Enjoy Spring on Vancouver Island From Your Ocean View Home at The Gales

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

While much the rest of the country is battling snowfalls and freezing temperatures, residents at The Gales are ready to welcome spring by strolling nearby beaches and neighbourhood forest trails. Set on the coast of Vancouver Island, in one of Canada’s most temperate climates The Gales is an ocean view, 68 condo and patio home development, featuring luxury villa-style living.

Curved streets, cul-de-sacs and manicured landscaping help build a sense of community here. Walkways meander throughout the development and where they pass between residences privacy has been retained via the use of arbours and trellises.

With grounds-keeping included at The Gales, you’ll enjoy freedom from yard and maintenance work, leaving more time to enjoy everything that this Island lifestyle has to offer.

The architectural style is West Coast Contemporary, with warm earth tones and a variety of darker tones to complement the coastal landscape. More than beautiful ocean and mountain views, this luxury neighbourhood includes mature trees and rock outcroppings. The natural surroundings include forest, hiking paths, a mountain stream, and wildlife.

Apart from city life, yet close. Enjoy the small town living of Ladysmith, and quick access to larger cities, including Nanaimo and Victoria.

To learn about life at The Gales, contact:

Realtor Keith Mazurenko
: 1.866.315.0545
: 250.245.0545

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VICA Looking for New Participants for “Youth Constructing a Future” Program

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

In November, VICA launched its Youth Constructing a Future program to prepare young adults (18+) for a career in the construction industry. They are recruiting for the next intake on Feb. 20 Participants must be a resident of BC, legally entitled to work in Canada, unemployed, not EI eligible, and not in school.

“Youth Constructing a Future” Program Deliverables:

  • Develop job entry skills
  • Build your resume and interview skills
  • Go to worksites to meet potential employers and learn the do’s and don’ts of construction site culture
  • Learn about apprenticeship options

Gain site experience, get to know different tools, and walk away with 10 certificates:

  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • OFA First Aid – Certificate
  • WHMIS – Certificate
  • Fall Protection Training
  • Confined Spaces Safety
  • Personal Protective Equipment Training
  • Ladder Safety
  • Forklift Training
  • Standardized Traffic Control Training (Flagging)
  • Workplace Violence & Harassment

Call VICA at 250.800.1722 to learn more and to find out if you or someone you know is eligible.

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2016 Was a Banner Year for Real Estate on Vancouver Island

Posted on Feb 3, 2017

A total of 6,063 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in 2016, an increase of 24 per cent over the 4,885 sales recorded the previous year*. Inventory of single-family homes dipped to 859 in December, a historic low, down 37 per cent from one year ago. This figure is the lowest recorded in the VIREB area since the board began tracking inventory in 1999.

The December 2016 benchmark price of a single-family home in the Campbell River area was $311,500, an increase of 17 per cent over December 2015. In the Comox Valley, the benchmark price was $396,000, up 19 per cent from 2015.

Duncan reported a benchmark price of $345,000, an increase of 14 per cent compared to December 2015. Nanaimo’s benchmark price rose 20 per cent to $429,200 while the Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price rise by 18 per cent to $453,800. The price of a benchmark home in Port Alberni hit $214,700, up nine per cent from one year ago.

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New Trades Training Facility Announced For North Island College

Posted on Jan 31, 2017

Premier Christy Clark announced a $13.5-million investment in a new trades training facility at North Island College that will help prepare students for in-demand jobs in the skilled trades.

The funding will support construction of a new trades training facility to replace the aging Vigar Vocational Centre, and consolidate programs to the Campbell River Heritage Lands Education Centre campus of North Island College. The project will provide space for students training in the aircraft sheet metal manufacturing and aircraft structures technician programs, heavy duty/commercial transport programs and the professional cook programs.

The project includes approximately 58,706 square feet of new construction as well as a 43,830-square-foot renovation of campus space. When complete, the facility will include a campus commons and redesigned library, along with a First Nations lounge and study area with adjacent office space for the Elder in Residence.

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New Homes and Land for Development Projects Selling at The Gales

Posted on Jan 31, 2017

View the latest new ocean-view home for sale at The Gales in Ladysmith.

Homes at The Gales come complete with gorgeous high end finishings, and all of the small details have been considered. Suite 8 offers 3,445 sq feet, including a bonus basement floor, with 600-plus square feet, perfect for hobby space. This new home at The Gales is offered for sale by Realtor Keith Mazurenko of Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty. The home is listed at $709,900.

This is a Built Green Certified home offering quality craftsmanship by award-winning builder, GNB Builders Inc. GNB Builders won “best single family production home” for 2015 through Canadian Home Builders Associations Vancouver Island Builders Excellence awards for their work at The Gales Development.

For the investor or developer, 2 development lots adjacent to The Gales are now also available. Lot 3 is a development parcel approved for 14 condo units, offered at $699,900. And Lot 2 is a development parcel approved for 12 condo units, offered at $599,900. Services are already installed to the properties, which offer excellent topography and soil conditions.

Located in Ladysmith, The Gales is only 10 minutes from the Nanaimo Airport and 25 minutes to a BC Ferries terminal.

For more information, contact:

Keith Mazurenko

: 1.866.315.0545
: 250.245.0545
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