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spring fever? - 02/28/09 05:03 PM
Spring...cartwheeling into our lives,stripping numbing winter's care,erupting everywhere... spraying blossoms, stretching grass,unfurling leaves,glowing and bubbling and tossingus backto our essential selves.Spirit calls..."spring into Spring",the Island's banner shoutsfrom the village street,while eagles soar, wheeling above the Harbour's liquid light.Welcome, welcome,we all chorus,as kayakers trail through pearlescent foam,& iridescent seals glimmer & dive,& floatplanes taxi to the Island's lure,of Spring-time birthing to summer's cradling call.Awake! Warm, & fresh, & just new green, a spilling over the edges green, intoxicated green,green everywhere,light captured in green's sheen...It's Spring! (L.R.) (3 comments)
salt spring island's entrepreneurial people... - 02/28/09 10:36 AM
February 28, 2009. So many talented people on Salt Spring Island, and most of them have created their special niche here...again, a wonderful entrepreneurial spirit, on this Island. Perhaps islands always attract individualistic/proactive people? Things are not immediately handed to one, in an island environment, so the spirit of creation is alive and well. Many artists are attracted to the Island, and they open personal studios...the "studio tour" is a great thing to follow, when visiting the Island. Some of the interesting people who have adventured onto Salt Spring, and have created their "own thing", here, and have become an integral (1 comments)
Piers Island oceanfront for sale! - 02/27/09 10:46 AM
Here is a wonderful waterfront opportunity on lovely Piers Island. Just off Land's End, and close to Sidney, at the tip of Southern Vancouver Island, this sunny private island enjoys forest trails, a community dock, a sandy community beach, and a dock/parking lot, adjacent to the ferry lot at Swartz Bay...park your car there, hop into your boat, and you're at the Piers Island community dock in about 6 minutes. Or, build your own dock, at your own property. Each lot is oceanfront, there's a road way that circles the Island (barge on a vehicle, if desired), and the inner area (2 comments)
Li's almost Spring thoughts... - 02/25/09 01:58 PM
Feeling a little stale? Very typical, when we start to emerge from the tail ends of winter, and go towards pre-spring. Everything just seems a little "tired", right? And all it takes is sun on the windows, and the car shows streaks, road grime, and you almost can't breathe. So...what to do? Well, be frank, and stand on those scales. Yes, you can pick up with that daily walk, and you can phone up the health club and pick up where you left off, and yes you can take some fun movies out and enjoy some laughs...whatever makes you smile and (2 comments)
a Canadian's thoughts... - 02/25/09 01:31 PM
Sitting on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada, I've always felt very attuned to events in the U.S. Growing up in Vancouver, it was an easy trip to Seattle. Shopping trips were just the norm. When our dollar sank so low, however, against the U.S. dollar, in late 90s, those trips weren't so frequent. It was nothing, to cross the border, in those days...the crossing at Blane, Washington, past the Peace Arch, was very open. Now, of course, one needs a passport, and it's not just a casual crossing anymore. Such are the changes wrought by events on 9/11. Canada isn't (3 comments)
almost waterfront, on salt spring island... - 02/24/09 12:29 PM
Looking for a townhome alternative, with the freedom of your own space? Here's a wonderful opportunity on special Salt Spring Island! Completely renovated home (in "as new" condition, essentially), offering lower garden level entertainment room, plus guest bed/bath, and open laundry area. Main level offers master/ensuite, plus cook's delight kitchen, open plan living/dining, feature fireplace. Easy access to wonderful and very easy care garden...low maintenance plantings, that follow the seasons. Exquisite outdoor patio for al fresco dining pleasure, barbecue, a fountain feature wall that echoes a Tuscan charm...it's a very beautiful property. Almost waterfront, too, as it is across from a (1 comments)
self-sufficiency on a gulf island... - 02/23/09 05:51 PM
Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands are very proactive and entrepreneurial places. This might be because they are unincorporated areas, adrift in the Strait of Georgia (I like the ancient title Salish Sea), under the control of the Provincial Government's Islands Trust. Created in the mid-1970s, with a mandate of "to preserve and protect" the environmental beauties of all the Gulf Islands, for the benefit of all B.C. residents, this Trust created strict zoning/density controls to prohibit growth. They designated Salt Spring Island as the Island to be the "hub" with all the amenites, including a hospital, schools, services (0 comments)
Here's a terrific home, with three ensuite bedrooms, and a separate Japanese style "spa" bath, and with an open plan living/dining, plus a cook's dream kitchen. Separate mudroom/laundry. Spacious decking to follow the sun (east, south, west exposures, here!). Fireplace in the master bedroom. Wood floors, tile, and w.w. carpet in bedrooms. Vaulted ceiling. Separate studio -- artist? home occupation? guest/inlaw? You decide! Oceanviews over two harbours (Long Harbour and Ganges Harbour) -- some selective limbing/trimming of trees on this private property will open up more ocean vistas. Natural landscaping, double carport, paved driveway. Located on prestigious Scott Point, this (2 comments)
salt spring island events... - 02/20/09 11:04 AM
February 20, 2009. Bocados Bistro is offering a new look/new menu for your pleasure...they're also introducing late night dining, until 11 p.m., on Fridays and Saturdays. Beginning Feb. 26th, they'll be reopening from 4:30 to 9 p.m., and will be closed on Tuesday/Wednesdays. Casual Fine Dining, in Grace Point Square. Feb 27th and 28th finds the Key for Two presentation by Salt Spring Community Theatre members, at Mahon Hall. 8 p.m. start. Mark your calendars! (Tickets on sale at Salt Spring Books). Remember the Alma de Espana presentation of Gareth Owen & his Familia Flamenca, at ArtSpring, on the 21st. 7:30 (2 comments)
authentic Georgian style character home on salt spring island... - 02/19/09 10:44 AM
Here is an authentic character home, on special Salt Spring Island, and beautifully updated by current owners (only the second owners of this gem). A Georgian style design, architect designed and custom built, in 1939/40, by a British family, who were living/working in China, and looking to retire on Salt Spring Island. The land is 10 + acres, with south/southwest/west exposures, and there is the potential for subdivision (see listing salesperson for further information on this). Zoned for sep. guest cottage and for sep. studio. The home offers many unique features, impossible to replicate today. Close to lake, beach accesses, to (0 comments)
Li Read's market thoughts, in mid-February, about Salt Spring & the Southern Gulf Islands... - 02/15/09 11:29 AM
February 15, 2009. What's happening in the market? It's a question that realtors hear quite frequently, throughout the year, but especially in the beginning weeks of a new year. On Salt Spring Island and on the Southern Gulf Islands, we are a secondary home/discretionary marketplace, so we do have a "seasonality" to our property viewings and transactions. Our main grid of activity, as I like to call it, basically falls between March Break and the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend (early October). I suppose the main action takes place from early July to end of September, as boaters would also be more apparent (1 comments)
some salt spring island events...not to be missed! - 02/14/09 02:42 PM
Don't miss the Waiting for Godot performances -- only two left (Feb. 14th at 8 p.m. and Feb. 15th at 2:30 p.m.). This is a "smash hit", as they say! At ArtSpring. Also at ArtSpring, a late addition to the music programming for February: Beyond the Pale, from Toronto, playing at 2:30 on Feb. 22nd. Ticket info at 250-537-2102. On Feb. 21st, at 7:30 p.m., also at ArtSpring, enjoy Gareth Owen & his Familia Flamenca. Don't miss this! Special Valentine's menus offered at Calvin's Bistro (open again, after their "winter break"), at Rock Salt Cafe in Fulford Village, and at Harbour (1 comments)
salt spring island organic golf course for sale... - 02/11/09 11:55 AM
Looking for a terrific opportunity, on special Salt Spring Island? Here is North America's only organic golf course! With frontage on Blackburn Lake, and close to Ganges Village, this is an enterprise that awaits your ideas! Adjacent to this golf course acreage (with pro shop), is another acreage, and next to that one is an 11 acre parcel/with home. All owned by the same party, and all for sale. There is potential for expansion, here, for the golf course. See me for details. Walk this one, soon, and consider this as a terrific holding property, for now, and with development potential, (3 comments)
salt spring island "events"... - 02/10/09 11:51 AM
February 10, 2009. Just a reminder -- Tuesdays is afternoon tea day at the Salt Spring Inn (between 1 and 4). If you haven't tried this yet, give yourself a treat! It must be "almost Spring" -- Calvin's Bistro is opening today, after their January/early Feb. annual closing. Make your reservations for their Valentine's Dinner! If you haven't seen the "Waiting for Godot" production, put on my Scott Hylands, then rush off to the ArtSpring ticket centre, asap. Saturday, the 14th, at 8 p.m., plus Sunday the 15th matinee. Looking for some other choices for your Valentine sweetheart?? Bocados Bistro, in (1 comments)
thoughts after attending an equity side investment conference... - 02/09/09 03:50 PM
I attended a different kind of an investment conference, on Friday/Saturday. Held in Vancouver, it was an annual conference for those who invest in the stock market side (I always think of this as the alternative to a real estate "hard asset" choice, for one's investment portfolio). In times of great change, I think it's important to be places/listen to things beyond the "regular box" of our own career perspectives. We might learn something that will give us a "path". There were several speakers, and although they all deal in this equity investment world, they held quite dramatically opposite thoughts of (4 comments)
listen to lots of ideas, in the new year... - 02/09/09 12:23 PM
In times that don't appear to have an easy arrow, pointing at the direction we should be looking towards, it's often a good idea to attend some conferences. To be able to look past the trees, in order to scan the whole forest, we sometimes have to get out of our day to day rhythm, with its obscuring patterns of habit. In January and February, I always attend as many conferences as possible, both in my field and in related options. Even if only one thing is learned, it might be "the" thing, the idea that sparks our own creativity, and (5 comments)
salt spring island seaside cottage for sale! - 02/09/09 11:14 AM
Here is a magical oceanfront opportunity on Salt Spring Island! The property enjoys great privacy, and is a meadow and forest mix...the panoramic view of ocean, islands, and mountains (see Mt. Baker's majesty from here), can be enlarged, if desired. The cedar cottage has been substantially renovated, and is softly furnished...a turnkey choice! Wood floors, custom windows, expansive decking, French doors to enlarge summer living pleasures, upgraded kitchen/bathroom, sunny bedroom, potential for guest/inlaw studio. Easy to expand this cottage/home, or, enjoy the summer/weekender lifestyle on this delectable Gulf Island. Easy access to sandy beach -- kayaking, beachcombing, swimming, clamming...it's all at (2 comments)
salt spring island oceanview duplex... - 02/05/09 02:39 PM
Looking for an investment opportunity on Salt Spring Island? Here is a legally zoned duplex property, in an area that is developing into a preferred address location, walking distance to the seaside Ganges Village, and to the Sailing Club. Property enjoys a Mt. Baker vista, and Harbour views. Upper level unit offers two bed/one bath, open plan living/dining (balcony deck off dining), galley kitchen, mudroom/laundry entrance, too. Lower (garden) level offers open plan living/dining/kitchen, plus one bed/bath. Some Harbour views from here, too, plus patio area. The property is private and sunny. On community water. Keep "as is" for now, and (2 comments)
salt spring island & a southern gulf island is a great place to buy real estate... - 02/03/09 11:14 AM
February 3, 2009. The negative economic news continues. The housing market continues to flatten in the U.S., and the oversupply of inventory keeps prices from stabilizing. These statistics hold in Ontario and in Alberta, too. For the past 8 or so years, the main buyer profile for Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands came from Alberta or Ontario, if a Canadian buyer, or from the U.S. Although real estate is regional, and some areas are less affected than others, it's nevertheless a buyer's market in all areas, globally. This is good and bad news, depending upon where one sits (2 comments)
salt spring island b & b for sale! - 02/02/09 11:07 AM
Here's a superb B & B or Country Inn opportunity, on special Salt Spring Island. Custom designed and built, in the mid-90s, and beautifully maintained, this home offers many unique features. Almost seven acres, oceanfront (warm ocean swimming in this area!), with the ability to build a dock and keep your boat at home, this sunny (s/sw/w exposures -- sunsets!) and private property is located in an area of fine homes, close to all amenities, yet in its own serene world. Main level offers a custom/professional kitchen, pantry, office, with entertainment size dining, oceanview living, oceanside library/den, plus master - sitting, (5 comments)
market thoughts in early February, for salt spring & the southern gulf islands... - 02/01/09 10:40 AM
February, 2009. The price reduction highway is the one that Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands are steering down. In looking back, one can see that Salt Spring & the Southern Gulf Islands faltered from the consistent drive upwards, around the close of 2005. This, after almost three full years of price increases, very active buyers, and low inventory. Throughout 2006 and 2007, the Gulf Islands (including Salt Spring) were characterized by the Wall Street Journal's term "stable/inactive". Inventory remained low, prices remained stable, but buyers were inactive. The WSJ coined this phrase, in early 2007, to describe the (2 comments)
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