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Apr 18, 2021
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.
North Island - Courtenay
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Feb 15, 2021
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:
Clean, fresh air
Safe and quiet
Friendly and welcoming
Close proximity to the ocean, rivers, lakes
Access to outdoor recreations all year round, including Mount Washington
One of the mildest climates in Canada
Access to a newly built hospital and medical offices
The Comox Airport (YYQ) is quick and convenient
Numerous trails and parks through the forests, along beaches and rivers
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.
Sep 29, 2020
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.
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Aug 19, 2020
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:
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:
Mar 25, 2020
Have you been finding time for spring cleaning, and finding some things around the house in need of an update? This is a great time of year to refresh your home and Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island is ready to help with more than just blinds.
Budget Blinds has styles for every budget and the largest selection of window coverings in North America, including a new partnership with Hunter Douglas. You’ll find window coverings for every room of your home, in any style, colour or price point you need!
Backed by the best warranty in the industry, Budget Blinds has the solution for your window covering needs.
Their many Vancouver Island locations also offer a wide variety of home automation options from Lutron sure to spark the interest of the techie in your home. Not a techie? Not to worry, their staff can guide you through the options to give your home a modern update and make day to day life at home even easier.
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Feb 20, 2020
Vancouver Island is an outdoor lover’s paradise, and one of the main attractions for people relocating to the Comox Valley is the sheer volume of adventures that await.
The Comox Valley is surrounded by provincial parks that offer opportunities for hiking, camping, beachcombing, fishing and more.
BC’s oldest provincial park - Strathcona - is famous for its hiking trails that range from family-friendly walks to multi-day treks. These trails will take you from lakeside beaches to waterfalls, and mountain peaks. Covering more than 250,000 hectares, Strathcona Provincial Park has adventures for everyone. Many sites in the park are an easy day trip from Courtenay and other areas of the Comox Valley. 10Adventures.com offers a guide for some of the most popular hikes and well as general information for planning your visit.
If you’d rather spend your time on sandy beaches, two of the area’s most popular provincial parks can offer just that. Miracle Beach offers broad sandy beaches and plenty of campsites. Sites book up early at the popular provincial park which provides forest trails and tide pools to explore, and plenty of space for swimming and sunbathing.
If you want to take a trip to Hawaii, but don’t have the time, hop on a ferry for a day trip to Hornby Island’s Tribune Bay Provincial Park, know as “Little Hawaii.”
With close to 1 km of fine white sand beach and tropical aquamarine water, the south-facing Tribune Bay is one of the warmest saltwater swimming areas in the province, with near-tropical temperatures in the summer months. Enjoy beachcombing and picnicking, or head to nearby Helliwell Provincial Park for some fabulous hikes and views of the beach. Trails along the Helliwell Bluffs offer stunning views and unique flora.
All of these amazing adventures and more await when you live in the Comox Valley. Residents of The Ridge in Courtenay are enjoying some of these stunning ocean and mountain views every day! This new home community offers a variety of home styles to suit your family’s lifestyle, and their preferred builders are ready to work with you to create your home base for Vancouver Island adventures.
Contact the developer today for information today about homes currently under construction and lots for sale in Phase 3.
Contact Bruce Clapham, Buckstone Developments
Jan 22, 2020
The Ridge is a new home development in Courtenay which has already welcomed more than 100 homeowners from other areas of Vancouver Island, BC, Alberta and beyond. This welcoming oceanview community is located in Courtenay, BC, on the east coast of Vancouver Island.
The popular Comox Valley is now home to 66,000 people and growing every year. Newcomers are attracted to this area of Vancouver Island by its amenities and services, the stunning nature, and some of the warmest weather in Canada.
The Comox Valley is very liveable, with big city amenities including a new hospital, a college campus, numerous golf courses, and an active arts and cultural scene. In addition, enjoy the natural surroundings that only Vancouver Island can provide, with world class alpine skiing at Mount Washington, warm sandy beaches, bike paths and hiking trails, and world famous fishing and boating opportunities at your doorstep.
The Comox Airport (YQQ) keeps you connected to the rest of the world with frequent, daily service to Vancouver, Calgary, and beyond. The Comox Valley is home to the dynamic City of Courtenay, the quaint seaside Town of Comox, and historic Village of Cumberland.
Read more about why The Ridge residents enjoy living in the Comox Valley, and why they chose to build their new home in this master-planned community.
More than 100 new homes have already been completed, and Phase 3A is now selling. Now is the time to make your move to The Ridge. Their selected preferred builders are ready to work with you to personalize and build your dream home. If you’re ready to make the move now, plan to tour some of the homes for sale that are nearing completion.
For more information, regarding available lots and homes for sale in Phase 3A of The Ridge, contact developer Bruce Clapham:
Aug 14, 2019
There are now new, ready-to-move-in homes available from the premier builders at The Ridge in Courtenay. From young families to active retirees, people are relocating to this welcoming master-planned new community in Courtenay, B.C. Home buyers are moving from other areas of the Comox Valley as well as from other cities and provinces to enjoy this peaceful, welcoming and scenic neighbourhood. Tour The Ridge and see for yourself why residents “Love Living at The Ridge!”
These homes for sale have been recently completed by preferred builders at The Ridge and are ready for their new homeowners:
Builder: Candor Developments Inc.
Home #1 - 4199 Chancellor Crescent, Courtenay, BC
Spacious 2,508 sq. ft. 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home
Priced at $739,000
For more information on Candor’s homes for sale, contact RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realtors Richelle Newson at firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone 778.977.2029 and Marc Villanueva at email@example.com, Phone 250-702-6560.
Builder: Candor Developments Inc.
Home #2 - 3404 Harbourview Blvd., Courtenay, BC
Spacious 2,372 sq. ft. 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home
Priced at $749,000
MLS # 458770
For more information on Candor’s homes for sale, contact RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realtors Richelle Newson at firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone 778.977.2029 and Marc Villanueva at email@example.com, Phone 250-702-6560.
Builder: Lawmar Contracting Ltd.
Home #3 - 4196 Remi Place, Courtenay, BC
Spacious 2,795 sq. ft. 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home
For sale, priced at $775,000
For more information on Lawmar’s homes for sale, contact RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realtor Tracy Fogtmann at firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone 250.331.1544
Aug 12, 2019
Home buyers looking to relocate to BC are considering smaller communities on Vancouver Island and real estate sales in locations such as Ladysmith are seeing the benefits. Active retirees especially are making up a large portion of new residents in smaller Vancouver Island communities, and builders are developing homes designed to take advantage of what the Island lifestyle has to offer.
Many people are relocating from the expensive Vancouver and Victoria real estate markets to Ladysmith for a break from both big city life and big city real estate prices. People are also moving from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. Buyers tend to be active and want to live in Ladysmith to enjoy the warmer weather and lifestyle.
With year-round outdoor activities and adventures to be enjoyed in one of Canada's most temperate climates, Ladysmith offers a host of things to do. From a walk on one of the many local beaches to leisurely strolls through pristine forest right at your back door, nature is easy to find. Meanwhile, the town of Ladysmith offers convenience without the fast pace of a large urban centre. The relaxed and friendly lifestyle in Ladysmith will leave you as refreshed as you are after a walk in one of the many local parks.
Nestled between the sea and the mountains is The Gales in Ladysmith - a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here you can relax surrounded by nature, in a home and community where the great outdoors is in harmony with the great indoors. This place is The Gales, a luxury new-home development in Ladysmith with ocean and mountain views.
Contact Realtor Keith Mazurenko to learn about available new homes in this ocean-view community.
Jun 27, 2019
Living at The Ridge in Courtenay in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island offers residents a large variety of summer music festivals to keep you entertained close to home. You will be delighted to attend one of these popular events to hear a variety of music from local, Canadian and international artists, including:
- Vancouver Island Musicfest in Courtenay from July 12 to 14, one of the biggest music festivals on Vancouver Island;
- The Filberg Festival in Comox from August 2 to 4, combines a music festival featuring exceptional Canadian talent and handcrafted products by 135 talented artisans;
- The Hornby Festival is on Hornby Island from August 1 to 10 and features world-class and classical music.
All of these festivals take place in close proximity to The Ridge. Imagine living here and having just a quick drive to any of these amazing music events. Take in a single day of a festival or attend for the weekend. Whatever venue you choose, you will love the experience!
Residents at the Ridge in Courtenay enjoy an outstanding opportunity to enjoy the lifestyle that makes Vancouver Island so popular. From outdoor pursuits to arts and culture, you will find it all in the Comox Valley. The Ridge is one of Courtenay’s most popular neighbourhoods and is located in south Courtenay featuring views of the ocean, mountains and the Comox Glacier.
We have recently released new lots for sale in Phase 3 at The Ridge. For more information, Contact: Bruce Clapham at 250.650.8588 or Email:email@example.com
Mar 28, 2019
The "Land of Plenty" that is the Comox Valley will once again showcase some of its natural bounty this June. The Comox Valley is not only a beautiful place to call home, it is also the hub of production for shellfish and oysters on Vancouver Island. The Comox Valley produces the most shellfish in British Columbia and most of the oysters in Canada, which gives this community the title of “Canada’s Oyster Capital.”
Oysters including the world-famous Fanny Bay Oysters, and other varieties from this region are coveted for their delicate taste, due to the pristine ocean waters and consistent sunlight.
Other shellfish grown and harvested in the Comox Valley include Manila clams, geoduck clams, the blue and Gallo mussels and a variety of scallops.
To celebrate this bounty of shellfish, the 13th annual BC Seafood Festival is being held from June 7 to 16, with the Signature Weekend scheduled from June 14 to 16. The festival is the largest of its kind featuring over 40 partners hosting dinners, tours, events, tastings and competitions during the 10-day period to celebrate the Comox Valley’s culinary and seafood attractions and award-winning shellfish producers
Fun competitions include oyster shucking, chowder challenge, best Caesar salad and a chef challenge. Tickets will be available soon to numerous festivities including the Happy Hour Oyster Bar, featuring a variety of oysters, a gala dinner, seafood brunch cookout and more!
Event tickets are on sale now. For more information, go to the BC Seafood Festival website.
Come to the Comox Valley and experience the delicious bounty of local seafood available here. And if you're ready to stay a little longer, take a tour of the oceanview community of The Ridge in South Courtenay, just a few quick minutes drive for the Fanny Bay Oyster headquarters. Phase III of this new home development is now under construction, with more than 100 new homes already built by their preferred builders.
Photo credit: BC Seafood Festival
Mar 14, 2019
Continuing our feature on the new home builders at Crown Isle, this month we highlight Integra Homes.
The 831-acre master-planned residential and golf community of Crown Isle has been designed to include single-family homes, patio homes, fairway homes, a gated community and condominiums. There is a diversity of homes styles that appeal to families, empty nesters or people who want to relocate to experience a taste of the Vancouver Island lifestyle. Crown Isle's premier builders have been an integral part of the community's success, building new homes for the residents of Crown Isle.
Bill Larson, the owner of Integra Homes, has been a custom home builder for more than 20 years and has been involved in the construction of over 100 custom homes in the Crown Isle community. Bill is currently leading several teams building custom homes in the Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community. He likes to meet with each one of his clients in person to get a first-hand account of what they would like that will suit their family and their lifestyle.
He coordinates his team and sub-trades and maintains a close rapport with his valued clients as cited in this testimonial, “Bill Larson is so kind and I have a lot of respect for him, he always has a smile on his face, it’s obvious he loves his job.”
Feb 26, 2019
The Comox Valley has so much versatility to offer with regards to wildlife and surrounding nature. Many people come to the Comox Valley to visit and end up living here because of the beauty of the Comox Glacier, surrounding mountains, Goose Spit, the historical estuary, Mount Washington, the rivers, forest trails, and many recreational activities. Known as the Land of Plenty, the Comox Valley offers a smorgasbord of activities for all ages to enjoy.
A unique success story, the Trumpeter Swan population has rebounded from their near extinction in the 1930s. The population has now grown to an estimated 26,000 birds in North America. Approximately 6,000 birds make a winter stop on Vancouver Island with a majority of them coming to the sanctuary of the Comox Valley.
They start arriving in November and stay until February and can be seen gathering on agricultural lands, fields and grassy areas near the water, where they like to forage at low tide. They spend the winter in these areas before heading north to Alaska in March for the breeding season.
These majestic birds, the largest in North America, can weigh up to 12 kg and measure 150 cm from beak to tail. They have a wingspan of up to 2.5 metres. They are the largest species of waterfowl on the planet. When you hear the “honking” of the trumpeter swans, your natural inclination will be to look towards the sky to see these elegant birds in flight.
Truly, an amazing experience for both visitors and residents.
Interested in moving to the Comox Valley? Contact us for more information on buying or building a new home here.
For more information on building lots for sale in the Comox Valley at The Ridge, contact Bruce Clapham at 250.650.8588 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec 12, 2018
December is the time for giving and Budget Blinds is giving back to you, and to others on your behalf.
This month receive a 25% instant rebate on all orders, and Budget Blinds will pay the GST. Additionally, Budget Blinds will donate 5% of your product total to the Vancouver Island charity of your choice: YANA (You Are Not Alone); the BCSPCA; or VIMHS (Vancouver Island Mental Health Society)
Give your home a facelift this holiday season, save yourself some money and give back to others, with just one call to Budget Blinds on the Central Island.
Their professional designers will come to you for a free in-home consultation, work within your budget to find the best look for your home decor and family lifestyle, and have it all professionally installed.
Call Budget Blinds today at 250.338.8564 or request a free in-home consultation online.
Budget Blinds of the Central Island serves the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Nanaimo, the Cowichan Valley and beyond from their Courtenay showroom.
Sep 13, 2018
The Ridge in Courtenay recently held their second annual summer block party. The event took place at the large upper park within The Ridge community. This event is sponsored by the developer and brings together neighbours and friends to enjoy time together.
The food was barbecued by the local residents and homemade goodies were baked and brought by many of the homeowners.
The Lance LaPoint band kept everyone dancing and up on their feet and even the little ones were jumping around to the music. Approximately 150 people attended the party which started in the afternoon and went on into the evening.
Come and see for yourself. Take a drive through The Ridge, one of the newest housing developments in the Comox Valley and you will find people eager to share their experiences about living at The Ridge.
Learn more at TheRidgeBC.com.
Jun 08, 2018
Father’s Day in the Comox Valley offers a myriad of choices to treat dad.
The Annual Kite Fly takes place at Goose Spit from 12-2:30, with plenty of prizes up for grabs. Enjoy a day at the beach and a fun family activity.
Other exciting events the Father’s Day Concert on the Green at Marina Park in Comox, The Comox by the Sea Celebration at Filberg Park, and the Simms Summer Concert Series kicks off at Simms Millennium Park in Courtenay. Or play a round of golf at a challenging championship course or a family friendly par-3, take in a hike or bike ride on one of many world famous trails, or enjoy a meal or a pint at a local resturant or brewery.
And if this is home, top off the day with a father’s day cookout in your own backyard. Imagine wrapping up a busy day grilling dinner on your mountain or ocean view patio at The Ridge in the Courtenay.
However you celebrate, be sure to remember dad on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17.
Apr 12, 2018
The Comox Valley gets its name from the local First Nations term for Land of Plenty, and the meaning behind the name is evident as one travels through this valley on Vancouver Island's east coast. Surrounded by oceans and rivers providing seafood delicacies, and verdant farmland bringing farm to fork, the Comox Valley is a dream destination for a "local diet."
The Comox Valley Grower's Guide, produced annually, lists more than 400 local producers of fruit and vegetables, meats, cheeses, seafood and even wineries, breweries and distilleries.
Many Comox Valley restaurants focus on local seafood products and farm goods, which are available to everyone from the year-round farmer's market - one of only a few in Canada.
To learn more about The Ridge, contact the developer today:
Feb 15, 2018
A key factor many people site in choosing where to build a new home on Vancouver Island is the availability of quality medical care. The Comox Valley is fortunate to have a state-of-the-art new $331.7 million, 153-bed hospital, which opened its doors in the fall of 2017.
Residents of The Ridge in south Courtenay were please to see the opening of the new hospital. Centrally located within the City of Courtenay, the hospital is easily accessible, only 15 minutes from The Ridge.
The new hospital is just one of many amenities the Comox Valley offers its residents, and just part of the reason real estate in the Comox Valley is booming. For more information about building your new home in Phase 2 or future phases of The Ridge, contact:
Dec 15, 2017
The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is set to have its busiest holiday season ever after seeing record passenger growth in 2016.
With friends and family flying to the Comox Valley, residents at The Ridge residential development in Courtenay are putting up the lights, and prepping their guest suites (some lots here are zoned for legal secondary suites)!
More and more people are discovering the year-round beauty of the Comox Valley. The holiday season brings winter activities on Mount Washington, or choose to escape the Canadian winter and enjoy a round of golf or a morning of winter fishing! Courtenay and the surrounding areas are buzzing with concerts, carolling and more to get you in the holidays spirit!
Enjoy easy accessibility to the Comox Valley airport from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton and beyond. Pacific Coastal, Air Canada and Westjet all provide daily service to YQQ. The Ridge is located only 15 minutes from the Comox Valley Airport.
Contact The Ridge today to register as a “prospective client” for more information on our new residential lots for sale that will be available in 2018.
Nov 13, 2017
First Avenue is a defining area of this charming community on Vancouver Island, and was recognized based on criteria that included social, economic and accessibility and safety factors, as well as elements including design, culture, history and landscape. First Avenue beat out 16 other submissions from across Canada.
You could be enjoying this and many of the other amenities of this lovely town from your home at The Gales.
The Gales is a new luxury ocean view home community in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. Currently there are two patio homes under construction: #18 and #19. These new patio homes are 1,820 sq. ft, and offer stunning ocean views.
The Gales has one new luxury ocean view home completely finished and ready for occupancy, featuring 1,000 sq. ft. on the top floor and 1,555 sq. ft. on the ground floor. This new home is offered for sale at $649,900.
For more information contact Realtor Keith Mazurenko of Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty