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Dec 19, 2020

Build Your Forever Home at The Ridge on Vancouver Island

When you walk around The Ridge community in Courtenay these days, you'll see many beautiful and creative lights displays to celebrate the Christmas season. This year, perhaps more so than ever, is an opportunity to be grateful for our families, our neighbours, and our community. For many of the homeowners here, living in The Ridge is truly a gift. Depending on the time of year, the panoramic views offer different landscapes of the Comox Glacier the mountains and of Comox Bay.

New home construction starts and real estate activity continues to be at its highest level ever at The Ridge. This master-planned community in the Comox Valley continues to welcome new residents to the area as new homes are completed. This is the perfect place to “be home for the holidays”.  

The preferred builders at The Ridge have reserved lots in Phase 3 and work with buyers to design a home that works for them and their stage of life. Is this home for a family? Or for retirement? Or for a family with adults that require independent space, such as a secondary or in-law suite? Builders often hear the phrase, “We are building our forever home here at The Ridge.”

Start your journey towards living at The Ridge. Contact one of their builders to find out more about building a new custom home or a quick-possession or move-in ready home on Vancouver Island:

Preferred Builders at The Ridge:

Lawmar Contracting | lawmar.ca
Lawrie McIntyre  Phone: 250.338.7637  Email: lawrie@lawmar.ca

Brando Construction | brandoconstruction.com
Realtor: Bill Anglin  Cell: 250.703.6119  Email:info@courtneyanglin.com

Coastal Custom Homes | coastalcustomhomes.ca
Dean Vershuur  Cell: 250.465.2205  Email: dean@coastalcustomhomes.ca

Candor Developments Inc. | candordevelopments.ca
Isaac Bale  Cell: 250.702.7339  Email: info@candordevelopments.ca

Grand Legacy Homes
Wayne Schick  Cell: 250.702.2251  Email: wayne@grandlegacy.ca

Dec 18, 2020

New Home for Sale at 2331 Crown Isle Drive

Integra Homes has been building new homes in the Crown Isle community for many years and continue to build in the desirable neighbourhood of Cambridge Park Estates. This area of the Crown Isle community is particularly popular because of its close proximity to local shopping venues and for its golf course and mountain views. 

Their newest home in Cambridge Park Estates faces west, giving new homeowners a front row seat to the spectacular sunsets and mountain views. For outdoor enthusiasts, just outside your door a walking path weaves along the forested area at the back of this home, and throughout the neighbourhood. Bird watchers will love it here as they sight eagles, owls, and many types of other ducks and birds. 

This custom-designed Integra home features 1,887 sq. ft. on the main floor and 355 sq. ft. on the upper floor. A spacious and welcoming foyer opens up to the large great room accented by a vaulted ceiling and a gas fireplace. The kitchen boasts beautiful quartz countertops, a tile backsplash, soft hinge close cabinetry and a walk-in butler’s pantry.

From the open dining area, you have access to the outdoor covered patio which you can enjoy twelve months of the year. Your living space is now extended to include a large patio area of 19 feet.

The master bedroom is tucked away at the rear of the home, providing a quiet sanctuary to relax in. A large soaker tub and a separate stand alone tiled shower are part of the spacious ensuite that also includes double sinks and a heated tile floor. Enjoy the backdrop of the forested area at the rear of the property.

Additional highlights include an extra bedroom or study area on the main floor, as well as the four-piece bathroom and large vaulted flex room on the upper level.

We look after the details of building a home with quality and care focusing on your lifestyle, health and wellbeing. We build homes that combine a West Coast design with classic, clean lines delivering casual elegance throughout the home.

All Integra Homes include engineered hardwood flooring, contemporary lighting and impeccable finishing. A full landscaping package is included with this home and includes an automated underground sprinkler system, a fully fenced backyard and a two-car garage. 

If you are thinking of building a custom home in Courtenay, BC, Integra Homes has two additional premier lots reserved on Crown Isle Drive in Cambridge Park Estates, one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in the Crown Isle Community. 

For more information or to request a private viewing of the showhome, please contact: Debra Barnie, Office Manager at debrabarnie@gmail.com. They welcome the opportunity to talk with you! 

Dec 15, 2020

Season's Greetings from Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island

The team at Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island would like to wish their clients and the communities they serve a safe and healthy holiday season.

In a year like no other, Budget Blinds has continued to provide Vancouver Island residents with the great service they are known for, with a number of safety modifications in place, for both their staff and customers.

Budget Blinds is well known for their in-person complimentary consultations with their in-house designers. These are still available in-person, or if you prefer, arrange a virtual consultation.

And as always, Budget Blinds’ selection covers all price points and styles. From partnerships with famous brands like Hunter Douglas to their own in-house brands, you’ll find a style that meets your budget and your window coverings needs. From curtain to shutters, and from automation to unique window shapes, they’ve got you covered!

Contact Budget Blinds today:

Call Budget Blinds today at any one of their three Vancouver Island locations:

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249


Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay



Dec 10, 2020

Could a New Home at The Ridge be the Perfect Christmas Gift?

Developers and builders at The Ridge in Courtenay have noticed a trend of more and more people are relocating to the Comox Valley from lagrer urban centres. Familes and retirees are moving to enjoy the small-city charm, while still having access to all of the important amenities - including a new hospital, North Island College, a variety of shopping venues and the Comox Valley Airport. 

The Comox Valley on Vancouver Island is considered one of the most desirable places in Canada to live due to its close proximity to the ocean and many beaches, its mild climate and limitless year-round recreational options, all of which are available just a short walk, pedal or drive away. The Ridge is located in Courtenay, which is well known for having some of the warmest and most temperate weather in Canada. As a result, the area enjoys warm, dry summers and experiences mild, rainy winters with little to no snow. 

Real estate activity has been brisk on Vancouver Island for several months, with the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board reporting that sales of single-family homes increased in November 2020 by 33 per cent over November 2019. Rising home sales are due to a combination of factors, including extremely low interest rates, a lack of inventory and the lifestyle trend of families working and studying from home. 

The builders at The Ridge know that people are thinking ahead to next year, and considering the move to a new home, or even a new community for the Christmas season in 2021.

Now is the perfect time to consider building a new custom home at The Ridge. Developers have just released 61 new lots in Phase 3B that are available through their preferred builders. Take a tour of this phase via aerial video and you can see the stunning ocean views from The Ridge. 

Interested in finding out more about building a custom home? Contact one of the preferred builders who will work with you to design and build a custom home that suits your lifestyle. Come by and take a drive through this welcoming community. You will soon find out why residents “Love Living at The Ridge”

Nov 23, 2020

So Many Reasons to Love Living at The Ridge in Courtenay

Residents of the Ridge in Courtenay really do love their community. Here at 1stView, we hear over and over from families who “Love Living at The Ridge”. When buying a new home in a new community, people want to know what the neighbourhood is really like. Here are some thoughts from residents about why The Ridge is a one-of-a-kind neighbourhood that you too may want to call home:

“We went to see The Ridge and fell in love with it. This is a quiet neighbourhood with beautiful views and pathways and parkways for walking. There are excellent trails for biking and we are located walking distance to the ocean. It feels like we are living in the countryside within the city.”
Brenda and Jean

“We really appreciate the multi-generational aspect of our neighbourhood and having young children, families and retirees in the community. The neighbours are friendly and welcoming. The area surrounding The Ridge is so beautiful, and we love walking around the many trails here and seeing the mountains and the ocean. It is like living in paradise: we see trumpeter swans, Canadian geese and eagles flying right over our house.”
Donna and Jim

“The subdivision is growing but that seemed to only add new friends to the bonds they had already kindled. Our annual block party has brought neighbours old and new together and has helped immensely to create friendships and make the community feel like a large extended family.”
Lily and Mike

Top Reasons to Live and Thrive at The Ridge

  • Minutes from downtown Courtenay
  • No thru traffic makes for a very quiet neighbourhood
  • No overhead wires to spoil the great views
  • Multi-generational community
  • Friendly neighbours
  • Large park with playing fields and a playground
  • Access to outdoor activities all year
  • Temperate climate
  • Many walking trails close by
  • Stunning mountain and ocean views

Truly, you can live in your dream home in a one-of-a-kind community on beautiful Vancouver Island.  This is the place where families thrive as they explore the multitude of available outdoor activities including beach activities, hiking, mountain biking, winter sports on Mount Washington, golfing and more.

For more information to inquire about building a new home at The Ridge, contact one of their preferred home builders.

Nov 18, 2020

Support Locally Owned and Operated Small Businesses Like Budget Blinds This Season

Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island is open and ready to help with your window covering and home automation needs.

Budget Blinds has implemented a variety of Covid-19 safety measures designed to keep your family and their staff safe, including options for virtual consultations, wearing masks and gloves as required, stringent new cleaning and sanitizing routines, practicing social distancing during all appointments and paperless consultations to avoid passing paperwork back and forth.

While some of the day-to-day business activities have changed because of Covid-19 protocols, Budget Blinds is still offering the same friendly professional service and great prices they always have. You can still order from Budget Blinds and also choose to have their in-home consultations and professional installation done with your and the employees safety in mind.

Budget Blinds is locally owned and operated on Vancouver Island. Your support of local small businesses during this hard time makes a difference to their employees throughout Vancouver Island.

Contact Budget Blinds today.

Call Budget Blinds today at any one of their three Vancouver Island locations:

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249


Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay



Nov 12, 2020

Outdoor Adventures Are Calling in the Comox Valley

Vancouver Island is well known for having some of the warmest and most temperate weather in Canada, making it a popular place to call home. Coastal communities such as Courtenay enjoy warm dry summers and mild winters sprinkled with rain and the occasional day or two of snow. 

The Comox Valley, which includes the city of Courtenay, town of Comox, the village of Cumberland, and a number of unincorporated communities, is easily one of the most desirable places to live in Canada. This Vancouver Island coastal community offers easy access to a huge range of year-round outdoor recreational activities.

The weather is mild enough to go surfing and kite boarding year-round. In the winter months, when a storm rolls onto Vancouver Island, the biggest swells are active, prompting surfers and boarders to put on their wetsuits and head to the nearest beach.

If you are a diving enthusiast, explore the rocky reef at Flora Inlet on the edge of Hornby Island where you might spot the elusive Six-gill Shark between April and September. You can also take a dive at the Royston Wrecks, a man-made breakwater of sunken ships along the shoreline where water visibility is excellent. For a unique underwater adventure, snorkel with the salmon in local streams and rivers.

With the right outdoor gear, you can do pretty much any activity in the winter in the Comox Valley. For instance, the golf courses are open year round and you can play golf at seven public courses almost any day of the year. Many people have relocated to the Comox Valley because of their love for mountain biking. Here you will find hundreds of trails, from beginner to advanced in Cumberland, Mount Washington, Forbidden Plateau and other areas throughout the Valley. The region is a hotspot with many mountain bikers coming from other provinces and countries to compete!

Are you ready to make the move? New ocean and mountain view homes at The Ridge in Courtenay are now ready for you. New homes are selling quickly in Phase 3A, and more lots are now available for custom homes. Contact one of the preferred builders at The Ridge to learn more.

Oct 29, 2020

With Homes Sales Booming Now is the Time to Get Started on Your Custom Home at The Ridge

New home construction and sales activity has jumped significantly during the past few months at The Ridge in the Vancouver Island community of Courtenay, B.C.

All of the homes in Phases 1 and 2 now have sold. Remaining homes in Phase 3A are selling very quickly. If you're ready to build a new home at The Ridge now is the time to spring into action! If you've considered the possibility of living at The Ridge, the developers are urging you to solidify your plans with one of their builders and start work on the custom home of your dreams.

Several custom homes built for new residents have included a secondary suite, which the zoning allows, to accommodate family members or renters. A secondary suite of up to 937 sq. ft. within The Ridge neighbourhood will generate a monthly income of approximately $1,800 per month.

At this time, there are still new homes left for sale by the preferred builders at The Ridge. Please note that the real estate market is very fluid at this time and availability may change quickly. For more information regarding homes for sale, contact any one of these preferred builders:

Preferred Builders at The Ridge: 

Lawmar Contracting | lawmar.ca
Lawrie McIntyre  Phone: 250.338.7637  Email: lawrie@lawmar.ca

Brando Construction | brandoconstruction.com
Realtor: Bill Anglin  Cell: 250.703.6119  Email:info@courtneyanglin.com

Coastal Custom Homes | coastalcustomhomes.ca
Dean Vershuur  Cell: 250.465.2205  Email: dean@coastalcustomhomes.ca

Candor Developments Inc. | candordevelopments.ca
Isaac Bale  Cell: 250.702.7339  Email: info@candordevelopments.ca

Grand Legacy Homes
Wayne Schick  Cell: 250.702.2251  Email: wayne@grandlegacy.ca

Please note that availability is subject to change without notice.

Oct 15, 2020

Time to Get Winter-Ready With Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island

It’s officially cozy season, and when that crosses paths with work-from-home, your home office may be in need of an update. Now that you’ve finally got that corner office with a view (of your own backyard) is it set up to get you through the winter months comfortably?

Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island can help you create a functional work space. The right window coverings can keep the drafts out and keep you warm while you work. Home automation can mean fewer interruptions to your workflow and can automatically adjust the mood and lighting throughout your whole home.

Even if you aren’t working from home, maybe it’s time for a refresh to keep the inside of your home bright and cheery, and keep the winter rain and cold at bay.

Budget Blinds expert designers are ready to help, with a complimentary in-person or virtual consult. They can suggest the latest brands, products and styles to suit your needs and budget. Call your locally owned and operated Budget Blinds today to get started on creating your cozy space for this winter.

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249


Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay



Oct 12, 2020

The Ridge in Courtenay is Home to Families of All Ages

"We love living here!" is a phrase that at 1stView, we hear over and over from residents of The Ridge, a family-friendly neighbourhood, now selling Phase 3 homes and lots in Courtenay, B.C. 

This remarkable multi-generational community is made up of young families, empty nesters and seniors. And with many of the homes featuring secondary suites, many of generations of one family can live together.

The Ridge has designed this development with community in mind. One great example is the centrally-located, grassy park. Younger kids love spending time on the playground, while the tweens and teens, and even the adults, enjoy a game of soccer, frisbee or just tossing the ball around. It is a meeting point for everyone to enjoy. If you are new to the community, you will be welcomed with open arms. 

Brianna and Jeremy have shared their experience living at The Ridge with us. Here is just part of their story

“Last night we went to the local park here, only a few minutes from our home and there were four other families at the park. The kids ran towards each other and played together and we had a visit with the neighbours….. we all know each other’s names, the children’s’ names and we even know the dogs’ names! Our children feel very comfortable going to the park, and we know that they are safe in our neighbourhood. We visit the park daily and sometimes multiple times on the same day. We feel a great sense of community here.

“Life at The Ridge is very family-friendly, there is a nice mix of young families who interact with each other, retirees and other residents of all ages. The community is being built to a high standard and there is a relaxing atmosphere in the neighbourhood. We love living at The Ridge!”

Moving to The Ridge gives you the flexibility to buy or build the rigt style of home for your family. Choose from the many housing styles at The Ridge including: rancher/bungalow-style homes, two-storey homes, homes with walk-out basements or a home with a secondary suite or carriage home. A patio home development is also under contruction. The square footage of your home can vary, starting with a smaller home at 1,375 sq. ft. up to as large as you want. Some of the bigger homes contain a secondary suite more than 900 sq. ft.

The secret is out about The Ridge! This is one of the best new neighbourhoods in the Comox Valley to live in. Now is the time to explore this amazing, one-of-a-kind community on Vancouver Island. New homes are selling quickly in Phase 3A. If you are interested in purchasing a new home or building a custom home at The Ridge, please get in touch with one of their preferred builders

If you are interested in receiving more information about The Ridge, please contact: Bruce Clapham:
Email: theridge.bruce@mail.com

Vancouver Island real estate is just one click away, find your perfect property at 1stView.ca

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Office Phone: 250-338-5466

Courtenay, British Columbia