I have listed a new property at 6811 40 AVE in Edmonton.
Welcome to this beautiful, well-maintained home in the quiet, family-friendly neighbourhood of Michael's Park. Walking in, you'll find the living room with low maintenance laminite flooring, large windows letting in plenty of natural light and unique brick feature wall. There is a spacious dining room and kitchen with plenty of cupboard space, granite countertops, all black appliances and large window overlooking the back yard. The main floor has three bedrooms including a master bedroom with ensuite. The main 5-piece main bath completes the main floor. Downstairs is completely finished, with a bright and open family room, newer carpet and an additional bedroom and full bathroom. Outside, enjoy a huge yard with oversided double garage and plenty of extra space for parking. Enjoy newer vinyl windows, new shingles (2017) & new carpet (2018). All of this in a great location, just a few blocks to Michael's park, shopping and a future LRT stop and easy access to Whitemud. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity.
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I have listed a new property at 316 2612 109 ST in Edmonton.
Welcome to this gorgeous SW CORNER UNIT condo in desireable Regent Century Park. Boasting MARBLE FLOORS and walls in both the main bathroom and master ensuite. The living room features 2 FULL WALLS OF WINDOWS, including patio doors to the balcony with GAS HOOKUP and a cosy FIREPLACE. The kitchen is complete with all STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES including a large 5-BURNER GAS STOVETOP, hood fan, wall oven, built-in microwave, fridge and dishwasher as well as gleaming GRANITE COUNTERTOPS and modern cabinetry. The 2-bedroom suite includes a spacious master with WALK-THROUGH CLOSETS and a 5-PIECE ENSUITE with HIS/HERS SINKS and separate MARBLE-TILED SHOWER and DEEP SOAKER TUB. The building is well-maintained and features a spectacular grand entrance. A WELL-EQUIPPED GYM on the 2nd floor completes the picture. Ideally located steps to the LRT and shopping and next to the planned ProCura mixed-use urban development. Complete with 2 TITLED UNDERGROUND PARKING STALLS and a TITLED 6'x5' STORAGE LOCKER.
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I have listed a new property at 2004 South Creek DR in Stony Plain.
Welcome to this gorgeous, move-in-ready home built by highly-praised Alquinn Homes. This over 2100 sf Bridgeland model home is guaranteed to impress. The home is bright and open with TALL 9' CEILINGS and gleaming HARDWOOD FLOORS. The large windows are complimented with trendy MODERN BLINDS AND WINDOW COVERINGS. The chef's kitchen boasts dark cabinetry stretching to the ceiling, QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS with MASSIVE CENTRE ISLAND and convenient WALK-THROUGH PANTRY. Upstairs, you'll find a spacious master bedroom featuring WALK-IN CLOSET and ELEGANT 5-PIECE ENSUITE with separate bath, tile/glass-surround shower and HIS/HERS SINKS. An additional two bedrooms, fantastic BONUS/FLEX ROOM, another full bathroom and a handy laundry room complete the upper floor. Outside, the yard is FULLY FENCED AND LANDSCAPED with DECK AND FIREPIT. The BASEMENT IS FRAMED AND PARTLY FINISHED with living space, bedroom & bathroom. All this plus AIR CONDITIONING and HEATED DOUBLE ATTACHED GARAGE. Just move in and enjoy your dream home.
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(NC) Renovations can be a daunting task. If your goal is to increase your property value, smaller upgrades can provide a higher return on your investment.

Here are some budget-friendly projects for key areas of your home that can boost your property value:

Kitchen. You don’t need a complete remodel to increase the value of this space – it can be as simple as focusing on one thing, such as cabinets or countertops. Refacing old cabinets by adding a fresh coat of paint, a new finish or updated knobs can bring new life to your kitchen. Adding new granite countertops is an easy way to modernize an older kitchen. Make sure to choose a countertop that fits with the price point and aesthetic of your home.

Bathroom. The bathroom is where most of us begin and end our day; modernizing it is a great way to increase your property value. New floors or shower tiles will give the illusion of a complete makeover. Updating the vanity, sink or mirror are also inexpensive options. Smaller bathroom projects like these can have high appeal to future buyers.

Windows. These are often overlooked in renovations. However, upgrading windows is a great idea for both aesthetic and energy-saving purposes. In cooler climates you can purchase windows with insulating properties, and in warmer climates you can purchase those that reflect sunlight.

Deciding on the right budget to suit your needs can be hard, but worrying about the financing shouldn’t hold you back. For an easy way to finance these renos, check out The Home Depot Project Loan, available across Canada.

 
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I have listed a new property at 2033 SADDLEBACK RD in Edmonton.
Enjoy the stress free life with this RENOVATED BUNGALOW CORNER UNIT that includes 2 BEDROOMS PLUS DEN, a private entrance and covered patio. NEWER FLOORING leads you through the home. Enjoy the warmth of the FIREPLACE while in the living or dining room. Host friends for dinner with the GORGEOUS RENOVATED KITCHEN, featuring timeless white cabinetry, extra serving space, massive sink, thick butcher block counters and walk-in pantry. The master bedroom is spacious enough for your king sized bed and furniture and includes a WALK-IN CLOSET and access to the RENOVATED 4-PC BATH. The second bedroom is impressive and also boasts a walk-in closet. The DEN with large window is an ideal office or potential 3RD BEDROOM .The NEW HIGH EFFICIENT FURNACE & HOT WATER TANK along with UPGRADED WINDOWS, SIDING, SHINGLES, and INSULATION will help save you money on utilities. Extra space in the STORAGE ROOM. A well-managed community, just steps to transit, LRT, shopping, coffee, and the TRAILS OF BLACKMUD CREEK. Don't miss it!
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(NC) With the Bank of Canada recently raising its key interest rate once again, many of are concerned about the impact on our household debt and mortgages. Fortunately, there are many tips and tricks for saving and budgeting you can use for other areas in your life.

Try the three-category budget. It can be overwhelming trying to track all your expenses, but it is advisable to have a baseline to check your progress. Money experts recommend picking just three categories you want to focus and get a handle on, since most of us overspend in just one or two categories. The three-category system is an easy way to get started on trimming expenses.

Pay down high-interest debt. One in three of us sometimes buy things we can’t afford. If you’ve put a few too many purchases on your credit cards, a big portion of your monthly payment are going just towards paying down debt. To get out ahead, consider moving the debt to a low-interest option, like a line of credit. When paying off any debt, prioritize the higher-interest loans you have and work your way down.

Boost your education. If you don’t know much about personal finances, you’re not alone. A recent survey by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada revealed 49 per cent of Canadians grade themselves C or lower on their overall personal financial skills. But it’s hard to get your budget on track when you don’t have the right tools or knowledge. Do some research and work with an expert like a chartered professional accountant to get a better handle on your income and expenses.

Work together. If you’re married or are splitting expenses with a relative, you need to be on the same page about spending and savings goals. So, sit down to outline your priorities together and create a realistic budget you both feel comfortable with and can stick to. You can even try an online budgeting tool or app to help you both track and understand expenses.

Find more information and resources to get on a path of long-term financial health at cpacanada.ca/financialwellness and also request a free educational session for any organization you’re part of.

 
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I have listed a new property at 8332 158 AVE in Edmonton.
Welcome to this beautiful home in Belle Rive. Loaded with upgrades including a completely renovated kitchen with maple kitchen cabinets, matching stainless steel LG appliances (including microwave hood fan and dual-oven range), granite countertops, under-mount double sink. New bathroom bathtubs, tile/tub surround, vanities w/marble countertop. South-facing bay window in the living room to let in plenty of light. Downstairs is a spacious family room with wood-burning fireplace. New vinyl plank flooring throughout the main floor. Outside, the yard is fully fenced with back gate, allowing you room to park an RV. New trim, paint, hot water tank, doors, fence, siding, shingles, lighting, hardware, light switches, subfloor, blinds... need I go on? Close to a park, school, trails, quick access to transit, shopping and more. All that and the best price in Belle Rive. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity.
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(NC) Long nights and chilly weather activate our instincts to hunker down and nest at home. Get inspired to make your space relaxed and inviting and make the most of the season with these helpful tips and ideas.


For warmth. Is there anything better than curling up with a good book and comfy duvet as the snow falls gently outside? For a soft and warm cover, consider one with a down filling. Down is the warmest available; it’s a natural fill that has the ability to reloft and mould itself to your body for continuous warmth and comfort. It’s also great for your bedroom pillow and in a jacket for when you do decide to brave the cold.


Avoid buying down fibre, an inferior product that lacks insulation. To make sure you’re getting a quality product, look for the Downmark certification label, a globally recognized and trusted quality certification symbol for Canadian-made down and feather filled products. The label assures items are genuine and have been finished in Canada according to strict standards.


For décor. When looking for accent and decorative pieces, look for elements that evoke that cozy log cabin aesthetic. Think rich textures, plush neutrals and wooden accents. When layering a variety of throws, consider down and feather that will make the space feel warm and relaxed.. Add some winter whites with flowers and vases, and consider gold accents for a funky pop of colour that’s trendy and fresh.


For lighting. Fight the winter blues with plenty of lamps and candles. Create a comforting ambiance with a mix of overhead, floor and task lighting, which also gives you the flexibility to find the perfect brightness. Candles can add both warmth and light, giving your home a calm and lived-in feeling. Choose scented candles with your favourite aromas to remind you of yummy sweet treats or take you back to sunny summer day.


Curious about quality down and feather products? Learn more at downmark.org.

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I have listed a new property at 114 11816 22 AVE SW in Edmonton.
Welcome to this spacious, clean, move-in-ready and AFFORDABLE condo located in Edmonton's desireable Rutherford neighbourhood. A bright, OPEN FLOORPLAN allows plenty of room for living, dining and kitchen space as well as additional nook, perfect for an office or other flex space. Two bedrooms and two full bathrooms, including an ENSUITE OFF THE MASTER bedroom with walk-through closet. The kitchen features GRANITE COUNTERTOPS with breakfast bar, plenty of cabinet space and all-black appliances including built-in dishwasher and microwave hood fan. Sliding patio doors open to the large, COVERED, CONCRETE PATIO. IN-SUITE LAUNDRY. Enjoy the convenience of HEATED, UNDERGROUND PARKING and lots of outdoor visitor parking for your guests. You're a quick 3-minute walk to Shoppers Drug Mart and Superstore as well as other shopping and restaurants. You're also just a short drive to the QE II and Henday, giving you fast access to the airport, South Edmonton Common and so much more. Don't miss this great opportunity.
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I have listed a new property at 4 HEATHERLANDS WAY in Spruce Grove.
Welcome to this beautiful Lincolnberg-built home nestled in desireable Heatherglen. From the front veranda, walk into a spacious open-concept living space. Low-maintenance laminate floors extend throughout the entire home. The living room is warm and bright, featuring a south-facing picture window to let in plenty of light. The dining room allows access to the back yard through the convenient patio door. The kitchen boasts a massive pantry, plenty of cupboard space and a trendy butcher block island. Also located on the main floor, you'll find an impressive master bedroom, a second bedroom and a full bathroom. Downstairs, gather around the cozy gas fireplace in the massive family/rec room. Plentiful storage, additional bedroom, second full bathroom and laundry/utility room are also found here. Outside, a large, nicely landscaped back yard is tough to find, but here you have space to enjoy plus the convenience of a garage and extra parking back and front. Don't miss this lovely, yet affordordable home.
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I have listed a new property at 224 12408 15 AVE in Edmonton.
Surrounded by natural trails and the easy location found in West Rutherford, this AIR CONDITIONED, 2 BDRM + DEN with over 1100 SQ FT offers everything you have been looking for! WIDE PLANK laminate greets you as you step inside. Notice the soaring 9 ft ceilings. The kitchen with extra cabinetry and pantry is an entertainer's dream! Stylish GRANITE counters are perfect for preparing while your guests relax around the LARGE ISLAND. Enjoy time by the FIREPLACE in the living room, plus the DEN offers space for an OFFICE or separate dining. FRENCH DOORS lead outside to the COVERED BALCONY ready for rain or shine! The private master bedroom has a large WALK IN CLOSET & ENSUITE. The second bedroom is found on the opposite end and has access to a 4-pc bath. TITLED U/G PARKING also features a DRYWALLED STORAGE ROOM. Just a few blocks away, notice the NEW SOUTH LRT PARK AND RIDE that is currently underway! Make your move to this WELL MANAGED and QUALITY UPGRADED 18+ adult building with every amenity and comfort!
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I have listed a new property at 224 2503 Hanna CRES in Edmonton.
Welcome to this gorgeous, Carrington-built, 2-bedroom/2-bathroom home. Walking in, you'll immediately notice the bright, open, floorplan. There is no lack of space here, including room for a full size dinette set. The kitchen has plenty of cabinet and counter space including a large pantry, black appliances and an island with seating room. Gleaming hardwood floors stretch through the dining and living room. Cozy up to a corner gas fireplace or enjoy a morning coffee or BBQ on the deck. The master bedroom is spacious enough for a king bed and extra furniture, yet still has a massive walk-through closet. The full ensuite is complete with his and hers sinks. A second bedroom, washroom, large laudry room with full-size washer/dryer and A/C complete the suite. Enjoy the convenience of heated underground parking and an extra storage locker. And this building is packed with amenities including a gym, car wash, movie room, games, room, social room and rentable guest suites. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity.
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(NC) As the change in weather has us retreating indoors, take some time to spruce up your interiors with these design ideas.


Play with paint. One of the most budget-friendly ways to change up a space is with paint. You can use it to refresh antique or dated furniture, or you can create a whole new ambiance with a new wall colour. For the cooler months, try dark, nearly black walls to add depth to a room. Keep it warm and inviting with lighter furnishings and décor; the deep shade will accentuate their silhouettes for a striking finish.


Re-theme a room. Whether it’s your bedroom, kitchen or living room, switching up the style of a room can dramatically improve the overall look and feel. Try a new colour palette, or a different aesthetic like rustic, contemporary or cottage to create a renewed environment. For an affordable makeover, focus on smaller but impactful elements like textures, accents, furniture and décor.


Frame your view. Transform a boring basic window with gorgeous shades that do more than add style and polish. Hunter Douglas’ innovative custom window treatments offer light control for the perfect amount of natural sunlight, elegant performance fabrics for energy efficiency and UV protection, and intelligent shade operating systems for convenient smart home integration. Purposeful, polished window coverings give any room a finished look.


Organize chaos. Improving your home’s organization can make your entire living space feel fresh and welcoming. So take some time to clear out the clutter and use drawer and closet organizers to find an out-of-sight place for every trinket. If you have a small space, choose smart storage solutions that work double duty. And don’t forget your entryway. As the first impression of your home, it’s essential to keep neat and tidy. Use a coat rack and bench that doubles as shoe storage for an organized and seamless appearance.

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By: Scott McGillivray


(NC) Looking to update your home but don’t have the time or money for a full-on renovation? Not a problem. With the right application of paint, you can breathe new life into your home, inside and out.


Consider these five painting projects to boost your home’s appeal:


Reimagine your space. One of the easiest ways to add personality is to refresh the walls by adding bold and contemporary colours. Try highlighting a focal point or niche with a fresh pop of colour, or paint an accent wall to command the eye’s attention.



Make a statement in your bathroom. People generally limit the amount of time they spend in their bathrooms. But what if you could make it a room you actually want to spend time in? With a coat of paint in just the right colour, anything is possible. Turn your bathroom into a statement room with a dark shade. Forgoing the usual neutral finish, this bold approach catches the eye and can create a sense of class and drama.


Revitalize tired cabinets and furniture. Bring old cabinets and furniture back to life with a fresh coat of paint. Choose a colour theme that complements the rest of your home or room. You can accentuate little details, hide imperfections and create great conversation pieces. I recommend using Para Paints Ultra melamine hybrid cabinet and furniture paint in a neutral colour that complements your style.


Captivate with a stylish doorway. The front door is the focal point of your home’s exterior, so you want it to look as good as possible. If yours is looking a little tired and a new one isn’t in the budget, a coat of paint is a terrific option. A brighter hue can add energy, while a more subdued one plays up a traditional feel. Top it off with some stylish hardware and accessories and you’re good to go.


Update exterior trim and accents. There’s a connection between outer upkeep and what a visitor can expect inside. Painting your exterior windows, trim and shutters with the right colour palette can greatly boost your home’s curb appeal and make it more inviting for you and your visitors. Experiment with colour to create a playful welcoming effect or opt for a more subtle palette to create a formal or classic look. Remember, first impressions matter.

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(NC) For many of us, the aesthetics of our home –– a colourful garden, new furniture or trendy appliances –– often become our primary focus. But this can leave little time for unseen elements that can become a safety hazard.


Something overlooked like a loose or frayed cord can spark a house fire, and this happens most frequently during the winter months, according to the Canadian Red Cross.


It doesn’t take much for a fire to start in your home, but it doesn’t take much to prevent one. That’s why around this time of year, it’s crucial to take small, precautionary measures that will keep your family out of harm’s way. Here are four easy steps for a fire-free home:


  1. Develop a fire escape plan. Should a fire occur, it’s important to evacuate the home as quickly as possible. Creating a fire escape plan and practicing that plan twice a year will help ensure the safety of your loved ones in the event of a fire.
  2. Check smoke detectors frequently. A functioning smoke detector can be the difference between a false alarm and a life-threatening scenario. Install them on every level of the house and take the time to test them monthly, replacing batteries at least twice a year; daylight saving time always serves as a good reminder.
  3. Store and recycle batteries the right way. Once you have changed the batteries in your devices, be sure to recycle the old ones. Used batteries that are disposed of or stored incorrectly or damaged can be a safety hazard. Keep your home and the environment safe by recycling all your old batteries. Call2Recycle Canada has more than 8,000 drop-off locations across the country, so one is bound to be close by. You can visit their website at call2recycle.ca and plug in your postal code to find one closest to you.
  4. Pay attention to detail. Have an eye for the little things. Make sure your home’s heating sources are clean, as many house fires are started by poorly maintained furnaces or stoves, or chimneys with buildup. Check wiring and cords and fix or replace any frayed extension cords, exposed wires or loose plugs. Finally, make sure to store combustible materials in open areas and away from heat sources.
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I have listed a new property at 4805 55 AVE in Stony Plain.
Welcome to this updated bungalow home with a warm, inviting layout. Upon walking in, you'll find the living area bright and open with a spacious kitchen, living room and dining space. All windows have been upgraded and modern laminate floors extend through the main floor including the three bedrooms and full bathroom. Downstairs, the basement is also fully finished with two more bedrooms, another full bathroom and a large entertainment/rec room area with carpeted floors and a unique, classy bar table. Outside, a newer deck looks out over the massive fenced back yard. There's a spot here to park your RV while barely making a dent in available yard space. All this plus a new furnace in 2015, an attached garage, newer kitchen, central A/C and more. Centrally located in the growing community of Stony Plain within walking distance of playgrounds and the elementary/junior high school. Don't miss this opportunity.
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(NC) Whether you’re building a home from scratch or replacing the roof of an existing home, it’s important to consider the range of materials available and build a budget based on your needs. With a variety of styles and colours to choose from, you can easily find a look to match your home at an affordable price.


Jack Rende, senior merchant of building materials at Home Depot, suggests asking the following questions when choosing your roof materials:


  1. How long will the roof last? The climate you live in is one of the most important factors here. When selecting roofing materials, choose one with better durability to withstand mother nature.
  2. Does the type of roofing complement the style of your home? Bring your personal style to the exterior with a wide range of roof colours, looks and architectural shapes. The appearance of a roof can dramatically affect the look of your home, so it’s important that the material be suitable to its aesthetic.
  3. Is this roofing material within my budget? The cost of a new roof can vary drastically depending on the type of material and cost of installation. An asphalt roof is the most commonly used. It’s also the least expensive and requires minimal installation. The complexity, height and steepness of your roof can also affect the installation costs. 

Find more information online at homedepot.ca.

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(NC) Sometimes you want to create a major change in your home, but don’t want to shell out for an expensive renovation. Fortunately, you can use these tips to makeover any space.


Kitchen. Instantly make this room look sophisticated and transformed with a new backsplash. Since it’s a relatively small surface area, you can splurge on more luxurious tiles to create the aesthetic of your dreams, whether it’s sleek and modern or rustic and country. Finish off the room by swapping out cabinet hardware for a fresh and polished look.


Living room. The right window coverings can add value, style and ambiance to your main living area. Frame the space with custom-designed window treatments from Hunter Douglas that let you choose the perfect fabric, size and style, whether you have patio or sliding glass doors or a bay window. Their shades offer both natural light and privacy, as well as energy efficiency and smart-home operating systems that move the shades automatically to their perfect positions throughout the day.


Bedroom. Switching up the bed linens can have a major effect on the mood in your bedroom, whether you want to go for chic and cheerful or eclectic and bohemian. Just be careful not to be too matchy-matchy with your comforter, sheets and pillows — it screams bed in a bag, which lacks style and personality. Instead, add your own flair with a variety of colours and patterns for space that is unique to you.


Bathroom. It’s wise to keep plumbing where it is, as moving the location of your sink or tub can be a pricey move that isn’t worth the expense. For a more affordable makeover, focus on decorative elements that can give you that home-spa feel. Add a bold frame to the vanity mirror and invest in open storage shelves. Store personal items in drawers or textured baskets, and line shelves with plush towels, candles and live greenery for a lush, comforting ambience.

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I have listed a new property at 1081 BARNES WAY in Edmonton.
Welcome to this gorgeous home on a quiet street in desireable Blackmud Creek. Upon entering, you'll notice the bright, open feel of this home with vaulted ceiling, plenty of windows, art niches and display ledges. The living room features a cozy gas fireplace surrounded by windows. The spacious dining room offers access to the two-tiered deck looking over the large yard. The kitchen comes complete with stainless steel appliances and plenty of cupboards and counters as well as a corner pantry. This floor also offers two bedrooms and a full bathroom along with main floor laundry. Upstairs, is the master suite with his and hers closets, a massive ensuite with separate soaker tub and shower as well as vanity. And just off the top of the stairs, unwind with a good book in the unique loft nook. The basement is also fully finished with family room, theatre/den, 4th bedroom and extra access to the attached garage. Upgraded furnace, hot water tank, A/C and so much more. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity.
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I have listed a new property at 224 2503 Hanna CRES in Edmonton.
Welcome to this gorgeous, Carrington-built, 2-bedroom/2-bathroom home. Walking in, you'll immediately notice the bright, open, floorplan. There is no lack of space here, including room for a full size dinette set. The kitchen has plenty of cabinet and counter space including a large pantry, black appliances and an island with seating room. Gleaming hardwood floors stretch through the dining and living room. Cozy up to a corner gas fireplace or enjoy a morning coffee or BBQ on the deck. The master bedroom is spacious enough for a king bed and extra furniture, yet still has a massive walk-through closet. The full ensuite is complete with his and hers sinks. A second bedroom, washroom, large laudry room with full-size washer/dryer and A/C complete the suite. Enjoy the convenience of heated underground parking and an extra storage locker. And this building is packed with amenities including a gym, car wash, movie room, games, room, social room and rentable guest suites. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity.
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