The snow has melted. And in Winnipeg, the month of May is book-ended by two popular events: Jane’s Walk and Doors Open Winnipeg. For 2017 Jane’s Walk runs May 5 to 7th. This year their walks include a trip to West Kildonan for” The Ghosts of Seven Oaks”. Or to Whittier Park in St Boniface for “The Wild Edibles of Whittier”. Or to East Kildonan for “Who’s Who in Elmwood Cemetary”. Jane’s Walks are free, locally organized walking tours where people can come together to explore and talk about their city neighbourhoods. The tours put together by organizers change constantly […]
2016 marks the 13th annual Doors Open Winnipeg, a free event put on by Heritage Winnipeg that opens up buildings of historical and architectural interest to the public. Dozens of buildings and sites are available May 28-29. Volunteers offer a variety of tours. Many of the buildings remain “working” buildings rather than museums. This year’s offerings include the Burton Cummings Theatre, Mariaggi Hotel, Government House, Red Road Lodge (the former Occidental Hotel), and the ever-popular Vaughan Street Jail. The City of Winnipeg is getting into the act with Animal Services at 1057 Logan open for the weekend, offering a chance to visit the canine homeless. Special events […]
The world’s tallest wooden building is under construction on the UBC campus in Vancouver. Brock Commons Student Residence will be 18 storeys or 174 feet high. The $51.5 million project is slated to provide housing for 404 students. It will have a hybrid structural system with a one-storey concrete podium, two concrete cores and 17 storeys of mass timber. The timber structure carries the vertical loads and the two concrete cores give lateral stability. One of the mandates of the project is to demonstrate a cost effective structural system of wood and concrete that will compare to traditional concrete and […]
It was bacon and eggs and house prices on January 27.
Winnipeg Realtors rolled out their annual forecast for 2016 and looked back at the 2015 results.Peter Squire, Director of Public Affairs, said the rising number of listings in recent years has been a “game-changer.” Listings reached 24,603 in 2015.
Chalk up another victory for the digital age. ComFree,the sell-it-yourself company created in 1997, has ceased publication of their monthly listings magazine-Homes. This is no reflection on business volume. In a time when some homeowners are selling on Kijiji, most shoppers have probably being using the ComFree website. The company was also certified as a real estate broker in Manitoba early in 2015. Clients can now advertise on the Multiple Listings Service in Manitoba for added exposure. ComFree Homes magazine: gone the way of the Dodo.
Once again, January brings the annual shock from the West Coast. The B.C. Assessment Authority has released their list for 2016 of the top valued home assessments in the province . As always, it is hair-raising viewing. The Vancouver Sun reports that as many as 55,000 British Columbia homeowners are now above the previous year’s $1.1 million threshold for receiving the provincial homeowner’s grant on their property tax. The highest assessment was $63,870,000 for a home in Vancouver’s Kitsilano district. Vancouver home: nearly $64 million in assessed value for 2016. Number two was in Point Grey(Vancouver) at $57,058,000. Third place […]
Summer in the city: not everyone is at the beach. People sightings and saucer sightings too. Construction on the Jetsons’ new home is underway on the fringe of the Exchange District.
June 2015 has set another record-this time for the highest residential listing in living memory. Ok, highest ever. Currently listed for $11 million on MLS, this Wellington Crescent mansion boasts some 14,000 square feet, plus a large finished basement. It also offers both indoor and outdoor pools, with room to spare on its 1.7 acre riverside lot. Passersby can’t help but notice the peaked glass roof above its pool. If you paddle by on the river you’ll also see the guest cottage elevated on piles. No word yet if that’s real gold on the gates. Numerous photos available on this […]
In a rut? Too many inspections of the same type of building? 2015 marks the 12th annual Doors Open Winnipeg, a free event put on by Heritage Winnipeg that opens up buildings of historical and architectural interest to the public. Over 80 buildings and sites are available this weekend. Volunteers offer a variety of tours. Many of the buildings remain “working” buildings rather than museums. This year’s offerings include author Gabrielle Roy’s childhood home, the re-opened Dalnavert, Museum, the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, the Mayberry Gallery, and the ever-popular Vaughan Street Jail. Special events include a West End Mural Tour […]
At last shovels are in the ground in Ridgewood South, the six-kilometre-long triangle of land on the south side of Charleswood that is Winnipeg’s newest large-scale residential development. Ridgewood South is roughly 800 acres of partly forested land bounded by Wilkes Avenue to the south, the Perimeter Highway to the west and the Harte Trail to the north. The largest single landowner is Winnipeg property developer Qualico. They are currently installing services and excavating retention ponds in their largest contiguous holding, a 177 acre site which comprises the bulk of the area between Charleswood Road and the Perimeter Highway. Past estimates […]
The annual Jane’s Walk is back on the weekend of May2-May3. Jane’s Walks are free local walking tours run by volunteers. The Walks explore history, architecture and local issues-a great chance to see what’s happening in local communities. They are intended as a conversation rather than pure lecture, a forum for ideas as well as stories. Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an author and activist who championed community-based city building. After her passing, Jane’s Walk was started in Toronto to honour her legacy. Jane’s Walks are organized by people around the world, but it is coordinated by a […]
The 7th annual Jane’s Walk celebrates the legacy of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs. Free walking tours are held on the first weekend in May to get people out to explore neighbourhoods in their city. Tours are led by local residents who want to share their interests and may deal with past, present and/or the future of the area. As of 2011, 75 cities in 15 countries were participating. Here are a few examples: Riverview: Beer, Bears, Boxing and a Roller Coaster Ride through Time Guided by University of Winnipeg’s Gino Distasio: “Riverview is the true centre of Winnipeg […]