Gabriola Island Waterfront — 21 Malaspina Drive

NOW SOLD . . . . Gabriola Island Waterfront — 21 Malaspina Drive

 

Own spectacular ocean views in this quiet and private Gabriola Island Waterfront 3 Bed and 2 Bath custom built home.  This property offers a rare combination of ocean vistas and secluded gardens together with the WALK ON WATERFRONT beach.

The property boasts a detached double garage and workshop; wired greenhouse; PRIVATE BOAT RAMP and winch; a boat room for motors, kayaks, fishing gear and beach furniture; covered RV parking; sought-after privacy with easy access from a quiet street.  Imagine taking in amazing views from the large sun room and solarium areas. An outdoor deck off the sun room, overlooking the beach, is great for al fresco dining.  Additional ocean views abound from the large open floor plan kitchen, dining room and living room areas.  Check out the oak flooring in the dining room and living room.

As if this were not enough, the master bedroom also boasts a private deck overlooking the water.  A guest room, with its own private deck, overlooks the garden.

The home also has a full basement bedroom or office, with wine cellar, walk in pantry and beach access.  This area could be an office or in law suite for a family member.  The home allows you the lifestyle you want and desire.

This Gabriola Island Waterfront property is a truly unique and sought-after, one-of-a-kind property.  If you want more information or a viewing of this spectacular property please call or text Lorne Gait or Jill Dashwood at 250-618-0680.  You can email us at lorne [at] lornegait [dot] com

 

 

Follow this link to a short Video Tour on this Gabriola Island Waterfront home

If you want to find your way to this property, here is a map from Nanaimo Downtown to 21 Malaspina Drive on Gabriola Island . . .

 

Lorne Gait is a professional realtor who can help you with your Gabriola Island Waterfront home. To start the conversation follow this link — Get in touch.

Ladysmith Rancher — 205 Lions Way

Ladysmith Character Home Sale — 205 Lions Way, Ladysmith, BC

 

Check out this beautiful Ladysmith Rancher.  Situated on a quiet cul de sac street, this 3 bedroom/2 bath rancher shows like a dream! Totally redone; beautifully maintained with the

Call Ladysmith Realtor Lorne Gait. Lorne Gait is an expert at Ladysmith Real Estate |  Beautiful Ladysmith Rancher
205 Lions Way, Ladysmith, BC Lorne Gait and Jill Dashwood are experts in Ladysmith Real Estate

utmost of care with additions for larger laundry room/mud room and separate workshop. This level property is beautifully sunny with loads of areas for garden. The ample carport is overheight to suit a full size truck and there is plenty of room for RV or boat parking. Easy walk into town from this home and only 2 blocks to Ladysmith’s popular Holland Creek Trail. Many updates include roof, windows, crown moulding, kitchen, updated bathrooms, laundry addition, RV parking, workshop, hardwood flooring, blinds, electrical.Call Jill Dashwood at 250-616-1184 or Lorne Gait 250-618-0680 or view or check out website and photos at www.lornegait.com

Here are some pictures of 205 Lions Way, Ladysmith, BC.  We have more pictures if you want to view them, Let’s get in touch . . .

Call or text Lorne Gait 250-618-0680 or Jill Dashwood 250-616-1184 for appointment and check out www.lornegait.com for more photos and video. You won’t be disappointed.   You can email us at lorne [at] lornegait [dot] com

Tour this Beautiful Ladysmith Rancher . . .

Follow this link to a short Video Tour on this Chemainus Ocean View Home . . .

Find this Beautiful Ladysmith Rancher . . .

If you want to find your way to this property, here is a map from the Duke Point Ferry Terminal Nanaimo Airport to this beautiful Ladysmith Rancher . . .

 

 

Lorne Gait is a professional realtor who can help you with your Vancouver Island Waterfront or Waterview  home. To start the conversation follow this link — Get in touch.

Ladysmith Home Sale — 17 Buller Street, Ladysmith, BC

Ladysmith Home Sale — Affordable / Guest Suite — $339,900

Ladysmith home sale marketed by Ladysmith Realtor Lorne Gait
Ladysmith Home Sale – 17 Buller Street, Ladysmith, BC

Check out this Ladysmith Home Sale:  Be the owner of this updated three bed and two bath character home in the heart of Ladysmith, BC. Enjoy the refinished hardwood floors, crown molding, and large comfortable front porch with views of nearby trees and distant mountains. Save money with modern and economical features such as all new vinyl windows, a near new roof, and efficient heat pump. Rest on your quiet and private patio surrounded by beautiful mature landscaping, and many annual flowers. There is plenty of parking: in your own detached garage on cement foundation with electric opener; on a paved RV site–suitable for up to 25-foot-long vehicle; and in several extra parking places out front of the home. The property also boasts a large garden/storage shed and privacy fencing around most of the yard.

Ladysmith Home Sale Extras . . .

This home is located close to historical downtown Ladysmith. Schools, recreational facilities including recreation center, seniors center and marinas are nearby. There is room for your own small to medium size boat on the property. This home has a guest accommodation area that can be used as part of the main home or separated as needed. All that is needed is for you to see yourself in an affordable West Coast lifestyle.

Ladysmith Home Sale Pics

These are a few quick pics of the home.   We do have a few more. Email us for more pictures.  We will be happy to send them to you.

If you want to find your way to this property, here is a map from Nanaimo’s Duke Point Ferry t to this Ladysmith Home Sale  . . .

Call or text Lorne Gait 250-618-0680 or Jill Dashwood 250-616-1184 for appointment and check out www.lornegait.com for more photos and videos. You won’t be disappointed.   You can email us at lorne [at] lornegait [dot] com

Lorne Gait is a professional realtor who can help you with your Chemainus home purchase or sale. To start the conversation, let’s Get in touch.

Chemainus Home Sale — 3170 Channel Blvd

Chemainus Home Sale — 3170 Channel Blvd priced at $349,900

Check out this Chemainus Home Sale: Renovate for your own use . . .

Chemainus Home Sale:  Renovate this 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom Channel View Estates family home to your liking. The roof was recently done and the bones are good. This home is located on a spacious, landscaped lot, close to newer high-end homes, in picturesque Chemainus, BC! Drive up to this home with good curb appeal and a backyard that has plenty of room for your warm weather activities. The inside of this home is bright and cheery, with lots of windows and a sky

Chemainus Real Estate with Chemainus Realtor Lorne Gait. Check this Chemainus home sale.
3170 Channel Blvd — Chemainus Home Sale with Chemainus Realtor Lorne Gait

light in the kitchen. The living room offers a cozy wood fireplace and a bay window. The kitchen and nook area open to a dining room on one side and a family room on the other. All three bedrooms are on the top floor, as well as the main bathroom and an ensuite bathroom off the master, making it great for family living. Find yourself living in a wonderful, peaceful neighbourhood with attractive homes surrounding yours. Hiking trails, schools, shopping, theatre and other town amenities are nearby.

Chemainus Home Sale Pics

These are a few quick pics of the home.   We do have a few more. Email us for more pictures.  We will be happy to send them to you.

 

If you want to find your way to this property, here is a map from Nanaimo Airport to this Chemainus Family Home  . . .

Call or text Lorne Gait 250-618-0680 or Jill Dashwood 250-616-1184 for appointment and check out www.lornegait.com for more photos and videos. You won’t be disappointed.   You can email us at lorne [at] lornegait [dot] com

Lorne Gait is a professional realtor who can help you with your Chemainus home purchase or sale. To start the conversation, let’s Get in touch.

Vancouver Island Real Estate Foreign Buyer Tax

Vancouver Island Real Estate Foreign Buyer Tax — Will she or won’t she?

Will she or won’t she add the dreaded 15% Vancouver Island Real Estate Foreign Buyer Tax for Property Transfers?  This is a question that engages the thoughts of my clients this Spring.  This is especially the case as Buyers and Sellers consider what Premier Christy Clark’s government has done in the Vancouver Real Estate Market.  My thoughts are these:

BC considering increases to the Foreign Buyer Property Transfer Tax
Vancouver Island Real Estate Foreign Buyer Tax. Will She or won’t She?

Not too long ago, the BC Provincial Government changed the Provincial Property Tax for homes purchased in the Greater Vancouver Area.  The tax was 1% on the first $200,000 and 2% on the balance.  Currently the tax is the same if you are a Canadian resident.  However, if you are a foreign Buyer, the tax is now 15% on the whole amount.  This is huge for foreign Buyers.  It reflected a government attempt to regulate price increases through Government regulation, intervention and taxation.   One Vancouver Lawyer told me that if the Provincial Government did not intervene, the coming election would be lost.

Vancouver Island Real Estate Foreign Buyer Tax — The impacts . . .

The obvious result of this regulation, taxation and intervention was an almost immediate price reduction in the price of Vancouver homes.  It is a double digit drop in prices and a substantial slow down in the number of sales.  You can read the details here — THE GLOBE AND MAIL

There has been talk about putting this new tax on Victoria homes and likely on homes across the rest of the Province.  You can read about this in several online articles.  Witness the TIMES COLONIST ARTICLE

Vancouver Island Real Estate Foreign Buyer Tax
Christy Clark walking back BC’s Foreign Buyer Property Transfer Tax

However, the issue is both political and economic.  There has been much concern about the decline of the Vancouver Real Estate Market.  The Province is headed into an election and BC home owners concerned about price drops also reflect a huge voter block.  Therefore, Premier Christy Clark’s Government is attempting to walk back the challenging aspects of the new added tax.  Foreign Buyers who buy and who will be working in Vancouver could soon be exempt from the additional Tax.   The Vancouver Sun quotes Christy Clark–VANCOUVER SUN

The Vancouver Sun has further quotes on this from Finance Minister Michael de Jong.  Check it out — VANCOUVER SUN

Vancouver Island Real Estate Foreign Buyer Tax — Conclusions . . .

So, the question remains . . . will there be a Vancouver Island Real Estate Foreign Buyer Tax.  This realtor believes there will be continued pressure to slow the impact of foreign Buyers on our market.   However, at the same time, there will be some refining of the legislation around the matter of who pays the tax and how it is administered.  If a foreign Buyer plans to settle down and work in the area, then tax relief is likely.  If on the other hand, a Buyer buys a home and plans to be absentee, then likely there will be no tax relief.

In the end. . . time will tell.  These are political times.  It is fashionable to let others pay taxes–Especially foreigners.  It is all good until my / your house value drops.

If you want to discuss this further, Associate Broker and Realtor (R) Lorne Gait is happy to discuss this further.  Let’s get in touch.

Ladysmith Lifestyle in the Winter

Enjoy Ladysmith Lifestyle in the Winter

Ladysmith Rainy Winter Day
A Rainy day in Ladysmith, BC.

Ok . . . I know . . . I know, it is a rainy day. How can I enjoy the Ladysmith lifestyle on a day like this?  You can see that from the fence at the back of my yard.   But it is a good day moderate temperature day compared to much of Canada.  And unlike most of Canada we do not have snow.  Therefore, yesterday I decided to travel around my town looking for reasons why someone would want to live here.

For most of my life I have lived on Vancouver Island.  Most winters are quite moderate.  There was almost no snow for the past three winters.  This current winter of 2016-2017 gave us more snow than average.  But it is likely that for every five or six years, there will be at least one winter cooler than others.  But still, we have it better than most every other part of Canada.  Vancouver Island is truly the Hawaii of Canada.  Our Ladysmith Lifestyle is amazing.

Ladysmith Waterfront

So then . . . reasons why I like the Ladysmith lifestyle.  Here are some:  The first is waterfront for all to enjoy.  I enjoy an ocean view from my home.  Many of my clients enjoy waterfront.  But for everyone, there are lots of beaches and water play areas.  Check out Transfer Beach.   This morning which was again overcast, I had opportunity to walk to the beach and back home.  It was great winter time exercise.  These can be your views December through February.

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Ladysmith Maritime Society. Can you imagine the Ladysmith lifestyle?

But then there are also other water Ladysmith lifestyle possibilities for you.   Several of my friends own a boat.  Some choose moorage at places like the Ladysmith Maritime Society.  Some choose to keep their boat at home and launch it from time to time.  From Kayaks to Large Sailboats and Motor Yachts.  You can pick your pleasure.

Ladysmith Parks

If you are not into boating . . . how about parks and hikes.  There are some great parks like the Kinsmen Park.  Take the kids if you have them.  Back several years ago,  I used to climb on the park amenities with my children.  They are grown up and gone now.  But recently the park has been upgraded for a new generation of children and parents.  This is a cool family place.

The Holland Creek Trail | Get in touch with Lorne Gait to help you with this kind of Ladysmith Lifestyle
The Holland Creek Trail is a great Ladysmith Lifestyle option

For those who want more exercise out of their Ladysmith lifestyle there is the Holland Creek Trail.  Find a trail starting place and launch out to a morning or afternoon adventure.  You can go for miles and miles.

Can you see yourself on this trail?  This is a good one for taking a friend or your favourite pet.   If you are very adventurous, you can even head up to Heart Lake.  Take hiking polls or you will wish you did.

Ladysmith Amenities

If it is too rainy or if it does happen to snow, there is still something to do.  How about the Frank Jameson Recreation Centre?  Swimming, spinning, yoga, pickleball, free weights, exercise machine and so much more.

The white haired among us, might choose to go to the Seniors Centre.  This is a great place for indoor activities cards, dining, clubs and more.   Beyond that, this Ladysmith Resources Centre building offers great support for folks of many ages and needs.  It is a great town amenity.  It is a great place for volunteers.

Ladysmith Shopping

Of course, some of us are not into exercise or outdoor recreation.  For those folks, there is the Coronation Mall and the historic downtown First Avenue Business corridor.    Shopping, bakery time, a coffee shop, a restaurant or pub might be the part of the Ladysmith Lifestyle you will enjoy the most.
Occasionally you might want to check out the events in town.  This the Aggie Hall.  Concerts, dances, home shows and much more take place here.  Other gathering places include: The Little Theatre, the Eagles Hall, the Legion and more. You can pic your place to hang out in the late afternoons and evenings.

The Ladysmith lifestyle allows opportunity for all levels of education from Preschool through grade twelve.  The Vancouver Island University is up the road in Nanaimo and is hardly a 25-minute drive.  There are many great educational venues.

If you get enjoying the Ladysmith live with too much exuberance such that an accident happens or if time passes and you have long term health needs.  There are great amenities in the area.  Feel secure because there is the hospital clinic.  Know you can get a ride with the ambulance service.  Trust that there are greater care facilities in Duncan and Nanaimo.

So, there you go.   This is the Ladysmith lifestyle on a rainy Saturday afternoon in the middle of Winter.  Sure, it might be better to be in Mexico or Hawaii.  But if you need to be in Canada.  It is a very good option.

If you want to talk more about the Ladysmith lifestyle or if you are considering a move to Ladysmith.  Let’s get in touch and find a way to help you be here.

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Chemainus Ocean View Home– 9039 Driftwood Drive

Chemainus Ocean View Home– 9039 Driftwood Drive — NOW SOLD AT FULL PRICE

 

Give us a call, because we know of more homes in the same neighbourhood coming for sale. . .

Own a spectacular Chemainus Ocean View home.

Relax and enjoy awesome ocean and mainland views from your tranquil, covered deck of this stunning custom-designed home. This home is situated in an area of newer, attractive homes and is within walking distance of groceries, pharmacy and a Brew Pub.

Custom Home

This 3 bed/3 bath home has soaring ceilings with west coast Fir beams, stained Arbutus flooring, hot water zonal heating on both floors and wired for security. The home’s already low heating bill is the envy of all and is also fully plumbed for Solar Panels, for future savings. The partially covered upper deck has its own outdoor
kitchen, perfect for outdoor entertaining. The Open Plan of this home enjoys the fabulous views from every angle.

The custom designed interior kitchen is a baker’s dream, with plenty of granite counters and an area specifically for
rolling pastry and making culinary dreams come true. Cooking is made easy with a beautiful gas and electric Aga Cooker. Cabinets have loads of pull out shelves and deep drawers, all finished in beautiful Fir. The master suite has a
wonderful en-suite with soaker tub and custom walk in shower, as well as stacking laundry. Downstairs are two further bedrooms, one with its own custom en-suite, plus a large family room.

Great Lifestyle

This home would be ideal as a B and B and has separate entrance for friends, family and guests. Overlooking a grassed park towards the ocean and mountains, you will enjoy never ending views, not to mention the convenient beach access right in the subdivision. This is truly a home to be savoured and enjoyed.

Call or text Lorne Gait 250-618-0680 or Jill Dashwood 250-616-1184 for appointment and check out www.lornegait.com for more photos and video. You won’t be disappointed.   You can email us at lorne [at] lornegait [dot] com

Follow this link to a short Video Tour on this Chemainus Ocean View Home . . .

If you want to find your way to this property, here is a map from Nanaimo Airport to this beautiful Chemainus Ocean View Home  . . .

 

Lorne Gait is a professional realtor who can help you with your Vancouver Island Waterfront or Waterview  home. To start the conversation follow this link — Get in touch.

Vancouver Island Real Estate Market Stats for January 2017

Vancouver Island Real Estate Market Stats for January 2017

Vancouver Island Realtor Lorne Gait talks about the current Vancouver Island market

Lorne helps you understand the Vancouver Island Real Estate Market Stats for January 2017

The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board or VIREB–has published the Vancouver Island Real Estate Stats for December 31, 2016. 

Contained in these stats is information on the Average House Price for the region, the amount of homes sold and much more.   In this update, we are considering two Real Estate Board areas.  These are the Cowichan Valley Region which goes from Mill Bay through to Ladysmith and the Nanaimo Board area which goes from Cedar up to North Nanaimo.

In many ways, these statistics form a great way to look at the market that has past and to predict the market that will come in 2017.  

A quick look at the stats shows that prices are upward as there is less supply in relation to the amount of demand.  In the Nanaimo, the average home went up from $391,313 in 2015 to $447,336 in 2016.  In the Cowichan Valley, the average home went up from $360,361 in 2016 to $389,947 in 2016.  This upward trend took place in Apartments, patio homes and townhomes for both regions with one or two exceptions.  

Looking forward, it appears the market will continue to rise. The threats to growth are these:  there are new mortgage rules for first time buyers and those with small down payments; and there it the threat of a foreign buyer property transfer tax that will be applied not only to Vancouver, but to the whole of the province.  The opportunities are these:  This is a great time to downsize; And this is a great time to be a first-time Buyer because of low interest rates.  Overall, this is a great place to live.  Folks are coming from Vancouver and Victoria and from other places to live the Vancouver Island lifestyle.

A Video on the Market . . .

 

Download the PDF Reports . . .

Nanaimo Graphstats to December 31, 2016

Cowichan Valley Graphstats to December 31, 2016

These two reports include:

  • Cumulative Residential Average Single Family Sale Price

  • Single Family Units Reported Sold

  • Comparative Activity by Property Type

  • MLS® Single Family Sales Analysis

  • Cowichan Valley – Single Family Sales by Subarea

  • Nanaimo – Single Family Sales by Subarea

  • Gabriola Island

Hopefully you have gained insight on the current st in the Vancouver Island Real Estate market for January 2017. If you have questions about the data detailed in this post or in the reports, or would like to discuss the stats in detail with Lorne, please get in touch.

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Vancouver Island Real Estate Blog – Market Update

Vancouver Island Real Estate Blog

A few words about the market in our beautiful Vancouver Island Real Estate Blog area…

Victoria Area Market Update

We are in an amazing Seller’s Market!  This is a great time to Sell and Buying in a rising market that might give you good appreciation on your investment.

The paragraph below is from an article published earlier in the week in the Victoria Times Colonist.

Greater Victoria’s real estate market continued its strong pace in May as the average price of a single-family house rose to a record $763,517 and the number of properties sold blasted to a new high. The latest average price in the capital region is up by 17.6 per cent from $649,431 a year ago. It’s a seller’s market as buyers face rising prices and multiple offers in hot spots such as Fairfield, Oak Bay and Saanich East. Benchmark prices, calculated by the Victoria Real Estate Board based on a “typical” house, also give a sense of what’s happening. For the entire region, the benchmark was $584,700 in May.

Link to the Full Article

Lorne Gait's Vancouver Island Real Estate Blog
Lorne Gait’s Vancouver Island Real Estate Blog

 

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Yellow Point Oceanfront Home — 2610 Pylades Drive

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Yellow Point Oceanfront Home — 2610 Pylades Drive

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Stunningly beautiful Ocean and Island views are yours in this beautiful Yellow Point oceanfront three bed and two-bathroom rancher.

Enter the property in your own circular driveway with high private hedges to maintain your privacy. There is lots of parking and a garage workshop if you wish. A large home entranceway welcomes you to the plentiful views.

The Kitchen, nook, dining room, living room, den and master bedroom all have ocean views. Sit in the shade on a partially covered concrete patio area. Then go out to an upper deck with hot tub or a lower deck with dining area.

An easy path to the beach winds through your property till you get to an ocean side sitting area with fire pit and private ocean views.

There is a beach, there is opportunity for you to have your own Buoy. The yard is beautifully landscaped. There are many gorgeous shrubs and flowers. A fenced garden area will keep deer away from your veggies.

To view a drone video of this beautiful property, click HERE

Follow this link to a short Video Tour on this Yellow Point Waterfront Home . . . .  TOUR 

Call or text Lorne Gait for more information at 250-618-0680. Email Lorne at lorne [at] lornegait [dot] com

 

If you want to find your way to this property, here is a map

 

Lorne Gait is a professional realtor who can help you with your Vancouver Island Waterfront or Water view home. To start the conversation follow this link — Get in touch.

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