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It's not Walden's Pond, that's for sure, but it does have the allure that still water offers...a reflecting eye of the sky. The ocean has its appeal, and a day of sailing in the protected waters of the Southern Gulf Islands can be an amazing pleasure. The chatter of a creek, when hiking the woods, is a friendly sound. A large lake can be calm or rippled, as the wind drifts across its expanse. A private pond, though, is something else again...occasional ducks land on it, brown trout discover it, swimming in it is a pleasure, and one can even (12 comments)
Islands Trust, Chamber of Commerce, election year...just some thoughts! - 03/27/11 04:00 PM
Salt Spring is an amazingly beautiful Island! And it really looks like this photo, too...when the sun is shining, that is! When you look down the Harbour like this you can see the benefit of the Islands Trust, and the outcome of those original documents. Created by the then Provincial Government, in 1974, the Islands Trust mandate was "to preserve and protect" the environmental beauties of the Gulf Islands, for the benefit of all B.C. residents. As you can see from this photo, they did a good job of controlling growth and of retaining the "natural" allure of the Islands. The (1 comments)
A "best buy" oceanfront opportunity awaits your discovery! This private lot, in prestigious Scott Point location, enjoys the best sun exposures (s/sw/w -- sunsets!), privacy, and has the plus of an existing cottage plus garage in place. Superb dock and two oceanside sundecks are ready to welcome your boat home! Excellent building site, close to dock, with the allure of a "baby point of land"...use the cottage for now, a good summer/weekender option, and build your dream home later. On community water system, in an area of fine homes, just minutes to all services/amenities, this "natural" ambiance property has it (8 comments)
ArtSpring is now "mainstream"...you can now get tickets to all ArtSpring events online (tickets.artspring.ca) -- at your schedule, now! Check ArtSpring's website for directions. Love ballet? Catch Ballet Victoria on April 10th...a one hour ballet version of Carmen, for your pleasure, at ArtSpring. Artists looking for display space? Call ArtSpring re potential for gallery space between May and August...prime time, in our "season". July is always the ArtSpring Treasure Fair...a much loved event and a major fundraiser for ArtSpring's programs. Mark July 14, 15, 16 on your calendars...bid away at silent and live auctions! Two unexpected (2 comments)
Some amazing businesses in our midst...Ganges Village is a town that encourages a "stroll"...not a pedestrian village per se, but each mini-neighbourhood does attract a pedestrian flow...a fun thing to do, on a sunny early Spring day: rediscover the charm of "your" Village.... Looking for a tranquil withdrawing space, good French style coffee, an authentic patisserie/light lunch, and close to the sea's rhythm? Enjoy Brigitte's Rendezvous Cafe, at the Salt Spring Marina location at Harbour's End (across from Moby's). Morning coffee/afternoon tea pleasures await.... Feel like a stroll along the Boardwalk? Watch the boats and floatplanes harbouring in? (0 comments)
Maple Syrup boil at Harbour House Hotel this weekend...March 27th, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free demonstrations, tastings, live music and farm tours...don't miss this! Mark your calendars: the Centre for Child Honouring speaker series showcases Joel Bakan ("Childhood Unlimited"). His theme: "how big business targets children in the age of predatory capitalism". Catch this -- a rare live appearance -- at ArtSpring, at 2 p.m. Tickets at ArtSpring. Be there! Margie Gillis, renowned modern dance performer and choreographer, will be at ArtSpring, March 29th, at 8 p.m. An amazing evening awaits (0 comments)
An amazing and beautiful oceanfront estate property on very private Saturna Island!
Enjoying all day sun exposure, and with the allure of a sunset vista, this 11 + acres offers pasture, baby lake pond, barns, studio/workshops, privacy, and tranquility.
The main home is an original character dwelling, which has been lovingly renovated and restored by current owners. An historic log church is tucked up against a bay, on the property. Tennis court, heirloom orchard, deer fenced flower and veggie garden, dock for your boat (keep it at home!), beach for swimming and beachcombing, plus a beautiful point, a (6 comments)
Things to do & to see on Salt Spring Island..... - 03/23/11 12:33 PM
March 23, 2011. Mark your calendars for the first annual Blossom Festival, on April 8 to 10th. Lots on, for that weekend...will be a lovely beginning to our traditional "season", and a nice bookend event...start with Blossom Festival in April and finish the season with October's Apple Fest. The La Nina weather pattern is still with us, and Spring is creeping in...longer days and warming temperatures are more than welcome! Difficult days continue in Japan...remember the helping hand. Natural catastrophes scissor into daily lives without warning. The radiation concerns continue in that country, and the number of those lost in the (1 comments)
Here's a beauty, in the lovely Maple Bay area of the "warm land", Cowichan Valley.
Originally a state of the art cattle barn, built in 1900, this gem was transformed (in the mid-1980s) into an amazing character home, with all modern conveniences and yet retaining that European flair.
Current owners, who have maintained, continued upgrading/renovating, during their ownership, have enjoyed a B & B business, beautiful summer weddings have been held here, and live theatre has been performed in the existing barn, behind the home. The sign is still at roadside (Penfold Farm B & B), but the (13 comments)
Extend the helping hand, whenever possible.... - 03/21/11 01:34 PM
The river of life.... I no longer remember where I read that evocative phrase. We observe, right now, a selfless individual serving of the greater good, in Japan, as workers continue to struggle to bring the earthquake struck reactors out of dangerous nuclear radiation levels. It is a mission that will inevitably deliver a death sentence to these people. We watch from the safety of our living rooms, as endless cable news loops update us, and I wonder how many of us can visualize the fear, the darkness, the destruction of buildings, the explosions, the descent into hell...and yet, they persist (2 comments)
Ahh...Spring is here! Calendar says so anyway.... In some places, it's flowering of trees, or bulbs bursting into colour, or longer daylight hours, or classic car show and shines, or...those things are a part of Spring in my area, too, but one thing really shows "the season" is with us...it's the boats returning to docks! In the winter, boats are on trailers in yards, or in protected by breakwaters marinas...now, people lucky enough to live in a waterfront, with a dock in front of their property, can bring the boats back to "be at home". Yes, docks are also for (8 comments)
This morning, at Barb's Buns/Bakery, there was a live remote show of the much-loved CBC Radio 1 show, North by Northwest. From 6 to 9 a.m., it was a terrific moment...musicians, poets, writers, performers...the wonderful eclectic mix that is special Salt Spring Island! Missed it? Catch the podcasts of interviews with the so talented Islanders at the North by Northwest website...should be up by Monday. Googe CBC radio, and look for that link. A fun experience! Too short a time to speak with everyone, and lots of talented beings visible in the "audience". There is a magic to life on (6 comments)
Things to do & to see on special Salt Spring Island...Luanne Katz plays, too! - 03/18/11 12:49 PM
March 18, 2011. Gumboot Gala is Monday, March 28th, at Fulford Hall, the fun finale to another great Salt Spring Folk Club season. Featuring Valdy and Bill Henderson! Doors open 6:15, show at 7 p.m. Fiddlehead Catering offering Soups, Suppers, and Sweets. Tickets at Stuff and Nonsense, Acoustic Planet, and Salt Spring Books. A not-to-be-missed event! Tomorrow, at ArtSpring, it's the very talented percussionist, Luanne Katz, with friends Teresa McCullogh and Chris Froh...Music for Hammers and Sticks! Show at 8 p.m., and a pre-concert chat at 7 p.m. Lucky Islanders, that Luanne Katz now calls Salt Spring "home"! Don't miss this! (0 comments)
The interconnectedness of life has always been understood by spiritually minded people...not so evident in the recent past of the late 20th Century, though, among those locked into their own insular view. That "my area is ok/so things are fine" perspective is now erased in this post-internet "real" 21st Century world view. Someone twittering in Egypt can begin a social revolution, and the entire world is paying attention to outcomes in a distant and foreign country...those outcomes affect all populations. Sectarian violence causes social upheaval on a giant scale. Global business means that events in one country affect outcomes (6 comments)
Here's an amazing and arable 6+ acres, with ocean and mountain viewscapes, and with sunrises and sunsets!
Privacy, excellent all day sun exposures, close to a pleasing beach (keep a boat on a mooring buoy, here, in the protected bay), and mere minutes to all services and amenities offered on special Salt Spring Island!
The custom designed home was constructed by one of Salt Spring's best contractors...first growth timber used in the beams! Main level enjoys formal entry/foyer, with guest "wing" off (two bed, bath, "loft"), plus separate laundry and guest powder room. (6 comments)
Second Sister Island in Ganges Harbour...part of and yet apart from special Salt Spring Island!
Second Sister is a 3+ acre private island, a short boat trip from the marinas and government docks in Ganges Village...could kayak there, if wished!
All day sun exposures, enjoying sunrises and sunsets, and zoned for main home, separate guest cottage, and separate studio. Foreshore licence in place, and dock (in the lee of the island, also protected by tiny Twilight Islet).
Consider off the grid options, here, or investigate a cable connection to power, from Salt Spring. You decide! The allure (2 comments)
This five acre gem enjoys privacy, exceptional sun exposure, easy access, proximity to all services/amenities, and yet sits in its own uniquely private space.
Amazing main home, with two master-sitting/with ensuites "wing", plus dramatic living (room for a concert grand here), formal dining, country kitchen with spacious breakfast room off, library/den, games room, water feature atrium, guest "wing" (nanny suite?), indoor pool / hot tub, many unique finishes, here...a splendid home!
Four separately sited guest cottages, a caretaker's residence, gazebo with a sunset view, an interior "lake", beaches to explore at (4 comments)
Here's a gem, a quick floatplane flight from Vancouver or a couple of hours pleasant boat journey out of Vancouve, or West Vancouver, or Richmond...from your marina or yacht club slip to your dock on your Island!
Approximately 33 acres in size, North Trail Island lies off Sechelt...another way to arrive is to have a boat slip at nearby Secret Cove, between Sechelt and Pender Harbour, and to simply take the short ferry trip from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Langdale on the Sunshine Coast. Easy! The choice (4 comments)
The human network needs everyone....right now! - 03/13/11 01:27 PM
So many events surrounding the sledge of change...the trick is to keep steering so no plunges into the abyss. The narrow view takes in our small window: our life. Have we remembered to really listen to those who live with us? Are we impatient all the time, because we aren't breathing properly, because we're worried all the time, so much to know, no script to navigate the changes around us, and any roadmaps are poorly delineated and in short supply? Our mode of dealing with our nearest and dearest is the measure of our character...that's what we emit, and what (8 comments)
Across a quiet country road from the ocean, with a super "walk-on" beach at low tide, and the option for summer moorage via mooring buoy, sits this lovely renovated (2004) townhome alternative!
Sunny, private, on community water & sewer, close to walking/hiking trails, and to all services/amenities (golf, shopping, restaurants, galleries, tennis)...a gem, indeed!
Two bed/two bath (master in its own "wing"), open plan living/dining, with ocean views, chef's kitchen, media/recreational room with office off, and spacious laundry/storage.
Deer fenced and easy-care garden, outdoor barbecue area, patio for al fresco dining...expand summer living pleasures. (10 comments)
We are all "connected"...so important to be "there" for the earthquake victims..... - 03/12/11 01:13 PM
John Donne, in the 17th Century, said it best: "never send for whom the bell tolls...it tolls for thee". He was reminding us that we are all connected...none of us are an island unto ourselves...and in this post-internet world we are hugely spliced together in a "global village"/21st century way...yes, indeed, "no man is an island", as Donne prophesized! The earthquake, the worst ever experienced since records kept, has just afflicted Japan. Fires with gas works, tsunamis that devastate nearby coastal areas, nuclear power plants that don't weather the quake and are emitting serious radiation...the Pacific Coast "rim", on both (7 comments)
Celebrated Canadian artist, Emily Carr...enjoy a retrospective of her work & life, in two Victoria locations! - 03/10/11 05:18 PM
I find the work of Emily Carr, B.C.'s noted artist, working before and at the time of the Group of Seven, to be very inspiring. Sometimes, when I'm out showing land only property, a forested acreage, I will look at a grove of protective Cedars or a grouping of dancing Hemlocks or a fern glade and recognize an Emily Carr moment.... She created for us that spiritual experience of forest and sky and light...the shimmer of colour in air...I've often thought she caught the flavour of Van Gogh and translated his meadow palette into our deeper earth green coastal hues. If (2 comments)
Here's a "live/work" opportunity, in the heart of seaside Ganges Village...great holding property! - 03/10/11 04:58 PM
Here's an exceptional opportunity to enjoy a "ready to go" live/work option in the heart of Ganges Village! Across from the Harbour, with unobstructed views of park and marinas and ocean from the living area, the streetside retail space offers lots of options...gift/gallery space, home decor, antiques/collectibles, create a specialty restaurant...an outdoor garden space would be ideal for ponds, ornaments, patio furniture...you decide! The 2 bed/2 bath stylish upper level suite offers an oceanview living with private deck off, plus a cook's dream kitchen, separate pantry/storage, dining area, separate laundry...private deck off master, too. Private entrance to upper level residential space (6 comments)
The Blossom Festival, a new idea for a "welcome to Spring" time, is to be held this year in early April (8 to 10). A combined effort of the Japanese Garden Society of Salt Spring and Salt Spring's Tourism Group (a Chamber subset), this initial celebration has a definite opportunity to grow in breadth. This year's festival will include a Friday night concert by renowned bamboo flute player Takeo Tamashiro and a Saturday picnic with music in Heiwa Garden in Peace Park with MC Arthur Black. On Sunday there will be flower displays and demonstrations at Lions Hall, along (6 comments)
Signs of Spring.... Clocks go forward on Saturday night, as Daylight Time springs in. The Saturday Market in the Park begins, rain or shine, on April 2nd...the season starter! Gardens are "hatching" under plastic covers...early seedlings protected. The colour of the sky is deepening...that thin winter light is erasing. Clean up is underway, windstorm debris is being dealt with, soil is being turned and freshened, early bulbs are out.... Sunny, no wind, and the al fresco coffee drinkers are peopling the decks and patios around town...when Barb's deck is full, the "season" has turned! Sailboats are suddenly popping up in (2 comments)
If you're passing a magazine rack, look for the March issue of BC Business. Very interesting article on the impact of the Islands Trust, on "today's Gulf Islands". Yes, Salt Spring Island is mentioned specifically. Well-written, and does bring up the issue that the 1974 documents may have satisfied issues at that historical time, but may no longer fit current 2011 realities. Another article in the same magazine outlines a new real estate company format...an Alberta based company looking to grow into a recognizable brand presence. Called 2 Percent Realty (no connection to the Vancouver based One (0 comments)
Things to do & to see & to enjoy, mid-March and later, on Salt Spring Island! - 03/10/11 12:42 PM
March 10, 2011. Mark your calendars for ArtSpring delights: March 12th, 2 p.m., Amazing Animals Book Launch...meet author Margriet Ruurs and illustrator W. Allan Hancock. On the 13th, at 2:30 p.m., enjoy the Community Sinfonia Project: Quatuor Bozzini (pre-concert chat at 1:30). On Saturday, the 19th, at 8 p.m., catch the wonderfully talented Luanne Katz, percussionist extraordinaire! She will be joined by California pianist Theresa McCullogh and percussionist Chris Froh...enjoy a sampling of inspiring new music for percussion and piano, from around the globe. Lucky Islanders! Live music venues this weekend: Harbour House Hotel showcases Jim Moffatt on Friday, and enjoy (0 comments)
The Chamber is a platform to lobby for small businesses, to the provincial government...important role! - 03/07/11 12:35 PM
I'm a proponent of small business...I do think that such enterprises create the economic "health" of a community. I didn't realize, until recently joining the local Chamber of Commerce's Board, that in every other Chamber location in B.C. the role of the Chamber is to lobby the provincial government, on behalf of small businesses in their areas...Salt Spring is the only one that doesn't do this. The Chamber is meant to be a political entity, giving voice to the concerns of business, in each Chamber jurisdiction. Salt Spring has a lot to make up for, then, for its previous lack in (6 comments)
This Quebec Drive gem is a renovated retreat home, offering entertainment living/dining, chef's kitchen, 2 bed/2 bath (master ensuite), expansive oceanview decking and sunny patios. Self-contained guest suite...dock for your boat! Secure year round moorage in tranquil Long Harbour. Just move in! This Mountain Park Drive location offers super dock, protected Duck Bay moorage, and a stylish cedar cottage retreat home! Sunny (s/sw/w), easy care...enjoy as a retreat for now and build your dream home later! Opportunity! Walker's Hook Road, offering Salt Spring's east side's (6 comments)
Looking for a commercial / business opportunity? Here are some suggestions for you.... - 03/05/11 07:42 PM
Looking for business/commercial/investment opportunities? Here's an array on Salt Spring Island, the largest and best serviced of the Southern Gulf Islands, and the one that offers the year-round lifestyle. On McPhillips Avenue, adjacent to the new Library, there are two adjacent commercially zoned parcels, with rented structures. An art gallery, a bike shop, a courier service, a music/book shop, a recording studio are the good tenants. One could also rent spaces in the private parking lot behind the two buildings. This is a development opportunity, and is a great holding property short-term. The commercial core of Ganges Village (2 comments)
We are so lucky on Salt Spring...amazing restaurants, inspiring art galleries, thoughtful bookstores, environmentally aware residents, a 5 K diet possible with organic veggie and fruit producers...farms, orchards...educational opportunities...writers, singers/choirs, musicians of classical, jazz, rock, folk traditions and live venues to enjoy them...so lucky! Thinking of dining out? Piccolo's for fine dining is an Island tradition, Harbour House Hotel with its emphasis on organic produce, Bocados Bistro with its European style, Marketplace Cafe's innovative cuisine, Calvin's Bistro with good food and Harbour views, Rock Salt Cafe's Fulford eclectic delights, Treehouse Cafe's live music charms, Seaside Kitchen at Vesuvius, above the (6 comments)
Civic election year in B.C....on the Gulf Islands, it's time for Islands Trust elections...be informed! - 03/04/11 12:38 PM
Civic politics...on the Gulf Islands this means the Islands Trust. Every three years, throughout B.C., one elects mayors and councillors, if the area is a municipality. The Gulf Islands are not municipalities. In 1974, the then NDP provincial government created the Islands Trust...its mandate is "to preserve and protect the environmental beauties of the Islands, for the benefit of all B.C. residents". Strict zoning/density bylaws were brought into being to control growth. Two trustees were elected for each Island. The "water access only islands" were tied to a ferry accessed island, when it came to specific bylaws, particularized for each (6 comments)
Hmmm....so it's artists that begin gentrification of an area? - 03/03/11 01:21 PM
Well, interesting BBC international news item...the story was about a group of artists in New York, several years ago...dancers, painters, sculptors, writers...and how their creation of "their enclave" resulted in the eventual gentrification of this low priced and undeveloped area, with substantial price escalation of real estate there. First the artists, with their creation of a vibrant alternative and artistic local style, and then the followers, their "audience", appeared and suddenly the area was "discovered"...hmmm.... So, it's really the Gulf Island art scene, so colourfully and happily entrenched on special Salt Spring, that has led to the upscaling of the Island? (12 comments)
Things to do & to see & to enjoy on Salt Spring Island...early March! - 03/03/11 12:40 PM
March 3, 2011. Live music venues on Salt Spring this weekend: Friday, at Harbour House Hotel, enjoy Alan Miceli, Saturday catch the oh so talented Lloyd English and Ian Van Wyck (Jazz delights), and Sunday it's the Barley Brothers (yes, their regular gig is back!). Treehouse Cafe features the popular Lane 31 on Friday and Wyckham Porteous on Saturday (music 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.). On March 9th, Treehouse features A Taste of Thailand, as part of their celebration of food from different regions...enjoy! On Saturday, also enjoy An Evening with Mae Moore at ArtSpring: doors open at 7 and show starts (0 comments)
Step right into this beauty! In the pastoral tranquility of Pringle Farm, this custom designed and built "west coast contemporary" home is ready to enjoy.
Sunny (s/sw/w) acreage, in area of fine homes, on community water, underground power, with exceptional ocean, islands, and mountain viewscapes!
Close to all services and amenities, to beach accesses (warm ocean swimming nearby) and to park hiking/walking trails, and with spacious decking and patios to expand summer living pleasures, this gem awaits your Salt Spring lifestyle!
Detached double garage, with spacious workshop, easy care landscaping, and level entry main floor for convenience. (8 comments)
Here is a superaltive opportunity for an oceanfront "buy"...a quality custom designed and built home, on 6+ private and sunny acres, on special Salt Spring Island!
Anne's Oceanfront B & B has been the premier choice for many visitors to Salt Spring, in the 15 years this business has excelled, in this stellar location.
Built with a multi-purpose concept, the home lends itself to the continuation of this popular B & B enterprise, or could very nicely suit a family opportunity, and would be an exceptional corporate retreat concept.
Entry level main level is wheel chair friendly, (10 comments)
March market "thoughts"....just my personal concepts.....where's the crystal ball? - 03/01/11 07:28 PM
March, 2011. Shift, change, whatever we label it, it's with us, in all aspects of life...including in real estate sales. No part of life is untouched by the impact of the internet, and its resulting relationship forms of communication. The internet has delivered a business model that places the consumer at the core; companies and agents are no longer "key" to a sales process. This difference has profound implications for all sales marketing. It is always the case in a substantive change moment that the first few years of the shift are taken up with trying to push the accepted/existing model (2 comments)
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