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Moving To Vernon - What’s Not To Love?


The secret is out - The Okanagan lifestyle is here to stay. 


We’ve moved beyond the ‘trend’ label. Trends are temporary, momentary. What the Okanagan has to offer is so much more. From the city skyline of Kelowna to the vineyard-dotted communities of Penticton and Osoyoos to Vernon’s world-class lakes, the Okanagan has something for everyone. We’re an international tourist destination for a reason. 


Are you planning a move here? Vernon may just have everything you need to create a fulfilling lifestyle for you and yours. 


In a previous post, I detailed some popular Vernon neighbourhoods in more thorough detail. In this post, we will focus on what makes Vernon uniquely special from an outdoor perspective. I’ll break down why we love our little corner of the North Okanagan, detailing some key outdoor attractions along the way.


Lakes


You just can’t talk about what makes Vernon distinctive without mentioning the lakes. We have two commonly-visited lakes here, Okanagan and Kalamalka. Let’s begin with the former. 


Okanagan Lake is comparatively large, its length running from the South Okanagan near Penticton to its furthest shores in Vernon, passing Kelowna along the way. It’s a popular boating destination due to its expansive shoreline and generally large width. It warms up nicely in the Summer. 


Kalamalka (Kal) Lake is the real gem of the two. While much smaller, Kal is a ‘marl lake’ home to abundant calcium carbonate deposits that change colours with warming temperatures. During mid-summer, the lake turns to a remarkable shade of green. Kalamalka Provincial Park shares some of its border with this memorable attraction, making it an ideal place to stand-up paddleboard


To get a better idea of Kalamalka Lake’s timeless beauty, check out this video.


I also recommend checking out the Okanagan Rail Trail! It traverses Kalamalka Lake, Wood Lake, and other small water bodies on its way to Downtown Kelowna. It’s a fantastic community initiative with Okanagan culture and heritage behind its mission!


Outdoor Exploration - Spring To Fall

Vernon is home to a thriving group of outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners and more! 

 

Kalamalka Provincial Park (as mentioned above) is one 

such place that deserves special mention. At 3,218 hectares, the protected area is largely undeveloped and dotted with ponderosa pine and groves of douglas fir trees. It’s home to a spectacular wildflower show in the Spring, expansive Kalamalka Lake views in the Summer, and beautifully changing tones in the Fall.

Another wicked place to explore in the warmer months is Ellison Provincial Park. Nestled on the northeastern shore of Okanagan Lake, it is the smaller protected park with 220 hectares of explorable forest. The trails are peppered with rocky areas, making them ideal for more challenging runs on foot or bike. You can connect with the Predator Ridge trails near the elevation’s highpoint, and the Ellison Provincial Park campground is on the lake below!


Fresh Air Fun On Whiteout Days


When the Fall’s crimson colour gives way to arctic air and snow showers, there’s no better place to be than high up in the mountains!


This section focuses on Silver Star Mountain, voted one of North America’s best ski resorts by multiple publications over the years. Located in the Monashee Mountains, Silver Star snow is abundant and 100% naturally-produced. 


Some stats

  • 3,282 skiable acres

  • 760 metres of total vertical drop

  • 700cm of annual snowfall

  • 132 marked runs, the longest being 8km long



The ‘frontside’ is home to mellower terrain and multiple chairlifts, making it an ideal option for families and those who just want to cruise. Adrenaline-seekers routinely head to the ‘backside’ where you drop into stashes of advanced terrain.


As the day winds down, ski right into one of Silver Star’s 18 restaurants, cafes and bars in the village. It’s an authentic ski-in/ski-out experience accompanied by nine on-mountain hotels and lodges (and many more single-family residences!). No matter your appetite for thrills, Silver Star is sure to please.



 

Conclusion


We love our slice of British Columbia heaven. Vernon has so much to offer its residents that it’s no surprise our local real estate market is booming! People that move here don’t want to leave. 


It’s important to note that I’ve only scratched the surface of Vernon’s outdoor exploration opportunities. Our unparalleled mix of lakes and mountains are limitless in their ability to provide a good time in the fresh air. 



If you’re thinking of making Vernon your home, give me a call. As a longtime Vernon realtor®, I’ve dealt with my fair share of relocations. I’m always willing to share my advice with you in your quest for a truly spectacular place to live. It’s the Okanagan lifestyle, as we say, and it’s truly unbeatable!








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Declaration period to Begin for BC Speculation & Vacancy Tax ...


Here is important, time sensitive information on the completion of a declaration and registration of an exemption regarding the speculation and vacancy taxation.... click on the link below for detailed information....


Speculation & Vacancy Tax declaration - click here




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BC Home Sales Continue at Slower Pace

Vancouver, BC – December 14, 2018. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 5,179 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) across the province in November, down 33.1 per cent from the same month last year. The average MLS® residential price in BC was $718,903, a decline of 1.9 per cent from November 2017. Total sales dollar volume was $3.7 billion, a 34.3 per cent decline from November 2017.


“BC households continue to struggle with the sharp decline in purchasing power caused by the B20 mortgage stress test,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “Most BC regions are now exhibiting relative balance between supply and demand.”

Total active residential listings were up nearly 31 per cent to 33,500 units in November, compared to the same month last year. However, it should be noted that this compares to 2017, when active listings for the month of November were at their lowest level in more than 15 years.

Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was down 23.1 per cent to $53.4 billion, compared with the same period in 2017. Residential unit sales declined 23.6 per cent to 74,847 units, while the average MLS® residential price was up 0.7 per cent to $713,302.

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For more information, please contact: 

Cameron Muir  
Chief Economist  
Direct: 604.742.2780  
Mobile: 778.229.1884  
Email: cmuir@bcrea.bc.ca  

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is the professional association for about 23,000 REALTORS® in BC, focusing on provincial issues that impact real estate. Working with the province's 11 real estate boards, BCREA provides continuing professional education, advocacy, economic research and standard forms to help REALTORS® provide value for their clients.

To demonstrate the profession's commitment to improving Quality of Life in BC communities, BCREA supports policies that help ensure economic vitality, provide housing opportunities, preserve the environment, protect property owners and build better communities with good schools and safe neighbourhoods.

For detailed statistical information, contact your local real estate board. MLS® is a cooperative marketing system used only by Canada's real estate boards to ensure maximum exposure of properties listed for sale.


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Zoning By-Law changes for cannabis

approved by Council



(December 11, 2018  ... News)

Vernon City Council has approved the changes to the Zoning Bylaw to permit cannabis sales, processing and cultivation in many of its commercial and industrial zones....


Click Here - for full story........


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Disclosure of Representation in Trading Services Form

A complimentary introduction to the Real Estate Council of British Columbia's new requisite form meant to inform consumers about the types of representation they may receive from a REALTOR in a real estate transaction.


Helping You is What We Do!


Click Here -  Disclosure of Representation in Trading Services


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BC Home Sales to Rise in 2019 
BCREA 2018 Fourth Quarter Housing Forecast

Vancouver, BC – November 8, 2018. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2018 Fourth Quarter Housing Forecast today.

Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales in the province are forecast to decline 23 per cent to 80,000 units this year, after recording 103,768 residential sales in 2017. MLS® residential sales are forecast to increase 12 per cent to 89,500 units in 2019. The 10-year average for MLS® residential sales in the province is 84,800 units.


To read the entire article -  click here..


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New Legislation makes it clear:  Farmland is for Farming.......




Legislation introduced on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, makes it clear that land in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) is for farming and ranching in British Columbia, not for dumping construction waste or building mega-mansions.

To read the entire article, see below....


Click Here to read entire Article


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Province targets speculators and vacant homes, supports housing affordability


The British Columbia government has introduced legislation to tackle speculation in B.C.'s housing market and help turn empty properties into homes for people...


https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018FIN0075-002014

BCREA’s Position on Drug Operations

When a property has been involved in drug production, it can pose serious health and safety risks to the public resulting from mould, chemicals thrown out in the backyard, electrical fires and invasion by criminals looking for drugs, even if the property is no longer being used for drug production. It’s important for members of the public to be informed if a property they are interested in moving into was ever identified as having a history of drug production. Unfortunately, there is no consistency across the province on how municipalities make this information available, nor is there a provincial standard of remediation for buildings used to produce drugs.


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Moving To Vernon - What’s Not To Love?


The secret is out - The Okanagan lifestyle is here to stay. 


We’ve moved beyond the ‘trend’ label. Trends are temporary, momentary. What the Okanagan has to offer is so much more. From the city skyline of Kelowna to the vineyard-dotted communities of Penticton and Osoyoos to Vernon’s world-class lakes, the Okanagan has something for everyone. We’re an international tourist destination for a reason. 


Are you planning a move here? Vernon may just have everything you need to create a fulfilling lifestyle for you and yours. 


In a previous post, I detailed some popular Vernon neighbourhoods in more thorough detail. In this post, we will focus on what makes Vernon uniquely special from an outdoor perspective. I’ll break down why we love our little corner of the North Okanagan, detailing some key outdoor attractions along the way.


Lakes


You just can’t talk about what makes Vernon distinctive without mentioning the lakes. We have two commonly-visited lakes here, Okanagan and Kalamalka. Let’s begin with the former. 


Okanagan Lake is comparatively large, its length running from the South Okanagan near Penticton to its furthest shores in Vernon, passing Kelowna along the way. It’s a popular boating destination due to its expansive shoreline and generally large width. It warms up nicely in the Summer. 


Kalamalka (Kal) Lake is the real gem of the two. While much smaller, Kal is a ‘marl lake’ home to abundant calcium carbonate deposits that change colours with warming temperatures. During mid-summer, the lake turns to a remarkable shade of green. Kalamalka Provincial Park shares some of its border with this memorable attraction, making it an ideal place to stand-up paddleboard


To get a better idea of Kalamalka Lake’s timeless beauty, check out this video.


I also recommend checking out the Okanagan Rail Trail! It traverses Kalamalka Lake, Wood Lake, and other small water bodies on its way to Downtown Kelowna. It’s a fantastic community initiative with Okanagan culture and heritage behind its mission!


Outdoor Exploration - Spring To Fall

Vernon is home to a thriving group of outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners and more! 

 

Kalamalka Provincial Park (as mentioned above) is one 

such place that deserves special mention. At 3,218 hectares, the protected area is largely undeveloped and dotted with ponderosa pine and groves of douglas fir trees. It’s home to a spectacular wildflower show in the Spring, expansive Kalamalka Lake views in the Summer, and beautifully changing tones in the Fall.

Another wicked place to explore in the warmer months is Ellison Provincial Park. Nestled on the northeastern shore of Okanagan Lake, it is the smaller protected park with 220 hectares of explorable forest. The trails are peppered with rocky areas, making them ideal for more challenging runs on foot or bike. You can connect with the Predator Ridge trails near the elevation’s highpoint, and the Ellison Provincial Park campground is on the lake below!


Fresh Air Fun On Whiteout Days


When the Fall’s crimson colour gives way to arctic air and snow showers, there’s no better place to be than high up in the mountains!


This section focuses on Silver Star Mountain, voted one of North America’s best ski resorts by multiple publications over the years. Located in the Monashee Mountains, Silver Star snow is abundant and 100% naturally-produced. 


Some stats

  • 3,282 skiable acres

  • 760 metres of total vertical drop

  • 700cm of annual snowfall

  • 132 marked runs, the longest being 8km long



The ‘frontside’ is home to mellower terrain and multiple chairlifts, making it an ideal option for families and those who just want to cruise. Adrenaline-seekers routinely head to the ‘backside’ where you drop into stashes of advanced terrain.


As the day winds down, ski right into one of Silver Star’s 18 restaurants, cafes and bars in the village. It’s an authentic ski-in/ski-out experience accompanied by nine on-mountain hotels and lodges (and many more single-family residences!). No matter your appetite for thrills, Silver Star is sure to please.



 

Conclusion


We love our slice of British Columbia heaven. Vernon has so much to offer its residents that it’s no surprise our local real estate market is booming! People that move here don’t want to leave. 


It’s important to note that I’ve only scratched the surface of Vernon’s outdoor exploration opportunities. Our unparalleled mix of lakes and mountains are limitless in their ability to provide a good time in the fresh air. 



If you’re thinking of making Vernon your home, give me a call. As a longtime Vernon realtor®, I’ve dealt with my fair share of relocations. I’m always willing to share my advice with you in your quest for a truly spectacular place to live. It’s the Okanagan lifestyle, as we say, and it’s truly unbeatable!








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Housing Supply Not Keeping Pace With Demand in Most BC Regions...

 

 

Vancouver, BC – June 13, 2017. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 12,402 residential unit sales were recorded by th

e Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in May, down 7.9 per cent from the same period last year. Total sales dollar volume was $9.33 billion, down 4.0 per cent from May 2017. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $752,536, a 4.2 per cent increase from the same period last year....

 

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