Edmonton's Skinny Homes: Love them or Hate Them' ?

Posted by Maxwell Progressive on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 8:56am.

Edmonton's Skinny Homes: Love them or Hate Them' ?

Over the last couple of years, skinny homes have become increasingly popular with Edmontonians. Edmonton is following the example of Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Skinnies have been popping up in mature neighbourhoods. Some of the first, In King Edward park, attracted media attention as the homes began to spread and multiply. Now they're a common sight in neighbourhoods like Glenora, Westmount, and Ritchie. Since then, contented owners have expressed satisfaction with these locations, enjoying the amenities and the neighbourhoods themselves. Mayor Don Iveson told the Edmonton Journal, “This puts living centrally within the reach of more families looking for new homes, which is very exciting and very important for Edmonton.” Affordability is a key incentive for buyers, but there are plenty of other motivations as well.

Some also love the pleasing features of the homes themselves. As owners have expressed, they are ideal places to entertain and seek refuge. The homes themselves tend to be only 17 feet wide, but they are actually spacious. It is enlightening to check out floor plans, as well as photographs of the homes, some of which feature almost floor-to-ceiling windows. Kirkland Homes builds gorgeous skinnies. On their website, floor plans demonstrate how the space is optimized. When checking out a 2422 square foot floor plan, with four bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms, one might also notice a flex room that can be put to use in various ways. There are features such as rec areas, nooks, and walk-in closets. Matt Kaprowy, general manager of Kirkland Homes, explained to Global News that "Edmontonians can enjoy single family living and not have a wall separating themselves and their neighbour,” as they would if living in duplexes. The homes seem to be ideal for families with children.

It isn't just homebuyers that might benefit from this kind of infill. There are other "pros" when it comes to skinny homes. Some have expressed hopes that increased traffic to mature neighbourhoods will add cars to the roads, and place kids in underutilized schools, making good use of structures that are in place. Local businesses also profit from higher density. Some have pointed out that adding to the variety of housing types mixes things up a bit when it comes to the population of a particular neighbourhood.

It's hard to sum up all of the details on skinnies and to fit them all under one umbrella. There are a variety of mature neighbourhoods in Edmonton and a variety of plans. Skinnies, though, seem to be not only a strong choice for many families, but also for couples, students, and others. They are definitely a worthwhile option to be considered. These neighbourhoods in Edmonton have a lot to offer occupants, and occupants bring new life in return. It's a thrill to wander these homes virtually or physically, pleasantly aware of the opportunities that lie outside those tall glass windows, while one's mind swims with thoughts of how to fill three spacious stories.


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