Prime Edmonton Real Estate - Street parking is something that many Edmontonians take for granted. Although there has been a big push for increased public transit use, the city is still primarily a vehicle driven transportation city. As neighborhood designs change and the downtown core becomes more concentrated, parking has become more and more of an issue for home buyers.
Here are a few areas where you can expect more parking issues than usual:
- Downtown - The days of free street parking all day to encourage people to come downtown have far passed by. Over the past few years the city has decreased lengths of visitor parking time, increased the costs, and created new metering systems to increase accountability to those who park in the city's core.
- 1 way streets - There are a few residential streets that have been converted into 1 way streets to discourage the amount of traffic flow through the area. However, what this also does is halve the amount of parking spaces available for those who live in the area. Be aware of these areas as it is often difficult to find parking nearby.
- Popular destination neighborhoods - Often home buyers want to be near areas such as Garneau, Strathcona, or Glenora for its proximity to trendy area such as Whyte Ave or the 124 Street business hub. During busy times these same people will have to deal with the parking issues that exist because of the area's popularity.
- Newer keyholes/cul de sacs - These rounded streets usually have pie shaped lots that are narrow at the front and widen as they go back, with front attached garages and driveways. The result of this design is that there is no street parking available for guests outside of the owners driveway itself.
- Skinny/Small lot neighborhoods - A skinny(or small) lot is a lot that is usually between 27 to 33 feet in width. Developers love these skinnier lots because they can put more single family detached homes on them, maximizing profit while providing the homes for a somewhat lesser amount. However, what this also does increase the number of street parked vehicles as well, causing more parking issues and traffic congestion relative to older areas.
If you are a car or truck driver, you will want to live somewhere that has parking nearby, especially if you have small children or family members with mobility issues. Having garages are always the easiest way to circumvent parking issues, but make sure that you are aware of these parking pitfalls when looking at buying your next home!