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Jun 25, 2012

Capstone Dwellings Creates Small Space Design for Successful Commercial Renovations on Vancouver Island

Capstone Dwellings Commercial Design BuildWhen working with limited square footage, it is essential that commercial renovation projects are well thought out. Capstone Dwelling Design Build provided those solutions for Ki Fitness and Health, a Comox Valley fitness studio. With Capstone Dwellings taking care of both the design and construction of the commercial renovation, Ki Fitness was guaranteed a unique, quality fitness studio to house the services they offer.
The new bright studio makes use of limited space with built-in storage areas and well- considered equipment placement. Versatility though design allows spaces to evolve for different uses when needed. And for fitness facility, wide-open space was a priority.
Ki Fitness is a boutique personal training facility set in the Tin Town community of Courtenay on Vancouver Island. Energizing Japanese elements enhance the space and provide an ideal atmosphere for clients on a quest for balance.
Jared Sato, an experienced personal trainer, martial arts instructor and yoga teacher, is now accepting new clients in the Comox Valley. Sophie Simard, a certified yoga therapist offers yoga sessions and classes. The studio space at 2425 C Rosewall Crescent is also available to rent for other fitness & health professionals. Contact them at 250.871.7800.
Capstone Dwellings Design-Build is currently accepting new clients for both residential and commercial design-build projects. The Capstone team is comprised highly organized office staff, certified designers, and journeymen carpenters, among other professionals. Contact Capstone Dwellings at 250.331.9004.


Apr 03, 2012

Owning a Home on Vancouver Island a Popular Choice for Many Albertans

Vancouver Island real estateThe Calgary Herald is reporting that many Alberta residents are buying real estate on Vancouver Island. Whether for recreational use now, future retirement, or both, owning real estate on Vancouver Island remains the ultimate goal for many Albertans, according to a recent Herald artcicle.
Vancouver Island continues to be popular as a retirement destination, with a buyers' survey indicating that 40 per cent of people purchased their property for immediate or future retirement purposes.
At 10 per cent, Albertans make up the largest segment of out-of-province real estate buyers on Vancouver Island.
People looking for retirement property have plenty to choose from, Guy Bezeau, president of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board, told the Herald
“Retirees can’t be pigeon-holed as to what they want; they are so diverse. So we’re seeing retirees buying in all types of markets. The Island really offers that type of diversity.
“We do have a broad base — everything from manufactured-home parks, strata condominiums, townhomes, patio homes, single-family dwellings on small lots, and rural parcels.”
He says many areas of Vancouver Island offer excellent value in their real estate markets. There are affordable options to meet many different budgets.
Vancouver Island's mild winter climate definitely remains a big draw for Albertans; it’s possible to ski one day, golf the next, then go for a kayak paddle the following day.


Nov 18, 2011

Last Chance to Purchase Tickets to Outlook 2012

Outlook 2012Only 35 tickets remain for 1stView's Outlook 2012, the 6th annual economic forecasting forum on Nov. 24, 2011. Outlook 2012, now 85 % sold out, will take a look at expected trends in the Vancouver Island construction and real estate markets, with a focus on the North Island.
The perennial sell out event will once again be held at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay, and will feature presentations by four industry experts.
“We are excited to bring together business leaders, developers, trades people and others to network and hear industry insights from our panel of speakers,” said Clarice Coty of 1stView.ca. “We've moved the event from January to November, to give attendees the opportunity to use the information presented to guide their business planning for 2012.”
Keynote speaker Larry Pollock, President and CEO of Canadian Western Bank will address the “Local Perspective to Global Banking.”
Pollock was a guest speaker at this event in 2009. Described by the Globe and Mail as “gregarious, and outspoken,” the national paper says “Larry Pollock adds a dash of colour to the grey tones of the Canadian banking industry.”
Additional featured speakers include: Travis Archibald, Senior Market Analyst for Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, who will present a Vancouver Island Housing Market Update; as well as Greg Baynton, CEO of the Vancouver Island Construction Association and Shirley de Silva, CEO of the Comox Valley Airport.
Outlook 2012 is sponsored by Presley & Partners and Jackson & Associates. Tickets are $75, and include a networking session from 4-6 p.m., including a trade show, dinner, and presentations.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.1stView.ca, email tickets@1stView.ca or call 250.338.5466.

Nov 01, 2011

Start Your 4-Week Free Trial of Building Links - the North Vancouver Island Construction Report - Today

Building LinkisBuilding Links, Vancouver Island's weekly construction industry newsletter has been a recognized as a valued resource providing up-to-date news for the Vancouver Island construction industry for 18 years. Building Links reports on tenders, building permits, development permits and breaking news in the construction industry. The newsletter is now available to new subscribers on a 4 week trial basis, and the company offers a guarantee that you will receive valuable leads during the course of your subscription, or they will refund 100% of your subscription.
Weekly features include :

  • Building Permits issued in the municipalities of Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, Campbell River, the Regional Districts, Port Hardy and Port McNeill.
  • New tenders, to give subscribers the advantage when looking for new business.
  • Proposed new development permits, from researchers who have delivered the first news on many large projects in the past. If you want to know the “inside scoop” on development projects in our area, you can find it in Building Links.
  • News about Construction on Vancouver Island, including changes in municipal and provincial bylaws pertaining to the construction industry, topics such as development cost charges and changes in municipal by-laws and a quarterly summary on the region’s construction statistics and dollar volumes, to help you manage your sales forecasts.
Visit the Building Links website to subscribe to your free 4 week trial.

Oct 05, 2011

Comox Valley Chartered Accountant Honoured

MNP Accountants Vancouver IslandThe Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC (ICABC) has recognized Wendy Lewis, CA, partner at MNP LLP, with an Early Achievement Award for outstanding professional achievements.
“Wendy has worked hard to make a difference in both the profession and her community,” said Richard
Rees, FCA, CEO of the ICABC. “We are thrilled to recognize her outstanding accomplishments.”
The Early Achievement Award recognizes chartered accountants who earned their designation within the past ten years for remarkable accomplishments in their career, community service, and work within the CA profession.
Prior to her qualification as a CA, Lewis owned and operated a small business in the Comox Valley. In 1998, she began articling with Huxham & Co. in Courtenay, and earned her CA designation in 2000.
Today, in addition to being a partner and business advisor with MNP, Lewis is the regional leader and national instructor for the firm’s client service training program.
Her volunteerism in the community has included: coaching high school volleyball; a director of the 2005 BC Special Olympics Summer Games; a director of the Comox Valley United Way; and treasurer of the Comox Valley Community Foundation. As president of the Strathcona Sunrise Rotary Club in 2009-2010, Lewis, with the help of many others, spearheaded a project to develop a fully accessible playground that could accommodate children with physical disabilities.

Sep 14, 2011

Anna Jorgensen Real Estate Team Moves to Royal LePage in the Comox Valley

Anna Jorgensen Comox Valley realtorComox Valley realtors The Anna Jorgensen team have announced that they are now associated with Royal LePage in the Comox Valley. Melissa Berrigan and Richard Verrier continue to work with the Anna Jorgensen team to help buyers find the perfect Comox Valley real estate. Anna Jorgensen has been selling real estate on Vancouver Island for almost 20 years, specializing in the Comox Valley and Campbell River regions. She is the recipient of many real estate awards for her success as a realtor. For more information, visit the Anna Jorgensen team website.

Aug 01, 2011

Vancouver Island Real Estate projects at Fairwinds Featured in Vancouver Sun

New vancouver island real estateTwo new Vancouver Island real estate projects at Fairwinds in Nanoose Bay were recently featured in the Vancouver Sun. View the complete article about Bonnington Ridge and Rockcliffe Park here

Bonnington Ridge is a collection of new residential lots which feature some ocean and golf course views. This quiet residential cul-de-sac is now 50 per cent sold, with only four lots remaining. Prices for these Vancouver Island residential lots for sale start at $209,000.

RockCliffe Park is a distinctive collection of luxury detached residences. Fine quality craftsmanship and award-winning interior designs create tranquil, casually elegant residences that blend seamlessly into their surroundings. Attention to every detail of the construction process, as well as the needs and lifestyle of the client result in stylish, functional and liveable home spaces. Prices for these new homes at Fairwinds range from $595,000 to $659,000.

Both real estate projects are part of an oceanfront master-planned golf and marina community, which includes amenities such as Fairwinds Golf Club, Schooner Cove Marnina, and Fairwinds Centre.



Jun 15, 2011

Mid Island and Vancouver Island Construction Associations Merge

Vancouver Island Construction AssociationThe members of the Mid Island Construction Association (MICA) and the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) voted to amalgamate into one association solution for the construction community on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Coastal BC.  On June 1, 2011, the existing Island construction associations approved a special resolution to amalgamate, MICA and VICA one new society called Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA). The newly integrated VICA allows for a cross-island communication and collaboration on key member and industry issues, member services, education and networking that has not, until recently, occurred between the boards of directors MICA and VICA.  The new society will continue to operate with two offices, one in Victoria and another in Nanaimo. And a new Board of Directors, consisting of members from the existing boards, was approved by way of a vote by the general membership and has been appointed: 

Marlon Brown – CornerStone Tile, Don Cameron – G & E Contracting, Chris Erb – C & M 
Developments, Alan Fletcher – AFC Construction, Dave Flint – Flynn Canada, Stu Hopewell – 
Atlas Truss, Arthur James Hustins – ABC Precast & Ready Mix, Angus Macpherson – Cairnview 
Mechanical, , Ross McLean – Houle Electric, Anthony Minniti – Century Group Inc., Sheldon 
Saywell – Saywell Contracting, , Todd Skelton – Independent Concrete, Gerrit Vink – Farmer 
Construction Pete White – Kinetic Construction Roger Yager, Knappett Projects Inc.  
For more information, call 250-388-6471 or email manager@vicabc.ca.   

Jun 15, 2011

Fairwinds Community Plans Will Bring More New Residential Development

Bonnington Ridge Ocean View golf course lotsThe Schooner Cove and Lakes District Neighbourhood Plans for the Fairwinds Community at Nanoose Bay have passed a major milestone on their way to becoming a reality after the Regional District of Nanaimo board gave third reading to bylaws incorporating both Schooner Cove and the Lakes District plans into the Nanoose Bay Official Community Plan. Highlights of the two plans include the revitalization of Schooner Cove as an oceanside marina-oriented residential village, with the addition of a public waterfront boardwalk, shops, cafés, neighborhood services, parks and walkways. The plan for the Lakes District calls for a 300-acre public park, as well as a mixed array of single and multi-family homes, all connected by hiking trails and pathways. 
Fairwinds is a well established residential community with several current real estate projects on the market. Ocean and golf course view lots set on a quiet cul-de-sac at Bonnington Ridge in Fairwinds are now selling, with only four lots remining. These Vancouver Island view lots range in size from 1/3 to over 1/2 acre.

May 26, 2011

New Vancouver Island Beachfront Homes at Qualicum Landing Promote a Community Environment


Beach front homes at Qualicum LandingThe Qualicum Landing beachfront homes development opened in the Vancouver Island region known as Oceanside (which includes the communities of Parksville and Qualicum Beach) three years ago, and families from all over Western Canada are now calling it home, or, in the case of vacation home owners, home-away-from-home.
At Qualicum Landing Developments Ltd., project manager James Ferrie says that for the project, which took over a year to plan, the focus was on diversification.
“The biggest thing we strive for is to promote a community environment,” he recently told the Edmonton Journal.
Qualicum Landing harbours a family-friendly atmosphere, one with ample green space, a community vegetable garden, playground, clubhouse, sports court and, most notable, beach access.
 “We have houses that families can afford, but they are also well appointed houses,” says Ferrie. “We are finding a lot of people from Vancouver and Alberta that are buying second homes in this area,” he says.
Homes at Qualicum Landing are now 70 per cent sold.
Qualicum Landing is hosting its final selection day on June 25, and offering savings of up to $100,000. For more information, or to register for the selection day, visit the Qualicum Landing website.

May 03, 2011

The New Oak Bay Beach Hotel on Victoria's Oak Bay Waterfront Offers Luxury Condominiums

Oak Bay Bech Hotel Victoria Waterfront Luxury New CondominiumsThe largest construction project in Oak Bay's history, the $52-million Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria - with 100 hotel rooms and 20 private residences - is scheduled to be complete in less than a year, with an opening for the May long weekend of 2012. When completed, the hotel and luxury residences - Victoria luxury waterfront new condominiums - are expected to draw tourists and snowbirds to Vancouver Island and one of the country's leading environmental buildings. The new residences and vacation hotel suites will feature sweeping views of Channel Island and Mount Baker straight ahead and of the Olympics to the south and other gulf Islands to the North. The roof is expected to be capped and windows in by July, and then most of the work will move inside. That's when owner Kevin Walker will bring back thousands of bricks and beams and other memorabilia from the old Oak Bay Beach Hotel and start rebuilding fireplaces, wine cellars and putting the favourite Snug Pub back into place. The massive concrete structure is built to the highest seismic standards. More than 70 massive bolts have been drilled into the bedrock - some up to 35 feet - on the bottom floor to anchor the whole building into place. Each of the floors is webbed with four-foot-thick concrete spines that cradle two-foot-thick slabs. This is about as solid as a building can be, noted Walker. "We're building a 200-year structure here,” he said.

Excerpted from the Victoria Times Colonist

Apr 12, 2011

1stView Announces Launch of Re-designed Website


Vancouver Island Real EstateThe team at 1stView.ca is happy to announce the launch of the new design of our website. 
The website offers a fresh new look, better search options, and great new ways to learn about New Real Estate on Vancouver Island. This is the place to find out about new real estate on Vancouver island. You can search for new homes, duplexes, condominiums, residential lots, luxury and waterfront homes, vacation homes, patio homes and townhomes.
The new site is also the home of the Vancouver Island Real Estate and Construction Directory – the premier online directory for real estate and construction service providers on Vancouver Island.
Click on over to 1stView.ca and see what’s new in Vancouver Island Real Estate. Subscribe to our blog to receive updates on new developments and services, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook to be informed on the latest real estate and construction news on Vancouver Island.

Jan 24, 2011

2011 Vancouver Island Real Estate Forum Presentations Now On-Line

Vancouver Island Real Estate Forum KeyNote SpeakerA sold out audience attended the 2011 1stView Vancouver Island Real Estate Forecasting Forum at Courtenay’s Filberg Centre on Jan. 20.
Presentations from leading industry experts informed the audience about upcoming real estate and construction trends, as well as Comox Valley development news.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort President Peter Gibson presented updates from the ski resort and Lee Rome of the BC Construction Association spoke about the future of the industry and the demand for trades people.
The CMHC’s Travis Archibald presented a housing market update, and Coast Realty’s Marty Douglas detailed Comox Valley and Campbell River real estate numbers.
Keynote Speaker Cameron Muir, chief economist of the BC Real Estate Association, addressed the BC Housing outlook, with a focus on Vancouver Island.
All of the presentations are now available for viewing at www.1stView.ca

Nov 26, 2010

Vancouver Island Real Estate Project "The Gales" Featured in Homes and Living Magazine

The Gales in Ladysmith will be the Feature Home in the Christmas edition of Homes and Living Magazine. With interior design in the show homes done by Unique Interiors, these new Vancouver Island patio homes and condominiums are set to shine.
This Vancouver Island real estate project in the central Island community of Ladysmith offers a stunning retreat nestled between water and mountains. A new home development comprised of 42 patio homes and 28 condominiums with mountain and ocean views, The Gales is built in a  West Coast contemporary style with open floor plans. Warm earth tones and wide sunny balconies create the perfect backdrop for the stunning views. These homes offer more than 800 sq ft of balcony and patio space to take advantage of the scenery. Phase V of this Vancouver Island new homes project has now been registered with the Land Titles office.
Come and be blown away at The Gales.

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