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Jun 29, 2012

New Piercy Avenue Townhomes in Downtown Courtenay to be Ready This Summer

Downtwon Courtenay Townhomes Piercy Avenuenew townhome development on Piercy Avenue in downtown Courtenay, is being built by McQueen Construction in the Comox Valley. This new Vancouver Island real estate project will feature ten new homes and is now under construction. Building permits have been issued in the amount of $1.4 million for two four-plexes. The homes will be built in two buildings with four linked townhouses; two additional townhouses will also be added. These Courtenay townhomes will be completed this summer.
Floor plans will include two or three bedrooms and will range in size from 1,300 to 1,600 sq. ft. Many of the homes offer the popular option of having the master bedroom on the main floor.
All of these new homes will feature hardwood flooring, solid wood cabinets, and come complete with appliance packages. The homes will have attached garages and additional driveway parking, and the development will also have guest parking spots.
Located only a few blocks from downtown Courtenay, Piercy Avenue Townhomes are set in a sunny, central location in this growing Vancouver Island city.
Prices are expected to start at $249,900.

Jun 28, 2012

WesternOne Rentals and Sales Expanding to Add New Courtenay Location

WesternOne Rentals and SalesWesternOne Rentals and Sales is opening a new store in Courtenay. Renovations at the new 6,700 sq. ft. store on Moray Avenue in Courtenay are nearly complete the new equipment sales and rentals store in set to open mid-July. 
WesternOne's new commercial retail centre will service contractors Monday to Friday from 7am - 5pm with dirt, aerial and general rents. The 1.5 acre lot is the ideal space to accommodate WesternOne's new vertical mast and telehandler training centre.
The new store will serve the Comox Valley’s south-east side, and area where a number of proposals for new residential and commercial lots means a great deal of expected growth. The Comox location will continue to serve Comox and East Courtenay.
Located one block off the main connector and surrounded by wholesalers, WesternOne Courtenay will be conveniently located for area contractors.

Jun 28, 2012

Safely Recycle Fluorescent Lighting on Vancouver Island with Acorn to Oak Developments

Fluorescent lamp light recyclingAcorn to Oak is Vancouver Island’s first mobile fluorescent lamp recycling company.
They offer service throughout Vancouver Island including the communities of 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.

Jun 27, 2012

Swiss Home Builders Build Custom Timber Frame Homes on Vancouver Island

Swiss Home Builder timber frame homes 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.

Jun 27, 2012

Choose Your Colours and Move in to Your New Home in a Month, All for Under $200,000 at Woodcote Mews in Courtenay

Woodcote Mews New Courtenay duplex homesAll of the remaining new Courtenay duplexes at Woodcote Mews  are now priced at under $200,000. The new homes have been popular with young families, empty nesters, and those looking for a Vancouver Island vacation home. And now the 1,320 sq ft duplex homes are priced under $200,000at $199,900.
Thirteen of the 20 duplex homes at Woodcote Mews on Cumberland Road have been sold. All of the remaining new homes have been completed to lock-up, and can be ready for you to move in within a month. The developer will complete the interiors of the units once the buyers have selected their colour schemes.
These new Vancouver Island duplex homes feature a spacious layout, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Each unit includes a quality appliance package with refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer.
An open house is held every Saturday from 11-12:30.

Jun 27, 2012

Only Three Lots For Sale at Bonnington Ridge in the Fairwinds Oceanfront Golf Community

Fairwinds residential golf course lots for saleThe Bonnington Ridge neighbourhood in the Fairwinds Community in Nanoose Bay offers residential lots for sale, situated on a quiet cul-de-sac with prices starting at $240,000. Only three lots are still available in Bonnington Ridge.
Bonnington Ridge lots offer beautiful ocean and golf course views, and executive west coast homes will integrate first-class luxury living with the natural beauty and tranquility of the area. 
Located only 15 minutes north of Nanaimo, on the east side of Vancouver Island, Fairwinds is quickly becoming the destination of choice for those seeking a luxurious West Coast lifestyle. This community features a spectacular Golf Club, Schooner Cove Marina and a recreational fitness facility. The Bonnington Ridge neighbourhood is only a few minutes walking distance to Fairwinds Centre. Stop by their sales centre to learn more.  

Jun 26, 2012

Dale's Plumbing and Mechanical Offers Expert Commercial and Residential Service in the Comox Valley

Dale's Plumbing and MechanicalDale’s Plumbing and Mechanical in the Comox Valley specializes in residential and commercial plumbing. Well known for their fast, efficient service, Dale’s Plumbing mechanical has been operating in the Comox Valley for over 30 years. This plumbing and gas fitting contractor's quality workmanship has earned Dale’s Plumbing a reputation as a premiere Comox Valley contractor.
Dale’s Plumbing specializes in new construction plumbing and plumbing renovations. They also have a strong history of service work, maintenance and repairs.
Experts in their field, they boast a 96% on-time completion record for their plumbing projects. Dale’s Plumbing will manage all stages of a plumbing project with honesty and integrity while offering great value. Contact Dale's at 250.650.1950.

Jun 26, 2012

Nutmeg Homes - Building Environmentally Friendly Homes in The Comox Valley

Custom ICF homes by Nutmeg HomesThe Comox Valley features a showpiece example of an environmentally friendly green roof on top of the newly-opened Vancouver Island Visitor Centre in Cumberland.
The innovative roof was installed by Comox new home builder Paul Witt of Nutmeg Homes.
Witt is an enthusiast for living roofs.
They cost more to create than a traditional shingle roof, but they can help conserve a lot of energy, add to the soundproofing qualities of a building, and can dramatically extend the life of a roof.
Existing roofs - even sloping ones - can sometimes be converted to living roofs without a huge structural overhaul, but most planted roofs are installed when a building is first constructed.
Witt is now on the lookout for anyone considering building a new home in the Valley who might be interested in installing a living roof of their own.
As a contractor for custom designed housing, he's ready to build your new Insulated Concrete Form home as well.
ICF Construction offers greater heat retention and soundproofing. The construction techniques also add huge strength to buildings, allowing even more ambitious roof gardens or patios.

Jun 25, 2012

Comox Valley Regional District Proposes to Introduce Parks DCCs

Comox Valley Regional DistrictThe Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is in the process of preparing a development cost charges (DCC) bylaw to help fund the acquisition and development of new parks and greenways in the three electoral areas of the regional district.
CVRD staff are organizing a meeting to brief the development community on the proposed parks DCCs and get their feedback on Wednesday, June 27 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Lounge at the Filberg Centre on 411 Anderton Ave in Courtenay. There will be a short presentation followed by time for questions and discussion.
The parks DCCs will apply to Baynes Sound (Area ‘A’), Lazo North (Area ‘B’), and Puntledge Black Creek (Area ‘C’). There is no overlap between the service area where parks DCCs apply and the service area where the sewer DCCs apply that are currently under review. There is some overlap with water DCCs. The parks DCC will contribute 21% of the acquisition and development costs of new parks and greenways, the reminder will be paid by existing residents through property taxes. The parks DCC will be charged to residential development and tourist commercial accommodation, specifically the development of hotels, resorts, inns, cabins and lodges. B&B’s, campgrounds, RV parks, other commercial and industrial developments are excluded from the charge.
Proposed Parks DCC rates are: single family residential: $1,417.63 per lot; multi family residential: $1,181.36 per dwelling unit; tourist accommodation: $212.64 per room.
If you have questions or comments and cannot attend the Wednesday, June 27 meeting, please contact Michael Nihls, manager of parks, at 250-334-6000.

Jun 25, 2012

Used Rental Tools Now on Sale at Central Rentals in Courtenay

Courtenay Home Hardware Central RentalsCourtenay Home Hardware's Central Rentals is offering up a Summer Sizzle sale. Used rentals tools are on clearance till the end of July. Pick up gently used equipment at a major savings over buying new. Central Rentals' clearance sale includes all tools and equipment, such as; Log Splitters; Drywall Lifts; Hilti Tools; Compressors; Generators; Air Tools;  Scaffolding Frames; Decks; Extension Ladders; Lawn and Garden Equipment.
Courtenay's Home Hardware Building Centre's Central Rentals also offers equipment rentals in the Comox Valley. Central Rentals offers all the tools and equipment to get any Comox Valley project done right, and renting means you'll always the right tool for the job. Central Rentals, Helping you get the job done. Stop by a see them at 610 Anderton Avenue in Courtenay.

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.


Jun 24, 2012

Find Your Flooring Solution in United Carpet's Courtenay Showroom

United Carpet CourtenayUnited Carpet of the Comox Valley and Campbell River both offer a wide selection of flooring to suit any need. A stop into their impressive Courtenay showroom gives your the chance to see and feel all of your flooring options. United Carpet’s flooring products include: Carpet, Vinyl, Laminate, Hardwood, Cork, Ceramic, and Area Rugs. United Carpet in Campbell River also offers Window Fashions: blinds and custom draperies.
United Carpet’s experienced sales associates help guide clients to make their best flooring or window covering selection. Visit the United Carpet website for an online quote or call for a free in-home measure.
United Carpet also offers comprehensive information on installation, stain removal, and maintenance, in store or online. United Carpet in the Comox Valley and Campbell River offer service and selection that are second to none.
Visit them in Courtenay at 362B – 10th Street and in Campbell River at 1364 – 16th Ave

Jun 23, 2012

AA Mini Storage in Nanaimo Offers Convenience for Business and Household Self Storage

Nanaimo AA mini storageNanaimo's AA Mini Storage offers one month free for any self storage unit rentals of two or more months, paid in advance. Nanaimo's AA Mini Storage features business and household self storage options, including vehicle and RV storage, heated units and drive-up storage units. AA Mini Storage offers multiple levels of security, including video surveillance, gated access, and resident managers on site. AA Mini Storage offers convenience as well – open 7 days a week and with drive-up doors available on 10x10x10 units and larger, your storage locker is always easily accessible. These Nanaimo self storage rental units range from 5x5x5 to 20x30. AA Mini Storage has a variety of self storage units, suitable for storing anything from business equipment to the contents of a house. Contact AA Mini Storage in Nanaimo at 250.758.7442.

Jun 22, 2012

Courtenay's Colonial Countertops Creates Beautiful Spaces in Your Home

Colonial Countertops CourtenayColonial Countertops in Courtenay specializes in the manufacturing and installation of decorative surfaces and countertops. Kitchen and bath countertops, tub surrounds, shower walls, desktops, reception areas, window sills and much more. Colonial Countertops is able to provide homeowners and builders with the latest styles, trends, and colours.
In their Comox Valley showroom, clients browse hundreds of different styles of laminates, natural quartz, and solid surfaces. They are proud to offer: top-quality, unsurpassed service; on time delivery; and professional installation.
Colonial Countertops is a family-owned business and has been serving Vancouver Island since 1970. For more information, visit their website at www.colonialcountertops.com.

Jun 21, 2012

New Lakefront Vacation Homes for Sale at The Maples Resort at Sproat Lake

Vacation homes for sale Vancouver IslandI visited The Maples Resort at Sproat Lake last weekend and I loved the lakefront setting that the offers easy access to the dock and wonderful views of Sproat Lake. Phase I of the new Westcoast style homes have been completed.
The Maples Resort at Sproat Lake offers new Vancouver Island waterfront vacation homes for sale at the popular Port Alberni recreation area of Sproat Lake. These newly built vacation homes are comfortably spaced around the five acre property near Port Alberni. Mature trees and landscaping, which makes extensive use of natural vegetation, provide privacy around the site.
Each new vacation home unit enjoys lake and mountain views, on this gently sloping property. Buildings are West Coast Contemporary style in earth tone colours with rock accents. Each home offers spacious, sunny decks with southern exposure.
Vacation home owners at The Maples Resort enjoy a large beach area and a 2,100 sq. ft. dock complete with a boat slip. Lake access is provided by roads and trails leading to the beach. This is a beautiful place to come and spend some vacation time, to enjoy the activities at the lake, or to spend time with your family and friends. If you are looking to own your own Vancouver Island vacation destination, be sure to visit The Maples Resort a Sproat Lake
The Maples is a phased development of 24 strata titled water front units on Sproat Lake. Vacation homes at the Maples at Sproat Lake start at $349,900 for full ownership.

Jun 20, 2012

Klitsa Signs Features a Full Range of High Quality Real Estate and Construction Signs on Vancouver Island

Klitsa SignsKlitsa Signs is Vancouver Island’s premier sign shop. Located in Courtenay, Klitsa Signs offers a full range of high quality sign services, including real estate signs, construction development signs, construction safety signs, real estate yard signs and vehicle graphics. 
Klitsa Signs also offers large-scale digital printing for photo signs, sandblasted cedar signs, awnings and more. The sign shop can also create your company logo. Klitsa Signs takes pride in producing quality work and offering excellent customer service. 
Contact them today at 250.338.4935 in Courtenay.

Jun 19, 2012

The Gales Patio Homes in Ladysmith Offer Ocean Views and Luxury Living

Ocean view patio homes at The GalesNew oceanview patio homes and condos at The Gales in Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island, offer residents the opportunity to enjoy an idyllic Vancouver Island lifestyle. This new Vancouver Island real estate development is located in Ladysmith, a community with year-round outdoor activities and adventures, along with one of Canada's most temperate climates. Owners at The Gales are never at a loss for things to do. From a walk on one of the many local beaches to leisurely strolls through pristine forest right at your back door, the lure of natural wonder is ever beckoning. And owners can relax, knowing the that their landscaping and yard maintenance are taken care of. Inside, vaulted ceilings, spacious rooms, and impressive views are only the beginning. You'll also find top-quality finishing and amazing attention to detail. Homes are designed and built in West Coast contemporary architectural style and floor plans are open, ideal for entertaining. Warm earth tones and a variety of darker tones complement the coastal landscape. Wide sunny decks give you plenty of room for lounging outdoors.
A number of homes at The Gales are already complete and occupied. New homes at The Gales are priced from $569,900-$650,000.

Jun 19, 2012

New Ocean View Condos and Townhomes in Nanaimo Selling Fast at Boardwalk Place

New waterview condos NanaimoBoardwalk Place condos and townhomes in Nanaimo are selling quickly, with eight of these new waterview homes now sold.
This month, the first five new home buyers at Boardwalk Place will receive $8,000 off the purchase price. New homes at Boardwalk Place start at $238,888 for one bedroom condos.
These ocean view townhomes and condos features contemporary West Coast architectural design, and all concrete and steel construction. Boardwalk Place offers secured, underground parking and a bicycle storage room.
Residents will enjoy peaceful courtyard gardens and the spectacular ocean views from the fully-furnished entertainment roof top deck. Located only steps from the waterfront, these condos and town homes offer easy access to marinas, waterfront walkways and outdoor activities.
These new Vancouver Island homes are designed to take advantages of the views. Expansive windows bring in light to capture dazzling views of the water, city, marina and more. Soaring nine foot ceilings throughout expand the sense of light-filled spaciousness. Large private balconies and/or ground floor patios offer space for relaxing and taking in the views.
These new Nanaimo condos and townhomes feature luxurious hardwood floors with hand-set porcelain tile in bathrooms and kitchens.Homes are equipped with: stainless steel Maytag appliances; full-size Bosch front load laundry centre; ultra-quiet multi-zone air conditioning units; and future-friendly technology. Kitchens and bathrooms are finished with Kohler fixtures, and polished granite countertops. Stop by the Boardwalk Place Sales Centre to learn more.

Jun 18, 2012

1stView Team Tours Reef Point Cottages in Ucluelet

Reef Point CottagesThe entire 1stView team recently traveled to Ucluelet for our annual retreat. While we were there, we had the opportunity to visit Reef Point Cottages, and see this lovely community of waterfront vacation homes for ourselves. There is currently one water view vacation home for sale at Reef Point Cottages, and we had the chance to tour this home. Among the highlights are a private deck set among the trees. I could easily imagine myself enjoying dinners with family and friends on this large patio, or relaxing in the hot tub. A spacious kitchen and cozy family room take up the downstairs, while upstairs two large bedrooms - one with its own private patio - provide ample room for the family. Reef Point Cottages is located along the Pacific Ocean, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island in Ucluelet, BC. The Vancouver Island waterfront vacation homes at Reef Point Cottages offer an exciting Ucluelet real estate opportunity.
This Ucluelet vacation cottage for sale is part of the Reef Point Cottages rental program and the owner is entitled to 6 months personal use each year. The owners can also leave their vacation home in the rental program full-time and earn a return on this hassle free investment. Reef Point Cottages is located near Tofino, just minutes from Ucluelet’s beautiful pocket beaches or Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park. The Wild Pacific Trail is on the doorstep of Reef Point Cottages.
Unit 273 is priced at $279,000.

Jun 16, 2012

The Ridge Offers Large Mountain and Ocean View Lots for Sale in Vancouver Island's Comox Valley

Ocean View lots for sale CourtenayThe Ridge in the Comox Valley is  aphased development that will eventually consists of 230 large residential lots for sale in south Courtenay. The lots range in size from 7,000 - 12,000 sq.ft and Phase I offers 69 lots for sale.
The Ridge new homes development is set in a rural area, amid green space and woodlands, with parkland and walking trails. Many of the lots offer panoramic Comox Valley ocean and mountain views. A building scheme is in place and the zoning on some of these Vancouver Island building lots allow for carriage homes and duplexes. The Ridge developers have embraced sustainable buildings practices for this development.
The Island Highway is easily accessed from The Ridge and the properties are only minutes from golfing, boating, hiking and shopping in the Comox Valley.
For more information, visit the The Ridge Project Page, call the developers at 218.790.7899, or visit their website.

Jun 09, 2012

Final Lot for Sale at Penfield West in Campbell River

Penfield West Campbell RiverThe popular high end real estate development of Penfield West in Campbell River has only one residential building lot available for sale.
In this established subdivision of executive, West Coast style homes, the final building lot for sale is priced at $79,900.
Located in the popular Willow Point area of Campbell River, Penfield West is comprised of just over 200 residential lots, some of which offer panoramic views of Campbell River and Georgia Strait.
The community is conveniently located close to all levels of schools, parks, the Sportsplex, the Campbell River Hospital, the marina and golfing.

Jun 08, 2012

1stView a Finalist at Tonight's West Coast Social Media Awards

1stView new real estate on vancouver islandThe new Vancouver Island real estate marketing done by this website - 1stView.ca - has earned us the honour of being named finalists for the West Coast Social Media Awards in the "most innovative social media technology or product" category. In addition our sister site, ClariceCoty.com is a finalist for Best Business Blog.  The awards will be presented tonight in Victoria, in conjunction with the third annual Social Media Camp. ClariceCoty.com, the Vancouver Island real estate and construction blog, was the top vote-getter in its category in the initial round of public voting which determined the finalists. A panel of industry experts will determine the winners from among the finalists in each category.

Jun 06, 2012

New Campbell River Home by Premium Home Builder Tamarack Construction Listed at $399,000

New homes for sale in Maryland EstatesA newly built, executive rancher by custom home builder Tamarack Construction is now available at 3321 Wisconsin Way, Campbell River. This new Campbell River home for sale is listed at $399,000.
This quality-built rancher is located in Maryland Estates, a new Vancouver Island real estate development, located at the south end of this waterfront city.
This new Campbell River home for sale features a Great Room concept with an open kitchen complete with a bar stool breakfast nook. Other features include expansive windows; high ceilings; hardwood floors; gas fireplace; heat pump; smart lap siding. This home has been built as a show home for the builder.
Tamarack Construction believes in the materials and workmanship of the homes that they build. This Vancouver Island home builder prides itself on staying current with new ‘green’ methods of home construction, and incorporates the best ideas wherever possible.

Jun 04, 2012

The Comox Valley's Newest Landscaping Supplier is North Courtenay Landscape Products

Black Creek Farm and FeedBlack Creek Farm and Feed offers groundcover landscaping supplies including organic fish compost, top soil and black bark mulch in the Comox Valley.

Black Creek Farm and Feed, formerly North Courtenay Landscape Products is open to load customer vehicles 7 days a week, and can deliver within the Comox Valley. They also offer road crush, blue chip, ground concrete and screened sand, and can bring in specialty products, all at competitive prices. The company can provide landscape products for residential and commerical customers, as well as landscapers and landscaping installers.


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