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Looking for spectacular? Here it is, on Salt Spring Island! - 03/30/12 09:19 AM
Superb new home, on 6+ acres, in an area of fine homes, and with a soaring panoramic vista. Ocean, islands, mountain viewscapes and excellent all day/year round sun exposure (sunrises and sunsets, here!). Close to both Ganges and Fulford Villages, and to lakes, to beach accesses, and to park hiking/walking trails, and to golf, marinas, all services, and yet in its own wonderfully serene and private environment. Custom designed and construction by one of Salt Spring's premier builders, the attention to detail here, and the fineness of the finishes, are superlative. Master bed sitting room, with expansive decking off (hot tub (1 comments)
Things to do & enjoy on Salt Spring Island, end of March/early April... - 03/29/12 09:53 AM
March 29, 2012. Mark your calendars time! Live music venues: A great event at Moby's on April 3rd: a Small Town Chick's organized evening, showcasing Dayna Manning & Ryan McMahon...8 p.m. start. Tickets: $20 (or free to Small Town Chicks members). Don't miss this one! April 4th, Music & Munch presents a concert by Salt Spring Chamber Players: Six Centuries of Chamber Music (17th to 21st Century). At All Saints by the Sea, a 12:10 p.m. start. Barley Brothers performs at Salt Spring Inn, at 6 p.m., this Saturday. Friday, enjoy Billie Woods at Harbour House Hotel, a 6 p.m. (2 comments)
Am still enjoying presenting my live radio show on Salt Spring's community radio station. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 7 to 9 a.m., Pacific Time, (at 107.9 fm locally and via streaming audio at: cfsi-fm.com) you can catch the show. It's a mix of music, musings, & interviews with Islanders. Missed it for three weeks...when it gets busy in real estate, my days often begin early and so can't do the radio show. Future episodes, then, may be a bit more hit and miss for me, as my job takes precedence! The real estate market is picking up, and (8 comments)
Oceanview...perfect retirement opportunity on Salt Spring Island! - 03/28/12 09:52 AM
Here's an exceptional oceanview property, with custom designed home, many unique features...an amazing panoramic ocean, islands, and mountain viewscape, which is in control of the property owner...keep this dramatic view forever! Private, sunny, quiet property, with level entry and upper and garden level spaces...perfect for a family or for a professional couple working from home or for a retirement with pleasure! Brand new state of the art septic system just in place, and on community water system. Main floor offers wood floors, custom window treatments, formal entry/foyer, master sitting with ensuite in its own "wing", formal living, family style kitchen with (4 comments)
Renowned wildlife painter's home for sale, on Salt Spring Island! - 03/26/12 03:42 PM
Spectacular oceanfront property in two titles! Totally irreplaceable, and located at Salt Spring Island's special "south end". Beautiful West Coast Contemporary jewel, lovingly created by the artist owner (Canada's renowned wildlife painter and environmentalis, Robert Bateman). The home (designed by H. Schubart, who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright) offers dramatic oceanside living & dining, a country kitchen with breakfast area, guest wing (3 bed/bath, library), an invitingly separate master-sitting/ensuite with superb views, and an incredibly appealing studio/office "wing". Storage areas, den alcoves (read or ponder life from these "withdrawing spaces"), windows on "coastal forest" scenes or on ocean vistas, plus a (4 comments)
Welcoming Spring...with a poem! - 03/24/12 09:51 AM
Poem: Wind Licks Metal tongued Sculptures... Grace Point: Rain splintered, Fog shrouded, Whispers of Spring's return... It's in the wind, That smell of renewal. The season rolling Over, Tattered winter knitting Into Spring... We dwellers of the "wet coast" Recognize The shift when It comes... Slowly, A tippy toe Sliding Into sun, Wind sculptures Waving us slowly Into ourselves, Once more.... (LR)
Weekend events, end of March, on special Salt Spring Island! - 03/23/12 03:49 PM
March 23, 2012. Things to do & see! March 26th is the great annual (15th!) Gumboot Gala, presented by Salt Spring Folk Club, at Fulford Hall, 7 p.m. start...Valdy & Bill Henderson honour Salt Spring Idlers! Don't miss this creative event! Steffich Fine Art Gallery celebrates 20 years in business on Salt Spring Island: March 30th, 6 to 8 p.m., a reception with artists in attendance. Open house,10 to 5 p.m., on the 31st. Live concert (Joel Farfard), Saturday, 7 p.m. (tickets: $20). Congratulations, Matt! Tonight, at Treehouse Cafe, catch Greg Esposito & Bob Delion, & Saturday enjoy Ken Lunn & (2 comments)
Change...it's blowing in with the Spring wind! I think we may all agree (two years from now? The classic "look back" moment?) that the bottom-bottom in the market fell between October 2010 and October 2011...that "spread" depended on where one was located. I always think that the Pacific Northwest Coast is the tail of the dog...Florida might be the head and shakes first...we're the tail and two years later we wag! Maybe simplistic, but it's true that we are located on the edge of the continent, last to celebrate New Year's, and perhaps last to experience a market shift (up (10 comments)
Spring! The calendar says so. This La Nina weather pattern has delivered most unusual weather events, globally. Our west coast region has been experiencing perpetual late Fall, it seems...rain, windstorms, unseasonably cool. Daylight Time is with us, it's now officially Spring, the light-filled evenings are a gift...gardens flowering, blossom trees shimmering, ocean smoothing from grey to blue...one of these days the sun will strengthen & dream us into summer....ahh...the ease of a season shifting gears. It's Spring. Enjoy!
Oceanfront small acreage, on Salt Spring Island, awaiting your pleasure! - 03/20/12 09:46 AM
Best buys in secondary home/discretionary area regions? Could be undeveloped land...motivated sellers, price reductions over the past three year period, low interest rates still in place...call me for some suggestions. Here's one, now.... Looking for an oceanfront property for you to create your special vision? Here's an early early Spring snapshot, of this 1.43 acre parcel...walk to Ganges Village, if desired! Connect to community water system. Sandy beach, at low tide...create your access down to this oceanside flat portion of the property and enjoy! Lovely Harbour vistas...a panorama out towards the Sisters Islands and beyond. Enjoy Mt Baker's majesty! An historic (4 comments)
Best buys are in undeveloped land? Call me! - 03/19/12 08:57 AM
Some of the best buys in this emerging market are found in undeveloped land options. In a downmarket, in a secondary home marketplace, raw land is ignored...buyers are not looking for a holding property, and are not interested in a building project. When a market begins to turn from buyers to sellers market conditions (which appears to be showing up in the residential segment), then undeveloped land once more comes into its own, as an investment opportunity. Here are just a few "best buys": -a Channel Ridge oceanview lot, on community water & sewer system, with panoramic ocean & mountain views, (6 comments)
Sometimes, potential buyers wonder how they'll be able to live on Salt Spring...what can they do? Interested in the hospitality industry? Tourism is a main driver of economic activity on the Gulf Islands. What about: operating a B&B, running a restaurant or coffee/tea space, providing a service such as security or a gardening service for off island owners, offering pet sitting or walking, working for a local business or starting your own business, creating an item to be sold at the busy Saturday Market in the Park, buying & managing a resort, offering a tech option, creating a wellness opportunity, (2 comments)
March Break events on special Salt Spring Island...enjoy! - 03/16/12 08:42 AM
March 16, 2012. March Break time...lots happening this weekend, for your enjoyment! Live music venues: -tonight, at Treehouse Cafe, it's Billie Woods. Tomorrow, celebrate St Patrick's Day with The Black Velvet Band...enjoy! 6 p.m. start, both nights. -tonight, at Harbour House Hotel, catch Brad Prevedoros. Tomorrow, Lloyd English & Ian Van Wyck. Sunday: Diana English. 6 p.m., all evenings. -tonight, Moby's showcases Carmanah...folk-rock fun! Tomorrow it's Maurice, with opening act Lindsay Bryan. 9 p.m., both nights. -tomorrow, at Salt Spring Inn, it's the ever wonderful Barley Brothers! 6 p.m. -Sat, at Fulford Hall, lots of fun...SS Chamber Orchestra & Choir, (11 comments)
Spectacular & "natural" B.C. Pacific Northwest Coast opportunities.... - 03/15/12 09:12 AM
The Pacific Northwest Coast has some spectacular properties...and Salt Spring Island enjoys its share of these unique gems! 1) A 26 acre superb oceanview property awaits your discovery...with a most extraordinary Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home, designed by renowned Blue Sky Architecture. Stone, & wood, & amazing style...this is a property & home that inspires! It is a significant international property...& it just happens to be on special Salt Spring Island. Call me, & let's view....
2) Here is a delectable oceanfront country property, 5 acres, a point of land that offers all day sun exposures (sunrises & sunsets (2 comments)
Such an interesting world time that we all inhabit right now. Characterized by shift/change, where what used to work no longer fits, and it's not clear which path we should be on, no wonder there is fear out there. The potential for economic collapse threatens to unhinge a lifestyle we thought was permanent. I've often called this period a Charles Dickens moment. He wrote novels portraying the collapse of the centuries old agrarian social structure and the emergence of the Industrial Revolution & the new cityscape. The Industrial Revolution continued the evolution of the consumer as the engine of real (8 comments)
Retirement opportunities on Salt Spring Island...call Li Read! - 03/13/12 09:33 AM
Looking for a retirement home on Salt Spring Island? 1. Here is a best buy & ready to move into gem...wood floors, upgraded kitchen, living room with vaulted ceiling, gas fireplace, sliders to spacious decking...expanding summer living pleasures! Dining room, breakfast room, large bedrooms (master ensuite), large full bath, separate laundry room. Double garage, easy care "natural" landscaping. Fenced run for a dog! Sunny (s/sw/w exposures), ocean & mountain vistas...close to beach access & to park hiking/walking trails...ready to go pleasure! 2. This beauty is a custom design, with echoes of English Country Elegance blending with "west coast contemporary ease. What (0 comments)
Thinking about a Salt Spring Island or Gulf Islands property purchase? Definitely an excellent time to be a buyer! Excellent choice in properties: oceanfronts, oceanviews, acreages, farms, vineyards, equestrian options, building lots, recreational, commercial, investments...from 150,000 to 9,000,000...definitely something for everyone! Historically low interest rates...motivated sellers, willing to look at all serious offers...price reductions of approximately 35%, since the highs of 2006/07...a continuing unsettled economy that appears to erode the value of cash itself, and so encourages a return to unique hard assets, as a way to preserve capital...all signposts that remind us there is always an optimum time to (9 comments)
Spring...open the windows, and let the light in! - 03/11/12 10:24 AM
Spring brings a message of awakening...the gardens erupting from crisp earth into snowdrops, crocus blooms, forsythia, camellias, daffodils, early flowering rhododendrons, bluebells, tulips...these are images that ease us into our best selves, the tightness of bundled winter evaporating around us. Spring means colour...gardens, sky, light lengthening & spilling through every crack of our world. In rural areas, lambs & calves & wild fawns lurch across fields & through forests. Life burgeons. Colour...it inspires & soothes. In cities, clothing changes out from isolating blacks & browns of winter into energizing greens, blues, & yellows of Spring. Houses like a spiff-up, too: weeding, (4 comments)
March 10, 2012. Yes, it's true...Daylight Saving Time kicks in this weekend. Make sure you turn clock forward an hour, when you go to bed tonight. Tomorrow is Daylight Saving Time, and yes, that means what you thought would be 8 a.m. will now be 9 a.m. Don't be late for your day's happenings...Spring Forward is the way to remember! Salt Spring Folk Club ends the 2011/2012 season with famed Gumboot Gala...get your tickets, as this is always a fun event! March 26th, at Fulford Hall, doors open at 6:15 (soups, suppers, & sweets by Fiddlehead Catering), & show starts (4 comments)
Retire to Salt Spring Island...some choices! - 03/09/12 03:25 PM
Perfect Retirement Opportunities on Salt Spring Island! 1. A very best buy oceanview opportunity awaits your pleasure! Private, sunny (s/sw/w exposures), lovely panoramic vista of ocean & mountains, on community water, close to park hiking/walking trails, & nearby to warm ocean swimming beaches! In Phase 2 of prestigious Channel Ridge Estates, this recently updated home is step in ready and is priced to sell. Fenced yard for your dog and double garage for those classic cars! Wood floors, updated country kitchen, new furnace, new decks, vaulted ceiling in open plan living/dining...gas feature fireplace...breakfast area with forest charm...sep laundry...two bed/two bath (master (6 comments)
This is the time of year when gardens call! Even if we just do pots on decks, there's something about the restlessness of early Spring that has us checking out gardening centres! On Salt Spring, investigate Foxglove at the corner of Lower Ganges & Atkins Roads. Take a drive out to Arbutus Road on Southey Point, & discover Thimble Farm. Country Grocer in the Upper Village & Thrifty's in the Seaside Village also offer gardening options. And three cheers for the plantings throughout Ganges Village...early flowering shrubs & trees to inspire us.... I love coming across a boulevard or highway (10 comments)
Some self-sufficient property suggestions on special Salt Spring Island! - 03/06/12 08:41 AM
Looking to be self-sufficient? Here are some choices: 1. Wow...here's a terrific acreage, at Salt Spring's special "south end". Oceanviews over Fulford Harbour, and out to Pender, Moresby, Orcas Islands...a dramatic perspective! Very sunny, arable potential, large natural pond feature, mainly level, some forest, very private! Large barn/workshop structure on property, plus a mobile, currently tenanted (Mobile stays with the land). Bring your architect and walk this one soon. It offers everything, in a rural/pastoral area, and it's ready for you to create your dream property. Be self-sufficient, here, on this lovely and gentle 25+ acres! 2. Absolutely beautiful land, offering (4 comments)
Much as some of us dream about having our own little hobby farm, being able to grow our own food, and to live a healthy outdoor life, it usually isn't possible to live this dream. It is possible, though, even on a deck, patio or balcony, to grow veggies, some kinds of fruit, and to be able to enjoy one's own produce...herbs, lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries...dwarf beans, peas...carrots.... Nothing nicer than to taste truly fresh. Great for kids to discover where that shrink wrapped food actually comes from, too! Make friends with the organic gardeners in your area, and get on (7 comments)
Sometimes, people like to visit Salt Spring Island at the "off season" time, and on purpose...they want to see the Island at its "worst". By that, they mean when the weather might be dreary, when they expect it to be very quiet. The image, I suppose, is that everything stops, during winter on the Islands. Salt Spring, though, surprises! All of the Gulf Islands have their special charms...and each one is quite unique. There are certainly people who choose to live year-round, on all of them. Most, though, could still be described as summer places...the population would increase dramatically, in (2 comments)
Day trips to soothe the soul...early Spring in the Gulf Islands! - 03/03/12 09:45 AM
March 3, 2012. A soft day...milky sun, snowdrops and crocus flowering all over, buds waiting to burst into blossom...just needs a couple of days of stronger sun, and they'll all be there! Early Spring has a very special component to it, especially on the Pacific Northwest Coast. We do get more grey days...not always rain, can be high cloud...and so when we emerge into the consistent sunny days, hearts soar. The Gulf Islands nestle into this protected boating waters region...the San Juan Islands in the U.S., which also enjoy our very temperate climate here, float right into the Southern Gulf (7 comments)
Spring Flings begin, on special Salt Spring Island! Some things to enjoy.... - 03/02/12 09:10 AM
March 2, 2012. Aha...another sign of Spring: Hastings House Dining Room opens this evening, for "the season". Reservations, always! This year, adding breakfast & lunch, along with dinner. Enjoy those special occasions! Wednesday, March 7th, Music & Munch showcases Patricia Flannagan...Scottish music to entice! Music starts at 12:10 p.m., at All Saints by the Sea...a treat awaits! March 5th, at ArtSpring, catch Nathan Rogers...a tribute to his father, folksinger Stan Rogers. Don't miss this! Check out www.ArtSpring.ca for details! March 9th finds Catherine Nichols, accomplished fabric artist & educator, on Island...a public trunk show is just part of what she will (8 comments)
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