Okanagan Lakefront Properties

If you are seeking an empty view lot to create your custom home or prefer a turnkey property on the lakefront of the Okanagan, our professional, friendly team at Kelowna Life Real Estate Group has plenty of options available to you.

Front Row Seat To Ogopogo

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, boat lifts, 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 Oasis in the Okanagan

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. Okanagan Lake offers endless lakeshore living options. The Okanagan also offers many other options 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.

Memories On the Water Await!

Many clients desire a lakeside vacation property to visit in the summer months and 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 A 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 all the different options available. Please contact us at info@kelownalife.ca, 250.864.5445 or simply click here.

How COVID-19 has changed the Real Estate industry in Kelowna

COVID-19 has changed the way many of us are doing  business now and in the future. The service industry, including restaurants, pubs, salons, to even law firms, accounting firms, and of course Real Estate Brokerages have all adopted a new normal. The Real Estate industry has adapted quickly to the changing environment to ensure safety for all of our clients while maximizing our clients experience within the new guidelines..

We have noticed a substantial increase in online traffic, and it is now more important than ever to ensure our clients properties are showcased effectively and are easily accessed online over many platforms for all to see. Kelowna Life Real Estate Group have been industry leaders in the market place when it comes to new technology and innovation and will continue to lead the way in these new times.

Showcasing your property during COVID-19 

Kelowna Life Real Estate Group continues to use every tool available to showcase your property to potential buyers in their search for a new home. Tools such as virtual tours, virtual showings, virtual open houses, extensive video and photography, drone and floor plans will reduce non qualified buyers in an effort to get the right people through your home.

Matterport Virtual Tour

Kelowna Life is continuing to use health questionnaires, social distancing, cleaning and prevention tools, and following the latest advice from both the Provincial and Federal governments. We will continue to implement any new needed protocols to do our part to encourage the safety of everyone. For additional information on COVID-19, click here.

So what everyone is really wanting to know now is…..How does all of this effect the value of our homes moving forward? Well the encouraging news is homes have been continuing to sell and people are remaining pretty optimistic about the future. We would be happy to meet with you in person ( from a social distance ) on the phone, or by zoom meeting to discuss what the market is doing now or what we anticipate the future holds. Please do not hesitate to contact Kelowna Life Real Estate Group here and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Selling Your Home in The Spring Market

As Spring gets closer, are you getting anxious to get your home on the market? Do you know what you need for selling your home in the spring market? Have you chosen the right Kelowna Real Estate agent to sell your home? Choosing the right professional agent is the most important step when listing your Kelowna home. When you chose your agent, you should be confident in their qualifications and knowledge to get your home sold for the price you want.

Selling Your Home in The Spring Market

The Kelowna Life Real Estate Group knows that you need to be strategic when listing your home in the spring. It can be a competitive time and having the right real estate agent who is knowledgeable about the Kelowna real estate market is essential.

Tailored marketing plans, attention to detail and listening to your needs are just a few of the attributes you should be looking for in an agent.

Kelowna Life Real Estate Group

Award winning Kelowna REALTORS® Rob Nelson & Jason Abougoush with Kelowna Life Real Estate Group & Macdonald Realty Kelowna have extensive knowledge and marketing plans to ensure your home stands out from the rest. Our team includes active productive agents, a professional photographer, a social media expert, a marketing team, and an assistant to ensure we are delivering the upmost of service to our clients.

It’s an important decision when selling your home, and it’s imperative to chose wisely who you have represent you. Find out what makes us different!

Contact us today and let us help you with all your Real Estate needs while you ENJOY KELOWNA LIFE.

2020 Property Assessment – Things To Know

You have probably already received your 2020 Property Assessment in the mail. How does your assessment this year compare to last year? Did it decrease or increase? According to Okanagan area Deputy Assessor Tracy Wall, “For the Okanagan region, the majority of home owners can expect to see stable values with slight changes from last year.”

Compare To Last Year

In Kelowna there was a two percent drop from last years typical assessed value of a single-family residential property. The typical assessed value now sits at $629,000, down from $643,000. Overall, the Thompson Okanagan’s total assessments increased from about $147.7 billion in 2019 to $153.1 billion this year. A total of about $2.7 billion of the region’s updated assessments is from new construction, subdivisions and rezoning of properties. BC Assessment’s Thompson Okanagan region includes the urban centres of Kelowna and Kamloops as well as all surrounding Okanagan and Thompson communities as listed below.

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Does It Effect My Taxes?

Tracy Shymko explained “It is important to understand that increases in property assessments do not automatically translate into a corresponding increase in property taxes.” “As noted on your Assessment Notice, how your assessment changes relative to the average change in your community is what may affect your property taxes.”

There’s More Info Online

BC Assessment’s website at bcassessment.ca includes more details about the 2020 property assessment. It also provides further property information and trends such as lists of 2020’s top valued residential properties across the province.

Property owners can register for a free BC Assessment custom account. Such account unlocks additional property search features such as; check a property’s 10-year value history, store/access favourites, create comparisons, monitor neighbourhood sales, and use the interactive map.

If you have any inquires, please contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions you have!

Kelowna Winter Life Is Full Of Holiday Spirit

The holiday hustle and bustle is in full swing here in Kelowna. The streets are lined with dazzling lights and the festive cheer is palpable.  With less than a week until Christmas it is time to start enjoying all of the local festivities and joys the season brings, if you haven’t already.

One of the amazing gifts of living the Kelowna life is the ability to enjoy all four seasons at their prime. Winter is no exception. The Kelowna winter life brings big snowfalls that allow us to relive our childhood by building snowmen and getting in a good old snowball fight. The chilly days allow us to enjoy those stay in your pjs kinda days without all of the guilt. And, those days when we are lucky enough to see that beautiful sun shining and bright blue sky, we get outside and enjoy what Kelowna has to offer.

Have you been in full Buddy The Elf mood since November or do you need some ideas on how to get into the holiday spirit? You’ve either been planning your holidays since July and have already checked half of your holiday bucket list off. Or did you just realized Christmas is in a few days, haven’t even started your shopping, and need to amp your festive cheer into high gear,

Here are a few Kelowna winter life staples to get you Ho Ho Ho-liday spirit!

One of our favorite activities during the winter season that showcases the Kelowna winter life is strapping on some ice skates and visiting Stuart Park. The outdoor skating rink in the heart of Kelowna. What is more festive than ice skating outdoors under the stars and grabbing a bite afterwards from TNT Comfort Foods.

If you need a holiday cheer booster we suggest visiting Candy Cane Lane in Rutland. About 70 homes in the neighbourhood light up to provide an enchanting experience. This is a free event, however non-perishable items are accepted. Another favorite are the houses in the Wilden community. They actually do a friendly neighborhood Christmas light competition. Click HERE for a list of the best Christmas light displays in Kelowna.

However, maybe you are the kind of person who would rather enjoy the winter-ness from indoors. Don’t worry, there are numerous wineries and restaurants in Kelowna that are hosting festive events all season long. Local favorites include wreath making at Vibrant Vines Winery, and CRAFTmas on Bernard at Craft Beer Market.

We are blessed to experience the holiday season in Kelowna. With snow blanketing the landscape, twinkling lights on trees, and festive cheer everywhere, the community embraces the holiday spirit and makes Kelowna the perfect place to spend the holidays! Do you want to live the Kelowna Life?

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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