New property listed in Rural Parkland County, Rural Parkland County

I have listed a new property at 24 53206 RGE RD 55 A in Rural Parkland County. See details here

Welcome to your ultimate summer destination! Discover the perfect spot to park your RV and dive into the joys of summer at 'The Ridge,' nestled within the amenity-rich Pineridge Golf Resort on the west side of Lake Wabamun. This turnkey lot beckons that includes a cozy bunkhouse, shed, deck and gazebo, along with a golf cart to explore the surroundings hassle-free! Rest assured in the security of this gated community, where water and sewer services are seamlessly provided as part of your condo fees. Your only extra expense? Electricity – keeping your getaway worry-free. Experience modern comforts with integrated Wi-Fi, while staying active on the tennis, pickleball, and basketball courts. Unwind around the community fire pit or under the gazebo, or embark on natural running trails that wind through the serene landscape. Plus, enjoy the luxury of a unique 12-hole golf right in your backyard. Just an hour's drive west of Edmonton, 'The Ridge' offers convenience like no other. Drive in, park, plug in, enjoy!


New property listed in Rural Parkland County, Rural Parkland County

I have listed a new property at 38 Railway AVE in Rural Parkland County. See details here

Hey, check this out! You won't believe it! There's this awesome spot at Wabamun with 75 ft of lakefront on a 1/2 acre, and it's a great deal! Picture this: your very own slice of paradise with a killer west-facing view, and a super cool open-concept home with some seriously sweet architectural vibes. This 2 story is basically tailor-made for lake living. Downstairs, you've got this awesome kitchen perfect for whipping up anything from a romantic dinner for 2 to a massive family brunch for the whole crew. Let's talk about the living area and sunroom—they're prime spots for kicking back and soaking in those killer lake views. Need to crash? There are four bedrooms, so you've got plenty of space for both family and friends. Outside, there's a chill fire pit area & gazebo, overlooking the lake, perfect for taking in those jaw-dropping views. Plus, there's a double garage and tons of parking space in the back. The place comes fully furnished. Sounds pretty sweet, right? Dive right into this lakefront paradise!


New property listed in Rural Parkland County, Rural Parkland County

I have listed a new property at 58 53424 RGE RD 60 in Rural Parkland County. See details here

Luxury Lake Isle Home offers unparalleled lakeside living, with the lake as your backyard! Nestled in a prime spot known for stunning sunsets and scenic islands, perfect for kayaking and more. The meticulously designed floor plan blends beauty with functionality, featuring an open-concept living, dining, and gourmet kitchen with sweeping westward views. Step onto the full-size wrap-around deck for family BBQs and socializing. Upstairs, revel in the dreamy master suite with a private balcony, double-sided glass fireplace, and lavish ensuite bathroom. Two additional spacious bedrooms share a full jack-and-jill bathroom and access to the back balcony. The walkout basement, opening to a private hot tub area, awaits your personal touch. An attached oversized triple garage provides ample space for vehicles and toys. Experience lakefront living at its finest, with every amenity and comfort catered to, making it the perfect sanctuary for embracing your best life at the lake!


New property listed in Rural Lac Ste. Anne County, Rural Lac Ste. Anne County

I have listed a new property at 5519 TWP RD 550 in Rural Lac Ste. Anne County. See details here

Welcome to the Gated Community of Lake Arnault RV Resort! With a great lakefront location the lot offers 13,000 sqft (.29 acres) of space, one of the largest lots in the Resort. It comes with a view of the lake and is close to the lakefront park for handy access! Lot is fully landscaped featuring an RV pad and Fireplace area. You can purchase the RV, bring out your own RV, or put a Park Model Home on this site. The bareland Condo has water (trucked in and city treated), sewer (750 Gallon Tanks) and power. Just an hour west of Edmonton Lake Arnault offers a beautiful place where you can really reconnect with nature and unwind or bring out the friends and family and have a great place to socialize. A newly built dock and platform with benches overlooking the serene lake, just invites the kayaking and paddleboarding enthusiasts. The playground area with gazebo is a perfect place for the kids/grandkids to play. No more trying to book camping spots when you have a spot like this available anytime you want!!


New property listed in Rural Parkland County, Rural Parkland County

I have listed a new property at 4 53207 A HGHWAY 31 in Rural Parkland County. See details here

Experience resort living at its finest in The Meadows, where the sellers says "SELL"! This 4,574 sq ft recreational lot offers unparalleled amenities and a prime location for immediate enjoyment. Included in this purchase is the luxurious 2014 Sanibel 36-footer 5th wheel, as well as a golf cart for cruising around the amenities or for that great game of golf! Nestled against a green space park, the property provides a serene natural backdrop. Enjoy the tiered deck, hard-top gazebo and outdoor fireplace on the sloping lot. Plus, there's a garage/bunk-house combo awaiting your personal touches. The Meadows, Phase 2 of Pineridge Resort, boasts a 12-hole golf course, restaurant/clubhouse, gated access, nature trails, parks, pickleball courts and a 3,000 sq ft Recreation Center with outdoor BBQ area (just to name a few). Don't miss this rare chance to own a slice of exclusive resort lifestyle!


New property listed in Rural Lac Ste. Anne County, Rural Lac Ste. Anne County

I have listed a new property at 6808 50 AVE in Rural Lac Ste. Anne County. See details here

Breathtaking views emanate from this Waterfront home on the shores of Lac Ste Anne situated in Summer Village of Val Quentin. Take in the views from this amazing precision built high end custom home featuring an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings in the main area and 10 ft ceilings throughout. This incredibly designed 1,668 sq ft Bungalow has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms along with an oversized double insulated heated garage. The home has high end finishing throughout with hardwood floors, ceramic tile, granite, corner gas fireplace, wet bar, air conditioning, infloor heating, and oversized end to end attached deck. The shoreline has been secured and rebuilt and is ready for your dock and water toys. This waterfront home is a luxurious and well-designed property that offers not only stunning views but also a range of high-end features for a comfortable and enjoyable lakeside living experience. Come enjoy a quality of life centered on the opportunities that proximity to the lake affords.


New property listed in Rural Parkland County, Rural Parkland County

I have listed a new property at 6117 TWP RD 530 in Rural Parkland County. See details here

Presenting an Exquisite Custom Designed Executive Home with a Million Dollar View, nestled on Nearly 40 Acres, next to a vast Grazing Reserve & Just Minutes from Two Stunning Lakes! This luxurious residence boasts 5000+ sq ft of exquisitely developed living space. The heart of the home is the Chef's kitchen, where culinary masterpieces are inspired, adorned with Cherry Wood Cabinets & Granite Countertops throughout. A Solid Cherry-Wood Custom Built Staircase graces the living area, leading to the upper level, where a magnificent 6' Crystal Chandelier awaits. Step outside, & immerse yourself in a paradise of outdoor living, with captivating patio areas, a flourishing Orchard, & secluded Hot-Tub area. For the discerning hobbyist, a 4064sq ft In-Floor Heated Shop, ideal for pursuing projects & passions. Don't let this opportunity slip away to make this dream residence your very own! Embrace the luxury, tranquility & beauty this property offers, allowing you to indulge in the ultimate executive lifestyle!


New property listed in Rural Parkland County, Rural Parkland County

I have listed a new property at 22 53113 RGE RD 44 in Rural Parkland County. See details here

Step into the serene ambiance of Lake Wabamun. This bungalow beckons you to immerse yourself in the tranquil lakefront lifestyle. Wake up to the gentle embrace of the sun streaming through the expansive south-facing windows, offering uninterrupted views of the serene surroundings. Designed for family gatherings, the central kitchen with an island seamlessly connects to a spacious dining area and sprawling living space, adorned with a cozy fireplace and captivating panoramas. On an impeccably maintained half-acre lot, this residence has a 24x28 double garage, ensuring ample space for vehicles and outdoor gear. A maintenance-free exterior, frees you up to revel in the joys of lakeside living without the hassle of upkeep. Featuring 65 ft of prime lakefront, plus an additional 120 ft with a private drive leased from the county, this property promises boundless opportunities for relaxation. Buyers can also purchase a back lot spanning .28 acres with a 28x60 shop, adding versatility to this property.


Recent Article in Business in Edmonton Magazine April 2024 featuring Edmonton Lake Property!

Recent stats show that the close-to-Edmonton recreational property market – from west of Stony Plain to the Pembina River and from Lake Wabamun to Isle Lake and Lac Ste Anne – is somewhere between stable, strong and hot. 

Some reasons are pandemic and post-pandemic bumps of interest in being outdoors, the power of Wi-Fi and working from remote locations, inflation, the economy, benchmark prices and spiked mortgage rates, high demand and low supply. 

According to national trends and numbers in the late-2023 Royal LePage (RLP) Winter Recreational Property Report, 24 per cent of RLP experts reported a decline in buyer demand, mostly due to climate factors or environmental disasters after an unprecedented wildfire season. However, more than 40 per cent reported an increase in inventory, as a direct result of rising interest rates. 

Close to home, Edmonton recreational property specialists Charlene Anderson and Kelvin VanDasselaar at ReMax Edmonton Lake Property point out that, while hiked mortgage rates haven’t noticeably impacted Edmonton area recreational properties, some increasing prices, particularly for lakefront properties, can be attributed to the availability of modern, updated and new homes now on the market. 

The always-popular lake properties close to Edmonton include Alberta Beach, Wizard Lake, Buck Lake, Jackfish Lake, Lake Isle, Pigeon Lake, Skeleton Lake and Lake Wabamun. 

“It’s really not so much about mortgage rates and spiking prices when it comes to recreational properties,” Anderson explains. “In the Edmonton vicinity, we have been more affected by regional local weather. Last year we were especially impacted by the fires. While most of our areas were not directly burnt, we were affected by smoke, road closures and the general uncertainty of what would burn next. We were also affected by the fact that we did not have a lot of rain/snowfall and saw some of our lake levels drop significantly. Despite the challenges, the market tends to rebound quickly once uncertainties clear.” 

VanDasselaar notes that, while the recreational market is not dramatically changing either up or down, it may be shifting.  

“We aren’t seeing a huge increase in buyers coming to Lake Country,” he says, “but we’re noticing that it may no longer be as much of a seasonal business. Sales have definitely been brisk through the non-traditional recreational property market months, like November to April.” 

According to 2023 stats, Lake Wabamun had 12 lakefront sales at a median sales price of $954,000 and 13 off-lake sales with a median sales price of $325,000. Since the pandemic, the Lake Wabamun market has been consistent and steady. 

Last year, Lake Isle had 10 lakefront sales at a median sales price of $447,500 and 40 off-lake sales (seven raw land) with a median sales price of $209,000. Lac Ste. Anne had 13 lakefront sales at a median sale price of $545,000 and 47 off-lake (11 land sales) with a median sales price of $270,000. 

Tom Shearer, broker/owner of Edmonton’s Royal LePage Noralta Real Estate notes that waterfront property has particularly increased in value since 2019.  

“Pigeon Lake, for example, went from $603,963 to $620,099, likely due to brisk activity with a fair amount of turnover of more properties and some owners coming from places further away, like Calgary. 

“The trending shows that last year, two things may have slowed Edmonton’s recreational market. First, as COVID travel fears subsided, people felt more comfortable traveling overseas or further away. Also, increased values and higher mortgage rates pulled some buying power away from second homeowners.”  

From much experience, he adds that one of the biggest things holding recreational property sales back is the lack of overall supply.  

“There just isn’t that much that comes to the market or what gets turned over. In many popular recreational property areas, it could take years for the right property to come along.” 

The sales and listing stats and trends are testimonials to the continued popularity of recreational properties, for lifestyle as well as investment, although there seems to be a generational shift about how the trends may be shifting. 

Statistics Canada highlighted the fact that the Canadian population is changing, due to Baby Boomers getting older and immigration boosting numbers in the younger generations. The changes are translating into shifts in the labour market, services to seniors, the consumption of goods and services, as well as housing and investing in recreational properties.  

For the first time since the end of the Baby Boom, Baby Boomers—who were born between 1946 and 1965 – now make up less than a quarter of Canada’s population. In most aspects of Canadian life, it’s Gen X’s turn. 

Last year’s ReMax Cottage Trends Report showed that Gen X’s (43-58) are driving demand in 91 per cent of surveyed recreational property markets. More than 51 per cent of Canadians who owned recreational property were motivated by the chance to pass their real estate assets down to children or other family members. 

Some things never change. Seasoned Realtors and financial planners caution that a recreational property is a big responsibility, about mortgages, maintenance and extra taxes. They also emphasize that a recreational property is almost always an emotional purchase for family enjoyment, not investment value. 

Unlike primary properties and other investments, recreational properties should be considered as long-term investments. 

Realtors and financial advisors urge defining goals about recreational property investing. Will it be for personal and family relaxation? Or for rental revenue to cover costs?  

Overall, the recreational property market is known for its potential to appreciate in value over time. Anderson emphasizes that recreational properties usually offer solid returns for sellers and the market has shown steady growth since 2012, making it a reliable long-term investment option. 

As spring 2024 begins, what’s ahead for close-to-Edmonton recreational properties? Shearer foresees a strong market that will hold its value and cautions that the market may not see the same kind of activity as with Edmonton’s multi-family real estate. 

Anderson is optimistic that, “So far this year we have been busier than normal in comparison to years past, partially due to the mild winter and because lake sales are directly impacted by weather. It’s early but 2024 looks to be great, if not better than last year; although there is a possibility that we could be impacted by the low snow and rainfall causing more local fires.”  


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