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    I recently went online and skimmed through some residential real estate offerings. Out of curiosity I started to look at a few of the most expensive houses for sale in Edmonton. I rather surprised myself in disliking nearly everything I saw. (But then, for say at least 19 out of 20 lottery homes we’ve seen over the years we felt that if we ever won one, we’d sell it and invest the money or use it some other way.)

    So I’m curious what others think. If you “won the lottery” and money was absolutely not an issue what sort of home would you choose in Edmonton? Would you be attracted to any of the $1 million to $10+ million homes that come on the market? How about under $1 million? Does anything you see these days appeal to you?

    If you’ve looked at the higher to highest end housing options what do you like and what don’t you like, and what costly features are indifferent to?
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    If you can afford high end, the best way to go is design it yourself, or put as much input in it as you can.
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    Custom for sure.
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    Not particularly interested in a big house. I've lived in the same condo for 13 years, and might well for another 13. Personally I think that the average North American has way too much of their personal wealth, self esteem and image tied up in their home.

    That being said, I'm a (more often than not) single guy in my mid 30's. If my circumstances were to change in that regard and I decided a house would be a good idea, then to me location is nearly as important as the house itself. Somewhere in the "near west" like Westmount, Glenora, Crestwood, Laurier etc near the future West LRT line would be likely. As far as style of house, I quite like modern, flat roof designs.

    I'd agree that most of the "dream home lottery" type builds are tacky as hell, and I can't understand why in the day and age of on average 2 or 3 person households why someone needs a 6,000 ft monstrosity three quarters of the way to the airport. I haven't really looked at listings in the areas I mentioned above recently, but the few times I have it looked like there was basically nothing that would appeal to me without a rebuild or tear down. And that just sounds like a pain. I remember how stressed my brother was for a year when he was rebuilding a house in Laurier, and don't really want any part of it.

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    I'd buy the top 3 floors of a high-rise with a view that can never be closely impeded in any direction. The Pearl would be a good one. The lowest floor would be for storage and as a buffer from my neighbours so I can't hear them and they can't hear me.

    For a level of House Porn way way above what HGTV and its competitors delivers I heartily recommend "Grand Designs" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Designs) a British series that started in 1999 and has an Australian off-shoot. It's out of production but the CBC has run almost every season of both versions. Being British there's little of the produced "drama" that the American shows rely on and the Euro angle introduces a lot of ideas and attitudes that are slowly making their way over here. Plus the accents!

    There are allegedly DVDs out there but I haven't found any for a reasonable price. The first decade of the show and the spin-offs was available as a Torrent.

    Definitely good watching for home-building nerds.

    Grand Designs is a British television series produced by Boundless Productions (originally part of Talkback Thames) and broadcast on Channel 4 which features unusual and often elaborate architectural homebuilding projects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel Petrin View Post
    Not particularly interested in a big house. I've lived in the same condo for 13 years, and might well for another 13. Personally I think that the average North American has way too much of their personal wealth, self esteem and image tied up in their home.

    That being said, I'm a (more often than not) single guy in my mid 30's. If my circumstances were to change in that regard and I decided a house would be a good idea, then to me location is nearly as important as the house itself. Somewhere in the "near west" like Westmount, Glenora, Crestwood, Laurier etc near the future West LRT line would be likely. As far as style of house, I quite like modern, flat roof designs.

    I'd agree that most of the "dream home lottery" type builds are tacky as hell, and I can't understand why in the day and age of on average 2 or 3 person households why someone needs a 6,000 ft monstrosity three quarters of the way to the airport. I haven't really looked at listings in the areas I mentioned above recently, but the few times I have it looked like there was basically nothing that would appeal to me without a rebuild or tear down. And that just sounds like a pain. I remember how stressed my brother was for a year when he was rebuilding a house in Laurier, and don't really want any part of it.
    Bingo.

    I am in 770sqft and while it is just the three of us (puppy), it is quite comfortable and allows us to travel a lot and go out a lot.

    If and when another room is needed, a 1000-1250 townhouse would be ideal longer term.
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    I have neither need nor desire for one of these huge lottery-win style houses - I'd definitely sell it on. The last thing I want is a rinkydink rink in the basement. I don't want to have to use some intercom to locate the wife because she's several rooms/staircases away. I've no idea why they have to put a grand piano in these places either - not everyone is the next Oscar Peterson. And who's going to clean the damn place? I'll stick with my current 1975 sq.ft. house, it's manageable, thanks.
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    If money was no worry, I'd buy land outside of Edmonton and build on an acreage. It would be ideal as I like things to be quiet. The wife and I have talked about this and this is our ideal situation. But, for now we are in a 1200 sq ft townhouse and will be upgrading to a bigger house as there are plans for kids in the future.

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    Or have both. Acreage or city limit and a downtown condo for weekends/ change of pace.
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    There's an old brick house on the very east end of Jasper Ave in Kinnard point. It has park on 3 sides. Other than a little road noise from WGD when the wind comes that way and fireworks from Esks games and K-Days it's quiet but still close to everything. Including not just farmers fields and bush but trails and maintained paths so that you can actually get out into that nature.

    Or maybe one of those few remaining houses down in the valley/ravines that the city is trying to buy out. I love those places and I'm sure my Wife would go for them too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctzn-ed
    Or have both. Acreage or city limit and a downtown condo for weekends/ change of pace.
    Yeah, not interested in an acreage, but I've been considering looking at something low maintenance in the mountains. But in places like Golden or Revelstoke, you're either overpaying for a hotel room dressed up as condo on mountain, or a 60 year old house that's falling apart. They're just now starting to build some decent townhouses in Revelstoke. Now if Revy could just get regularly scheduled flights. I'd prefer something closer, but Jasper/Banff aren't options (for good reason, being in National Parks), and Canmore is a zoo and the growth is out of control. So I'm left considering the places that are 6-8 hour drives instead like Revy, Golden, Fernie and so on.
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