® System, get in touch, as often we have our beat on the pulse and can keep you informed of “not yet on the market” opportunities.

So let me help you jump the lineup into the 200 Loft Club and close the deal on your new life in the core. 


Michael van Butselaar

Your, TruHome Advisor


Michael van Butselaar, your TruHome Real Estate Advisor of RE/MAX Real Estate has a keen eye for finding the unique properties right for his clients. His expertise in high-quality renovations also aids his clients in visualizing the possibilities.



Searching for the ideal Edmonton loft? Learn more about many of Edmonton’s amazing lofts right here, with the latest Edmonton lofts for sale and news.

10 Things You May Not Know About The Valhalla Condo In Oliver

Fri, 08 Jun by TruHome

1. You’ll Love The Viking Theme

According to the Encylcopedia of Brittanica: Valhalla, Old Norse Valhöll, in Norse mythology, the hall of slain warriors, who live there blissfully under the leadership of the god Odin. Valhalla is depicted as a splendid palace, roofed with shields, where the warriors feast on the flesh of a boar slaughtered daily and made whole again each evening. They drink liquor that flows from the udders of a goat, and their sport is to fight one another every day.

The Valhalla in Oliver, lives up to this name with playful Viking imagery through out the building and with its other aesthetic elements.

2. The Valhalla Is Pet Friendly

That’s right, this building welcomes your furry friends, including larger size dogs. Man’s Best Friend offers a wonderful opportunity to say hello to your neighbours.

3. The Valhalla Is Child Friendly

This building is extremely inclusive and definitely checks off “positive” points with the Child Friendly Housing Coalition of Alberta. As more families want to stay in central Edmonton, condos are becoming more of a norm when raising your family. It is great to know, that if you choose to buy in the Valhalla, you’ll never be pressured to leave if you find out your expecting.

4. The Valhalla Offers Incredible Views

To the south of the Valhalla Condos in Edmonton, you have our unbelievable river valley and to the north you have panoramic views of downtown. No matter which direction you face, the units in the Valhalla offer bright, open windows and gorgeous views.

5. The Valhalla Cares About Your Safety

Based on the efforts made to ensure the safety and welling being of their residents, you could say the Valhalla is as safe as Fort Knox. The building had a huge audit done, including seeing if a person could scale up to the large communal deck facing the river valley and trust us when we say they could teach other buildings strategies for maintaining a safe and peaceful building. Experience, new and increased lighting, new door latches, new fencing and a whole bunch of over cool stuff (well cool if you understand the nuances of this).

6. The Valhalla Supports Alternative Transportation: Bikers Welcome

Want to live in central Edmonton and prefer to bike everywhere? The Valhalla Condo in Oliver has you covered. There is no reason you have to store your bike in your condo or track up the elements to your floor, when there is a bike room in the parkade and hooks available for bikes in each parking stall. For those who can’t live without your car, they also offer a tire storage room for your winter/summer tires.

7. People Who Live In The Valhalla Are Social

It isn’t often when you find a larger building with a great sense of community belonging. At the Valhalla, residents are encouraged to get together every once in a while with offerings of Christmas movie nights, annual “yard” sales and even the option to pay for yoga classes available right in the building. There are also great gathering spots including a place to play pool, a breathtaking patio to hang out on and even social room you can book for events or get-togethers.

8. You Don’t Have To Leave To Work Out

No need to pay for a separate gym membership, when everything you need is right in your building. Enjoy the work out equipment where you have the best views in the city. Who wouldn’t want to work out while looking at the River Valley. Not to mention, if you enjoy swimming, this is one of the few private buildings that has maintained an amazing pool for residents to enjoy. Truthfully, I’ve been tempted to visit and get a work-out/swim in because it really is that nice.

9. Overall The Valhalla Is A Well Maintained Building

You may not be buying new here, but you are buying a piece of Edmonton history in a building with a great condo board that is doing a good job of maintaining and upgrading the building. Many of the major upgrades have been completed and a good portion of the condo fees are dedicated to the reserve fund for long term planning and peace of mind for residents.

10. Ideal Spot In Central Edmonton For Urban Nature Lovers

Located right on the River Valley, the Valhalla is perfect for those who love to get out and enjoy Edmonton’s scenic river valley. Whether you like jogging, cycling, or even segwaying with River Valley Adventure Co., Edmonton offers a true gem of outdoor delights.


We can’t say enough wonderful things about the Valhalla, however, there is 1 more benefit – you can move into this building between the low $200,000 and mid $300,000’s. This make this condo a perfect for first time home buyers, people looking to down-size and even investors. Take a look at the Edmonton Condos For Sale In The Valhalla today.



Adding Texture to Your Walls

Thu, 18 May by TruHome

Love your space but want to make it feel more like your own? Try adding texture to your walls and get an instant feeling of personalization.

 Whether you’re renting, renovating, or the proud new owner of a home, here are some simple ideas to help make your space your TruHome.


Get Your Wallpaper On

Fashion designer Bridget Smatlan of Fridget Apparel brings her design skills off the runway and into your home with her custom wallpaper installation service Tops Wallcovering. The savvy designer has an eye for detail and an unwavering commitment to using correct adhesives and surface preparation techniques. If done correctly, wallpaper can add an instant boost and focal point to any room.

Art for the Commitment-phobes

Looking for a more low-profile way to give your walls a little je ne sais quoi ? Edmonton-based Oliver Apt. designed a series of magnetic frames to hold your beloved art, music posters, and prints. The Prof. Prints series retails for $30 CAD and comes in three sizes and the choice of white ash or walnut finishes. Each kit includes countersunk holes to screw directly to the wall, as well as gold and white twine for hanging.

Plaster on the Warmth

Who says green living can’t be fashion-forward too? High Street’s Carbon Environmental Boutique proudly carries the American Clay line of natural earth plaster. These non-toxic plaster finishes come in a wide selection of earthy-tones, and can be applied on traditional wall surfaces – adding warmth and texture to your living space.


Hang Some Modern Nostalgia

Macramé is back in a big way, and nobody knows how to use it better than interior designer Julie Adams from Of Quartz Interiors. Check out her website and sign up for one of her plant or wall hanging workshops to make your own macramé work of art. You can also purchase ready-made wall hangings from her online shop.


Finnish with Fabric

Sometimes the simplest solutions can make a big (and memorable) impact. This is definitely true when it comes to using textiles as art. If you want a temporary solution to add colour and texture to any size of wall, try framing fabric and watch how it instantly transforms a space. We are especially in love with the selection available from Finnish design company Marimekko.

Cycle Towards Your Edmonton Truhome

Thu, 11 May by TruHome


Spring is just around the corner, making it the perfect time to start preparing your two-wheeled beauty for a few months of glorious bicycle bliss.

Join the Network

If you are an avid cyclist, you will already know that construction is underway for a $7.5-million bike network that will provide seven kilometres of separated lanes for cyclists in downtown Edmonton. When complete, the Downtown Bike Network project will be similar to bike networks found in Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal or other major Canadian cities.

Edmonton Bike Swap

Looking to buy, sell or donate a bicycle?  Be sure to check out the Alberta Bike Swap, Saturday, May 13 from 2:30 – 4 PM at Northlands Edmonton EXPO Centre. This annual event is a perfect opportunity to sell a bike that’s been taking up space on your balcony or collecting dust in the garage, and an awesome opportunity to get a great deal on a new-to-you bicycle inspected and ready to ride off the lot.


Tune-up for Spring

If it’s a spring tune-up that you need, you’ll appreciate the friendly service at MEC’s Bike Shop, located in Oliver. Tune-up packages range from basic to premium, or you can choose individual bike services and repairs. This is also the place to check out for unique bicycle storage solutions for your house or condo.


Hands-on Help

More of the DIY-type? Then you are going to love the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters (EBC) fully-equipped, volunteer-run community bike workshops at BikeWorks North and BikeWorks South. For a small hourly fee, you will have access to specialty bicycle tools needed to repair and maintain your bicycle, as well as access to friendly  mechanics on hand to answer any questions you may have.


Choose Your Ride

When it comes to shopping for a new ride, Edmonton is home to a variety of of bike shops geared for all levels of cyclists. Garneau’s Redbike is the place to go if you are looking for function and European style. They also have a number of group rides you can sign up for on their website. Western Cycle and Revolution Cycle carry a wide selection of mountain bikes, scooters, and road bikes. MEC and United Cycle offer bikes and other sporting accessories at multiple price-points. Also be sure to check out Velocity Cycle at the new Ritchie Market.


Thinking about moving to a cycle-friendly neighbourhood? The TruHome team can help you choose the best options when it comes to condos and homes in Edmonton’s Central communities. Be sure to explore these great Edmonton neighbourhoods: Downtown |  Oliver | Queen Mary Park | Garneau | Strathcona | Ritchie

Downtown & Oliver, Edmonton Market Stats – July 2016

Mon, 15 Aug by TruHome

What Is Happening In Your Area – Stats Wise?

Interested to understand what has happened in the Edmonton Real Estate market last month? Check out our most recent stats pertaining to the communities of Oliver and Downtown. Don’t live in the core? Contact us to get updated on what’s happening in your hood.

Edmonton Real Estate Market – A Recap for June

Fri, 15 Jul by TruHome

Hello Edmonton Real Estate – What Is Going On? (A Recap From June)

  • 1,785 properties were sold in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (up 0.8% from May)
  • 1,117 single family detached homes were sold in the Edmonton CMA (equal percentage from May)
  • 465 condos and 173 duplex/rowhouses sold (up 11.5% and down 15% from May, respectively)
  • $435,366 was the average all-residential price for June (down by over 1% from May)

“Although June’s residential unit sales are up slightly over May, we did not see the numbers set in June of 2015. Also notable is that the sustained lull in sales we have seen over the past two years has not been reflected in average price. Continued sales of higher priced properties in the region have helped keep average prices strong,” says REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair Steve Sedgwick.

What Is Happening In Your Area – Stats Wise?

We are excited to annouce that we are now launching monthly stats based on region. Central Edmonton Dwellers (Downtown & Oliver) – check out your stats below. Don’t live in the core? Contact us to get updated on what’s happening in your hood.

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Edmonton Real Estate Market – A Recap for May

Thu, 16 Jun by TruHome

Hello Edmonton Real Estate – What Is Going On? (A Recap From May)

  • 1,771 properties were sold in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (up 18% from April)
  • 1,119 single family detached homes were sold in the Edmonton CMA (19% percent increase from April)
  • 449 condos and 203 duplex/rowhouses sold (up 5% and 37% from April, respectively)
  • $382,695 was the average all-residential price for May (up by over 1% from April)

“While new listings coming onto the market were down this May compared to 2015, inventory continues to remain strong with more than 8,000 residential properties on the market at month’s end,” REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair Steve Sedgwick said. “The fact that we haven’t seen a significant decline in prices is giving buyers more assurance. They are making purchases based on market stability and good selection.”

What Is Happening In Your Area – Stats Wise?

We are excited to annouce that we are now launching monthly stats based on region. Central Edmonton Dwellers (Downtown & Oliver)  – check out stats specific to this area below. Don’t live in the core? Contact us to get updated on what’s happening in your hood. 2

An Urban Lifestyle with a Classic Vibe: Welcome to Oliver, a Historic Edmonton Neighbourhood

Fri, 17 Jul by TruHome


The neighborhood of Oliver is one of Edmonton’s oldest and most densely populated communities in the city. As you’ll soon see, these two factors make Oliver one of the more coveted places to live in Edmonton.

Oliver Is Rich In History

Named after Frank Oliver, the neighborhood of Oliver was one of the first communities to be founded in the city. As such, the area is home to many historical buildings, including the Lemarchand Mansion. Other historical buildings include the Buena Vista building and Guiles Grocery. Many beautiful churches were constructed in this area around 1914 which still remain active today. Beautiful row houses, single family dwellings, and high-rise condos are all found within this neighborhood. Amazingly, they all blend together to make a very charming community.

124 Street (Edward Street) was the commercial district for Oliver in the early 1900’s. Home to trolley cars and street cars until the end of World War II, this area always was a booming part of the neighborhood. 124 Street has recently undergone a major renovation. New brick inlayed sidewalks, street lighting, and barrels of beautiful flowers have been added to the area. This revitalization has brought life back to 124 Street.

Superior Urban Edmonton Lifestyle

One of the things that residents of Oliver appreciate most is how everything they need is within walking distance of their homes. Shops, restaurants, entertainment and outdoor activities can all be found within minutes of any area of the neighborhood. Many residents brag that they only take their car out for special occasions because they walk or ride their bicycles everywhere.

Great For Those Who Love The Outdoors

Oliver has many activities for those who enjoy the outdoors. A community pool, several parks and a community garden are all found within this neighborhood. The Victoria Promenade is located in the western part of Oliver. The Promenade is part of the Edmonton Historical Trail and provides visitors with an exceptional view of the river valley. For those who love to follow trails or simply walk around town, Oliver is filled with well-kept walkways and is very pedestrian friendly.

Perfect Combination Of Downtown And Suburbs

One of the most exciting features of Oliver is how all of the structures within this neighborhood flow together. High rise buildings are scattered amongst the row homes, giving the perfect flow to the skyline. The old railway stations have been converted to strip malls, and many of the old warehouses have been refurbished to contain beautiful apartments and unique shops. In between all of the buildings, Oliver still remains green. You will find beautiful landscaping, trees, and open green spaces. All of this combines into the perfect living area.

Something For Everyone

Oliver is also a very diverse community. This diversity brings many things to this area, including fabulous restaurants, unique shops, and many different places of worship. The many different types of residences in this area also draw people from every age group and economic background. This combination of ages and interests makes Oliver a happy place to live.

For more information about the neighborhood of Oliver, please feel free to contact the Edmonton Home Tribe team.


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