SOLD! 21-5336 ARBOUR LANE, NANAIMO – $275,000

This lovely unit at The Highlands backs onto private, park like grounds. Pride of ownership is evident throughout this three bedroom, two bath updated home. Kitchen is as new with quality stainless appliances, tiled back splash, kitchen cabinets, counter tops and sliders to secluded patio. Attractive and practical laminate flooring throughout main living areas and new carpeting in bedrooms. Two story, open design with vaulted ceilings and skylight in striking living/dining room area where an eye catching gas fireplace is a focal point. Master bedroom on main level with two large bedrooms and 4 piece bath up. Appealing designer tones throughout. This well managed complex is convenient to all amenities – malls, recreation, parks, lakes, golf courses and walking distance to many. Just 15 minutes to Departure Bay Ferry and less than 30 minutes to Nanaimo Airport. Adult oriented and pet friendly.Strata fee incl. management, maintenance,water, sewer,& garbage.




SOLD!  -  877 Glenhale Crescent – $495,000

OCEAN VIEW home in Prime French Creek location – sitting between Parksville – affording all practical amenities & Qualicum Beach – presenting an upscale, village lifestyle – walking distance to beach & just minutes to Marina & Golf Course. Extensive professional, high quality renos in 2006/7. Attention to detail throughout. High end kitchen with double wall ovens, Wolf 6 burner gas cook top, warming drawer, granite counters/island – walk out to private, 440 sqft covered roof deck for. Edge grain Douglas far casing & built-ins throughout, in-floor heat in entrance, kitchen and 2 baths, hardwood throughout main floor. Media & electrical panels, sound system, Douglas fir windows with exterior aluminum cladding, Hardi siding & membrane roof were among the upgrades. Detached 185 sqft workshop/studio/office, 200 sqft deck with hot tub. Great value offered here!

Discover the Beaches of Nanoose Bay, Parksville and Qualicum Beach

Written by Jill Davies – Sponsored by Ron & Peggy Mehan

BEACHCOMBER PARK in Nanoose Bay – a Place of beauty and perhaps reflection

If you want to see a milky-green sea or be entertained by a frenzy of feeding sea lions, gulls  flocking and eagles swooping — then Beachcomber Park is the perfect beach to visit in spring. In early spring, if you visit at the downing of the sun, then you may additionally be privileged to gaze on the most stunning of evening skies that Oceanside has to offer.
     The approach to Beachcomber Park is down a rustic trail found just beyond the lower end of the dirt and gravel roadside parking lot.

Passing a useful washroom (probably best to use on the way down) and garbage bin (better than the side of the trail for doggie-poo-bags) there are 12 groomed steps that drop on to the path leading down, in just minutes, to either of the two beaches.

   A short way down the trail it divides right and left. Either will take you to a beach. There is also a sign there advising ‘No Mooring Permitted’! This, however, is not a trail down which any but the most reckless or optimistic would contemplate hauling anything more than a kayak. Bearing left, the trail winds through woodland to the inner bay.  This small crescent of a beach is cobbled and pebbled so in the summer, when the water is warm enough, it is deep enough to swim and safe enough for younger children (though care with toddlers would be advisable and beach shoes would be highly recommended).
     The same ancient Garry oaks that lean out above the rocks to provide welcome shade on a warm summer afternoon, are in late winter skeletal and stark against a grey sky.     The bay is wider here with one of the many convenient logs providing the perfect spot to rest and gaze across and beyond the water at the snow-capped peaks of Arrowsmith and Moriarty. At lower tides, the shelf of flat, dark rocks invite the more adventurous to explore out to the point and around to the outer bay.  Children of all ages can happily peer into the countless tide-pools.

On the higher bank of the promontory are two benches both inscribed ‘in loving memory’  and from there the view shifts to more open water.  As this is a place for philosophic contemplation, why not sit awhile on a seat that tells us “If you have a garden
and a library you have everything you need’, or on the other that observes ‘If you set your mind to it you can do anything’. From here, too, look out to the outcrop of slick weed green rock and the curious standing stone that invites small people to clamber and climb.

Around the point there is the second wider bay, also with pebbles and cobbles. On the far side of the beach a few cottages sit among the pines above the bay. In the summer, at high tide this is a neat place to swim; in early Spring it is cool and still, the water gently lapping against rock, the rock shadows black in a silver sea.

A red jacketed kayaker paddles smoothly into sight and causes a curious sea lion to raise its head and follow for just a few moments before returning to the all-you-can-eat underwater fest; the grizzling and grunting of the sea lions is punctuated with the occasional snarly bickering over a  fishy prize. While a loon moves through the water, the chatter of eagles courting atop a lone pine draw the eye from water to woodland.

What might you see there in late spring? Most beaches in our region provide plenty for keen observers of all that nature has to offer. Beachcomber Community Park is no exception.

North West Bay is the winter home of choice for several hundred California sea lions – with a few Northern Stellars keeping them company.

Having swum south or north in the early summer and indulged their mating instincts, the males leave their wives to take care of the kids while they return to spend their winters lazing on the logs further up and across Northwest Bay after fishing for their dinner!

Beachcomber Park is a prime spot to observe the grace of these mammals as they loop through the water, usually in company of seven or eight or more. If you are lucky enough to be there when the herring are running you will be treated to the sight of literally hundreds of sea lions thrashing through the water in a frenzy of feeding.If you rest awhile on a log, you
may see harbour seals and even the occasional river otter.

As for birds, most spectacular at this time of year are the bald eagles who have returned from the fall salmon spawning streams and rivers to fish in the bay. And when the herring come through, hundreds more eagles  fly in from up and down the coast. Gulls as always are aplenty. Cormorants oft perch on the rocks with their wings outspread to dry. Herons nest nearby and Common Loons can be heard calling across the water.

What to bring –  Sturdy shoes are recommended for the trail; beach shoes, bathers and towels in the summer if you want to paddle or swim. Take binoculars and cameras; also a
book, sketchpad, summer picnic or snacks (you may find you want to linger longer) and a water bottle. Please be respectful – this is a small neighbourhood beach.

The nearest store is 5kms away at Red Gap, Nanoose Bay
Directions: About 15 – 20 minutes from the Island Highway, from Nanaimo take Northwest Bay from Highway 19.  From Parksville take Northwest Bay Rd from Highway 19a. Turn on to Claudet Rd and continue down the hill for approximately 2kms to the Beachcomber
Peninsula. Claudet becomes Marina Way (not signed).  Follow the road another km to the end of the peninsula. At the top of a short but steep little hill there is a gravel parking lot on the left that will accommodate about 10 cars. Just below the lot you will find the entrance to the Park.

Consumer confidence grows on Vancouver Island

May 2013 – NANAIMO, BC – Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) sales summary data for April released by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) shows housing sales activity across Vancouver Island was up 7% compared to last year, while average sale prices were down 6%. The average price of a single family home sold within the VIREB region in April was $323,973 down from April 2012 average price of $343,083. In April 2012 there were 383 single family homes sold, in comparison 410 unit sales were recorded in April 2013.

“It appears consumer confidence is growing based on the fact that REALTORS® have definitely seen an increase in market activity over the last several weeks,” suggested VIREB President Gary Gray. “With stable pricing, reasonably strong inventory levels and historically low mortgage rates, buyers are realizing that this is a good time to buy a home. As each area is unique, it’s important to contact your local REALTOR® to better understand market conditions in your area.”

“We anticipate residential sales activity to continue growing through the second quarter,” said Cameron Muir, cheif economist of the British Columbia Real Estate Association, “however we are not expecting corresponding price increases.”

As of the end of April 2013, there were 2,773 single family homes available on the Multiple Listing Service® within VIREB’s coverage area, down from the 3,007 homes in the system at the end of April 2012.

Comparing April 2013 to April 2012, the average sale prices across VIREB’s six geographic areas saw; Campbell River increase 2% to $283,032, the Comox Valley was down 5% to $341,211, Nanaimo’s average sales price was down 9% to $334,486, Parksville/Qualicum prices were up 4% to $404,889, Port Alberni/West Coast was down 14% at $209,625, while the Cowichan Valley was down 4% to $334,680. In terms of unit sales year to year for the month of April, there continued to be a wide disparity between the different areas; Campbell River recorded a 46% increase, Comox Valley unit sales were off 24%, Nanaimo recorded a 12% increase, Parksville/Qualicum sales were unchanged, Port Alberni/West Coast increased 9% and Cowichan Valley sales decreased 9%. It’s important to contact a local REALTOR® to receive an accurate picture of sales trends in an individual area as local factors continue to dramatically influence sales trends.





It’s an exciting time for us here at RE/MAX FIRST. Our office made the move to a new location to better serve everyone in our district.


The new building is centrally located within the district just a country block from where we were at Wembley Mall on the opposite side of the Island Highway. The new Commercial Centre is called French Creek Landing and the address is 101-897 Island Highway West, Parksville.

Thanks to a great team we were fully operational in the blink-of-an-eye.

The opportunity to move to this high profile location that French Creek Landing offers will provide RE/MAX FIRST REALTY and our team with a new and effective base from which to continue to provide our special level of RE/MAX service to you and our community.

Our new office offers a good selection of private offices, landscaped work stations, virtual office flexibility and corporate client meeting and training rooms. It will be an exciting new environment in which to work. All of our phone, fax and website contacts will remain the same.

With our changing real estate market we are pleased to be part of a company that not only believes in its business in the community but continues to invest for the betterment of their many clients and the community at large.

We look forward to seeing you at our new offices in the near future.