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Moving To Winnipeg

October 31, 2011

Q: Why post a 'Moving To Winnipeg' article on my Toronto Real Estate Website?

A: Because record numbers of Torontonians are moving to Winnipeg!

So I've invited Bo Kauffmann, an experienced and well respected Winnipeg Realtor, (and former Winnipeg Police Officer) to write a guest blog to give us the highlights on moving to Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Real Estate market. Bo's experience in both careers will help you find the right home, in the right neighbourhood, at the best price.

Moving to Winnipeg: Guest post by Bo Kauffmann, RE/MAX Performance Realty

Moving To Winnipeg, Bo Kauffmann, Winnipeg Real Estate

Are you one of the many Torontonians considering moving to Winnipeg?  Or perhaps your company has already decided that the move is necessary? When you see what an exciting and evolving city Winnipeg is, I know you're going to be pleasantly surprised!

Yes, we're rich in history. Our beautiful Forks, where the Red River and Assiniboine River meet, has been a meeting place for early aboriginal peoples for at least 6,000 years - and more recently for early European settlers and fur traders. Our Exchange District - Winnipegs  old 'Warehouse District', is rich in heritage architecture and is often used as a film location portraying the US midwest.

We're also a modern city. Today's Winnipeg hosts our new NHL Winnipeg Jets in a new arena and flies out of our new international airport. And of course we're proud of our cultural attractions such as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Winnipeg Ballet.Winnipeg is also home to the culturally significant Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

As much as we love our local culture, sports and entertainment, newcomers moving to Winnipeg tell us that it's the Winnipeg Real estate prices that first impressed them. In fact, after employment opportunities, Winnipeg house prices and the quality of life were the most important considerations when considering moving to Winnipeg.

Winnipeg's Diverse Neighbourhoods

Winnipeg has such a variety of interesting and attractive neighbourhoods, there's sure to be one for your lifestyle and budget. From the historic River Heights with its 100 yr old character homes, to the new and exciting suburbs such as Bridgewater Forest and Sage Creek, there's a community for everyone. As for Condos, the Winnipeg Real Estate Market has hundreds of condo projects and new ones are popping up all the time. Read on for a glimpse of what to expect when you're moving to Winnipeg.

River Heights and River Heights North

Elm-shaded streets and 100 year old Character Homes are trade marks of River Heights and the even more upscale River Heights North.  If creaky, hardwood floors, hot-water radiator heat and tudor/victorian style homes are for you, check out these areas when moving to Winnipeg.  Prices start around $250,000 but be prepared to spend $400K or more for larger, updated homes.


Started around the 1980's, Lindenwoods and the newer Linden Ridge are established, upscale neighbourhoods featuring larger homes on larger lots, starting around the 300K up to the 700-800K ranges.  ("Larger" properties in Winnipeg would be 60-70ft wide properties, by approx. 100 to 125ft deep)


Started in the early to mid 1990's, located in Winnipegs popular south end, this area features newer upscale homes priced from 300K to 800K.


If you're in the market for a condo, Winnipeg has literally hundreds of condo projects, new and old.  You can find smaller condos for as little as $150,000, while new construction in the downtown and the Exchange District will run from $250,000 and up.  For something special, check out condos along Wellington Crescent, backing onto the Assiniboine River.  Prices vary widely, generally from around $250,000 up to over 1 Million dollars.

Winnipegs Quality of Life

Winnipeggers have always said they value the quality of life here. Annual surveys show that Winnipeggers appreciate the size and pace of the city and find it easy to get around.

  • They feel a strong sense of community, and feel surrounded by friendly, caring people.
  • They cherish the city’s amenities, and believe there's a rich variety of things to do.
  • They are strongly attached to their neighbourhoods.
  • They feel that with a relatively low cost of living, Winnipeg is a good place to raise a family.
  • Many see Winnipeg as a cosmopolitan city with a healthy environment, world class artistic and cultural facilities, and a rich heritage.

Winnipeg's Diverse Economy and Employment

Winnipeg is characterized as having the most diverse economy in Canada according to the Conference Board of Canada. Winnipeg scores a 96 out of  100 with the average Canadian city scoring only an 89! As a result, the city has avoided the 'boom and bust' economy of some cities, while generating sustained growth. In fact, Statistics Canada reported that in June 2011, Winnipeg outperformed most major cities in Canada with a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of only 5.6 per cent!

If you're planing on moving to Winnipeg, start by contacting me and lets get a search started for your perfect home or condo.

Here is my contact info:

Bo Kauffmann  (204) 333-2202      e-mail:

Web: WinnipegHomeFinder Blog: Winnipeg's Real Estate Blog


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