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The ‘My Time Lodge’ by Clarkston Construction won the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 CARE Awards of Vancouver Island. (Clarkston Construction)

Vancouver Island builders receive West Coast design awards

Builders from across the island were recognized at the 2018 CARE awards

 

Rendering of Westbay Quay, a residential and commercial development planned in Esquimalt. Photo courtesy Tenfold Projects Ltd.

HOMEFINDER: Quay project aims to create a village feel in Westbay neighbourhood

Upscale Head Street development looks to add restaurant to commercial mix

 

Artist’s rendering of the proposed Corvette Landing, the first mass-timber building on the Island, to be built in Esquimalt. Photo contributed

Esquimalt council green-lights first mass-timber building on Vancouver Island

Mayor appreciates 12-storey structure’s proximity to naval base, graving dock and Seaspan

 

Twila and Steve Dainard have founded Home Together Canada, a way for like-minded people to share a home in a period of high accomodation costs and increasing loneliness.                                Photo contributed

HOMEFINDER: Loneliness or finances may motivate home sharing

Together is better, says Victoria-based organization founder

Twila and Steve Dainard have founded Home Together Canada, a way for like-minded people to share a home in a period of high accomodation costs and increasing loneliness.                                Photo contributed
Home sales were down in January around Greater Victoria, but experts differ on the root cause of the slowdown.

HOMEFINDER: Soft sales due more to inventory than mortgage rates: experts

Effect of new ‘mortgage stress test’ still unclear

Home sales were down in January around Greater Victoria, but experts differ on the root cause of the slowdown.
Dahli Place on Gorge Road in Victoria is one of many developments operated by the Greater Victoria Housing Society, of which Realtor Scott Garman is board chair. Garman donates a portion of his real estate sales commissions to the society, which provides area residents with affordable housing.                                File photo

Garman Group agent has unique perspective about Victoria housing

High-end Realtor dedicated to provision of affordable homes as well

Dahli Place on Gorge Road in Victoria is one of many developments operated by the Greater Victoria Housing Society, of which Realtor Scott Garman is board chair. Garman donates a portion of his real estate sales commissions to the society, which provides area residents with affordable housing.                                File photo
Declan Midwood and fiancée Joyce Anne Mmbando stand across from the building site that will eventually be their home at the Vivid at the Yates. The young couple, along with Midwood’s brother Caelan, have bought units in the development, which is targeted for completion sometime in early 2021.  Don Descoteau/Victoria News

HOMEFINDER: Victoria condo project offers investment opportunity

Below market prices at Vivid at The Yates appealed to young Victoria couple

Declan Midwood and fiancée Joyce Anne Mmbando stand across from the building site that will eventually be their home at the Vivid at the Yates. The young couple, along with Midwood’s brother Caelan, have bought units in the development, which is targeted for completion sometime in early 2021.  Don Descoteau/Victoria News
HOMEFINDER: Greater Victoria real estate market changes tempo for fall

HOMEFINDER: Greater Victoria real estate market changes tempo for fall

Bench mark home value continues to rise despite slight dip in sales

  • Oct 7, 2017
HOMEFINDER: Greater Victoria real estate market changes tempo for fall
Potted flowers are an inviting addition on front stairs in summer. Try chrysanthemums, black-eyed susans, winter pansies and other late-blooming flowers for fall. (Morgan Cross photo)

Bring out the fall flowers

Why landscaping is an important step for sellers this time of year

  • Sep 3, 2017
Potted flowers are an inviting addition on front stairs in summer. Try chrysanthemums, black-eyed susans, winter pansies and other late-blooming flowers for fall. (Morgan Cross photo)
‘Vancouver-esque’ 989 climbs downtown skyline

‘Vancouver-esque’ 989 climbs downtown skyline

New, modern condo tower adds “Vancouver-esque” feel to Harris Green area

‘Vancouver-esque’ 989 climbs downtown skyline
This one-bedroom, one-bathroom float home in Sailors Cove Marina in Esquimalt is on the market for $220,000.                                Photo courtesy Lindsay Hamilton/MacDonald Realty

HOMEFINDER: Float homes can offer relaxing lifestyle on the water

Price point on Esquimalt home attracts great interest from aross the country

This one-bedroom, one-bathroom float home in Sailors Cove Marina in Esquimalt is on the market for $220,000.                                Photo courtesy Lindsay Hamilton/MacDonald Realty
Before staging: A living room in a vacant North Saanich home. (Morgan Cross photo)acant home in North Saanich before staging by Interior Styles by Stacey. (Morgan Cross photo)

Aim for simplicity when preparing a home for sale

Simple design appeals across the board, says local home stager

  • Aug 4, 2017
Before staging: A living room in a vacant North Saanich home. (Morgan Cross photo)acant home in North Saanich before staging by Interior Styles by Stacey. (Morgan Cross photo)
Executive director Sergiu Filatov and president and CEO Mickey Fleming are looking forward to completion of Cherish at Central park, slated to open Nov. 1. (Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff)

HOMEFINDER: Cherish underlines retirement requirements

A plethora of activities available for Cherish residents

  • Jul 15, 2017
Executive director Sergiu Filatov and president and CEO Mickey Fleming are looking forward to completion of Cherish at Central park, slated to open Nov. 1. (Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff)
The Wade features an urban rooftop garden space and what is believed to be the largest centre courtyard for condos in Victoria.  Courtesy ten-fold projects

Downtown Victoria condo project offers ‘new ethos’ in urban living

The Wade is being constructed on site of former medical building at Cook and Johnson streets

  • Jun 1, 2017
The Wade features an urban rooftop garden space and what is believed to be the largest centre courtyard for condos in Victoria.  Courtesy ten-fold projects