Water’s Edge North – Rebuilt.

The Okanagan Valley is renowned for its laid-back lifestyle. With access to a wide variety of activities no matter the time of year, Kelowna is a great city to raise a family. Whether you enjoy water sports in the summer or getting on the slopes in the winter, there’s never a dull moment. If you were like me when I moved here, I didn’t know where in Kelowna to set up. Where was the best place to raise my family? I might be a bit biased, but it’s hard to go wrong no matter where you move as this city is filled with great neighbourhoods. However, there are hidden gems throughout the city. One of which is a community called Water’s Edge North. A small neighbourhood close to Okanagan Lake, Water’s Edge North is a beautiful and scenic location in the Lower Mission area of Kelowna.

Located just steps from the Okanagan Lake, MKS Resources has worked tirelessly to create a unique blend of architecture, and inspiring design with a great location that has fabulous views, serene surroundings, and fantastic amenities. All that hard work has come together to create the Water’s Edge North community. Just a short distance from restaurants, destination resorts such as  Eldorado Hotel & Manteo Resorts. It is also close to water parks, orchards and Mission Creek Greenway. This neighbourhood has everything you could ever want in a community.

Not only is the Water’s Edge a beautiful community with a great location, but it’s also a community that has become stronger in the past year. In July of 2017, there was a massive fire in the neighbourhood that forced 176 homes to evacuate. It was a tragedy that devastated many families, or at least that’s what you would expect. Instead, the community used the fire as a tool to bring them closer together. They rallied together to rebuild their homes and do everything they could to help each other in a difficult time.

Tragedy is something no one ever wants to deal with. However, how one deals with tragedy shows the character of those involved. It can be easy to fall apart when something terrible happens, but when you get back up after a disaster, it shows true strength of character. That’s what the Water’s Edge did after a fire devastated their community, they got up and rebuilt. Now as the community continues to rebuild, the people are stronger than ever. For those reasons alone it is a great community to set up your family. With a strong, inclusive community, and plenty of things to do throughout the year, who wouldn’t want to live in the Water’s Edge? You can live here too. Check out Kelowna Life to learn how.

Kelowna Yacht Club – More Than Just Boats

In 1945 when Kelowna was still just a small town, there wasn’t much of a boating community. A surprising fact considering Kelowna is home to the beautiful Okanagan Lake. With nothing in place, a group of boat owners began to develop the Kelowna Yacht Club. It started small, with the founders initially focusing on building launching facilities and a clubhouse. However, this only provided the base for the club, and since then has blossomed into the beautiful community that it is today.

Yacht club When you think of a yacht club, you may form a quick opinion or expectations. However, the Kelowna Yacht Club is different from your average boating club. It’s a non-profit organization with a heavy focus on community. Thousands of children and young adults over the years have learned to sail through lessons that are open to the public. Accessibility to these lessons is as inclusive as possible in order to give everyone the opportunity to learn. Each year roughly 30 adults complete the learn-to-sail course where boat owners donate their boats and time to help develop the next generation of boaters.

In addition to teaching youth about the world of boating, the Kelowna Yacht Club prides itself on giving opportunities to people who might not get them elsewhere. They host the Blind Fishing Derby which offers 30 people with blindness or sight impairment the opportunity to fish with the assistance of crew members. Additionally, they host the Boat for Hope event which gives kids with physical and developmental challenges a fun day on the water.

It was the emphasis on family and community that originally drew me to the Kelowna Yacht Club. Not just the fast boats – I know hard to believe. The core values that always guide me in what I do both personally and professionally are family and community. It has served me well over the years in building my business and is the foundation upon which I view my relationships and friendships with my clients.

While I may not get out on the water as much as I would like, I joined the Kelowna Yacht Club for a reason. In addition to being part of a supporting community, I can’t think of a better way to spend time with family and friends than being on the water surrounded by the beauty and splendor that is the Okanagan. You can live here too. Check out Kelowna Life to learn how.

World Population Day

World Population Day is a day that takes place annually to raise awareness of global population issues. Established in 1989, it was inspired by the massive public interest in Five Billion Day, July 11th, 1987. In celebration of World Population Day, let’s take a look at Kelowna and how it has grown over the years as well as how it’s expected to grow in the future.

Father Pandosy MissionKelowna was first established in 1859 by Father Charles Pandosy. Setting up just one school and church, it was a very small community for the next half-century. In the 1901 census, Kelowna had a population of just 261. However, over the next 10 years the city began to see growth and by 1911 had grown to a respectable size of 1661. Ever since that point, Kelowna has been one of the fastest growing cities in all of Canada. By 1940 the population had grown to 5000 and then in less than 20 years, the population hit 10,000.

By 1970, Kelowna saw the biggest population spike in Kelowna’s history. The population went from 19,000 to 51,000 in 1976. This significant increase firmly planted Kelowna on the map. It was during this time it was discovered that Kelowna had uniquely fertile soil. This discovery lead to the production of amazing wines (lucky for me) and fruit which in turn contributed to the population spike in the 70s. Contributing to Kelowna being a more desirable location to live were the addition of two post-secondary institutions – Okanagan College and University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus. Since then, Kelowna has steadily been increasing to the point where it now has a population of 127,000.

I am proud to say that I live in the 3rd largest city in British Columbia (22nd largest city in Canada). Growing faster on average than the rest of Canada, Kelowna is expected to continue to move up the Canadian population list. With Kelowna recently being ranked as the number one city to start and grow a business in Canada by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, this growth can only be expected to continue. Over the next 20 years the growth of Kelowna has been projected by BC Statistics to increase by roughly 50,000 residents.

To anticipate this growth, the City of Kelowna launched an initiative called Imagine Kelowna. Imagine Kelowna – a vision for the community, created by the community will help guide the community and the City on planning priorities of future projects. The main focuses of Imagine Kelowna will be to build healthy neighborhoods that support people from all walks of life, embrace a more diverse transportation options, grow more vibrant urban centres.

Kelowna is a thriving city and an incredible place to call home. I look forward to a future where we build a community that is inclusive, sustainable, welcoming of lifestyles and economic opportunities for not only my family but for all. You can live here too. Check out Kelowna Life to learn how.

Eye on Kettle Valley: Kelowna’s Favourite Neighbourhood

The Village of Kettle Valley is an award-winning community. It features walkable streetscapes, gorgeous parks, extensive nature trails, panoramic Okanagan Valley views, exceptional educational institutes and access to great amenities.

At the heart of Kettle Valley is a strong sense of belonging and community. Since it was founded in 1996, residents have established a welcoming neighbourhood of residents eager to be a part of one of Canada’s best neighbourhoods.

Strong Sense of Community Family Neighbourhood

The people of Kettle Valley truly make it a vibrant and dynamic community. Residents instill a sense of belonging, and community that encourages its residents to enrich their home, enhance their lifestyle, and truly capture what it means to belong to a community.

Kettle Valley residents regularly gather for events hosted in the community including Parks Alive! concerts, soccer games and the annual resident-organized Kettle Valley Garage Sale.

Exceptional Education

Kettle Valley is an ideal place to raise children as it provides a strong sense of support, endless activities for all ages and exceptional education.

Chute Lake Elementary helps serve the growing population of families in Kettle Valley and Kelowna’s Upper Mission from grades K-7. It consistently achieves a high standard of academic success and offers endless courses, clubs, sports and extracurricular activities for students to get involved in.

Okanagan Mission Secondary is an exemplary school for students grade 7 – 12. The school offers a wide array of course options, clubs, sports, and extracurricular activities and has the highest school ranking of all public secondary schools in Kelowna.

Kelowna’s Most Active Community

Kettle Valley offers incredible opportunities to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. There are a multitude of opportunities for all seasons. Hiking, biking, rock climbing and wine tours are popular activities during the warmer months. While snowshoeing and tobogganing are excellent ways to maintain an active lifestyle during the winter season.  

Village Centre Amenities

The Village Centre is located at the heart of Kettle Valley. It embraces the core values of community and traditionalism, and was specifically designed to be a gathering point for friends and family.

The Village Centre also features a number of thriving businesses including a delicious ice cream shop, cafe, pizza parlour, pilates & fitness studios, family-friendly restaurant, preschool, spa, art studio, chiropractic clinic, dental office, playground, grocery mart and more.

In the true spirit of Kettle Valley, hundreds of volunteers and local community members helped build the extraordinary playground located in Quilchena Park, the Kettle Valley Junction. This immaculate play area, has 6 turrets, swing sets, slides, tunnels and bridges for the ultimate playground.

Million Dollar Views

Located at the peak of Kelowna’s Upper Mission, wake up to stunning panoramic views of Okanagan Lake, mountains, vineyards and the city below. Kettle Valley is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, plantlife and wildlife.

Gillard Forest service road is a popular route for locals and visitors that wish to access the Kettle Valley Railway. The KVR trail system is a gorgeous trail for mountain biking, hiking and enjoying the stunning natural beauty the Okanagan Valley is renowned for. Enjoy some of the most dynamic routes in Canada, along this truly impressive scenic and spectacular trail system.

Kettle Valley Properties & Neighbourhoods

There is truly no place like Kettle Valley. Thoughtful design and architecture is at the heart of Kettle Valley’s planning development. Homes in Kettle Valley are surrounded by a diverse natural hillside landscape with flowing creeks and miles of green space to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities.

Feature House Listing in Kettle Valley

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Enjoy the incredible community, natural beauty and amenities that Kettle Valley has to offer from this gorgeous custom walkout rancher on 368 Quilchena Drive in Kettle Valley, BC | $1,499,000.

Take advantage of million dollar views of the lake and city! On the main level, this 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home features a den or office space, master bedroom with a walk in closet, access to the patio, and the beautiful master bath overlooking the lake, a formal dining room, an entertainers dream kitchen attached to the open living room with a beautiful gas fire place.

You will enjoy entertaining your friends and family in the walk out basement which includes a spacious family room, rec room, wet bar, and wine room. Downstairs also features 3 more bedrooms and bathroom, a gym area and lots of storage under the garage which could easily be converted into a theatre room for another 400 square feet.

The professionally landscaped tiered back yard features many private areas to unwind. Take in the amazing views from the covered patio, fire table area, pool, master bedroom patio, and hot tub.

Looking for a home in Kettle Valley? Contact our hard-working and highly qualified real estate professionals at Kelowna Life today.

Kelowna Family Neighbourhoods: Spotlight on Kettle Valley Homes

The Village of Kettle Valley is a dynamic community that offers gorgeous homes, stunning views and a friendly “small town” feel in Kelowna’s Upper Mission. Created over 20 years ago, this location offers charm unlike any other location in the Okanagan. If you enjoy being surrounded by nature and desire a location where people say hello, this master planned community will exceed your expectations. Perfect for homeowners who are searching for a contemporary home with traditional architecture, there are multitudes of single-family dwellings and town homes to choose from. Kelowna Life Real Estate can guide you through your extensive options until you find the property you have been dreaming about.

Minutes To Downtown

You will love this location as it feels far enough away from the city for privacy and relaxation; however, you are still only a short drive to downtown Kelowna. You will enjoy the scenic drive away from the core of the city as you gently wind upwards into the highlands. Nothing compares to this magnificent view; day or night there is plenty to take in. Even better are all of the local amenities within the village itself including delicious restaurants, spas, chiropractors and dental offices.

Build Your Dream Home With Extraordinary Lake Views

Perhaps, you are seeking a view lot to build your own custom residence. There are excellent parcels available for those who prefer to start fresh. Enjoy the deer, hummingbirds, squirrels, deer, Blue Jays and a plethora of other animals that also call this location home. There are well-established trees throughout the neighbourhood and surrounding hills to immerse you in the best nature the Okanagan has to offer. Enjoy the multitudes of vibrant colours that bloom with a variety of native plant species. It is an ideal place to situate your new custom home.

Hiking, Biking, Birdwatching: Your Active Lifestyle Awaits!

Kelowna residents from all over enjoy all aspects the Upper Mission has to offer. Many non-locals enjoy visiting to take advantage of the sweeping vistas and excellent hiking locations. If you love being active but don’t want to drive anywhere to engage, the Village of Kettle Valley has you covered! Walk from your home and enjoy the natural landscape. The gorgeous Crawford Falls hiking area is a great place to spend the day and take some amazing photos. The Myrna Canyon Adventure Park is additionally within close proximity and offers spectacular views for all ability levels.

Voted Canada’s #1 Neighbourhood

Founded in 1996, this master planned community even received a prestigious award naming it Canada’s Best Neighbourhood. Wonderful parks that are clean and welcoming await young and elderly families alike. Enjoy a quiet, contemporary location to raise your young family or retire to. There is something for everyone in Kettle Valley.

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Our team of exceptional Real Estate Agents knows every aspect of Kelowna. If you are ready to explore Kettle Valley, we would be delighted to show you around! Contact our office and let’s get started!

Lakefront Properties in the Okanagan

Discover lakefront living at its finest! Regardless, if you are seeking an empty view lot to create your custom abode or prefer a turnkey property in the Okanagan, our professional, friendly team at Kelowna Life Real Estate Group has plenty of options.

Join Team Ogopogo With Waterfront Living

Relaxing waves and an abundance of local wildlife are yours to behold. There are multitudes of properties that offer everything you are seeking: personal docks, boatlifts, boathouses and even separate guest accommodations. Imagine watching the eagles soar and the fish jump from your very own backyard! Kelowna Life can make it happen. We take pride in delivering above and beyond when it comes to our client’s wishlists.

Discover Your Relaxing Oasis in the Okanagan

Skip driving down to the pool when you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the lake any time you desire. Perfect for a variety of watersports and lakeside hiking, living on the water is ideal for those who prefer an active lifestyle or enjoy being inspired by nature. Our diverse landscape provides endless hours of entertaining possibilities. Create the space that family and friends will beg to visit and capture your waterfront dreams today! We have a variety of properties to share with you. If Okanagan Lake is too big or busy for your family’s needs, consider smaller lakes including Shannon Lake on the Westside and the memorizing turquoise of Kalamalka Lake, sandy Skaha or other options in the region. Regardless, if you prefer a place where motorized watercraft is not allowed to disturb you or you seek a location fit for wakeboarding…we’ve got you covered.

Sensational Memories On the Water Await!

Many clients desire a  lakeside vacation property. Others choose to live on the water year round. Kelowna Life Real Estate Group can put you in touch with the landscape and offerings you desire. Our local team knows every inlet, bay and beach. Let us help you discover waterfront perfection at its’ finest. There are residential and commercial spaces to behold. We enjoy helping clients embrace the Okanagan lifestyle. Perfect for water skiing, tubing, wake boarding, wake surfing, sailing, swimming, fishing, SUP, kayaking and canoeing; our backyard brings people from all over the globe.

Turn Your Ideal Vacation Into Your Daily Lifestyle

Our expert real estate team can help you define your lifestyle by offering properties to view that meet your criteria. Enjoy having a place to visit or live year round along the beach. Enjoy breathtaking views, ample bird life, iridescent dragonflies, Mountain Goats, deer, moose, bear, marmots and squirrels galore. Take in the fresh air, sunshiny days, delicious fruit crops and world class wineries that define our region. Kelowna and area are yours to explore! Working with a local team who knows all of the neighbourhoods and lakeside locations will help you streamline your search. From freehold semi-detached properties to waterfront condos, vacant land and every aspect in between, our team is ready to show you the latest listings! Call us today and let’s go house hunting!

Our team is available to meet with you at your convenience and show you the listings that deliver the options you desire. You can always get in touch by phone at 250.575.4300.

Lots for Sale in Kelowna: Build Your Dream Home

Building your own home definitely provides some unique peace of mind. Being involved with every factor from the ground up is one of the ways to ensure that all of your custom ideas are implemented. There is no better way to personalize your space or create your very own master plan than building your dream home. Lucky for us Okanagan residents, there are numerous vacant lots available within every possible surrounding. Whether you enjoy sweeping lake views, beach access, equine acreages or mountain vistas, there are plenty of different lots for sale in Kelowna. Glenmore is booming and older properties are abundant throughout the valley. Kelowna Life Real Estate knows the benefits and offerings of each neighbourhood and is happy to help you transform your dreams of building your custom home into reality.

Custom Built Homes Deliver Your Unique Perspective

While it can be tempting to completely renovate an existing property until it suits your needs; homeowners often run into difficulty and unexpected expenses when tearing down older structures. However, selecting your land, taking the views, sunshine, drainage and privacy into account prior to commencing construction, offers privatized selection unlike any other. Maximize your dollar and only pay for the features you will love to utilize when you enjoy the benefits of starting from the ground up.

Energy Efficient Options

Being able to determine your layout can dramatically influence your future energy bills. Selecting the most efficient windows, doors, insulation and roofing materials during construction will save you in the long run. Strategically planting some trees or keeping as many existing ones alive and thriving on the property may help you reduce or eliminate your air-conditioning needs or save you from installing a heat pump; depending on your shade situation. From your waste to water consumption, appliances and heating and cooling requirements, there are a variety of green energy options to consider. Factoring these items into your budget from the beginning can often save copious amounts of time, energy and money.

Save Money Pre-Wiring

Planning ahead saves you from hiring someone to punch a bunch of holes in your new drywall down the road. Pre-wiring your home security alarm system and CCTV cameras will help you protect your investment. Use an internet connection to check in and see your home while you are away on vacation or at work during the day. Pre-wire your automated window coverings and shade solutions to help you keep your daylight ambiance at a comfortable temperature and avoid coming home to a sauna!

Living Your Kelowna Lifestyle

Perhaps you enjoy the sprawling orchards of South East Kelowna or the openness of Lake Country; maybe you want to have a hobby farm and board your own horse for a change. Possibly, retiring beachside or within close proximity to a golf course is more your style. From compact view lots perfect for your summer home to sprawling acreages of possibility and every exciting lot in between, Kelowna Life and Home Real Estate can help you turn your dreams into reality.

Feature Kelowna Lot for Sale

1519 Rocky Point Drive Kelowna, BC V1V 3E2

Lots for Sale in Wilden | Kelowna Life Real Estate Company

Your opportunity to build your dream home is waiting for you! This beautiful lot includes stunning lake and valley views all within 10 minutes to the downtown core of Kelowna. View Listing >>

Property Details

  • ID: 10129570
  • Status: Active
  • Neighbourhood: Wilden

Our team is available to meet with you at your convenience and show you the listings that deliver the options you desire. You can always get in touch by phone at 250.575.4300.

Thinking of Selling? Find Out How Much Your Home is Worth

There are several methods real estate agents will use when valuing your home. To reach a compromise between the price the seller wants and the buyer is willing to pay, agents must use a somewhat standardized method for determining property and housing pricing. If not, then housing prices would vary wildly and become more like online classifieds for used electronics than a housing market. For the owner, their upkeep and maintenance of the home will begin to pay off massively. For the seller, having a home inspector to discover and uncover any hidden areas of damage or neglect is a necessity in finding the right home at the right price. For both the seller and the buyer, having a real estate agent that understands what you are specifically wanting in your home, and how or where to get that on budget, is a big part of their role and job in working with you. Let us walk through some of the specifications that agents inspect when listing or looking at a home.

How Location Affects Your Home’s Value

Determining the correct price for your home is scientific in method. There is generally an agreed upon or “market value” for homes in a specific neighbourhood which were built at roughly the same time and with relatively similar amenities and distances to shopping centers or other destinations. When an agent inspects a property to determine the price, they already have a strong inclination as to the price before even stepping inside. This is because of the market value which has been set by the ongoing sale and purchase of homes in that area of town.

Kelowna Lots for Sale!

Be it an empty lot or a large scale home, Kelowna has a variety of properties that range from farmland life to city living. When evaluating these properties there are a few general details that will be front and center for every listing going out to the public. For starters, the simplest specifications of the home will play the largest part in determining the listing price: the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as the square footage and number of floors are the most relevant to home buyers. Trailing those, the age of the house is of concern, as the older the home, the more renovation or repair costs will be incurred by the buyer, not much different from an aging car. Just like an aging car, if there has been many renovations or many repairs, that too can hurt the value. Keep in mind that while repairs may seem costly, they pale in comparison to the price fluctuations between locations and the age of the home itself.

For Sale in Kelowna: How to Get Your Best Price

Hiring a professional to stage and list your property can go a long way in building the value of your home, or maximizing the offers you receive for it. There are minor touchups that may not cost you much in terms of money and can really help your listing. The “curb appeal” or how the home looks when viewed from the street is always a conscious thought of the buyer – so to get the most for your property, consider sprucing up the front yard, ensure there is no visible damage from the road, and take proper care to maintain your home when it is on the market.

To get an estimate on your property valuation, fill out this form on Kelowna Life’s website! You can always get in touch by phone at 250.575.4300.

Strata Shenanigans in Kelowna: Research Prior to Purchasing

Understanding the logistics of a Strata Council and how the rules will influence your lifestyle ahead of time are vital factors to consider when moving to a strata residence. Many people take for granted their ability to hang hummingbird feeders on their patios or having window coverings of any style and colour. Other people enjoy having the freedom to choose whichever cat or dog they prefer. Strata legislation is commonly found in condos, vacation properties, townhouses, strata subdivisions and duplexes. Residents must abide by the Strata Property Act or face extreme consequences including expensive fines and possible eviction. Kelowna Life Real Estate Group has an experienced team of realtors who can help you read the fine print and decide if a strata lifestyle is best for you.

Why Strata?

Living in a strata community provides residents with the rules, bylaws and regulations for that particular property, as outlined in the “Strata Property Act.” Security and uniformity are in place to provide structure and peace of mind in strata-titled properties. Residents contribute monthly and pay strata fees which are completely separate from your mortgage or rent. The strata fees are placed into a contingency fund to pay for common expenses such as:

  • Snow Removal
  • Cleaning
  • Insurance
  • Gardening and Landscaping
  • General Repairs and Maintenance

Additional levies may be required from time to time in the event that your building needs a new elevator, roof or major repair. Many people love the idea of never having to shovel their walk or mow their lawn again. However, it is necessary to budget the extra strata fees accordingly to ensure that all of your funds are not simply going to mortgage and monthly payments. In the event every resident has to kick in for that new roof, you don’t want to be strapped.

Common Strata Bylaws

If you love to be organized and continually know what to expect and enjoy following rules; strata life may be ideal for you. Common strata bylaws include: specific quiet hours, limiting the number of guests, determining the age of residents, parking spaces, allowing guests to stay overnight, limiting the size and weight of your pets and what types of pets are allowed. Stricter strata’s will go as far to determine what is allowed on your patio and deck area in order to maintain a clean and tidy exterior. Making minor renovations or customizing your suite often requires pre-approval. As every building has its’ own unique ideas and residents; Kelowna Life strongly recommends being familiar with strata rules prior to purchasing.

Strata Council

The best way to stay abreast of changes in your building is to attend strata meetings and join your local strata council. Understanding the wants, needs and possible limitations of your building and brainstorming for solutions is a great way to get to know your neighbours. Items including safety, security and determining an annual budget are discussed. Meeting minutes are recorded and often posted in a common area for the rest of the residents to review. While some strata corporations may be professionally managed, there should be ample contact information if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions. There are cases of residents feeling bullied by their strata rules and this is unfortunate. Educate yourself by reading previous minutes of recent meetings and ask residents within the building how they feel living there prior to becoming a resident.

Kelowna Life Can Recommend the Perfect Property

Helping happy clients find their dream home is our specialty. Kelowna Life Real Estate Corporation has the experience to listen and deliver. Our team takes pride in our ability to provide you with excellent possibilities within your price range. Strata or no strata, we have a multitude of possibilities we can’t wait to show you. Book your listing or viewing with our established and successful team today!

Contact Kelowna Life Real Estate Group 250.575.4300

Kelowna’s Carriage Homes: Increasing Your Investment

The Okanagan is booming these days! Home to an incredibly fast paced tech-sector that continues to thrive, hours of sunshine and year round tourism, world-class golf courses and wineries…it is no wonder people want to call the Valley home. Not to mention housing that is much more affordable compared to Vancouver; it is easy to see why a substantial shortage of affordable housing has become our new norm. Today’s generation is spending far more time attending college and university and paying off student loans. Many millennials who wish to enter the housing market for the first time are renting a room from Mom and Dad, sharing space with multiple roommates or still living at home for free.

Carriage Homes: Potential Income for Your Property

A carriage home is the term used to describe a tinier house on one’s property that can be rented out, used as a guest house or provides lodging for family members. There are strict re-zoning requirements that have to be met and permits that must be approved by the City of Kelowna (or the Okanagan municipality you reside in) prior to construction commencing. Typically, these secondary dwellings or guest houses are restricted in height and size in relation to the principal dwelling. Carriage homes are unable to become stratified or subdivided. Properties that qualify may find this is a wonderful way to maximize your land and provide a supplementary secondary income or offer family and friends a space of their own.

Determining Zoning Requirements

As with any addition, paperwork must be approved and in place prior to starting any type of build or all of your hard work and dreams may be deemed illegal. Save yourself copious amounts of time and cash by ensuring you have all the facts in place. Conducting your own research is important; however, speaking with a City Official in person is often recommended. You wouldn’t want to misinterpret any zoning or permit requirements and be subject to tearing down all of your hard work. Family, friends and neighbours may all offer “helpful information,” however, the City of Kelowna in this instance has the final say and it is wise to get to know the planning and development department during this process to make sure you are working with current facts and figures. In the meantime, check out the online mapping system here to find out the current zoning status of your property.

Current Kelowna Carriage House Zoning

At this time, urban properties that permit a carriage home include properties that are zoned:

  • *RU6 -Two Dwelling Housing or
  • *RU1c-Large Lot Housing w/ Carriage House or
  • *RU2c-Medium Lot Housing w/Carriage House

Rural properties may consider adding a carriage house if they are zoned:

  • *RR1c-Rural Residential 1 w/ Carriage House or
  • *RR2c-Rural Residential 2 w/ Carriage House or
  • *RR3-Rural Residential 3 w/ Carriage House or
  • *A1c-Agriculture 1 w/Carriage House

Of course, zoning requirements may change any time and it is essential to check with the City prior to starting any Carriage Home proposal.

Urban Planning Department: Your New Best Friend

Following the rules will save you tons of time and money. Imagine having a secondary dwelling on your property and how much value that will add to your overall investment. You’ll be helping the local housing crunch and providing your property with the means to enjoy extra income. The possibilities are endless and exciting. Carriage homes have been on the rise in our region for many positive reasons. If you think this might be beneficial to your property, it is definitely something worthwhile to consider.