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April 28, 2021.

Ocean view
No matter the weather, the great Pacific Northwest Coast is a superb region at this season...the natural world has exploded into beauty. Salt Spring and the Southern Gulf Islands are a part of this natural largesse.

The continuing outbreaks of covid-19 have resulted in the provincial government closing the province until just after the Victoria Day holiday weekend (May 25th). It is more important than ever to support local businesses that rely on visitors.

Restaurants can only offer take-out or patio dining. Difficult to do patios or decks on cooler/rainy days, but take-out may be the route to keeping everyone going until the 25th.

It’s important in this ongoing pandemic to keep one’s spirits up...one way is to immerse oneself in this flowering forward time of year.

Remember those Romantic poets...perhaps especially William Wordsworth. They encouraged us to walk...to observe...to appreciate.

Time to meander Ruckle Park, to wander Burgoyne Park, to sit with splendour at Mt Maxwell Park, to kayak out to Chocolate Beach, to be sunset inspired at Vesuvius Beach, to ponder mountain viewscapes from Skywater.

Lucky us to be surrounded by and nurtured by Nature’s beauty. Take time...pay attention...enjoy that forest bathing pause...just “be”.


April 25, 2021.

Opportunities for you on Salt Spring Island! Oceanfront with cottage and dock. Oceanview with cottage and dramatic views. Acreage with amazing views and privacy. A wow Oceanview lot close to town. You decide...all are great!

1:

Narrows West Oceanfront Cottage
Sophisticated oceanfront cottage on sunny 3.1 acres in wonderful Narrows West.

Narrows West Oceanfront Cottage
Use as a Summer/Weekend escape for now and build your dream home later.

Narrows West Oceanfront Cottage
On a point of land with dock in place. Panoramic views, warm ocean swimming, sunsets.

A private driveway leads to your special place - ready to enjoy!

2:

Narrows West Oceanview Cottage
Here is a dream cottage on a 4.717 acre privately sited property, with spectacular panoramic ocean, islands, mountain views...mere minutes to services/amenities of Ganges Village...close to golf and indoor pool...to beach and to hiking/walking trails.

Narrows West Oceanview Cottage
This gem is part of the prestigious Narrows West development...zoned for main home, separate guest cottage, studio. Enjoy this stylish cottage retreat immediately and consider concepts for your main home design later.

Narrows West Oceanview Cottage
Open plan, vaulted ceiling, with custom windows that invite the view. Unique design features to please. Ask about the common property opportunities.

Ready to enjoy!

3:

Skywater Oceanview 16.4 Acres
Ocean view 14.6 acres in beautiful Skywater! Views of ocean, mountains and islands.

Skywater Oceanview 16.4 Acres
Zoned for main house, guest cottage, and guest studio.

Skywater Oceanview 16.4 Acres
Drilled well, driveway, and building site in place.

The address of your new dream home!

4:

Oceanview 1.5+ Acres
Ocean view property of 1.507 acres. Property also enjoy views of St Mary Lake. You will love the views!

Oceanview 1.5+ Acres
Located close to the town of Ganges. Sunny & private.

Oceanview 1.5+ Acres
Don't overlook this opportunity for the location of your dream home!

Adjacent ocean view 1.5+ acre property (same seller) is also for sale.


April 22, 2021.

Deer
So...tomorrow, Friday, April 23, the provincial government is putting in place measures to keep residents within their health jurisdictions...another effort to halt rising covid cases.

Travel within the province will be curtailed and under these restrictions the police can stop travelers to ensure that they are on the road for essential services purposes.

B.C. Ferries is a part of this special measures initiative...a prohibition on vacation travel. These measures will be in place until after the May holiday weekend (Victoria Day Weekend...one of the busiest of the year...a traditional signal of the summer season start).

Tourism is a huge part of the B.C. economy. Will those in the industry survive this latest closure move?

In 2020, during the first covid shut-down, a 10 week closure that began on March 12/20, both real estate and lawyers were deemed to be essential services. Is this still the case? If so, it will mean those traveling to the Gulf Islands to view property offerings will be able to do so.

The fear of the government: rising cases, younger people, many hospitalized. The health services could be overwhelmed...hospital beds not available. To break the transmission circle is the hope, in bringing in these measures.

Ever more important to support local businesses as they struggle to survive.


April 19, 2021.

Your next adventure is here, at spectacular Narrows West. View acreages, waterfront acreages...ready for your development ideas! Let’s view!

Narrows West

Map of Narrows West

Narrows West


April 15, 2021.

Ocean View
You have to love April...we have gone from its beginning of unseasonably cool, an early March pattern, right into early July temperatures...overnight!

It is so lovely, everywhere on the Pacific Northwest Coast, and Salt Spring and the Southern Gulf Islands are a part of this allure.

So many changes wrought by the covid pandemic...and a major one is the solidifying of the digital world. Online communication...working from home...re-working of pre-pandemic business models to be in synch with the tech modeling.

Under all of this surface reconfiguring is the main engine of life: the underpinning of life remains the natural world.

Time (a fleeting commodity) invites us to stand and stare as real Spring unfolds its charms all around us.

On Salt Spring? Time for lunch or dinner on a patio or deck: Moby’s, Salt Spring Inn, Rock Salt, Auntie Pesto’s, Seaside...Piccolo’s, Hastings House...Switchboard, Fernwood Cafe, Barb’s, Treehouse, TJ Beans...support our local establishments!

Take time to meander Fernwood Dock and beach, to sunset watch from Vesuvius Beach, to enjoy a picnic at Ruckle Park, to ponder from on high (Mt Maxwell? Mt Erskine?). Pick your happy spot and just “be”.

Nature is the archetypal restorative. Let it do its magic!


April 11, 2021.

Here is the perfect retreat cottage on special Salt Spring Island...be inspired by these soaring views!

Narrows West Oceanview Cottage
Here is a dream cottage on a 4.717 acre privately sited property, with spectacular panoramic ocean, islands, mountain views...mere minutes to services/amenities of Ganges Village...close to golf and indoor pool...to beach and to hiking/walking trails.

Narrows West Oceanview Cottage
This gem is part of the prestigious Narrows West development...zoned for main home, separate guest cottage, studio. Enjoy this stylish cottage retreat immediately and consider concepts for your main home design later.

Narrows West Oceanview Cottage
Open plan, vaulted ceiling, with custom windows that invite the view. Unique design features to please. Ask about the common property opportunities.

Ready to enjoy!


April 8, 2021.

Sunrise
Slowly, April is warming up. People flower forward in late Spring, too...it’s not just foliage that blossoms to the universe.

April is a shift month...early days mirror March and later days forecast May.

These days we are living through are shift moments, too.

Covid variant strains are growing in B.C. Vaccination roll-outs are slow. One variant apparently does not respond to the current vaccines. The provincial government continues to mandate ongoing closures in an effort to halt superspreader events. Uncertainty is the surround sound of our time.

We are prisoners of our time...only our reactions to change and uncertainty are in our control.

The seeking of a rural and apart lifestyle continues as a motivator of real estate activity in all the secondary home markets.

Low interest rates, influx of people to Vancouver (drives that market and thus trickles down to secondary home regions), lack of inventory in all rural areas, a disinterest from rural owners in becoming sellers (a guarantee of continuing low inventory)...these are all important indicators that this current market has time to run.

The ability and the encouragement to work from home are further societal moves in favour of a rural lifestyle shift.

This is a time to consider best practices to both benefit from and to help guide these shift outcomes.

How can we update our responses to change? We live in a binary world...off/on/off/on....time is always.

Hmmm..... thinking.....

And your ideas are? Always welcome!


April 5, 2021.

Here’s the perfect oceanfront year-round retreat cottage (comes with a dock)! Enjoy now...build that dream home later.

Narrows West Oceanfront Cottage
Sophisticated oceanfront cottage on sunny 3.1 acres in wonderful Narrows West.

Narrows West Oceanfront Cottage
Use as a Summer/Weekend escape for now and build your dream home later.

Narrows West Oceanfront Cottage
On a point of land with dock in place. Panoramic views, warm ocean swimming, sunsets.

A private driveway leads to your special place - ready to enjoy!


April 2, 2021.

Create your dream home here! Beautiful Narrows West awaits your pleasure.

Narrows West ocean view

Map of Narrows West

Narrows West ocean view


March 27, 2021.

Oceanside Chairs
I don’t know what it is, but as soon as we get the warming days of real Spring, we seem to already crave summer-summer. Always stepping ahead of where we are? Maybe that’s an essential human trait.

So...post-pandemic, we will discover that the new normal is exactly that...new.

The push to have education, company and non-profits meetings on ZOOM and its competing platforms, to have digital family gatherings, has changed the terrain of communication.

The beginning days of the internet (would we agree that might be 1995?) were about information dissemination.

Now, it is about peer-to-peer connectivity. That implies no “middle person”...it means seller/provider and buyer/consumer in direct contact. Isn’t that the definition of block-chain technology? That direct contact means all middle-person jobs will vanish. Block-chain is a game changer along the lines of the initial information transfer technology of the 1990s. Hmmm.....

Well, you remember what Thales (that savvy Ancient Greek”) said...we never step in the same river water twice. “Change, change, everywhere a change” was the 1960s refrain. Not easy, but the universe reminds us that we only face one way: forward.

And your thoughts are? Always welcome!


March 24, 2021.

A seaside delight, an authentic Schubart design, ready to move into and to enjoy!

Sophisticated Oceanfront Living
Sophisticated living beside the sea...in prestigious Reginald Hill, at Salt Spring's special "south end". Ready to move into and to immediately enjoy.

Sophisticated Oceanfront Living
A Schubart design with a recent and very fine renovation...absolutely stunning...panoramic views of ocean/islands/mountains...sunsets to inspire. (S/SW/W exposures).

Sophisticated Oceanfront Living
A baby point of land with further land on Reginald Hill itself. Lovely cove...perfect for a kayaker. Hike your own trails, walk to Fulford Village, close to ferry to Victoria, and just minutes to Ganges Village.

Sophisticated Oceanfront Living
Formal entry/foyer, great room concept with vaulted ceiling, cook's dream kitchen, dining with a view, solarium poised above the cove...like living on a boat...endless views.

Guest bed/bath, plus laundry/mudroom, and master/ensuite complete the level entry main floor. Upper level offers library/gallery and ocean view bed/bath.

Separate garage, easy access to private cove, storage for kayaks.

A beautiful home...flair!


March 20, 2021.

Daffodils
Spring!

It’s now official...the calendar says so.

Covid’s sticky grip is still with us. Vaccines are experiencing a slow roll-out. The provincial government requests that people continue to practice safe distancing, to keep wearing masks in indoor settings, to continue to keep any gatherings small (no more than 10).

Loved local events continue to be cancelled/rebooked for “next year”, and many go “virtual” if at all possible. The Zoom meeting and online educational courses are an accepted feature.

So...real Spring. The Saturday Market begins on April 3...starting with farmers market emphasis (artisans to be added when protocols allow it).

Daylight time change is well underway. March Break continues. Every day is longer and the earth is warming. Gardens flower forward...orchards are in bloom...the pleasure of enjoying a patio or deck, simply idling in sunshine, latte at hand. Yes! Spring.

Places to enjoy?

Coffee stops: TJ Beans, Treehouse, Switchboard, Rock Salt, Mercantile, Fernwood Cafe, Moby’s, Barb’s, Salt Spring Coffee, Bean Drinkin’.

Maybe lunch or dinner? Piccolo’s, Salt Spring Inn, Auntie Pesto’s, Hastings House, Treehouse, Seaside, Moby’s, Rock Salt.

Meander the galleries: Gallery 8, Steffich Fine Art, Salt Spring Gallery of Fine Art, Jill Louise Campbell Gallery...and yes, ArtCraft will soon open for the season.

Pieces of Salt Spring’s lovely early Spring are there to enjoy! Just follow the protocols and support our local community.

How about a picnic at Ruckle Park? Sunshine calls......


March 16, 2021.

Amazing rural opportunity! Approximately 84 acres, mixed zonings (potential subdivision?), with excellent water and arable options. The perfect place for your new Salt Spring adventure!

Extraordinary Country Living
Here is a rare opportunity to enjoy the premier pastoral holding on special Salt Spring Island.

Extraordinary Country Living
This 80.56 acre property is unique in the Gulf Islands and has only changed hands twice in the past 90+ years.

Extraordinary Country Living
Create your estate here...the palette is ready for your ideas. Several potential locations for your home...bring your architect and enjoy your personal discovery of this most rare offering.

Extraordinary Country Living
A forest surround protects privacy...and offers personal hiking/walking trails. Spring-fed ponds create pleasing reflective elements. Tested slope and soils for a vineyard. Majestic oak, arbutus, maple trees to incorporate into a courtyard, if desired. 8000 sq ft barn and kilometres of bridal paths for equestrian enjoyment.

On site: an appealing 4000 +/- sq ft Guest House/Manager's Residence, surrounded by mature walnut, cherry, pear, and apple trees. Stone walls, hedges, and mature landscaping features that took generations to create. It is exceptional to find these elements in place.

Open fields, blue skies, soaring birds, forest trails, gurgling springs, reflective ponds, stone, timber, warmth of all day sun, ocean views...this is a delectable property offering.

The art of living well requires a special canvas...this is a unique and irreplaceable land holding for generations to come. Here is an authentic legacy property.

Call for more information and for your discovery visit...I look forward to meeting you.


March 12, 2021.

Ganges Harbour
A real estate market is just like any market. It has ups and downs, with brief moments of equilibrium. Is that called balance?

Right now, we are in a hyperbolic sellers market. Very few listings in any price point/property type, and many buyers all seeking the same thing...a rural property.

Salt Spring offers a year-round lifestyle. A hospital, three elementary schools, a state of the art secondary school, an Arts venue, a community indoor pool, a viable community experience with all the services/amenities required today...a delectable choice for a rural home.

As a seller, have plan B ready to go...it is not a good idea to sell and then have to rush to buy on an escalating market.

As a buyer, perhaps a purchase of land is a way to keep at budget...and to bypass the renovation dance.

Please call me...let’s discuss. There is always opportunity!


March 9, 2021.

Seeking retreats on Salt Spring Island? Here are two gems: one beside the sea with a private dock, & one with dramatic ocean views and sunsets! Ready to enjoy!

115 Narrows West Road:

Narrows West Oceanview Cottage
Here is a dream cottage on a 4.717 acre privately sited property, with spectacular panoramic ocean, islands, mountain views...mere minutes to services/amenities of Ganges Village...close to golf and indoor pool...to beach and to hiking/walking trails.

Narrows West Oceanview Cottage
This gem is part of the prestigious Narrows West development...zoned for main home, separate guest cottage, studio. Enjoy this stylish cottage retreat immediately and consider concepts for your main home design later.

Narrows West Oceanview Cottage
Open plan, vaulted ceiling, with custom windows that invite the view. Unique design features to please. Ask about the common property opportunities.

Ready to enjoy!

132 Narrows West Road:

Narrows West Oceanfront Cottage
Sophisticated oceanfront cottage on sunny 3.1 acres in wonderful Narrows West.

Narrows West Oceanfront Cottage
Use as a Summer/Weekend escape for now and build your dream home later.

Narrows West Oceanfront Cottage
On a point of land with dock in place. Panoramic views, warm ocean swimming, sunsets.

A private driveway leads to your special place - ready to enjoy!


March 6, 2021.

Ocean View
What does a sellers market mean?

It’s a combination of thin listing inventory and strong buyer action. It can lead to bidding wars and also to serious price escalation. There is less choice for buyers.

It also means that a buyer cannot rely on past stats of neighbourhood sales...those sales may have taken place in a buyers market (characterized by lots of inventory, few buyers, and price reductions both during the marketing of a property and at the point of an offer/sale).

In a sellers market, a buyer needs to put their best foot forward, have as few subject conditions as possible, have a short period until completion, and assume they may have to pay “over ask” to be the successful buyer. In a sellers market, the seller is in control of the process.

Real Estate is a market, just like the stock/bond markets. There are ups and downs along the way, it’s never “even”, and one has to be in the “now” of whatever market trend one finds oneself in.

One reason, right now, for such thin inventory in the secondary home/rural regions: the outcome of pandemic closures and the evolution of the digital universe to viably support working from home. People want to escape cities, out of fear of the virus. Working from home, anywhere, is possible.

This might turn out to be a societal shift.

As vaccines become available to all, the fear level of the virus will subside. However, the allure of a rural lifestyle may remain.

That ability to work from anywhere could be a game-changer. And your thoughts are? Always welcome!


March 2, 2021.

Seeking accessible waterfront with charm, sunny exposures, panoramic views, and with cottage-style home and studio-guest awaiting your ideas? Discover this gem, on very special Salt Spring.

Premiere Lowbank Oceanfront
One could be in the south of France here...it's on the shores of beautiful Salt Spring Island. This microclimate that blesses the Southern Gulf Islands, including Salt Spring Island, is known as "cool Mediterranean". This property delivers on that alluring ambiance.

Premiere Lowbank Oceanfront
Superlative oceanfront awaits you! Warm ocean swimming here - lowbank sandstone foreshore, private cove! Panoramic ocean & mountain vistas! Exquisite home with true seaside "allure" - lovely "English Country" atmosphere. Easy-care & very appealing garden (deer fenced).

Premiere Lowbank Oceanfront
Formal entry/foyer into cosy living room, feature fireplace, spacious country kitchen with dining off (French doors out to patio and very pleasing garden spaces), family room with easy access to expansive oceanside decking), two bedrooms/bath, plus powder room for guests.

Premiere Lowbank Oceanfront
Sunny (S/SW/W - enjoy the sunsets!), private & in Salt Spring's premiere location (the Tantramar area of Vesuvius).

The plus? Separate guest/studio.

Ready to just move into & to enjoy! It's like the pages of Coastal Living magazine, come to life. Walk in and stay.





Li Read

Contact Li Read at Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring), 4 - 105 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2V5; Direct Tel: 1-250-537-7647