History of St Albert Trail – Connecting Edmonton and St. Albert

Originally a primary trail between Fort Edmonton and “God’s Lake” (Lac Ste. Anne), the road we now know as St. Albert Trail has its roots in 1860 as a shipping route for whitefish, though it wasn’t established as St. Albert Trail until 1889. When the railways on Edmonton’s south side arrived in 1891, Edmonton stopped[…]

Multi-Million Dollar Sales Piling up in Edmonton

2018 is shaping up to see some huge deals in Edmonton’s commercial real estate market. As we reported a few weeks ago, there have already been some noteworthy sales, with the sale of Edmonton Tower for $400 million leading the way. There are clearly a healthy number of buyers in the market as a number of other[…]

Alberta Population to Hit 6.4 Million by 2046

The Government of Alberta has released a 29 (!) year projection on where they expect the provincial population to be in 2046. That could be an interesting time in the history of mankind, as futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts we’ll have singularity (the point at which technology becomes smarter than humans) in 2045. Notwithstanding the follies[…]

2018 Has Seen an Increase in Commercial Sales Activity

As oil prices have increased over the past year, so has commercial real estate activity in Edmonton. 2018 Mid-year 2017 Mid-year 2016 Mid-year Land $228,859,462 $132,533,862 $189,846,527 Buildings $1,082,145,037 $1,077,442,119 $675,904,126 Total $1,311,044,499 $1,209,975,981 $865,750,653 It’s not just the average sale price that has increased either, as the number of total sales has increased from[…]

Edmonton Office Tower Sells for $400 Million

Less than 3 years after it was built, Edmonton Tower has been sold for $400 million.  We mentioned earlier this year that Edmonton Tower, along with Stantec Tower, were both rumored to be for sale, and at the time we expected buyers to quickly come forward.   Enter the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), a large[…]

Construction Project Update: NAIT’s Productivity and Innovation Centre

With a growing population over one million, Edmonton is the province’s post-secondary destination, teaching nearly 200,000 students each year. Between the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, Concordia University of Edmonton, King’s College, and Norquest, Edmonton is a leader in academics. But one of the city’s shining stars is NAIT. A polytechnic school that offers both[…]

$1 Million / Acre Land in Edmonton

$1 million / acre land used to seem far-fetched.  Somewhere along the line, high profile land in dense areas reached that milestone, followed not too long after by land simply on a main road. Now we are even seeing land all over Greater Edmonton selling for over $1 million / acre.  To illustrate, we did[…]

Edmonton Commercial Property Taxes are Rising 4x Faster than Inflation

The City of Edmonton just released the tax rates for 2018, and it ain’t pretty. Before we get into the meat of the article, we’ll first provide a brief overview of how the tax rate is determined: The City prepares a budget to estimate how much it will cost to provide municipal services; Somewhat simultaneously,[…]

Oil Update – Edmonton Commercial

It may not feel like spring quite yet, but the drilling industry is in the midst of the annual “spring break-up”.  Around this time each year, the earth thaws and the ground becomes soft, muddy and generally harder to work in.  It is a period of considerable slow down, as evidenced by recent statistics showing roughly 3/4[…]