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MAR 9 – APR 13, 2018 | VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1

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08 Rental Market

16 Signing a Lease

Highlights from Alberta’s rental market

14 Edmonton Market Good news for Edmonton renters

Eight things you should know before signing a lease

19 Apartment Repairs When something wears out: Who pays to get it fixed?

18 Edmonton Events Discover downtown Edmonton in one day

26 Calgary Market

INSPIRATION

Calgary’s restaurant scene is a foodie’s delight

Eight ways to implement organization into your home

28 Tips & Tricks Become a pro with patterns and watch your home come alive

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10 Tenant’s Checklist This list will help you cover all your bases before you rent

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EDITOR’S NOTE

WELCOME TO OUR NEW ALBERTA RENTERS GUIDE!

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Hello Alberta! I’m so happy to present an expanded product from NextHome that will help you find your next new home. Renters Guide now covers Edmonton and Calgary, and we’ve been busy filling our pages with articles to help you on your apartment hunt. Our goal is to make the process easier and maybe even a little more fun. Our Alberta Market Report on page 8 will give you an overview of the rental landscape in the province. And on page 14 and 26, respectively, you’ll get similar insights into the local scenes in Edmonton and Calgary. From all angles, it’s looking pretty good. Along with great advice on leases, who pays for repairs and what to look for before you sign a lease, we also have some dynamic home decor pages to inspire you to make your rental space a true reflection of who you are. If there is something you’d like us to write about, or if you have a comment or suggestion, please send me an email. And when it’s time to make a move, let Renters Guide help. You can also check us out online at NextHome.ca, and get ready to find your new home!

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TRENDING | MARKET REPORT

RENTAL

MARKET REPORT ALBERTA HIGHLIGHTS by WAYNE KARL

Looking for an apartment in Alberta? The good news is that you have plenty of options. It’s no secret that the economy hit a rough patch a few years ago, which for renters has meant more supply, less demand – and hello, opportunity, for Mr. or Ms Renter. And while oil and gas and other sectors are improving – which has led to increasing rental demand – there’s still a ways to go. So, opportunities for renters are still plentiful.

BACHELOR VACANCY RATE

6.9%

THE OVERALL VACANCY RATE DECREASED TO

THE AVERAGE RENT IS...

AVERAGE RENT

$823

DOWN BY 1.2%

TWOBEDROOM

7.9% VACANCY RATE

BELOW PROVINCE

BELOW PROVINCE

SIMILAR TO PROVINCE

SIMILAR TO PROVINCE

ABOVE PROVINCE

ABOVE PROVINCE

AVERAGE RENT

$1,188

GRANDE PRAIRIE

ONEBEDROOM VACANCY RATE

7.1% AVERAGE RENT

$988

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EDMONTON

THREE OR MORE BEDROOMS VACANCY RATE

6.9% AVERAGE RENT

$1,300

RED DEER

CALGARY MEDICINE HAT LETHBRIDGE


“Vacancy rates move lower as improving labour market conditions and positive international migration have contributed to stronger rental demand.”

–Lai Sing Louie, CMHC regional economist, Prairies and Territories

The apartment vacancy rate in Alberta’s urban centres was 7.5 per cent in October 2017 (the most recent figures, from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.), down from a high of 8.1 per cent in October 2016. This represents the first decline after three consecutive years of increases. Economic conditions have improved compared to the previous year, leading to an increase in rental demand. In Alberta’s two largest centres, the vacancy rate in Calgary declined from the previous year while in Edmonton it remained flat. Natural gas and oil prices made year-over-year gains in 2017, improving economic activity and rental demand. Conversely, the vacancy rate in Wood Buffalo has increased, as the region continues to recover from the wildfires in 2016. Weak labour market conditions and a decline in population have impacted rental demand there. RENTAL DEMAND

As the economy in Alberta continues to improve, this will mean rental demand will increase. Investments in the energy sector have posted modest gains, as oil prices

have stabilized, and activity in many other sectors has also improved. JOBS, JOBS, JOBS

Employment in the first nine months of 2017 was up 0.9 per cent year-over-year, following a decline of 1.6 per cent in 2016. Most of the jobs added were full-time positions. Modest employment gains have helped lower the unemployment rate in 2017, but it still remains above historical averages. As labour market conditions have been more favourable in other provinces, interprovincial migration has been relatively weak. Conversely, international migration has been positive as Alberta continues to attract people from other countries. LOWER RENTS

The good news for Alberta renters in all of this – albeit perhaps for a short period – is that the elevated vacancies have put downward pressure on rents. Rental rates in Alberta declined for the second consecutive year in 2017. The average two-bedroom rent, accounting for both new and existing structures, was $1,188 in October 2017, down slightly from $1,195 in October 2016.

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ADVICE | MOVING

COVER ALL YOUR BASES

BEFORE YOU RENT A RENTERS’ CHECKLIST Whether you’re looking for your first apartment or you’re a seasoned renter, it’s always good to be prepared. Before you look for your next home, check out the following list to make sure you’ve covered all your bases. THE RENTAL UNIT

• Is there a storage place for extra belongings such as bikes, luggage, etc.? Who has access to this place? • Where is the closest bus stop? • Is the apartment near services that are used regularly? (groceries, bank, fitness) • Is the rental unit clean? Who shovels the snow and cuts the grass? Who supplies the equipment (shovels, lawn mower)? • Where can vehicles be parked? Is there good lighting outside and in the parking lot? • How quiet or noisy is the rental unit during the evening for studying or sleeping? • Are there laundry facilities? Is there a schedule for use? Is there a cost? Where is the closest laundromat? • Does the building have Internet service, or can it be installed? FINANCES

• How much is the rent? • Is a security deposit required? What is the amount? • Does the rent include utilities: heat, water, electricity, cable or Internet? • Will a utility hook-up charge be extra? 10  RentersGuide.ca

• Will parking cost extra? What is the amount? • Who has to pay for repairs—big ones and small ones? AVOID ROOMMATE MISUNDERSTANDINGS

• Who will sign the residential tenancy agreement (lease)? It’s best that all parties be named on it. • What will happen if one person needs to move out before the end of the lease? • How will costs be shared and bills paid? • How will problems be resolved? QUESTIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS

• Is the lease for a fixed amount of time or month-to-month? • When and where will the rent be paid? What happens if it is late? Ask for receipts for any payments. • Who do you contact if there is a problem? • Have you arranged for tenant insurance? • Are sublets okay? What about a roommate?

• Are pets allowed? Is a deposit required? • Is smoking allowed? • How long can guests stay? • Are you able to decorate your unit? What is the policy about push pins and hammering nails in the walls? • When and where are notices delivered when it’s time to move out? • When will the inspection report be done. It’s always a good idea to keep copies of documents related to your rental unit, including the tenancy agreement, inspection report and receipts. Asking the right questions and considering the answers before you sign on the dotted line will help you find a rental unit that best suits your needs and lifestyle.

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TRENDING | MARKET REPORT

EDMONTON RENTAL MARKET AT A GLANCE by WAYNE KARL

Sorry about your NHL Oiler’s playoff hopes this year, Edmonton, but if you’re a renter in the city this spring, your fortunes are faring a little better. In short, the rental market is in your favour. Generally speaking, high vacancy rates mean more options for renters. And when vacancy rates are higher, that puts downward pressure on rental rates, meaning the rents charged by landlords are lower. Bottom line: You likely have more choice for rental units – and may be able to pay less for the apartment you want. Let’s take a look. According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.’s latest Rental Market Survey, Edmonton has the highest purpose-built rental vacancy rate in Canada, at seven per cent, along with Regina. The average rent, meanwhile, is $1,101, down 1.3 per cent from 2016.

EDMONTON RENTAL MARKET AT A GLANCE

BACHELOR VACANCY RATE

7.3%

AVERAGE RENT

$839

COMPARE THESE NUMBERS, FOR A TWO-BEDROOM, TO:

VANCOUVER

0.9% AVERAGE RENT: $1,552 VACANCY RATE:

ONE-BEDROOM

CALGARY

7% AVERAGE RENT: $989

6.3% AVERAGE RENT: $1,247

TWO-BEDROOM

TORONTO

7% AVERAGE RENT: $1,215

1% AVERAGE RENT: $1,327

VACANCY RATE:

VACANCY RATE:

THREE OR MORE BEDROOMS

5.9% AVERAGE RENT: $1,376 VACANCY RATE:

VACANCY RATE:

VACANCY RATE:

OTTAWA

1.7% AVERAGE RENT: $1,232 VACANCY RATE:

CANADA OVERALL

2.7% AVERAGE RENT: $1,021 VACANCY RATE:

EDMONTON RENTERS

DID YOU KNOW?

ARE WILLING TO PAY MORE FOR ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS SOURCE: ENVIRONICS

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DID YOU KNOW?

CASTLEDOWN

EDMONTON RENTERS OFTEN SPEND MORE THAN PLANNED WHEN MAKING PURCHASES

FORT SASKATCHEWAN

ST. ALBERT

HUDSON'S BAY RESERVE

SPRUCE GROVE

NORTH CENTRAL

STRATHCONA COUNTY

DOWNTOWN

JASPER PLACE

STONY PLAIN

NORTH EAST

EAST CENTRAL WEST JASPER PLACE

UNIVERSITY

WEST CENTRAL SOUTH WEST

SOURCE: ENVIRONICS

MILLWOODS

OTHER OUTLYING AREAS LEDUC

SEARCHING FOR AN APARTMENT IN EDMONTON NORTH EAST? HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT, IN TERMS OF BEDROOM TYPE, VACANCY AND RENTAL RATES.

BACHELOR

4% AVERAGE RENT: $814 VACANCY RATE:

THE OVERALL VACANCY RATE UNCHANGED

7.0%

$1,101

THE AVERAGE RENT IS...

DOWN BY 1.3%

BELOW PROVINCE

BELOW PROVINCE

SIMILAR TO PROVINCE

SIMILAR TO PROVINCE

ABOVE PROVINCE

ABOVE PROVINCE

ONE-BEDROOM

5.2% AVERAGE RENT: $993 VACANCY RATE:

TWO-BEDROOM

7.9% AVERAGE RENT: $1,177 VACANCY RATE:

THREE OR MORE BEDROOMS

6.2% AVERAGE RENT: $1,362 VACANCY RATE:

AND IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A TOWNHOME

TWO-BEDROOM

THREE OR MORE BEDROOMS

11.5% AVERAGE RENT: $1,263

5.6% AVERAGE RENT: $1,312

VACANCY RATE:

VACANCY RATE:

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ADVICE

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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE SIGNING A LEASE

You’ve finally found the perfect rental. Congratulations! Read on to find out what you should know before you sign on the dotted line.

1. IS A SIGNED LEASE REQUIRED?

If there is a written agreement, it must contain this statement in print that is larger than the other print in the agreement: “The tenancy created by this agreement is governed by the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and if there is a conflict between this agreement and the Act, the Act prevails.” If the 16

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agreement is in writing and you have signed it and returned it to the landlord, the landlord must sign and return it to you within 21 days from the time you signed it. You can withhold your rent until you receive a copy of the residential tenancy agreement from your landlord.

do complete a pre-move-in or move-out inspection report, it must be signed. Whether or not an inspection report is complete can affect your landlord’s right to retain your security deposit.

2. IS A SIGNED MOVE-IN/ MOVE-OUT INSPECTION REPORT MANDATORY?

A security deposit cannot exceed one month’s rent. Your landlord must put the security deposit into an interest-bearing trust account in a bank, treasury branch, credit union or trust company in Alberta within

In Alberta, it’s not an offence to not complete an inspection report, but the RTA encourages it. If you

3. WHAT IS A SECURITY DEPOSIT?


be signed at the end of the term. Fixed-term leases are often for one year. The term may be changed to a month-to-month periodic tenancy after a fixed term is complete. The majority of leases are periodic monthly agreements that continue until ended by notice from you or your landlord. 6. WHAT IF I WANT TO END MY LEASE?

No notice is required to end your fixed-term lease. This kind of rental agreement ends automatically on the last day of the lease. Periodic tenancies may be terminated by either you or your landlord on notice to the other. If you want to end a monthly periodic tenancy, you must give one month’s notice on or before the first day of the tenancy month. All notices must be in writing. 7. WHAT IF MY LANDLORD WANTS TO TERMINATE MY LEASE?

two business days of collecting it. You must be paid interest annually at the end of each tenancy year, or it may be compounded annually and paid to you at the end of the tenancy if you and your landlord agree in writing. Your landlord cannot increase the security deposit during your tenancy. When you move out, your landlord must return any remaining security deposit within 10 days of you leaving. 4. WHAT IS KEY MONEY?

If key money is refundable, it is considered to be part of the security deposit, which cannot exceed one month’s rent. 5. I WANT TO RENEW MY LEASE. WHAT DO I DO?

If you want to renew your fixedterm lease, a new agreement must

If your landlord wants to end your periodic tenancy, he must send a signed notice to you that includes the address of the premises, the date the tenancy ends, and the reason for ending it. The amount of time your landlord needs to inform you depends on the reason for termination. For example, if your landlord wants to convert the rental premises to a condominium unit and the premises must be vacant, or the landlord needs to do major renovations that require the premises to be empty, they must give you 365 days written notice to terminate the periodic tenancy. Once a notice of termination is served for one of these reasons, your landlord cannot increase your rent. Note: Major renovations do not include painting, replacing floor coverings or routine maintenance. In addition, your landlord may end a periodic tenancy if: • They or a relative of theirs wants to move in.

• They have agreed to sell the premises, all conditions of the sales agreement have been satisfied or waived and the buyer or a relative of the buyer wants to move in. • They intend to demolish the building. • The premises are a detached or semi-detached dwelling or one condominium unit. Your landlord agrees to sell the premises and all conditions of the sales agreement have been satisfied or waived. In these cases, the buyer must ask your landlord in writing to give you a notice to end the tenancy. Neither the buyer nor the buyer’s relatives have to occupy the premises. • Your landlord is an educational institution and you were a student at the beginning of the tenancy but are not one any longer or will no longer be once the notice period has passed. • Your landlord intends to use or rent the premises for a nonresidential purpose. 8. CAN I SUBLET MY APARTMENT OR HOME?

It depends on what is in your lease. In Alberta, subletting is the decision of the landlord-property owner. If you are interested in subletting your apartment, you must obtain written permission to do so. You should submit your request in writing for permission. Often times, if you are permitted to sublet, the people you sublet to can be subject to their own application process. It is important to process a sublet properly so that both yourself and your landlord are protected. Source: Alberta CMHC

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EVENTS

DISCOVER DOWNTOWN EDMONTON IN ONE DAY by JANA LEE

Get unique souvenirs at 124 Street local boutiques After lunch, shop at local boutiques for unique gifts. Whether you’re looking for beautifully modern clothing and accessories, vintage threads or new-age-inspired gifts, this area’s got it all. We recommend visiting Floc Boutique, Lux Beauty Boutique, Shades of Grey, Ascendant Books, Red Ribbon Gifts and Vespucci Consignment.

MORNING Breakfast at a cute cafe Start your morning with breakfast at Cafe Linnea. Its rotating menu reflects what’s in season and prides itself on serving highquality, locally sourced food. Note: It’s a no-tipping establishment, as it bases its pricing on offering locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality. Take in old and new sights with a walk Post-brekkie, take a walking tour of downtown Edmonton. Start at the Alberta Legislature for a guided tour of the Legislative Assembly, followed by a stroll down Jasper Avenue. If you’re feeling motivated, head towards the Louise McKinney 18  RentersGuide.ca  |  Edmonton

Riverfront Park next to the Shaw Conference Centre for a picturesque view of Edmonton’s river valley. Stop at the Chinese Garden Gazebo for a picture and a well-deserved rest. AFTERNOON Lunch in one of Edmonton’s fastest growing areas Now that you’ve digested your breakfast during a walking tour of downtown, head over to Edmonton’s trendy 124 Street area and into Duchess Bake Shop to lunch on sandwiches, soups and quiche. But let’s be real – the main reason you visit this patisserie is for its award-winning baked goods. Wash down your croissants or macaron with a delicious espresso.

Downtown Edmonton has many great restaurants. Stay on 124 Street and check out fine dining at Solstice Seasonal Cuisine. If you’re looking for casual pub food, consider Daravara. Or head back towards the downtown core and stop at Tzin for upscale tapas paired with excellent wines, The Common for a contemporary gastro-lounge experience, The Marc for fine French cuisine or Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse for a rodizio (all-youcan-eat) style meal. Post dinner stroll and drinks on the 4th Street Promenade For post-dinner activities, consider the 4th Street Promenade at the 104 Street area. Whether you’re itching to move or ready to sit down for a drink, establishments like Mercer Tavern and Kelly’s Pub can serve your after-dinner needs.

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ADVICE

WHEN IT COMES TO NORMAL

WEAR AND TEAR,

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WHO DOES THE REPAIRS? We all want to live in a clean, comfortable space where everything is working well. Sometimes, though, things break or stop working. Even if you take good care of your apartment, things wear out. Then it becomes an issue of who does the repairs, you or the landlord. The Alberta Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) does not directly address the concept of “normal wear and tear.” It does, however, offer up guidelines to explain normal deterioration that takes place “over time from the use of the residential premises, even when the tenant provides reasonable care and maintenance.” You and your landlord can decide what each of you is responsible for looking after and repairing at the beginning of your tenancy by including it in the lease agreement before you sign it. This is a good way to avoid miscommunications or disputes. Typically, it’s your responsibility as a tenant to look after your

apartment, but you are not responsible for everything. The plumbing, heating/air conditioning and electrical services are some examples of what the landlord is responsible for to maintain as per the Minimum Housing and Health Standards. Still, it doesn’t give you the right to damage those systems or let you off the hook for repairs if you or a family member, a guest, or even a pet damages your apartment. You are also responsible to tell the landlord if something in your rental unit needs to be repaired or replaced. It’s a good idea to put your request for repairs in writing and keep a copy. Your landlord should respond within a reasonable period of time. In some cases, you may decide to have the repairs completed and then apply to court to be compensated for the cost of performing the landlord’s obligations. But be aware that you cannot deduct the cost of the repairs from your rent unless your landlord has agreed.

Your landlord can’t deduct money from your security deposit to pay for normal wear and tear repairs, even if there is a clause in your lease that says the opposite. The RTA protects the security deposit from deductions for normal wear and tear and requires your landlord to complete a move-in and move-out inspection report. This way, you and your landlord can determine whether repairs or extra cleaning are needed. At the end of the day, the goal is to live in harmony. If you show your landlord that you are responsible and will look after your rental unit, you will have fewer problems during your tenancy.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD PROFILE

HERMITAGE A WELL-ROUNDED NEIGHBOURHOOD THE LIFESTYLE

wide curving streets, quiet residential

Access to the river valley at Hermitage

areas and plenty of green spaces.

Park is a key part of the lifestyle here.

It feels like any other suburban

On any given Saturday, the park is full

neighbourhood, with people going

of dog walkers, cyclists and river and

about daily errands, heading off to

Hermitage is located in northeast

pond-side anglers, and in the winter,

work or out for a peaceful walk by

Edmonton, bounded by 50th Street

you can see people snowshoeing

the river.

in the west, Yellowhead Trail to

and dog sledding! There are lots

the south, the Kennedale Ravine

of young professionals and young

MEET THE NEIGHBOURS

to the north and tucked in by the

families enjoying quick access to

There is a diversity of housing in

North Saskatchewan river to the

major commercial areas, recreation

Hermitage that includes detached

east. Hermitage consists of three

centres and the neighbourhood’s

homes, row houses and apartment-

small neighbourhoods: Overlanders,

close proximity to the Clairview Bus

style units. This has brought a diverse

Homesteader and Canon Ridge,

and LRT Station.

range of neighbours, though most are

AMY HANCOCK

all joined by connector roads and

similar in age. According to the latest

multi-use trails. With easy access to

THE VIBE

report from Census Canada, nearly

the river valley parks system, major

It seems hectic and a little rundown

40 per cent of residents are between

commercial areas and transit stations

if you come into the neighbourhood

the ages of 20 and 39, 50 per cent of

nearby, Hermitage is a well-rounded

via 50th Street. Once you turn into

residents are married couples and half

neighbourhood with plenty to offer.

Hermitage, you’ll be welcomed by

of those have children at home.

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Hermitage has a lot of parkland, including the river valley, Canon Ridge Park and Kennedale Ravine. IN THE AREA

PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES

lots of good cheer at this favourite neighbourhood hangout.

Major bus routes run through Hermitage, taking passengers to the

3. Wings Restaurant This is a no-

Claireview Transit station, where they

frills classic Chinese food joint that

can hop on the LRT to get downtown

is reasonably priced and extremely

within 10 minutes. Head south on

tasty. Its mantra is to be an

Victoria Trail or 50th Street and you’ll

“unfussy shop with typical Chinese

be on the Yellowhead Trail, a major

eats” and with quick service and

freeway that runs through the city east

delivery available, that’s exactly

to west. Head north on 50th Street to

what they are.

get on the Manning Freeway towards the Anthony Henday ring road.

Hermitage has a lot of parkland,

RESIDENT QUOTE

“I moved here because it was close

including the river valley, Canon

HOT SPOTS

to the LRT station, close to shopping

Ridge Park and Kennedale Ravine.

1. Hermitage Park One of the most

and parks and is still a nice, affordable

Major box stores and grocery

popular off-leash dog parks is in

place to live. I would recommend it to

stores are located just five minutes

this riverside park. It has multi-use

anyone who is just arriving to the city

away at Claireview Towne Centre.

trails, fishing ponds stocked with

and looking for a nice home.”

The Claireview Community

trout and plenty of picnic spots.

Jamal – Newcomer.

Recreation Centre is nearby, while

Hermitage Park is a natural retreat

the Edmonton Soccer Centre East

for outdoor fun.

is right in Hermitage. You’ll also find medical centres, schools,

2. Shenanigans Pub & Grill Kick

churches and parks right in the

back and work on the patio; enjoy

neighbourhood.

weekly trivia nights, pub grub and

Amy is a freelance writer and communications professional. Her insights and extensive familiarity with Edmonton make her a great guide for getting to know local communities. MAR 9 - APR 13, 2018  21


INSPIRATION | HOME Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick. $35. Indigo.ca

THE

OF

ORDER

The new book Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick is all about promoting better living through organization, and we couldn’t agree more! Here are eight ways to implement organization into your life now. Buy fewer (and better) things. Resist impulse and stop-gap purchases. Instead, zero in on quality. Donate the stuff you don’t use. That includes unwanted gifts. Let someone else put your castoffs to good use.

Ditch the plastic. Seek out products made of sustainable natural materials, such as wood, glass and ceramic. They’re better for the planet, and you won’t have to stash them out of sight. Know what you’ve got. Ample storage is not necessarily a good thing. We’ve been conditioned to think that huge closets are desirable, but the truth is, they can encourage you to avoid pruning your belongings (and to lose track of what you have). Establish habits and routines that simplify your life. Always keep your keys and eyeglasses in designated spots. Relax and make yourself at home. Too much enforced order is uninviting for occupants and guests alike; rooms are for living.

PHOTO: MATTHEW WILLIAMS

Shop your own house. A surprising array of storage challenges can be solved with a well-made basket, tray, or hook — chances are, you already own most of the supplies that you need.

Steal ideas from organizational masters. Experts, such as hoteliers and shopkeepers, know how to come up with novel, affordable approaches to storage.

Excerpted from Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick (Artisan Books). Copyright 2017. Photographs by Matthew Williams. Used with permission of the publisher. 22  RentersGuide.ca  |  Edmonton


CALGARY

IN THIS SECTION

CALGARY RENTAL MARKET

NEIGHBOURHOOD PROFILE: 17TH AVE.

PATTERN PLAY: LIVEN UP YOUR SPACE

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CALGARY

NORTH WEST NORTH EAST

SOUTH WEST

CENTRAL

SOUTH EAST

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The Pinnacle: If you’re looking for a home with a mountain view - you’ll find it at the Pinnacle. With spacious, modern suites, the Pinnacle boasts large balconies, five full-sized appliances including dishwasher and in-suite laundry, a 24hr fitness centre, and the Pinnacle Club party room. A quiet building perfect for working, studying and relaxing, you will love calling this adult-lifestyle rental community home, while enjoying the best that the city has to offer. At the Pinnacle, the stylish, contemporary interiors are equaled by the incredible views, with most suites overlooking the clear waters of the Glenmore Reservoir and panoramic views of the cityscape and majestic Rockies.

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TRENDING | MARKET REPORT

CALGARY RENTAL MARKET AT A GLANCE by WAYNE KARL

Good news, prospective renters in Calgary. Like your northern neighbours in Edmonton, the rental market is in your favour – for now, at least. That’s the reality of what a few lean economic years will do for renters. But now that the economy in the province is rounding the corner, things are tightening up slightly in the rental market. According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.’s latest Rental Market Survey, the apartment vacancy rate in the primary rental market in Calgary declined to 6.3 per cent in October 2017, from 7.0 per cent in October 2016. The average rent, meanwhile, $1,128, is down 1.6 per cent from 2016. Generally speaking, high vacancy rates mean more options for renters. Bottom line: You'll likely have more choice for rental units – and may be able to pay less for the apartment you want.

CALGARY RENTAL MARKET AT A GLANCE

COMPARE THESE NUMBERS, FOR A TWO-BEDROOM, IN:

BACHELOR

VANCOUVER

5.6% AVERAGE RENT $825

0.9% AVERAGE RENT: $1,552

ONE-BEDROOM

EDMONTON

5.8% AVERAGE RENT: $1,025

7% AVERAGE RENT: $1,215

VACANCY RATE

VACANCY RATE:

TWO-BEDROOM

6.9% AVERAGE RENT: $1,247 VACANCY RATE:

THREE OR MORE BEDROOMS

7.1% AVERAGE RENT: $1,254 VACANCY RATE:

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WHAT YOU FEEL IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN REASON AND LOGIC SOURCE: ENVIRONICS

VACANCY RATE:

VACANCY RATE:

TORONTO

1% AVERAGE RENT: $1,327 VACANCY RATE:

OTTAWA

1.7% AVERAGE RENT: $1,232 VACANCY RATE:

CANADA OVERALL

2.7% AVERAGE RENT: $1,021 VACANCY RATE:


DID YOU KNOW? CALGARY RENTERS BELIEVE NEW TECHNOLOGY CAUSES MORE PROBLEMS THAN SOLVES

THE OVERALL VACANCY RATE DECREASED TO

6.3%

THE AVERAGE RENT IS...

$1,128 DOWN BY 1.6%

BELOW PROVINCE

BELOW PROVINCE

SIMILAR TO PROVINCE

SIMILAR TO PROVINCE

ABOVE PROVINCE

ABOVE PROVINCE

SOURCE: ENVIRONICS

SEARCHING FOR AN APARTMENT IN THE 17TH AVE. AREA IN THE SOUTHWEST OF CALGARY? HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT, IN TERMS OF BEDROOM TYPE, VACANCY AND RENTAL RATES. NORTHWEST

BACHELOR

9.8% AVERAGE RENT: $777

NORTHEAST

VACANCY RATE:

DOWNTOWN NORTH HILL SOUTHWEST

BELTLINE

CHINOOK

ONE-BEDROOM

7.2% AVERAGE RENT: $1,007

OTHER CENTRES

SOUTHEAST

VACANCY RATE:

FISH CREEK

TWO-BEDROOM

7.3% AVERAGE RENT: $1,189 VACANCY RATE:

THREE OR MORE BEDROOMS

9.6% AVERAGE RENT: $1,230 VACANCY RATE:

AND IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A TOWNHOME

TWO-BEDROOM

THREE OR MORE BEDROOMS

2.1% AVERAGE RENT: $1,140

6.7% AVERAGE RENT: $1,170

VACANCY RATE:

VACANCY RATE:

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PATTERN PLAY

Designer Linda Mazur schools us on how to mix patterns like a pro!

In 2018, I have seen an emergence of fantastic and inspiring fabrics, many bursting with colour and incredible pattern. As a designer, I enjoy pouring over fabric books and gathering ideas and direction. I have even been known to design an entire space just from the inspiration of one fabric. You may wonder though, with such a variety of fabrics and patterns to choose from, how do you know what works together to achieve a “designer look” at home? Here are some insider tips to keep in mind. To blend fabric designs successfully, it’s important to remember to vary the scale of the patterns from small to large, as well as to maintain the same depth or magnitude of colour. By that, I mean if you’re working with primary colours, then don’t look to incorporate fabrics that are pastels; you will inevitably create an imbalanced look.

If you start blending a minimum of three fabric patterns, you shouldn’t have any problems. The first pattern selection should be your most impactful one, so choose carefully and select a pattern that has a large-scale design. The second pattern should be completely different, probably about half the scale of the first one and have some of the same colours incorporated throughout. For the third selection, it can be smaller scale and similar in pattern to either of the first two, with at least two to three of the colours found in the other patterns. So, for example, if you have selected a large-scale floral as your first pattern, the second could perhaps be a bold stripe or a geometric fretwork pattern, and then blend in another small-scale floral for the third or an alternative smaller geometric. When combining and layering

“Patterned fabrics can create a bold statement in your home”

patterns, it’s crucial to balance them throughout your space. The last thing you want to do is create a situation where the heavier weight of patterns is all at one end of the room; they should be well proportioned with solids, and any other visible patterns in your room (such as area rugs and wall coverings) to provide equilibrium and an aesthetically pleasing look. Patterned fabrics can create a bold statement in your home and mixing designs like a pro is all about balance, layering and blending. Just remember to keep a common element throughout your space and watch your home come alive! Photo and products from HomeSense (homesense.ca) Known for creating innovative, stylish interiors and full-scale design builds, Linda Mazur Design Group is a multi-discipline design firm with more than 15 years of experience in both residential and commercial design. lindamazurdesign.com MAR 9 - APR 13, 2018  29


NEIGHBOURHOOD PROFILE

17TH AVENUE A DIVERSE NEIGHBOURHOOD THE VIBE:

amenities nearby, it is the perfect

Foodies will never go hungry on

community for a young, adventurous

17th Avenue. Known for its award-

family. While all ages reside in the

winning restaurants and trendy fast

area, 17th Avenue generally caters

food joints, the street is literally at

to a younger crowd; folks who like

capacity for great eateries. Flush with

to shop vintage, hit the beer halls to

The community of 17th Avenue is

boutiques, cafes and specialty shops,

all hours of the night and enjoy late-

a bustling and vibrant cluster of

17th Avenue is a one-stop-shop for

night grub.

neighbourhoods, centrally located

embracing the inner-city lifestyle. A

and just seven blocks south of

very active community, you’ll likely

IN THE AREA:

downtown. A hub for great food, live

pass people jogging, walking their

17th Avenue is full of great

music and excellent people watching,

dog or simply cruising the strip –

amenities. From plenty of schools,

this area is the most popular avenue

dressed to the nines.

including Calgary’s oldest high

KAIT KUCY

for locals and visitors alike. Known

school, the community also boasts

for a strong mix of creative people

MEET THE NEIGHBOURS:

numerous walk-in clinics and a

in the area, you’ll often see pop-up

17th Avenue residents are a stylish

nearby urgent care centre. Right in

art installations in shop windows,

crew of all ages. While creative

the heart of 17th Avenue is Tomkin’s

on poster walls or on the sidewalk.

types definitely gravitate to the area,

Park, a great place to enjoy a cup

Living in the area is very inspirational,

there is also a population of affluent

of frozen yogurt or a cappuccino.

with many entrepreneurs following

citizens, but everyone co-exists

In the summer, the park is filled

their dreams, including chefs, fashion

perfectly. More families are moving

with buskers, markets and festival

designers and photographers.

into the area; with so many great

pop-ups.

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PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES:

This community is primarily a by-foot or by-bicycle neighbourhood for people who live in the area, however, there is a lot of through traffic that use 17th Avenue for its commute. Public transportation is fairly decent, with multiple buses departing the area regularly. Parking is very limited and is only on the street with very few parking lots, so parallel parking skills are key. REAL ESTATE:

A mix of old and new, 17th Avenue caters to people on various budgets. Heritage buildings neighbour onto new eco-infill townhouses, proving that you can make this neighbourhood work for you no matter what your budget is. HOT SPOTS

1. The Ship & Anchor Pub: A mainstay pub for all of Calgary, the Ship is a great place to meet new people, check out local bands and sit on the sprawling patio. 2. Clive Burger: Clive Burger is a hopping joint that is open super late and caters to both families and the late-night crowd. Order up a cherry custard shake if you want to blow your mind. 3. Analog Coffee: Analog Coffee has quickly become the busiest café on 17th Avenue. Locally roasted beans means its coffee is always fresh. A great place for meeting up with friends. RESIDENT QUOTE

Leah Van Loon: “Some of the best shopping in town is along the Avenue. I love going for lunch or coffee. It’s a wonderfully diverse neighbourhood.” Kait Kucy is a lifestyle and design writer based in Calgary. When she’s not hunting out beautiful interiors, local designers and must-have objects, she’s keeping up with her son Jack. MAR 9 - APR 13, 2018  31


EVENTS

RESTAURANTS TO TRY IN CALGARY by SARAH SUSSMAN

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Run Pig Run Craving some pork on 17th Avenue? Run Pig Run has a menu chock full of mouth-watering piggy dishes like pulled pork, pork chops, cracklings and plenty of bacon. The restaurant/bar is the brainchild and first solo venture of James Hughes, former regional director for Earls in southern Alberta.

Cardinale After operating La Vita e Bella for 10 years, partners Jared Kichula and Graham Teare (along with chef Steven Dowdell) gave the spot a facelift and reopened it as Cardinale. The menu stars fresh handmade pastas like the gnocchi with spicy fennel chicken sausage and the mezze maniche with smoked bacon.

Bread & Circus UNA Pizza proprietors Jayme MacFayden and Kelly Black opened Bread & Circus in the space behind their UNA Takeaway counter. Bread & Circus is a Roman trattoria specializing in northern Italian pasta dishes made with sustainable ingredients and traditional recipes. Six pasta options are available, from a simple cacio e pepe to the very popular oxtail rigatoni.

8 Cakes For Instagram-worthy desserts, head over to 8 Cakes, a bakery and cake shop in Marda Loop specializing in custom cakes, macarons and grab-and-go baked goods. Their cakes are often decked out in glitter, frills and plenty of flowers – perfect for weddings, birthdays, celebrations or shamelessly eating all by yourself.

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Zero Issue The comic-themed brewery and taproom is the labour of love for brothers Mark and Kirk MacDonald, who initially started home brewing as a way to spend more time together. Bring the whole family (the brewery is kid-friendly) and drop in for a pint of Nemesis IPA or Multiverse Pale Ale. Citizen Brewing Company Also located in the city’s northeast, the intimate 50-seat Citizen Brewing Company is a destination gathering spot for enjoying a pint along with some local bar bites. The brewery makes preservativefree, unfiltered and unpasteurized beers with an exciting lineup of ales. Whether you have a sweet tooth or whether you’re a craft beer connoisseur, Calgary is quickly becoming a foodie destination. There are so many exciting new restaurants on the menu, so get out and try something new!

From YP.ca. For more tips and city guides, visit yp.ca/tips

PHOTOGRAPHY SARAH SUSSMAN

Calgary’s dining scene has seen some exciting new openings, including a pork-centric neighbourhood bar and a handful of gut-busting new pasta places. We also (finally) have more dessert spots popping up around town. Here are the new restaurants that should be on your radar this spring.


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