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Summer fun in Sherwood Park!

Tue, 27 Jun by Sonia Tarabay

It’s official! Summer is here! If you’re like me, you love to make the best of our fabulous summers because, as we all no, they always seem to be much too short. Here’s a top 10 list of great things to do in Sherwood Park!

10. Play sportball, try your hand at gardening or crafts and get in touch with your artistic side in Art Zone by Gallery@501 during the Summer Play Day at Broadmoor Lake Park. The Everybody Gets to Play event runs from 11 am to 2 pm.

9. Get wet and cool off at the RE/MAX Spray Park and Playground, located at Broadmoor Lake Park. The environmentally friendly park features a wide variety of new play structures and is a great way for all children up to 15 years old to spend a hot summer fay.

8. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Strathcona County is participating in the Canada 150 Mosaic Mural Project. Four hundred individual tiles will be painted and will form an eight foot by eight foot mural. Those interested in participating must register by calling 780-467-2211.

7. Get fit with a Summer Class Pass. Strathcona Country Recreation offers unlimited access to 25 of its most popular classes for just $99. Visit www.strathcona.ca/summerpass for more details.

6. Explore the Beaver Hills Biosphere! This unique park at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre has more than 12 km of trails and a whole whack of excellent activities to get you outdoors. Those include geocaching, disc golf and much more!

5. Need to work on your swing? Or just need to sharpen up your short game? Broadmoor Golf Course has courses for both boys and girls as well as men and women.

4. There’s nothing better than a dip in an outdoor pool on a summer afternoon and what better setting to learn to swim! If you need to polish up your front crawl, check out the Hasting Lake Swim@Camp, which takes place at the Hastings Lake Lutheran Bible Camp. For more information, call 780-464-2112.

3. Dust off the bike or your running shoes and explore the vast network of multi-purpose trails that stretch all over Sherwood Park. Bring your pup, because they are all welcome on the trails too!

2. If your dog needs a little more room to exercise and explore, consider taking them to the Deerhound Dog Off-leash site. To find the park, drive three kilometres south of Wye Road on Highway 21, turn west onto Township Road 522 and watch for off-leash area signs.

1. Celebrate Canada’s 150th Canada Day at Broadmoor Lake Park. It’s a huge year and the celebrations will be incredible! There’s way too much to list here, but I’ll give you a little sample of the highlights – laser tag, human foosball, axe throwing, wagon and pony rides, science rockets, archery, petting zoo and, of course, fireworks!

What else are you excited about doing in Sherwood Park this summer? Feel free to comment and let me know!

Warmest regards,

Sonia

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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After School Activities in Sherwood Park

Tue, 12 Aug by Sonia Tarabay

August has arrived, and while we’re all still basking in the warm, wonderful summer, if you’re like my family the coming of August is also one month closer to September and the start of school. As a mom with 3 kids, August is “Back-­to-­School” season: Not only are schools starting to send out supply lists, but all those fun activities and camps your kids have been registered in over the summer are coming to an end as well. That means it’s time to start planning fall and winter activities for the family!

It’s a good idea to start thinking about the lessons, clubs, and after-­school activities your children want to join in August, since registration always seems to kick of earlier every year. And there’s so much for kids to choose from here in Sherwood Park! It’s just one of many reasons Sherwood Park and Strathcona County is a great place for families to call home, and why your family will love it here. There are so many great activities to choose from, including sports, music, art, horseback-­riding, and leadership clubs: The hardest part for your kids will be picking just 2 or 3!

The Experts Weigh In: Our Kids’ Favourite After-School Activities

Who better to talk to then the kids themselves? Martial arts, swimming, and dance are top with our 3 kids, and between school and after-­school lessons and clubs we keep very busy as you can see!

Alexa's After School Picks in Sherwood Park
Lennox's After School Picks in Sherwood Park
Eva's After School Picks in Sherwood Park

Here’s a larger list of awesome kids activities and clubs that I know about here in Sherwood Park. I’m sure there are more out there where these came from too: If I’ve missed your child’s favourite activity, leave a comment and tell me about it!

Sports Associations & Clubs

Martial Arts

Music Lessons

Dance Classes

Visual Arts

Theatre

Riding & Equestrian

Leadership Clubs

Why I Specialize in Sherwood Park

Tue, 13 May by Sonia Tarabay

Since moving to Sherwood Park years ago, I completely fell in love with the community, and while I continue to service the wider Edmonton area I always get a little extra excited about working with my Sherwood Park clients. I like to think of myself as a self­-appointed ambassador for Sherwood Park, both as a resident and as a business owner here. Sometimes I get asked “Why Sherwood Park?” and I always have my answer ready.

So Sonia, Why Sherwood Park?

Sherwood Park is Family Friendly

The Tarabay Family: Alexa, Sonia, Lennox, Eddy, & Eva

The Tarabay Family: Alexa, Sonia, Lennox, Eddy, & Eva

New Strathcona County Library in Sherwood Park

The New Strathcona County Library in Sherwood Park, photo by Strathcona County

Sherwood Park is one of Canada’s most family­-friendly communities, and when you live and work here you notice it right away: there are tons of families everywhere! Lots of young couples are picking Sherwood Park and – most importantly – choosing to stay here as their families grow. Between our great school system, our world­-class recreational facilities, and wealth of park land, it’s easy to see the appeal.

I live and work in Sherwood Park, and my family loves it here. My children love their school and have made a ton of friends. After school, there are so many great activities and classes available for my children to join: My three are involved in dance classes, swimming clubs, Taekwondo, and archery: all located right here in Sherwood Park! One of my favourite places to take my family is the new Strathcona County Public Library located in the Centre in the Park. This wonderful new library is absolutely wonderful for families: there are cozy reading corners, interactive areas for children, and a huge selection of great books for all ages.

In 2014, MoneySense magazine gave Sherwood Park top marks in their review of the best places to live in Canada. Sherwood Park got the #10 spot in the Best Place to Raise Kids in Canada category, the #3 spot in the Overall Best Place to Live in Canada, and the #2 spot in the Best Small City to live in Canada category!

In addition, Sherwood Park has been routinely ranked as one of Alberta’s safest municipalities which, as a mother myself, is a hugely important factor when I chose to raise my family here.

Sherwood Park By The Numbers: Family Focused

Sherwood Park: Family Focused Community

  • The average age of a resident of Sherwood Park is 39, making us one of the youngest communities in the Province.
  • 19% of Sherwood Park’s population is under the age of 15. That’s a lot of families!
  • 57% of people living in Sherwood Park love it so much they’ve stayed for 10 years, and another 17% are well on their way, having lived here for at least 5 years!
  • Sherwood Park has had over 12% in population grown over the last 5 years: the Canadian average is only 5.9%!

From a business perspective, this family-­friendly focus of Sherwood Park is one of the big reasons the community is growing, and that means the real estate market is also growing! Young couples and families want to move here, and as their family expands and prospers they look for new move-­up opportunities in the Sherwood Park real estate market. Then, as people get older and their kids start families of their own, they want to downsize and remain within the community to stay close to their grandchildren.

Families drive a huge portion of the real estate market in any city, and Sherwood Park has the infrastructure, community involvement, and facilities to attract people. The real estate market is constantly growing, which makes working here really exciting!

Business Opportunities in Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is Business Friendly

Lineup to get into Sherwood Park’s Annual Great Canadian Trade Show & Fair

Anyone who lives here or is tuned in knows there are many great business opportunities in Sherwood Park, both commercial and industrial. Our thriving business community is well-­connected and growing fast: Sherwood Park is one of the best places in the region to start up a business. That translates into a lot of opportunity, and a lot of prosperity in the area. I go out of my way to support local businesses in Sherwood Park, and stay involved in the community business network as well.

By The Numbers: Business in Sherwood Park & Strathcona County

  • No business licenses and no registration fees make Sherwood Park a great place to start up.
  • Sherwood Park has one of the highest incomes in Canada, with households averaging $147,000 per year. That’s the second highest in the country!
  • As of 2013, there were over 8,100 businesses in Sherwood Park and Strathcona County, ranging from large corporations to home-­based companies.
  • The Sherwood Park & District Chamber of Commerce has over 1,000 members: It’s the third­ largest business chamber in Alberta.
  • There’s access to a market population of 1.16 million, including the greater Edmonton area.

One of the greatest things about the Sherwood Park and Strathcona County business community is its incredible diversity. We have everything here! Manufacturing, refining, commercial, retail, investment, agricultural, entrepreneurs, trades, professional services… the list goes on. This diversity makes for great networking opportunities, which I often take advantage of with groups like the BNI Park Power Connections chapter in Sherwood Park.

Sherwood Park’s prosperity and growth also means there’s a larger number of people interested in the Sherwood Park real estate market as an investment, which is another facet of the market I love to work in. I’ve helped investors of all backgrounds and experience levels find opportunities in the Sherwood Park and Strathcona County market.

That’s Why I Work in Sherwood Park

It’s because of Sherwood Park’s family focus and thriving business community that I’ve come to specialize in Sherwood Park real estate. To learn more about Sherwood Park and why I love it, you can check out my Sherwood Park Info page. I’ve made so many friends here from within the business community and from dealings with my own Sherwood Park clients. Sherwood Park is my home, and one that I’ve very proud of.

As much as I love Sherwood Park, I still also love working with my many Edmonton clients as well, which is why my service area covers the entire Edmonton area. So whether you’re looking at real estate in Sherwood Park, Strathcona County, or Edmonton I am only a phone call or email away.

Strathcona County – The Place To Be!

Thu, 24 Oct by Sonia Tarabay

Opportunities Await in Strathcona County

In the past, I’ve raved about Sherwood Park and all the wonderful things that make it the perfect place to live, work, and play. But Sherwood Park wouldn’t be Sherwood Park, if it wasn’t for Strathcona County! This area is a specialized municipality and a petroleum industry leader that serves as the umbrella of multiple communities; including Sherwood Park. It’s also the place to be if you’re looking to buy real estate properties. Want to know why? Well…

Strathcona County Real Estate

Strathcona County offers endless opportunities to get out and enjoy nature!

1) It’s a young and vibrant area filled with residents of all ages and families of all backgrounds.

2) Year-round activities available. Whether you’re seeking recreational activities, community activities, or cultural activities there something here for everyone.

3) Opportunity to grow your business. Both businesses and industries can thrive in Strathcona County. The area has a robust business economy with tons of business advantages.

4) The area has a diverse housing market. Some of the real estate properties found in Strathcona County include: countryside residences, lakeside properties, single family homes, and condos.

To learn more about Strathcona County visit their website.

If you’re looking to buy or sell Sherwood Park real estate properties in Strathcona County contact me today. As an area expert I can help you find the Strathcona County home that meet the needs of your family, I also have a proven marketing plan that can help you sell your Strathcona home for top dollar.

For all your Real Estate needs get a “Tiger” on your side!

Sherwood Park’s Heritage Trail System

Thu, 26 Sep by Sonia Tarabay

Explore the great outdoors in Sherwood Park!

Well I don’t like to say this to you…but Summer is over and Fall is upon us.

As much as I would love hot Summer weather year-round, there are some wonderful benefits about living in Sherwood Park during the Fall months:

  • Temperature. It’s warm enough to enjoy outdoor walks.
  • Positive Real Estate Market. House hunting in Autumn is not as bad as house hunting during the Winter.
  • Scenic Streets. Sherwood Park streets feature an array of beautiful leaves in shades of brown and gold.
  • Pumpkins. Yes, pumpkins are now in season. This includes: Pumpkin pies, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and (of course) pumpkins for carving!

So if you want to enjoy nature and soak in the Autumn air, I recommend exploring the Heritage Park Trail System. It’s an awesome off-road trail network in an around Sherwood Park that extends 42 km long! The trail system is dog-friendly and lets residents of all ages explore the meandering paths by foot, bike, roller-skates, or even in a wheelchair. In 2008, Sherwood Park developed a new river valley link inside the Heritage Parkway Trail System- which means even more opportunities for excitement for you and your family!

For those of you looking to buy a Sherwood Park home for sale, did you know many Sherwood Park Communities are situated near the Heritage Park Trail System. Get in touch with me and I would be more than happy to show you Sherwood Park homes for sale on the market.

For all your Sherwood Park Real Estate needs, get a “Tiger” on your side.

Check Out Sherwood Park’s Art Scene

Thu, 12 Sep by Sonia Tarabay

There’s always something exciting happening in and around Sherwood Park, from family activities to outdoor festivities, our city truly sets the stage for entertainment. In addition to this, Sherwood Park also has a dynamic Art Scene. Our exciting public gallery, Art Gallery @ 501 features exhibitions, art collections, as well as Education Programs.

I encourage all Sherwood Park residents to visit our local art gallery at least once, you can spend as much or as little time there as you would like, and enjoy the atmosphere. Below are some of Sonia’s Quick Tips when visiting your first Art Gallery:
Art Gallery

  • Don’t Be Shy. There is no need to feel intimidated or afraid, no one will expect you to answer art-related questions or give your opinion about the artwork or brush strokes used.
  • Check Before Taking Pictures. While some exhibitions are more interactive and casual, other exhibitors have a zero camera policy. It never hurts to double-check the photography rules.
  • Keep An Open Mind. You don’t have to work as a professional Artist to enjoy your exhibition. When you attend keep an open mind and know that it’s okay if you don’t like or understand something.

Going to an art gallery is a great way to relax, meet other Sherwood Park residents, be inspired, and even shop! For more information on Art Gallery @ 501 visit their website.

For all you Sherwood Park Real Estate needs, get a “Tiger” on your side!

Community Profile: Clarkdale Meadows

Thu, 05 Sep by Sonia Tarabay

Sherwood Park is a bustling area filled with truly beautiful neighbourhoods. One of the many communities I enjoy visiting is Clarkdale Meadows. Located on the Northeast quadrant of Sherwood Park, Clarkdale Meadows is filled with natural green spaces and beautiful character homes placed on winding tree-lined streets.

Its surrounding communities are Summerwood to the North, Davidson Creek to the Northeast, and Heritage Point to the South. Baseline Road makes up its southern boundary, while Highway 21 marks its eastern border. Its other boundaries are composed of Clover Bar Road to the West and Lakeland Drive to the North.

Sherwood Park-Elk Island park-boating©

Photo by: Rocco Macri

The community is conveniently located near walking trails, parks, and the Millennium Place Recreational Centre. The rec centre offers residents an extensive workout facility, wave pool, soccer arenas, as well as ice arenas. Big-name amenities can be found in Metropolitan Edmonton, which is a short 15 minute drive. Residents of Clarkdale Meadows are also in close proximity to public transportation through the Sherwood Park Transit System.

For homeowners seeking an outdoor adventure, Clarkdale Meadows is only 20 minutes away from Elk Island National Park! Embrace the outdoors and seize the day with boating, hiking, and biking activities at Elk Island.

If you’re looking for a Clarkdale Meadows home for sale quietly nestled in a private leafy locale, contact Sonia Tarabay. It’s easy to spot my smiling face on a bus bench in this neighbourhood! As an area expert I can help you find the home of your dreams.

For all your Sherwood Park Real Estate Needs, get a “Tiger” on your side.

Sherwood Park – A Perfect Family Community

Thu, 29 Aug by Sonia Tarabay

Visit the prosperous community of Sherwood Park and you will see a vibrant, growing area filled with residents who are proud to call it home. From its business and housing developments to the expansion of its highways and infrastructure, Sherwood Park is an area of opportunity.

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According to the 2011 Census of Canada, the area had a population of over 65,400. Despite the rising number of residents, crime rates here are extremely low- making Sherwood Park the perfect family community.

There are multiple schooling options for your children here, both Elk Island Public School Board and Elk Island Catholic School Board offer education to students from Preschool to Grade 12. For families looking to send their children to alternative education programs, the New Horizon’s Charter School is a short drive away. Reputable post secondary institutions such as the University of Alberta or NAIT are located in the nearby City of Edmonton.

In Sherwood Park there is no shortage of recreational and family-friendly attractions. Whether you are at the Millenium Recreational Centre, playing in the parks and playgrounds, or at a local festival the options are endless!

Take a walk down any of the Sherwood Park communities and you will surely see families out and about, beautiful tree-lined streets, and no shortage of children or youth playing. If you are thinking about relocating your family or starting a family, Sherwood Park is the place to be. As a current resident, I am happy to be raising my children here and know you will too!

For all your Sherwood Park Real Estate needs, get a “Tiger” on your side!

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