Capital Region population growth drives sales T

Peter Squire

he WinnipegREALTORS®, who service the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and beyond, have been kept very busy

especially in the past few years with a grow- ing population. Te 2016 Statistics Canada census shows Manitoba, for the first time in 80 years, with a higher than average national growth rate adding roughly 70,000 people to its total population over the past 5 years. Te Winnipeg’s Metropolitan Region population grew on average 6.3 percent. Some of the biggest percentage increases

were in the communities of Ste. Anne (30%), Niverville (26.6%), Ile de Chenes (25.1%), St. Adolphe (21.9%) and Blumenort (19.3%). Te RM of Headingley, St. Francois Xavier, the RMs of Macdonald and Springfield saw population gains in the low double-digits. Steinbach saw its population increase by 17 percent in 2016. In first six months of 2017, sales outside of

the City of Winnipeg represented nearly 26 percent of total housing sales in the region. Simply put, single-family home sales out- side the City of Winnipeg have more than doubled with total market share rising from 14.1 percent in 2001 to just under 26 percent in 2016. Tere is no question that the growth

of the capital region and beyond has been instrumental in setting new MLS® sales and dollar volume records in 2016. One of the major selling points Winni-

pegREALTORS® emphasizes is the choice of all property types and how affordable they are relative to the other major markets across the country. As with all markets, the average house price varies from $250,000 in West Winnipeg to $425,000 in Southwest Winnipeg and about an average of $300,000 outside the City of Winnipeg. Overall, the average residential-detached

sales price, for the first six months in com- parison to the same period in 2016, is up 3.8 percent to $318,076. Te average condomin- ium sales price is up 4.6 percent to $243,184. Tese average prices do not begin to tell the whole story as there are wide ranges across the Winnipeg Metro Region with some houses selling for over $1 million. To really get a full understanding of what

is happening in your neighbourhood and specific property type, it’s best to call a RE- ALTOR® - one who is an expert on knowing the real estate market and can help you buy or sell your next home. Peter Squire is Vice-President of External

Relations and Market Intelligence for Win- nipegREALTORS.

Get ready to Hit The Beach in East St. Paul T

Donna Maxwell

he Beach is about to be closer to East St. Paul than ever before. East St. Paul residents Kelly Crerar, Bill King and

Daryl Didyk have started construction of The Beach Vol- leyball Centre at 2600 Wenzel St., and it will offer something for everyone. Crerar says while it is definitely a volleyball centre that will

fit players from recreational to international, it’s also a place where you can have your kids birthday party, your company’s team building exercise or hang out on a cold winter day in the 28 C weather, sipping a beverage and enjoying a meal at the restaurant. “It’s really a building for the entire community,” Crerar said. “It’s for birthday parties, you can play multiple sports in the

sand in the dead of winter, there’s tiki huts, it’s a total tropical experience…When you walk in you will literally think you’re in a tropical oasis.” When they broke ground in mid-August, it was the reali-

zation of a 17-year-dream for Crerar, who first imagined Te Beach after working for the Pan Am Games Society from 1996- 1999. During the Games, he realized the surging popularity of

beach volleyball and how much Manitobans were digging it. “I looked around Canada at the time and there were quite

a few indoor beach volleyball centres in Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, but there was none in Winnipeg. And so I thought this sounds like a great opportunity to really take advantage of a harsher winter than those climates had, and maybe pursue this,” he said. Work obligations and a move to the U.S. put the dream on

hold for six years, but when he returned to Manitoba in 2006, he revived it.

Tere were years of research, a deposit on land in a different

location and even talks with East St. Paul’s previous council, but it was when newly elected Mayor Shelley Hart came on the scene that things started to take shape. Crerar says the trio had talks with the mayor and council, but

still chose a different location. Ultimately though, talks with Mayor Hart, and her desire to have their business in East St. Paul, brought them back to the community where all three live. “She gave us a lot of confidence in the investment the com-

munity was making in not only just the roadways and the high- ways, but that that was going to become a focused development corridor at some point,” Crerar said. Crerar said he’s excited for everyone to be able to experience

Te Beach when it opens in early 2018, and he said he thinks seniors will especially enjoy it. “We really feel that this environment is just wonderful for

the seniors in Manitoba and East St. Paul to come in and walk in the sand,” he said. You can expect Crerar and his partners to be introducing

themselves to the community in the near future. For more information you can contact Crerar at or go to To listen to an interview from TSN 1290 that aired earlier

this year go to Donna Maxwell is a Strategic Communications Consultant and freelance writer and photographer.

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