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    My apologies if this has ever been posted before but aside from Daryl Katz's house and Bruce Saville's house, where would you say are some of the nicest houses in Edmonton?

    St George's Crescent has a ton of nice houses as well, as well as Ravine Drive.

    I remember reading once that a casino owner had a gigantic house along Highway 14. Any one know anything about that house?

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    Giant and nice aren't necessarily the same thing.

    Ada Boulevard and Highlands in general south of 111 ave have some great renovated houses - as does Windsor Park.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McBoo View Post
    Giant and nice aren't necessarily the same thing.

    Ada Boulevard and Highlands in general south of 111 ave have some great renovated houses - as does Windsor Park.
    Good point
    Valleyview Drive also has some nice houses as well

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    I bet there's a ton of penthouses at the top of some of the older buildings downtown that have hidden gems in them that few people would ever know exist.
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    I've always liked the Westbrook area. That's where Saville's house is. Old riverbend has some nice pads as well. Lansdowne, grandview, aspen gardens.

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    Brookside, Grandview, Belgravia, Windsor Park, Laurier Park, Strathcona nearer mill creek
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    That street in Windermere above the golf course is pretty impressive. Not my thing (lack of sidewalks, etc.), but amazing houses nonetheless.

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    Donsdale has some nice houses as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdmontonsKindaGuy View Post
    I remember reading once that a casino owner had a gigantic house along Highway 14. Any one know anything about that house?
    Yes, the guy who used to own Argyll and Yellowhead casinos (plus some others in lethbridge i think) build a monstrosity off Hwy 14 just past the henday. It's an exact duplicate of a house he build in San diego. He passed away last year I think.

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    Ada Blvd between 50 st and 76 st in Highlands has some beautiful homes. The Highlands is full of many beautiful older and brand new homes.

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    There is a row of about 4 or so really unique houses down in Riverdale area. These were apparently all custom builds and if so you can tell.
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    Glenora, and old Glenora have beautiful houses.
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    I like many of the homes in the older neighbourhoods north of Whyte. Not large homes but nicely to scale with their lots. A monster house on a regular lot looks like a poor design to me.

    In other areas along the river, like Grandview, the custom designed homes of the 1960s are often nice.

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    the magrath mansion.

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    There's a nice house facing the ravine just west of the 119 Street and 23rd Avenue intersection. Also the Mel Hurtig log cabin that's mostly hidden from view, but overlooks the river valley. It's located a bit east of LeMarchand Mansion. And don't forget the former Pocklington house near the museum. And then there's "Soaring", the 23 million dollar house that was donated to the U of A.
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    I love some of the homes in Rossdale.
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    Cloverdale by the Muttart has a lot of nice houses.

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    Promontory Point in Riverbend, Windermere Drive, Westbrook, Windsor Park, Donsdale

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    Check out Woodward Crescent, in SW Edmonton.

    I forget the name of the subdivision, but very posh and spectacular housing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmcowboy11 View Post
    There is a row of about 4 or so really unique houses down in Riverdale area. These were apparently all custom builds and if so you can tell.
    kind of partial to that street - and neighborhood - myself...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    Ada Blvd between 50 st and 76 st in Highlands has some beautiful homes. The Highlands is full of many beautiful older and brand new homes.
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    the magrath mansion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobleea View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by EdmontonsKindaGuy View Post
    I remember reading once that a casino owner had a gigantic house along Highway 14. Any one know anything about that house?
    Yes, the guy who used to own Argyll and Yellowhead casinos (plus some others in lethbridge i think) build a monstrosity off Hwy 14 just past the henday. It's an exact duplicate of a house he build in San diego. He passed away last year I think.
    Any idea if there's a picture of it somewhere? Looked around and couldn't find it anywhere.

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    i personally don't see the appeal of Ada Blvd, granted it has a river valley location, the vast majority of houses on the blvd are nothing special, and have not seen renovations since the 70's...plus the river valley view is partly of the refineries to the east or the Gold Bar Waste water treatment plant,;plus the vast majority of the east side, north of the river is a TOTAL DUMP

    as for the Magrath mansion, it is ostentatious and totally looks out of place with the extremely modest homes (ie. old granny specials) around it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    Ada Blvd between 50 st and 76 st in Highlands has some beautiful homes. The Highlands is full of many beautiful older and brand new homes.
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    the magrath mansion.
    This.

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    yawn, cookie cutter nouveau riche mcmansions...

    in response to "Check out Woodward Crescent, in SW Edmonton.

    I forget the name of the subdivision, but very posh and spectacular housing."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesacer View Post
    i personally don't see the appeal of Ada Blvd, granted it has a river valley location, the vast majority of houses on the blvd are nothing special, and have not seen renovations since the 70's...plus the river valley view is partly of the refineries to the east or the Gold Bar Waste water treatment plant,;plus the vast majority of the east side, north of the river is a TOTAL DUMP

    as for the Magrath mansion, it is ostentatious and totally looks out of place with the extremely modest homes (ie. old granny specials) around it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    Ada Blvd between 50 st and 76 st in Highlands has some beautiful homes. The Highlands is full of many beautiful older and brand new homes.
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    the magrath mansion.
    This.

    WHAT ??? I don't think you've even ever been in that area... Highlands has some gorgeous houses of all different styles, the neighborhood is a great, quiet and family oriented, has stellar river valley views and access.... And what an a$$holish thing to say about the NE... I'm sure your area is no better. It's people like you that make this city worse, not better.
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    ^ Agree 100%. Jamesacre's response is completely out to lunch. Ada Blvd is a beautiful part of our city.

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    My mom lives in Highlands and it is an amazing part of town. I love how much character and variety you see from house to house. Someone clearly doesnt spend enough time in the northeast!!
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    @jdk13, I love that last house you posted...in east Jasper (Boyle). Great location on a quiet street.
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    Jamesacer, give us some ideas of what you would consider nice houses in Edmonton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdk13 View Post
    a few of my favorites..

    I see an average apartment block, a classic but uninspiring 2 storey house, some nice wood detailing and an interesting white finish (what is it?) on a house in desperate need of more windows and some eaves, and a standard 1950s stucco bungalow, again in need of some eaves. Which one is supposed to be exceptional?

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    the new build that utilizes an undersized lot in one of the city's least desirable neighbourhoods creatively and tastefully? i believe the cladding is fibre cement. maybe its boyle st context overvalues it on my scale, but it is an excellent example for the city because of both what and where

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    I would put forth this as one of the nicest in Edmonton and perhaps the best small infill.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    I would put forth this as one of the nicest in Edmonton and perhaps the best small infill.
    do you know the cross street?

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    Glenora area.

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    Almost forgot Mill Creek, east of 99th street. It's an area in transition, some fascinating reno's - great access to Mill Creek Ravine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdk13 View Post
    the new build that utilizes an undersized lot in one of the city's least desirable neighbourhoods creatively and tastefully? i believe the cladding is fibre cement. maybe its boyle st context overvalues it on my scale, but it is an excellent example for the city because of both what and where
    I agree that it has some nice elements that are particularly good to see in that location, but I also see squandered potential and some odd architectural choices. Window space is at a premium in narrow lot housing, but the front and back of this house have a lot of blank wall. I think the asymmetry of the big second storey window all the way over on the side like looks kind of funny. I like the steeply pitched roof, but the lack of eaves makes the house look a bit like a stack of toy blocks. It also doesn't look like there is any living space under it, just a huge attic. Making it a 2.5 storey would have allowed more floor area and/or a smaller footprint for a bigger yard.

    I see bad choices on the city's part too. The sidewalks look relatively new, but the fence positioning suggests the road ROW extends a few meters closer to the houses. Why didn't they put the sidewalk at the edge of the ROW and install a boulevard with trees?!?

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    That's my hood, McBoo. There are some really neat older houses in there, as well as some nice infills. I live in a house by Centennial Homes; they do Victorian and Craftsman homes that fit in extremely well in older neighbourhoods like this.

    This is one of my favorite older homes in the area:
    http://g.co/maps/hgvx7

    Large lot, big house, and well maintained. I also love the diversity in the area; my wife and I are often discovering "new" houses every time we go for a walk.

    Unfortunately the area also has some bad infill as well. There's a company that has been putting up bland houses, and they're buying up some more lots as well.

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    Great hood - rented a tiny bungalow there for a couple of years upon returning to Edmonton.

    Lots I miss about MC, but being able to walk to work, the less-stress DT farmer's market, cultural amenities, et al are making the transition to DT living pretty smooth!
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    Some of my favorites

    Sask. Drive: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=saskat...105.39,,0,4.02

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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder of course, but to me, that thing looks like a wood accented bomb shelter, or perhaps a missle silo
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    I like the older houses in Strathcona.. namely these:
    http://www.rewedmonton.ca/content_vi...ONTENT_ID=2296

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    The Bruce Saville house on Westbrook dr by the derrick golf and country club is very nice as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdk13 View Post
    I attended a few services at that UU church about fifteen or twenty years ago, and thought it made a very nice setting for a church. I was disappointed to find out that they had sold it.

    I started attending the UU church again last time I was in town, and while the interior of their building is quite nice, the exterior does not at all compare to the old Westmount location.

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    We walked Grandview Drive yesterday and I'm still very impressed by the variety of custom designed homes along the drive. Take a look on google street view.

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    Yes, alot of which could be froim the later Mad Men era
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    My aunt did take a polaroid of a UFO house probably in the Beaumont / Leduc County area, round, does anyone know where this it? It looks very Jetson-ian similar to the abandoned resort in Taiwan.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyphero...94356865/show/

    I'll have to scan the picture.

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    Near the zoo

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    ^ Without divulging their personal identity, does anyone know who owns this house?

    Doctor? Business person?
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    Have driven by that house a few times since it's been under construction. It looks quite unreal.

    The house next to it, on the left, is just as nice and just as big.

    Any one know where I can find that monster house by Highway 14 on Google Maps? I looked but can't see it.
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    This was built by Xxx Xxxxxx (I do know but will not reveal)
    I believe that he has since sold this and lives elsewhere now
    Still waiting for the Arlington site to be reborn .......

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    Not sure about highway 16 one south of Yellowhead that I lust a lot after ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundance View Post
    My aunt did take a polaroid of a UFO house probably in the Beaumont / Leduc County area, round, does anyone know where this it? It looks very Jetson-ian similar to the abandoned resort in Taiwan.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyphero...94356865/show/

    I'll have to scan the picture.
    I don't know the house but I can guess that it might be the one pictures in a Journal article from possibly the early to mid 1980s, talking about a house made with sprayed on concrete.

    That resort is sooo cool! However, like the downtown courthouse, water stains forming on the walls of zero eave houses and buildings sure make them look like crap in short order. ...and what a drab site selection - horrible marriage of design and site selection. Imagine if that design idea had been placed in some jungle or on a cliff side - basically almost anywhere but where it is, it could have been a great success.
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    My aunt took a Polaroid of it I'll have to scan it. It looked very similar to this one in South Carolina
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/1172

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdmontonsKindaGuy View Post
    Have driven by that house a few times since it's been under construction. It looks quite unreal.

    The house next to it, on the left, is just as nice and just as big.

    Any one know where I can find that monster house by Highway 14 on Google Maps? I looked but can't see it.
    It is directly east of Highway 21 and Highway 14 interchange (SW corner). It is on google and has a Chandos Construction sign on the fence in street view.

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    I've always been quite fond of Westbrook Drive. Golf course on one side, ravine on the other, nice mixture of modern and quaint homes from different eras on oversized lots.

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    former residence of the japanese consul-general before they moved to calgary in 2005

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueline View Post
    This was built by Xxx Xxxxxx (I do know but will not reveal)
    I believe that he has since sold this and lives elsewhere now
    think petroleum. and yes its sold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montrosian View Post
    The Bruce Saville house on Westbrook dr by the derrick golf and country club is very nice as well.


    Well, at least they left a legacy of a hugely taxable assets for the City. Assuming the Smyths have left the city/province.cojntry, I wonder how many more millions went with them - to eventually spend in retirement etc in the US. Just how it is for Alberta. Make the money here then spent much of it elsewhere.

    I wouldn’t consider either of these houses as nice per the thread topic but assume a lot of people, for whatever reason (maybe status effect) would.



    Former Oiler Ryan Smyth's Edmonton home on the market for $7.75M


    Listing photos suggest Smyth and his family have already moved out

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    “Former Oilers owner Bruce Saville's home is also up for sale. (Realtor.ca)”

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