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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



Feb 27, 2021

New Window Coverings From Budget Blinds Are an Easy Upgrade

Spending so much time in our homes over the past year has encouraged a lot of investment into our living spaces, according to Chloe Traviss, style consultant with Budget Blinds in Campbell River.

“Everybody is spending so much time in their homes right now,” she recently told the Campbell River Mirror. “So it’s becoming more and more important for them to make those spaces beautiful. With people travelling less and being home more, I’ve really noticed they seem to be upgrading their spaces at an even higher rate than they were before.” 

And one of the easiest ways to upgrade your space is with new window coverings. 

“Window coverings are also one of the only options you have when improving your interior space that also improves your home’s curb appeal,” Traviss says. “So it’s also a great investment in your home and people are really taking advantage of that.” 

But “investment” doesn’t need to be a daunting word - even small improvements make a huge difference to the feel of your room, Traviss says. 

“A lot of people just want to do a little something in their home,” she says, “and we really have products for all budgets.” 

Not only that, but she’ll bring them to you so you don’t even have to go to the store to check them out. While Budget Blinds’ physical store is on Kilpatrick Avenue in Courtenay, Traviss is a mobile window covering resource for the North Island. 

“I have everything in my vehicle to do free in-home consultations, measure all their windows, and discuss blinds options with samples that I can show them inside their home, which is huge, because everyone’s paint and views and light is different, so blinds can look completely different in one home versus another, or in our showroom.” 

Traviss says that’s another thing she’s seeing these days: Supporting local and getting a personalized level of service has seemingly never been more important to people. While Budget Blinds has alwasy provided high levels of service, they’re also now focussed on keeping their staff and customers safe with Covid-19 protocols in place.

Your local and locally-owned Budget Blinds can help with a new look for your home! Call them today at their North Island - Courtenay store at 250.338.8564.

Or down-island contact your closest location:

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249


Call 250.751.8564


Feb 20, 2021

Lock in Your Price Now For a New Home in Courtenay, BC

According to a Canadian Real Estate Association news release last month, 2020 was a record year for purchasing homes. And Vancouver Island real estate sales were no exception.

The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) reported sales of single-family homes in January of 2021 were up by 66 per cent board-wide from one year ago. Inventories of real estate are extremely low in the Comox Valley, therefore the pressure on the availability, choice and price are high. If you are wanting a new home, now is the time to move forward, with new lots now available at The Ridge community in Courtenay, BC.

Lock in Pricing for a New Custom Home in Courtenay, BC

You can choose from newly released residential lots and move-in ready or quick possession new homes at The Ridge in Courtenay. The developer has recently released 61 new lots in Phase 3B, which have been reserved by the preferred builders at The Ridge

Getting started is easy - choose a style of home and combine it with a lot and you’ll be on your way to living in a new custom home in a well-established and desirable neighbourhood in Courtenay, B.C. Contact any one of the preferred builders to find out more information about pricing, availability and completion dates. They will walk you through the process, with fabulous customer service, modern design ideas and family-friendly home plans.

Yes, your dream of owning a beautiful West-Coast style home on Vancouver Island is one step closer to becoming a reality. Lock in the pricing now for 2021, as prices of new homes will be on the rise in the next 12 months, according to the BC Real Estate Association. Take a look at available lots in Phase 3B and get started! 


Feb 15, 2021

Top 10 Highlights of Living in Courtenay, BC

There are many reasons to move to Courtenay, BC and we have selected the top 10 reasons that local families have shared with us.

Top Ten Reasons to Live in Courtenay, BC:

  1. Clean, fresh air

  2. Safe and quiet

  3. Friendly and welcoming

  4. Close proximity to the ocean, rivers, lakes

  5. Access to outdoor recreations all year round, including Mount Washington

  6. One of the mildest climates in Canada

  7. Access to a newly built hospital and medical offices

  8. The Comox Airport (YYQ) is quick and convenient

  9. Numerous trails and parks through the forests, along beaches and rivers

  10. Beautiful stunning scenery of Comox Glacier, the mountains, and Comox Bay

Imagine living in a quiet community that provides mountain and ocean views, clean air and is still centrally located and close to many amenities. The Ridge in Courtenay, BC is one of the most desirable neighbourhoods on Vancouver Island for all of the top 10 reasons

The City of Courtenay (approximate population 26,000) is the urban and cultural hub of the Comox Valley, which has a total population of 66,500. Courtenay is a vibrant, culturally-diverse community that is surrounded by the supernatural beauty of the ocean beaches, the rivers and lakes. 

“We love living at The Ridge” is a common sentiment among the community's residents. If you're ready to explore the possibility of moving to The Ridge, now is a great time to choose your lot in their newest phase.

How to Build a Custom Home at The Ridge

Six preferred builders all have reserved lots in Phase 3B , which offers a choice of 61 large lots recently released to the market. Contact any of these builders to find out more about availability, design options and the price of a custom home on any one of the Phase 3B lots. 

If you have been thinking about building a new home in Courtenay, now is the time to start the consultation process. You could be in your new home in 2021, smelling the ocean breezes and soaking up the amazing views. 


Jan 28, 2021

61 New Building Lots in Phase 3B Now Available at The Ridge

1stView has exclusive details on the newest phase of lots at The Ridge in Courtenay, in the stunning Comox Valley. With 61 lots to choose from in Phase 3B, many of these oversized home sites feature stunning ocean and mountain views, and/or back onto dedicated green space. Choose your builder, choose your lot and then decide on a custom home design and you'll be on your way to living in one of the most beautiful communities on Vancouver Island. 

Let's Get Started!

Building a new home on Vancouver Island can be a dream come true for many people. The builders and developer at The Ridge are happy to guide you, step by step, starting with offering you a choice of premier lots in the Comox Valley. The Ridge is a well-established neighbourhood that is surrounded by spectacular mountain and ocean views, and is located close to all amenities. There is a two-acre park, offering play structures and a grassed area for all members of your family to enjoy. Enjoy a stroll down one of the many groomed trails in the community, some of which take you to the ocean’s shoreline. 

Meet the Builders at The Ridge

The preferred builders at The Ridge offer a variety of home plans for you to choose from, including bungalow styles as well as two-storey homes and homes with walk-out basements. These builders will customize to best suit your family’s current and future needs. Consider ideas like media or exercise rooms, fully equipped home offices and study areas, and plans to age in place with insgle storey living and wider hallways and doors. Contact the builders to find out more about lot availability, design options and custom home pricing on these choice lots.

The real estate market in BC is the hottest one in Canada, according to the 2020 MLS statistics. If you have been thinking about building a new home in Courtenay, now is the time to find out more as many of these homes and lots have already sold.

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

For more information on Phase 3B, visit: https://www.theridgebc.com/the-ridge-site-plan/


Jan 06, 2021

Get a New Look For the New Year, With Help from Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island

What did you settle on for your New Year’s resolutions for 2021? Is it finally time to update your home to usher in a new year? If it’s time to ditch the outdated curtain, tattered blinds, or inoperable shades, it’s time to call Budget Blinds!

Often we procrastinate on making changes because we don’t know where to start. Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island’s in-house team of designers is ready to tackle any challenge, and help you find the right style, colour and price point, no matter what your window coverings needs are.

Whether you’re ready for a new designer look and elegant curtains for a formal living room, or child safe blinds or shades for a nursery window, Budget Blinds’ designers have options for you. Their designers can come to you for a complimentary in-house consultation, or if you prefer, connect on-line for a virtual consultation.

With professional design and installation services, your local and locally-owned Budget Blinds can help you usher in the new year with a new look for your home! 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



Jan 04, 2021

Holiday Lights Show Brightens Up the Season at The Ridge in Courtenay

Residents of The Ridge in Courtenay are eager to share why they love living at The Ridge. The sense of community is important in this new Courtenay neighbourhood, and this sense of community was very strong over the holiday season.

When winter nights were dark and gloomy at the end of a challenging year, residents of The Ridge did their best to brighten the spirits of their neighbours and light up the neighbourhood. Christmas lights and decorations were on full display throughout the community. Residents at The Ridge went above and beyond and created a festive Christmas atmosphere.

The first of what will become and annual Christmas decorating contest was born when a few residents banded together to acknowledge the neighbours who put extra effort into decorateing their homes for the holiday season. A few residents were surprised when they received acknowledgment of their efforts in the firstsurprise Christmas contest held at The Ridge. 

The residents from these homes were surprised and happy to receive a small gift towards their efforts, as no official Christmas Lighting Contest had been declared. Now it is official! There will be annual lighting contests moving forward at The Ridge. It is an event that will bring out a friendly competition amongst the residents for years to come and promotes the community for everyone to enjoy.

Establishing this neighbourhood contest, inspired by the actions of others in their community, is one of the many reasons The Ridge is such a welcoming place to call home.

In the summer the community hosts an annual block party in the park, and on a daily basis friends and neighbours stop to chat, go for walks, play in the park, and enjoy the neighbourhood and the people in it.

If you’re ready to make the move to a friendly, welcoming Courtenay community, visit TheRidgeBC.com and learn more about lots now available in Phase 3B and the preferred builders working at The Ridge.


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Courtenay, British Columbia