Vancouver Island Real Estate News

March 6, 2017

Selling your home? Look what you can get in Parksville Qualicum.

Selling your home in Victoria, Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

Sell Your Home in Vancouver or Victoria

With average home prices continuing to soar throughout Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, and greater Victoria there has never been a better time to consider moving to Oceanside. There is a lot of value in the Parksville Qualicum Beach home market. Take a moment to consider the lifestyle on Central Vancouver Island.

Featured Parksville Qualicum Beach Listing

Check out our Featured Oceanside House Listing While the Parksville Qualicum Beach house market is currently hot and inventory is moving quickly, you can always find the house of your dreams here.

Have a look at this month's featured listing and you can use our user-friendly search feature on our website to make finding your next home easy.

Buy a House in Oceanside and Also Afford These Toys

Buy a new truck with your remaining cash from selling you Vancouver homeAfter selling your Vancouver home and reaping the rewards of the increased equity in your home, you could buy a larger home in Parksville Qualicum Beach with a larger lot and have plenty of cash left over to buy the new truck that you have always wanted. It really is possible to have it all in Parksville Qualicum Beach, BC.

A Fisherman's Paradise

Buy a new fishing boat with your remaining cash from selling you Victoria homeEnjoy fishing? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend your days fishing? Waking up early and sneaking out without the lengthy commute or any traffic to worry about. That is what life could be like for you in Parksville Qualicum Beach. Ask yourself, is it time to get out of the city yet and find your true happiness?

Experience Recreational Island Living

Buy a new ATV's with your remaining cash from selling your White Rock homeCentral Vancouver Island has an abundance of trails for biking, hiking, and hundreds of logging roads and trails for ATV use. After selling your Vancouver home you can easily use your remaining cash to buy toys that will change your lifestyle. If you have ever dreamt about getting out of the city, you can really start turning that dream into a reality in Oceanside.

Have More House Features than Before

Buy the house of your dreams in Oceanside.In January 2017, a 1,120 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house on 0.19 in White Rock sold for $870,000. You could have the 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house of your dreams in Parksville Qualicum Beach, if you decide to take advantage of the hot Vancouver and Victoria markets. Trust us, you are going to love Oceanside.

Take Your Dream Vacation, Travel More

Take you dream vacation once you sell you Vancouver homeHave you been saving up for your dream vacation? Or do you simply want to travel more and see the world? After selling your home in the Lower Mainland and moving to Parksville Qualicum Beach, you will be able to travel more and see the world...just like you have always wanted to do. Go ahead enjoy your life!

If you are interested in learning more about moving to Parksville Qualicum Beach, be sure to give us a call or please subscribe to our list so we can keep you up to date on homes available that suit your needs. Make your next move, your last move to Parksville Qualicum Beach, BC.

-Parker McDonald

Parker is well versed in the Qualicum Beach & Parksville area and thoroughly loves being a real estate agent. Parker specializes in relocating his clients to the Parksville-Qualicum area from all over Canada. Interested in making a change?  Contact Parker McDonald directly by calling 250-951-5662. Find out what life in a true Canadian paradise can be like for you and your family.

-Katherine Wilk

Katherine is an expert in the Oceanside area and an award-winning real estate agent. Katherine specializes in helping clients from all over Canada find their perfect dream home in the Oceanside region. Are you ready to make a change? Contact Katherine Wilk directly by calling 250-937-9455. Find out what life in one of Canada's most temperate climates can be like for you and your family.

 

Parker McDonald
Katherine Wilk
ROYAL LePAGE
PARKSVILLE QUALICUM BEACH
679 Memorial Ave. Qualicum Beach BC, V9K 1T4

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Jan. 20, 2017

Sick of traffic? The Top 5 Reasons to Move to Parksville Qualicum Beach

Given the mild climate and natural beauty of the Parksville & Qualicum Beach region, many retirees continue to relocate to the area. The higher cost of living in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver and Victoria is encouraging a younger generation to move to this beautiful oceanside area as well.

Compared to the rising costs of living in Vancouver and Victoria, Parksville & Qualicum Beach offers affordability, less traffic, less stress and a lifestyle built around your richness, not riches.

Find out what locals already know about this hidden gem. Below are the top 5 reasons to live in the beautiful Oceanside region:

Affordability

Compared to Vancouver and Victoria, Parksville and Qualicum Beach offer affordable living.The average home price in the region, although up from last year, currently sits at $443,000. You can start thinking three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a nice sized backyard for the family to enjoy, as opposed to a Vancouver/Victoria studio apartment or condominium space.

Less Traffic

No more hours spent in gridlock. You can have a shorter commute and spend less time in traffic. With a smaller population, it's simply not a problem that we face here in Oceanside. The only traffic you may find is on a hot summer's day at some of the best beaches that Canada has to offer.

Less Stress

Enjoy stress free living in Qualicum Beach, BCIt's true, Vancouver Island is more laid back. Why wouldn’t you want to lower your stress and live longer? Residents around here are not in a big hurry and take more time to enjoy the moment. It really is no wonder why. It is absolutely beautiful here. With the Georgia Strait to the front, and Arrowsmith Mountain to the back; bounties of old-growth forests with clear picturesque streams surrounded by eagles and whales...you're starting to get the picture- it's amazing.

The Lifestyle

The Parksville Qualicum Beach region is very community-oriented. Year round there are various unique events that bring the community together. Come and see the annual sand sculpting competition, with its small-town feel. Not only will you know your neighbours, but you will likely get to know everyone on your entire block. This area is family focused and has very low crime rates which make it a safe environment to raise a family or retire.

Build Your Life Around Richness, not Riches

Hiking on trails in and around Parksville & Qualicum Beach, BCOpen your front door and swim in the river, hike in the forest or kayak in the ocean - no two-hour drive required. All of Vancouver Island is at your doorstep from this central location, your outdoor adventure lifestyle is awaiting you. Start dreaming your adventure, it's never too far.

You can do it!

With a growing economy on Vancouver Island, the Central Vancouver Island region is becoming a desirable location to buy real estate. Baby Boomers, young families, entrepreneurs and single professionals alike are all purchasing homes in the region. The possibilities are endless and loaded with potential.

If you are interested in learning more about moving to Parksville Qualicum Beach, be sure to give us a call or please join our subscribe list so we can keep you up to date on homes available that suit your needs. Make your next move, your last move to Parksville Qualicum Beach, BC.

-Parker McDonald

Parker is well versed in the Qualicum Beach & Parksville area and thoroughly loves being a real estate agent. Parker specializes in relocating his clients to the Parksville Qualicum area from all over Canada. Interested in making a change?  Contact Parker McDonald directly by calling 250-951-5662. Find out what life in a true Canadian paradise can be like for you and your family.

-Katherine Wilk

Katherine is an expert in the Oceanside area and an award-winning real estate agent. Katherine specializes in helping clients from all over Canada find their perfect dream home in the Oceanside region. Are you ready to make a change? Contact Katherine Wilk directly by calling 250-937-9455. Find out what life in one of Canada's most temperate climates can be like for you and your family.

 

Parker McDonald
Katherine Wilk
ROYAL LePAGE
PARKSVILLE QUALICUM BEACH
679 Memorial Ave. Qualicum Beach BC, V9K 1T4

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Jan. 4, 2017

Tired of Shoveling Snow? Here are 10 Things to do in the Parksville Qualicum Region in the Winter

In the summer months, people from all over Canada and The U.S. visit the Oceanside area, comprising, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanoose and beyond to enjoy the splendid beaches and pristine lakes of the region. Tourists and residents alike take in marvelous summer attractions such as the Parksville Beach Festival, the Craig Street Market and the ever-popular Seaside Cruizers Show and Shine. Below are some suggestions for what to do off-season in our well-known summer destination.

New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim

Tired of shoveling snow in Alberta? Why not start the year off right at one of Canada's top beaches? At the Parksville Beach on New Year's Day, costumes are not only allowed but encouraged. This year marked the 27th Annual Polar Bear Splash.

Head to Oceanside Place

Our area is blessed with a top-notch Sports and Ice Arena, Oceanside Place Arena. Head out to see an Oceanside Generals game. The Generals are a Junior B Ice Hockey team based out of Parksville. The team is coming off a strong December collecting 7 of 8 potential points! Rather play than watch? Join one of the adult senior hockey teams for some great exercise and social fun. More interested in skating? Head to the RDN website for the current skate schedule.

Take a hike eh?

Search homes in Qualicum Beach real estateThere are a plethora of provincial and regional parks to explore. One could argue they are even more beautiful in the winter months. Little Qualicum Falls, Top Bridge Park, Englishman River falls or Rathtrevor Beach. Take your pick, you won’t be disappointed. Just don’t forget your camera.

Thirsty?

There are the classics including the Shady Rest Pub and the Black Goose Traditional English Pub. Looking for something new? Mount Arrowsmith Brewing will be opening its doors later this year. The company hopes to bring the great people of Oceanside together and rumor has it there will be a tasting room. Mmmm, a tasting room.

Hit the Golf Course

Golf in January in Parksville & Qualicum Beach, BCMild-winters are the norm here in mid-Vancouver Island and there are 5 championship courses no further than 20 mins from one another that are open year-round. Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course is my personal favorite in the winter due to its excellent maintenance and superior drainage.

Take a day trip

The world is your oyster with the region's Central Island location. We are never too far from anywhere you want to be! (Local tip: if you are looking for oysters head about 30 mins north of Qualicum to Fanny Bay Oysters.) Vancouver is a short flight away via our local Qualicum Beach Airport. In Vancouver, visitors can catch a concert, do some shopping or check out a Vancouver Canucks game. If you prefer to unwind, head to Tofino for some storm watching and surfing. In the mood for some fresh powder? Mount Washington affords an amazing opportunity to ski, snowboard, tube or snowshoe and is located just an hour away.

Whatever the weather, whenever the season, there is always something to do in this central Vancouver Island paradise!

-Parker McDonald

Parker is well versed in the Qualicum Beach & Parksville area and thoroughly loves being a real estate agent. Parker specializes in relocating his clients to the Parksville Qualicum area from all over Canada. Interested in making a change?  Contact Parker McDonald directly by calling 250-951-5662. Find out what life in a true Canadian paradise can be like for you and your family.

-Katherine Wilk

Katherine is an expert in the Oceanside area and an award-winning real estate agent. Katherine specializes in helping clients from all over Canada find their perfect dream home in the Oceanside region. Are you ready to make a change? Contact Katherine Wilk directly by calling 250-937-9455. Find out what life in one of Canada's most temperate climates can be like for you and your family.

 

Parker McDonald
Katherine Wilk
ROYAL LePAGE
PARKSVILLE QUALICUM BEACH
679 Memorial Ave. Qualicum Beach BC, V9K 1T4

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Nov. 30, 2016

Take A Stroll Through A Wooded Wonderland On Qualicum Beach, BC Property

Search homes in Qualicum Beach real estateGardens grow best on Qualicum Beach, BC property. Walk through acres of pristine, untouched forest trails along seaside cliffs and stroll through quiet gardens at The Milner Gardens and Woodland. Named “One of the ten best public gardens in Canada”, by Canadian Geographic Travel this is a place anyone can enjoy. Here the scenery is second to none with visitors getting a glimpse of the Strait of Georgia through sweet smelling Cedars and Douglas firs. Spectacular sights serve as a background including the Coast Range Mountains and various islands. Glorious blooms flourish and are often replicated on a smaller scale in Qualicum Beach, BC homes.

It’s Time For Tea Near Qualicum Beach, BC Homes

While the grounds at Milner Garden and Woodland are simply wonderful, there is more to enjoy besides the landscape. The enchanting Milner House sits prettily on this Qualicum Beach, BC property beckoning visitors to take a look inside. Designed as a Ceylonese Tea Plantation house it is a sight to behold. Many rooms are open to the public for viewing including the library and dining room. Guests can even experience a traditional tea service in the Camellia Tea Room. Delicious scones and baked goods with jam fresh from garden produce accompany the customary beverage. Murder Mystery Teas are also available for groups who like like their tea with a twist.

In the month of December the gardens and wood are transformed into a winter wonderland for the Milner Christmas Magic Festival. Glistening lights sparkle everywhere creating a pleasing atmosphere for all. The Milner House is decked out and guests can visit Santa’s Den and The Teddy Bear’s Cottage. This fun filled family festival is the perfect setting for memory making. Breathe in the beauty of the gardens soon with a visit.

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