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Feb 26, 2011

Residential and Commercial Plumbing, Heating, and Gas Installations Provided by Archer Mechanical in the Comox Valley

Archer MechanicalArcher Mechanical offers the full mechanical contracting package of residential and commercial plumbing, heating, and gas installation for residential and commercial construction projects in Parksville, Qualicum, the Comox Valley, and Campbell River on Vancouver Island, BC.

With just one phone call, Archer Mechanical provides plumbing, heating, gas, heating services, and complete mechanical installation packages to homeowners and businesses. Archer Mechanical also provides fire protection and sheet metal services. 

Established in May 2009, Archer Mechanical “takes pride in everything they do.” Archer Mechanical offers competitive rates, and discounts on multiple contracts. Doing their part to build green, Archer Mechanical installs high efficiency equipment like condensing tankless water heaters at cost. Contact them today at 250.331.3115.

Feb 26, 2011

Comox Valley Duplex Homes Project on Vancouver Island Posts Steady Sales

 

Woodcote Mews, new real estate on Vancouver IslandEleven new homes in the 20-unit duplex project Woodcote Mews on Cumberland Road in Courtenay have been sold. These new Comox Valley duplex homes are 1,320 square feet and include a quality appliance package, consisting of a fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer.
Some of the duplexes are already complete and the remainder have had the exterior framing completed. The developer will complete the interiors of the units, once the buyers have selected their colour schemes.
The construction of all of the new homes is expected to fully completed in the fall of this year. Prices at Woodcote Mews start at $216,900.
For more information, contact Realtor Scott Fraser, of Royal LePage in the Comox Valley, at 250.334.3124.

 

Feb 25, 2011

Victoria's Parkside Resort and Spa Hosts Sir Elton John

 

Parkside VictoriaThe Parkside Resort and Spa in Victoria hosted Sir Elton John and entourage for three days this week. Elton John was in Victoria for a concert.
Parkside is part of the Aviawest Resort Group. While it is usually the Fairmont Empress or Inn at Laurel Point catching the stars in town, Parkside snared the Sir Elton contract while staff were at the Luxury Travel Expo in Las Vegas in December, where a connection was made with the music legend's booking agency, said a spokesman for Aviawest. According to the Victoria Times Colonist, Elton John stayed in a two-bedroom penthouse with custom floral arrangements and monogrammed towels.  And while the resort is luxurious enough for celebrities, even the average traveler can afford to stay. The Parkside Resort and Spa is currently offering a $99 nightly accomodation rate, and vacation home units are offered for sale, for those wanting to spend a little more time at the luxurious Victoria Resort.

  

Feb 25, 2011

Construction Begins on New Residential Lots For Sale in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island

 

Morrison Creek CommonxWork has started on residential building lots in Morrison Creek Commons, a development of 69 new home lots off Arden Road in Courtenay on Vancouver Island.
The first phase of the new building lots will be fully serviced soon and construction of the first new homes could begin as early as March. The design includes a new low-density subdivision that will incorporate 69 single-family homes on 7.7 hectares. The new Vancouver Island real estate project will include 50 per cent green-space to protect the wetland area around Morrison Creek.
The project will be built in four stages and Phase I will include 17 lots.
Mountain West Properties, a real estate development company from Victoria is accepting Expressions of Interest from general contractors. For more information regarding this real estate opportunity please direct inquires to joel@mountainwestproperties.ca or visit the Mountain West Properties website.
For more information on new Vancouver Island Real estate, visit www.1stView.ca

 

Feb 25, 2011

Klitsa Signs is Vancouver Island's Premier Sign Shop

Klitsa signsKlitsa Signs is Vancouver Island’s premier sign shop. With locations in Port Alberni and Courtenay, on Vancouver Island, Klitsa Signs offers a full range of high quality sign services, including real estate signs, construction development signs, yard signs and vehicle graphics.
Klitsa Signs also offers large-scale digital printing for photo signs, sandblasted cedar signs, awnings and more. The sign shop can also create your company logo, and add it to a variety of clothing items.
Klitsa Signs takes pride in producing quality work and offering excellent customer service. Contact them at 1.877.724.0902

Feb 25, 2011

Victoria's Oak Bay Beach Hotel Supports Sales With 100% Buy Back Guarantee

Oak Bay Beach Hotel1stView recently visited the downtown Victoria office of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel at 1111 Wharf Street. While there, we were intrigued by the live web cam view showing the construction progress at the waterfront hotel site. "I could appreciate the stunning ocean views from an owner’s perspective, as it offered an unobstructed view of Chatham Island and the Oak Bay beach waterfront," said 1stView's Clarice Coty.
Victoria’s Oak Bay Beach Hotel is offering buyers of their five-star vacation hotel suites and residences at the new Vancouver Island hotel development a 100% Buy Back Guarantee.
Until March 15, 2011, Oak Bay Beach Hotel developer Walker Hospitality is offering a two-year, 100 percent buy back guarantee to any purchasers of their Luxury Waterfront Residences and their revenue-producing Vacation Hotel Suites in the new Oak Bay Beach Hotel. The offer is available for only a limited amount of Vacation Suites and Residences (20 per cent of available units).
Seeing potential buyers’ anxiety over the recent soft economy “inspired us to express our confidence with a money back guarantee, taking away any downside to a commitment to purchase with us,” says Kevin Walker, owner of Walker Hospitality.
All purchases must be completed before March 15, 2011 and a total refund will be granted to buyers two years after the time of occupancy, if they are not completely satisfied with their investment. The hotel is scheduled to open in Spring 2012.
Pre-opening pricing starts at $299,000 (Vacation Hotel Suites, ranging from 400 – 750 square feet) and $1 million (Residences at Oak Bay Beach Hotel, ranging from 900- 1900 square feet.) The Oak Bay Beach Hotel has sold more than 45 per cent of its real estate inventory.
The new Oak Bay Beach Hotel is being rebuilt on the same spectacular Vancouver Island oceanfront property where the previous hotel stood for over 80 years. It will reopen as a 100-room hotel with 20 luxury residences and vacation hotel suites built to five-star standard. Visit the Oak Bay Beach Hotel website for more information about purchasing a private residence or vacation hotel suite or call 1-800-668-7758.

Feb 22, 2011

Vancouver Island Oceanview Condominiums at The Texada Offer $20,000 Savings

 

The Texada Ocean View Condos in Nanaimo on Vancouver IslandThe Texada ocean view condominiums in Nanaimo are offering savings of more than $20,000 to new buyers. With more than 70% of the units sold, demand has been high for these luxury Vancouver Island condos, which offer views of the Georgia Straight and Coast Mountains from their large patios and balconies.
There are only two of the extremely popular one-bedroom and den units still available, along with one bedroom, and two bedroom and den units. All condos at The Texada offer stainless steel appliances, hardwood floorings and other designer touches. Available condominiums start at $249,900.
The Texada Sales Centre is located at: 6310 McRobb Avenue, Nanaimo, and is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily except Fridays.
To find our more, call 250-390-0115 or visit The Texada website here.

Feb 15, 2011

Realtor Tina Vincent is "Your Comox Valley Connection"

Comox Valley Realtor Tina VincentComox Valley Realtor Tina Vincent is "Your Comox Valley Connection."  Realtor Tina Vincent combines traditional real estate services for home buyers and sellers with modern, innovative marketing. Tina Vincent, a realtor with Royale LePage in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, uses her experience in interior design and new home construction to provide home staging services for her clients, and bring unique ideas to marketing clients' homes. She works to find the right residences for her clients, ensuring that families find not just houses, but homes. Call today and make realtor Tina Vincent "Your Comox Valley Connection."   To contact Tina Vincent call 250.898.8790 or email tvincentrealty@gmail.com   

 

Feb 15, 2011

New Residential View Lots for Sale at Lake Cowichan

The Slopes at Cowichan Lake new residential lots1stView toured The Slopes at Lake Cowichan project recently and saw some of the beautiful homes built here, which offer spectacular views of the surrounding Vancouver Island mountains. These new residential lots for sale are large - most of the lots are .25 acre or larger in size and they are located at the entrance to Lake Cowichan. The Slopes property is located in a sunny little valley, just a few minutes from both the Town of Lake Cowichan and from the waterfront of Lake Cowichan. It is 20 minutes from Duncan and about an hour’s drive to both Victoria and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. These lots offer excellent value, starting at $99,000 and would appeal to first time buyers, families and people looking to build a Vancovuer Island vacation home.

Feb 14, 2011

Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa Offers Great Value for Business Traveler

 

Parkside Victoria Resort and SpaLast week, I traveled from the Comox Valley to Victoria to attend the annual general meeting for the Vancouver Island Construction Association, which was held at the Union Club in downtown Victoria.
I stayed at the new Parkside Victoria Resort and Spa, which is located in the heart of downtown Victoria. My luxurious accommodation provided a view of the Parliament Buildings and the Inner Harbour.
The one bedroom suite had two gas fireplaces, a complete kitchen and a king sized bed. The suite also offered easy to use wireless internet.
The Parkside Victoria also has a large pool and spa, which I plan to use the next time I am there.
Parkside Victoria offers tremendous value for the business traveler, as they have currently offer a very competitive room rate of only $99 a night

Feb 09, 2011

Thomas Dishlevoy Architecture Ltd., a Full Service Architecture Firm in the Comox Valley

Thomas Dishlevoy Architecture, Vancouver Island ArchitectThomas Dishlevoy Architecture Ltd in the Comox Valley offers architecture services for all types and sizes of projects. Established in 1995, and serving the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island since 1998, Thomas Dishlevoy Architecture Ltd has proven experience in:

  • Residential, commercial and institutional
  • Renovations, additions and new projects
  • Heritage restoration
  • Building envelope repairs and upgrades
  • Green Buildings, LEED and Living Buildings
  • Development Master Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Programming and Cost Estimating
Contact TDA at 250.339-9528 or tom@tda.ca

Feb 04, 2011

Crown Isle Says Hospital Site Completes Overall Vision

 

Crown Isle Resort ang Golf CommunityVancouver Island’s Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community in Courtenay says the addition of a new regional hospital on the property fulfills a long-time vision.
Last week the Vancouver Island Health Authority announced that the site for the new Comox Valley hospital will be on Crown Isle lands north of Ryan Road.
"With this announcement, this truly moves Crown Isle forward as one of Western Canada's premiere communities," said Ron Coulson, one of the development's two owners. "Many developments show great vision and promise; ours has now become a reality."
Coulson said Crown Isle expects to see more than $750 million in new construction over the next few years, with the new hospital, combined with Costco and additional commercial developments, and new residential real estate development.
“The economic spin-off will greatly benefit the entire Comox Valley,” Coulson added.
Crown Isle's Director of Real Estate, Jason Andrews said having the new hospital within Crown Isle further enhances the overall vision of the resort's Master Planned Community, "where you have all of the amenities in your own backyard: shopping, recreation, dining and health care all within walking distance of your home.
"We believe we have created one of Western Canada's most complete and dynamic communities."
 

Feb 03, 2011

Business Examiner's 2011 Awards Honour Comox Valley Businesses

1stView named Vancouver Island Real Estate Company of the YearFour Comox Valley businesses brought home impressive hardware and accolades from the 11th annual Business Examiner awards.
Island Gourmet Trails' owner Gaetane Palardy was honoured as Vancouver Island Entrepreneur of the Year, coffee company Royston Roasting was name Manufacturer of the Year, 1stView was named Real Estate Company of the Year and Two Eagles Lodge was named Hospitality/Tourism Business of the Year.
“Celebrating Business Excellence on Vancouver Island” the BE Awards were presented Jan. 27 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo. Awards were presented in 17 categories.
“To add this Island-wide award to our mantle leaves us a bit speechless,” said Carolyn Touhey, who along with her husband Steve, runs Two Eagles Lodge. “We are so pleased to be ambassadors for the Island, and the Valley in particular. We are happy that guests who nominate us recognize our efforts and our sincere desire to turn their vacations into incredible memories.”
Two Eagles Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Union Bay also won the 2010 Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau.
Real Estate Company of the Year, 1stView, offers a unique way to find new Vancouver Island Real Estate.
“We are thrilled to win this award as it acknowledges a new type of real estate business, which is internet-based,” said owner Clarice Coty. “Our business is growing quickly as a result of our online presence and we have increased our growth by 55% in the past year. Our entire team is responsible for this achieving this award and we are very appreciative.”
Manufacturer of the Year, Royston Roasting Company produces quality, fair trade organic, artisan roasted coffee. They also go one green step further and package their fresh roasted beans in eco friendly bags made of rice paper.
"Our success and this award would not be possible without the tremendous excitement and support we have received from our Comox Valley community and the many small businesses, friends, and colleagues that make our coffee a daily ritual and promote our company wherever they go," said owner Dyan Spink.
Entrepreneur of the Year, Gaetane Palardy is the owner/operator of Island Gourmet Trails, which offers exciting, delicious, day-tours within the Comox Valley. Their culinary adventures are planned to cover different trails throughout the Valley, and from Parksville to Campbell River.
“I am honoured to receive the Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” Palardy said.“The success of Island Gourmet Trails is a reflection of the Comox Valley’s vibrant and dynamic agri-tourism sector. It could not have been possible without the collaboration and partnership of many local ventures who share a kindred spirit. It speaks to the growing potential of the valley as a culinary tourism destination.” 

 

Feb 03, 2011

Stability the Key Word for Vancouver Island Real Estate

New Homes on Vancouver IslandMLS sales data released by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board for January 2011 showed a small decrease in single family home sales from January 2010.
January 2011 had 205 unit sales compared to the 225 units sold in January 2010. The total number of single family homes on Vancouver Island north of Victoria currently available is 2,055 units - up from the same time last year where the number of homes for sale on Vancouver Island were at 1,834.
The average sale price across VIREB region for January 2011 is $321,489, down five per cent from the average sale price of $399,327 last January.
Jim Stewart, VIREB 2011 President says “Overall in the markets we are seeing normalization and stability. On a local level, however, we clearly show some big swings and these spikes and troughs reflect the different perspectives within our own specific areas. If you look at the market over the longer term you get better perspective of what the market is doing. The last two years have been a bit of a rollercoaster for the real estate market.”

Feb 03, 2011

Stability Wall Systems - Vancouver Island's Exterior Siding Specialists

Stability Wall Systems Siding hardiplank, soffitStability Wall Systems Ltd. specializes in building envelopes  - from siding to soffits - for new construction, remediation, and renovations on Vancouver Island.
The Stability Wall Systems staff are experts in the installation of Hardi-plank, vinyl siding and wood siding. The company also does custom flashings, detailed trim work, window and door installation, soffit, and all rain screen details.
Based in the Comox Valley, they do business from Nanaimo to Campbell River.
Stability Wall Systems offers very competitive rates and takes pride in their workmanship. To find our more, or for a free estimate email stabilitywallsystems@shaw.ca or call 250-218-9145.

Feb 01, 2011

1stView named Vancouver Island Real Estate Company of the Year

1stView has been recognized as the Real Estate Company of the Year at the 11th Annual Business Examiner Awards.

“Celebrating Business Excellence on Vancouver Island” the BE Awards were presented Jan. 27 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo. Awards were presented in 17 categories.

“I was honoured,” said Clarice Coty, owner of 1stView, of winning the award. Not a traditional real estate company, 1stView helps people find new Vancouver Island real estate including homes, vacation units and investment properties. 1stView is the premier online directory for home buyers and investors looking for new Vancouver Island real estate.

“There are some amazing stories to be told,” said Mark MacDonald, Business Examiner and Business Vancouver Island publisher, “and we are grateful to have the opportunity to highlight as sterling examples of what can be, and is being done in our region.”

In 2010, 1stView grew to see more than 20,000 visits per months, expanded its staff with the addition of a new marketing director, and a sales person for the launch of its new Vancouver Island Real Estate and Construction Directory. 1stView will soon launch a redesigned website, making it even easier to find new residential real estate and homes on Vancouver Island.

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