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May 31, 2021

Keep Cool This Summer With Help From Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island

As the days get longer and warmer, summer is really starting to heat up on Vancouver Island. As we all stay closer to home this year, you may find your indoor spaces getting a little too warm and bright.

Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island is ready to help! With Covid-19 safety protocols in place, they are open to help you find cool comfort in the form of new window coverings.

If your home office window is causing a glare on your computer screen, or the nursery is too bright at nap time, Budget Blinds has the solution for your unique needs that will match your decor and your budget.

Consider solar or cellular shades to keep your home cool through the warmest months of the year!

With three 3 locally-owned storefronts and virtual assistance, Budget Blinds is close wherever you are on Vancouver Island. Their interior designers can come to you or work with you remotely to select window coverings for any room in your home. Budget Blinds' professional installation ensures the entire process is quick and easy.

Enjoy cooler indoor temperatures, protect your furniture and artwork from UV rays and add a stylish touch to your home this summer with the help of Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island.

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


May 28, 2021

Homes with Suite Options at The Ridge in Courtenay

The Ridge in Courtenay, BC has zoning to allow secondary or inlaw suites as part of the new homes in this community. Suited homes are great for buyers seeking a mortgage helper or to provide separate accommodation to family members. They also provide an attractive option to multi-generational families to live in a home together.  

3398 Eagleview Drive, Courtenay, BC

Grand Legacy Homes, one of The Ridge’s preferred builders has a new home under construction that features 2,800 sq. ft. over two floors. The upper floor includes three bedrooms and two baths and the full basement contains additional storage space plus a 700 sq. ft. one bedroom self-contained suite. This home also features spectacular mountain views. This home will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2021 and is being offered for sale directly by the builder.

For more information regarding pricing and floorplans, contact:
Grand Legacy Homes, Wayne Schick
Cell: 250.702.2251  Email: wayne@grandlegacy.ca

New Homes are Available in Phase 3B

Phase 3B at The Ridge is their newest phase and includes 61 large residential lots. These lots are suitable for building a variety of home styles including rancher/bungalow homes, two-storey homes, and homes with secondary/inlaw suites. There are also have a few lots suitable for a separate carriage home at the rear of the property. Now is the time to start your inquiry with their preferred builders towards buying your new home while there is still inventory available.

Spectacular Mountain and Ocean Views

Everyone who lives at The Ridge talks about being surrounded by nature and the spectacular sunrises and beautiful sunsets. You'll have a front-row seat to some of the most amazing mountain and ocean views including the Comox Glacier. Come by and take a look at our much-loved neighbourhood. Stop and talk to any of our residents and they are happy to share their experiences about living at The Ridge.

Contact their Preferred Builders for more information about available lots and home designs.

Posted in May 2021, availability subject to change without notice.

May 14, 2021

New Patio Home Development Coming to Crown Isle Golf Community

The news that the Crown Isle Golf Community in Courtenay, BC will be offering new patio homes in their neighbourhood is welcome news to people seeking to relocate to Vancouver Island. Silverstone Patio Homes will be offering a mix of single-family homes, duplexes and tri-plexes among it’s 48 homes. Located between the 14th and 15th fairways of the Crown Isle Golf Course, homeowners will have a front row seat to views of the rolling fairways, lakes, the Comox Glacier and the surrounding Beaufort Mountain Range. 

During the past 25 years, the owners of Crown Isle have developed a thriving community for more than 900 households. The mix of homes includes single-family, patio/duplex homes, tri-plexes and condominiums. There are only a few patio home developments in the area, and this selectively chosen location for Silverstone Patio Homes will be a welcome addition. This setting is one of the most scenic in the entire community.


Silverstone Patio homes will be located between the 14th and 15th fairways, with access from Crown Isle Drive onto a dedicated road to these homes. For avid golfers, this is the perfect place to be, as it is located minutes away from the Crown Isle Clubhouse and the first fairway. The Crown Isle Shopping centre is only a few blocks away, offering quick access to grocery and retail stores, restaurants, coffee shops, medical and dental offices and additional amenities.

The Builder, Integra Homes

Integra Homes, one of the most respected builders in the Crown Isle Community, is the builder for this project. Bill Larson and his team have been building in the Crown Isle Community for the past decade. They pride themselves on providing quality workmanship combined with a skilled workforce to deliver a home that you will love from the day you move in and for years to come.

Construction Timeline

Site preparation is expected to be underway in the Spring/Summer of 2021. Construction of the new patio homes is scheduled to be underway once all approvals are in place. 

For more information about floor plans and construction start dates contact Bill Larson:
Website: www.integrahomescv.ca

Posted May, 2021. Conditions subject to change without notice.


Apr 29, 2021

Get to Know the Preferred Builders at The Ridge in Courtenay

The six preferred builders at The Ridge in Courtenay have an established track record of building fabulous family homes. Over the past six years, 125 new homes have been built have been built in this mountain and ocean view community. These builders were all chosen for their knowledge and expertise in building custom homes in Courtenay, BC. They are ready to help bring your new home ideas to life.

New Home Lots Available in Phase 3B

Phase 3B, the newest phase to be built at The Ridge, features 61 large residential lots. These new home sites are suitable for a variety of home styles and even allow for homes with legal suites. A few lots are suitable to build a main house with a separate carriage home. Now is the time to start the journey of building a new custom home in one of the most scenic and desirable locations on Vancouver Island - while there are still lots available.

Rancher for Sale at 3298 Eagleview Crescent, Courtenay, BC

If you need something sooner, one of the preferred builders, Smits Construction, has a new rancher style home under construction at 3298 Eagleview Crescent in The Ridge. This 1,877 sq. ft. home features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, with a large open-style great room. The primary bedroom has a walk-in closet and an ensuite with a tiled shower and double sinks. A gas fireplace adds a bit of coziness to the cooler winter nights and the HVAC system provides air conditioning in the summer months. This home is ideally situated steps from the walkway that leads directly to the local park and to other pathways throughout the community.

This home is expected to be completed in September of 2021. For more information, contact Nathan at Smits Construction: Nathansmits@hotmail.com or Cell: 250.792.1560

Residents “Love Living at The Ridge!” 

Community residents love life at The Ridge. It is an every-age-friendly community, welcoming a mix of young families, retirees and residents of all ages. 

Find out more. Contact one of the 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

Smits Construction Ltd. Nathan Smits
250.792.1560 Email: Nathansmits@hotmail.com

To find out more about our available lots, go to the site plan page. Take a drive through of The Ridge in Courtenay, BC on beautiful Vancouver Island and see for yourself! The ocean and mountain views are amazing!


Apr 18, 2021

Meet Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island's Designer

Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island is locally owned and operated, and offers the same great service from several locations across the Island. One of the great services Budget Blinds offers, that you’ll never find at a big box store, is their complimentary design consultations. 

Budget Blinds customers enjoy the opportunity to meet with Rebeccah Stefina of their design team. As a designer and sales manager for the Ladysmith location, Stefina works with clients in all of the communities Budget Blinds serves on Vancouver Island.

She has more than six years of experience in design and working with builders, contractors and interior designers on their projects of all sizes.

Her education in design, portfolio of clients and eye for detail will have you feeling confident in your project from start to finish.

"I love what I do,” Stefina says. “I like to turn my clients wants, needs and dreams into their reality. From single family projects to multi-home construction, I'm your local contact for the best residential and commercial window coverings in Canada."

If you’re ready to update your window decor for summer, or need to consider home automation, call your local Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island. Their complimentary consultations can be done in your home, following Covid safety protocols, or set up a virtual visit.

Cowichan Valley
Call: 250.924.0249

Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay

Contact Rebeccah directly at rstefina@budgetblinds.com or 250-924-2150


Apr 17, 2021

Top 10 Reasons to Make the Move to The Ridge in Courtenay

The residents of The Ridge often have told us what they love about their community and here are some of their thoughts:

“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!”
Brianna and Jeremy

“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. Plus it is so close to many top-rated golf courses”
Jim and Donna

“I was looking for a home where my mom could move in with me and we learned that The Ridge allowed legal suites to be built within the subdivision. 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 and biking. We are located walking distance to the ocean. It feels like we are living in the countryside within the city.”
Jean & Brenda

Here are the top 10 reasons to consider making the move:

  1. The ocean and mountain views are stunning.

  2. A large park located within The Ridge.

  3. A quiet community with no thru traffic.

  4. No overhead wires to affect your views.

  5. Pedestrian friendly, with wide sidewalks throughout the neighbourhood.

  6. Easy access to nearby forest trails and the ocean.

  7. Close proximity to amenities and shopping.

  8. Generous sized residential lots.

  9. Welcoming neighbours.

  10. Mild Pacific climate.

Contact their preferred builders for more information on available lots in Phase 3B.


Apr 01, 2021

Choose a Lot in Crown Isle | Build with Integra Homes

The Crown Isle Community in Courtenay, BC has recently announced that they are constructing a new subdivision, known as Greystone Estates. This distinctive residential neighbourhood is located directly adjacent to the 8th fairway of the Crown Isle Golf Course. You can easily walk to the first tee box, or you might enjoy the other options that are available at the clubhouse, notably the Timber Room, well known for its ambiance and West Coast cuisine. 

Crown Isle Golf Course 

The Crown Isle Golf Resort is one of the favoured golf course destinations on Vancouver Island. Built 25 years ago, this well-maintained course offers players a challenging round of golf with stunning views of the Comox Glacier. In October of 2020, the Professional Golf Association (PGA) of BC chose Crown Isle as their Golf Facility of the Year. Bill Kelly, General Manager of Operations at Crown Isle was bestowed with the Cec Ferguson Executive Professional of the Year Award by the BC PGA in 2020. This acknowledgement from the PGA demonstrates the high quality of the golfing experience at the Crown Isle Golf Course.

Crown Isle Community

When asked why residents love living at Crown Isle, they say that they enjoy the walkability of the area, the welcome they receive from the friendly residents, the nearby amenities and the beauty of the neighbourhood. The Comox Valley Hospital, North Island College, the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre, major retail stores, and other shopping amenities are all located within a short walk from the community. The Comox Valley Airport is only a ten minute drive from this area, which is very convenient for those travelling for work or pleasure.

To date, 900 homes have been built in this community over the past 25 years. The owners of Crown Isle continue to build out their vision, with additional new subdivisions being added every year. 

Greystone Estates 

Greystone Estates is Crown Isle’s newest subdivision and is currently under construction.  

Phases 1 and II have 56 residential lots. These new lots are expected to be finished and ready for new home construction in the summer of 2021. Integra Homes is one of the premier custom home builders in the Crown Isle community and has reserved many of these desirable lots, including some facing the 8th fairway. Real estate activity in the Comox Valley is at unprecedented high levels at the writing of this article in April of 2021. If you have any interest in building a new home in the Crown Isle Community, now is time to contact Integra Homes, to inquire about building a new custom home at Greystone Estates. At this point, 25% of the lots have already been reserved.

Contact Integra Homes

Integra Homes is one of the premier custom home builders in the Crown Isle Community located in the Comox Valley. Contact the owner, Bill Larson for more information on the next steps of building a new home.

Contact: Bill Larson Email: bill@integrahomescv.ca Website: www.integrahomescv.ca

Posted in April, 2021
Conditions, availability and price subject to change without notice.


Mar 18, 2021

The Ridge in Booming in a Busy Real Estate Market

If you have been considering building a new home in Courtenay, BC, it's time to start making decisions! These are extremely busy times in the local real estate market and building costs are increasing. Recent numbers show that the cost of a new home is up 15% compared to the same time period last year and the housing market is expected to continue to rise, as economists forecast increases into 2022.

Build a New Home at The Ridge on Vancouver Island

At The Ridge in Courtenay, on beautiful Vancouver Island, they are currently selling new residential lots in Phase 3B. Their preferred builders have reserved these lots to build custom homes and are available to guide you through the process of choosing a lot and designing the right home for your family. 

The Ridge offers a variety of home designs that are customizable for any ifestyle. Are you working from home? Are you looking for a larger home for your family? Is a home with a secondary or in-law suite something that appeals to you? Are you retiring? 

Types of Homes Available at The Ridge

Rancher/Bungalow Style Homes –  These homes are one-storey homes with an open interior design. Floor plans generally include access from the kitchen/dining area to a patio. Primary bedrooms offer ensuites and walk in clostes, and typically two more bedrooms and an additional bathroom are included in the main floor plan. These homes appeal to growing families and older homeowners who would like to age in place. 

Two-Storey Homes offer space and flexibility. Typically the primary bedroom is built on the first floor to accommodates those who like to enjoy their day-to-day living on the main floor of the home, while the upper floor provides a separate living area, bedrooms and bathroom for family members or guests. Large decks provide additional outdoor space.

Homes with Walk-Out Basements – These homes create a unique space that allows the basement to be used as a living area usually associated with an outdoor patio. The basement can be finished to expand the living space or a secondary suite can be added for extended family or rental income. A separate entrance provides direct access to this area of the home.

Secondary Suites – All of the lots at The Ridge have been zoned to allow for secondary suites to be built as part of your new home. Create a comfortable and separate space for your guests, in-laws, adult children, or use the suite as a mortgage helper. 

Mountain and Ocean Views

This residential community features mountain and ocean views from everywhere in the subdivision. The Ridge is one of the most desirable and most scenic subdivisions in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. 

Close Proximity to Outdoor Activities

This community is located very close to Comox Valley parks, walkways, beaches and other outdoor recreational activities. Mount Washington is only a 30 minute drive from there. This is your new home base for all of your Vancouver Island adventures. The many current residents “Love living at The Ridge”.

To find out more about this friendly and welcoming community at The Ridge, contact their preferred builders for more information about custom home building in Phase 3B.

Mar 13, 2021

Courtenay, BC Ranks High Among Canada's Best Communities

A survey conducted in March, 2021 by Rate.ca, ranked Courtenay, BC in the Comox Valley as the 11th best spot in Canada for livability. The key factors that the survey measured, among people who decided to relocate during COVID, included scenery, affordability, economic and job growth, the size of the city or town and outdoor activities.

For those of us living here, this comes as no surprise. Courtenay is located in a naturally stunning, verdant valley surrounded the Beaufort Mountain range with it's Comox Glacier to the west and the shorelines of Comox Bay to the east. It is truly one of the most scenic and liveable communities on Vancouver Island.

Seeking to Relocate? 

Have you considered moving to Courtenay on beautiful Vancouver Island? This culturally diverse community is easily accessible by land, sea or air. Do you enjoy outdoor activities and recreation? This is one of the very few places in the world where you can enjoy ocean kayaking or fishing, alpine skiing and golfing all on the same day! Cap off that day with a 100-mile diet meal at one of many great restaurants or enjoy a picnic lunch at your favourite beach or provincial park.

Choose a Lot and Select a Builder

The Ridge is one of few master-planned communities with available lots and new homes in Courtenay. More than 120 homes have already been built there in previous phases, and their preferred builders have lots available to build custom homes in Phases 3B. These carefully selected custom builders are availble to guide you through the process of choosing a lot and designing a home to meet your goals and expectations. You can go to The Ridge's site plan to choose a lot and a builder. 

If you have looked at the possibility of living at The Ridge we encourage you to reach out to one of their preferred builders now to move forward with the customized home of your dreams. The real estate market is very busy in the Comox Valley and homes and lots are being sold at a record pace.

Preferred Builder, Grand Legacy Homes

Currently, Grand Legacy Homes has a 1,620 sq. ft. bungalow under construction located at 3381 Marygrove Drive in Courtenay, BC. This home is scheduled to be completed by early July 2021.

This rancher/bungalow style of home has been designed with an open concept and features a gas fireplace, large windows and 9 ft ceilings throughout. The modern kitchen has quartz counters with an under-mount sink and an over-sized island which is perfect for the chefs in your family. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, and the ensuite has a tiled shower. There are lots of storage options, with a full crawl space, and a large garage. This home is energy efficient as it has been built with an ICF foundation and includes a heat pump and a back-up furnace.

This home is being sold directly by the builder, Wayne Schick at Grand Legacy Homes.
Email: wayne@grandlegacy.ca
Cell: 250.702.2251
Price: $750,000 + GST

Note: Prices, availability and conditions are subject to change without notice.

Mar 07, 2021

Budget Blinds Biggest Sale of the Year is on Now

Budget Blinds is ushering in spring on Vancouver Island with their biggest sale of the year. This March enjoy 50% off your order (some exclusion apply).

Now is the time to update your home with new window coverings. The sale includes blinds, shutters, curtains and more, so no matter your needs or style, Budget Blinds has savings for you.

And as always, Budget Blinds design experts are available for free in-home or virtual consultations to make sure you’re getting the right products for your home. They’ll make suggestions that match your budget and your space. And with professional measuring, you know your new window coverings will fit right the first time. Choose Budget Blinds professional installation and you can simply sit back and enjoy your new look.

Budget Blinds offers exclusive brands at a variety of price points, so no matter how luxurious or budget-conscious your project is, they have the products that will work for you.

Budget Blinds is locally owned and operated on Vancouver Island. Call them today at any one of their three Vancouver Island locations:

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249


Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay



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