We’ve seen buyers from BC and Ontario moving to Alberta in droves to avoid a housing situation where they’ll be renting indefinitely due to the high cost of housing. With the average price of a home in BC or Ontario currently being just under $1,000,000, finding out that the average cost of a home in Alberta is just under $500K is music to these buyer’s ears. This lower cost of home ownership also means a higher quality of life for these buyers.
My name is Katie Crawford and speaking as someone who moved from BC 15 years ago to upgrade my own lifestyle, I’m going to tell you some of the non-financial benefits of being an Edmontonian.
Edmonton gets a bad rap for being remote and cold. What I noticed personally when I moved to the Edmonton area in 2007 is that I still had all of the big city amenities at my disposal – top notch restaurants, concerts, sports, shopping and festivals and all with the small town feel that comes with super friendly people. The people in Edmonton are very down to earth and it’s easy to create a community for yourself here.
Speaking of Festivals, Edmonton’s nickname is Festival city, because of the 50+ festivals that are held here every year. The longer winter means that when the sun’s out, people love to live it up.
Not that the sun isn’t out in the Winter! We actually get an average of 321 days of sun per year, great for the mental health. It may be colder here than in BC and Ontario, but the dry cold is much easier to bear. It’s hard to explain unless you’ve experienced it yourself, but you’ll see when you come visit.
The North Saskatchewan River runs right through the city of Edmonton, and the River Valley boasts 7400 hectares of land equaling 22 x the size of Central Park in New York! There is a tremendous amount of greenspace in the city, with 43 dog parks and hundreds of km’s of walking trails.
West Edmonton Mall, North America’s largest shopping mall has every store you can think of, an amusement park, water park, restaurants, 2 food courts, a casino and hotel all on site plus more. It’s a great place for an outing with the kids.
Depending what area you live in, Edmonton is only 3-4 hours away from Banff and Jasper national parks with absolutely breath-taking sights and tons of outdoor activities to enjoy.
These are just a few of my favourite things about living in the Greater Edmonton Area. Are you considering a move? Check out my previous video on the cost of housing in the Greater Edmonton area as compared with Vancouver & Toronto. I’d also love to hear about your plans! Send me a message a let’s plan your move to Edmonton!