Edmonton’s Luxurious Hotels

February 24th, 2015 by Terry Paranych
Banquet Room at the Fairmont Hotel. Photo: Tripadvisor.ca

Banquet Room at the Fairmont Hotel. Photo: Tripadvisor.ca

Fairmont Hotel MacDonald:

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is the only Four Diamond Rated Luxury Hotel in Edmonton. Located in Edmonton’s downtown district, the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald is an elegant building exuding historic charm and delicate tastes. It’s the perfect place to feel luxurious and pampered. Read more about Fairmont Hotel MacDonald here.

Matrix Hotel:

Located in the heart of the City’s business district, the Matrix Hotel is boutique hotel sure to delight any traveller with an affinity for modern design and an appetite for fine dining. This hotel houses one of Edmonton’s most innovative restaurants, Wildflower Grill, known for its contemporary “New Canadian Cuisine”. You can read more about Matrix Hotel here.

Fantasy Land Hotel:

Located in West Edmonton Mall, Fantasy Land Hotel stays true to its name. Visitors can fulfill their wildest fantasy by staying in one of its themed rooms and shopping to their hearts content in the adjoining mall. With 800 stores to choose from at West Edmonton Mall, shoppers will not be disappointed. Whether it’s the Hollywood Luxury room, Polynesian room or Roman themed room, the Fantasy Land Hotel is sure to satisfy any adventure-seekers desire for an exotic getaway or a relaxing break. Read more about Fantasy Land Hotel here.

Fine Dining in Edmonton

January 27th, 2015 by Terry Paranych

Edmonton Fine DiningEdmonton’s food scene is growing and getting noticed, with fantastic new restaurants and dining experiences appearing within our city every year. Avenue Edmonton runs a “Best Restaurants” list every year (check out the one from March 2014 to see their most recent top picks) and dining hot spots in our city are also appearing more regularly on Canada-wide lists.

We’ve assembled our own list of some of the best dining and food experiences in Edmonton, which we feel includes the best of the best. Have you experienced all of these restaurants? If not, definitely consider making a reservation. You won’t regret it!


10643 123 Street, www.rgerd.ca

The menu is small but fantastic, and rotates regularly with the seasons. RGE RD takes authentic farm-style dinners and elevates them with delicious flavours, elegant plating, and an excellent serving staff. From award-wining chef Blair Lebsack and partner Caitlin Fulton.

Corso 32

10345 Jasper Avenue, corso32.com

You’ll need to make a reservation several weeks in advance: That’s how popular – and amazing – Corso 32 is. Their space is small and intimate, while their dishes are to die for. This lovely corner of downtown lives up to the hype and creates a truly excellent dining experience, from the delicious food right through to the dedicated service.

Cibo Bistro

11244 104 Avenue, www.cibobistro.com

An inventive Italian restaurant few people know about, this lesser-known diamond features a mouthwater, Italian-inspired seasonal menu and in-house made pasta. The chef, Rosario Caputo, is a master of blending old-world traditions and modern dishes for a truly unique experience.


2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, www.zincrestaurant.ca

With a focus on simple elegance and sourcing local artisan food, Zinc is a magical place for a lunch, dinner, or after-dinner drink. Located within the Art Gallery of Alberta, their menu changes often and is regularly inspired by featured art exhibits. Chef David Omar combines flavour and elegance in a stand-out menu.

Hardware Grill

9698 Jasper Avenue, www.hardwaregrill.com

Chef Larry Stewart blends classical cooking with whimsy and contemporary highlights, which creates a series of pleasant – and delicious – surprises throughout your meal. Everything is prepared in house, including breads, sausages, and reductions, and the ingredients are thoughtfully sourced from the best providers.

Duchess Bake Shop

10718 124 Street, www.duchessbakeshop.com

Not a full restaurant, but rather a french-style pastry shop and cafe with a large and glorious selection of pastries and desserts that will make your mouth sing. They prepare everything daily and from scratch. The best in fine pastry that Edmonton has to offer.

Merry Christmas from the Paranych Real Estate Team

December 19th, 2014 by Terry Paranych

On behalf of the Paranych Real Estate Team and our Luxury Property group, we’d like to wish all of you – including our fantastic clients and partners from 2014 – a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from the Paranych Team

Merry Christmas From the Paranych Team

We look forward to a wonderful 2015, and to working with new clients and partners to create real estate success in 2015.

If you’re planning on expanding your Edmonton area real estate portfolio this upcoming year, or have an exclusive property you’d like to put on the market, reach out to the Paranych Team. We will connect you with our top luxury property team and guarantee the best service and the best results.

Christmas Gadgets for the Discerning Receiver

November 26th, 2014 by Terry Paranych
Hovercraft Golf Cart

It might look like a joke (or a viral video), but this really happens

So what do you get the person who has everything?

Well, for most men, the answer is easy: The newest gadgets on the market!

For years, the quickest way to a man’s heart has been through the electronics, but the same can now be said of many women. The trend for Christmas gadgetry is said to be closer among the sexes than it has ever been.

Some credit cell phones, while others credit the more mobile lifestyle people are leading and the comfort of everyday use of technology (which can be traced back to desktop machines and computing). Either way, what’s becoming a safe zone for the guy or gal who has it all is the latest outcrop of tech.

So what are some of the best items to get out there?

The Best Mirrorless Camera on the Market

Fujifilm X-T1 Digital CameraPeople love digital cameras. They’re light, fast, easy to process (upload to phone/computer) and they take excellent pictures. But they can be a little bulky. Another thing to have to carry around with you.

Fujifilm created a camera that helps to challenge these issues. The Fujifilm XT-1 has been called “the greatest camera on the market” for its weather-sealed retro design, amazing controls (in particular manual options) small size and weight, and excellent picture quality. People have claimed that their best images don’t come from DSLR cameras used by many professionals. Instead they brag about using mirrorless because the technology has come so far. Most major electronics brands will not cover a specialty product like this, but you will be able to order it through camera stores like MacBain Camera.

Approx $1800US

Proform TDF Centennial Fitness Cycle with App

Google Powered Fitness CycleTraining products are an easy Christmas present, though they can send the wrong message to anyone who hasn’t told you that they want to work out. That mixed message could be made easier with this stationary bike that offers a visual trip powered by Google—you get to program the location and distance of your training and it gives you a Google street view of the trip, complete with hill resistance. Ambitious riders can do lags of the Tour de France, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Approx $1995.00US
Mobile App $99/year

VPI Prime

VPI Prime TurntableIt might seem hard to believe, but New Jersey is where the world’s best sound comes from. Forget The Boss or Bon Jovi, we’re thinking VPI. Since the days of Ronald Reagan, vinyl lovers and audiophiles have flocked to the world’s best audio listening manufacturers. VPI’s Prime series turntables have dominated the market for their quality of sound, excellent flatness (the reproduction of the original sound without adding anything to it) and low wow and flutter. The design aesthetic has stayed modern and contemporary, making it as much a conversation piece as it is fine audio tool for enjoying one’s favourite recordings. Most of the parts are sourced locally in the US, and the tone arms are designed and 3D printed in house, ensuring absolute engineering perfection.

Approx $3500

Mathusalem Champagne Saber

Mathusalem Champagne SabreOkay, so if your wife, husband, boyfriend or girlfriend has everything under the sun, this is the gift for you to consider.

Champagne sabers are one of those party favours that only make it out on one holiday of the year, but for the right socialite, they can make their year start gingerly.

People who entertain a lot will love the extravagance and showmanship that comes with perfecting the use of a champagne sabre, and the gilding of the Mathusalem conjures Napoleonic proportion images of conquest, pomp and regalia.

Just remember to practice your bottle opening skills before exhibiting to any excited guests on NYE. Messing up the Mathusalem’s maiden voyage could make for a long year.

Approx $500US

Neoteric Hovercraft

Neoteric HovercraftFor decades, Neoteric has been building hovercrafts for recreational and emergency rescue. They launched a family of products specifically for the recreational user. For just about 60 grand US, golfers will be able to cruise up to 50mph on water, land, sand or just about anything without damaging natural areas. What’s most impressive are the brakes. It stops on a dime and pivots while driving in a straight line, so there are million ways to freestyle in the wilderness, where no one will see you, and you won’t leave any tracks behind you.

Approx $65,000US (with accessories).

So for the people who have everything, here are but 5 options that will give a few good ideas.

And if you have any questions or would like to talk about your home or property investments and what options might be available, send us a note. We’d be happy to have a conversation to see if we might be able to help.


Southeast Profiles: Bonnie Doon and Forest Heights

October 28th, 2014 by Terry Paranych

Forest Heights Luxury EdmontonThis week, the Paranych Luxury Team decided that it’s been a while since we spoke about some of the areas and communities that make us proud to be in Edmonton. But sometimes it’s great when we focus on the communities themselves. Edmonton has hundreds, and it’s important to get a sense of the neighbourhood that you and your family choose to live in.

Today, the spotlight is on Bonnie Doon and the community of Forest Heights. These communities are part of the southeast area of Edmonton, and each of them has their own unique character.

Bonnie Doon Community MapBonnie Doon takes its name from Scottish, meaning pleasant rolling knolls. Once located in the former city of Strathcona, which is now a district and neighbourhood of its own.

Bonnie Doon is also the heart centre of Alberta’s French cultural population. and the French University campus there is one of two in western Canada.

These few historical elements give Bonnie Doon much of its charm. Many of the larger and luxury homes were built in the early 1900s, and many of those structures are in great shape. Masonry, classic patios and garages are very popular.

But Bonnie Doon also has more modern flare. Traditional homes contrast the outcrop of contemporary and sleekly modern luxury homes in and around the Mill Creek Ravine. Some of these very recent constructions are infill homes.

Bonnie Doon only provides a luxury home buyer offers occasionally. We say this because people don’t tend to leave this community in large numbers. Buyers must be diligent and have the right team on their side.

Forest Heights Luxury in EdmontonForest Heights is another southeastern community that has garnered a lot of attention over the years. Bordered by the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, Forest Heights is known for beautiful riverside views and trails for active lifestyles. Recognized throughout the city as one of the prime mature neighbourhoods, the mix of housing types is actually quite dynamic, making it a vibrant and lively community for families.

For luxury homes, Forest Heights has numerous options, though the homes tend to be later builds than the turn-of-the century homes in Bonnies Doon. As Forest Heights’ expansion primarily happened after WWII, the majority of luxury homes lie somewhere between late traditional designs and modern contemporary designs.

These two neighbourhoods offer completely unique homes and experiences for their luxury residents and home buyers. Take a trip through the areas to get a sense of the warmth and character, and how they differ.

If you would like to know more about the luxury communities in Edmonton, or if you would like to buy or sell a luxury home, get in touch with us. We’d be happy to have a conversation with you about how we can help.


Top 5 Luxurious Things to Do in Edmonton

September 30th, 2014 by Terry Paranych
Fairmont Hotel MacDonald - Top Luxury Things in Edmonton

The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, a great stay-cation option! Photo Credit: Gensphoto

Edmonton is a city that has something for everyone. For families seeking an active lifestyle, Edmonton has limitless options. For people fond of history, archeology, science or sport, it’s got that, too.

But our city has done a lot of maturing these last few years, and one area that has exploded in the last decade is the luxury lifestyle sector. We’ve watched as new and interesting environments for play, shopping and dining have cropped up throughout the city.

So the Paranych Luxury Team has put their heads together to think up the top 5 luxurious things we like to do in Edmonton for those people eager for the a taste of what Edmonton’s upscale lifestyle might offer them.

1. Accommodations – The Fairmont MacDonald Hotel 10065 100 St NW, Edmonton

The ‘Hotel Mac’ is one of western Canada’s most recognizable landmarks. Nestled on the edge of Edmonton’s River Valley, its visual importance is only bested by its historical importance. From dining to events and conferences, to luxurious spas and patio cocktails, the MacDonald Hotel is and Edmonton luxury mainstay.

2. Dining – Zinc Restaurant, 99 Street and 102 Avenue.

Zinc’s modern look and sophisticated menu will appeal to many luxury diners. But the view can also be interesting, as the two-storey windows overlook the Winspear Centre. It’s easy to catch a glimpse of the crowd as they make their way to the Symphony. Their wine collection is impressive and their seasonal seven-course meal is a city highlight.

3. Shopping – Simons (for him and her), West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton

Simons brings a piece of belle Montreal to Edmonton. Featuring exquisite fashions for men and women (priced from moderate to luxury), Simons offers Edmonton high fashion flavour that’s as flexible as you want to be.

4. Driving – October 15th Luxury Test Drive and Networking, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Lexus South Pointe, 100 St. SW

Accountants and their many colleagues will dine and network, testing out the best that Lexus can provide. Events like this go on throughout the year in Edmonton, so it’s good to keep an eye out for the group that best suits your profession!

5. Viewing – Columbia Ice Field and Glacier Walk, Rocky Mountains, Alberta

Yes, it’s not exactly luxury (at $109/person, it’s quite affordable), and it’s certainly not in Edmonton. But this is a once in a lifetime experience. Walking the glaciers in the Rockies is as Albertan as you can get. It’s a three-hour drive west, but the anticipation will make the viewing and learning experience unforgettable.

Edmonton has a lot more going on than we’ve listed, and we encourage you to look around and get a sense of what’s out there. You can find reviews and tidbits about events in magazines like Avenue Edmonton.

Either way, we wish you the best of luck with your pursuits of Edmonton luxury. If you have any questions about luxury homes in Edmonton, or if you’re planning to sell a luxury home, get in touch with us. We’d love to have a conversation!


Living in Age-Friendly Edmonton

August 26th, 2014 by Terry Paranych
Age-friendly Edmonton

Our healthy and growing senior demographic is proof that we are an Age-friendly City.

The Paranych Luxury team is proud of our city. We think that our city offers people the perfect combination of community, energy, opportunity and compassion.

Our city’s ongoing commitment to all people was made clear with the Edmonton Seniors Declaration back in 2010, when the World Health Organization (WHO) officially made Edmonton an Age Friendly City. In our Declaration, it states that:


Individuals are respected regardless of age. All generations have much to teach and learn from each other.
Older people have ready access to programs, employment, activities and services that help them stay engaged, respected and appreciated.
Age is a gift to the city. We will value all the individuals who bring it to us.


Our city has benefitted from the vision of our seniors today and current leaders, volunteers and citizens work to ensure that seniors receive the support they need.

The city recognizes that as more families and newcomers arrive in Edmonton, the senior population grows. In fact, according to this report, Edmonton’s senior population is expected to grow from 13% to 20% over the next 10 years.

Our city is responding to this growth by working closely with senior groups and centres around Edmonton to ensure that they have the support they need to thrive.

There are specific cultural and multicultural support groups, lifestyle groups and senior programs available for people who are settling into our great city.

Below is a short list of some of the many support services and groups available to seniors. We’ve marked the areas of the city these centres are located, as well as the local phone numbers.


Senior Group or Centre (age or location) Phone Number
Calder Seniors Drop In Society 780-451-1925
Central Lions Seniors Association (north; 55+yrs) 780-496-7369
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (central; 55+yrs) 780-476-6595
Edmonton Seniors Centre (central; 45+yrs) 780-342-8625
Lifestyle Helping Hands Seniors Association(SE of the river & west of 104 street only) 780-450-2113
Mill Woods Seniors Activity Centre (55+yrs) 780-496-2997
Multicultural Women and Seniors Services Association 780-465-2992
North Edmonton Seniors Association (55+yrs) 780-496-6969
Operation Friendship (inner city only; 55+yrs) 780-429-2626
Senior Citizen Opportunity Neighbourhood Association (SCONA)(south only; 55+yrs) 780-433-5377
Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE) 780-423-5510
Seniors Outreach Network Society 780-451-4589
Society of Seniors Caring About Seniors (south) 780-465-0311
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (55+yrs). 780-468-1985
Strathcona Place Senior Citizen Centre (south) 780-433-5807
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (55+yrs) 780-483-1209


Edmonton has taken strides to ensure that our community meets the needs of our senior population, allowing our wisest citizens to be active, supported and welcome in the neighbourhoods they call home. It’s a comfort to know that our local leadership, businesses and neighbourhoods recognize the value of our senior population in helping our communities thrive.

If you have any questions about seniors care and lifestyle groups, organizations and centres, you can call 211 for more information or you can visit the City of Edmonton website.

And if you would like to learn more about buying or selling a luxury home in Edmonton, get in touch with us.


Keswick Luxury Homes: Edmonton’s Newest Community

July 29th, 2014 by Terry Paranych
Imperial Home: Keswick Community

This is one of the many homes planned for Keswick by MLC Land Edmonton

Here in Edmonton, we’ve been blessed with the sheer beauty of luxury communities, mature and new.

Just last year, a new lush, natural and beautifully designed luxury development was announced. It was planned on a scale that this city has rarely seen—a community set along the pristine corridor of the North Saskatchewan River. It gets accolades from designers, sellers and buyers alike.

Welcome to the southern Edmonton community of Keswick (pronounced Kezz’-ik).

On the southwestern stretch of the river, parallel to Ellerslie Drive, and west of 170 Street, you will find one of the finest vestiges of prime riverfront left in Edmonton. Named after a beautiful lake district in England, Edmonton’s Keswick properties bring the same luxurious living and sophisticated design. The land management was developed with sustainability and longevity in mind using a wide array of native plants and waterways that protect both riverbanks and homeowners alike.

Homeowners in Keswick have no problem getting anywhere in the city because of the access to the Anthony Henday ring road. The Ellerslie Road access also enables drivers to get to Southgate Mall, South Edmonton Common, and the Currents of Windemere shopping districts.

For avid golf fans, Keswick enjoys three nearby golf courses, allowing for even more leisure time close to home. The Whitemud Creek, River Ridge and Windemere Golf and Country Clubs are excellent options for serious or novice players alike.

Keswick Luxury Homes: Google Map

Keswick offers easy access throughout the city.

Access to these lifestyle amenities are what make the Keswick community so appealing to Edmonton luxury homebuyers. The mixture of single and multi-family homes adds diversity to the community, bringing families of all sizes and ages to the riverfront. Sound planning and design decisions were made by some of Edmonton’s leading builders and developers. Some of them include:

  • Cameron Homes
  • Landmark Homes
  • Pacesetter Homes
  • Aacropolis Estates

The Keswick neighbourhood merges sophisticated simplicity and timeless tradition in design while still letting nature breathe throughout the community. It’s a jewel like nothing we’ve seen in Edmonton, and we recommend that if you’re seeking an Edmonton luxury home, look no further than Keswick on the River. Both Valleyside and Estate properties are available, and as Phase 2 gets rolled out this year, it will be much easier to find and buy the home you desire.

And if you have any questions about properties in Keswick or other south Edmonton Homes, be sure to get in touch.


Edmonton Luxury Landscapes: More than Curb Appeal

June 23rd, 2014 by Terry Paranych


Among the luxury homes in Edmonton, owners are coming up with creative ways to plan and use their outdoor spaces. Many have already created spaces that are refined, luxurious and harmonious with their lifestyles. Having a space that complements the look and feel of a luxury home is important, but new trends suggest that there is more at play when it comes to making the right decisions for your outdoor spaces.

1. Outdoor Design Brings Value

It might be alarming to hear that many people still think that designing and creating an outdoor living space means arranging some trees and shrubs and picking up a patio set from a furniture designer or department store. With Edmonton’s short summers (and harsh winters), taking the time and resources to build a luxury outdoor space might seem, well,  extreme. But a well designed outdoor area can add considerable value to a property. Some estimate that as much as 20% of the overall value can be added to your home, with a 100-200% recovery value when you sell your property. Very few home improvements generate those high returns.

2. Outdoor Landscaping Brings Harmony

I’ve seen my share of grand designs, and they can be dramatic at first glance. But it gets awkward when visitors and guests realize that the space lacks harmony. One of the most easily overlooked details of luxury outdoor design is also one of the most obvious when it’s done incorrectly. Professionals help to plan out the placement of softscape (trees, shrubs, grasses) and hardscape (walls, water features, sculptures and walkways) to best balance the harmony of the area and the activity of homeowners and guests.

3. Outdoor Spaces Should be Versatile

One of the advantages of planning an outdoor living space is that you get ot ask the difficult questions right up front.

“How can I get use of my outdoor space in October or November, when we know that there will be snow on the ground?”

“What activities do I want to be able to perform while entertaining? Do I want to cook while still being able to attend to my swimming guests?”

A seasoned landscape planning professional will look at these questions, not as constraints, but as possibilities. Ultimately, the activities that you plan for you and your guests is critical in determining what will end up where.

Before anyone begins landscaping or even planning their outdoor space, I suggest that they think about what it is that they want to do with their outdoor space, and how they want to use it. The great thing about building an outdoor living space is that it has a very good chance of returning value, so take the time and energy required to make it exactly how you want it.

If you’re looking for a luxury home in Edmonton, or you are looking to sell your luxury home, get in touch. I’d love to have a conversation.

How Much Can $1 Million Get You In Canadian The Luxury Condo Market?

May 27th, 2014 by Terry Paranych

Edmonton Luxury Condos: Get More For Less!


Courtesy of: Buzz Buzz Home

Edmonton’s weather isn’t the only thing heating up! The Luxury real estate market has been on an upward trend since the better half of last year. Whether its large estate homes, or exclusive luxury condos in Downtown Edmonton, the demand is there and our market is responding to it. But not everyone who can buy a million dollar property, has taken the step towards luxury homeownership— especially when it comes to Edmonton’s luxury condos. If you’re still on the fence about entering the luxury real estate market, you will be happy to know you can get a lot for a cool 1 million. In fact you can get more in Edmonton than you would in almost any other major Canadian city!

BuzzBuzz Home compared 14 different cities across the country to see how much a $1 million new condo budget could get a buyer. The results are astonishing and let me tell you folks, the numbers don’t lie. Edmonton came in second to Quebec City at a 3773 square foot condo for $1 million. That works out to about $318.74 per square foot! It’s certainly a lot more than you’ll get in Vancouver— where a million dollars gets you a 1539 square foot condo.

For example: this 2 storey high rise Downtown Edmonton luxury condo overlooks the North Saskatchewan River and Victoria Park Golf Course. At over 2,200 square feet, its asking price is $989,000. A million dollars may not get you much in other places, but in Edmonton’s luxury real estate market it can get you the perfect pace to call home.

Are you looking to buy or sell luxury real estate in the Capital City? Look no further than Paranych Luxury! Rob Halabi and Terry Paranych are seasoned veterans and real estate experts who would be more than happy to help you find the perfect oasis for you and your family.

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