Award Winning Builders Creating New Homes at The Gales in Ladysmith

Posted on Dec 8, 2017

The Gales in Ladysmith continues to build luxury ocean view homes with their award-winning builder of choice. The luxury patio homes and condominiums at the Gales are constructed to the highest quality, and Built Green by GNB Builders.
GNB Builders has built a reputation for quality building, excellent customer service and a company that delivers all that it promises. GNB Builders Inc. are home builders with more than 30 years of experience in the building industry. In 2012 GNB Builders was awarded the prestigious BC Built Green Builder of the Year by Department G of Built Green Canada as well as one Gold Care Award and five Silver Care Awards from the Canadian Home Builders Association. In 2013 GNB Builders was awarded with Vancouver Island Business Excellence Award for best company (under 50 employees) and Best Construction Company for the Island from Business Vancouver Island. And in 2016, their work at The Gales won them the Vibe Award for best single family production home.
The Gales is a 68-home development (42 patio homes & 26 condos in two condo buildings) with ocean and mountain views. From a walk on one of the many local beaches to leisurely strolls through pristine forest right at your back door, the lure of natural wonder is ever beckoning. The homes are designed to take full advantage of the views, and provide large outdoor living spaces from which to enjoy the setting.
Stop by today or contact realtor Keith Mazurenko and “be blown away by The Gales.”
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Enjoy Resort-Style Amenities at Riverside Senior Living

Posted on Nov 27, 2017

Riverside Senior Living is creating a resort-style, amenity-filled retirement community in downtown Courtenay.

The Comox Valley’s newest Seniors’ Independent Living community will offer many amenities beyond the new studio and one-bedroom suites.

Residents can choose to keep active in the dedicated fitness facility and the swimming pool, both of which will feature a variety of instructor-led programs and classes. Or simply enjoy a stroll along the Courtenay Riverwalk, along which Riverside Senior Living is set.

Afterwards, enjoy some pampering in the on-site spa and salon.

The social lounge and games room will offer entertaining and educational opportunities, as well as space to visit with friends and guests.

Dining options at Riverside are also plentiful. You’ll never be bored with chef-prepared lunches and dinners, the option of in-room dining and multiple restaurants on-site, and the downtown Courtenay location means plenty of neighbourhood restaurant choices as well.

The show suite is now open at Riverside Senior Living. They will welcome the first residents in the Spring of 2018. Book a tour of the suite and learn more about all of the amenities today.

Call 250.331.4010 or register on their website.

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“Canada’s Great Street 2017” is First Avenue in Ladysmith

Posted on Nov 16, 2017

 

Photo Credit: Great Places in Canada

The community of Ladysmith has been honoured by the Canadian Institute of Planners with the title of Canada’s 2017 Great Street, in recognition of the Town’s historic First Avenue.

First Avenue is a defining area of this charming community on Vancouver Island, and was recognized based on criteria that included social, economic and accessibility and safety factors, as well as elements including design, culture, history and landscape. First Avenue beat out 16 other submissions from across Canada.

You could be enjoying this and many of the other amenities of this lovely Vancouver Island waterfront town from your home at The Gales.

The Gales is a new luxury ocean view home community in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. Currently there are two patio homes under construction. These new patio homes are 1,820 sq. ft, and offer stunning ocean views.

The Gales has one new luxury ocean view home completely finished and ready for occupancy, featuring 1,000 sq. ft. on the top floor and 1,555 sq. ft. on the ground floor. This new home is offered for sale at $649,900.

For more information contact Realtor Keith Mazurenko of Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty

Office: (250) 245-0545
Toll-Free: 1-877-252-2252
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Learn Why Residents Love The Ridge in Courtenay

Posted on Nov 13, 2017

Donna and Jim decided to make the big move to Vancouver Island in 2016. They had lived in Kingston, Ontario for more than 50 years but after their two sons moved to British Columbia, they decided to follow. The question was, where on Vancouver Island were they going to live?

They had looked at other communities on Vancouver Island and chose the Comox Valley as it offered everything they were looking for, including a doctor who was taking new patients, a new hospital and a community that was located about half-way between the cities where their sons lived.

They came across The Ridge website and decided to take a drive through the scenic subdivision. After meeting the developer and viewing a Lawmar Contracting home under construction, they made their decision on the spot to purchase the home and moved in on December 1, 2016.

“The area surrounding The Ridge is so beautiful, and we love walking around the many trails here and seeing the mountains and the ocean,” Donna says. “It is like living in paradise: we see trumpeter swans, Canadian geese and eagles flying right over our house.”

Donna and Jim thoroughly enjoy living at The Ridge. They really appreciate the multi-generational aspect of their neighbourhood and having young children, families and retirees in their community. The neighbours are friendly and welcoming. As an added bonus, Jim loves being in such close proximity to many top-rated golf courses.

Find out more about The Ridge by contacting:
Developer 
Bruce Clapham
Phone: 250.650.8588
Email: theridge.bruce@mail.com

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2 New Bungalow-Style Ocean View Homes Under Construction at The Gales in Ladysmith

Posted on Oct 30, 2017

The Gales in Ladysmith continues to construct additional luxury homes for their beautiful ocean view community.

Currently, two more patio homes are under construction, with framing now underway on these new bungalow-style homes, #18 and #19. These new patio homes are very spacious, each offering 1,820 sq. ft. plus a large crawl space with plenty of room for storage.

The Gales has one new luxury ocean view home completely finished and ready for occupancy, featuring 1,000 sq. ft. on the top floor and 1,555 sq. ft. on the ground floor. This stunning new home is being offered for sale at $649,900.

Come and take a look at this award winning development, located in the charming community of Ladysmith on Vancouver Island.

For more information contact Realtor Keith Mazurenko of Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty

Office: (250) 245-0545
Toll-Free: 1-877-252-2252

 

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Secondary Suite and Carriage Home Construction Sees Major Jump

Posted on Oct 25, 2017

Building Links has recently compiled the building permit and construction values for the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas for the third quarter of 2017. Building Links notes a trend in the increase in the construction of secondary suites and carriage homes.

They reported an overall increase of 238 per cent. Building Links tracks this information when a separate building permit has been taken out for a secondary suite or carriage home. In many municipalities including Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland, specific zoning allows for the construction of a secondary suite in a single-family home without applying for a separate permit. Based on this information they estimate that the increase is actually more like 400 per cent in 2017 compared to 2016.

This means, according to the building permits reported, that there have been approximately 100 secondary suites and or carriage homes built in the past year, compared with approximately 25 built in 2016.

Due to the rising cost of individual lots, the cost of construction and the looming shortage of sub trades, more buyers are looking to subsidize the high cost of a new home by building a secondary suite or a carriage home. According to the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) report for September of 2017, the cost of purchasing a home in the Comox Valley and the Campbell River area has increased by 22 per cent over the same time period last year.

There is a shortage of lots in both the Campbell River and the Comox Valley areas, and this is contributing to the extremely high cost of buying a new home. Many new subdivisions are being proposed in both areas, but it is taking, in some cases, years to get the subdivision approved by the various municipalities.

According to the same report by VIREB in September, strong economic fundamentals are underpinning housing activity in British Columbia, particularly in the southern half of the province. The BC economy has expanded at above-trend growth for more than three years, with 2017 expected to be the fourth consecutive year of economic growth hitting three per cent or higher.

The secret is out about Vancouver Island – its beautiful scenery, the welcoming communities and up to now, the reasonable cost of buying a home. The real estate scene is changing dramatically and quickly and more people are choosing Vancouver Island as their destination to retire or relocate. In my view, the price of real estate will continue to go up due to the demand to live in a piece of paradise, known as Vancouver Island.

Clarice Coty is the editor of Building Links.
Contact: clarice@buildinglinks.ca or
find Building Links on Facebook.

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