I have sold a property at 31698 CHARLOTTE AVE in Abbotsford.
Welcome to your oasis in the city! On an incredible 60'x171' manicured lot is this feature rich split entry home. The renovated kitchen is finished in dark maple cabinetry, stainless appliances and french doors to the massive covered sundeck with high end awning & NG hook-up for your BBQ. Rich Acacia hardwood runs throughout the main floor including the 3bdrms. Downstairs has a family/rec room, den, large laundry/storage area with outside access. The outdoor space is simply beautiful. Entertain on the deck or "cobble stone" type patio, or relax by the beautiful water feature complete with waterfall & fish pond. Perfectly situated, backing Fish Trap Creek, with quick access to Discovery Trail & walking distance to all levels of schools and Public Recreation. OCP:Urban 3-Infill. A must see!!
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Easter Egg hunts in and around the Lower Mainland!

Most of these are B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Basket


7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Where: Chilliwack Corn Maze, 41905 Yale Rd West, Chilliwack

When: Friday and Saturday 10-4pm

Highlights: Easter Bunny, jumping pillow, pedal carts, indoor hay bale maze, face painting and a concession lunch available and a bunch more!

Price: $10 for children 2+ Parents are free

chilliwackcornmaze.com

 

Easter Egg Hunt + Breakfast

Where: Mann Farms 790 McKenzie Rd, Abbotsford

When: Friday-Monday 9:30am

Highlights: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny (purchase tickets separately). Goody bags, “find the golden egg, for awesome prizes, petting zoo, and more

Price: $10 for children, Parents are FREEEEEEEE

https://www.maanfarms.com

 

Egg Hunt at Swensson Park

Where: Swensson Park, 27875 Swensson Ave, Abbotsford

When: Saturday 12-2pm

Highlights: Goody bags, crafts, face painting, and Live BUNNIES!!! Free coffee too, and MORE

Price: $5.00

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swensson-Park/120792954641137

 

Easter EGGSTRAVAGANZA

Where: CLCC Abbotsford, 3511 Straiton Rd

When: Friday 10-11:30

Highlights: FREE, bouncy castles, games, activities, and popcorn. An Easter story w/ sand artist Valentina Bayard (11-11:30)  and SO A LOT MORE

Price: Freeeeeee

https://clcc.ca

 

Family-Friendly Easter EVENT: Taves EasterFest

Where: Taves Family Farms, 333 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford

When: Friday-Monday 9:30-4:30

Highlights: Hay ride, a Magician (Saturday and Sunday), petting barn, and a place called Bunny town (that sounds adorable) and SO MUCH MORE

Price: $4.50 (12yrs +) includes Hayride $10.95 (walking to 12yrs) includes Egg/Scavenger hunt and hayride

 

Kids’ Club Easter Party

Where: Otter Co-Op 3650-248th st Aldegrove

When: Friday 10-2pm

Highlights: Open to all children under 12, 3-$50 co-op gift cards to be won during the scavenger hunt and so much more!!!!

Price: ITS FREEEEEEEEE

https://www.otterco-op.crs

 

3rd Annual Easter Extravaganza

Where: Golden Ears Cheesecrafters, 22270 128th Ave, Maple Ridge

When: Friday 9-4pm

Highlights: Meet the Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Hunts (additional cost of $8.99, limited space, pre register), live cow milking, petting zoo, Photo Booth mini sessions, face painting and more

Price:$2:50 online $3:50 at gate (hunt not included)

www.goldenearscheeseworks.com

 

Please note that these are only a few of the Hunts avaiable this weekend. Groups and companies are announcing new ones everyday! You can plan you whole weekend around these awesome events!! I truly hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend with family and loved ones. I hope you all stop and smell the flowers, and maybe do a little dance in the rain.



-Alyson Whittle UA

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I have listed a new property at 21 3292 VERNON TERR in Abbotsford.
Crown Point! Located in East Abbotsford this 2 storey 2 bedroom home is spacious and bright. The main floor has an extra large white kitchen, table height breakfast counter, pendant lighting and a family room or eating area that has sliding door access to the front patio. An open living and dining area makes entertaining easy. Step out to the the partially covered back patio with a unique tile inlay feature and a handy storage shed. With 2 skylights over the stairs and the open loft style upper landing you'll enjoy the flood of natural light throughout. Generous bedrooms and 2 full baths make up the upper floor. Great Clubhouse with kitchen/bar, pool table, library and workshop. 55+ Small pet okay. Strata fees include electricity and water. Popular complex, so hurry!!!
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I have sold a property at 20 1450 MCCALLUM RD in Abbotsford.
Crown Point II. An Adult 55+ gated community worth viewing. This move-in ready 2 bedroom, 2 bath rancher townhouse with no stairs and a single garage is beautifully updated...from the kitchen cabinets, light fixtures, gas fireplace and much more. Crown Point has a resort style Clubhouse with pool table, workshop and large amenities room which holds many functions that you can be involved with...or not. Lots of visitor (or second vehicle) parking...RV parking may be available. Put this one on your list to see.
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I have sold a property at 88 36060 OLD YALE RD in Abbotsford.
Family townhouse in popular Mountain View Village!! Designed for living this 2 storey END UNIT home offers comfort, convenience and space. 3 generous bedrooms and 2 full baths on the upper floor, galley kitchen, family room, dining room, living room, 2 piece powder room and laundry make up the main. Beautifully updated with new carpet, wide slat blinds, fresh paint and new windows approved this home is move-in ready. Great location in the complex. Enjoy your morning coffee on your back patio or take the kids for a swim in the complex's pool. This East Abbotsford community is conveniently located within walking distance of Sumas Mountain Village Shopping Centre, Delair Park and Parallel Marketplace. Small pets and rentals allowed. A must see!!
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I have sold a property at 203 33898 PINE ST in Abbotsford.
GALLANTREE--Welcome home!! This immaculate 1 bedroom condo is move-in ready. Spacious layout with airy 9' ceilings, a kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, an island plus stylish granite counters. There's a walk-in closet off the bedroom and cheater ensuite. Full sized washer& dryer in the laundry room with storage. Relax on the extra large 14'x7' private balcony overlooking green space and the neighbouring field/park or enjoy the boutique shops, restaurants and coffee meeting places in Downtown Abbotsford just moments away. Gallantree has no age restriction, rentals are allowed and a pet is allowed (no size restriction). Underground parking and a storage locker complete the package. Immediate possession possible. A must see!!!
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I have listed a new property at 31698 CHARLOTTE AVE in Abbotsford.
Welcome to your oasis in the city! On an incredible 60'x171' manicured lot is this feature rich split entry home. The renovated kitchen is finished in dark maple cabinetry, stainless appliances and french doors to the massive covered sundeck with high end awning & NG hook-up for your BBQ. Rich Acacia hardwood runs throughout the main floor including the 3bdrms. Downstairs has a family/rec room, den, large laundry/storage area with outside access. The outdoor space is simply beautiful. Entertain on the deck or "cobble stone" type patio, or relax by the beautiful water feature complete with waterfall & fish pond. Perfectly situated, backing Fish Trap Creek, with quick access to Discovery Trail & walking distance to all levels of schools and Public Recreation. OCP:Urban 3-Infill. A must see!!
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Worried about the rainy season? Here are some ideas of things to do to pass the time and will help you get ready for the warmer weather.


Spring = a lot of rainy days, but don’t be sad, the rain brings the plants and trees back to life. It also gives you a chance to get into the spring-cleaning mood. Who doesn’t like a good ol’ cleaning frenzy! To get things started I suggest finding a high energy sing-along playlist.


AND. CRANK. IT. UP.


Dive right in and get crazy with your closets, look at things that you do not wear, take out your favorite summertime outfits, and get rid of the random clutter that’s accumulated over the winter. After the organizing is done (you can do the kitchen and bathrooms cupboard and drawers, and storage areas) its all about cleaning things that never get cleaned, such as walls, baseboards, rugs/carpets, windows, vents, mirrors, couch cushions, curtains, anything that has been neglected during the winter.


If you’re feeling like you need a change to your home, redecorate (or move, I know a good Realtor®)!!! Just changing some pictures on the walls around or introducing a mirror or new rug can really change up a room.   


The garage needs some love too, I wouldn’t put all the winter gear in to storage yet, that’s just asking Mother Nature to remind you who ends winter and who doesn’t. Sweeping out and power washing the garage is a great way to give it new life. Who doesn’t love a good power wash!!  


Have you looked in the back seat of your car? I don’t know about yours but mine looked like I actually lived in it. Just getting out the garbage, toys, socks, shoes, pants (what happened there?) and all the other unnecessary junk that you just don’t need.


I like to make plans for what I want in my yard in early March. What kind of flowers do I want to plant and where? When do I have to plant them? Do I want to make a garden this year? Researching, drawing it out and brainstorming helps you organize your thoughts about what you need to buy and accumulate these next couple of months.


Spring is such a rejuvenating season, so don’t forget to go outside and look for inspiration. Maybe do a little dance in the rain.


-Alyson Whittle UA

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I have listed a new property at 88 36060 OLD YALE RD in Abbotsford.
Family townhouse in popular Mountain View Village!! Designed for living this 2 storey END UNIT home offers comfort, convenience and space. 3 generous bedrooms and 2 full baths on the upper floor, galley kitchen, family room, dining room, living room, 2 piece powder room and laundry make up the main. Beautifully updated with new carpet, wide slat blinds, fresh paint and new windows approved this home is move-in ready. Great location in the complex. Enjoy your morning coffee on your back patio or take the kids for a swim in the complex's pool. This East Abbotsford community is conveniently located within walking distance of Sumas Mountain Village Shopping Centre, Delair Park and Parallel Marketplace. Small pets and rentals allowed. A must see!!
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I have listed a new property at 403 32044 OLD YALE RD in Abbotsford.
Green Gables top floor corner condo! This massive 2 bedroom plus Den home is over 1,300 sq.ft! Vaulted ceilings, 2 balconies with mountain views, large picture windows and a skylight in the kitchen gives it that "penthouse" feel. Enjoy the unique layout for easy living and entertaining like the large open living and dining, a separate den or family room and a master suite that has it's own balcony, a walk in closet and a 3 piece ensuite with an extra large shower. No lack of storage in the family sized kitchen and generous laundry room. Freshly painted throughout and spotlessly clean this home is ready for your final touch. Green Gables is a 25+ condo and is located in central Abbotsford. Immediate possession possible.
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I have sold a property at 34780 BLATCHFORD WAY in Abbotsford.
East Abbotsford!! Spacious home in one of Abbotsford's most sought after family neighborhood! Located in McMillan is this 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, basement entry home with many unique features and beautiful updates. Enter to a tiled foyer with a rec room, den, mudroom and laundry down. Upstairs the main floor features 3 bedrooms including the master with a 3 piece ensuite, an open and bright extra large living room, modern white kitchen with glass tile splash and easy access to the covered patio and backyard. The large corner lot makes enjoying the outdoors easy. Located steps from all levels of schooling, ARC and shopping! Easy to view. Call today!
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I have listed a new property at 114 33030 GEORGE FERGUSON WAY in Abbotsford.
THE CARLISLE!!! Looking for a centrally located condo? This is it!! Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom corner condo with some recent updates including flooring and paint. Extra large kitchen, dining room and living room with beautiful floor to ceiling stone fireplace. Relax on the balcony with a view to the North. 1st floor, but not on the ground floor. 50+ building with underground parking. Very easy to view. Call today!!
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Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people? The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized. The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work before many of us even hit the snooze button for the first time. Here are five tips to help you achieve that early bird status!

  1. Create a morning schedule. Physically write down the things you’d like to complete in the morning and set a time for each. Then stick with it. Once you force yourself out of bed early one or two weeks consistently, you’ll find it gets easier and easier to do.
  2. Let the light in. Whether natural or artificial, light tells your brain its time to get up and get going. If your room lacks large windows where you can open the blinds up, consider investing in a timed lamp or alarm clock with a light.
  3. Prep and eat breakfast. Although there are many of us who chose the skip breakfast, it is key to perking up your energy in the morning. Try prepping protein-focused meals the night before or grab a yogurt or fruit and try to consume it right after you wake.
  4. Get your body moving. Whether it’s a short walk around your neighborhood or a rigorous 5:30 am spin class, getting your blood pumping will help wake up your body and has a ton of other benefits, like stress and anxiety reduction.
  5. Feed your mind. Stimulate your brain and do something you enjoy first thing in the morning. Try reading a favorite book, catching up on the news, doing daily meditation, or setting intentions.
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I have listed a new property at 412 33478 ROBERTS AVE in Abbotsford.
ASPEN CREEK!! Top floor condo with vaulted ceilings! This unique 1 bedroom home feels so much larger than it's actual square footage. The vaulted ceiling with an extra large picture window brings in tons of light and creates a grand, airy living space. Nice features such as stainless appliances, generous sized kitchen, large bedroom and stacker washer/dryer. Located at 5 corners and walking distance to the many boutique shops and restaurants in Historic Downtown Abbotsford. A must see!!
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I have listed a new property at 32 32659 GEORGE FERGUSON WAY in Abbotsford.
Spacious upper end townhouse in gated Canterbury Gate! If you're looking at condos, but want your own garage and private entrance this is it!! Welcome home to this move in ready sparkling clean 2 bedroom 2 bath home. The open living/dining space makes entertaining family and friends a breeze. Relax on the covered back balcony equipped with roller privacy shades (access through the living room and the second bedroom/den), or soak in the sun on the south facing front open deck. A functional Galley kitchen flows through to a sunny breakfast nook and has plenty of cabinetry for storage. Huge master suite, garage and excellent central location this one has it all. 45+. No pets, no rentals. A must see!!!
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Home is where the heart is, and the mess. There is so much wear and tear that our homes endure and if you are anything like me you don’t really notice until you are either thinking about listing your home or are wanting to upgrade it in some way, like adding a feature wall. Cleaning things like walls or the carpet can get expensive and are extremely time consuming, so here are a few tricks you can use to minimize the everyday wear.


Area rugs, area rugs, area rugs! They protect your carpet and floors from, dirt and grime, they also help shield your floors from dents and dings saving your wallet and time. One of the biggest things I’ve noticed just getting absolutely ruined is our walls. I have never thought about the wellness of our walls before, but they do make a huge impact on living spaces. When walls become dingy, marked up and grimy, it effects the whole room. And sometimes you can’t even tell until the sun hits your walls just right and you can see 15 tiny greasy handprints just waving at you. I also didn’t realize how easily toddlers can chip the paint off the walls like its their job. Fixing that is going to be a lot of mudding and sanding and sanding and painting. Great. There are ways that you can protect your walls. Wainscoting is something I’ve just learned about and I feel like it would be a great way to protect your walls, it also adds a really nice feature to the room. If you are having problems with your child drawing on the walls, it might be a good idea to maybe paint half of your child’s wall, or a wall in the play room with chalkboard paint. Have a designated area where they can create their masterpieces. (I’m not sure how hard it would be to take this paint off or if it could be painted over though so keep that in mind). I think another great way to protect walls is wallpaper. I swore I would never ever EVER use wallpaper in my home. It was such a pain to remove and it was really dated. BUT now they have what is basically giant stickers that you can use. Easy to apply, remove, and easy to clean (bonus). If you aren’t interested in wallpaper or wainscoting, that’s fine, they aren’t for everyone, you can invest in wall paint that is designed to be easy to clean and is durable. You still have to clean them, but it makes it much easier and doesn’t chip off easily.


Each of these tips and tricks will help you maintain your homes basic features from everyday life, giving you just a little bit more control with how your home looks, without spending your precious time cleaning and fixing.


-Alyson Whittle UA

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I have listed a new property at 203 33898 PINE ST in Abbotsford.
GALLANTREE--Welcome home!! This immaculate 1 bedroom condo is move-in ready. Spacious layout with airy 9' ceilings, a kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, an island plus stylish granite counters. There's a walk-in closet off the bedroom and cheater ensuite. Full sized washer& dryer in the laundry room with storage. Relax on the extra large 14'x7' balcony or enjoy the boutique shops, restaurants and coffee meeting places in Downtown Abbotsford just moments away. Gallantree has no age restriction, rentals are allowed and a pet is allowed (no size restriction). Underground parking and a storage locker complete the package. Immediate possession possible. A must see!!!
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I have sold a property at 102 34101 OLD YALE RD in Abbotsford.
Yale Terrace!! Welcome to your new home!! Rare condo that lives like a townhouse in Central East Abbotsford!! This spacious over 1,200 sq.ft. 2 bedroom, 2 bath is a unique corner unit with large patio and green space area accessible 3 ways: by the Master suite, living room and kitchen. The many windows flood the home with natural light and bring the outdoors in. This home's floor plan provides easy living with a generous sized kitchen and breakfast nook, large open living and dining, in suite laundry and private bedrooms. No age restrictions, 2 parking stalls and a small pet is allowed. This home is move in ready!!! A must see!!
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I have sold a property at 404 33485 SOUTH FRASER WAY in Abbotsford.
CITADEL RIDGE--TOP FLOOR--Spacious 1 bedroom with heated solarium (ideally used as a den or studio)...feel the luxury with the 9' ceilings, arched doorways, granite countertops, SS appliances, 4 piece bath with soaker tub, A/C in bedroom and more. Very unique underground parking with your own double fully enclosed garage (parking for 2 cars). No age restrictions, no rentals, small pet allowed. Come see the quality and start packing!!! Immediate Possession possible!!
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    I wanted to find out more things that are Canadian, things that we purchase daily. Things like gas, clothing, cleaning products etc. It is honestly so hard to stay focused when reading about all the things that are and aren’t Canadian, its almost like gossip, “Did you hear that Tim Hortons is owned by a Brazilian company? THE NERVE!”


    While researching for this blog I found some super awesome websites that I am now obsessed with. They all specialize in local, Canadian owned and made products, and each site offers an array of very different things. They’re basically farmers markets that you can go to without having to leave the house. The first one I found was Foodiepages.ca. They feature a collection of Craft food and drinks made in Canada by small independent makers. You can subscribe to monthly clubs, purchase gift boxes and you can shop individual items and vendors. If you want to feel really good about spending some money, check out LocalBoom.ca. Their online store presents the buyer with a collection of various products from skin and beauty to undies from Canadian and local brands. The best part about this company is that they actively donate back into communities across the country. Since their launch in October 2017 they have donated; $2750 to charities and organizations, 200 bars of soap to women’s shelters, 50 pairs of underwear to men’s shelters, and 85 lbs of animal food. If you need more convincing, they have amazing gift boxes (just bought one for my sister!) and offer free shipping for orders over $30. The last one I’ll be talking about is craftedcanada.ca. They have such an interesting array of products, and like the two companies above they are all Canadian crafted. Dedicated to showcasing Canadian products and vendors from across Canada you can be sure to find some fun items, like pickled fiddleheads, wild mushroom powder (never heard of this before but I immediately need it), fresh BC nettles, fresh wild mushrooms, syrup and coffee. This is the first time I’ve heard about companies like this, but I love this idea!


    Ok now to everyday products. Things that we purchase daily, weekly, or monthly. There are a lot of locally made clothing out there, however it can get expensive and there isn’t very much variety (please let me know if I’m wrong). If you are looking for shoes go to your local mall and you will find ALDO which is a Canadian company, they sell non-Canadian products, but you can feel good purchasing for them. I’ve been really enjoying Mark’s Work Wearhouse lately, and they are a Canadian company (yeah). They offer heavy duty work wear as well as casual wear like sweaters and jeans. If you like outside (who doesn’t) you’ll be happy to know that Mountain Equipment Co-Op is owned by “everyone who shops there”. Life long Memberships are $5.00, and I think that is quite reasonable. They are proud to call Canada their backyard and so am I.


    We all need gas for our vehicles, unless of course you have an electric car (BC is third, for Electric vehicle sales in 2018 at 2564, in Canada). I feel pretty good getting my gasoline from Petro-Canada, which is owned by Suncor. Not only do they give back to Canada by sponsoring Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Athletes, they deliver fuel directly to our Canadian farmers and you can be sure to find a Petro Canada in the middle of nowhere, because “the middle of nowhere isn’t nowhere to the people that live there”. Any homeowners out there? If you are you probably visit Home Hardware at least once a month. Which is great since they are the last remaining Canadian owned major hardware store chain. Rona was purchased by American Giant Lowe’s back in 2016.


    The last company today is Reinhart Foods. They are the oldest company I’ve come across so far. Founded in 1910, this Canadian family owned company produces vinegar, pickles, cleaning products, and raisins and dates. John Reinhart purchased the land that the company is still located on in 1910, they produced apple products from locally grown apples. They and expanded their products from that time.

  • ·         Reinhart’s Light Cider
  • ·         Allen’s Vinegar
  • ·         Reinhart’s Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ·         Allen’s Cleaning Vinegar
  • ·         Dalton’s Coconut
  • ·         Dalton’s Maraschino Cherries
  • ·         Dalton’s Glace Fruit
  • ·         Dalton’s Mincemeat
  • ·         Jaffa’s Raisins
  • ·         Jaffa’s Dates

Well that was a mouth full. I hope you enjoyed this blog, I really did have a lot of fun writing it. If I missed a company or product that you can’t live without and is Canadian comment below.

* Most of the information on this blog is directly from the websites of each company. As well as madeinca.ca*


-Alyson Whittle UA

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