Courtenay, BC is a lively community located on the east coast of central Vancouver Island. Transportation by land, sea or air not only provides a scenic journey but allows for convenient travel to the communities and the mainland. Located within the traditional lands of the K'omoks First Nation, this wonderful community offers a wide array of shopping opportunities alongside the pristine oceanside environment. With a population of approximately 26,000, this is the central point of the Comox Valley.
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About Courtenay, BC Real Estate
Courtenay is a diverse community and caters to an array of housing styles, attracting many families, young professionals, and those who are quite established and ready to call Courtenay home. With such a high demand for housing in the Courtenay real estate market, plenty of fresh new developments have been built, boasting the best of modern living. New construction homes in Courtenay are well-appointed homes built by leading developers. Many of the homes are contemporary designs boasting some of the latest in west coast living. Many new homes in Courtenay offer energy-efficient appliances and heating systems, LED lights, chic fixtures and finishes, marble or granite counter tops, 5 piece bathrooms, hardwood floors, and large windows allowing plenty of natural light into the properties.
Other single-family homes in Courtenay in the median price range offer a variety of living options. Many of the older homes have been updated to suit the modern buyer and family. Overall, single-family homes in Courtenay offer floor plans that range from an average of 1,200 to 3,000 square feet, accommodating 2 to 5 bedrooms and 2 plus bathrooms. Most of the 2-level homes come with 2-car garages and roomy driveways. If you’re interested in 1-level homes, Courtenay real estate has modern as well as heritage ranchers to choose from.
If you’re looking to own a property that’s easy to lock-up-and-go, or a home with lower maintenance, Courtenay has an abundance of condos including townhouses, apartments and patio homes, many with creative designs to choose from. Floor plans can vary from 800 to 2,500 plus square feet. Some of these properties are found on top of Mount Washington where you can have full ownership or partake in fractional ownership.
With so much natural beauty and a desirable community to be a part of, Courtenay attracts many discerning home buyers. Luxury homes may come with acreages and sweeping views of the Strait of Georgia and the glacial mountains. You’ll find the best in executive style west-coast contemporary, and traditional heritage homes on beautifully manicured gardens. High-quality builders in Courtenay are known to leave very little to the imagination when it comes to design and the quality of craftsmanship. Prospective buyers can expect high-end upgrades and beautiful custom work throughout, like coffered ceilings, wainscoting, and imported marble and granite. Vaulted ceilings, media rooms, pools, and bars add to the palatial vibe. Many of these homes range from 2,500 to 6,000 plus square feet, and offer 2 to 6 bedrooms and bathrooms.
Life in Courtenay, BC
There are many ways to stay active in Courtenay! Recreational opportunities for all ages include hiking, biking, swimming, skating, golfing and simply exploring the wonderful waterfront trails. For the art enthusiast, there is a wide array of entertainment opportunities, including art classes, concerts at the Sid Williams Theatre,youth programs at the Link and creative classes at the Courtenay Recreation Centre. People who choose Courtenay over other island communities appreciate being close to Mount Washington where skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels are welcome to hit some of the best powder in beautiful British Columbia. Other reasons why families move to this community are because of the well-appointed amenities available to the public. The Lewis Centre is an indoor-outdoor recreation facility that offers a pool, squash courts, two gyms, a wellness centre, a skate park, a Rotary water park, an outdoor theatre/stage, and more. Kids will also love Comox Valley Sports Centre where they can swim and play hockey.
Situated on K'omoks First Nation territory, Courtenay's deeply rooted first-nations culture is displayed around the city in many ways, these totem poles being just one of them.
Courtenay is well-known for it’s various festivals throughout the year. Since 1979 The Filberg Festival is a point of pride for the community drawing in thousands of people from all over the map to the highly-anticipated event. It’s one of western Canada’s largest juried outdoor art and craft shows featured among the stately trees and gardens of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park. The event takes place in summer and offers the public a few days of creativity, music, and delicious local fare.
The brand-new state-of-the-art North Island Hospital was completed in the fall of 2017 and has a 153-bed capacity. Within walking distance of the North Island College and close to shopping, the hospital provides multiple services to our residents. It's amazing to think that over 100 years ago the first hospital in Courtenay was run by 4 nuns in a farmhouse, until the arrival of St. Joseph's General Hospital.
In terms of shopping, Courtenay has you covered. One the unique places to shop on Vancouver Island can be found on 5th Street. Here you'll find the Iconic Hot Chocolates and Bakery, together with stylish clothing stores, art boutiques and cafes. Everyday conveniences can be found at various chain stores.
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