at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Docks...platforms to summer's freedom!
- 08/20/14 01:21 PM
Docks...they remind us of Summer's freedom..they invite us to set sail, to kayak off, to adventure forth.
The sea is just a highway.
A dock is truly an invitation to explore in this Salish Sea environment of the B.C. Pacific Northwest Coast.
Known by mariners as some of the best protected boating waters in the world, this Georgia Strait (historic name: the Salish Sea) region encourages us to join the whales, sea lions, seals, otters, and the coastal salmon, the seabirds (gulls, herons, geese, eagles, ospreys)...to drop anchor in a cove, to tie up at a marina, to slide onto
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Thinking of a lifestyle change? Discover Salt Spring Island!
- 08/15/14 10:07 AM
Well, this is the Year of the Horse, for sure!
Disturbances world-wide, that impact the global universe we now all inhabit (thank you, inventor of the Internet!), are re-configuring the world we thought we knew.
Wars and threats of wars in Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Africa...economic concerns in U.S., China...worry about expanding health fears (read Ebola)...it all adds up to a malaise of fear, of pessimism, a general free-floating anxiety that frames life's path.
A time to remember that we choose our attitudes. We don't get to choose our moment in time, but our response to the
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: August on Salt Spring Island...things to enjoy!
- 08/02/14 08:37 AM
Hot August Nights...Dog Days of Summer...not sure who makes up these labels.
I always see August as framed by bleached grasses at road edges, as the pause between summer & fall, as the lush beauty of harvests spilling our way...we are all vegetarians when the garden bounty meets our plates.
August...full of last minute dashes to summer freedom, sandwiched between back to school ads & shortening days. Was Disco born on a hot 70s August night? Listen to that frenetic immediacy rhythm. Go go...ending soon.
So...what haven't you done yet?
Had that picnic at Ruckle Park?
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Change continues...the surround sound of the 21st Century....
- 07/25/14 09:10 AM
Several recent real estate articles, from Canadian & U.S. real estate national groups (CREA in Canada & NAR in U.S.), have been outlining the current dramatic changes to the industry, in our post-Internet business world, and are projecting further dramatic shifts in next 5 years. The realtor's future role will be different.
No business model is the same. Some have disappeared & others have morphed to match the demands of the post-Internet consumer.
The 21st Century is about consumer driven outcomes...bottom up / not top down motivations.
It's also about choices. For several years, real estate
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Summer on Salt Spring & the Southern Gulf Islands...the best!
- 07/18/14 09:13 AM
We are very lucky on Salt Spring & the Southern Gulf Islands...easy to live here.
A lovely micro-climate that encourages orchards, vineyards, olive groves, a spilling out of veggies (catch the farmgate stands & the farmers markets), and an authentic rural ambiance that allures.
The sea surrounds us, and these protected waters are famed as some of the best boating waters in the world. Adventure on: kayaking, sailing, power boating discoveries...so many beautiful anchorages.
Artists have long called Salt Spring & the Gulf Islands "home": painters, photographers, fabric artists, potters, actors, writers, sculptors, woodworkers...it's a talented & thoughtful
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: The very best land development on Salt Spring Island: Skywater!
- 07/11/14 10:28 AM
Skywater is open for your discovery & appreciation.
The very best land development opportunity on the B.C. Coast can be found on Salt Spring Island.
Extravagantly beautiful views of ocean, islands, mountains...180 to almost 360 panoramas. Excellent year round sun exposures (e/s/w) on this mainly level "mesa" top of Tuam, at Salt Spring's magical "south end".
In an area of very fine homes, this land presentation offers dramatic views, arable land for cultivation, wetlands & ponds, a trail network that allows hiking/walking enthusiasts enormous pleasure, sunny privacy, & a palette of natural beauty to build your personal dream
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Thoughts on Salt Spring & Gulf Islands real estate market, early July
- 07/07/14 09:24 AM
The main real estate sales window on the Pacific Northwest Coast seems to have evolved into a Summer/Fall market.
This may be the case on Vancouver Island, on the Sunshine Coast, as well as on the Gulf Islands.
Secondary home/discretionary markets have a different pattern from primary residence/city markets. "By choice" regions have been slow to recover from this past six year downturn.
At this very beginning of July, the uptick does appear to be underway, although it's not an even-handed recovery & most sales to date still remain in the entry-level residential category.
It's essential for a seller
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Custom contemporary oceanview home, on Salt Spring Island...sunny!
- 07/03/14 01:22 PM
Custom home, unique features, sunrises & sunsets, close to ocean, views to soothe...& you're self-sufficient, too...safe haven gem!
Exceptional oceanview custom designed & quality built home, by one of Salt Spring's premiere custom builders, offers many unique features, plus sunny decks & patios to expand summer living pleasures.
The property is a beautiful 6.79 acres, and enjoys year round all day sunshine, with both spectacular sunrises & sunsets. On a level and sunny ridge, one can enjoy the Lower Mainland mountains and Trincomali Channel ocean vistas, plus see the Vancouver Island mountains and the hills of Salt Spring's west side.
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Ahhh...July in the great Pacific Northwest Coast...enjoy Salt Spring!
- 07/02/14 01:43 PM
Yes, it's Summer-Summer.
Short but sweet...outside, outside ...the Summer chant.
It's a season to do the things we imagine in those endless grey days of perpetual Fall-Winter.
For me, it's about sunset watching at Vesuvius beach, fish & chips on Seaside Kitchen's oceanside deck...or maybe TJ Beans patio for Ganges-people-watching-with-cappuccino-on-the-side...or lunch on the alluring deck at the Golf Club...or dinner at Treehouse Cafe & live music every night. Wow! To choose, to choose....
Piccolo's patio, Salt Spring Inn's deck, Harbour House Hotel's patio, Auntie Pesto's deck, Fernwood Cafe's garden, Moby's deck, Hastings House patio appys...it's about
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Totally renovated oceanfront cottage, with superb dock: a WOW for you.
- 07/02/14 01:03 PM
Looking for a special waterfront on spectacular Salt Spring Island? Here's a gem, on prestigious Scott Point Drive.
Completely & finely renovated, approximately 1100 sq ft cottage, with separate double garage, tucked into one corner of this lovely & sunny (s/sw/w exposures) lot. Great oceanview panorama to savour from the private deck.
Salt Spring Island is a part of the Islands Trust, which applies to all the Canadian Gulf Islands. Growth is limited via strict zoning/density regulations (in place since 1974). It's rare, then, to have a cottage separate from a main home, on less than 3 acres, but this
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Things to do & enjoy on Salt Spring Island...it's the summer season!
- 06/30/14 09:46 AM
Ahhh...Summer on the Gulf Islands! It's the best.
Beaches to stroll, docks for yachts, patios for sunset dreaming, farmers markets spilling veggies, berries, fruit towards our plates...
On Salt Spring? ...live music nightly at Treehouse Cafe, weekend live music at Harbour House Hotel, Moby's Pub, Oystercatcher/Stonehouse Pub...
Gallery openings, ArtSpring events, ArtCraft at Mahon Hall, studio tours...
Fine dining, al fresco or not, at Hastings House, Piccolo's, Auntie Pesto's, Treehouse Cafe, Harbour House Hotel, Rock Salt Cafe...great fare!
Lunch with a deck? Seaside Restaurant at Vesuvius, Harbour House Hotel, Moby's, the Golf Course Cafe, Auntie Pesto's, Fernwood
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Rolling into Summer-Summer on Salt Spring Island....
- 06/27/14 09:42 AM
Since 2005, I've been blogging daily...about Salt Spring & other Gulf Islands, about my listings, & always showcasing the amazing people & events that create the wonderful "vibe" of these beautiful Southern Gulf Islands.
How lucky we all are to experience these Islands & to possibly own a sliver of their beauty.
For the next timeline I'll "report in" & keep you up to date on events & issues, as Salt Spring & the Southern Gulf Islands ease into summer mode. It's the season!
My reports may no longer be daily, though, but they will pop up from time
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Safe haven investment on special Salt Spring Island!
- 06/26/14 01:55 PM
Here's your key to a safe haven...pastoral & sunny gem, with arable land...ready to just move into & to enjoy!
Looking for privacy? Seeking sunshine, all day/year round? Desiring arable pastoral land, to be self-sufficient? Here it is!
The plus? A light-filled authentic & well-maintained log home, with substantial upgrades...spa style bathrooms, feature stone wood-burning fireplace, cook's dream kitchen with family dining off (great for entertaining!), patios & deck to invite one to savour the surrounding land...this is a true country gem.
Close to all of Ganges Village's many amenities/services, and yet with the ambiance of the "south end" calm.
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Canada Day on July 1st...celebrate!
- 06/26/14 09:07 AM
We are fast approaching Canada Day...the celebration of this "true north strong & free" that we call home. It is the Canadian version of the U.S. Independence Day, on July 4th.
We are so lucky to be able to live here & to call Canada home. Whether on the Pacific or Atlantic coast, or somewhere beautifully in-between, we all enjoy a celebration on this most special of days.
Fireworks, parades, fun family events, family get-togethers at cottage lakefronts, at ocean cabins, at riverfront retreats...even in city parks...be proud to show your feelings for this grandly beautiful country, with its quiet
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Lakefront cottages with income stream on Salt Spring Island!
- 06/25/14 09:26 AM
Looking for an investment on the jewel of the Gulf Islands (Salt Spring Island)? Well, here are two such opportunities...when you're not enjoying your personal lakefront cottage, it's creating an income stream for you...call me for details!
1. Dreaming of owning a charming log cottage nestled in natural setting with lakeside ambiance, situated to be part of the Gulf Islands community lifestyle? Here is your recreational get-away! Here's lovely Green Acres Resort, on Lang's Road, on Salt Spring Island.
Enjoy relaxing on your deck, swimming, kayaking, fishing in St. Mary Lake. and enjoying all the complimentary amenities of Green Acres Resort.
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Summer-summer...on Salt Spring Island.
- 06/22/14 02:38 PM
It's official...the calendar says it's summer.
Swimming at St Mary Lake, sunset viewing at Vesuvius Beach, lunch on deck at golf club...
...dinner on the Oceanside deck at Seaside Kitchen, coffee at TJ Beans patio, live music at Treehouse Cafe, hiking at Ruckle Park, Tuesday farmers market, ArtCraft at Mahon Hall, Wed foodie & craft market, studio tours, picnic at Drummond Park...
...wine tastings at vineyards, cheese samplings at cheesemakers, artisan breads at farmgate options, kayaking to Chocolate Island...
...golfing with friends, yoga in the park, ferry voyages to nearby islands, floatplane scenic half-hour trips, fireworks
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Longest day of year in fantastic Pacific Northwest Coast...enjoy!
- 06/20/14 07:41 AM
It's here! The longest day of the year...the summer solstice...the moment of beauty on the great Pacific Northwest Coast.
We enjoy such a temperate climate here, year round...spring, summer, fall, winter...we know we're lucky here.
This June solstice moment is just extra-special...so, soak in those sunsets, enjoy the stars, be a part of this endless light...till 10:30 p.m.?
Ahhh...breathe...it's officially summer-summer!
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Stand alone townhome with a view, on special Salt Spring Island!
- 06/17/14 01:15 PM
Here's a winner! A stand-alone home within an exceptional townhome development, just steps to Ganges seaside village! Ready to move into & to simply enjoy this spacious home.
Looking for all the flair and privacy of single home living with the lifestyle advantages of a townhome alternative?
Here's a beauty awaiting your pleasure, in the prestigious oceanview Kingfisher development.
Just steps to Ganges Village's services & amenities, with all day sun exposure, and privacy...plus that amazing long distance view down beautiful Ganges Harbour.
Generous formal entry foyer, with guest bedroom/bath privately sited off, plus spacious storage, and large separate laundry.
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Living in a resort-based community...it's different!
- 06/16/14 02:35 PM
How to live successfully in a resort-based secondary home marketplace, with a very seasonal economy?
Hmmm.... This is one of the challenges being experienced by many rural communities, including Salt Spring Island, where there is no industrial base and where tourism has traditionally been the driver to economic success.
Add to the seasonality mix, for Salt Spring, the form of governance (Islands Trust). In place since 1974, this government body's mandate is "to preserve and protect" the environmental beauties of the Canadian Gulf Islands, for the benefit of all B.C. residents. Growth was severely controlled by strict zoning/density bylaws,
at sea to sky premier properties salt spring: Chesterman's Beach natural gem for sale...develop your dream!
- 06/16/14 02:00 PM
Here it is...the best beach in the Pacific Northwest Coast...spectacular Chesterman's Beach...& this property is at the premier point. Totally unique...& awaiting your development ideas. Beauty!
The Perfect Beach
Well, it's Chesterman's Beach, on the spectacular west coast of Vancouver Island...of course!
This baby point of land, at mid-point along this amazing beach, has been enjoyed by the same family since the 1970s...yes, there is a hand-hewn summer/weekender retreat home on the property, which has mainly been a rental option in past years...
...but the value is in the location, the sun exposure, the privacy, the topography, the natural