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Apr 29, 2021

Get to Know the Preferred Builders at The Ridge in Courtenay

The six preferred builders at The Ridge in Courtenay have an established track record of building fabulous family homes. Over the past six years, 125 new homes have been built have been built in this mountain and ocean view community. These builders were all chosen for their knowledge and expertise in building custom homes in Courtenay, BC. They are ready to help bring your new home ideas to life.

New Home Lots Available in Phase 3B

Phase 3B, the newest phase to be built at The Ridge, features 61 large residential lots. These new home sites are suitable for a variety of home styles and even allow for homes with legal suites. A few lots are suitable to build a main house with a separate carriage home. Now is the time to start the journey of building a new custom home in one of the most scenic and desirable locations on Vancouver Island - while there are still lots available.

Rancher for Sale at 3298 Eagleview Crescent, Courtenay, BC

If you need something sooner, one of the preferred builders, Smits Construction, has a new rancher style home under construction at 3298 Eagleview Crescent in The Ridge. This 1,877 sq. ft. home features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, with a large open-style great room. The primary bedroom has a walk-in closet and an ensuite with a tiled shower and double sinks. A gas fireplace adds a bit of coziness to the cooler winter nights and the HVAC system provides air conditioning in the summer months. This home is ideally situated steps from the walkway that leads directly to the local park and to other pathways throughout the community.

This home is expected to be completed in September of 2021. For more information, contact Nathan at Smits Construction: Nathansmits@hotmail.com or Cell: 250.792.1560

Residents “Love Living at The Ridge!” 

Community residents love life at The Ridge. It is an every-age-friendly community, welcoming a mix of young families, retirees and residents of all ages. 

Find out more. Contact one of the Preferred Builders at The Ridge:

Lawmar Contracting | lawmar.ca
Lawrie McIntyre  Phone: 250.338.7637  Email: lawrie@lawmar.ca

Brando Construction | brandoconstruction.com
Realtor: Bill Anglin  Cell: 250.703.6119  Email:info@courtneyanglin.com

Coastal Custom Homes | coastalcustomhomes.ca
Dean Vershuur  Cell: 250.465.2205  Email: dean@coastalcustomhomes.ca

Candor Developments Inc. | candordevelopments.ca
Isaac Bale  Cell: 250.702.7339  Email: info@candordevelopments.ca

Grand Legacy Homes
Wayne Schick  Cell: 250.702.2251  Email: wayne@grandlegacy.ca

Smits Construction Ltd. Nathan Smits
250.792.1560 Email: Nathansmits@hotmail.com


To find out more about our available lots, go to the site plan page. Take a drive through of The Ridge in Courtenay, BC on beautiful Vancouver Island and see for yourself! The ocean and mountain views are amazing!

 

Apr 18, 2021

Meet Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island's Designer

Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island is locally owned and operated, and offers the same great service from several locations across the Island. One of the great services Budget Blinds offers, that you’ll never find at a big box store, is their complimentary design consultations. 

Budget Blinds customers enjoy the opportunity to meet with Rebeccah Stefina of their design team. As a designer and sales manager for the Ladysmith location, Stefina works with clients in all of the communities Budget Blinds serves on Vancouver Island.

She has more than six years of experience in design and working with builders, contractors and interior designers on their projects of all sizes.

Her education in design, portfolio of clients and eye for detail will have you feeling confident in your project from start to finish.

"I love what I do,” Stefina says. “I like to turn my clients wants, needs and dreams into their reality. From single family projects to multi-home construction, I'm your local contact for the best residential and commercial window coverings in Canada."

If you’re ready to update your window decor for summer, or need to consider home automation, call your local Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island. Their complimentary consultations can be done in your home, following Covid safety protocols, or set up a virtual visit.

Cowichan Valley
Call: 250.924.0249

Nanaimo-Oceanside
Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay
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50.338.8564

Contact Rebeccah directly at rstefina@budgetblinds.com or 250-924-2150

 

Apr 17, 2021

Top 10 Reasons to Make the Move to The Ridge in Courtenay

The residents of The Ridge often have told us what they love about their community and here are some of their thoughts:

“Life at The Ridge is very family-friendly, there is a nice mix of young families who interact with each other, retirees and other residents of all ages. The community is being built to a high standard and there is a relaxing atmosphere in the neighbourhood. We love living at The Ridge!”
Brianna and Jeremy

“The area surrounding The Ridge is so beautiful, and we love walking around the many trails here and seeing the mountains and the ocean, it is like living in paradise: we see trumpeter swans, Canadian geese and eagles flying right over our house. Plus it is so close to many top-rated golf courses”
Jim and Donna

“I was looking for a home where my mom could move in with me and we learned that The Ridge allowed legal suites to be built within the subdivision. We went to see The Ridge and fell in love with it. This is a quiet neighbourhood with beautiful views and pathways and parkways for walking and biking. We are located walking distance to the ocean. It feels like we are living in the countryside within the city.”
Jean & Brenda

Here are the top 10 reasons to consider making the move:

  1. The ocean and mountain views are stunning.

  2. A large park located within The Ridge.

  3. A quiet community with no thru traffic.

  4. No overhead wires to affect your views.

  5. Pedestrian friendly, with wide sidewalks throughout the neighbourhood.

  6. Easy access to nearby forest trails and the ocean.

  7. Close proximity to amenities and shopping.

  8. Generous sized residential lots.

  9. Welcoming neighbours.

  10. Mild Pacific climate.

Contact their preferred builders for more information on available lots in Phase 3B.

 

Apr 01, 2021

Choose a Lot in Crown Isle | Build with Integra Homes

The Crown Isle Community in Courtenay, BC has recently announced that they are constructing a new subdivision, known as Greystone Estates. This distinctive residential neighbourhood is located directly adjacent to the 8th fairway of the Crown Isle Golf Course. You can easily walk to the first tee box, or you might enjoy the other options that are available at the clubhouse, notably the Timber Room, well known for its ambiance and West Coast cuisine. 

Crown Isle Golf Course 

The Crown Isle Golf Resort is one of the favoured golf course destinations on Vancouver Island. Built 25 years ago, this well-maintained course offers players a challenging round of golf with stunning views of the Comox Glacier. In October of 2020, the Professional Golf Association (PGA) of BC chose Crown Isle as their Golf Facility of the Year. Bill Kelly, General Manager of Operations at Crown Isle was bestowed with the Cec Ferguson Executive Professional of the Year Award by the BC PGA in 2020. This acknowledgement from the PGA demonstrates the high quality of the golfing experience at the Crown Isle Golf Course.

Crown Isle Community

When asked why residents love living at Crown Isle, they say that they enjoy the walkability of the area, the welcome they receive from the friendly residents, the nearby amenities and the beauty of the neighbourhood. The Comox Valley Hospital, North Island College, the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre, major retail stores, and other shopping amenities are all located within a short walk from the community. The Comox Valley Airport is only a ten minute drive from this area, which is very convenient for those travelling for work or pleasure.

To date, 900 homes have been built in this community over the past 25 years. The owners of Crown Isle continue to build out their vision, with additional new subdivisions being added every year. 

Greystone Estates 

Greystone Estates is Crown Isle’s newest subdivision and is currently under construction.  

Phases 1 and II have 56 residential lots. These new lots are expected to be finished and ready for new home construction in the summer of 2021. Integra Homes is one of the premier custom home builders in the Crown Isle community and has reserved many of these desirable lots, including some facing the 8th fairway. Real estate activity in the Comox Valley is at unprecedented high levels at the writing of this article in April of 2021. If you have any interest in building a new home in the Crown Isle Community, now is time to contact Integra Homes, to inquire about building a new custom home at Greystone Estates. At this point, 25% of the lots have already been reserved.

Contact Integra Homes

Integra Homes is one of the premier custom home builders in the Crown Isle Community located in the Comox Valley. Contact the owner, Bill Larson for more information on the next steps of building a new home.

Contact: Bill Larson Email: bill@integrahomescv.ca Website: www.integrahomescv.ca

Posted in April, 2021
Conditions, availability and price subject to change without notice.

 

Mar 18, 2021

The Ridge in Booming in a Busy Real Estate Market

If you have been considering building a new home in Courtenay, BC, it's time to start making decisions! These are extremely busy times in the local real estate market and building costs are increasing. Recent numbers show that the cost of a new home is up 15% compared to the same time period last year and the housing market is expected to continue to rise, as economists forecast increases into 2022.

Build a New Home at The Ridge on Vancouver Island

At The Ridge in Courtenay, on beautiful Vancouver Island, they are currently selling new residential lots in Phase 3B. Their preferred builders have reserved these lots to build custom homes and are available to guide you through the process of choosing a lot and designing the right home for your family. 

The Ridge offers a variety of home designs that are customizable for any ifestyle. Are you working from home? Are you looking for a larger home for your family? Is a home with a secondary or in-law suite something that appeals to you? Are you retiring? 

Types of Homes Available at The Ridge

Rancher/Bungalow Style Homes –  These homes are one-storey homes with an open interior design. Floor plans generally include access from the kitchen/dining area to a patio. Primary bedrooms offer ensuites and walk in clostes, and typically two more bedrooms and an additional bathroom are included in the main floor plan. These homes appeal to growing families and older homeowners who would like to age in place. 

Two-Storey Homes offer space and flexibility. Typically the primary bedroom is built on the first floor to accommodates those who like to enjoy their day-to-day living on the main floor of the home, while the upper floor provides a separate living area, bedrooms and bathroom for family members or guests. Large decks provide additional outdoor space.

Homes with Walk-Out Basements – These homes create a unique space that allows the basement to be used as a living area usually associated with an outdoor patio. The basement can be finished to expand the living space or a secondary suite can be added for extended family or rental income. A separate entrance provides direct access to this area of the home.

Secondary Suites – All of the lots at The Ridge have been zoned to allow for secondary suites to be built as part of your new home. Create a comfortable and separate space for your guests, in-laws, adult children, or use the suite as a mortgage helper. 

Mountain and Ocean Views

This residential community features mountain and ocean views from everywhere in the subdivision. The Ridge is one of the most desirable and most scenic subdivisions in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. 

Close Proximity to Outdoor Activities

This community is located very close to Comox Valley parks, walkways, beaches and other outdoor recreational activities. Mount Washington is only a 30 minute drive from there. This is your new home base for all of your Vancouver Island adventures. The many current residents “Love living at The Ridge”.

To find out more about this friendly and welcoming community at The Ridge, contact their preferred builders for more information about custom home building in Phase 3B.

Mar 13, 2021

Courtenay, BC Ranks High Among Canada's Best Communities

A survey conducted in March, 2021 by Rate.ca, ranked Courtenay, BC in the Comox Valley as the 11th best spot in Canada for livability. The key factors that the survey measured, among people who decided to relocate during COVID, included scenery, affordability, economic and job growth, the size of the city or town and outdoor activities.

For those of us living here, this comes as no surprise. Courtenay is located in a naturally stunning, verdant valley surrounded the Beaufort Mountain range with it's Comox Glacier to the west and the shorelines of Comox Bay to the east. It is truly one of the most scenic and liveable communities on Vancouver Island.

Seeking to Relocate? 

Have you considered moving to Courtenay on beautiful Vancouver Island? This culturally diverse community is easily accessible by land, sea or air. Do you enjoy outdoor activities and recreation? This is one of the very few places in the world where you can enjoy ocean kayaking or fishing, alpine skiing and golfing all on the same day! Cap off that day with a 100-mile diet meal at one of many great restaurants or enjoy a picnic lunch at your favourite beach or provincial park.

Choose a Lot and Select a Builder

The Ridge is one of few master-planned communities with available lots and new homes in Courtenay. More than 120 homes have already been built there in previous phases, and their preferred builders have lots available to build custom homes in Phases 3B. These carefully selected custom builders are availble to guide you through the process of choosing a lot and designing a home to meet your goals and expectations. You can go to The Ridge's site plan to choose a lot and a builder. 

If you have looked at the possibility of living at The Ridge we encourage you to reach out to one of their preferred builders now to move forward with the customized home of your dreams. The real estate market is very busy in the Comox Valley and homes and lots are being sold at a record pace.

Preferred Builder, Grand Legacy Homes

Currently, Grand Legacy Homes has a 1,620 sq. ft. bungalow under construction located at 3381 Marygrove Drive in Courtenay, BC. This home is scheduled to be completed by early July 2021.

This rancher/bungalow style of home has been designed with an open concept and features a gas fireplace, large windows and 9 ft ceilings throughout. The modern kitchen has quartz counters with an under-mount sink and an over-sized island which is perfect for the chefs in your family. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, and the ensuite has a tiled shower. There are lots of storage options, with a full crawl space, and a large garage. This home is energy efficient as it has been built with an ICF foundation and includes a heat pump and a back-up furnace.

This home is being sold directly by the builder, Wayne Schick at Grand Legacy Homes.
Email: wayne@grandlegacy.ca
Cell: 250.702.2251
Price: $750,000 + GST

Note: Prices, availability and conditions are subject to change without notice.

Feb 27, 2021

New Window Coverings From Budget Blinds Are an Easy Upgrade

Spending so much time in our homes over the past year has encouraged a lot of investment into our living spaces, according to Chloe Traviss, style consultant with Budget Blinds in Campbell River.

“Everybody is spending so much time in their homes right now,” she recently told the Campbell River Mirror. “So it’s becoming more and more important for them to make those spaces beautiful. With people travelling less and being home more, I’ve really noticed they seem to be upgrading their spaces at an even higher rate than they were before.” 

And one of the easiest ways to upgrade your space is with new window coverings. 

“Window coverings are also one of the only options you have when improving your interior space that also improves your home’s curb appeal,” Traviss says. “So it’s also a great investment in your home and people are really taking advantage of that.” 

But “investment” doesn’t need to be a daunting word - even small improvements make a huge difference to the feel of your room, Traviss says. 

“A lot of people just want to do a little something in their home,” she says, “and we really have products for all budgets.” 

Not only that, but she’ll bring them to you so you don’t even have to go to the store to check them out. While Budget Blinds’ physical store is on Kilpatrick Avenue in Courtenay, Traviss is a mobile window covering resource for the North Island. 

“I have everything in my vehicle to do free in-home consultations, measure all their windows, and discuss blinds options with samples that I can show them inside their home, which is huge, because everyone’s paint and views and light is different, so blinds can look completely different in one home versus another, or in our showroom.” 

Traviss says that’s another thing she’s seeing these days: Supporting local and getting a personalized level of service has seemingly never been more important to people. While Budget Blinds has alwasy provided high levels of service, they’re also now focussed on keeping their staff and customers safe with Covid-19 protocols in place.

Your local and locally-owned Budget Blinds can help with a new look for your home! Call them today at their North Island - Courtenay store at 250.338.8564.

Or down-island contact your closest location:

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249

Nanaimo-Oceanside

Call 250.751.8564

 

Jan 28, 2021

61 New Building Lots in Phase 3B Now Available at The Ridge

1stView has exclusive details on the newest phase of lots at The Ridge in Courtenay, in the stunning Comox Valley. With 61 lots to choose from in Phase 3B, many of these oversized home sites feature stunning ocean and mountain views, and/or back onto dedicated green space. Choose your builder, choose your lot and then decide on a custom home design and you'll be on your way to living in one of the most beautiful communities on Vancouver Island. 

Let's Get Started!

Building a new home on Vancouver Island can be a dream come true for many people. The builders and developer at The Ridge are happy to guide you, step by step, starting with offering you a choice of premier lots in the Comox Valley. The Ridge is a well-established neighbourhood that is surrounded by spectacular mountain and ocean views, and is located close to all amenities. There is a two-acre park, offering play structures and a grassed area for all members of your family to enjoy. Enjoy a stroll down one of the many groomed trails in the community, some of which take you to the ocean’s shoreline. 

Meet the Builders at The Ridge

The preferred builders at The Ridge offer a variety of home plans for you to choose from, including bungalow styles as well as two-storey homes and homes with walk-out basements. These builders will customize to best suit your family’s current and future needs. Consider ideas like media or exercise rooms, fully equipped home offices and study areas, and plans to age in place with insgle storey living and wider hallways and doors. Contact the builders to find out more about lot availability, design options and custom home pricing on these choice lots.

The real estate market in BC is the hottest one in Canada, according to the 2020 MLS statistics. If you have been thinking about building a new home in Courtenay, now is the time to find out more as many of these homes and lots have already sold.

Contact one of the Preferred Builders at The Ridge:

Lawmar Contracting | lawmar.ca
Lawrie McIntyre  Phone: 250.338.7637  Email: lawrie@lawmar.ca

Brando Construction | brandoconstruction.com
Realtor: Bill Anglin  Cell: 250.703.6119  Email:info@courtneyanglin.com

Coastal Custom Homes | coastalcustomhomes.ca
Dean Vershuur  Cell: 250.465.2205  Email: dean@coastalcustomhomes.ca

Candor Developments Inc. | candordevelopments.ca
Isaac Bale  Cell: 250.702.7339  Email: info@candordevelopments.ca

Grand Legacy Homes
Wayne Schick  Cell: 250.702.2251  Email: wayne@grandlegacy.ca

Smits Construction Ltd. Nathan Smits
250.792.1560 Email: Nathansmits@hotmail.com


For more information on Phase 3B, visit: https://www.theridgebc.com/the-ridge-site-plan/

 

Jan 06, 2021

Get a New Look For the New Year, With Help from Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island

What did you settle on for your New Year’s resolutions for 2021? Is it finally time to update your home to usher in a new year? If it’s time to ditch the outdated curtain, tattered blinds, or inoperable shades, it’s time to call Budget Blinds!

Often we procrastinate on making changes because we don’t know where to start. Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island’s in-house team of designers is ready to tackle any challenge, and help you find the right style, colour and price point, no matter what your window coverings needs are.

Whether you’re ready for a new designer look and elegant curtains for a formal living room, or child safe blinds or shades for a nursery window, Budget Blinds’ designers have options for you. Their designers can come to you for a complimentary in-house consultation, or if you prefer, connect on-line for a virtual consultation.

With professional design and installation services, your local and locally-owned Budget Blinds can help you usher in the new year with a new look for your home! Call them today at any one of their three Vancouver Island locations:

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249

Nanaimo-Oceanside

Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay

250.338.8564

 

Jan 04, 2021

Holiday Lights Show Brightens Up the Season at The Ridge in Courtenay

Residents of The Ridge in Courtenay are eager to share why they love living at The Ridge. The sense of community is important in this new Courtenay neighbourhood, and this sense of community was very strong over the holiday season.

When winter nights were dark and gloomy at the end of a challenging year, residents of The Ridge did their best to brighten the spirits of their neighbours and light up the neighbourhood. Christmas lights and decorations were on full display throughout the community. Residents at The Ridge went above and beyond and created a festive Christmas atmosphere.

The first of what will become and annual Christmas decorating contest was born when a few residents banded together to acknowledge the neighbours who put extra effort into decorateing their homes for the holiday season. A few residents were surprised when they received acknowledgment of their efforts in the firstsurprise Christmas contest held at The Ridge. 

The residents from these homes were surprised and happy to receive a small gift towards their efforts, as no official Christmas Lighting Contest had been declared. Now it is official! There will be annual lighting contests moving forward at The Ridge. It is an event that will bring out a friendly competition amongst the residents for years to come and promotes the community for everyone to enjoy.

Establishing this neighbourhood contest, inspired by the actions of others in their community, is one of the many reasons The Ridge is such a welcoming place to call home.

In the summer the community hosts an annual block party in the park, and on a daily basis friends and neighbours stop to chat, go for walks, play in the park, and enjoy the neighbourhood and the people in it.

If you’re ready to make the move to a friendly, welcoming Courtenay community, visit TheRidgeBC.com and learn more about lots now available in Phase 3B and the preferred builders working at The Ridge.

 
 

Dec 19, 2020

Build Your Forever Home at The Ridge on Vancouver Island

When you walk around The Ridge community in Courtenay these days, you'll see many beautiful and creative lights displays to celebrate the Christmas season. This year, perhaps more so than ever, is an opportunity to be grateful for our families, our neighbours, and our community. For many of the homeowners here, living in The Ridge is truly a gift. Depending on the time of year, the panoramic views offer different landscapes of the Comox Glacier the mountains and of Comox Bay.

New home construction starts and real estate activity continues to be at its highest level ever at The Ridge. This master-planned community in the Comox Valley continues to welcome new residents to the area as new homes are completed. This is the perfect place to “be home for the holidays”.  

The preferred builders at The Ridge have reserved lots in Phase 3 and work with buyers to design a home that works for them and their stage of life. Is this home for a family? Or for retirement? Or for a family with adults that require independent space, such as a secondary or in-law suite? Builders often hear the phrase, “We are building our forever home here at The Ridge.”

Start your journey towards living at The Ridge. Contact one of their builders to find out more about building a new custom home or a quick-possession or move-in ready home on Vancouver Island:

Preferred Builders at The Ridge:

Lawmar Contracting | lawmar.ca
Lawrie McIntyre  Phone: 250.338.7637  Email: lawrie@lawmar.ca

Brando Construction | brandoconstruction.com
Realtor: Bill Anglin  Cell: 250.703.6119  Email:info@courtneyanglin.com

Coastal Custom Homes | coastalcustomhomes.ca
Dean Vershuur  Cell: 250.465.2205  Email: dean@coastalcustomhomes.ca

Candor Developments Inc. | candordevelopments.ca
Isaac Bale  Cell: 250.702.7339  Email: info@candordevelopments.ca

Grand Legacy Homes
Wayne Schick  Cell: 250.702.2251  Email: wayne@grandlegacy.ca

Dec 18, 2020

New Home for Sale at 2331 Crown Isle Drive

Integra Homes has been building new homes in the Crown Isle community for many years and continue to build in the desirable neighbourhood of Cambridge Park Estates. This area of the Crown Isle community is particularly popular because of its close proximity to local shopping venues and for its golf course and mountain views. 

Their newest home in Cambridge Park Estates faces west, giving new homeowners a front row seat to the spectacular sunsets and mountain views. For outdoor enthusiasts, just outside your door a walking path weaves along the forested area at the back of this home, and throughout the neighbourhood. Bird watchers will love it here as they sight eagles, owls, and many types of other ducks and birds. 

This custom-designed Integra home features 1,887 sq. ft. on the main floor and 355 sq. ft. on the upper floor. A spacious and welcoming foyer opens up to the large great room accented by a vaulted ceiling and a gas fireplace. The kitchen boasts beautiful quartz countertops, a tile backsplash, soft hinge close cabinetry and a walk-in butler’s pantry.

From the open dining area, you have access to the outdoor covered patio which you can enjoy twelve months of the year. Your living space is now extended to include a large patio area of 19 feet.

The master bedroom is tucked away at the rear of the home, providing a quiet sanctuary to relax in. A large soaker tub and a separate stand alone tiled shower are part of the spacious ensuite that also includes double sinks and a heated tile floor. Enjoy the backdrop of the forested area at the rear of the property.

Additional highlights include an extra bedroom or study area on the main floor, as well as the four-piece bathroom and large vaulted flex room on the upper level.

We look after the details of building a home with quality and care focusing on your lifestyle, health and wellbeing. We build homes that combine a West Coast design with classic, clean lines delivering casual elegance throughout the home.

All Integra Homes include engineered hardwood flooring, contemporary lighting and impeccable finishing. A full landscaping package is included with this home and includes an automated underground sprinkler system, a fully fenced backyard and a two-car garage. 

If you are thinking of building a custom home in Courtenay, BC, Integra Homes has two additional premier lots reserved on Crown Isle Drive in Cambridge Park Estates, one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in the Crown Isle Community. 

For more information or to request a private viewing of the showhome, please contact: Debra Barnie, Office Manager at debrabarnie@gmail.com. They welcome the opportunity to talk with you! 

Dec 15, 2020

Season's Greetings from Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island

The team at Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island would like to wish their clients and the communities they serve a safe and healthy holiday season.

In a year like no other, Budget Blinds has continued to provide Vancouver Island residents with the great service they are known for, with a number of safety modifications in place, for both their staff and customers.

Budget Blinds is well known for their in-person complimentary consultations with their in-house designers. These are still available in-person, or if you prefer, arrange a virtual consultation.

And as always, Budget Blinds’ selection covers all price points and styles. From partnerships with famous brands like Hunter Douglas to their own in-house brands, you’ll find a style that meets your budget and your window coverings needs. From curtain to shutters, and from automation to unique window shapes, they’ve got you covered!

Contact Budget Blinds today:

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

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249

Nanaimo-Oceanside

Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay

250.338.8564

 

Nov 23, 2020

So Many Reasons to Love Living at The Ridge in Courtenay

Residents of the Ridge in Courtenay really do love their community. Here at 1stView, we hear over and over from families who “Love Living at The Ridge”. When buying a new home in a new community, people want to know what the neighbourhood is really like. Here are some thoughts from residents about why The Ridge is a one-of-a-kind neighbourhood that you too may want to call home:

“We went to see The Ridge and fell in love with it. This is a quiet neighbourhood with beautiful views and pathways and parkways for walking. There are excellent trails for biking and we are located walking distance to the ocean. It feels like we are living in the countryside within the city.”
Brenda and Jean

“We really appreciate the multi-generational aspect of our neighbourhood and having young children, families and retirees in the community. The neighbours are friendly and welcoming. The area surrounding The Ridge is so beautiful, and we love walking around the many trails here and seeing the mountains and the ocean. It is like living in paradise: we see trumpeter swans, Canadian geese and eagles flying right over our house.”
Donna and Jim

“The subdivision is growing but that seemed to only add new friends to the bonds they had already kindled. Our annual block party has brought neighbours old and new together and has helped immensely to create friendships and make the community feel like a large extended family.”
Lily and Mike

Top Reasons to Live and Thrive at The Ridge

  • Minutes from downtown Courtenay
  • No thru traffic makes for a very quiet neighbourhood
  • No overhead wires to spoil the great views
  • Multi-generational community
  • Friendly neighbours
  • Large park with playing fields and a playground
  • Access to outdoor activities all year
  • Temperate climate
  • Many walking trails close by
  • Stunning mountain and ocean views

Truly, you can live in your dream home in a one-of-a-kind community on beautiful Vancouver Island.  This is the place where families thrive as they explore the multitude of available outdoor activities including beach activities, hiking, mountain biking, winter sports on Mount Washington, golfing and more.

For more information to inquire about building a new home at The Ridge, contact one of their preferred home builders.

Nov 18, 2020

Support Locally Owned and Operated Small Businesses Like Budget Blinds This Season

Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island is open and ready to help with your window covering and home automation needs.

Budget Blinds has implemented a variety of Covid-19 safety measures designed to keep your family and their staff safe, including options for virtual consultations, wearing masks and gloves as required, stringent new cleaning and sanitizing routines, practicing social distancing during all appointments and paperless consultations to avoid passing paperwork back and forth.

While some of the day-to-day business activities have changed because of Covid-19 protocols, Budget Blinds is still offering the same friendly professional service and great prices they always have. You can still 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.

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

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249

Nanaimo-Oceanside

Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay

250.338.8564

 

Nov 12, 2020

Outdoor Adventures Are Calling in the Comox Valley

Vancouver Island is well known for having some of the warmest and most temperate weather in Canada, making it a popular place to call home. Coastal communities such as Courtenay enjoy warm dry summers and mild winters sprinkled with rain and the occasional day or two of snow. 

The Comox Valley, which includes the city of Courtenay, town of Comox, the village of Cumberland, and a number of unincorporated communities, is easily one of the most desirable places to live in Canada. This Vancouver Island coastal community offers easy access to a huge range of year-round outdoor recreational activities.

The weather is mild enough to go surfing and kite boarding year-round. In the winter months, when a storm rolls onto Vancouver Island, the biggest swells are active, prompting surfers and boarders to put on their wetsuits and head to the nearest beach.

If you are a diving enthusiast, explore the rocky reef at Flora Inlet on the edge of Hornby Island where you might spot the elusive Six-gill Shark between April and September. You can also take a dive at the Royston Wrecks, a man-made breakwater of sunken ships along the shoreline where water visibility is excellent. For a unique underwater adventure, snorkel with the salmon in local streams and rivers.

With the right outdoor gear, you can do pretty much any activity in the winter in the Comox Valley. For instance, the golf courses are open year round and you can play golf at seven public courses almost any day of the year. Many people have relocated to the Comox Valley because of their love for mountain biking. Here you will find hundreds of trails, from beginner to advanced in Cumberland, Mount Washington, Forbidden Plateau and other areas throughout the Valley. The region is a hotspot with many mountain bikers coming from other provinces and countries to compete!

Are you ready to make the move? New ocean and mountain view homes at The Ridge in Courtenay are now ready for you. New homes are selling quickly in Phase 3A, and more lots are now available for custom homes. Contact one of the preferred builders at The Ridge to learn more.

Oct 29, 2020

With Homes Sales Booming Now is the Time to Get Started on Your Custom Home at The Ridge

New home construction and sales activity has jumped significantly during the past few months at The Ridge in the Vancouver Island community of Courtenay, B.C.

All of the homes in Phases 1 and 2 now have sold. Remaining homes in Phase 3A are selling very quickly. If you're ready to build a new home at The Ridge now is the time to spring into action! If you've considered the possibility of living at The Ridge, the developers are urging you to solidify your plans with one of their builders and start work on the custom home of your dreams.

Several custom homes built for new residents have included a secondary suite, which the zoning allows, to accommodate family members or renters. A secondary suite of up to 937 sq. ft. within The Ridge neighbourhood will generate a monthly income of approximately $1,800 per month.

At this time, there are still new homes left for sale by the preferred builders at The Ridge. Please note that the real estate market is very fluid at this time and availability may change quickly. For more information regarding homes for sale, contact any one of these preferred builders:

Preferred Builders at The Ridge: 

Lawmar Contracting | lawmar.ca
Lawrie McIntyre  Phone: 250.338.7637  Email: lawrie@lawmar.ca

Brando Construction | brandoconstruction.com
Realtor: Bill Anglin  Cell: 250.703.6119  Email:info@courtneyanglin.com

Coastal Custom Homes | coastalcustomhomes.ca
Dean Vershuur  Cell: 250.465.2205  Email: dean@coastalcustomhomes.ca

Candor Developments Inc. | candordevelopments.ca
Isaac Bale  Cell: 250.702.7339  Email: info@candordevelopments.ca

Grand Legacy Homes
Wayne Schick  Cell: 250.702.2251  Email: wayne@grandlegacy.ca

Please note that availability is subject to change without notice.

Oct 15, 2020

Time to Get Winter-Ready With Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island

It’s officially cozy season, and when that crosses paths with work-from-home, your home office may be in need of an update. Now that you’ve finally got that corner office with a view (of your own backyard) is it set up to get you through the winter months comfortably?

Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island can help you create a functional work space. The right window coverings can keep the drafts out and keep you warm while you work. Home automation can mean fewer interruptions to your workflow and can automatically adjust the mood and lighting throughout your whole home.

Even if you aren’t working from home, maybe it’s time for a refresh to keep the inside of your home bright and cheery, and keep the winter rain and cold at bay.

Budget Blinds expert designers are ready to help, with a complimentary in-person or virtual consult. They can suggest the latest brands, products and styles to suit your needs and budget. Call your locally owned and operated Budget Blinds today to get started on creating your cozy space for this winter.

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249

Nanaimo-Oceanside

Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay

250.338.8564

 

Oct 12, 2020

The Ridge in Courtenay is Home to Families of All Ages

"We love living here!" is a phrase that at 1stView, we hear over and over from residents of The Ridge, a family-friendly neighbourhood, now selling Phase 3 homes and lots in Courtenay, B.C. 

This remarkable multi-generational community is made up of young families, empty nesters and seniors. And with many of the homes featuring secondary suites, many of generations of one family can live together.

The Ridge has designed this development with community in mind. One great example is the centrally-located, grassy park. Younger kids love spending time on the playground, while the tweens and teens, and even the adults, enjoy a game of soccer, frisbee or just tossing the ball around. It is a meeting point for everyone to enjoy. If you are new to the community, you will be welcomed with open arms. 

Brianna and Jeremy have shared their experience living at The Ridge with us. Here is just part of their story

“Last night we went to the local park here, only a few minutes from our home and there were four other families at the park. The kids ran towards each other and played together and we had a visit with the neighbours….. we all know each other’s names, the children’s’ names and we even know the dogs’ names! Our children feel very comfortable going to the park, and we know that they are safe in our neighbourhood. We visit the park daily and sometimes multiple times on the same day. We feel a great sense of community here.

“Life at The Ridge is very family-friendly, there is a nice mix of young families who interact with each other, retirees and other residents of all ages. The community is being built to a high standard and there is a relaxing atmosphere in the neighbourhood. We love living at The Ridge!”

Moving to The Ridge gives you the flexibility to buy or build the rigt style of home for your family. Choose from the many housing styles at The Ridge including: rancher/bungalow-style homes, two-storey homes, homes with walk-out basements or a home with a secondary suite or carriage home. A patio home development is also under contruction. The square footage of your home can vary, starting with a smaller home at 1,375 sq. ft. up to as large as you want. Some of the bigger homes contain a secondary suite more than 900 sq. ft.

The secret is out about The Ridge! This is one of the best new neighbourhoods in the Comox Valley to live in. Now is the time to explore this amazing, one-of-a-kind community on Vancouver Island. New homes are selling quickly in Phase 3A. If you are interested in purchasing a new home or building a custom home at The Ridge, please get in touch with one of their preferred builders

If you are interested in receiving more information about The Ridge, please contact: Bruce Clapham:
Email: theridge.bruce@mail.com

Sep 21, 2020

New Phase of Lots to be Released at The Ridge in Courtenay

View lots at The RidgeBuilding lots in Phase 3B are about to be released at The Ridge in Courtenay, B.C. Wth only limited lots and new homes available in Phase 3A, and phases 1 and 2 comletely sold out, now is the time to secure your new home or lot. Phase 3A is 80% sold and the remaining lots are expected to be sold by the end of 2020.

Lots in Phase 3B at The Ridge are located on a higher elevation on the south side of the development. This elevation provides panoramic views of Comox Bay and the mainland mountains. You'll wake up to stunning sunrise views. This is truly Vancouver Island living at its finest.

Phase 3B includes 61 new home sites for sale. All of the lots at The Ridge have been zoned to allow for secondary suites - you can choose to add a carriage house above the garage or a legal basement suite as part of your new home build. Create a comfortable and separate space for a nanny, an older child, or your in-laws, or use the suite as a mortgage helper. 

Homes at The Ridge can be built in a variety of styles including:

  • A rancher or bungalow style home
  • A two-storey walk-up home
  • A two-level home with a walk-out basement.

The Ridge has five preferred builders who have worked on the develpment for several years. They have the experience and professional credentials to build a home that will create happy memories for you family years to come. These builders have helped many satisifed homeowners build their dream homes at The Ridge. 

The preferred builders at The Ridge are: 

Lawmar Contracting | lawmar.ca
Lawrie McIntyre  Phone: 250.338.7637  Email:lawrie@lawmar.ca

Brando Construction | brandoconstruction.com
Realtor: Bill Anglin  Cell: 250.703.6119  Email:info@courtneyanglin.com

Coastal Custom Homes | coastalcustomhomes.ca
Dean Vershuur  Cell: 250.465.2205  Email:dean@coastalcustomhomes.ca

Candor Developments Inc. | candordevelopments.ca
Isaac Bale  Cell: 778.995.2529  Email: info@candordevelopments.ca

Grand Legacy Homes
Wayne Schick  Cell: 250.702.2251  Email: wayne@grandlegacy.ca

Contact any one of these preferred builders to inquire about choosing a lot and building your new custom home, or work with a builder of your choice. 

If you are interested in choosing a lot in Phase 3A or 3B contact the developer directly:

Bruce Clapham | Developer of The Ridge
Phone: 250.650.8588 Email: theridge.bruce@mail.com

 

Vancouver Island real estate is just one click away, find your perfect property at 1stView.ca

Contact 1stView.ca

Office Phone: 250-338-5466
Email:clarice@1stview.ca

Courtenay, British Columbia
Canada