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Millennials make up nearly 40% of the workforce in Canada. Homeownership is no longer the end goal for most working adults. Whereas previous generations pursued homeownership as the ultimate goal for their adult working lives, the latest generation of adults—millennials—are choosing to rent rather than own their own homes.

In comparison to older generations (Baby Boomers & Generation X), Millenials have a substantially lower percentage when it comes to owning their home. Baby Boomers and Generation X had a fairly comparable percentage of the population owning their home when they were 25 to 34 years of age at roughly 45%. The millennial generation however at the same age are averaging roughly 37% of the population owning their property. CNBC Article

Why are millennials taking a different path towards their end goals for homes? Let’s take a closer look at why millennials are choosing to rent over owning their own homes.

Property is too expensive in the areas Millennials want to live

Many millennials work in larger cities and more populated areas—but it’s precisely these areas where housing is the least affordable. The median prices for homes in the cities and larger towns where most millennials are living are much higher than the average income for the millennial generation. Larger, more developed Urban cities have much higher priced real estate then rural areas or smaller cities. Millennials are unable to save the amount needed for a down payment and/or do not qualify for a mortgage. Simply put, most millennials aren’t buying homes because the prices are significantly higher than they can afford.

Millennials move more frequently

In the past, home ownership was part of cementing your location for the foreseeable future—and this holds true today, which is a problem for many millennials who move more frequently than the older generations. When housing prices were more affordable, however, it was not as big a deal if you decided you needed to move or you ended up needing to move for your job. Today, with housing prices higher than ever before, buying a house and then having to move away and get another place to live places too much of a financial anchor on a millennial homeowner.

Millennials are starting families later

The “traditional” route of buying a home with a white picket fence to start a family is not in favor with millennials, who are—typically for financial reasons—starting families later than previous generations. Many millennials are also opting for non-traditional routes for their families, such as living in apartments, renting homes with other family members or roommates, and so on. This non-traditional path for families makes it less likely for millennials to purchase homes, even if they plan on adding children to their family in the future.

Millennials can’t afford the expenses of homeownership

Buying a home involves so much more than the cost of the home itself. You must pay for plenty of upfront costs (like a down payment), not to mention costs for property taxes and insurance, home owner’s association fees, and of course the cost of regular maintenance, upkeep, and repairs. Renting a home or apartment, on the other hand, takes almost this entire financial burden away—millennials who are renting are only responsible for rent and related utility fees rather than a pile of bills that only add to their already strained incomes.

Millennials & Homeownership

It doesn’t seem that the trend of millennials renting over buying will dissipate anytime soon. The current financial market and the overall income trend for millennials are pushing them towards more affordable and convenient rentals over homeownership. As long as the careers are in high-cost business centers this trend will continue. There are an array of reasons millennials are choosing to rent over buying a property, but most of it is associated with the rise of property and the inability of younger generations to pay the high-cost.

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Calgary is a great city with plenty to see, do and offer local residents and visiting tourists. There are many different neighborhoods and communities in Calgary, each with their own unique traits and vibes that may appeal to a wide range of people and potential renters. If you are interested in renting in Calgary, you’re in luck: there are many different up and coming communities that are perfect for renters. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best up and coming Calgary communities to rent in.

Bowness

Bowness is a hip, trendy neighborhood that seems on the verge of becoming the latest hotspot in the city. Bowness is located in Calgary North West, near Canada Olympic Park and the Trans Canada highway. Bowness has a tight-knight community with plenty of local shops and restaurants. The historical community used to have its own township with an array of local amenities to enjoy. If you plan on renting in Bowness, make it fast—this community is definitely leaning towards the “up” part of up and coming.

Evanston

Evanston is one of the newer neighborhoods in Calgary, yet despite its relative youth, it is already one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the NW area of Calgary. Evanston is currently populated mostly by couples and younger families who embrace Evanston’s many parks and recreational facilities. Renters in Evanston should be ready to embrace the community, which is well known for its warm welcomes and friendly smiles.

Ramsay & Inglewood

Ramsay is a mostly residential community which will appeal to renters who are interested in a hip community full of character. Neighboring the community of Inglewood these communities are just East of downtown Calgary. Renters in this community enjoy a relatively unknown gem that has the potential to blossom into something more in the near future. Ramsay & Inglewood are currently home to some trendy shops and cafes, which are perfect for younger renters who are interested in a more laid back culture while still sharing close proximity to downtown.

Kingsland

Kingsland is a perfect spot for renters who are interested in the warmth of a family friendly community. Kingsland residents enjoy close proximity to Chinook Mall and the MacLeod Trail shopping district. Kingsland is located along MacLeod Trail & Glenmore Trail, this provides residents with access to public transit and the LRT. Kingsland accessibility is unparalleled as it is adjacent to two of South Calgary’s most popular transportation routes. Kingsland is also home to some excellent entertainment venues, so renters will never be bored on a Friday or Saturday night.

Westgate

Westgate is located in a highly convenient area. The community is just West of the downtown Calgary area along Sarcee Trail and Bow Trail SW. Renters who reside in Westgate will find a diverse neighborhood, stunning recreational avenues, as well as plenty of walkability that is punctuated with popular shops, restaurants, and local amenities.

Renfrew

Renfrew is one of the most popular destinations for renters due to its proximity to downtown Calgary and its numerous attractions, destinations and other venues that will keep renters happy and entertained all year round. Everything from great restaurants to shops to movie theaters, everything a renter could need conveniently located in Renfrew, making it ideal for single renters, couples, and families.

Apartments For Rent in Calgary

If you are looking to rent an apartment in Calgary check out some of the up and coming communities listed above. To view some of our apartment rentals in Calgary contact us, and a member of our leasing team can gladly assist you. Live in a great Calgary community with affordable prices, and great rental incentives.

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Are you a student looking for the best place to live in Edmonton? If so, you’re in luck: there are a lot of great neighborhoods in Edmonton that are perfect for students. Edmonton has an array of post-secondary schools; University of Alberta, MacEwan University, NAIT, and Norquest are among some of the most popular post-secondary institutions in Edmonton. Each institution has a variety of neighboring communities that are ideal for student rentals. The neighborhoods that are best for students are close to school while featuring great walkability, fun things to do, and plenty of features that are ideal for students looking to enjoy life while they study and work hard towards building their future. The following are the very best Edmonton neighborhoods for students.

Strathcona

Strathcona is one of the most popular student neighborhoods due to its vibrant nightlife, access to plenty of great local restaurants, as well as student-favored cafes that are perfect for those late night study sessions with a coffee and pastry at your side.

Parkallen

Parkallen is very close to the University of Alberta, making it a popular student destination. IT has easy access to the LRT, which means you can easily get to downtown or other areas without much fuss. Parkallen features plenty of local spots and a friendly community vibe that is perfect for students looking to reach out to their neighbors.

Queen Alexandra

Queen Alexandra is also close to the University of Alberta. It has easy access to LTR and is within easy distance of downtown and all of the restaurants, shops and other popular hang-outs there. Queen Alexandra is particularly popular with students because there are plenty of affordable low-rises that are perfect for people with a student budget.

Garneau

Garneau is a historic neighborhood that is ideal for students who love arts, culture and history. Garneau is a laid back area with museums, theaters and gardens that are perfect for people who love to relax and enjoy cultural pursuits. Garneau is within public transportation distance to downtown and the club-heavy Whyte Avenue for those nights when you’d rather let loose, too.

Central McDougall

Central McDougall is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the area, and it’s this high level of walkability that has been increasing the number of students who flock to this neighborhood. This area is close to MacEwan University and has an array of rental options. It is relatively affordable, and not only does it neighbor MacEwan University it is also close by to a variety of different universities like NAIT and Norquest. Another draw towards Central McDougall apartment rentals is that the community is still within a short distance of the downtown area with its many restaurants, clubs, retail stores, and the Rogers Centre/ICE District.

Walterdale

Walterdale is definitely a “hip” student neighborhood. It used to be an industrial area, and this is reflected in the modern apartments and trendy lofts that now dot the area. Walterdale is nearby multiple university campuses and is still within easy distance of downtown and Whyte Avenue for students looking to enjoy the clubs, cafes and other staples of student life.

Pleasantview

Pleasantview is an up and coming neighborhood that is ideal for students who love to get moving. It features tennis courts, an outdoor skating rink, and easy access to the LRT for when you want to visit the rest of Edmonton. Pleasantview is also right nearby the popular Southgate Centre for students who want to indulge in shopping sprees.

McKernan

McKernan is a historical neighborhood that is small, friendly and ideal for students who want to live in a quieter area while still enjoying student life on the weekends. McKernan features many small and affordable apartment buildings that are perfect for those with a student budget; the neighborhood itself is friendly and affords opportunities to get involved with the local community.

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If you are looking for a new apartment, then you already know that there is a lot of research that goes into this important decision. But did you know that your apartment’s floor plan is just as important as the location of the apartment building or even the size of the apartment as a whole? Let’s take a closer look at the 4 important factors to keep in mind when choosing an apartment floor plan; keeping these factors in mind will help you choose the right floor plan for your needs.

Understanding Apartment and Room Dimensions

It’s not enough to know the overall square footage of a prospective apartment. You also need to know the room dimensions of each room and living space. Why? Because even a seemingly small detail such as a living room that is 3 feet smaller than your current living room could impact your enjoyment of the living space—and your wallet. If the new floor plan has shorter dimensions than your current floor plan, you may end up having to buy new furniture that will fit in your new space.

Analyze the Layout

Another factor to consider when choosing an apartment floor plan is the layout. Where are the rooms located? You will want to pay particular attention to the location of the bedroom or bedrooms; if you have a roommate, for instance, you will likely not want to share a wall with them so you can have added privacy. Also consider the location of the bathroom: will you bedroom be absorbing bathroom noise (showers—to say nothing of toilets) every evening and in the middle of the night? Look for any seeming small layout details such as these that could impact your choice.

Find Out Your Storage Options

. If you don’t have adequate storage, your apartment will quickly become a cluttered mess—and who wants that? That is why it’s vital that you check out the storage options in every apartment. For instance, what are the dimensions of the kitchen cupboards? Will there be space for adding bookshelves and cabinets? How big are the closets? If you won’t have enough storage space in the apartment, look for a floor plan that has more room for additional storage like shelves and cabinets.

Find Out Where the Windows Are Located

This is a small detail with crucial consequences: where are the windows in the apartment located? Natural sunlight helps a space look bigger and, most importantly, is beneficial for your mental and physical well-being. Does the apartment have windows that let in plenty of natural lighting? What views do the windows overlook? Will the windows be a prime target for nosy neighbors? The location and size of the windows could mean the difference between enjoying a warm afternoon basking in sunlight and being stuck staring at a brick wall.

Choosing an Apartment Layout

Shopping for a new apartment is a difficult decision, especially when it comes to choosing an apartment floor plan. With the above factors in mind, however, you will be well-prepared for choosing the right apartment floor plan for you. At Mainstreet, we have a variety of apartment buildings with nearly endless floorplans. Contact a member of our leasing team to view an array of our apartment layout.

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Edmonton is filled with natural sights, entertainment attractions, cultural and historical destinations, and so much more; so if you’re visiting Edmonton soon, take a look at these 15 things to do in Edmonton for your next trip.

Head into the mall

Edmonton is home to the West Edmonton Mall, better known as the largest mall in North America! There’s indoor theme parks, water parks, movie theaters and a golf course for when you get tired of shopping.

Absorb Ukrainian culture

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage is an open air museum that features over 2 dozen historical buildings and depicts the life of early Ukrainian settlers in Edmonton.

Walk in the park

The Edmonton River Valley Park is actually 20 different parks in one, which means you’ll never run out of beautiful natural sights to explore, whether you’re walking or cycling.

Keep on shopping

Head out to some of Edmonton’s best shopping districts to continue to shop until you drop! Whyte Avenue, Central 124th Street and Kingsway Mall are all great shopping destinations.

View natural wildlife

To see wildlife in a natural habitat, head out to Elk Island National park, where you can see wood bisons, great blue herons, coyotes, and more.

Explore the Arts District

The Arts District is home to some of Edmonton’s most notable cultural landmarks, as well as plenty of local art shops and boutiques.

Take a bet at the races

Northlands Park in Edmonton is the biggest horse race track in Alberta. Head out during the racing season to place your bet, or go to the slot machine lounge during the off-season.

Take a history tour

If you love history, head to the Strathcona Historic District and take a tour of some of Edmonton’s coolest historical sites.

Visit an indoor garden

Edmonton’s most famous botanical garden is the Muttart Conservator; this garden has everything from tropical evergreens to redwoods to water lilies.

Jump into a festival

Edmonton isn’t called “Canada’s Festival City” for nothing! Check out local events to find a festival going on when you visit and jump into the fun.

Get something to eat

Edmonton has cuisines from all around the world, so there’s no end to the delicious restaurants you can visit while in the city. Check out Central Edmonton for the fine dining or South Central for cheaper but still delicious food.

Visit a museum

Edmonton has tons of museums to suit any interest, so take your pick of spaces such as the Royal Alberta Museum, the Alberta Aviation Museum or Fort Edmonton Park and have an afternoon of fun.

Indulge in a sport game

Edmonton has multiple sports teams, including hockey, football and soccer, so pick your favourite and head on out to the stadium. The new Rogers Place has revitalized downtown Edmonton, check out Connor McDavid and the Oilers take on other NHL teams. Or go watch the Edmonton Eskimos battle in the CFL.

Get on the slopes

If you love the slopes, you’ll definitely want to head out to some of Edmonton’s popular ski resorts, including Edmonton Ski, Sunridge Ski Area and Snow Valley.

Visit the zoo

If you love animals, you’ll want to visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo, where you can see over 350 different animals in modern exhibits.

Mainstreet Equity has a variety of apartments for rent in Edmonton. If you are living in Edmonton  or looking to move to Edmonton contact Mainstreet Equity to learn about our affordable apartments and our buildings in ICE District.

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Renting your very first apartment is an exciting time—but it’s only natural if you’re feeling some anxiety about looking for your first apartment. If you want to make sure that you are prepared when looking for your first apartment to rent, take a look at the following first-time apartment renter checklist.

Before You Rent: Income Checklist

These are not set-in-stone rules, but these are the guidelines recommended by most financial experts to ensure that you can reasonably rent an apartment without putting yourself at financial risk.

You should have:

– A yearly income which is at least 4 times the amount of rent you’ll be paying each month (rent should not exceed 25% to 30% of your income).

– A credit score of 620 (or more!) depending on where you are renting.

– Money for a security deposit (sometimes properties incentivise low SD).

– Be of legal age (typically 18).

Before You Rent: Applications

Renting an apartment seems more complex than it actually is. The process of renting can be broken down into 5 simple facets that are easy to understand when you tackle them one at a time.

- Step One: Search for apartments and arrange to visit apartments you’re interested in. Consider factors such as budget, location in relation to your workplace, whether or not you will need (or already have) a roommate, and other budget concerns.

- Step Two: Fill out an application and send it in. You may need to provide references.

- Step 3Three: You’ll be contacted if you have been approved for the apartment.

- Step Four: If you’re accepted, you need to send in a security deposit and a varied amount of money that will be equal to your rent times a number of months as designated by the landlord.

Renting an Apartment: Questions to Ask

Living in an apartment is drastically different than living in a home, whether you owned or simply rented. You should ask the following questions about your apartment and apartment complex to ensure you have the full picture of what life will be like there.

– What forms of payment are accepted to pay rent?

– Who do I make payments to? The landlord or someone else? What are the rules regarding late fees?

– Are pets allowed and if so, are there restrictions and what are the pet fees (if any)?

– If something breaks in the apartment, is the landlord responsible for fixing it? Are they available 24/7 or only during working hours?

– How many roommates can I have?

– Does the apartment come with pre-installed central air and heating?

– Does the building have quiet hours?

– What is the neighborhood like?

– Are there grocery stores within walking distance?

– How much storage space does the apartment have?

Renting an Apartment: Amenities Checklist

Apartments typically come with some form of amenities which can make life at the apartment complex more convenient, exciting, or simply more fun. The type and amount of amenities will vary wildly depending on location, price of the building, which owns and runs the building, and even the size of the apartment complex.

Typical service amenities to look for:

– Laundry and dry-cleaning services (in-suite laundry or on-site laundry)

– Spas and massage services, gym, etc.

Typical outdoor amenities to look for:

– Pools

– Sports courts (basketball, tennis, etc.)

– Dog parks or dog walking areas

– Locking stations for bikes

– Children’s play areas

– Social spaces for apartment residents

Typical indoor amenities to look for:

– Club gym

– Arcade or game rooms

– Coffee stations

With this checklist in mind, embarking on your first apartment rental adventure is sure to be much easier. If you are in the market for an affordable apartment rental contact Mainstreet Equity and learn about our first-time renter options.

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Mainstreet Equity has a number of Calgary apartment buildings situated along the newly established bike lanes. These lanes are designated roadways and individual lanes exclusively for bikers in Calgarys Urban areas.

Mainstreet Bike Lane & Apartment Map

Calgary Bike Lanes

The co-existence of cyclists with vehicle traffic and pedestrians is a concern in all modern cities, and Calgary is no exception. One of the most popular and successful solutions to cycling traffic in populated cities are dedicated bicycle lanes. This guide will help you learn more about the history of Calgary’s current bike lanes and how–and where–to use them.

Calgary’s Bike Lanes: Temporary Experiment Becomes Permanent Solution

In 2015, the Calgary Transportation Department launched a pilot program to test the success and traffic of new bicycle lanes in the city centre. These bicycle lanes would be cycle tracks, rather than standard lanes. Unlike a standard bike lane–which is marked off with painted barriers on the ground and is not separated from ordinary traffic–a cycle lane is a bike lane with a physical barrier that separates it from parked cars, sidewalks, and moving cars.

The lanes first opened in June of 2015 and were heavily monitored and studied in order to determine their efficiency, frequency of use, and the possible need to make the lanes permanent and/or expanded.

The results of this pilot program heavily indicated that the network was indeed a success. Daily trips tripled in between the first installation to the end of the pilot program, and cyclists traveling into and out of the downtown area increased by a stunning 40%. The Transportation Department also conducted an extensive telephone survey which found that 2/3 of surveyed Calgarians supported the new cycle track pilot program.

Due to the success, the Calgary City Council voted to make the pilot cycle tracks into a permanent bicycle lane system. Since then, work has continued to improve the functionality of the lanes, extend the lanes, and make the overall cycling experience safer for cyclists, pedestrians, and everyone who shares the city centre.

Cycle Track Bike Lane Program: The Statistics

The pilot program uncovered many interesting statistics regarding cycling use in the city. The most notable of which are:

– The city created 130 new parking stalls in order to replace parking spots lost due to the implementation of new bike routes

– The longest delay to drivers due to the bike lanes was 90 seconds when cyclists rode down the entire 12 Avenue bike lane during a peak morning traffic period

– 30% of the people riding in the city using the cycle track network during the pilot were women

– Almost 70% of surveyed Calgarians approved of the cycle track program and installing bike lane routes

– Illegal sidewalk cycling decreased from 16% to a whopping 2% due to the cycle track pilot program

Calgary Bike Lane Locations

Calgary’s current cycle tracks are located in the following areas:

– 5 Street (east side)

– Edmonton Trail (west side)

– 7 Street S.W. (east side)

– 8 Avenue / 9 Avenue (north and south sides)

– 12 Avenue (north side)

Cyclists should note that cycling is legal on Stephen Avenue and the Olympic Plaza, though there are currently no cycle tracks in that location. Remember: always obey the rules of the road and do your due diligence to ensure you are following the law no matter where you cycle.

For more information please visit the City of Calgary Link

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Having a roommate comes with several benefits. Splitting the bills is easily the biggest pro. And it’s not just rent. Ii’s all of the bills that include cable, water, trash, and any other services you may pay for like Netflix or Amazon Prime.  Also 2 and 3 bedroom apartment homes also offer more square footage than a typical studio or 1 bedroom residence. The more space that each of you has the better.

But there may also be an unwanted side as well. If you choose an incompatible roomate, it may leave with you feelings such as anger and stress. Best friends even find out that that living together isn’t what they thought it would be.

So we try and take the guessing game out of this whole process and offer you some tips that will help solidify a quality roommate that offers both of you a great rental living experience.

Make sure Money Doesn’t Become an Issue

Money can become a driving wedge between roommates. After all, if you pay your rental share on-time every month but your roommate is late, late fees will incur and this can quickly become an issue. Or if they fail to pay their share of the cable, you will find yourself covering the entire amount.

Sit down with your potential roommate and discuss how much money each of you will be making a month.  The apartment manager will run a credit check, but you also need to have a heart to heart as well.

It’s also a good idea to discuss other bills that all of you  may have to pay, like student loans and credit card debt. These conversations aren’t comfortable at first, but they can prevent you from a problematic situation in the future.

Discuss who pays the cable or the lights each month. Normally one renter will sign up for the utilities. So it makes sense that one person will be responsible for each specific bill each month. So the best method here is to divide them up as evenly as possible. So one roommate may pay for the cable monthly while the other pays for the lights. There are great apps you can download to your phone like https://www.splitwise.com. They allow you to divide bills and make sure everyone gets paid back fast.

Once you have the money situation figured out, then you can move onto the next topic.

Determine their Lifestyle

Now you will need to find out what kind of person you will be living with. Remember that how they lead their life will affect you too.

Cleaning: People who keep a clean environment simply cannot live with someone who doesn’t mind clutter and regularly leaves dirty dishes and clothes lying around the common areas. If you have specific requirements make these known upfront.

Chores: Many roommates put up a calendar on the freezer. Determine who cleans the kitchen, bathrooms, and living areas on a weekly basis. It is best to rotate these tasks. That will minimize the complaints. Or you can agree on hiring a cleaning service that will do this weekly.

Don’t forget about taking out the trash. Many apartments have valet trash which is nice. But in the event you don’t, someone will have to physically transport it to the dumpsters outside.

Remember that discussing the major topics upfront will reduce any foreseeable future issues. That way both of you can live happily in your next home.

If you are planning on moving into a new apartment home and don’t know where to start, you can check out Rentkidz or other ILS listing sites to find apartment options, view apartment deals and other great info about a new place.

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Are you looking for the perfect apartment in Edmonton? Apartment hunting can be time-consuming and frustrating, whether you’re new to the area or have been living in Edmonton for a while. This is due to the number of factors that go into tracking down a great apartment. Thankfully, you’re in luck: there are a few things you can do to greatly cut down on the time and effort it takes to find that just-right apartment in the Edmonton area. The following are the top 3 tips for finding your perfect apartment in Edmonton.

Tip #1: Find the right location for your budget & needs

Real estate in Edmonton is very diverse — you can find everything from single bedroom apartments to expansive condos, depending on where the apartment is located and the company or organization that runs it. The key to finding the perfect apartment is to look in the right location that suits both your budget and your needs.

If you have an above-average income, then you can check out more expensive areas such as the heart of downtown, which includes both single apartments and family-oriented apartments. These locations are also ideal for people who are looking for apartments located by businesses/work, easy public transportation, and all of the great events in the greater downtown area and the revitalized ICE District. If you’re looking for something more affordable, head out to the suburbs and areas neighboring downtown, where apartments are less expensive–though they have the disadvantage of not being in the heart of the city.

Tip #2: Avoid buying into apartments with unnecessary amenities

If you’re on a budget, it’s important to avoid being distracted by unnecessary amenities that drive up the apartment price–but won’t benefit you personally. For instance, an apartment complex might have a higher monthly rent due to the inclusion of a fitness center and roof-top dog park, but if you have no need for either of those amenities, it would be pointless to choose the more expensive complex rather than a cheaper neighboring complex with fewer amenities.

The key to avoiding this trap is to list amenities that you absolutely need–such as an in-apartment washer and dryer or an on-site daycare–and stick to apartments that don’t go far beyond them.

Tip #3: Scale down on personal possessions to enjoy apartments with smaller floor plans

If you’ve never lived in an apartment before or you need to move to a more budget-friendly place, you can greatly open up your Edmonton apartment options by being willing to live in a smaller space. To do this, scale down on your personal possessions in order to more easily enjoy apartments that have smaller floor plans. For instance, exchange your larger dining room table for a smaller alternative, or get rid of bookshelves in favor of storage furniture that can double as a table or sofa to store your books.

As long as you follow the above 3 tips, you’ll find that getting the perfect apartment in Edmonton will be much easier! If you are apartment hunting in Edmonton contact Mainstreet Equity and learn about the renovated and budget-friendly apartments for rent Edmonton.

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Regina is the capital of Saskatchewan and as such, it is filled with a rich array of things to do, see and enjoy. Whether you are visiting or live in in the city the city of Regina, there is no shortage of year-round and seasonal activities. Regina has something for everyone: historical sites, cultural landmarks, arts and entertainment, festivals, shopping and so much more. The following are 5 amazing things you can do while you’re visiting the exciting city of Regina in Saskatchewan.

Head to Regina Beach

Regina Beach is an old-fashioned district that is ideal for a day of fun in the sun. The beach features plenty of room on the sand for relaxing and tanning in between enjoying swimming and splashing around in the water. There are plenty of restaurants nearby for when you get hungry, and retail shopping for picking up beach necessities and souvenirs.

Visit the Royal Saskatchewan Museum

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum is a natural history museum with three primary sections: a Life Sciences Gallery, a First Nations Gallery, and an Earth Science Gallery. Lovers of natural history will definitely enjoy wandering around the galleries and exploring the many sights that the museum has to offer. The museum regularly hosts special exhibitions, so be sure to inquire with the museum about special exhibitions you can see while you’re there.

Head out for a night at the theater

The Conexus Arts Centre is one of the best venues in Regina. In addition to being the home theater of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, it regularly hosts plenty of entertainment which includes plays, musicals, ballet, opera, concerts and everything in between.

Saskatchewan Science Centre

The Saskatchewan Science Centre is a hands-on, interactive science museum with plenty of things to do for children and adults alike. Children and adults can enjoy learning about insects–and seeing real ones in special glass enclosures!–crawling through tunnels, engaging in an astronaut simulation, and so much more.

Indulge in your love of flowers

The Regina Floral Conservatory is a relaxing place filled to the brim with the smell and sight of many wonderful flowers and plants. The flower displays change about 6 times per year, so you’ll see something new every time you visit! The space regularly hosts events such as meditation groups and tea services, so be sure to inquire about anything special going on when you visit.

Shop till you drop

Regina is a shopper’s paradise, with everything from small locally owned shops to expansive malls with big-brand stores and everything in between. If you want to shop from local businesses, head to the Cathedral Village streets or the Old Warehouse District, where local shopping is plentiful. If you want to head out to a mall with lots of recognizable brands, head to Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Southland Mall or Cornwall Centre.

Take a trip to the casino

If you’re into the excitement of casinos, head out to Casino Regina, one of the biggest draws in the city. Casino Regina boasts 2 million visitors per year and features 800 slot machines and 35 full sized game tables. The casino also hosts restaurants and concerts and other entertainment on-site.

If you are moving or currently live in Regina and are looking for apartment rentals in Regina contact Mainstreet Equity and learn about our affordable and newly renovated Regina apartments.

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