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May 31, 2011

Lakefront Homes and Lots available at Trumpeter Pointe near Duncan on Vancouver Island

Turmpeter Pointe lakefron homes and lots Vancouver IslandTrumpeter Pointe is an upscale master-planned lakeside community near Maple Bay and Duncan on Vancouver Island. This quietly situated 24-acre residential subdivision with 49 view lots (about 50% sold) and 17 waterfront lots (11 are still available) features lake and mountain views, an abundance of green space, parkland, and walking trails.
Both underground-serviced residential building lots and luxurious open concept Built Green new homes are now available at Trumpeter Pointe. Custom home plans and home construction services are also available for residential building lot purchasers. This waterfront community is mere steps away from nature, yet conveniently close to shopping, schools, golf courses, marinas, sports centres, and the Island Highway.
The show home is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 p.m.


May 31, 2011

Swiss Home Builders Ltd., Vancouver Island's Timber Frame and Post and Beam Specialists

Swiss Home Builders Post and Beam and Timber Frame Construction Vancouver IslandSwiss Home Builders Ltd. build custom timber frame houses from start to finish on Vancouver Island, in the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Nanaimo and Victoria.The builders work with their clients from the beginning of the building process to the completion of a new home - from access road and septic field, to interior finishing. A one-stop full service, the company has 50 years of combined experience in Home Building and Property Development. Swiss Home Builders combine cutting edge Cad design and old-style European Craftsmanship to manufacture any post and beam, timber and glue lam structure designed for any property. One project at a time Swiss Home Builders create green, energy efficient homes, that are healthy, long lasting, and beautiful. Swiss Home Builders offer typical West Coast homes as well as upgrades for existing homes such as timber framed entrance ways, trusses, curved braces and timber components. Swiss Home Builders is your ideal partner for a smaller carriage house offering a line of options on small homes. No project is too small. Contact them today at 250.702.0928.

May 30, 2011

Recycle Fluorescent Lights Safely and Responsibly on Vancouver Island with Acorn to Oak

Acorn to Oak Fluorescent Light Recycling Vancouver IslandAcorn to Oak is Vancouver Island’s first mobile fluorescent lamp recycling company. They service all communities on Vancouver Island including Campbell River, the Comox Valley, Parksville, Qualicum, Nanaimo, and Duncan to Victoria. Acorn to Oak’s goal is to minimize the harmful effects of the mercury contained in the fluorescent tubes through recycling. At no initial cost to your company, Acorn to Oak will place a recycling barrel on-site. As fluorescent lamps are replaced, simply place the used ones into the recycling barrel. When the barrel is nearly full, contact them and for a small fee, Acorn to Oak will recycle your lamps then will replace the barrel with a new one. Call them at 250.516.7658 or email nathan@oaktoacorndevelopments.com today for more information on how to safely and responsibly recycle fluorescent lights.



May 30, 2011

Courtenay Duplex Homes at Woodcote Mews Offer Excellent Value

Woodcote Mews Affordable new duplex homes Comox ValleyWoodcote Mews offers comfortable family homes in the Comox Valley. This new real estate development in Courtenay on Vancouver Island offers side-by-side duplex homes, perfect for the new home buyer, young family, or even as a vacation home. The floor plan is spacious, offering 1,320 square feet on two floors with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Each new home includes a quality appliance package, consisting of a fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer. A private yard is at the back of every unit and there is a common outside area for all residents to enjoy.
Centrally located on the west side of Courtenay, residents are within walking distance of the vibrant downtown area, which features shopping, restaurants and offices. Woodcote Park is only a few steps away. 12 homes have already been sold at Woodcote Mews. All remaining homes are now priced at $211,900.

May 30, 2011

Prices Reduced at Claddagh Estates - Ocean front lots in the Comox Valley

Claddagh Estates oceanfront lots for sale Vancouver IslandCladdagh Estates, a new Vancouver Island real estate development featuring waterfront and mountain view estate lots in the Comox Valley, have reduced their prices.
Mountain view lots range from $225,000 to $495,000 and oceanfront properties are listed from $375,000-$549,000.
Claddagh Estates has 17 exclusive lots for sale. All 12 waterfront lots are ¾ acre in size and offer 100-foot frontages. The five rural lots across the road are 1.5-2 acres in size and feature mountain and some ocean view. The lots are all fully serviced, including municipal water, sewer and underground services. Set atop a 90-foot bluff, the 25 acres property offers views across the Georgia Straight to the Coastal Mountains.

May 30, 2011

Final Four Waterfront Condos For Sale at The Shores at King Coho in Comox, Vancouver Island

Waterforn Condos Comox Valley Vancouver IslandOnly 4 waterfront condos remain at the Shores at King Coho in Comox, Vancouver Island.
Only steps from the beach, these stunning new oceanfront homes are priced to sell, starting at $549,900, including HST and appliances.
Featuring 9-foot ceilings, engineered hardwood floors, granite countertops, gas fireplaces and spacious patios and balconies, these new Vancovuer Island waterfront homes offer stunning craftsmanship and luxurious details.
Enjoy Comox Valley sunrises and sunsets and mountain views from your waterfront patio this summer. The Shores at King Coho are ready for occupancy.

May 27, 2011

New Comox Valley Town Homes at Diamond Park Offer Exceptional Value

Diamond Park New Comox Valley Town homes The Diamond Park town home development in Courtenay offers 21 new three-bedroom, two-bathroom town homes starting at $195,900. The 1,052 sq ft homes come with hardwood and ceramic tile floors, stainless steel kitchen appliances, laundry rooms with stacking washer and dryer, and computer nooks. Outside, each of these quality-built new Comox Valley homes comes landscaped, complete with a 10x14 patio and fenced yard. The new real estate development is located at 170 Centennial Dr., Courtenay, close to all levels of schools including North Island College, shopping, CFB Comox and Mount Washington. Prices have been reduced as much as $13,000, and now range from $195,900-$204,900.

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 24, 2011

Rural Vancouver Island Lots with a View at the Comox Valley's Trent River Estates

Trent River Estates in Royston, just south of the Comox Valley offers secluded large rural home lots in a tranquil setting, some with panoramic views of the Beaufort Mountains with Lots 4 through 11 backing onto the Trent River. Situated amid green space and woodlands, the development features underground hydro, telephone, utility services and each lot has an approved septic area. Some of the lots offer panoramic views of the Beaufort mountains. A building scheme is in place and the zoning on these Vancouver Island building lots allows for a carriage house. The Island Highway is easily accessed from Trent River Estates only minutes from the amenities offered by the Comox Valley’s City of Courtenay, Town of Comox and Village of Cumberland, as well as the surrounding recreation areas including Mount Washington and Strathcona Provincial Park.


May 19, 2011

Core Systems Offers Affordable Green Alternatives for Paving and Landscaping


core gravel contained aggregate paving alternativesCore Systems offers 100% permeable solutions to create attractive, eco-friendly and affordable alternatives to paved surfaces. Core Systems’ permeable paving solutions provide soil stability, erosion control and serve as an environmentally friendly paving alternative. The Core Systems honeycomb-celled polypropylene panels serve as a gravel and soil stabilizer and can be used to create “green” laneways and driveways of gravel or grass.  Both the gravel/grass stabilization system and the new line of recycled rubber pavers are ideal for creating porous walkways, roof-top gardens and European estate-style driveways. Core Systems offers stable surfaces that are designed to withstand daily vehicle use and are also bicycle and wheelchair friendly. Their systems are easily installed and require very little ongoing maintenance. Contact Core Systems today to learn about their functional, permeable paving alternatives.

May 17, 2011

New Show Homes Now Open At The Gales in Ladysmith


Oceanview patio homes and condos Vancouver islandAt The Gales in Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island, a new phase of patio homes is now being completed. A new show home is ready and three more patio homes will be completed this spring. Homes at The Gales range in size from 1,550 – 2,780 sq ft and are built to take advantage of the spectacular unobstructed views of Ladysmith Harbour and Thetis Island. Featuring large windows to soak in the views and luxury fittings and finishings, the 42 patio homes and 26 condos at this Vancouver Island real estate development are designed and built in West Coast contemporary architectural style and floor plans are open, ideal for entertaining. 
New homes at The Gales range from $599,000- $650,000. Be blown away at The Gales.

May 17, 2011

Building Links Celebrates 18 years and 900 Editions

Clarice Coty, founder of Building Links Building Links, the weekly North Island Construction Newsletter published its 900th edition on May 12, 2011. For 18 years, since its first edition on May 17, 1993, Building Links has been providing a construction report to subscribers, first in paper form, and as technology changed, via email.  “I would like to acknowledge the continuous support of our clients for our ongoing success. They recognize the value for their business of the information presented each week in Building Links,” said editor and founder Clarice Coty. “The staff of the North Island municipalities and regional districts are also key components in helping us gather and report accurate information, and for that we thank them.”

Each week, news of new building permits, tenders, and major new developments – both commercial and residential – is announced in Building Links. Subscribers to the newsletter include Vancouver Island businesses who benefit from knowing what construction projects and developments are in the works, as well as whom to contact about each project.

Mark Hedican, manager of WesternOne Rentals and Sales, has been using Building Links for the past 17 years. “We find Building Links to be an invaluable resource for our business so that we can get up-to-date news on new construction projects,” he said. Hedican added that the quarterly construction statistics from Building Links provide tremendous value in forecasting future sales.

Building Links offers a free four-week trial to any potential new subscriber. For more information, visit the website at www.buildinglinks.ca.

May 13, 2011

New Condos With Big City Style at a Fraction of the Cost at the Texada in Nanaimo


The Texada Conodmoiniums in NanaimoThe Texada brings modern city living to Nanaimo. All of the luxury of downtown Vancouver condominiums at a fraction of the price. Featuring waterviews and balconies or patios from which to enjoy them, condos at the Texada are selling fast.
The building features secured underground parking, two multipurpose rooms for residents and an elegant glass entrance with secured entry.
Suites are professionally designed and feature stainless steel appliances; bathrooms with heated tile floors and a soaker tub; engineered hardwood flooring, electric fireplace and abundance of ceramic tile with natural stone accents.
One bedroom + den units are 922 sq ft and start at $249,900. The largest available units offer more than 1600 sq ft of luxury living space. An open house is held daily, except for Fridays, from 11am to 4pm at 6310 McRobb Avenue, just off of Uplands Drive in Nanaimo. For more information visit The Texada website.

May 13, 2011

Rural Feeling in the Heart of the Comox Valley at Gatehouse Place


Gatehouse Place residential lot for sale CourtenayOne last lot remains for sale in the Courtenay real estate development of Gatehouse Place. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac and close to schools, recreational facilities and shopping, the lot is listed at $173,000.

The entrance to Gatehouse Place is off Caledon Crescent, and the design of the development is specifically situated to create a rural feeling. The 16-lot subdivision features fish ponds and glacier views and a large natural park with protected walkways and greenways. Build your custom dream home in Gatehouse Place.

May 12, 2011

The Slopes at the Lake Offers Sunny Building Lots in Lake Cowichan

The Slopes at Lake Cowichan residential building lotsThe Slopes at the Lake in the town of Lake Cowichan offers large residential lots for sale just minutes from the lake itself. The friendly Vancouver Island lifestyle of this well-planned community awaits, with underground services and a large variety of residential lots for sale to choose from. The large lots at the Slopes at Lake Cowichan range in size from 10,193 sq. ft. to 18,382 sq ft. There is a building scheme in place to help keep everyone's homes and yards attractive, while still allowing for the variety of styles the West Coast is so popular for. This south slope of the community has sun all day, and the area feaures mountain and valley views and lots of greenspace. The Slopes at the Lake is close to the business centre of the Town of Lake Cowichan and less than 20 minutes to all the services that Duncan has to offer, and yet located in the heart of one of British Columbia's best recreation areas.
Phase II is now selling at The Slopes at the Lake.

May 10, 2011

Oceanwest Development Brings Variety of New Housing to Ucluelet


OceanWest lots for sale UclueletBuild your luxury home along the rugged shores of the Pacific at Oceanwest, the newest oceanfront development in Ucluelet.
Carefully placed among old-growth forest, the 228-acre Oceanwest development will include a mix of permanent residences, vacation homes and rentals, hotels and a few retail stores. Major new sections of the Wild Pacific Trail wind through Oceanwest, where more than 20 percent of the property is designated park land, and the sandy beaches of Pacific Rim National Park are nearby.
Many of the lots are waterfront or feature waterviews. The Master-Planned Community features a variety of properties for sale including small single family lots starting at $115,000 up to waterfront estate lots larger than one acre for $1million+. Vacation properties and revenue producing rental properties are also included in the project. The first four phases of ocean view and forested lots are ready for home building; completion of all phases is scheduled by 2017. Visit the Oceanwest website for more information.

May 10, 2011

Last Lots Selling at Penfield West in Campbell River


Campbell River lots at Penfield WestThe final lots are selling at Campbell River’s Penfield West. Only three lots remain unsold, and the properties, priced at $79,900, are drawing a lot of attention, developers say. Located in an established upscale community of more than 200 West Coast contemporary style homes, these Campbell River lots are ideal for building a new family home. The area is conveniently located close to all levels of schools, parks, the Sportsplex, the Campbell River Hospital, the marina and golfing. The Penfield West neighbourhood is located a short 10 minute drive to the Campbell River Airport. Developer The Raven Group is an experienced and successful development company on Vancouver Island. During the past 30 years, they have been recognized and acknowledged for their quality residential subdivisions and commercial developments. Contact the Raven Group at 250.287.2215.

May 10, 2011

Fairwinds Living Combines Luxury and Nature - View Lots for Sale At Bonnington Ridge


Bonnington Ridge ocean view and golf course lotsBonnington Ridge at Fairwinds on the east coast of Vancouver Island offers a limited collection of ocean and golf course view lots. This new real estate development is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac close to Fairwinds Centre and minutes from Fairwinds Golf Club and Schooner Cove Marina. Five lots are still available.
With more than 700 homes and home sites developed to date, Fairwinds has maintained the natural west coast surroundings of plant and animal wildlife, while creating residential opportunities for people seeking the active Vanocuver Island lifestyle.

Bonnington Ridge offers single family home sites surrounded by nature. Located off Bonnington Drive, these lots start at $209,000.

May 05, 2011

Indigo Painting and Decorating Provides Quality Work and Unique High End Finishes

Indigo Painting and Decorating Fine Spray FinishingIndigo Painting and Decorating specializes in high quality finishes. Professionals who take pride in their work, Indigo Painting is experienced in painting quality homes to the specifications of discerning architects, designers, contractors, and home owners. Complete client satisfaction is, and always will be their goal. When painting new construction, Indigo Painting sprays trim in place, to create a finish like that of fine furniture. Alternatively, they can glaze trim to make trim look rustic or antiqued or create stained or lacquered doors. They are also able to provide decorative, zero-VOC, epoxy flooring such as metallic, vinyl chip, and quartz for residential and commercial application. When painting exteriors, Indigo Painting knows the value of extensive preparation. With years of experience in stucco coatings such as elastomeric paints, they apply all products to manufacturers specifications. Indigo Painting professionals are prompt, reliable, and have references upon request. Serving Vancouver Island from Nanaimo to Campbell River. Contact them at 250.898.9656 or email indigopainting@yahoo.ca.

May 03, 2011

Vancouver Island Residential and Commercial Construction Design by Thuja Design Studio


Vancouver Island Commercial and residential building designerBuilding designer Tanis Schulte is the principal designer of Thuja Design Studio, a Comox Valley based design studio, which works with homeowners, small business and contractors to create functional, sustainable design. Thuja Design Studio strives to develop progressive, efficient and original residential and commercial design solutions for the places we live, work, and play.  
Schulte works throughout Vancouver Island from the North Island to Victoria in the South, and Tofino and Ucluelet in the west. The company is also available for design work on the Gulf Islands.

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

May 02, 2011

Vancouver Island Real Estate Numbers Hold Steady through April


New homes on Vancouver Island Multiple Listing Service sales summary data released by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board for April 2011, shows a 13 per cent decline in single family unit sales compared to April 2010 and an almost nine per cent decrease from last month.
The average price of a single family home sold in April 2011 through the VIREB MLS system was $353,613, up one per cent from the $348,423 posted in April 2010, similar to March 2011 $347,522
“We are seeing long term stability in the market with no dramatic upward pressure on prices expected,” Jim Stewart, president of VIREB said. “Although you need to look at a larger window than one month to establish a trend it is encouraging to see consumer interest in our smaller markets of Campbell River and Port Alberni.”
There were 868 single family homes listed in April, bringing the active single family homes listed in the VIREB region through MLS to 2,944, up from 2,818 this time last year.

For the 12-month period from the end of April 2010 to April 2011, average sale prices across VIREB's six zones saw: Campbell River down 1 per cent (to $292,949), the Comox Valley up 2 per cent (to $355,976), Nanaimo also up 2 per cent (to $374,501), Parksville/Qualicum was up 2 per cent (to $408,162) and the Cowichan Valley was up 2 per cent (to $360,029).

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