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Another amazing Great Canadian Trade Fair!

Wed, 12 Apr by Sonia Tarabay

If you ever need a reminder of how special Strathcona County or how inspirational its people, all you need to do is attend the Great Canadian Trade Fair and Sale, which was held last weekend at Millennium Place.

Walking through the Trade Fair, I got a sense of all of the incredible things that people are doing in Strathcona County. There are so many passionate people in this community doing what they love and all of that positive energy is invigorating.

This was my sixth year as an exhibitor at the Trade Fair and it’s a date I always circle on my calendar. One of the best things about the event is seeing all of the familiar faces, from clients who I have bought or sold houses for, to all the members of this tight-knit community that I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the years.

It’s also an excellent opportunity to meet knew people and I had a blast making new friends over the weekend, and talking about why they call me Sherwood Park’s Real Estate Tiger. I also enjoyed connecting with my fellow Chamber of Commerce members and with the members of Strathcona County Council.

I’d like to extend a huge thank you to the Chamber and all of its volunteers who once again did a fabulous job organizing the show. Also, thank you to the great restaurants, which brought their tastiest dishes to Taste of Strathcona and to the more than 300 exhibitors. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event!

Warmest regards,

Enter “Sonia’s Summer Surprise” Contest!

Mon, 18 Jul by Sonia Tarabay

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 7.29.10 AMSherwood Park is a blast in the summer! From spray parks to bike trails to all of the great celebrations and festivals, there is so much to do and only so much time to do it!

Summer is my favourite time in Sherwood Park and I want to kick off the season with an incredible contest! I can’t tell you what the prize is just yet (that’s the surprise!) but I can guarantee you’ll love it.

All you have to do to enter is go to my Facebook page, Like my page and comment on this post by telling me what is your favourite thing to do in Sherwood Park over the summer.

I can’t wait to hear your answers! You might give me some new ideas too!

Thanks everyone and happy summer to all!

Sonia

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Happy Canada Day!

Fri, 01 Jul by Sonia Tarabay
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I was extremely honoured to be a part of Sherwood Park’s annual Canada Day Parade. The community is always so wonderful in supporting the parade with many great floats and a great crowd gathered all across the route. I always look forward to seeing all the smiling faces as we pass through the streets of our great community. This year I especially enjoyed driving through in my “Sonia mobile” and waiving to everyone!

It was also a great opportunity for all of the families to get outside and spend some quality time together with all of the fun activities and fireworks happening at Strathcona’s largest annual festival at Broadmoor Lake Park.

Canada Day is one of my favourite holidays as it serves as an unofficial start to the summer. But it’s also the best time to reflect on how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful and welcoming country

To me being a Canadian means freedom. We have the ability to live our lives the way we want to, speak when we want, express our values and to stand up for what we believe in. The pleasure to be able to interact with cultures and races of all kinds in our multicultural country and to sleep peacefully at night not worrying that your home will be gone in the morning. For all those reasons, I am proudly Canadian!

Warmest regards,

Sonia

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Why I Love Sherwood Park’s Heritage Hills

Thu, 07 Apr by Sonia Tarabay

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Quiet, established and full of parks, Heritage Hills is one of the best communities within Sherwood Park for growing families and I’ve had the pleasure of helping many clients buy and sell homes in this community.

On the eastern edge of Sherwood Park, the subdivision benefits from three big parks and a massive wetland area that will make you feel miles away from urban life. Its two main central parks and the wetlands are all linked by multi-use trails for walking and cycling. The paths are great for an evening stroll and offer a perfect gateway for kids to get to nearby FR Haythorne and Bev Facey schools. In winter, the Heritage Hills outdoor rink becomes a gathering place for pickup hockey and leisure skating.

Although Heritage Hills is a short drive from the the busy areas of Sherwood Park, it benefits from great transportation access. Highway 21 and Wye Road are easily accessed and give residents a quick link to the Yellowhead, Whitemud and Anthony Henday Drive.

Heritage Hills is an established neighbourhood, with most of the homes being built in 1990s or early 2000s and ranging from bungalows, four level splits and two stories. Heritage Hills was designed with many private cul-de-sacs and crescents, which means the streets are quiet and there are many large, pie shaped lots.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Heritage Hills or any other neighbourhood in Sherwood Park, I would love to hear from you. Sherwood Park is my specialty!

Warmest regards,

Sonia

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Why I Support The Stollery

Wed, 09 Mar by Sonia Tarabay

The Stollery Children’s Hospital is an organization that is very near and dear to my heart. As a mother, I was on emotional life support when my son Lennox suddenly became very sick with a life-threatening illness. He was 6 years old at the time, and was diagnosed with double pneumonia. We thought it was just a common cold until our little boy was fighting to breathe.

Lennox underwent emergency surgery and lost more than half of his body weight. He was hospitalized for nearly a month. I will never forget his suffering and the fear I felt. Our entire family felt helpless but we remained hopeful thanks to the amazing and compassionate medical staff at The Stollery.

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Miraculously, our little boy survived. It took Lennox 6 months to gain his weight back and today he is a healthy and happy 12 year old. The Stollery has been part of our lives ever since. Over the past few years, we chose to become avid contributors hoping that our donations will help make a difference to other children like Lennox.

I was recently recognized by Remax Elite as the #1 Stollery contributor in our office of 200 agents, an honour I won in 2014 as well. While it’s never about the awards, it was nice to receive this.  I am pleased to continue contributing to this organization that I truly love.

If you would like more information on The Stollery, please click on this link below:

http://www.stollerykids.com/

Warmest regards,

Sonia

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Sonia Shares What People LOVE About Sherwood Park!

Thu, 11 Feb by Sonia Tarabay

Wow! What an incredibly fun week it has been! I started a fabulous contest on Facebook asking people to share what they love most about Sherwood Park, and the responses have been outstanding! Here are some of the comments about what people love most about Sherwood Park:

“Kindness from the people who live here.”

“Great community with fabulous people.”

“Small town feel with big city amenities”

“Green spaces and awesome parks”

“I enjoy the Farmer’s Market”

“We have great schools and tons of community events”

“Festival Place and the wonderful performances they attract”

‘I love the recreational facilities.”

“I love Sherwood Park and the shop local loyalty that comes with the territory!”

“Sense of community you feel whether it’s at the grocery store, Millennium Place or hockey arena.”

“There is a strong commitment to supporting local businesses.”

“We are very blessed to raise our kids in Sherwood Park.”

“Sherwood Park is a safe place to live and raise our children.”

“There is drive in Sherwood Park to preserve and discover our natural ecology.”

“My favourite place to go with my dog and partner is for hikes to Strathcona Science Park.”

“Bumping into the same families on the walking trails.”

“Sherwood Park is my bubbles, and I never have to leave!”

“Love all of the amenities and programs that the county offers.”

“Thank God for Sherwood Park.”

Our fabulous contest is still ongoing! For all contest details please visit my Facebook page, Sonia Tarabay Real Estate. I would love to hear what YOU love most about Sherwood Park!

Thanks everyone!

Love,

Sonia

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“Egg-citing” Easter Fun Table Ideas!

Thu, 02 Apr by Sonia Tarabay

Easter dinner has always been a wonderful time to spend with my family and enjoy our table with joyful spring colors and items of great discussion. Here are some simple fun Easter projects that the kids can do with you, perfect for your Easter décor and sure to be a great hit at the dinner table.

“Egg-speriment” with Easter egg planters!

Easter egg planters are a great way to add a pop of color to your Easter dining table. Get a dozen eggs and crack them at the top. Drain the contents, clean them with water, and put them back in the egg carton. (You can dip them in dye if you’d like to color them. Fill the bottom of each egg with dirt and then fill them with your favorite flowers, succulents or grass. You can place them on your table or anywhere you like. You can keep them in the carton and fill in around them with colored grass. Or, you can place them in a dish or pot of your choosing.

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“Egg-citing” Easter Table Runner

Another fun idea you can do with kids is make your table runner for Easter dinner. Here is one that has a vintage look or you can paint with wild colorful colors and trim. Measure the length of your table and cut to size. Take fabric tape (a Bright color would also look great!) and hot glue in between to seal the edges. Make a bunny rabbit stencil and sponge paint directly onto the burlap (again fun colors would be beautiful!) space them apart evenly. Make adorable puffy tails out of white yarn by taking a bundle at 3” wide and tieing them in the middle and sewing them directly onto the burlap bunnies after you have allowed the paint to dry.

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“Egg-sotic” Painting for your Easter eggs using Rice!

Ever liked to get that great speckled look to your Easter eggs? Get 3 or 4 small plastic containers with lids. Make sure they are small enough to fit one egg – but large enough to have the lid on. Add a couple table spoons of rice to each container and several drops of food coloring. Depending on the color and amount of rice you may need at least 8 drops. Then place the lid on top and give that container a shake to make your rice is staturated with the food coloring. Then remove the lid and place your boiled egg in the container and put back on the lid. Then give it a shake again! Careful not to shake too hard and when the coverage looks good – the speckled look is done!

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“Egg-stroidinary” Placement Name Tags

These egg and nest placecards come together super fast! The supplies are easy to pick up or you may have them on hand! Alphabet stickers can make this project extra fun instead of handwriting the names Start by cutting paper into 1″ by 4″ rectangles. Using the pliers, wind pipecleaners into circles. Each pipecleaner should make two nests. Hot glue the nests onto one end of each placecard. Lay out guests’ names on each card with alphabet stickers. Cut a triangular notch into the end of each card and place a chocolate egg in each nest. In the end, these will look great at an Easter table setting and a sweet treat!

Placecards for Easter

We hope these decorating ideas are “Egg-sactly” what you are looking for fun ideas to do with your family. It is great to find items around the house that can make your Easter dinner table “Egg-ceptional”! If you have other Easter decorating ideas, we would love to hear them! From Sonia’s family to yours…have a wonderful Easter!

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Seasonal Fun in Sherwood Park

Tue, 21 Oct by Sonia Tarabay

Family walking along path in autumnOnce again the days are getting shorter, the temperature is coming down, and autumn has definitely hit Sherwood Park. It’s time to pack away summer clothes, bring out our cozy sweaters, and get ready for the coming winter.

But don’t let those “winter blues” get you down! We are lucky to live in a place like Sherwood Park with such a wide range of recreational facilities, activities, and fabulous seasonal events that make winter a ton of fun for your family. There’s so much to do in Sherwood Park over the winter months that you’d have to try really hard to get bored!

It’s easy when winter comes to go into “hibernation-­mode” and seal ourselves in our homes until spring comes. But if you want to beat the winter blues, it’s important to stay active and stay involved in your community. If you meet winter with the same enthusiasm as we always greet the summer months, you may even find you get excited for winter! And remember, the more fun you have when the snow flies, the shorter the cold months feel. The best way to make spring come faster is to enjoy yourself all winter long.

Outdoor Winter Activities

There are so many great activities you can only enjoy in the winter months! As soon as the snow flies, it will be time to bundle-­up and jump back into your favourite winter sport. Or just take to your backyard with the family on a weekend and build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or try to construct the best snow fort on the block! Afterwards, there’s a lot to love about bundling under a blanket with your kids and a cup of cocoa or hot cider.

Tobagganing

There are some fantastic places to take the family sledding in Sherwood Park. Check out the Strathcona County Toboggan Hill list for a hill near you!

Cross-Country Skiing

All those great trail systems that run through Sherwood Park and Strathcona County are just as awesome in the winter as they are in the summer: They make fantastic cross-­country ski trails! If you’re into outdoor jogging and want to try something different – but just as good for your body – definitely give cross country skiing a try! Did you know you can sign up for cross­country skiing lessons at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre? Learn more about cross-­country skiing in Sherwood Park and Strathcona County.

Skating

First steps on the rinkMost of us probably have a set of skates, but how often have we strapped them on? There are great outdoor skating rinks scattered throughout Sherwood Park: There’s probably one within walking distance of your home! Learning to ice skate is something every Albertan does when we’re young, and maybe it’s your child’s first time skating! Pack a big thermos full of hot chocolate or warm soup, and take it with you for break times. Skating on outdoor rinks is a great, almost zero-­cost activity for your family in the winter. Find out which rink is closes to your house.

And if you’d rather skate indoors, check out both Millennium Place and the Glen Allan Rec Centre: Both facilities have great skating rinks, including leisure rinks perfect for the family on a weekend afternoon. Or, if you’re more of a spectator than a skater, you can always cheer on the Sherwood Park Crusaders at the Sherwood Park Arena and Sports Centre near Broadmoor Lake!

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Sunridge Ski Area is only a few minutes drive from Sherwood Park, making it a popular skiing and snowboarding location for local families. You can get day passes, or seasons passes for the hardcore members of your family, and there are lessons available for people interested in upping skiing or snowboarding skills. Learn more about Sunridge Ski Area.

Indoor Winter Activities

If going outside in the cold isn’t your thing (and, let’s face it, we live in Alberta and sometimes its WAY too cold to go outside for any reason) then don’t despair! There are great indoor recreation opportunities in Sherwood Park to keep you active during the winter months.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of my Hot Yoga class, and I think I love it even more in the winter, when the tropical temperatures are a welcome change from the cold outside. Sherwood Park is home to some first­-class recreational facilities, and there are many activities, classes, and clubs to choose from, including some great after school activities for your kids. (Check out my kids favourites in a previous blog post, and scroll down to see the huge list of possible after-­school programs located right here in the city!)

Millennium Place

Millennium Place is located up on Premier Way, close to the Broadmoor Boulevard and Lakeland Drive intersection. This brand new facility includes a wave pool, lap pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, water playground, multi-­sport gymnasium, indoor sport fields, two arenas and a leisure rink, and a fully­-equipped wellness centre and gym. Wow! There’s always something great going on at Millennium Place, and their drop-­in programming is excellent. Learn more about Millennium Place or check out their Drop­-In activities.

Glen Allan Recreation Complex

The Glen Allan Rec Centre is home to the Sherwood Park Curling Club, and if you’ve considered trying out curling before make this winter your year to give it a try! This facility is also home to racquet sports including squash, racquetball, handball and wallyball; a stocked wellness centre and gym; and an indoor recreational skating rink for those extra nippy days when you still want to pull on the skates. Learn more about the Glen Allan Rec Centre.

Strathcona Wilderness Centre

This great outdoor facility provides access to kilometres of well­-groomed winter trails, perfect for winter walking, snowshoeing, or cross-­country skiing. You can rent inexpensive equipment for the whole family here, and if you’re really keen a season’s pass is worth looking into. Learn more about the Strathcona Wilderness Centre.

Sonia Spotlight: Summerwood, Foxboro, & Foxhaven

Tue, 29 Jul by Sonia Tarabay

If you’re looking for a real estate expert in Sherwood Park, you’ve come to the right place! As a long-­time resident and REALTOR®, I’ve driven and walked along pretty much every street in this amazing community. One of the best things about Sherwood Park is it’s big enough to provide every amenity and world-­class facility you need, but small enough that you get to know the entire area, rather than just a pocket or quadrant of it.

Of course, I do have my favourite areas of Sherwood Park, and today I’m shining a special “Sonia Spotlight” on my three top communities: Summerwood, Foxhaven, and Foxboro. I’ve had the pleasure of helping many families purchase and sell homes in these wonderful communities, and if you drive down the streets of any of these three lovely neighbourhoods, you’re likely to notice even more “Sonia Sells” signs on front lawns, and a few more leopard­-printed benches dotting the streets. And, of course, keep an eye out for the new Sonia­-Mobile driving by on the way to a showing or client meeting!

I have in-­depth expertise in every area of Sherwood Park, but when it comes to Summerwood, Foxhaven, and Foxboro my knowledge runs that much deeper. I work in these areas all the time, and I know them like the back of my hand. All three have a reputation for being great family-­centric communities, with attractive, modern housing, convenient locations with access to top amenities, and beautiful parks.

So don’t be surprised if the next time you’re walking through one of these neighbourhoods you “Spot Sonia” there too!

Summerwood

Summerwood is one of Sherwood Park’s newest communities, located in the north­-eastern corner of the city. Located north of Lakeland Drive, south of the Yellowhead, east of Highway 21 and west of Clover Bar Road, Summerwood is an ideal neighbourhood for people commuting into Edmonton or into areas north and east of Sherwood Park.

Built around a lake and winding creek, Summerwood has a great mixture of natural greenspace and family-­friendly development. There are lots of grassy parks, playgrounds, community walking trails, and urban forest land in the Summerwood area. If you like looking out your back door and seeing scenic parkland, keep your eyes peeled for a home in Summerwood that backs onto the lake or the creek: You’ll find lots of homes with scenic views here!

Summerwood is only minutes away from the new Emerald Hills Centre, where you’ll find every amenity your family could need, including grocery stores, big box retailers, restaurants, and professional services. In addition to its proximity to Emerald Hills Centre, there’s also a commercial centre on the corner of Clover Bar Road and Lakeland Drive, including a grocery store, banking, coffee shops, and other shops and services. This community is also close to the new Strathcona Community Hospital, and the new Archbishop Jordan Catholic School. Future planned development includes the Emerald Hills Aquatic Centre.

Along the Clover Bar Road corridor are several condominiums that back on to park land and the Summerwood creek, providing scenic views and access to the trail system. This community is extremely walkable and pedestrian­-friendly, great for joggers, cyclists, families with young children, and anyone who likes to get out and stay active.

Check Out Summerwood Homes for Sale

Foxhaven

The community of Foxhaven is located in southeast Sherwood Park, along Clover Bar Road. To the north, Foxhaven is bordered by the Heritage Wetland area, a series of interconnected parks and small lakes, while to the south Foxhaven sits next to its sister­community, Foxboro. There is fast and easy access to Clover Bar Road from Foxhaven, and both Wye Road and Highway 21 are nearby.

This small pocket of Sherwood Park is quiet and extremely family friendly. Surrounded by parkland and well-­connected with the Heritage Trail system, there are many opportunities to get outside and stay active. Strathcona Athletic Park is just west of Foxhaven across Clover Bar Road, along with two schools: Bev Facey High School and F.R. Haythorne School.

A short drive north on Clover Bar Road will bring you to the Lakeland Ridge shopping area, where you’ll find all the key amenities, including groceries, banking services, restaurants, and coffee shops.

Located within Foxhaven is the Grande Foxhaven Condo Complex, a sought­-after development in Sherwood Park and know for its excellent amenities, well­-appointed suites, and great location with a view of the nearby lake. An excellent option for those empty-­nesters looking to downsize, or couples that prefer a “lock and leave” lifestyle.

Check Out Foxhaven Homes for Sale

Foxboro

Just south of Foxhaven is Foxboro. Located with Highway 21 bordering it on the east and Clover Bar Road bordering it on the west, this is another well-­established community in Sherwood Park. Wye Road is easily accessible through Clover Bar Road, which will quickly take commuters into the southeast Edmonton, or out to the Highway for a visit to one of Strathcona’s many rural parks and lakes, or even to Elk Island National Park located east of the city.

Outdoor enthusiasts, runners, and cyclists will find the Foxboro trails connect very well with the wider network within Sherwood Park. Feature parks in Foxboro include Foxboro Park to the north and Florian Park to the south, with a multi-­use trail that links the parks together to make a great route for walking, cycling, or a jog with your dog.

Just across Clover Bar Road you’ll find both F.R. Haythorne School and Bev Facey High, sitting on either side of the big Strathcona Athletic Park. Venture a little farther west, and you’ll find Ball Lake and its island park, a popular place to spend a sunny summer afternoon or to have a picnic with the family.

Check Out Foxboro Homes for Sale

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