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Sep 29, 2010

The Maples Resort at Sproat Lake on Vancouver Island


A Popular Lakefront Vacation Rental Destination

Phase 1 of The Maples Resort at Sproat Lake, a recreational development located on Vancouver Island is near completion.

This Vancouver Island real estate development is offering two, one-bedroom Vancouver Island homes priced at $399,000 (units #1 and #4) and two, two-bedroom Vancouver Island homes priced at $449,000 (units #2 and #3). These Sproat Lake units have open-space floor plans with spacious decks and residents may enjoy exclusive use of resort dock.

The Maples Resort is a popular lakefront vacation rental destination and is located on five acres of beautifully treed Vancouver Island property featuring 300 feet of lake.

These Vancouver Island lakefront vacation homes are located 13 km northwest of Port Alberni and are a quick 30 minute drive from Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island.

To read more about The Maples, visit 1stView.ca.

Sep 27, 2010

Trumpeter Pointe - New Lakeside Community on Southern Vancouver Island


Lakeview Residential Building Lots Starting from $169,900

Trumpeter Pointe is a 24-acre Vancouver Island residential subdivision with 49 view lots and 17 waterfront lots featuring lake and mountain views, an abundance of green space, parkland and walking trails. The new Southern Vancouver Island lakeside community of Trumpeter Pointe is located on Quamichan Lake near Maple Bay and Duncan in the Cowichan Valley.

This Vancouver Island development sets new standards for waterfront real estate on Vancouver Island lakes. The planning, design and construction development all focus on ecosystem preservation and protection while creating a quiet neighbourhood setting.

Trumpeter Pointe is conveniently situated for both urban lifestyles and outdoor recreation.  These Vancouver Island homes and lots are underground-serviced and just minutes from downtown Duncan and Maple Bay Marina. Trumpeter Pointe is a short commute to Victoria and Nanaimo and is also close to shopping, schools, golf courses, marinas, sports centres and the Island Highway.

This Vancouver Island real estate development offers lakeview residential building lots ranging from $169,900 to $247,500. Waterfront property ranges from $319,000 to $495,000 and new Vancouver Island homes from $474,900 to $529,900.

These Southern Vancouver Island lakeview new homes are available for viewing during the day from Monday to Friday and between 1pm and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Lakeview and waterfront residential building lots can be viewed anytime or call for an appointment to discuss building lot purchases.

For more information about Trumpeter Pointe visit 1stView.ca.

Sep 26, 2010

The Ridge - South Courtenay Real Estate Project in the Comox Valley


Rezoning of 77 Acres to include 184 Vancouver Island Homes

An application has been submitted to the City of Courtenay planning department for The Ridge, a 77-acre property located in South Courtenay on Vancouver Island. This Comox Valley project is located in the Comox Logging and Fraser Roads area.

The Vancouver Island real estate development will include 184 single family lots (31 of these residential lots are designed as carriage home lots), 22 duplexes (44 units) and two multi-family sites that are designed for approximately 80 units.

This Vancouver Island project is designed so that it can be built in five phases.  Phase 1 is expected to include approximately 66 residential lots and some of the zoning may allow the lots to have Vancouver Island homes with suites. Some of the lots will feature panoramic ocean views and some lots may contain carriage homes.

A public information meeting is expected to be held in November.


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Sep 25, 2010

Woodcote Mews - A Vancouver Island Real Estate Project


Construction of Comox Valley Homes to Fully Complete in the Fall

Woodcote Mews, a Vancouver Island real estate project consisting of 20 duplex units located on Cumberland Road in the Comox Valley has sold nine of their units.  Construction of these Vancouver Island homes is well underway and the units are expected to fully complete in the Fall of this year.

These Comox Valley duplex units are 1320 square feet in size and include a quality appliance package which consists of a fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer. Pricing of these Vancouver Island homes start at $209,900.

To learn more about this Vancouver Island real estate project visit 1stView.ca.

Sep 24, 2010

Vancouver Island Ocean View & Mountain View Homes


The Gales in Ladysmith is moving into Phase V of Development

The Gales is a Vancouver Island real estate development located in Ladysmith nestled between the sea and the mountains. These spectacular and luxurious Vancouver Island patio homes and condominiums are designed and built in West Coast contemporary architectural style with open floor plans.  The custom finishing on these Vancouver Island homes is top quality. Additional features include granite counters, exotic hardwood floors, porcelain tiles, heat pumps, heated flooring and vaulted ceilings. The ocean views these Vancouver Island homes have to offer are very impressive.

The Gales is presently waiting for the registration of Phase V with Land Titles. Once registration is in place units numbered 1, 2, 13 and 14 will be available for sale.  All units have basements with the exception of unit #14, which is a rancher style.  Pricing of these Vancouver Island homes starts at $629,000.

To learn more about The Gales, visit 1stView.ca.

Sep 22, 2010

Developer Promotion on Vancouver Island Oceanfront Lot

Driftwood Estates -  Six Lots Remaining

The Developer of Driftwood Estates is offering a reduction on one of their oceanfront lots priced at $600,000 now reduced to $499,999. There are only six Vancouver Island real estate waterfront lots remaining for sale, all with spectacular ocean and mountain views.

Driftwood Estates is located midpoint between Comox and Campbell River on the east side of Vancouver Island at Saratoga Beach.  These spectacular waterfront lots face Georgia Strait and are one of the few locations in Canada where you can ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon. This Vancouver Island real estate development offers lots that are fully serviced with water, sewer, power, gas, cable and telephone and are accessible by a private road. Behind these ocean and mountain view Vancouver Island lots is a 10-acre natural park with fish-bearing streams and picturesque 40 foot tall fir trees.  Driftwood Estates is a stunning location to build your Vancouver Island home and enjoy the West Coast lifestyle.

To read more about Driftwood Estates, visit 1stView.ca.

Sep 22, 2010

Vancouver Island Construction Association Hosts 1st Annual Men's and Ladies Golf Scramble


Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) will host their first mixed golf scramble at Crown Isle Resort in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. This golf scramble will take place on October 2 starting at 1:30 pm. This tournament is open to members and non members and the entry fee includes green fees, power carts, driving range usage and a buffet dinner. The fee for the tournament is $150. Members receive a $50 discount.

For more information on this event contact Sarah Bartfai at (250) 388-6471 or by email at memberservices@vicabc.ca  Website http://www.vicabc.ca/.

Sep 20, 2010

Official Community Plan Update for the Town of Comox


Comox Valley's Regional Growth Strategy to be Addressed

The Town of Comox on Vancouver Island is updating its Official Community Plan (OCP) and would like to have the public's input. The OPC will address the Regional Growth Strategy, environmental protection, parks and open spaces, greenhouse emissions and economic development. This will be the fourth public meeting for the Town of Comox which will focus on sustainable development. The meeting will be held on September 22 at both 1pm and 6:30pm at the d'Esterre House in Comox.

For more information visit Comox Official Community Plan Update.

Sep 20, 2010

ISG Wine Fundamentals Level I Course at Pacific Shores Resort & Spa Academy


Vancouver Island Oceanfront Resort Offers Discounted Stay Rate for Registrants

If you are learning about wine and would like to manoeuvre through the world of wine in a confident and knowledgeable manner; or perhaps you are looking to enhance your knowledge of the hospitality industry through a greater understanding of wine? The International Sommelier Gold Wine Fundamentals Certificate Level 1, being offered at the oceanfront resort of Pacific Shores on Vancouver Island, is an educational tool considered one of the best by international sommelier standards.

Pacific Shores offers affordable luxury ocean view and second home real estate options. This Vancouver Island oceanfront residential resort provides first-class dining, spa, fitness and lounge facilities on site. Pacific Shores is also offering an exclusive discounted overnight stay rate for course registrants.

The Vancouver Island Wine Fundamentals Level 1 course will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting on October 5, 2010 from 3pm to 6pm and will last for 4 weeks.  The cost for this course is $600.

To read more about Pacific Shores Resort & Spa visit 1stview.ca.

Sep 16, 2010

Crystal Shores a Comox Valley Waterfront Condominium Development


Vancouver Island Real Estate Development offers Panoramic Ocean & Mountain Views

Crystal Shores is a waterfront condominium development located in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and offers panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. These spacious waterfront units offer a private balcony with a view of Comox Bay and range in size from 1384 to 1826 square feet.

Pricing of these Vancouver Island homes are reasonable and start from $329,900. There is presently a special the Developer is offering on these waterfront condominiums being that net HST is included in the price of the units. This Vancouver Island real estate special is in effect until the end of September.

To view these spectacular Vancouver Island waterfront condominiums attend the open house which is held Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 3pm.

For more information on Crystal Shores visit 1stView.ca.

Sep 16, 2010

Revitalization of Comox Harbour Marina

Vancouver Island Harbour in Comox to Double in Capacity

Island Coastal Economic Trust will contribute $400,000 for the Comox Valley Craft Harbour Revitalization project on Vancouver Island. The Comox Valley project total is estimated to be $1.6 million.

Construction and servicing of 440 linear feet of floats and 320 feet of decked and improved breakwater will be included in this Vancouver Island project. The improvements will double the capacity of the Comox Harbour located on Vancouver Island.

To learn more about the Comox Valley visit 1stView.ca.

Sep 15, 2010

Developer Promotion in Effect for The Residences at the Beach Club in Parksville


Vancouver Island Oceanside Condominiums Located at one of the Best Beaches on the West Coast

The Residences at the Beach Club is a stunning Vancouver Island real estate development and is presently 80% sold out. These stunning ocean side condominiums located in Parksville have many features to offer such as oversized balconies and windows, granite countertops, over height wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, nine-foot ceilings, gas fireplaces, engineered hardwood floors, fitness, indoor pool, steam room and hot tub and most of all ... West Coast living.

This Vancouver Island development is located within steps from one of the best beaches on the West Coast -- It’s like waking up on a vacation every day!  The ocean views from these Parksville condominiums are spectacular, particularly the views from the Penthouse suites.

The developer of The Residences at the Beach Club is presently offering $40,000 off any Residence to the next three purchasers. Come and view the Vancouver Island condominiums during their open house which is held from Wednesday through Monday from 12pm to 5pm (Tuesday by appointment only).  This developer promotion won’t last long.

To learn more about The Residences at the Beach Club visit 1stView.ca.

Sep 14, 2010

Supportive Housing Project in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island


Plan Approved by the Comox Valley Regional District

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has hired consultants, Butler Associates Consulting and Bazink Solutions Inc. to recommend a solution to Vancouver Island affordable housing and homelessness in the Comox Valley.

A plan was approved by the Comox Valley Regional District early this year that included completing the land acquisition process and developing a lease with a third party to operate the emergency shelter in the Comox Valley on a long term basis. CVRD adopted two bylaws last year that enables the CVRD to acquire land for an emergency shelter and/or supportive housing in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.

The participating municipalities as well as, the CVRD will contribute annual funding to move the Vancouver Island project forward. Once the CVRD has acquired land they would apply to the provincial and federal governments for additional funding to pay for the cost of the building. A public meeting is proposed for the evening of September 23.

To learn more about the plan see the Comox Valley Regional District .

Sep 11, 2010

Vancouver Island Housing Starts on Par with Five-Year Average


Victoria Accounts for Half of Vancouver Island's Housing Starts in August

There were 329 housing starts across urban Vancouver Island centres recorded by Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC) in August 2010. This is an increase from July 2010 and it is on par with the five-year average for August.

The most active Urban Vancouver Island residential construction market in August was the Vancouver Island apartment condominium market. In Victoria CMA there were 160 apartment condominiums that started construction in August, this number represents nearly half of all August housing starts recorded across Urban Vancouver Island. Single detached homes accounted for over 80% residential construction activity on Vancouver Island (outside of Victoria CMA) which consists of Duncan CA, Nanaimo CA, Parksville CA, and Courtenay CA.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of total housing starts dipped to 183,300 units in August. In British Columbia, August’s seasonally adjusted rate of urban housing starts moved higher to 25,400 units, from 20,100 units in July.

For more information, please visit CMHC.

Sep 09, 2010

Steam Engine Estates on Vancouver Island Offers Quality Built Homes

Comox Valley Patio Homes and Town Homes Moving Quickly

Steam Engine Estates located in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island has recently sold more units and has just listed the last three units in Phase 3 of their Vancouver Island real estate project.

These Vancouver Island homes are beautifully finished and provide plenty of natural lighting.  Steam Engine Estates is centrally located and just minutes away from the Inland Island Highway, providing quick and easy access to local shopping. This Vancouver Island real estate development is in one of the closest residential communities to Mt Washington Alpine Resort.

Steam Engine Estates offers quality built Comox Valley homes starting from $224,900 and are available for viewing from Wednesday to Sunday between 1pm and 3pm.

To learn more about Steam Engine Estates visit 1stView.ca.

Sep 07, 2010

Vancouver Island Coast Visitors Centre

Completion Targeted for March 2011

Working drawings for the Vancouver Island Coast Visitors' Centre are completed and a development permit application has been submitted to the Village of Cumberland.   Parking, water management and a few outstanding issues are being addressed before the permit will be issued. A building permit application is expect to be submitted this week and both applications could be approved in September or October.

Tenders for the new Vancouver Island  development are expected to be released soon for the sub-trades and construction is expected to begin once all approvals are in place, with a targeted completion date of March 31, 2011. Kinetic Construction has been awarded the contract as  construction manager for the new Vancouver Island and Coast Visitors centre building which will be construction on Triligy property near the Island Highway Interchange at Cumberland. The Visitors Centre will be about 650 square metres and feature a 12 metre tall exhibition hall. The construction budget is $2.32 million which includes landscaping. The exhibit construction budget is $858,000. The building will contain an area for exhibitions and meetings, as well as a service, technical and washroom area.

Sep 04, 2010

Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Reports a Balanced Market

Sale Prices for Vancouver Island Real Estate Increased in Port Alberni within a 12-Month Period   

The sales summary data from the Multiple Listing Service for August 2010, released by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) indicates a decline in Vancouver Island unit sales in comparison to 2009, but the numbers are very close to 2008.

In August 2010, there were a total of 320 Vancouver Island single family properties sold in the VIREB area. This number is down 38% from the 516 sold in August 2009; but is mirroring the August of 2008 numbers, wherein there were sales of 327 Vancouver Island homes.

The numbers of newly listed Vancouver Island properties continues to slow down with only 653 single family homes coming on the market in August, as compared to 745 Vancouver Island homes being listed in July.

Cliff Moberg, VIREB President says that the number of Vancouver Island homes sold, are better than expected and that pricing seems to be firm.

The average sale price based on a 12-month average across the VIREB region for August 2010 was $335,775; this indicates a 1% increase from the $332,090 posted a year ago.

From the end of August 2009 to August 2010, the average sale prices for Vancouver Island real estate across VIREB's six zones rose in all but one market:

To read more on Vancouver Island real estate sales visit VIREB.

Sep 02, 2010

Power Smart Gold Home on Vancouver Island

Lycene Spray Foam Insulates & Serves as Air & Vapour Barrier

Today, there are many products available in the Comox Valley, Campbell River, as well as the rest of Vancouver Island that did not exist 30 years ago, in regards to the construction industry.  Lcyene Spray Foam Insulation is an example of a product that has only been available in the US since 1986 for home construction. Lcyene Spray Foam, serves as insulation as well as an air and vapour barrier. 

One Vancouver Island home recently Blower Door Tested for Hargrave Construction, will be a Power Smart Gold and an extremely energy efficient Vancouver Island home, coming in with the tightest construction Elemental Energy Advisors has seen, at 1.17 Air Change Rates per Hour (ACH). Average new home construction on Vancouver Island comes in at 3.5- 5.5 ACH, which is also why a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) was incorporated into the construction. 

If you would like to know how tight of a home you and your sub trades are producing on Vancouver Island, call Cristi at 250-830-8000or email any questions to cristi@elementalenergyadvisors.ca for your Blower Door Test and check the air tightness on your Vancouver Island home.

To test your Vancouver Island home visit Elemental Energy Advisors.

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