I have sold a property at 2550 COPPERFIELD ROAD in COURTENAY.
Rural living, in the City. On this 1/3 acre in popular west Courtenay all the mature gardens are in place including fruit trees and berry bushes to have truly sustainable living right at your fingertips. This charming mobile has been added on to giving it almost 1200 sq/ft of living space. With 3 bedrooms and 2 baths this home features a large open living room area with vaulted ceilings and a cozy woodstove. The addition allows for two nice sized bedrooms and an additional bath. This would be the perfect starter home for someone looking for a city location but the room to further develop your own little private garden paradise with a green house, water feature and so much more. Nestled in a great neighbourhood, don't miss your chance for country living yet close to all the amenities city has to offer.
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I have sold a property at 1240 4TH STREET in COURTENAY.
Wonderful home with 3 bedroom basement suite with separate entry. This large home has gone through many upgrades over the years including a 5 year old, forced air high efficiency natural gas furnace and a heat pump backup,used for air conditioning, a 30 year fiberglass shingle roof in 2008 and vinyl windows. Nearly 3000 sq.ft., the main home upstairs enjoys 3 large bedrooms with 1 1/2 baths, while downstairs has 3 more bedrooms and one full bath. Both up and down have independent laundry facilities. Ideal property for those looking for a mortgage helper or for someone who has grown family members returning home. Large fenced side yards with private garden areas. The down stairs suite has it's own parking area apart from the main home garage/driveway and both parking areas have room for RV parking. Lane access on the west side of the property. Short walk to Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary and within walking distance to downtown Courtenay and Puntledge Park recreation area.
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I have listed a new property at 1751 BEAUFORT AVE in COMOX.
Prime walk on waterfront Comox location with just over a .25 acre! Looking for a great location for your dream home with an income stream until you are ready to build? Look no further than this great downtown Comox property. Situated just up the street from the Blackfin Pub, this ideal location is perfect for redevelopment. The original home was built in 1941 and has seen many additions over the years. With over 2100sq/ft of living space this 3bd 1bth home will generate a great return until you are ready to start construction. The main floor has an open kitchen/dining area, and living room along with the master bedroom and two additional bedrooms. Downstairs there is a large family room and storage area. Come take a look at the site and start planning your waterfront escape.
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I have sold a property at B 222 MITCHELL PLACE in COURTENAY.
Looking for a family home, this freshly updated 3 bedroom 2 bathroom duplex on a quiet street in a highly desired location is just what you need. The kitchen is well designed for the cook in the family and the convenient pass through keeps the living and dining areas connected. . Upstairs has two bedrooms, four piece bathroom and a large linen closet. The generous master has additional closet storage space as well. Downstairs there is two nice sized rooms that can be used as additional living spaces or bedrooms as well as a bath/laundry room. Fully fenced backyard along with garden boxes will be perfect for you gardening needs. Close to Puntledge park and all the benefits of this great neighbourhood community. Come check this one out before it is gone.
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I have sold a property at 555 BECKTON DRIVE in COMOX.
Looking for a great location in Comox, this 3 bedroom 1 and a half bath home is perfectly situated to take advantage of the large corner lot. The open plan ground floor is perfect for connecting the spaces as you entertain or just enjoy daily living. The large kitchen and dining area are perfect for get togethers. The four season sunroom expands the living space and gives a perfect place to enjoy the outside while under cover. The living room has a great gas fireplace for those chilly nights and a layout that will accommodate any lifestyle. Upstairs the large master bedroom along with the two additional bedrooms and main bath complete the layout. The large garage has a gas heater perfect for those projects that span the seasons. The fully fenced corner lot is extremely private and fully landscaped. Come see all this home has to offer.
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I have listed a new property at 557 HAIDA STREET in COMOX.
Delightful Comox rancher on a large lot that is a gardener's delight. This perfectly sized 1200 sq/ft Rancher will hit all the buttons. The open main main living area is designed to maximize space in the home. The large Master Bedroom features a walk thru closet and a three piece ensuite. There are two additional bedrooms for guests or when the kids pop home. The good sized laundry room also is a great mudroom as well. Outside, the home has beautiful flowers and landscaping already in place. The fully fenced back yard is very spacious and can with the southern exposure the perfect spot for summer get togethers on the deck. The neighbourhood is quiet and well maintained. The right size for anyone looking for a single family home instead of a patio home!
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I have sold a property at 4173 CHANCELLOR CRES in COURTENAY.
Brando Construction. The Kuper-style plan is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1878 sq.ft rancher featuring a natural gas fireplace in the great room, covered patio, hardi-plank siding, double garage and a heat pump just for starters. The Ridge development is the place to be for those 360 degree views of mountain and ocean, but is just minutes away from the ocean, forest trails, major shopping centres and access to the highway. Estimated completion TBA.
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I have listed a new property at 3391 HARBOURVIEW BLVD in COURTENAY.
This lovely rancher is sure to please. This home is the "Bowen" plan with over 1700 sq ft of one level living with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and a double car garage. Featuring Hardi plank siding with cultured stone accents, heat pump, natural gas fireplace with full cultured stone wrap, open kitchen & dining with vaulted ceilings in the great room, and quartz counter tops throughout, walk in tiled shower in ensuite,and more. Another quality built home from Brando Construction at The Ridge.
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I have listed a new property at 3387 HARBOURVIEW BLVD in COURTENAY.
Another quality built home from Brando Construction at The Ridge. This home is the "Parker" plan with almost 1600 sq ft of one level living with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and a double car garage. Featuring Hardi plank siding with cultured stone accents, heat pump, natural gas fireplace with full cultured stone wrap, open kitchen & dining with 11' ceilings in the great room, and quartz counter tops throughout, walk in tiled shower in ensuite,and more. This lovely rancher is sure to please.
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I have sold a property at 8 2200 MANOR DRIVE in COMOX.
Fantastic 2 bedroom townhouse in a park like setting with very private rear patio. Eagle Ridge Estates is a pleasant 55 plus property with a great location and amenities. The downstairs is well laid out maximizing the living spaces and a natural gas fireplace to keep you toasty there is also a solarium to take full advantage of the beautiful rear yard. This unit has a terrific water views from the second bedroom/den. The master bedroom has a generous walk-in closet. There is also a large storage room to keep your belongings on site. The complex has a clubhouse w/guest suite for overnight visitors, sauna, kitchen, meeting room, workshop area and gym room. Everything you are looking for as you right size to Comox living!
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I have sold a property at 27 677 BUNTING PLACE in COMOX.
This terrific patio home is just waiting for you. A well designed plan boosts a kitchen nook off the kitchen along with an open plan vaulted great room with loads of space. The well appointed master suite has a 4pc ensuite and large closets. The additional bedroom is perfect for those overnight guests or den. You will also find two patios one with retractable awing for those summer evenings. The one car garage has room for all our project needs. Throughout the unit there is an abundance of additional storage space as well. There is a complex clubhouse available for booking allowing for individual use, clubs or classes. A lovely unit in a great location close to all amenities.
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I have sold a property at 1171 ZEBALLOS DRIVE in COURTENAY.
Looking for a great family home in a great area with excellent school catchments? This almost 2100 sq/ft split level home is ideally setup for your family. The main floor has an open concept kitchen - dining - living room area that is perfect for family time. There is a terrific den office on the entry level that has great light and well sized for your home office. Upstairs you will find the master bedroom with a lovely private balcony overlooking the valley perfect for morning coffee or catching some sun. There is a spacious four piece ensuite and walk in closets as well. The two kids rooms are both on this level and close to the main bath. On the upper level the family room is large enough for a excellent TV room, along with a play area and a place for you to practice your music lessons. The backyard is fully fenced and very private. Located in a great area within easy walking distance to both elementary and secondary schools and close to shopping and all the amenities you are looking for but still inside a quiet residential neighbourhood.
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Sometimes referred to as an in-law suite, a mortgage helper, or a built-in revenue opportunity, secondary suites have a strong appeal for many home buyers. If this is true of you, it’s important to know the legalities of secondary suites before you plan to build or buy a home in the Comox Valley.


The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Planning and Development Services is the agency responsible for preparing plans and policies for land use throughout the region. Their recommendations are then considered by the CVRD Board of Directors. Within the Comox Valley Regional District, the municipalities of Courtenay, Comox, and Cumberland each have their own zoning bylaws, which regulate how land is used including the use of secondary suites. Because the land zoning designation changes from one municipality to another, it’s important to do some homework to ensure tenant safety and avoid disappointment.

Secondary Suites in the Comox Valley
Secondary suites are legally defined as ‘accessory dwelling units’ or ADU’s, which are completely self-contained apartments within an existing residence. These are commonly used to generate a second income, or to provide privacy for one or more of the building tenants. The legality of including a secondary suite really depends on which town or city the dwelling is in. For example, in the city of Courtenay, the zoning is designated as ‘R2’, which means it is legal to have secondary suites built into the overall framework of a dwelling. In the town of Comox, secondary suites are legal, but at least one of the suites must be occupied by the actual owner. Another regulation specific to the town of Comox is the requirement of having a suite be 40% of the dwelling’s total square footage, which means the area on the first floor must not be equal to the area on the second floor.

Illegal Suites
If a secondary suite is declared illegal in a Comox Valley development, it’s typically the result of an unintentional oversight by builders or architects. When this happens, there are often several alternatives which can be adopted to bring the building back into code, and to have it considered acceptable.

The first step is to have a building inspector visit the premises to personally review the entire building, and then provide you with recommendations for bringing the dwelling up to the legal code. If it would be too costly to make the necessary renovations, or to implement some other solution, the only remaining option is to de-commission the suite for use as a separate residence.

Purpose of Zoning Bylaws
The main purpose of building permit laws in the Comox Valley region is to provide homeowners with regulations that ultimately ensure the safety of tenants. Included in those aims are the following:
 Fire egress
 Number of smoke detectors

 Exit routes from the property

Once a dwelling is considered by the owner to be occupant-ready, it must first be inspected by local authorities to gain the official seal of approval. If the dwelling passes inspection, an Occupancy Permit will be issued. You then have documentation that the suite is deemed suitable as a residence and as the owner or complex manager, you would be free to advertise and seek tenants to occupy the residence.

Do you have more questions? We’d be happy to answer any other questions you have about including a secondary suite in your plans. Contact us today!

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I have listed a new property at 1287 KYE BAY ROAD in COMOX.
Looking for a Comox Peninsula location with tremendous potential. This lot has over an acre of space to spread out on and has multiple sites for constructing a larger home. Currently there is a lovely new 712 sq/ft one bedroom one bath home on the property. The "Aria" model has an open plan with vaulted ceilings giving the home a much larger feel then the square footage might indicate. This home is locally built in a quality controlled environment and assembled on site with a full foundation with crawl space. The lot has be leveled and fill has been placed ready for your dream home location but still retains enough mature trees to ensure your privacy. The home is perfect for being on site as your dream home is being built or as an income producer if you want a holding property. The best part is, if you want to relocate the home elsewhere on the property the modular design allows the home to be separated into the three modules and moved anywhere you want a guest cottage on the property or can be sold and transported to another location. You will also find a drilled well is in place and a new septic system as well. All of this located minutes to Kye Bay Park and Point Holmes recreation area.
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I have listed a new property at 1240 4TH STREET in COURTENAY.
Wonderful home with legal 3 bedroom basement suite with separate entry. This large home has gone through many upgrades over the years including an electric heat pump with 5 yr old natural gas forced air furnace backup, a 30 year fiberglass shingle roof in 2008 and vinyl windows. Nearly 3000 sq.ft., the main home upstairs enjoys 3 large bedrooms with 1 1/2 baths, while downstairs has 3 more bedrooms and one full bath. Both up and down have independent laundry facilities. Ideal property for those looking for a mortgage helper or for someone who has grown family members returning home. Large fenced side yards with private garden areas. The down stairs suite has it's own parking area apart from the main home garage/driveway. Lane access on the west side of the property. Short walk to Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary and within walking distance to downtown Courtenay and Puntledge Park recreation area.
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There are several building inspectors who offer home inspection services in the Comox Valley, and each one of them provides an invaluable service to both owners and tenants. It is much better to know about any issues with a home or property before occupancy, because if there are any major repairs necessary, it’s going to be more difficult to get it done when you’re moved in and the furniture is already in place.



First Impression of a Home Inspection

The importance of having a thorough home inspection before moving in can hardly be overstated. In this discussion, we’ll look at the various aspects of a typical inspection and what’s involved.


The basic point of a home inspection is to ensure that a residence is truly 100% ready for occupancy. First, every home inspection must be carried out by a licensed inspector. This means that you are receiving information from a trained professional as all home inspectors are required to complete a level of education. This way, you can be confident that he/she is aware of the regulations that pertain to the dwellings in your area.


Most building inspectors prefer to begin their inspection with a ‘macro look’, which is a general, overall view of the dwelling to take in the feel of the place and what it looks like. Although there may not be any obvious problems detected during this initial impression, a trained eye is able to check for a good square presentation, possible sagging roof lines, or anything which looks obviously wrong.


Exterior Review

Next, the exterior of the home is checked in detail, specifically in the areas of the siding, the free-flowing gutters, solid roofing, a water-tight building envelope, windows, doors, and any possible entry points for moisture, which could breach the exterior and cause interior damage.


Interior Inspection

Next, the inspection moves indoors and will include the crawlspace and attic to ensure that there are no code violations, and that they are weathertight. From there, the major systems of the home must be examined and tested, so plumbing, electrical, heating, and cooling systems are all thoroughly checked to ensure that they are working as intended, and that they will provide adequate service to residents. Safety is a big part of this aspect of the building inspection, because if any of these systems should somehow fail, it could be potentially dangerous to anyone living inside.


Final Pass

A final sweep of the interior will then be conducted to make sure that the doors and windows are all in good working order and that they mesh well with jambs. This is because doors or windows that no longer operate properly can be an indication that some settling of the building has occurred. It may be a sign that the framework has been slightly re-positioned. Any signs of moisture are also inspected during this final pass to identify the cause or entry point of the moisture.


Knowing the true condition of a building offers peace of mind for both the buyer and seller. If any issues are detected during the inspection, it can provide some points for negotiation, or a condition of sale. Knowing that all the items on the building inspection checklist come up ‘good to go’ means that the building is declared ready for occupancy.

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