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 Why Comox real estate listings are attracting much more than retirees these days

 

Thinking about buying a home in Comox? If not, perhaps it’s time you did!

 

Once thought of as an idyllic seaside retirement village, the town of Comox is quickly outgrowing its sleepy reputation. 

 

Today’s Comox by the Sea offers a full oceanside experience, with a little something for everybody – providing, of course, you have the energy and exuberance to take it on! From kiteboarding at Goose Spit to fine dining and even finer shopping, Comox has a lot more going on than you may have heard. It’s no wonder Comox real estate, including some phenomenal waterfront real estate, is perennially popular! 

 

For a taste of the aquatic pursuits for which so many in the Comox Valley flock to Comox, start at Goose Spit. The town’s most accessible beach, Goose Spit is the local go-to for sports like stand-up paddleboarding (“SUP”ing), kayaking or just plain swimming. On hot summer days, the spit feels almost tropical – hence the locals’ nickname of “Little Mexico” for one of its sandy inner beaches. When the wind picks up, so do the sailboats, kite boarders and windsurfers; with calm water on the inside and chop on the outside, Goose Spit offers a challenge for all skill levels.

  

Meet me at the Comox Marina!

 

 

If you don’t have experience to tackle these activities by yourself, you can sign up for a sailing or SUP course from Compass Adventure, situated in the heart of Comox Bay Marina Park. (They also rent SUPs, kayaks and sailboats.)

 

And since you’re at the Marina anyway, you’re going to want to pick up some of the freshest seafood on the planet at Comox’s own Fisherman’s Wharf. Depending on the season, you can purchase prawns, shrimp, salmon, tuna and halibut directly from the local fishermen who ply the shimmering waters of the Salish Sea.

 

Of course, when you’re living in the Comox Valley, you’re not going to want to cook for yourself all the time – especially not with so many great restaurants within a short drive or stroll! Comox once again has you covered, from gelato to sushi, Indian to Italian and contemporary to just coffee. As an added bonus, many Comox eateries feature oceanside patios from which to enjoy the Comox Valley’s locally produced (and often award-winning) food and drink.

 

Want to win a gift certificate to the Blackfin Pub, home to the finest Oceanside patio in the Comox Valley? (Join my mailing list and you could win a $100 gift card to the Blackfin Pub in Comox. A winner will be selected September 1.) 

 

Get out and explore the Town of Comox

 

After indulging in any or all of the above, hike off your meal on one of the many trails etched into Comox’s impressive geography. Some wind their way through towering firs; others hug the contours of the sea or weave through the eclectic boutiques of downtown Comox. Stop in at one of those shops for a self-guided walking tour brochure; while you’re at it, stroll along Comox Avenue to see the unique treasures that await the casual seaside shopper.

 

When you make Comox your home, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience the many festivals Comox hosts each summer, celebrating everything from fine art and First Nation culture to local shellfish and seaside shenanigans. On August long weekend alone (“Festival Weekend” in Comox), you can take in as many as four different festivals.

 

The Town of Comox – this cosy little community perched on the edge of the ocean – has a heck of a lot going on. Make time to experience everything Comox has to offer.

 

Want to make Comox your home? Contact me to find out about Comox real estate opportunities, or browse my Comox Valley real estate and MLS listings.

 

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Summertime is festival time in the Comox Valley, and we just so happen to have one of the Valley’s most anticipated festivals coming up on BC Day weekend.

 

The Filberg Festival, July 29 to Aug. 1, 2016, is the Comox Valley’s premier arts festival, “celebrating the best of arts, crafts, and music.” And I have two 4-day festival passes to give away to one lucky winner. All you need to enter is an email address.

 

Simply click here for your chance to win.

 

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The Filberg Festival features lively entertainment, a wide variety of artists and artisans and an eclectic selection of great eats to keep you fuelled. It all takes place in the historic Filberg Park, overlooking the pristine waters of Comox Harbour and the majestic Beaufort Mountains.

 

Whether you’re a longtime Comox Valley resident or you’re just beginning to discover all that our community has to offer, I invite you to contact me with any of your questions about the local real estate market.

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Year-round festivals are just one great reason to make the Comox Valley your home

 

The mid-morning sun glistens off the majestic Comox Glacier. The refreshing aromas of cedar forests and ocean breezes mingle in every breath and the energy of an entire community pulses through the warm spring air. It’s festival season in the Comox Valley!

 

The Comox Valley, nestled between mountain and sea on the eastern edge of Vancouver Island, has been referred to as the “Valley of Festivals,” and with good reason. The idyllic region boasts more than 50 annual festivals and events, and during the summer months it’s possible to attend a different festival every weekend.

From the bounty and beauty of the Valley’s farms, rivers and ocean to the diversity of arts and culture in the region, the Comox Valley has much to celebrate. And never ones to take life too seriously, Valley residents are always keen to throw a party.

 

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After a winter spent skiing, snowboarding and golfing (that’s right, six of the Comox Valley’s golf courses are open year-round), summer is ushered in with a solid jolt of adrenaline with the Royal LePage Snow to Surf Adventure Race in late April. Participants begin on the snowy slopes of Mount Washington and finish on the shimmering waters of the Comox Marina. While there’s never a shortage of über-fit hard bodies at the Snow to Surf, the main attraction is the lively entertainment, boisterous beer gardens and jovial socializing down at the marina throughout the day-long event.

 

Later, months of pent-up exuberance explode in June, July and August as revellers from all over Vancouver Island and the mainland converge on the Comox Valley for the Valley’s biggest and most anticipated events.

Vancouver Island MusicFest (July 8-10, 2016) is a three-day celebration of roots and world music from around the globe, and is the largest music festival on Vancouver Island. Far from just another outdoor concert, MusicFest features six stages sprawled out over a vast area of fields and forest hugging the shores of the gently flowing Tsolum River. Bedouin Soundclash, Tegan & Sara and Don McLean are just some of the internationally renowned performers that have graced the stages of MusicFest in recent years, and the 2016 line-up is expected to be just as impressive with rockers 54-40 headlining Sunday night.

 

Want to win tickets to MusicFest 2016? Click here for full details

 

Not to be outdone, Atmosphere Gathering is an intentionally small music festival held annually in the Village of Cumberland. The 2016 festival takes place August 19-21 and will feature a diverse line-up of eclectic performances and a variety of workshops.

 

On BC Day weekend, festival-goers descend on the picturesque town of Comox for two iconic Comox Valley summer events. The Filberg Festival (July 29 to Aug 1, 2016), a 4-day celebration of the arts, features some of the best Canadian arts and entertainment in a spectacular oceanside setting. There’s always a lively turnout exploring the myriad booths and displays, taking in the live music or simply enjoying the ambiance from a sunny spot on the grass. With crafts and activities for kids and lively musical performances, the Filberg Festival is a definite must-see on the Comox Valley festival circuit.



Comox Nautical Days (July 30 to Aug 1, 2016), which takes place the same weekend at the Comox Marina, features it own brand of fun and frivolity. The annual event features a popular bullhead fishing derby, the always-hilarious Build, Bail and Sail, rides and games for the kids and a 4-mile road running race – the longest continually held footrace in BC.

 

In the Comox Valley, the fun never stops

 

Between the major summer festivals, visitors and residents of the Comox Valley get their kicks at events such as the wine festival, beer festival, whisky festival, shellfish festival and fall fair – not to mention the classic car show, artist studio tours, and summer concert series. The list goes on and on . . .

 

As autumn descends on the Comox Valley the raucous summer festivals make way for craft fairs and harvest celebrations, which eventually fade into winter fairs, cultural or solstice celebrations and winter alpine events. Valley residents, of course, are still active as eve – hiking, skiing, golfing and kayaking their way through the mild Vancouver Island winter.

 

If you listen closely, however, you can just barely catch the buzz of budding anticipation slowly building into a crescendo of exuberance that will once again erupt into another lively summer in the Valley of Festivals.

 

Interested in real estate opportunities in the Comox Valley? Contact Leah Reichelt, your connection to the Comox Valley lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of.


Click here to browse Comox Valley real estate listings.

 

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Find your ideal waterfront home in the Comox Valley   

 

Picture this – your home sits on the ocean, surrounded by tantalizing views that never grow old, fresh clean air and opportunities aplenty for truly experiencing Island living on your doorstep. You embrace the tranquility, you walk the shoreline with your loved ones, you fish, swim, sail, enjoy all that the ocean has to offer, and then enjoy a quiet drink on your patio overlooking the deep blue beyond.

 

Here’s a fact that will pique your attention: the Comox Valley has more waterfront living than you might expect.

From the Valley’s southernmost point at Fanny Bay to its northernmost edge at Black Creek, there are many enticing waterfront real estate opportunities that offer the life you’re looking for.

 

Waterfront property in Fanny Bay/Buckley Bay/Union Bay

These small, historical hamlets are located in and around Baynes Sound on the southern edge of the Comox Valley. Known for luscious oysters, shellfish and other culinary delights, each little town has a relaxed, artsy vibe with some beautifully designed waterfront homes featuring exquisite views, modern living and invigorating sea breezes.

 

Waterfront property in Royston:

 

A little community with just the right mix of action and relaxation, Royston offers plenty of oceanside real estate opportunities for water-loving folk. With coffee shops, markets, pubs and more, and only minutes from downtown Courtenay, Royston has all the trimmings of waterfront bliss and should well be on your radar if you’re looking for waterfront property on Vancouver Island.

 

Waterfront property in Comox: 13,000 strong and located on the southern coast of the Comox Peninsula on the Salish Sea, Comox is a spectacular little town boasting first-class amenities and overlooking the iconic Comox Glacier. There are myriad oceanfront real estate opportunities interspersed along the perimeter of the peninsula, offering the very best of West Coast living in the Comox Valley.

 

Waterfront property on Williams Beach/Miracle Beach: Nestled in a pristine area of second growth forest just north of Merville and Black Creek, this area is one of the few remaining sections of Crown Land on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Quiet, quaint and chilled, there are some beautiful waterfront houses along the foreshore that will encourage your imagination to run wild.

 

Want to learn more about waterfront living in the Comox Valley? Contact Leah Reichelt at RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty for exceptional real estate service with a smile! 

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Simply sign up to my mailing list before July 1 for a chance to win: http://eepurl.com/b0pm39

 

To kick off July on a high note, one lucky subscriber to my mailing list is going to win a pair of single-day tickets to see headliners 54-40 and the rest of the line-up of MusicFest performers on Sunday, July 10.


Canadian fiddle phenom Ashley MacIsaac and fellow Canuck Serena Ryder will also be performing on the mainstage at the concert bowl on Sunday, and many other top performers will be performing throughout the day. Just click here to sign up for a chance to win!

 

And it gets even better!

When you join my mailing list, you’ll be treated to a variety of articles on living the dream in the Comox Valley, including the best beaches, awesome ways to have fun outside in the Valley and the best spots for oceanside living. It’s like a subscription to a Comox Valley lifestyle stoke mag for free! Plus you’ll always have the inside edge on what’s going on in the Como Valley real estate market.


And if you win, you’ll spend July 10 experiencing roots and world music from across Canada and around the world, including MusicFest headliners 54-40.


Vancouver Island MusicFest features six stages, with more than 75 concerts and workshops, kids activities, eco-education areas, workshops, crafts and local food. It’s a truly unique musical experience.


Enter to win now by signing up here. http://eepurl.com/b0pm39

This contest runs throughout May and June; a winner will be selected early July. Good luck!

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Simply sign up to my mailing list for a chance to win

“If music be the food of love, play on,” wrote Shakespeare in the Twelfth Night.

Play on indeed with a chance to win two single-day passes to Vancouver Island MusicFest on Sunday, July 10, simply by signing up to our mailing list.

 

Why join my mailing list? Because it’s it will do much more than keep you up-to-date on Comox Valley real estate (although that’s part of it). You’ll be treated to a variety of articles on living the dream in the Comox Valley, including the best beaches, awesome ways to have fun outside in the Valley and the best spots for oceanside living.

 

And if you win, you’ll spend July 10 experiencing roots and world music from across Canada and around the world, including MusicFest headliners 54-40. Vancouver Island MusicFest features six stages, with more than 75 concerts and workshops, onsite riverside camping, kids activities, eco-education areas, workshops, crafts and local food. It’s a truly unique musical experience. 

 

Enter to win now by signing up here.

 

This contest runs throughout May and June; a winner will be selected early July. Good luck! 

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