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Sep 30, 2012

Canadian Home Builders Association Honours Island's Best in Showrooms, Customer Service and Websites

Victoria Specilaty PlumbingEuropean Flooring Group in Victoria went into the 2012 Gold CARE Award Ceremonies with three nominations for their outstanding work including Best Sales Centre or Showroom, Best Customer Service, and Best Website. The company won the Gold CARE Award for Best Showroom, and Silver awards for Best Customer Service and Best Website.
Victoria Specialty Hardware and Plumbing were honoured for their customer service with the Customer Service GOLD Care Award. The team are knowledgeable, dedicated and passionate about flawless design and its execution. Building and maintaining long-standing relationships and exceeding customer expectations have always been the cornerstone of their business.
Best Website went to Jenny Martin Design.
The Canadian Home Builders' Association honours the best in Vancouver Island building projects with the CARE awards, which were presented recently in Victoria.

Sep 29, 2012

Indigo Painting and Decorating in the Comox Valley Offers Specialized Paint Finishes

Indigo Painting and DecoratingIndigo Painting and Decorating in Courtenay specializes in unique and high quality paint finishes. Professionals painters who take pride in their work, Indigo Painting's Comox Valley crew 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. These Comox Valley painters 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, Courtenay's 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. Contact them at 250.898.9656.

Sep 29, 2012

Opportunities Abound with Custom Built Ocean View Quadra Island Home by Tamarack Construction

Ocean view Quadra Island home for saleTucked away at the end of a quiet road and bordering forest on two sides, this beautiful 1.37 acre ocean view property on Quadra Island features a main home, carriage house and shop. 
Built by Campbell River custom builder Tamarack Construction, this dream home offers 3,280 sq ft of well-designed living space.
The main floor features a beautiful open layout with a chef's dream kitchen and spacious dining room. The living room features exposed beams and impressive rock fireplace. A master bedroom fit for a king, with a gorgeous ensuite and French doors leading to the balcony.
The lower floor features spacious bedrooms, over height ceilings, a massive bathroom, and huge open family room, and more.
This property is perfect for a big family, a couple who enjoys house guests, or a B&B. This property also features a 2-bedroom carriage house, located above the 780 sq ft shop.
Built using concrete frame construction and heated by a heat pump, this home is not only a dream to enjoy, it is energy efficient and built to last.
To view this Tamarack Construction home, contact Realtor Sophie Gardner at Royal LePage Advance Realty in Campbell River.

Sep 28, 2012

Custom Home Features By Vancouver Island Builders Honoured at CARE Awards

Gold CARE Award best media roomAfter winning several gold CARE Awards from the Canadian Home Builders' Association in previous years, M Knight Construction was once again the winner of several 2012 CARE Awards, for the Hillcrest Home in Oak Bay, Victoria. This home also won a silver award in the project of the year category.
The custom home, which was honoured with 6 silver CARE awards, also won 3 gold awards for Best Media Room, Best Residential Interior over 6,000 sq. ft. and Best Custom Millwork over 5,500 sq. ft.
The gold CARE award for Best Custom Millwork under 2,500 sq ft went to GNB Builders of Ladysmith for their work on the Commander Residence.

Sep 28, 2012

Woodcote Mews in Courtenay Offers New Homes for Under $200,000

New Courtenay townhomes Woodcote MewsWoodcote Mews townhomes in Courtenay offer the opportunity to choose your own colour scheme, and move into your new three-bedroom Comox Valley home within a month, for under $200,000. The new real estate development has been popular with young families, empty nesters, and those looking for a Vancouver Island vacation home. And now these 1,320 sq ft duplexes are priced at $199,900.
Most of the 20 duplex homes at Woodcote Mews on Cumberland Road have already been sold. All of the remaining new homes have now been completed to lock-up, and can be finished and ready for you to move in within a month. The developer will complete the interiors of the units once the new owners 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.

Sep 27, 2012

Diamond Park Townhomes in Courtenay Designed For Families, Starting at $175,900

Diamond Park Courtenay TownhomesCourtenay's new Diamond Park Townhomes on Centennial Drive have been selling quickly, with about 2/3 of these new townhomes now sold. Construction and landscaping in the new townhome development is complete.
These new Comox Valley townhomes are 1,094 square feet in size, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Features include hardwood floors, upgraded lighting and contemporary interior finishing.
Each unit includes stainless steel kitchen appliances and a washer and dryer. The project also includes sprinkler systems, backyard patios and fenced yards for each unit. A children's playground is also on the property, creating a family friendly real estate development.
These homes are centrally located and only minutes away from schools including North Island College, shopping and community services. They are also easily accessible to CFB Comox, Mount Washington, and recreational activities. 
This new real estate development offer excellent value, with new homes from $175,900-$181,900. One show suite remains at $186,900. Tour the Homes during Open Houses held Thursdays and Fridays from 2-5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-3 p.m. For more information contact Realtor Tracy Fogtmann with Re/Max Ocean Pacific Realty in Comox.

Sep 27, 2012

Moving Made Easy with Delaney Relocation Services, Now Partnered with Casa Loma Seniors Village

Delaney relocation servicesDelaney Relocation Services, the Comox Valley specialist in stress-free packing and moving, has teamed up with the Casa Loma Seniors Facility in Courtenay. Casa Loma is pleased to offer "stress-free" moving to new clients moving into the facility for the months of October and November. 
With the help moving and packing specialist, Anne Delaney of Delaney Relocation Services, new Casa Loma residents can be moved in and set up by supper time. This service is provided free for all new Casa Loma residents for the months of October and November, 2012.
Delaney Relocation Services makes packing, moving and settling into any new home easy. They have been in the business of helping people pack, move and relocate for the past 10 years. Located in the Comox Valley - and serving Campbell River, Powell River, Nanaimo and Parksville/Qualicum.
The company is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers and of Professional Organizers in Canada, and providing top quality care throughout a move is always their top priority.
Call 250.339.1188 today for a free one-hour consultation and written estimate. Compare Delaney's rates to traditional movers and see how much you can save. Discover how easy packing and moving can be! Office Hours are Monday-Friday from 10 am – 2pm.


Sep 26, 2012

Realtor Scott Fraser Has Two New McQueen Construction Ranchers for Sale in Courtenay

New Courtenay rancher bunglaow for saleRealtor Scott Fraser, PREC, is selling two newly-built McQueen Construction ranchers in Courtenay. These two new Courtenay homes for sale each offer three bedroom and two bathrooms.
Enjoy the feel of country living just minutes from town in the executive rancher, located at 2895 Gatehouse Place. Situated on .37 acres, this spacious (1,761 sq ft) bungalow features large open concept rooms with 9 foot ceilings. The kitchen opens up to the dining and living room and includes a large pantry. The master bedroom is large enough for a separate seating area to overlook your private back yard. This property backs onto a greenspace so there are no neighbors directly behind you. The 600 sq ft shop is ready to tackle your biggest projects. The Gatehouse Place development offers large lots and plenty of green space.
A gourmet kitchen and easy care floors are just a few of the great features of the new rancher at 2804 Piercy Avenue. Enjoy a private backyard backing onto the old railway track and a large .21 acre lot, great for the gardener or pet owner. Inside the floor plan is an open concept with a huge kitchen and a generously sized pantry. All the bedrooms are a generous size and the master bedroom is set nicely away from the living areas. This 1,575 sq ft rancher also offers a double-garage.
The builder of both of these Scott Fraser Royale Le Page listings is McQueen Construction, who bring over 30 years of building experience in the Comox Valley. Sleep well knowing your new Courtenay home is well built by reputable builders.  

Sep 25, 2012

Comox Valley Custom Home Builder Nutmeg Homes Blogs About Building Their Own ICF Home

ICF Custom home builderFollow along on the Nutmeg Homes Blog, as Custom Home Builders Paul And Shareen Witt tackle building their own Insulated Concrete Form home, complete with a living roof.
Paul 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.
As a contractor for custom designed housing, he's ready to build your new Insulated Concrete Form home as well. Based in the Comox Valley, Nutmeg Homes uses innovative concrete construction methods in building homes for their clients, to create green, energy efficient new homes which are built to last for generations.
The Nutmeg Homes website features a number of the new custom homes the company has built in and around the Comox Valley since 2000, and features details about the ICF construction process. 
Nutmeg Homes is also currently exploring options for building LEED certified homes. 
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.

Sep 24, 2012

Ocean Front Real Estate Development in Sooke Moving Ahead With Phase IV Sales

Ocean front lots Vancouver IslandThe ocean front Vancouver Island real estate development of Silver Spray in Sooke offers both waterfront and view lots for sale. Phase IV lots are now selling at Silver Spray, with residential lot prices starting at $189,000. Phases I and II are sold out.
The entire Silver Spray development has been carefully envisioned to include: 127 private residential lots with a broad array of sizes, views and prices; protected designated beach areas; a linear park running north to south through the project; a sheltered marina at the entrance of the Sooke Harbour Basin, and a golf course and resort development. Silver Spray offers some of the best oceanfront properties for sale on Vancouver Island. 
In addition, Silver Falls Development Inc now has an offering focused on developing 35 Oceanfront Villas within a Private Residence Club. The Villas will be architecturally designed to maximize the front-row wilderness waterfront experience, and can be customized to include an assortment of features, including optional lock-off guest suites. For ultimate flexibility, villa suites may be separately titled for resale or rental purposes.
Located close to the city of Victoria, Silver Spray offers privacy at the end of a country road, and access to the amenities in the nearby communities of Colwood, Langford, Metchosin and Sooke.


Sep 22, 2012

Stunning New Vancouver Island Homes Honoured At 2012 CARE Awards

2012 CARE AwardsA number of Vancouver Island new home builders were honoured for their works this month at the presentation of the 2012 Gold CARE Awards in Victoria.

Winning award for single family homes were:
Hemsworth Master Builders Inc, for the best home under 2,500 sq ft – the Dolphin. Hemsworth have won multiple Gold CARE Awards, as well three 2011 Gold Georgie Awards. They are based out of Victoria.
GT Mann Contracting Ltd, for the best custom home between 2500-3500 sq ft – Vista One Eighty. The company is run by third generation builder, and based out of Southern Vancouver Island.
Terry Johal Developments, for the best custom home over 3,500 sq ft. - Sea Breeze. Based out of Victoria, Terry Johal Developments was also honoured with a gold CARE Award for best kitchen over 400 sq ft for the same home.
The award for Best Spec Home under 2,000 sq ft went to Palladian Developments, for the Cross Residence. Based out of Nanaimo, Palladian Developments were also honoured with 2012 gold CARE Awards for Best Residential Renovation under $125,000, and Best Commercial Project.
Best Spec Home over 2,000 sq ft was presented to Method Built Homes for Olympic View in Victoria. The home was also awarded best kitchen under 175 sq ft and best bathroom under 175 sq ft.
The award for Best Single Family Home priced from $1-2 million went to Citta Group for Sea Wind Cottage. Citta Group is based out of Victoria and builds homes in Greater Victoria, the Western Communities and Saltspring Island.
The big winner of the night was C.A. Designs and Camelot Homes, who were honoured for their work on a home called Music By The Sea. This home was named Best Single Family Home over $2 million, as well as being honoured with Best Home Design, Best Kitchen 175-200 sq ft, Best Residential Interior 4,000-6,000 sq ft, Best Custom Millwork, 2,500-5,500 sq ft, Project of the Year and People's Choice Award winner. Camelot Homes was also named small volume Green Builder of the Year.

Sep 21, 2012

Dale's Plumbing and Mechanical Now Offers Plumbing Service in Campbell River

Dale's Plumbing and MechanicalDale’s Plumbing has now branched into Campbell River. After servicing the Comox Valley region for over 30 years, Dale’s Plumbing and Mechanical has expanded its services a little further north on Vancouver Island.
Dale and his crew have a reputation for reliable, efficient plumbing service in the Comox Valley and are really excited to start building up a great reputation for plumbing service in Campbell River as well.
They do everything from renovations to new construction, including gas fitting, heating, repairs and maintenance. Dale and his crew are exceptional at working under pressure and the company has an on-schedule completion guarantee. They maintain professionalism while providing you with quality care and fair prices.
For more information, you can visit the Dale's Plumbing website, click here to request more information, or give them a call in Campbell River 250.203.1909 or Courtenay 250.703.3798 or 250.650.1950.

Sep 21, 2012

Nanaimo's Rockwood Height Townhomes Earn 2012 Gold CARE Award as Best Multi-Family Project on Vancouver Island

Rockwood Heights CARE AwardRockwood Heights, near Departure Bay in Nanaimo was honoured as best Multi-Family Project at the 2012 CARE Awards. Presented by the Canadian Home Builders Association in Victoria on Sept 14, the awards honoured the best of Vancouver Island home construction.
Rockwood Heights features townhomes and single family strata homes offering amazing attention to details- custom front doors and stair railings, Italian porcelain tile and hardwood flooring. But the innovation in these new Nanaimo townhomes is more than skin deep. They also enjoy an advanced geo-technical design and seismic code compliance, an elevator in each unit for added accessibility, and environmental initiatives that protect the area.
Townhomes at Rockwood Heights start at $477,200. Developers Hazelwood Holdings Ltd. has many years of experience building residential communities, roads and bridges. Floral Woods and Pinewood Lane are two of their multi-family projects in Nanaimo.

Sep 21, 2012

Comox Valley Realtor Tina Vincent Has a New Listing for a Rancher in Courtenay

Comox Valley Realtor Tina VincentComox Valley Realtor Tina Vincent PREC, is featuring a new listing at 1776 England Avenue in Courtenay. This three bedroom bungalow features a new roof, new windows, new flooring, new siding and no HST. A fantastic opportunity for the first time buyer or investor, this rancher is clean and fresh with new paint, new counter tops and single carport with lane access.
Centrally located close to bus routes, shopping and all amenities this is a great opportunity and immediate possession is available! This home is priced at $239,900.
Comox Valley Realtor Tina Vincent specializes in relocations to the Comox Valley. She is your Comox Valley Connection for Military transfers, RCMP transfers, corporate and employee moves and more. She is a Brookfield Relocation agent on Vancouver Island, serving the Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland, BC areas. Tina combines traditional real estate services for home buyers and sellers with modern, innovative marketing. A realtor with Royal LePage in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, Tina works to find the right residences for her clients, ensuring that families find not just houses, but homes.
For more information about this house at 1776 England Avenue, contact Tina Vincent today.

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Sep 20, 2012

Woodland Creek in Sooke Honoured as Best New Subdivision and Green Builder of the Year


gold care awardWoodland Creek in Sooke was honoured with the 2012 Gold CARE Award as Best New Subdivision on Vancouver Island by the Canadian Home Builders Association. As well, the builders, S.C. Smith Building Co. Ltd. were honoured as the Large Volume Built Green Builder of the Year. The 2012 CARE Awards were presented last week in Victoria.
Woodland Creek, a devlopement by Totangi Properties Ltd, is located in Sooke, near Victoria on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island. New homes, priced from $389,900 feature geothermal heating and cooling.
Woodland Creek is a planned residential community, set close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core, with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer. With more than 80 new homes and townhomes now built and occupied, Woodland Creek is recognized as one of Sooke’s most livable neighbourhoods.
Totangi Properties has launched the fifth phase of the Woodland Creek development with 29 single family homes in Callumwood Lane. The homes in Callumwood Lane will offer a selection of contemporary floor plans delivered in Craftsman Style Built Green™ certified homes.  

Sep 20, 2012

Campbell River Realtor Jenna Nichol is Ready to Help You Buy or Sell Your Campbell River Home

Campbell River Realtor Jenna NicholCampbell River Realtor Jenna Nichol understands that buying and selling real estate can be exciting, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming, as all big life changes are. As a professional realtor, she enjoys helping home buyers and sellers overcome these obstacles and to meet your real estate dreams. Campbell River Realtor Jenna Nichol has found through this process that lasting relationships are formed. She is passionate about the community she lives in, and happy to help families find their perfect home in Campbell River.
Buying or selling a home? Contact Jenna today to discuss your real estate needs.

Sep 20, 2012

Waterfront Ucluelet Real Estate Offering at Reef Point Cottages

Uclulet Real Estate Cottage for SaleThe Vancouver Island waterfront vacation homes at Reef Point Cottages offer an exciting Ucluelet real estate opportunity. The resort currently offers a private waterfront cottage for sale - a two bedroom, two bathroom home with excellent rental revenue opportunities. 
This low-maintenance 956 square foot cottages is finished with teak, marble and slate flooring; granite countertops; pine wainscotting and ceilings. Cozy up to the fireplace on stormy nights or sit in your private hot tub on the oversized covered deck overlooking nature and onto Spring Cove. 
This Ucluelet vacation cottage for sale is part of the Reef Point Cottages rental program and the owner is entitled to six months of personal use per year. Cottage owners can also leave their vacation home in the rental program full-time and earn on this hassle free investment. Unit 273 is priced at $279,000.
Reef Point Cottages is located near Tofino, and only minutes from Ucluelet’s isolated pocket beaches or the famous Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park. The stunning vistas of the Wild Pacific Trail are on the doorstep of Reef Point Cottages.

Sep 19, 2012

Vancouver Island Golf Course Fairway Home for Sale Features Upgrades from Comox Valley Businesses

Golf Home for sale Vancouver IslandA new listing for a Vancouver Island golf course home for sale features many recent upgrades from local Comox Valley businesses. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath executive home for sale at Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community features many highlights from local businesses including:

Priced at $599,000, this golf course home for sale offers many luxury upgrades including heated slate and marble floors, Italian glass tile fireplace surrounds, a spa-like ensuite, and a kitchen designed for entertaining. Contact info @1stView.ca to schedule a viewing

Sep 19, 2012

AA Mini Storage Nanaimo Offers Self Storage Options on Vancouver Island

AA Mini Storage NanaimoAA Mini Storage Nanaimo offers one month free for any paid-in-advance self storage unit rentals of two or more months. 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. 
AA Mini Storage features storage in Nanaimo options, including vehicle and RV storage, heated units and drive-up storage units. AA Mini Storage Nanaimo 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. 
AA Mini Storage offers multiple levels of security, including video surveillance, gated access, and resident managers on site.
Contact AA Mini Storage in Nanaimo at 250.758.7442 or learn more about their services on the AA Mini Storage Nanaimo website.

Sep 14, 2012

New Comox Valley Townhomes Under Construction on Piercy Avenue in Courtenay

McQueen Construction Courtenay Patio HomesA new townhome development is under construction near downtown Courtenay. The 10 new home development is being built by McQueen Construction in the Comox Valley. These two and three bedroom homes will be built in two buildings, each with four linked townhouses; two additional townhouses will also be added. These Courtenay townhomes are currently being built.
Floor plans for the Piercy Avenue Townhomes will range in size from 1,300 to 1,600 sq. ft. Many of these new homes offer the option of having the master bedroom on the main floor.
Piercy Avenue townhomes 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.

Sep 11, 2012

The Gales - Vancouver Island Patio Homes and Condos with an Ocean View

Coean View Condos LaysmithThe new Vancouver Island real estate development of oceanview patio homes and condos at The Gales, on offers residents the opportunity to enjoy an idyllic Island lifestyle. This 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 can enjoy year-round walks on the many local beaches and leisurely strolls through the pristine forest right at your back door. And owners at The Gales can relax, knowing the that their landscaping and yard maintenance are taken care of.
Inside, these homes offer vaulted ceilings, spacious rooms, and impressive views. You'll also find top-quality finishing and amazing attention to detail. Homes at The Gales are designed and built in West Coast contemporary architectural style and floor plans are open, ideal for entertaining. Warm earth tones through out the homes 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 $499,000-$599,000.

Sep 10, 2012

A Busy Summer of Sales for Boardwalk Place - New Ocean View Condos in Nanaimo

Boardwalk Place NanaimoThe developer and sales team of  the Boardwalk Place condo and townhome development in Nanaimo have announced that they are welcoming 10 new home owners to Nanaimo’s newest luxury oceanview new home development in the historical Newcastle neighbourhood. Their summer special attracted several new Vancouver Island home buyers.
Set steps from the Nanaimo Yacht Club, Boardwalk Place offers great Vancouver Island lifestyle options in a spectacular ocean front community. From the luxury of your own private courtyard and the natural beauty of living close to the water, to the abundance of recreation, shopping and dining of downtown, Boardwalk Place Nanaimo condos offer so much to explore just outside their doors.
And step inside these new Nanaimo ocean view homes and see how they have been created to offer all of the luxury, style and conveniences of a luxury home. Along with spacious floorplans that feature gourmet kitchens, over-height ceilings, luxurious appliances, designer cabinetry and spa-like en suites to retreat to at the end of the day, there are also more than a dozen floorplans to choose from. By combining style, comfort and convenience with traditional craftsmanship and today’s most advanced and durable construction technology, Boardwalk Place offers the long-term value, quality, style and refined luxury you’re looking for in a new Vancouver Island home.
These ocean view condos and townhomes start at only $238,888, offering excellent value in new Vancouver Island real estate. For detailed pricing, visit the Boardwalk Place presentation centre at 370 Stewart Avenue, Nanaimo, open Tuesday-Friday from 12-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12-3 p.m, Monday by appointment.   

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