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Sep 29, 2020

Create a Cozy Space With Help from Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island

As we settle into fall on the West Coast, it's time to think about creating cozy indoor spaces for months ahead. New window coverings might be just the refresh your home needs. And did you know, the right window coverings can even help reduce your heating costs through the winter.

Talk to a Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island expert today to discover the latest trends in window fashions, home automation and more. Their designers can come to you, with Covid safety protocols in place, or meet remotely to view your home and assess your window covering needs. With their expert advice, making the right choice for your home is easy. 

And with Budget Blinds’ professional installation, your new curtains or blinds will be installed right! No need to stress about it - their experts are on the job.

Contact your closest Budget Blinds on vancouver Island today to get started on creating your cozy space this season:

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249


Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay



Sep 21, 2020

New Phase of Lots to be Released at The Ridge in Courtenay

View lots at The RidgeBuilding lots in Phase 3B are about to be released at The Ridge in Courtenay, B.C. Wth only limited lots and new homes available in Phase 3A, and phases 1 and 2 comletely sold out, now is the time to secure your new home or lot. Phase 3A is 80% sold and the remaining lots are expected to be sold by the end of 2020.

Lots in Phase 3B at The Ridge are located on a higher elevation on the south side of the development. This elevation provides panoramic views of Comox Bay and the mainland mountains. You'll wake up to stunning sunrise views. This is truly Vancouver Island living at its finest.

Phase 3B includes 61 new home sites for sale. All of the lots at The Ridge have been zoned to allow for secondary suites - you can choose to add a carriage house above the garage or a legal basement suite as part of your new home build. Create a comfortable and separate space for a nanny, an older child, or your in-laws, or use the suite as a mortgage helper. 

Homes at The Ridge can be built in a variety of styles including:

  • A rancher or bungalow style home
  • A two-storey walk-up home
  • A two-level home with a walk-out basement.

The Ridge has five preferred builders who have worked on the develpment for several years. They have the experience and professional credentials to build a home that will create happy memories for you family years to come. These builders have helped many satisifed homeowners build their dream homes at The Ridge. 

The preferred builders at The Ridge are: 

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: 778.995.2529  Email: info@candordevelopments.ca

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

Contact any one of these preferred builders to inquire about choosing a lot and building your new custom home, or work with a builder of your choice. 

If you are interested in choosing a lot in Phase 3A or 3B contact the developer directly:

Bruce Clapham | Developer of The Ridge
Phone: 250.650.8588 Email: theridge.bruce@mail.com


Sep 15, 2020

Integra Homes in Crown Isle Has One of the Grand Prizes in the 2020 BC Children’s Hospital Lottery!

Imagine winning a beautiful custom-designed home in the Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community in Courtenay, B.C. This Vancouver Island region offers outdoor recreation of all kinds, every day of the year including hiking, biking, fishing, boating, winter sports at Mount Washington and of course golfing! This luxury home by Integra Homes has been selected as one of eight grand prize choices in the BC Children’s Hospital Lottery

The spacious floor plan of this custom-designed home offers 2,432 sq. ft. on two floors. The main floor features 1,873 sq. ft. and the upper floor has an additional 559 sq. ft.

This home has been designed in a West Coast style. Vaulted ceilings, shiplap walls, floating oak shelving and a custom stone fireplace contribute to the warm visual elegance in the great room.

The open-style kitchen features a large island finished with a quartz countertop. Modern pendant lighting is located above the island and in the dining room, casting a warm glow over this open-concept plan. A walk-in pantry and a wine and coffee bar with a beverage refrigerator are part of this custom kitchen layout. The symmetry in this main living area helps create a sense of harmony and well-being. 

This floor plan offers plenty of space for the main living area on the main floor, and a large family room, bedroom and a four-piece bath on the upper floor, perfect for guests.

Take a Tour

Visit the 2020 Lottery Show Home at 2487 Crown Isle Drive, Courtenay, BC

Take a virtual tour or book a time to visit in person. The home will be accessible Thursday - Sunday from 1 - 4pm. Covid protocols are in place. Sanitizer is provided, social distancing is required, masks are encouraged and sanitizing will take place before each group.

For more information please contact: Debra Barnie, Office Manager at debrabarnie@gmail.com https://www.integrahomescv.ca/contact-us/

Note: BC Children's Lottery 2020 tickets are currently sold out but feel free to come and tour this fabulous home.
This Island Lifestyle winning package is valued at $2.5 million.


Sep 10, 2020

BC Homes Sales Forecast to Be Strong in 2021

According to the BC Real Estate Association's third-quarter housing forecast, MLS residential sales are set to increase by 6.5 percent by the end of 2020, and even more for 2021, with predicted increase of 17.6 percent next year.

In the Comox Valley, real estate appraiser Chris Kutyn said in his monthly market update for September 2020 that the Comox Valley area will continue to see upward pressure home prices: “The single-family statistics for August point to a rising average price in the Comox Valley. The market is quite active and even aggressive at times.”

According to the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board, the average price of a home in the Comox Valley in August 2020 was $601,913 up 5% from the average sale price compared to the same time period last year.

Some of this imapct is due to Coivd-19. Families are looking at their homes in a different light - needing a dedicated home office to accommodate working from home, or a separate area for schooling from home as well. As people spend more time at home, many families want more space, both indoors and outdoors. The Ridge community in south Courtenay has recently welcomed several new residents to The Ridge who are relocating to the Comox Valley from larger, more urban cities, perhaps to reduce exposure to a larger population. With interest rates at an all-time low, more people are making the move to get into the market or to move into a bigger home.

What does this mean for you, if you are looking to purchse or build a new home? If you have been thinking of building a new home in Courtenay on Vancouver Island, now is the time to shift into action. The sales activity of new homes and lots has increased significantly during the past few months at The Ridge. Homes and new lots are selling at a brisker pace than at any other time since they started building this development six years ago. Nearly all of the existing new homes by their preferred builders have been sold. Our existing inventory of lots and homes in Phase 3A is 80% sold and the remaining lots will likely be sold in the next few months. To meet market demand, The Ridge will be introducing their newest and final phase - 61 new lots in Phase 3B - in the fall of this year. 

Get started by contacting one of their preferred builders to arrange a consultation regarding a custom home build or to view one of the homes that is under construction. Our inventory of new lots is getting lower every month. Contact us for more information about the remaining lots in Phase 3A or about the upcoming 61 lots in Phase 3B.

Contact Bruce Clapham | Developer of The Ridge
Phone: 250.650.8588 Email: theridge.bruce@mail.com


Aug 28, 2020

Enjoy Living At The Ridge - A Family Friendly Neighbourhood in Courtenay

Living in a family-friendly community can be valuable boost for poeple of all ages. The sense of community and security, available outdoor activities, and time spent with neighbours can really make a community feel like home. This is one of the key selling features of The Ridge community in South Courtenay on Vancouver Island. You'll find many happy faces on both children and adults when you drive around this new ocean view community. 

Kids are out riding their bikes on the wide boulevards, chalk drawing is a popular pastime on the sidewalks and neighbours are out walking their dogs throughout the neighbourhood parks and pathways. Impromptu basketball games will spring up when there are a few kids and adults gathering together around a basketball net. 

The Ridge is a welcoming community where residents get to know each other and often end up becoming friends. Many residents have moved from other communities and even other provinces to find a welcoming place to call home. Living at The Ridge provides plenty of opportunities to get out and be active and have fun!

Nearby trails are popular for nature walks, and the 1.5 acre community park is large and suitable for all kinds of activities, including baseball, soccer, frisbee, football, or bocce ball. The park is fully grassed, irrigated and features a children’s play structure. Street lamps surround the park, illuminating it at night. This dedicated park is just one of the reasons why families love living at The Ridge.

The location of The Ridge provides quick and easy access to outdoor activities at Comox Lake, the ocean, the Cumberland biking trails and many other outdoor activities in the Comox Valley. Life at The Ridge is family-friendly for all ages.

Are you interested in building a custom home on Vancouver Island? Find out more information about available lots and other homes for sale at The Ridge in Courtenay, B.C.

Contact: Bruce Clapham 
Phone 250.650.8588


Aug 27, 2020

Automate Your Home With Help from Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island

September brings with it new routines and schedules. Is your home ready to adjust?

Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island can help you with home automation to ensure that everything you need can be controlled with the push of a button. Turn your lights on automatically as you come home on those dark fall evenings. Adjust your motorized blinds to automatically maximize daylight in your home. Or use automation tools to enhance your home security while you’re away, with automatic lights and blinds.

While Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island is known for their extensive selection of window coverings, great prices and friendly service, they can provide so much more.

Budget Blinds has partnered with Lutron to offer whole home wireless automation. With Lutron’s® whole-home wireless automation, your Budget Blinds shades and blinds open and close at the touch of a button, or at a preselected time of day or night, giving you effortless control of your smart shades and blinds. With Lutron you can monitor and control lights from your smart device no matter where you are, or create personalized lighting schedules that change with the seasons.

Contact Budget Blinds today for a free virtual or in-home consultation and learn how their home automation solutions can make your home work better for you.

Contact your closest location today:

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249


Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay



Aug 19, 2020

Why is Everyone Moving to The Comox Valley?

Step away from a frantic urban lifestyle and enjoy a more laid back, relaxing way of life in the Comox Valley, a piece of paradise on Vancouver Island. 

The Comox Valley includes the city of Courtenay, Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland, Hornby and Denman Islands and several unincorporated communities. Located on the east coast of central Vancouver Island, with a growing population of 65,000, the region welcomes people from across Canada who choose to enjoy the year-round outdoor recreation activities and extensive amenities that the communities offer. The median age of residents here is 48 and the population includes families, retirees and young people. 

The Comox Valley offers all of the critical things that create a strong, liveable community:

  • Recently, a new hospital was built in Courtenay. There are doctors and other medical professionals who are taking on new patients in our community. Having these facilities close by is comforting for those seeking medical care.
  • North Island College has programs for students of all ages and has an Elder College program for learners over 55.
  • The Comox Valley Aquatic Centre has swimming activities for all ages.
  • The Comox Valley Sports Centre has two sheets of ice and a wellness centre, weight room and sauna.
  • YQQ is a busy airport with multiple daily flights connecting the to Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, and seasonal flights to Mexico.
  • A diverse economy.
  • A vibrant arts and cultural community.

Compared to larger cities in Metro Vancouver and the Victoria area, housing in the Comox Valley is more affordable. If you are thinking of relocating to the Comox Valley, a new home development like The Ridge offers benefits that appeal to many home buyers, including zoning for secondary suites that could be suitable for in-laws, adult children or renters. 

As an example, one of The Ridge's preferred builders, Coastal Custom Homes currently has a new home under construction and for sale. It is located at 3332 Harbourview Blvd. in Courtenay. This two-storey home features 3,022 sq. ft. and includes a 937 sq. ft. secondary suite perfect for extended family or to generate a rental income. This home features views of Comox Bay and of the mainland mountains and is priced at $849,900.

For more information about this new home, or to build your own custom home, contect Dean Verschuur:
250-465-2205 ​

Are you interested in building a custom home at The Ridge? Find out more information about available lots and other homes for sale in Phase 3A.
Contact developer Bruce Clapham: 
Phone 250.650.8588

Jul 30, 2020

Enjoy The Great Outdoors From Your Home at The Ridge in Courtenay

Vancouver Island is truly a special place to live. Tourists come from around the world to enjoy what residents experience every day. Outdoor lovers have easy access to expansive beaches, alpine meadows, ancient rain forests, championship golf courses, world class wildlife spotting and fishing and much more. The Ridge, a subdivision in Courtenay on Vancouver Island is in the heart of all of the action.

From retirees to young families, residents of The Ridge are exploring the many outdoor opportunities that await in the surrounding Comox Valley region.

Mount Washington offers year-round recreational opportunities, and the Comox Valley's easy access to biking and hiking trails, rivers and beaches, golf courses and fishing hubs keep residents and tourists alike busy!

When choosing a new community to call home, amenities and services are always an important consideration. Living at The Ridge in Courtenay, you’ll enjoy easy access to the busy Comox Airport (YQQ), the modern Comox Valley Hospital, the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre, North Island College, shopping, restaurants, and more. Courtenay also offers a vibrant year-round Farmer’s Market and a lively arts and music scene. Life in the Comox Valley offers a friendly and relaxed lifestyle in an incredibly beautiful setting. 

New homeowners at The Ridge are enjoying the ocean and mountain views. Are you ready to join them?

Candor Developments, one of the preferred builders at The Ridge has a home for sale 3372 Marygrove Drive in Courtenay (MLS# 467526).

This two-storey home is 3,024 sq. ft. and has a walk-out secondary suite on the ground level with its own entrance and patio. Stunning views of the ocean and mountains are available from the top floor. This home comes complete with a two-car garage, appliances, landscaping, and fencing. Price: $799,000
Contact: Realtor Richelle Newson
Email: hello@realestatebyrichelle.com
Cell: 778-977-2029  

Contact the developer to find out more about The Ridge lots for sale in Courtenay on Vancouver Island.
Bruce Clapham, Buckstone Developments
Phone 250.650.8588
Email: theridge.bruce@mail.com  

Jul 27, 2020

Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island is Getting 5-star Reviews

Budget Blinds locations in the Comox Valley, Nanaimo-Oceanside and the Cowichan Valley are all owned by the same local family and are all garnering great reviews from their customers. Some of their happy clients have shared the following Google reviews:

“Fantastic company! Great quality blinds and staff!  Would definitely deal with them again.”

“The sales staff was knowledgeable, and installation of 4 sets of blinds was completed in under 30 minutes. Plan to call them again.”

“We have dealt with Stu and the team at Budget Blinds several times, both for our business, and our home. The level of service we have received from Stu's team is unparalleled in the industry. The products that Budget Blinds offers are top quality and the pricing is extremely competitive. Thanks for all the great work!”

“Michelle Norris of Budget Blinds is an amazing woman! Michelle and her team have efficiently added window film and replaced the window coverings within two of my homes. She did expertly help me to select the best window coverings for various scenarios. Michelle Norris with Budget Blinds was prompt, highly skilled, a great communicator and very professional. Great Value too!”

“We needed to replace our bedroom curtain for one that gave a complete black out as we both love sleeping in the dark. A quick search on Google and we contacted Michelle, she offered to come and give us a free consultation. Michelle knows her blinds, being a bit of a techy nerd we went with blinds that connect to Google home (pressing button is so 2016). Our whole experience with the team was excellent. I would highly recommend both Michelle and the Google blackout blinds. Very pleased and so glad we went with Budget Blinds.”

Regardless of your needs for home or commercial window coverings, Budget Blinds can deliver on time and on budget. Contact your closest location today:

Cowichan Valley
Call: 250.924.0249

Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay


Jul 14, 2020

Monterra Projects Building Tanglewood - New Patio Homes at The Ridge in Courtenay

Monterra Projects, known for building high quality custom homes and multi-family projects in the Comox Valley, has started construction on a new patio home project called Tanglewood, at The Ridge in South Courtenay.

The Ridge is a master-planned neighbourhood of new homes located just minutes away from the downtown core of Courtenay, shopping centres, major amenities and the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ).

Known for its panoramic views of Comox Bay, the mainland mountains and the Comox Glacier, there are now more than 100 families calling this community home. Many of the new homeowners have relocated from across BC and the country.

Tanglewood will feature 32 patio homes when completed. A community clubhouse in the centre of the development will include a great room, sitting area, kitchen and bathrooms. This private building will be accessible to all Tanglewood residents and their guests and is the perfect place to meet the neighbours and host family gatherings. The clubhouse will be completed in the fall of 2020.

Six new patio homes will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2020. Phase 1 offers three floor plans, ranging from 1,338 to 1,542 sq. ft built in an open concept design. The outdoor patio flows seamlessly from the great room.

Well-appointed finishes throughout the patio homes include hardwood flooring, a gas fireplace and modern lighting. The five-piece master ensuite includes a separate walk-in shower, double sinks and a stand-alone soaker bathtub. 

Prices in Phase 1 start at $599,000. These homes will be built to Step Code 4 specifications, improving energy efficiency and comfort.

For more information, contact:
Stephanie Renkema, Realtor
RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty
Office: 250-334-9900 Cell: 250-465-0168
Email: stephanierenkema@gmail.com

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