All kinds of Edmontonians are choosing infill for their next home. New couples, young families, and empty nesters all find reasons to build new homes in mature neighbourhoods.
Below are a few examples of the types of people we see choosing infill.
Take Dan, a born and raised Edmontonian with a young family. After having kids, he and his wife needed a bigger home, but there weren’t a lot of options in their neighbourhood.
Instead of moving to a different part of the city they decided to look for a lot where they could build. After all, they loved where they were and didn’t want to leave.
They liked the access to transit, the proximity to the river valley, and the mix of residents. There are students, families, and seniors all living on the same streets, which, for Dan, gives the community a great well-rounded feel.
Stu and Ethel have lived in their neighbourhood for forty years. They started a family, watched their kids grow up, and, one by one, watched their children move out.
They love their neighbourhood. They’ve seen the trees grow and got to know the neighbours well over the years.
Now that they’re older, and the kids are gone, they’d like to move to a place that’s smaller and easier to maintain.
Luckily, a developer was making plans for a four-plex in one of the neighbourhood’s corner lots. It gave Stu and Ethel the opportunity to have everything they wanted: a smaller and more manageable home in the neighbourhood they love.
Students, Couples, and Young Professionals
The Taylors, a young family, were looking to build in one of Edmonton’s mature neighbourhoods but none of the single detached homes in the area fit their lifestyle.
Instead, they subdivided the lot, built a skinny house, and developed a basement suite they could rent out.
That’s when they met Samir, a recent grad from the U of A who was looking for a place to stay close to downtown.
For Samir, the Taylors' infill works great. He’s able to live in a close-knit neighbourhood that has great transit options for getting him to his job in the core.