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July 5, 2020.

Superb executive home, with a dramatic ocean/islands viewscape...sunny privacy!

Quiet Executive Retreat
Superb executive home, on 6+ acres, in an area of fine homes, and with million dollar views, 180 degrees from West Vancouver to Mount Baker. 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.

Quiet Executive Retreat
Custom designed and construction by Gordon Speed Construction, Salt Spring's premier builder, the attention to detail here, and the fineness of the finishes, are superlative.

High end finishings thoughout: infloor heating, vaulted ceilings, hardwood & concrete flooring, Rumford floor to ceiling wood burning fireplace, high end appliances.

Quiet Executive Retreat
Master bed sitting room, with expansive decking off (hot tub with a view!), a dream ensuite (this shower is exceptional), and large walk in closet, is in its own private "wing". Dream kitchen with pantry/storage and mudroom entry off, dramatic dining with window wall that totally opens to the outdoor barbecue/decking, thus expanding summer living pleasures, plus formal entry and guest powder room. Separate laundry, and exercise room completes main level.

Garden level offers gallery/meditation space, guest bed and bath, media room, and a professional office space (could be third bedroom, if desired), plus generous storage. Easy access to patio areas, and that soaring view available to all principal rooms.

Quiet Executive Retreat
A finishing carpenter's personal home, totally unique, and totally beautiful. The home is ready to just move into and to enjoy. Landscaping (easy care/natural) frames the home. A home to inspire and to nurture one's soul...enjoy!

Priced below replacement value.


July 2, 2020.

Architect designed waterfront home...dramatic views and sunny privacy! A WOW!

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!


June 28, 2020.

Ocean, Ferry, Mountain View
The first six months of 2020 have been full of change. The terrain we all walk on, as we face the last half of this year, is different. The push to a totally online world is almost complete.

Change is both disturbing and exhilarating. A major English poet of the 20th Century, T.S. Eliot, reminded us that in every ending there is a beginning.

Since there is only one direction in life (it faces forward), then it’s essential to see positive outcomes in the many changes wrought by the virus pandemic...locally, the closures, and the resulting turn to online options for daily life, all began on March 12th. Within the 8 to 10 week shut-down/stay home edicts, everyone was online.

Just shows how fast change can arrive! In three months, life on Salt Spring is different. Some businesses, closed during the first three months of our seasonal visitor-centric community, may not be able to reopen. Some others are seeing what the short summer season will bring...and then may make the decision to close permanently.

Online shopping puts local businesses in competition with businesses in other regions/other countries. The global village brings huge choice, in both type and price. Hmmm.....

Change, change...everywhere a change. I remember that tune...a 1960s anthem? Never truer than now.

And your thoughts are? Always welcome!


June 25, 2020.

Amazing privacy on a waterfront point...11 acres, 1000 ft of oceanfront, natural beauty everywhere! A WOW!

Heirloom Maple Bay Oceanfront
Are you seeking privacy, beauty, sunny property in natural state, with proximity to major centres? Here is an exceptional 11+ acre waterfront paradise.

Heirloom Maple Bay Oceanfront
Located in prestigious Maple Bay, a part of the Cowichan Valley's "warm land" temperate climate, with some of the best protected anchorages on coastal B.C., this gem invites your pleasure.

Heirloom Maple Bay Oceanfront
An heirloom cottage home, the allure of living on a boat with the space and convenience of a home, is your place to stay. Expansive decking, docks for the yachts, nestled into a cove...the historic name for this beauty: Hidden Cove.

Heirloom Maple Bay Oceanfront
A point of land, with an easy access bay that catches sunsets, and a cove that dazzles with morning and afternoon light...private walking trails, grassy meadows, pond, wildflower meadows.

A secondary cottage, an authentic woodworking workshop, a cottage-home with off-the-grid delights for immediate enjoyment...and dramatic space to build your dream home.

A paved road leads to your inviting driveway... connected to power ...views to inspire...sunsets to enjoy...a marine experience without parallel...and mere minutes to all services/amenities.

Vineyards, galleries, specialty shops, farmers markets, award-winning restaurants...all at your doorstep. Floatplane to Vancouver (downtown is 25 minutes and the international airport is 12 minutes). An easy drive to nearby Victoria, and close to Mt Washington for skiing thrills.

In the heart of some of the best protected boating waters in the world...your dock is your passport to adventure and discovery.

Call me for your introduction to this magical oceanfront property...you are home.


June 22, 2020.

Beach
It’s here...summer-summer. The calendar agrees.

Summer is a always a short season, and as we slowly emerge from stage 2 into stage 3 of the provincial government’s recovery plan, post-pandemic, it will seem even shorter.

The many cancellations of beloved spring and summer events have created a much different island experience, for visitors and residents alike.

No Round Salt Spring Sailing Race, no Canada Day events/fireworks, no Saturday Market, no Fall Fair, no Sip & Savour, no ArtCraft, no ArtSpring events or Treasure Faire fundraiser...and so on.

Many local businesses rely on visitors, with the summer season being the most important segment between March Break and the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend. The economy of all B.C. regions has been hard hit.

Summer, though, always brings its beauty and welcome no matter what. It’s so important to take time, to look around, to pay attention to the fleeting largesse of the summer season.

Take time: try a leisurely kayak trip to Chocolate Beach...watch the sunsets from Vesuvius Beach...meander the Village and “think local” when considering a purchase...swim in St Mary or Cusheon Lakes...be a crew member in the Wednesday evening sailing races out of the Sailing Club...hike the Ruckle Park trails...check out the local galleries and be inspired by our local artists...dine out on a patio or deck, around the island...sip a wine at our great vineyards...yes!

It’s summer-summer, and the bird is on the wing (you remember your Omar Khyham). Take time. Remember to enjoy the summer moment you are in.


June 18, 2020

Lakefront Estate awaits your pleasure...ready for you to enjoy!

Exceptional Lakefront Home
Seeking a lakefront home? Sunny privacy, located on an alluring part of St Mary Lake, with a home to match the location.

Exceptional Lakefront Home
Main entry into a spacious foyer, leading to a formal living room with gas fireplace, and formal dining room with bay window over the lake. Continued lake views from a “great room” with gourmet kitchen (pantry off), eating area and den/family room with wood burning fireplace. Powder room off, designated office.

Exceptional Lakefront Home
Separate entry to mud room with laundry off and access to spacious double garage/workshop with generous cupboard space. Separate wood storage.

Exceptional Lakefront Home
An elegant staircase connects the foyer to the upper level, which offers a master bedroom with five-piece ensuite and walk-in closet, plus three further guest rooms and a five-piece bathroom.

Daylight partial basement for storage. Beautiful decking and terracing, fish pond, extensive gardens with automatic drip-feed irrigation, accent lighting, boat house/storage and dock.


June 15, 2020.

Stylish country home on private and sunny acreage...a perfect home to enjoy...privacy at the special “south end”.

Amblewood Manor
Amblewood Manor, set on 5.5 acres at the top of a long private drive, is a magnificent oceanview estate property offering extraordinary southern views over the American San Juan Islands to the Washington State Olympic Mountains.

Amblewood Manor
This beautiful private walled and gated property on Salt Spring's special "south end", offers maximum security and presents a classic home design with a special European flair.

Amblewood Manor
A formal entry foyer, leads into a dramatic oak beamed living room with custom windows that frame the panoramic ocean/islands/mountains views, with feature fireplace, plus a formal dining room, a cook's expansive kitchen with breakfast area, guest powder room, separate laundry room, plus a large private family/media room with fireplace, and also an inviting private oceanview master bedroom wing...all on the main level floor plan, a custom design that encourages gracious living.

Amblewood Manor
Easy access to spacious and sunny view decking from the media room, kitchen, and master suite expands those summer living pleasures, including a hot tub on the deck.

The upper level of this stylish classic home offers three ensuite bedrooms (one currently used as a spacious office). An enjoyable family home...or a high end B&B...or a professional couple working from home...all these potential outcomes would be beautifully offered by this grand home.

A bonus private family suite (living room/ensuite bedroom) could be created on the spacious unimproved 3rd floor upper level, with access easily opened up by a short stairway...perhaps an in-law/nanny suite?

There is an unattached double garage (home for those classic cars?), plus a separately sited guest cottage away from the main house but with ocean views...a contemporary gem. Perfect for an extended family...or a vacation rental...or an annual tenant. Lots of options here.

The view inspires! Easy care natural landscaping, deer fenced property, private trails...walk your own land. Stone walls enfold a private lawned garden.

A remote controlled gated formal entrance provides access to and sets off the allure of this very special home and private acreage...welcome to your Island paradise!


June 12, 2020.

Beach
Are we in phase 3 of the slow reopenings, post-covid 19 B.C. shut-down? March 12 to May 19, it was only essential service businesses that were open.

Many loved seasonal events have been cancelled for 2020 (Round Salt Spring Sailing Race, Canada Day fireworks, Classic Car Show, ArtCraft, ArtSpring events, Saturday Market, Fall Fair).

Ferries, though, have reinstated their cancelled routes and added to their sailing schedules. (All passengers must have masks with them, or they will not be allowed to board). Floatplanes are flying most routes again. Restaurants are allowed (with new protocols in place) to offer sit-down dining again. Slowly, slowly there is a cautious return to enjoying some things...beyond our own homes.

Non-essential businesses have reopened...also with protocols in place. A reminder: support our local businesses, whenever possible.

An interesting outcome of the almost 10 week shut-downs, for covid-19: all the secondary home markets are seeing strong sales.

Across Canada, it’s a similar story...buyers seeking the slightly “apart” places...privacy but not isolation, with ability to garden, to be self-sufficient. A desire to get out of the city to a simpler lifestyle...coupled with the ability to work from home. Possibly also a bit of land banking? Putting cash into a pleasing hard asset? Hmmm.....

A new trend? Timing is all, and low inventory plus low interest rates are also market features right now.

Are you seeking to purchase on Salt Spring Island? Call me! Look forward to helping you to discover and to buy your special property.

liread33@gmail.com


June 9, 2020.

Privacy beside the seaside...on special Salt Spring Island. Ready to enjoy!

Fulford Oceanfront B&B
Located on the shore of Fulford Harbour, this prime beach front property features a private, peaceful, rural setting providing a front door seat to the sights and sounds of the sea.

Fulford Oceanfront B&B
Eleven steps to our shell-laden beach puts beach combing, crabbing, kayaking and seasonal swimming at your front door. There is summer moorage potential via a mooring buoy.

Fulford Oceanfront B&B
The star filled sky, exquisite sunrises, moonlight glistening and the ever changing seascapes are to be enjoyed through-out the seasons.

Fulford Oceanfront B&B
Large decks surrounding the house provide ample opportunity to enjoy outdoor living in the moderate climate of Salt Spring. Oceanside hot tub with a view!

This lovely beachside home offers 4 bedrooms. Three bedrooms feature an ensuite, the kitchen with oversized windows offers a great view with a walk-in pantry, and the extensive glass across the front of the house provides great all season light. It is ideal for extended family accommodation, or entertaining visitors and friends.

The layout of this house with large rooms makes it very attractive for the creative mind to adapt the rooms for various uses such as a media room, studio/office, games room etc.

There is a separate 1 bedroom suite on the upper floor featuring its own private deck.

Property is easy care, with naturalized attractive landscaping, featuring a year round running creek. Water sources keep landscaping lush and green year round.

This home would easily adapt to accommodate a home studio business, wellness studio or B&B. Current owners are presently operating a B&B with consistent success. Very close to the Fulford Ferry for trips to Sidney/Victoria, only 1.3 km. from the Fulford/Ganges Road.

See Li soon for more information. Appointments to view are preferred, as owner does a popular B&B business, here.


June 6, 2020.

Beach footprints
June 6 is still commemorated as the D-Day landing that was the beginning of the end of World War Two. When we study history, it’s easy to forget the courage of those actually present...maybe 18 to 22 years old...who were answering the challenge of their time. Their courage changed lifestyles.

2020 is a year that has already been full of abrupt and lifestyle altering changes...and it’s only June.

We don’t get to choose our time. We do get to choose how to respond to what it delivers, though.

We are still in the Middle period of the covid-19 virus outbreak. This invisible and potentially life-threatening pandemic has disrupted all aspects of our lives.

The outcome in societal unrest is now taking to the streets, and the rule of law that is agreed upon, to protect all of us, seems unable to withstand violent outbursts.

Out of control. It’s a description that seems to fit our immediate time.

Ten weeks of “stay at home”/“social distance”, with business closures and lost jobs, loss of income, family disruption, can trigger mental health issues.

People are fond of noting that we will be looking towards a “new normal”, when we finally get to the After. This may be about having to be totally online for all communications.

Zoom and its competing platforms allow us to be visually connected. It’s a very different way of communicating, though, than is experienced in an in-person face-to-face meet-up.

One needs to think about that, before taking part in an online business meeting. It may be like the difference between going to a live play at a theatre and watching the play on a device. The digital world may create a natural “social distancing”.

As Aristotle, that savvy Ancient Greek, reminded us: we are social animals. Let’s think about that digital distancing...let’s rise to the challenge of our time. How do we preserve our humanity?


June 2, 2020.

Dramatically beautiful oceanfront estate property, on special Salt Spring Island...ready to enjoy!

Oceanfront Luxury Estate
Here is a spectacular pedigree property, for your discovery and enjoyment...at Salt Spring's pristine "south end".

Oceanfront Luxury Estate
The provenance on this beautiful waterfront holding encompasses both the architect (H. Schubart, who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright, and who moved to Salt Spring from San Francisco) and the previous owner (Robert Bateman, Canada's famed wildlife painter). The home was commissioned by Robert Bateman.

Oceanfront Luxury Estate
The current (2nd) owner has inventively and carefully both restored and completely renovated this authentic "west coast" gem.

Oceanfront Luxury Estate
The property offering includes two adjacent waterfront parcels, an estate style opportunity...the main home is on one title and a lovely Schubart designed studio is sited on the adjacent title.

Many unique features here, all adding up to the beautiful home that awaits your pleasure.

Crushed shell beach in private cove, forest surround, rocky knolls and private trails...sunny exposures (S/SW/W)...panoramic ocean and mountain views...a vista to delight from all windows.

The property enjoys a natural terrain, that has been nurtured by the owner. Expansive decking and easy-care landscaping features.

Dramatic living, feature stone fireplace, dining with a view, dream kitchen with breakfast area and fireplace, easy access to deck and garden spaces...spacious entry/foyer also allows for access to large studio space (yoga retreat?), which is separate from main lifestyle rooms.

Master in its own wing. Guest bedrooms/bath also in own wing. Offices. Excellent storage. Wine room. Pantry/second kitchen area for entertaining.

Separate double garage. A nanny or guest/inlaw suite, with separate entrance.

Lovely privacy, everywhere. A thoughtful home...perfect accessible yet private quiet ocean front location and property for a self employed owner who can work from home

This graceful rendering of the "west coast" design ethic offers everything desired for a happy 21st Century lifestyle. The best of Salt Spring? Let's view.

48 hr notice for all viewings. Thank you.


May 29, 2020.

Seeking an investment buy on special Salt Spring Island? Consider these well priced property opportunities....hold for later or build your dream retreat now.

Semi-waterfront:

Delightful Sunny Semi-Oceanfront
Here is a rural semi-oceanfront opportunity on the tranquil east side of special Salt Spring Island! A lovely open and sunny 1.22 acre parcel (year round!), with a generous amount of land on the oceanside - main house site on the upside portion.

Delightful Sunny Semi-Oceanfront
Panoramic views, lovely walk-on beach at low tide, and you can keep your boat on a mooring buoy (seasonal moorage), if desired.

A great opportunity!

Ocean view acreage:

Seaview Musgrave Pleasure
This sunny 40 + acre parcel retains its natural ambiance...natural meadow areas, coastal forest plus arbutus and garry oak, with dramatic ocean and mountain views.

Seaview Musgrave Pleasure
Driveway access to property, and then lovely walking/hiking trails through the property. Sunny (s/sw/w exposures) & private...an estate waiting for your ideas.

Drilled well in place. Bring your architect and let's walk this one soon.

Arable acreage, sunny privacy:

Skywater 17 Acre Beauty
17 Acres plus approximately 8 acres in two additional parcels as described below. The driveway to this property leaves Skywater Drive heading north through a valley between two wetlands up a southerly slope passing between two large rock outcrops to the recommended building site that overlooks a year round pond.

Skywater 17 Acre Beauty
This parcel of land commands your attention ... sharing a X mile boundary with an expansive little used 80 acre park reserve, offering hiking / walking trails for your pleasure and total privacy. The land is partially treed with the main slope facing south west for maximum sunlight. Lot 23 could be developed into a very private retreat to enjoy with an elevated building site overlooking the year round pond and magnificent terrain .... trails, paths and waterways meander across the property and the 80 acre park reserve among large cedar and fir trees and much more, for your pleasure.

Lot 23 also enjoys the exclusive use of the Limited Common Property shown on the Property Map in yellow. This property is owned by the Skywater Strata but its exclusive use is limited to the registered owner of Lot 23.

The smaller, approximately one acre, parcel (labelled B) across from Lot 1 was used by the Developer for gravel and sandstone boulder storage. There is some gravel left and many sandstone boulders.

The larger, approximately seven acre, parcel (labelled A) on the other side of Musgrave Road is well treed with Fir, Cedar and some open spaces. The Driveway to the building site from Skywater Drive is in place.

Zoning allows for Main House; Guest Cottage; Accessory Building(s); and Agriculture Private Driveway to building site; drilled water well nearbuilding site; power and communication services to the property line Call today, for your appointment to view this totally private property.

These gems belong in your portfolio! Let’s view.


May 26, 2020.

Ganges, Salt Spring Island
Back in 1974, the provincial government created the Islands Trust, “to preserve and protect” the environmental beauties of the Gulf Islands, for the benefit of all B.C. residents. Growth was controlled via strict zoning/density bylaws.

Ganges Village was designated as the commercial core of Salt Spring Island. A small area at Fulford Village was also designated as commercial, and an even smaller area at Vesuvius and at Fernwood.

Home occupations are allowed, as both the core seaside Ganges Village and the Upper Village areas cannot expand their defined boundaries.

In September 2017, Saltspringers were asked in a referendum if they wanted to become a Gulf Islands municipality (like Bowen Island)...the two elected trustees would have remained, to administer the Trust, but a local mayor and council would also have been elected to look after specific issues on Salt Spring. The referendum failed, with 63% of islanders voting to leave things alone. This puts Salt Spring firmly in 1974. It also means a maintenance style of governance continues to come out of Victoria.

The “After” (we are still in the “Middle”) period of the covid-19 virus pandemic may totally change the face of Ganges Village.

The shift to an online world was created by the recent “stay home/social distance” government edicts...and the effect of total online means “shop local” will encompass the global village and not just Ganges Village.

There were already empty upper level offices and several empty storefronts throughout the Village. As leases expire, there may be more vacant retail options. An online store or presence means a physical store is no longer necessary.

Hmmm.... The Trust is there to preserve the past (the planners are in charge...not the elected trustees). The CRD director brings Salt Spring concerns to the Victoria based CRD (Capital Regional District), but the CRD is focused on Victoria issues.

The World, which means total online presence and the reality of Marshall McLuhen’s 1970s “global village” mantra, is suddenly “even” with Ganges Village. What will this mean in two years time? Three? Five? Hmmm....no going back.

What do you see as the Ganges Core “look”, going forward? Will the Village disappear?


May 23, 2020.

Enjoy your own private world on your own beautiful Island...all amenities and a self-sufficient lifestyle!

Private Island Estate
Seeking the very best in oceanfront pleasure? Here it is...your own private island.

Private Island Estate
Walk your own trails, welcome guests to an alluring seaside cottage, create in a seaside studio/workshop, enjoy an authentic rural cottage-home (feature fireplace, spacious living, vista dining, country kitchen with breakfast area, office or second bedroom, full bath, art gallery nook...with an aerie master bedroom/dressing/bath)...easy access out to expansive decking...expand those summer living pleasures!

Private Island Estate
Viewscapes of ocean, islands, mountains...to inspire the soul. Several private bays and coves...lovely ocean-side decking options for east/south/west sunshine.

Terrific dock...plus second dock offshore.

Private Island Estate
Arrive...stay...perfect as a seasonal retreat or as a year-round lifestyle. Totally private and "apart"...yet not isolated. Close to amenities that are also important to one. On community water. Easy to arrive here...easy to enjoy.

Call me for more information. 48 hours notice.

A definite WOW!


May 19, 2020.

Boats passing each other
The word from the provincial and federal governments: soft reopenings allowed now.

This past holiday weekend was a benchmark for the “stay at home” edict. In B.C., the health spokespeople have encouraged a slow business re-start, from now on.

Closures since March 12th, on Salt Spring, might see some local businesses not able to reopen.

The law of unexpected consequences is always happy to confront us.

It is said, to change a habit, one must do the new habit for 21 days. Apparently, it takes that long for our brains to accept a change from routine.

Here we are, two months later, with an online world.

People have been accustomed to working from home, to online shopping, to online meetings, to online education, to online family communications, to...you get the drift. Banking online and card payments (the end of cash as a financial medium?) are now fully with us. The terrain has changed.

In the efforts to cooperate, to “flatten the curve” of the very contagious virus, most people able to do so did stay home. Government payments to help people out, with the massive work closures/lay-offs, are going to have to be reckoned with down the line.

Have these massive payments made currencies valueless? Will debt be repaid by creating a new currency? If people want to stay home, will they want a guaranteed monthly income? Will interest rates rise? Will the tourism industry recover? Cruise ships, long distance flights, pleasure boats, cars...who will be the consumer? Will we see multigenerational housing construction take place? Nursing homes turned out not to be good for the aging. Will we see a return to the 3-generation model in family lifestyles? Hmmm...the only predictable outcome is “change”.

It is true that change brings opportunity. Time to pull on our creative socks, and to think about the “going forward” moment. We remember the Before. We are nearing the end of the Middle. What does the After look like?

And your thoughts are? Always welcome!


May 15, 2020.

Sailboats
So, here we are, at the Victoria Day Holiday Weekend...a cross-Canada event, seen as a signal for summer. It’s been seen as the “open up the cottage” weekend in many recreational areas.

On Salt Spring, it’s also been the annual two-day Round Salt Spring Sailing Race event....but not this year.

The stay at home/social distance measures, in place since March 12th, have caused many cancellations/postponements of loved annual seasonal events.

The Saturday Market in the Park, Canada Day celebrations/fireworks, B.C. Day holiday weekend events, ArtCraft, ArtSpring theatre/music offerings and Treasure Faire fundraiser, Fall Fair, Sip & Savour...they have all been cancelled until 2021.

The provincial government is allowing soft reopenings of some businesses, after May 18 holiday Monday. Social distancing and solid cleaning practices between customers, limits on numbers of people in store at one time...and so on...all requirements of the new normal.

Real estate inquiries have been steady, in many online venues. Now, the important physicality is about to happen. Again, sanitizing protocols and social distancing.

As things slowly open up again, let’s remember to Think Local. Let’s support our business community. Let’s keep the vibe of Ganges Village alive. Let’s support all those who call this Island home. It’s up to us!

Meantime: spectacular Salt Spring smiles forth its dazzling May beauty. Enjoy!


May 12, 2020.

Sophisticated lifestyle beside the sea? It’s here...on special Salt Spring Island.

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!


May 9, 2020.

View from dock
Early May on Salt Spring Island is an inspiring moment.

Everything has flowered forth and early vegetables are at the Tuesday Farmers Market. It is steadily warming up, and some days are more like summer-summer.

Slowly, the government restrictions “to stay at home/to social distance” are beginning to lift.

There is renewed optimism that there may be a summer market for the Gulf Islands and other recreational/visitor-centric regions.

Lots to enjoy, in spite of the many postponements of loved annual events.

Check out the Salt Spring Chamber website and keep up on the openings.

Look forward to welcoming you back to this significantly beautiful Island!


May 5, 2020.

Deer
So...what's different on Salt Spring Island?

Cancellations of:

Saturday Market in the Park.
Canada Day festivities.
ArtCraft.
ArtSpring Treasure Faire.
Home and Garden Show.
ArtSpring presentations/concerts.
Sip & Savour.
Round Salt Spring Sailing Race.
Fall Fair.
In other words, all events that attract participation from the public and where social distancing would be impossible.

Closures:

all non-essential businesses.
all schools
Restaurants must be take-out only.
Accommodations providers closed.
Essential services must practice social distancing and follow strict cleaning/sanitizing procedures.
Parks and trails are closed.

Travel on Ferries is requested to be only essential services. Ferries had cancelled some routes and reduced service on others, on April 4. These routes/sailings may be restored on June 2. Floatplanes may try to offer service. They have been closed since March 12.

Cancellations and closures are seen all over Vancouver Island and in Victoria. No region of B.C. is exempt.

Are we still in "the Middle" (the Before being pre-March 12th)? Is there any sign of the "After"?

Check out the Salt Spring Chamber's websites and Facebook page. Various groups are meeting, stressing resiliency measures to create that serious "After". The Chamber highlights and proactively supports all these initiatives and outlines all possible federal and provincial government aid programs, on these chamber websites.

Salt Spring is a tourism based economy. Think Local is an essential to see businesses reopen later. It's a choice. Be thoughtful. Let's try to keep dollars on the Island...let's try to keep local businesses able to practice resilience. It's called: support.

And your suggestions are? Always welcome.


May 2, 2020

Exceptional view custom home awaits your pleasure...on special Salt Spring Island.

Soaring Panoramic Vistas
Superb executive home, on 6+ acres, in an area of fine homes, and with million dollar views, 180 degrees from West Vancouver to Mount Baker. Excellent all day/year round sun exposure (sunrises and sunsets, here!).

Soaring Panoramic Vistas
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.

Soaring Panoramic Vistas
Custom designed and construction by Gordon Speed Construction, Salt Spring's premier builder, the attention to detail here, and the fineness of the finishes, are superlative.

Soaring Panoramic Vistas
High end finishings thoughout: infloor heating, vaulted ceilings, hardwood & concrete flooring, Rumford floor to ceiling wood burning fireplace, high end appliances.

Master bed sitting room, with expansive decking off (hot tub with a view!), a dream ensuite (this shower is exceptional), and large walk in closet, is in its own private "wing". Dream kitchen with pantry/storage and mudroom entry off, dramatic dining with window wall that totally opens to the outdoor barbecue/decking, thus expanding summer living pleasures, plus formal entry and guest powder room. Separate laundry, and exercise room completes main level.

Garden level offers gallery/meditation space, guest bed and bath, media room, and a professional office space (could be third bedroom, if desired), plus generous storage. Easy access to patio areas, and that soaring view available to all principal rooms.

A finishing carpenter's personal home, totally unique, and totally beautiful. The home is ready to just move into and to enjoy. Landscaping (easy care/natural) frames the home. A home to inspire and to nurture one's soul...enjoy!

Priced below replacement value.





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