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May 30, 2016

New Ocean View Home Under Construction at Award-Winning Development The Gales in Ladysmith

Award Winning Vancouver Island HomesThe award-winning new home development The Gales in Ladysmith has started construction of its next home. After recently winning the 2016 Single Family Production Home VIBE (Vancouver Island Building Excellence) Award, GNB Builders is building its next fabulous new home.

Homes at The Gales in Ladysmith are known for highlighting the best of the Vancouver Island living. The dramatic styling, luxury finishes and wide open spaces reflect the spectacular ocean and mountain views that surround this 68-home community, while the development's Built Green® platinum designation shows a commitment to environmentally sensitive construction techniques.

The current show home at The Gales is a 3,000 sq ft home with an open floor plan designed to take full advantage of the ocean views. The kitchen features custom floor to ceiling cabinetry, granite countertops, and island with built in sink and eating bar. The master bedroom is on the main complete with luxurious ensuite and walk- in closet also with custom cabinetry. The extensive wrap around decks will easily accommodate your outdoor furniture this summer.

The feature list is extensive and includes a Carrier Infinity heat pump, HRV ventilation, Rheem Marathon Limited Lifetime hot water tank and Milgard windows, and Malarkey Highlander 30 year laminate shingle roof.

For more information about this new home currently under construction, the show home, or other opportunities within the development, contact: 

Keith Mazurenko
: 1.866.315.0545
: 250.245.0545

May 19, 2016

Enjoy Festivals, Summer Activities and Adventures in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island

Comox Valley lots for sale

The Comox Valley offers a multitude of year-round activity options for residents, but in the summer the community really comes alive, with major arts and music festivals, outdoor pursuits including boating and fishing, golf, hiking and biking and more.

Living at The Ridge in Courtenay provides the opportunity to be immersed in this Island lifestyle - with views of the ocean and mountains from your porch or patio, the great outdoors will be calling. Whether you prefer to stroll the gardens at the world famous Filberg Arts Festival or Comox Marina during Nautical Days, dance the days away at Vancouver Island Music Festival, or lounge the afternoon away on any one of many sandy beaches, you can enjoy golfing, mountain bike riding, battling a Tyee salmon, or hiking pristine forest trails.

The Ridge offers residents an outstanding opportunity to enjoy the lifestyle that makes Vancouver Island so popular. From outdoor pursuits to arts and culture, you will find it all in the Comox Valley communities of Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland. The Ridge is one of Courtenay's newest communities and is located in south Courtenay with views of the Georgia Strait, Comox Glacier, and more.

Phase 1 of the community is now 50% sold, and about 20 new custom houses are now complete. Lots start at $169,000, with new homes priced from about $430,000 (which includes the lot and the landscaping). The preferred builders at The Ridge are Lawmar Contracting and Brando Construction. Both builders have show homes available to tour at open houses every weekend from 12-2pm.

For more information, or to set up a private tour:

Phone: Bruce Clapham 250.650.8588
Website: theridgebc.com
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May 15, 2016

Congratulations to The Gales for Winning a 2016 Vibe Award

The Gales VIBE Award 2016The Gales in Ladysmith and their builder, GNB Builders Inc, recently won a Vancouver Island Building Excellence Award in the Single Family Production Home category. The annual event showcases the best in residential construction, design and renovation on Vancouver Island and are recognized as Vancouver Island’s premier residential housing awards program.

The Single Family Production Home award considers the following specifications when selecting a winner:
1. Exterior: architectural character, curb appeal and integration of the home into its setting  
2. Interior: creative and innovative use of space, architectural and finishing detail
3. Functionality of floor plan
4. Environmental/energy efficiency inclusions

Homes at The Gales in Ladysmith are known for highlighting the best of the Vancouver Island living. The dramatic styling, luxury finishes and wide open spaces reflect the spectacular ocean and mountain views that surround this 68-home community, while the development's Built Green® platinum designation shows a commitment to environmentally sensitive construction techniques.

Construction has recently started on Unit 8, which will be three storeys tall, with a drive-in basement for storing all of those "big boys toys" - classic cars, quads and more. For more information about this new home, their current show home, or the development, contact: 

Keith Mazurenko
: 1.866.315.0545
: 250.245.0545

May 13, 2016

Learn More About New Homes at RiversEdge in Courtenay From Realtor Art Meyers

RiversedgeComox Valley Realtor Art Meyers has enjoyed great success marketing the new home community of The Ridge at RiversEdge, the only new development in Courtenay that is located along the Puntledge River, by Puntledge Park. These new single family bungalows come complete with double garages, landscaping, underground sprinklers, fencing and hedging and more. These one-level new homes range in size from 1,560 to 1,745 square feet and are available starting at $359,900.

Art is an experienced and energetic licensed Realtor with Royal LePage in the Comox Valley who brings more than 40 years of experience as a Comox Valley Realtor to every transaction. His real estate background includes many years of listing and selling all types of homes in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. He will work closely with you to buy your new Vancouver Island home. He can also assist you in obtaining top market value for your existing home. Whether you are looking for an oceanfront home, farm acreage or a patio home in the heart of the city, once call to Art does it all.

To arrange a private viewing of these new homes at The Ridge at RiversEdge, please contact Art Meyers directly at 250.207.1879

May 04, 2016

More Retirees Find the Lifestyle and Value They Want in a New Home at The Ridge in Courtenay

New homes at the Ridge in CourtenayThe Ridge on Vancouver Island is one of the best places to buy new real estate for active retirees.

The number of people selling their homes in Canada's major cities and moving or retiring to Vancouver Island is growing. Homeowners in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto are seeking more value from home ownership, and finding value and a fabulous lifestyle on Vancouver Island.

The Comox Valley, specifically, is being recognized as a top destination for active retirees. With a strong economy, the Comox Valley is known for its festivals, access to oceans, lakes and rivers and skiing at Mount Washington. There’s a new $300 million hospital under construction, large retail shopping centres, North Island College and more. The city of Courtenay is the main commercial hub in the Comox Valley. 

Located only minutes from downtown, The Ridge is a new master-planned residential community, offering lots for sale in Courtenay. Many of these new home sites offer ocean and mountain views.  Approximately 50% of Phase I has been sold and about 20 new homes have been completed, with more under construction.

Lots at the Ridge start at $169,900 and new homes start  from approximately $430,000 (including the lot and landscaping). These custom homes can be built in a variety of styles, including bungalows or two-storey designs. Also, legal secondary suites can be built into your new home or a separate residential building (carriage house) can be built on the same lot - perfect for family, guests, or as a mortgage helper.

The preferred builders at The Ridge -  Brando Construction Ltd. and Lawmar Contracting - have already helped many happy homeowners build their dream homes here. Show homes are available and open house times are 12pm-2pm Saturdays and Sundays, or contact them for a private tour.

Since The Ridge isn’t on Google Maps yet, click on our map to find them. 

Find out more! Call the developer directly:

Bruce Clapham,  Mobile: 250.650.8588


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May 02, 2016

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient With Help From Elemental Energy Advisors

Elemental Energy AdvisorsElemental Energy Advisors (EEA) in the Comox Valley works with local cities, municipalities, builders, developers, and owner-builders to help implement energy-conservation strategies and systems in new residential properties. Owner Cristi Sacht and her team offer a wide variety of energy-efficiency consulting services complemented by extensive training and experience.

EnerGuide Labelling Service

EEA offers the EnerGuide Labelling Service, an affordable and recognized rating system administered by the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada. Planning for energy efficiency during the design phase of a home is key to investigating options and making educated decisions. If you proceed with Energuide labelling, EAA offers an on-site visit once the home is built, including a building-envelope test to check for air leakage and ventilation.

Building for Energy Efficiency

Other options for energy-efficient construction programs through EEA include:

  • Built Green BC;
  • ENERGY STAR for New Homes;
  • BC Hydro's Power Smart New Home Program; and
  • Fortis BC's New Home Program.

The process of initiating these programs is simple, and the EEA team can begin the evaluation with nothing more than a copy of your building plans.

Additional Services

EEA is expanding their knowledge and services with the addition of a Building Envelope Evaluation and Efficiency Consultation package for existing homeowners. This services costs $150 and includes:

  • a building-envelope evaluation with their blower door unit
  • identifying areas of leakage and offering potential solutions; and
  • presenting options to help save money on your utility bills.
  • Have your options calculated in annual dollar savings and annual energy savings. 

Whether you're building a new home or renovating an older residential property, the EAA team can help you conserve energy and save money. Send your building plans or questions to info@elementalenergyadvisors.ca or call250.830.8000. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter as well.

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