Several Simple Ways to Winterize Your Luxury Home

Are you leaving your home behind for a hot, sandy beach in Mexico (and making us jealous) or settling in at home to endure the cold? Either way, winterizing your luxury home is a good idea for the season. The cold weather, in combination with snow and ice, can easily cause problems without the proper attention and care. Besides, who wants to start their spring performing a myriad of renovations?

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Why Luxury Homes Make Winter Home Maintenance Easy

A lot of luxury homes are now integrating smart devices into their home systems. Technology like smart thermostats and lighting make it easy to schedule when they’re on or off and adjust them as needed. In turn, this makes it especially helpful if you plan on leaving for extended periods of time. This can save you money while still providing an element of security in your home.

For example, you could schedule a few lights to turn on to appear as though someone is home in the evening.

Winterize Your Kelowna Home’s Heating

Winterizing your heating (especially if you’re planning on leaving) is more than just turning it down (or off) when you leave your home. Cleaning or replacing your furnace filters should be one of the first steps, since it’s best not to have copious amounts of dust blowing around your home. This can also help with the airflow and keep your home’s temperature more consistent and regulated.

Winterize All Your Luxury Home’s Water Systems

Have you already blown out all the water of your home’s underground sprinkler system? If not, it’s best to do that as soon as possible so the pipes don’t freeze and break. Your gutters are just as important to clean out as well. Ice and snow can build up, leak down the side of your home, and damage the structure of your walls and foundation, so keep them clear to enjoy snowfall versus worry about its potential damage.

Doing your due diligence with home maintenance for the winter just makes sense. You’ll avoid unnecessary renovations and can focus on spending time with friends and family this holiday season.

 

Kelowna Life is here to help guide you through the luxury home real estate market, get in touch with us today!

Kelowna Properties: Buying Lakeview Heights Kelowna Real Estate

Looking to buy real estate with stunning lake views? If you type “Kelowna real estate lake view” into Google search, you’ll come across plenty of Lakeview Heights Kelowna real estate listings.

After scouring through Lakeview Heights real estate listings and photos of the area, you’ll immediately see why investing in Lakeview Heights real estate is worth every cent. This community follows the western shoreline of Okanagan lake which provides homeowners in this area with 24:7 views of Okanagan Lake and Okanagan Mountain Park.

Aside from world-class views, there are many other perks of living in Lakeview Heights.

About Lakeview Heights Kelowna Real Estate

Lakeview Heights is a well-established neighbourhood within the West Kelowna municipality.

This neighbourhood was originally developed in the 1960s, on land leased from the Westbank First Nation as privately-held property. It continues to be popular for its lush vineyards, mature landscaping, and secluded beaches, as well as its proximity to the urban amenities of West Kelowna and downtown Kelowna.

The magnificent wineries that line the Westside Wine Trail, easy access to the bridge and beautiful homes make this area highly sought-after.

While all homes in this area are architecturally stunning and well looked after, the type of homes are varied; Lakeview Heights real estate comprises of spacious, modern, older, single-family homes, newly-built subdivisions, lakeside cottages, and condominium developments. This offers homebuyers a variety of home styles and options to choose from.

Although Lakeview Heights is a highly-sought-after area, they are more affordably priced than any other lakeside properties in Kelowna.

Plenty of Schools to Choose From

Lakeview Heights is wildly popular with young families due to the short commutes to work and the highly acclaimed Central Okanagan School District No. 23.

Fortunately, there are plenty of schooling options for all school-aged children in this area.

Schools near Lakeview Heights include:

Award-Winning Wineries and World-Class Restaurants

For wine lovers, living in Lakeview Heights is a dream come true. There’s a reason why the street names “Pinot Noir” and “Pinot Gris” exist in the Lakeview Heights community.

The Westside Wine Trail runs directly through Lakeview Heights and features many world-class wineries including Quails’ Gate, Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery, Beaumont Winery and Volcanic Hills.

Many wineries on the Westside Wine Trail also feature world-class restaurants that use fresh and local ingredients. For example, Quails’ Gate Winery is home to Old Vines Restaurant which is rated as one of the top restaurants in Canada. This restaurant has been described as, “an all-season farm-to-table culinary destination”.

Investing in Lakeview Heights Kelowna Real Estate Means a More Balanced Lifestyle

Ready to live a life balanced by peaceful rural living and city convenience? If the answer is “yes”, Lakeview Heights is the perfect community to buy a home in.

With easy access to Okanagan Lake, orchards, vineyards, wineries, parks, hiking trails, tennis courts and golf courses, your life will be enriched with fresh food, great wine and a healthy and active lifestyle.

Below are some attractions near Lakeview Heights Kelowna Real Estate properties, all of which support an active Okanagan lifestyle:

Prefer to workout indoors? Living in Lakeview Heights means you can choose from a plethora of gyms and yoga studios in either West Kelowna or downtown Kelowna.

Tons of Amenities Near Lakeview Heights Kelowna Real Estate Properties

Minutes away from Lakeview Heights is Lakeview Village, a brand-new shopping center that has all the amenities you need. The center includes Nesters Grocery Market, a pharmacy, a credit union, and numerous other businesses such as:

  • Lakeview Liquor
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Garrison Salon & Spa
  • Aries Accounting
  • Kinderheart Montessori School

Lakeview Heights Community Hall

Lakeview Heights has its very own community hall!

This community hall provides space for programs, group meetings and private rentals. The facility is also home to the Lakeview Heights Tennis Club.

Other site amenities include:

  • Playground
  • Pickleball courts (Three courts available to the public at all times)
  • Tennis courts (Eight lighted courts with two available to the public at all times)
  • Soccer field
  • Sports box for pickleball, basketball and ball hockey

For all other amenities, or for more of a variety of amenities, take a short drive to either downtown Kelowna or West Kelowna. Enjoy the blissfulness of home in Lakeview Heights while only being a short distance to more metro living in Kelowna or West Kelowna. The options are endless.

Jason Abougoush —Your Lakeview heights Real Estate Expert

If you’re looking for a real estate agent who is knowledgeable about Lakeview Heights real estate, Jason Abougoush is the realtor for you. He is our Lakeview Heights real estate expert and will be able to answer any questions you may have. Want to live in a place that offers 24:7 scenic lake views? Click here to take a look at our most recent Lakeview Heights Kelowna real estate listings.

Connect with Jason Abougoush today to find a home balanced by nature and city-living in Lakeview Heights.

Why Kettle Valley is The Best High End Real Estate Kelowna Has to Offer

This blog was borne out of the question many prospective home buyers ask us: “why is Kettle Valley the best high end real estate Kelowna has to offer?”.

There are multiple reasons why Kettle Valley is a fantastic area to live in. As a potential home buyer, you may be already feeling overwhelmed by all the wonderful places to live in Kelowna, and so for the sake of easy reading, we’ll just highlight the main points here (and if you’re still curious about the Kettle Valley area after reading this blog, our real estate team is happy to provide you with more information).

Where is Kettle Valley?

Before highlighting why Kettle Valley is the best high end real estate Kelowna has to offer, you may want to know where this vibrant community is located.

Kettle Valley is located in the Upper Mission area of Kelowna. For locals, this area may seem further away from the more popular tourist areas (i.e: downtown Kelowna) and Kelowna’s larger shopping centres (i.e: Orchard Park Mall), but after years of development, this area has its own attractions, community, and specialized amenities.

If residents choose, they will rarely need to leave their tight-knit community, yet are only a 20-minute drive away from downtown Kelowna if they want to experience the hustle and bustle of city living every now and then.

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Kettle Valley—the Best High End Real Estate Kelowna Has to Offer for Families

Kettle Valley is known for its high density of young families. This fact alone contributes to this community’s family environment; roads are safe to play on, cars drive carefully through the neighbourhoods, and there are always tons of other families to mingle with at Quilchena Park (park equipped with a high-calibre playground, splash park, and tennis & pickleball courts)

If your family enjoys the outdoors, consider Kettle Valley your dream community. In addition to Quilchena Park, this community also contains plenty of hiking and biking trails and lots of green space for your children to play in. Myra Canyon Trestles are also nearby and are known for their family-friendly trails (for biking or walking), stunning views, and historical relevance.

Schools in Kettle Valley

Have children in school? Regardless of how old they are, there are schools near Kettle Valley homes for sale:

If you or a family member would like to attend college or university in Kelowna, there are options that aren’t far away from Kettle Valley (not to mention, there are bus routes that facilitate going to and from Kelowna post-secondary institutions). Okanagan College is less than 10 km away from Kettle Valley and the University of British Columbia-Okanagan is less than 30 minutes away.

Kelowna Real Estate Luxury Property for Water Lovers

There are plenty of upper mission homes for sale that can facilitate your family’s love of water. If this piques your interest, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of Kelowna properties within Kettle Valley that have pools, stunning lake views, and sometimes even both.

Not to mention, there are plenty of beaches near Kettle Valley where you can enjoy a refreshing dip during those hot Okanagan summer and fall days. And if you own a boat, there are many boat launches nearby (the closest one being Cedar Creek Boat Launch).

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Other Reasons Why Kettle Valley is The Best High End Real Estate Kelowna Has to Offer

Aside from breathtaking lake views, family inclusion, a strong sense of community, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures, Kettle Valley has many other amazing features not yet discussed. Below are some other noteworthy amenities in Kettle Valley:

For a full list of businesses and amenities in Kettle Valley, click here.

Rob Nelson—Your Kettle Valley Real Estate Expert

Kettle Valley has the best high end real estate Kelowna has to offer and no one knows this better than Rob Nelson. If you’re looking for a real estate agent who is knowledgeable about Kettle Valley real estate, Rob Nelson is your guy. He is our Kettle Valley real estate expert and will be able to answer any questions you may have about Kettle Valley real estate and upper mission homes for sale.

Kettle Valley Real Estate Listings

Two Kettle Valley real estate listings that may interest you are 5649 Mountainside Drive and 368 Quilchena Drive.

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5649 Mountainside Drive 

  • 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms
  • 3 car garage
  • Stunning views of the lake and valley
  • Master retreat with large 6 piece ensuite w/2 impressive walk-in closets and direct access to backyard patio
  • A powder room and large formal entry
  • Private backyard w/covered patio, wet bar, TV and outdoor speakers

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368 Quilchena Drive 

  • 5 bedrooms (includes one large master bedroom w/bathroom, walk-in closet, and access to the patio)
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Main Floor features a den/office and formal dining room
  • Dream kitchen with entertainment features
  • Living room w/ gas fireplace
  • Pool and hot tub w/ amazing lake views
  • Gym area
  • Large storage area under the garage

Want to keep looking through Kettle Valley realty listings? Search through our diverse selection of Kettle Valley realty listings and if this any of these beautiful homes spark your interest, Rob will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Connect with Rob Nelson today to find your dream home in Kettle Valley!

What You Need to Know About Luxury Waterfront Real Estate in the Okanagan

Looking for luxury waterfront real estate in the Okanagan? The first step is to hire real estate agents who have experience selling waterfront real estate, as it can be a tricky and complex transaction.

There are many important details when buying luxury waterfront property in the Okanagan. Rules and regulations are constantly changing with regards to waterfront properties, and as a client, you need to know what questions to ask. However, having a professional real estate agent on board helps you know which questions to ask and when to ask them.

Before diving into this large investment, the following factors should be considered and carefully examined. Some of these important factors could drastically change the use of the property or even the value.  As waterfront specialists, Rob and Jason can help protect your investment and bring some clarity when buying a luxury waterfront property in Kelowna.

Things to Consider When Purchasing Luxury Waterfront Real Estate in the Okanagan

Waterfront: When you are buying luxury waterfront real estate in the Okanagan, you are buying the land, but you do not own the waterfront. There are very few properties in the Okanagan where the homeowner owns the foreshore right.  This means you do not own the beach out in front of your home.

Docks

If that waterfront home has a dock, the dock must have specific permission or general permission. You must ensure it is compliant with the rules and regulations set out by the ministry. Different areas of Lake Okanagan have different requirements for dock construction.  This is based on the salmon spawning, depth of the water, protection of the foreshore and indigenous plants to name a few.  You will want to make sure your dock is a legal dock before your purchase.

Building

When buying luxury waterfront real estate in Kelowna and tearing down the current home, there are new setbacks that are now in place for new home construction on the waterfront. Years ago, structures were allowed to be closer to the water but new guidelines are in place once that old cabin or beach house is taken down.

When looking into buying a waterfront property in Kelowna, it is important to hire a real estate agent who is experienced and familiar with property regulations.

Rob and Jason of Kelowna Life and Macdonald Realty are two of the top luxury real estate agents for waterfront sales in the Okanagan.  They have been selling waterfront property for years and their extensive knowledge gives their clients the advantage when buying a waterfront property in the Okanagan.

Featured Listing: 12-3756 Lakeshore Road

Luxury Waterfront Condos | 3756 Lakeshore Rd | Kelowna Life Real Estate

Presented by Rob Nelson of Kelowna Life Real Estate Group & Macdonald Realty Kelowna. Luxury Lakefront Living at its best! Enjoy the Okanagan Lifestyle from one of Kelownas most sought after locations right on the lake with pool and hot tub. Nothing has been overlooked in this home featuring custom finishings throughout with lakeviews from every corner. Enjoy the inside and outdoor lifestyle with beautiful nano doors right onto your private oversized patio featuring outdoor kitchen and hottub. Room for all your guests with 3 oversized bedrooms and 3 full washrooms. Large entertaining area featuring chefs kitchen with high end appliances. Beautiful 2 car garage with loads of extra storage and finished workshop area. Enjoy the resort lifestyle with your own boat slip with upgraded lift and access to all the amenities of Manteo Resort featuring an indoor pool, gym, clubhouse, games room, second outdoor pool with spray park and water slides, playground and tennis courts.

Click here to get more details or request a showing

Need help purchasing the Okanagan waterfront home of your dreams? Contact us today!

The Home Buyer’s Guide for Kirschner Mountain Real Estate

The Home Buyer’s Guide for Kirschner Mountain Real Estate

Part of the reason Kelowna is so attractive to homebuyers is the scenic outlooks of the Okanagan hills and mountains. On the south-eastern side of Kelowna rests the Kirschner Mountain subdivision — a serene suburb defined by the surrounding nature walks and outdoor adventures moments from resident’s doors.

For home buyers looking to enter the Kelowna market, either to settle in with their family or have a picturesque vacation spot ready for the Summer months, Kirschner Mountain brings a lot to the table.

Amenities nearby Kirschner Mountain

  • 15-20 mins to Okanagan Lake
  • 40 mins to Big White Ski Resort (much closer than the majority of Kelowna communities)
  • Less than 10 min to shopping district (groceries, pharmacy, restaurants, services, etc.)
  • Less than 10 min to schools (including secondary)
  • Hiking and walking paths just around the corner

These are some of the top reasons to call Kirschner Mountain home. What it leaves out is the natural beauty that can only be experienced in person. Most homes have lookouts that span across Kelowna, making your backdoor patio an ideal escape at the end of the day.

We love the secluded nature of Kirschner Mountain. Homes here are afforded an ample amount of space, meaning less distraction from neighbours and more privacy for you and your family to enjoy.

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Cost of Homes in the Area

Kirschner Mountain real estate is on the higher end of the average home price in Kelowna ($510,000 as of last year). This is to be expected, given the relative age and quality of homes in the area. There have been multiple PNE prize homes here in Kirschner Mountain. In terms of affordability, Kirschner Mountain homes offer exceptional value for speculators who want to make a sound investment.

Given the position of the mountain, it is unlikely to see any developments nearby that would impede lookouts of Kelowna, one of the major selling features of the area. Further, the City of Kelowna is contributing 1.2 million dollars to ensure the mountain is in good shape for homeowners in the area.

As more people are priced out of the Greater Vancouver Area, the Okanagan Valley is set to continue its climb upwards. Increasing developments of both commercial and residential space in the downtown core are ensuring there is ample space for new residents. As those new residents mature in the market, homes will remain a hot commodity — particularly those that retain their scenic status!

Not sure if Kirschner Mountain is right for you? Get in touch with the team at Kelowna Life to determine what fits your lifestyle best.

 

Luxury Condos in Kelowna: Finding Your Dream Home

Located in the heart of Kelowna, the Bernard downtown area offers beautiful views of Kelowna and Okanagan Lake. Living in the downtown core means convenient access to the city’s best amenities, shopping centers, restaurants and more. The area has a mix of townhomes, single-family homes luxury, and condos in Kelowna. If you’re looking for a home or luxury condo in Kelowna, keep reading!

Experience Downtown Kelowna on Bernard Avenue 

If you’re thinking of moving to downtown Kelowna, you can’t get closer to the heart of the city than Bernard Avenue. Living on Bernard means access to the best the city offers right outside your doorstep. You can experience the artistic culture of Kelowna by checking out local art galleries, the Kelowna Actors Studio and performing art centers; all just a short distance away from your home on Bernard.  

World-class restaurants and other amenities are located down Bernard. Check out restaurants, nightlife and local wineries offering varietals from the Okanagan Valley. Great hiking and outdoor recreation like City Park Beach and Knox Mountain are all close by.  

If you’re looking for the convenience of city life, downtown Kelowna may be the next place you should call home!  

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Luxury Condos in Kelowna 

If you’re looking to experience all downtown Kelowna has to offer in luxury, there are many luxury Condos in Kelowna that offer luxury living in downtown. One of our current listings, #1701, 1160 Bernard Avenue boasts 4,000 square feet and sweeping views of the city’s lights and Okanagan Lake.  

Located in the Centuria Urban Village, this rare opportunity is located on the 17th floor, meaning sweeping views of the city’s lights, Okanagan Lake and more. Centuria Urban Village offers access to amenities like a hot tub, gym, sauna and more. This particular unit offers 4 parking spots to keep all your vehicles and easy access to the building’s indoor car wash and vacuum. 

Hosting friends and family is a breeze in luxury condos in Kelowna like this one. Inside the unit, you’ll find an oversized chef’s kitchen, making prepping meals and cooking an event you look forward to! The large, spacious dining room, living room, and entertainment room give plenty of options to kick back and relax or host friends and family.  

Imagine opening up one of the region’s finest wines to enjoy with guests on one of your three patios overlooking the beautiful valley. Dinner parties, relaxed evenings and more are yours to enjoy in a luxury Kelowna condo like this one!  

If you’re interested in finding out more about this luxury condo in Kelowna, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Kelowna Life to book a private showing. 

Kelowna Realtors: Helping You Find Your Dream Home

Many of our clients who choose to move to Kelowna from one of Canada’s larger cities like Vancouver or Calgary are amazed at the real estate market in the Okanagan. Luxury living is more affordable, traffic is more manageable and both these qualities combined with the scenic views of Kelowna make the Okanagan the ideal place to live. 

Our team is here to help you find the home you’ve been looking for. Whether you’re purchasing, selling or just looking for more information on what Kelowna has to offer, give our team a call! Our team is experienced in the Kelowna market and can help you find the right home for your specific needs. We’d be happy to take the time to understand what you’re looking for and help you through every step of the process to find your new property.  

 

Contact our team today if you would like to find out more about how we can help you purchase or sell, or if you’d like to learn more about the Kelowna real estate market. 

Riesling Ridge Open House

Welcome to Riesling Ridge, a brand-new development in Lakeview Heights, West Kelowna!

The region boasts a myriad of amenities paired with breathtaking views of the area. We encourage you to stop by Saturday June 1 from 12-4pm for our open house!

Riesling Ridge Open House  

We’re proud to be hosting a public open house at the new Riesling Ridge development on Saturday June 1 from 12-4pm. Stop by 3195 Riesling Way for hamburgers, hotdogs, refreshments, prizes and giveaways such as a $250 gift card to Sparkling Hills Resort. We’ll also be taking donations for the BCSPCA. Find out more on our Facebook page here. 

The 3195 Reisling Ridge show home is a 4-bedroom, 3-bath walkout rancher that is thoughtfully designed to accommodate your lifestyle while offering the Okanagan’s best. Hosting is made easy with the open-concept kitchen equipped with stainless steel gas appliances and built-in home audio equipment. If you can’t make it out to the open house on Saturday June 1, come visit the show home at 3195 Riesling way, open 12-4 every day except Wednesdays. Additionally, you can view the Materport 3D tour here or photos of the show home here.  

Riesling Ridge Development 

The new Riesling Ridge development is located North of Vineyard Drive and right off East Boundary Road. The neighbourhood is situated close to schools, shopping, Okanagan Lake, golf, and award-winning wineries. This development offers a variety of 2-storey and rancher style homes starting in the mid $600,000’s featuring high-level finishes, window coverings and appliances, all with a selection of customization options.  

These homes boast a bright, spacious design matched with quality and meticulous finishings. Imagine installing a hot tub on your private, covered patio and enjoying mountain and lake views with a glass of the Okanagan’s finest wines. With only 25 homes available, we encourage you to get in touch with our Kelowna Life team as soon as possible if you’re considering making Riesling Ridge the next place to call home.Kelowna Life Real Estate Riesling Ridge 29

Enjoy Kelowna Living  

The Riesling Ridge area allows homeowners to experience life in the beautiful Okanagan Valley to its fullest. You could be hosting dinner parties on your private deck overlooking the breathtaking views of the BC mountains and Okanagan Lake. Or perhaps kicking back with a glass of bubbly in your own private hot tub 

Living in West Kelowna means enjoying the best of the Okanagan with the privacy of a quiet neighborhood, but being able to enjoy the amenities of downtown Kelowna in a mere 15 minutes. You never need to go far to unwind or enjoy a recreational vacation when your backyard is filled with endless opportunities! Enjoy some of Canada’s most stunning scenery and impressive scenic trails when you move to the Okanagan. 

Kelowna Real Estate Agents: Helping You Find Your Dream Home  

The team at Kelowna Life is dedicated to helping you find the home of your dreams. We will take the time to understand what your future needs and lifestyle are to help you select the best home in the ideal neighborhood for you and your family.  We hope to see you at our public open house on Saturday June 1st, 2019!

Contact Kelowna Life Real Estate to find out more about the Riesling Ridge Open House on June 1st. 

Riesling Ridge: New Development in Lakeview Heights

Riesling Ridge is one of the most beautiful and desirable new communities in the Okanagan. Riesling Ridge homes offer residents a private, secluded feel with convenient city amenities. Homes are surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of British Columbia and the breathtaking views of Okanagan Lake. Situated within the prestigious Lakeview Heights area, this vineyard estates community is walking distance to excellent schools, amenities, world-class wineries and golf courses.  

Imagine living with some of BC’s finest lakes, walking trails, golf courses and wineries all at your doorstep. Homeowners will be able to enjoy the beautiful, hot summer days by relaxing on Okanagan Lake or enjoying local wine tours. Boat launches for Okanagan lake are only 5 minutes away from Riesling Ridge homes. Residents also enjoy proximity to Quail’s Gate Winery and Mission Hill Family Estate Winery.  If you’re looking for Lakeview Heights homes for sale, the luxurious neighbourhood of Riesling Ridge could be the next place you’ll want to call home. 

Riesling Ridge Homes: Live in Comfort 

Riesling Ridge boasts some of West Kelowna’s most prestigious homes, starting around 700,000k. But what makes Riesling Ridge such a perfect place to call home? It offers residents an exceptionally high standard of living, an abundance of outdoor activities, recreational activities, leisure opportunities, access to amenities, and best of all: high end, comfortable, luxurious features. 

Homeowners will have the option to pick from three designer colour pallets to customize their dream home to their tastes. Live in comfort with hardwood flooring throughout the living and dining, kitchen entry and powder room. Tile floors cover full bathrooms and laundry rooms. Homes come equipped with air conditioning systems, roughed in vacuums, and high-end appliances.

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Enjoy the beauty of the Okanagan all year round with decks overlooking the valley. You’ll also be able to cook and host guests in style in the beautifully appointed, open-concept kitchens with high-end, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. Kitchens are beautifully designed with tasteful lighting and wood shaker cabinetry with soft close doors and drawers. Bathrooms include a private master en-suite with dual contemporary sinks (most models), soaker tub and separate showers. Be sure to ask our team about customizing options for your Riesling Ridge home. 

Alder Projects, the specialty new home builder is now offering this new, luxury subdivision. They provide homeowners with peace of mind by offering a new home warranty including one year of coverage on any defects in materials and labour, two years of coverage on mechanical and electrical materials and labour, five years coverage on building envelope, and ten years on structural coverage.  

Lakeview Heights Homes For Sale: Riesling Ridge Show Home

Experience true Okanagan luxury at Riesling Ridge. With only 25 homes available, we encourage you to get in touch with our Kelowna Life team for more information or to book a private viewing of this incredible community. The show home is open from 12-4, six days a week. The agents on site can provide you with additional information and answer any questions you have. Additionally, you can view the Materport 3D tour here or photos of the show home here. 

Owning a home is a great way to build wealth, equity and ensure future stability. Where you choose to live is one of the most important factors in buying a home. Our Kelowna real estate agents know choosing the right home means finding a house that has the right features, offers the right lifestyle and amenities, and gives you a sense of community. If you’re looking for Lakeview homes for Sale, our team of real estate experts would be happy to help. Our team knows Kelowna real estate and would love to help you find the perfect home to suit your needs.  

For more information on Riesling Ridge, contact our team today. 

Real Estate Photography: Worth The Expense?

Whether it’s a single-family home, an apartment, or a luxury property, the visual of the listing is what usually draws in potential buyers. It also makes the realtor’s job much easier.

A great photo creates a strong emotional response. The buyers can imagine the property as their future home, rather than just another listing. And this is one of the driving forces behind successful sales.

From the point of view of a buyer, there’s nothing more disappointing than to find a listing with the perfect location, the right price, and all desired features, only to find blurry photos, or worse, no photos at all.

For the seller, this might result in longer selling times, adding unnecessary pressure and frustration.

To See Is To Believe

A quick online research into the topic of real estate photography comes back with a unanimous verdict. In today’s fast-moving and digital sales environment, a well-executed and strong visual is a must.

Buyers now use an array of devices and digital platforms to click through the numerous listings, and realtors mindful of this not only create a lasting impression for the buyer, but also potentially secure a returning client.

A great visual is more likely to draw the buyers’ attention, build and retain interest in the listing, and result in a faster sale and higher asking price. Yet, only a third of all realtors hire a professional photographer for their listings.

On a side note, more clicks on a listing does not always equal more sales. However, it is a good indicator that potential buyers are interested in the property and more viewings of the listing will result in finding the right buyer and building a realtor’s professional reputation.

Competition, Branding, and Efficient Time Management

Real estate is a popular career choice, which leads to an increased amount of competition. Being a realtor in the 21st century means to create a brand for yourself and promote it. High definition photography is one way for realtors to brand themselves as professionals passionate for what they do and working hard for their clients.

And for those new to the world of listings, what better way to invest resources than great visuals to add to a realtor’s growing portfolio.

As a realtor, your weekly schedule is packed with viewings, phone calls, paper work, and so much more. With such a busy schedule, taking and editing your own photos can take a great deal of time and add stress.

If you happen to be a realtor with amazing photography skills and professional equipment, and can manage to put time aside for editing, go for it. A realtor is often a Jack of all trades and to have a strong knowledge of the visual medium is a definite benefit in the field.

A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

Look at the example below, from The Inman Files. The photo on the left is taken by a photographer who charged $500 for the shoot, the shoot on the right cost $2,500, excluding the staging.

Staggering difference, isn’t it? The same room, yet the effect of right lighting, composition, angle, and post-production make the listing either look bland or stand out.

The photo to the right is most likely to evoke an emotional response from the potential buyers and result in a fast and successful sale. As the article correctly notes, ”a potential homebuyer will not be thinking about why they love a photo; they will only know they love it,” and that they love their future home.

As for advice on how to select the right real estate photographer, do your research on local photographers and their work, and inquire with realtors.

Keep in mind: paying more for photos does not always mean better quality, but great quality photos won’t be cheap.

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Rattlesnake Island:

Cover Image: Rattlesnake Island from above (Credit: Across The Lake Swim)

A tiny speck on the map, Rattlesnake Island is located close to the shore of Okanagan Lake, just east of Peachland.

Local legend has it that Ogopogo calls the island home, living in an underwater cave. Today, the island is part of the Okanagan Mountain Park.

Despite its small size, Rattlesnake Island has a very interesting history to tell and is a popular destination for locals and visitors.

The Creature and the Grass

Legend of the mysterious and dangerous water creature N’ha-a-itk (Snake of the Water) dates back as early as the 1700s, when the Okanagan First Nations offered ritual sacrifices to the Ogopogo in return for safe entry into the water.

Photo credit: ogopogoquest.com

Throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries, numerous reports came in of Ogopogo sightings in the lake.

Locals, captivated by the creature, went from simply calling it The Island, to referring to it as Ogopogo Island.

In 1951, the island was purchased by Peter Spackman and he tried to rename it to Sunset Island. By then, the name Rattlesnake Island had been frequently used by locals, named so after the Rattlesnake Grass that covers the island. The name stayed, and in the 1950s Kelowna Chamber of Commerce confirmed the name.

A Tourist Attraction That Never Happened

Visitors to Rattlesnake Island will notice remains of a mini-golf course, among several other remnants of construction. An even though they island is owned by the government, five decades ago it was a unique piece of real estate with its own drama and mystery.

In the 1970s, Rattlesnake Island was a place of a visionary and controversial attempt to build an Arab-themed tourist attraction. The initial plan of Eddy Heymour was to build a replica of the Great Pyramid at Giza, a giant camel ice-cream parlour, a mini-golf course, pony rides, gardens, a swimming pool and restaurants. To add to the experience, a ferry from Peachland would bring guests to the island.

The plans were shut down by the BC Government. What followed was a story like not other of law suits, hostages taken, and the construction of the Peachland Castle.

Rattlesnake Island these days: what’s left of the mini golf course (Credit: Across The Lake Swim)

Beautiful Spot on the Lake

These days, both locals and visitors often stop at the island while boating, canoeing, or paddleboarding. Rattlesnake Island is a popular picnic spot, featuring a stunning view of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Local history buffs can hike the island in search of the tourist attraction remains. Those seeking a bit more adrenaline, can either take part in the annual Across the Lake Swim, or head to Squally Point near the island to enjoy cliff jumping.

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