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Apr 28, 2020

Spring has Sprung on Vancouver Island

Spring has sprung on Vancouver Island. Flowers have been out for months already and the cherry and plum blossoms are now lighting up the streets with their pink glow.

One of the primary reasons people relocate to Vancouver Island is because of the temperate, year-round climate - an added benefit of this is the area's long gardening season. Early signs of spring like crocuses and daffodils typically pop up in February with a rainbow of tulips close behind. These flowers start to appear in March and April along with the helleborus and camellias.

The streets look beautiful when the cherry and plum trees bloom, showing off their magnificent canopies in a variety of shades of pink. 

Once April and May warm up, the colourful rhododendrons (which can grow to size of trees here!) and native dogwoods show off their spectacular blooms. 

Relocating to The Ridge on Vancouver Island

Families and retirees are looking to relocate where they can enjoy a temperate climate and live in a vibrant community. In Courtenay, the recreation opportunities are endless - at The Ridge, you'll live just 20 minutes from numerous golf courses, hiking, snow sports, world class mountain biking, water sports, fishing, beach walks and other outside activities.

The Ridge in the Courtenay offers easy access to an active, outdoor lifestyle, with a variety of new homes to choose from. This friendly community is also just a 20 minute drive to the Comox Airport (YQQ).

Current homeowners at The Ridge have come from across BC and Canada to discover the beauty of our ocean and mountain view neighbourhood. The Ridge is located in the city of Courtenay in the Comox Valley, an outdoor lover’s paradise.

Contact their preferred builders for more information on homes for sale at The Ridge.

Are you interested in choosing a lot and building a custom home? Contact the developer to find out more about our beautiful ocean and mountain view lots for sale in Courtenay on Vancouver Island.

Contact Bruce Clapham, Buckstone Developments
Phone 250.650.8588
Email: theridge.bruce@mail.com


Apr 23, 2020

Budget Blinds Is Open to Serve You on Vancouver Island - With Safety in Mind

After being closed for three weeks to do their part to stop the spread of Covid-19, Budget Blinds is once again open to serve customers on Vancouver Island, having implemented a variety of measures to keep you and their staff safe.

These measures include:

  • Options for virtual consulations
  • Limiting the number of homes their staff goes into daily
  • Asking health and safety screening questions before all installations and consultations
  • Wearing masks and gloves as required
  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing routines
  • Practicing social distancing during all appointments
  • Paperless consultations so avoid passing paperwork back and forth

Spring is often a time for people to renew and refresh their homes. New window coverings from Budget Blinds might be the perfect finishing touch to your updates, or a one-step solution to create a new look in your home. Now you can safely order from Budget Blinds and also choose to have their in-home consultations and professional installation done with your and the employees' safety in mind.

Budget Blinds is locally owned and operated on Vancouver Island. Your support of local small businesses during this hard time makes a difference to their employees throughout Vancouver Island.

Contact Budget Blinds today at any one of their three Vancouver Island locations:

Cowichan Valley
Call: 250.924.0249

Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay


Apr 17, 2020

New Patio Home Development by Monterra Projects at The Ridge in Courtenay

Comox Valley Builder Monterra Projects have been building custom-desgned homes and multi-family projects in this Vancouver Island community for many years. The Monterra team focuses on building relationships with their new home owners from the design process through to completion. They are now starting development of a modern patio home project at The Ridge called Tanglewood. 

Monterra Projects are now conducting a soft launch of Tanglewood and pre-sales are being offered on the Phase 1 patio homes.

There are now six available units, with prices starting at $599,000. These first phase homes will range from 1,338 to 1,542 sq.ft. Completion of Phase 1 is scheduled for the fall of 2020. Each home has been designed with a spacious main-floor area to optimize the square footage.

The kitchens will feature quartz counters, tiled backsplash, custom cabinetry, designer lighting, a walk-in pantry and all homes can accommodate a gas range/stove. The kitchen flows into the dining and living room with large windows offering plenty of natural light and views onto the patio and backyard. Engineered hardwood runs throughout the house. The living room has a coffered ceiling and a fireplace with a custom mantle. 

In some floor plans, the master bedroom is located at the back of the home, overlooking the landscaped backyard. Large ensuites feature cabinet lighting, heated tile flooring, and custom tiled walls in the shower. These homes also offer a laundry room that will accomodate a side by side washer and dryer. A large single-car garage and additional parking for two cars in the driveway round out the space.

Monterra Projects has chosen to build each home to Step Code 4 specifications, which means the homes have more insulation and be more energy efficient. Every home comes with a heat pump, air conditioning and a heat recovery ventilation system (HRV).

The Ridge is a new home development in South Courtenay on Vancouver island. The community is now building into Phase 3, and many of the home sites offer mountain and ocean views. Tanglewood will be the first multi-family project in this community.

If you would like more information and detailed floor plans, please contact Stephanie Renkema. Due to Covid-19 health and safety precautions, communication will be over the phone or by email at this time. Brochures with pertinent information can also be delivered to you.

Stephanie Renkema, RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty
2230 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay BC, V9N2L4
Office: 250-334-9900  Cell: 250-465-0168
Email: stephanierenkema@remax.net


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