Vancouver Island - Where To Buy?

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  1. jackd

    jackd Long timer

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    To follow in the vein of my trip over there today, I'm going to put the question out there: where's the best place to buy over there right now - in your opinion. I've been searching the MLS listings from Lake Cowichan up to Campbell River for what's there. I quite like the Chemainus area and surrounds, whereas I used to be focused on the Comox Valley region. Having just escaped the dark, snowy Port Alberni valley, I can rule that one out forever.... Give me your ideas based on property taxes, congestion, riding & what have you. No Lower Mainlanders or such need respond. :D
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  2. OurBC

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    Parksville-Qualicum Beach area has the best weather after Victoria but the cost isn't as high.
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  3. jackd

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    Victoria is becoming much the same as Vancouver. More and more people squeezing into the limited space there is. I'd be pissed over there, seeing as how the transit investments are always happening over here - the recent one being the Evergreen line in the northeast. They could sure use a line out to the western burbs like Langford. Victoria isn't on my radar but I would use it as a cultural destiination for when I live over here.
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  4. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    The south and mid Island has become quite congested, I think if I was to move down the Island Cambell River is as far as I would go... It's the last big town on the Island and to the North you have a huge riding area, free camping, umpteen lakes , great fishing, lotsa hiking areas , good hunting and lotsa get away from people areas... If you miss the congestion you just have to head south for the day...

    Cambell River had the worst economy on the Island a little while back, but things have picked up since mostly due to the Chinese log market boom... What are you looking for house, condo or rental?
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  5. swellguy

    swellguy Been here awhile

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    For an investment, the best place to buy is in Victoria. For a place to live, do you work, are you retired?
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  6. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I like the Qualicum and Campbell River towns. With Qualicum getting the nod for better weather. IMO, the riding is not that great as your obviously limited because of the Island. A weekend and you could ride in every town here, and most of the Island is forcing you to do North South riding.
    I've lived in the Vic area (Colwood) for the last 3.5 yrs, (I'm from NFLD) and this area is getting more congested by the day as condos are going up outside of Victoria as well like Langford and such. So it's not going to be any better any time soon.

    Mid Island is where you need to be.. Lots of nice places between Naniamo and Campbell River.
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  7. jackd

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    I'm starting to really chafe at being over here in the Lower Mainland and my final few working years are now in front of me. Many of my co-workers commute from the Island and feel that the added complexity that brings is more than compensated for by the improved situation of living over there. I've always thought they were nuts but now I am closing this chapter of my life, it's time to look forward.

    What I'm looking for is something to buy - the size of Ladysmith appeals because I'm doing the big community thing now and that comes up lacking... As I'm now hitting the mid '50s age group, even one of these 55+ communities would fit the bill. Something you could lock up and leave with little maintenance is preferred - but a garage is a must to keep the GS safe and warm.
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  8. Deuce

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    If I could I would live anywhere in this area. Great weather, lots of hobby farms to buy fresh produce, wineries galore and great backroads for riding. You are only 1 hr. from Victoria, or go north to Nanaimo. :1drink
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  9. jackd

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    I've been following the Island news quite closely. Hell, I prefer to watch Island news on the T.V. - it beats hearing about the latest shootings in Surrey! What did catch my attention this week was the possible closing of the Crofton pulp mill and the subsequent loss to the tax base for the Cowichan area. They were forecasting a $350 increase in household tax to offset this industrial tax loss. I was kind of curious if Chemainus was outside the tax area of North Cowichan - anyone know?
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  10. OurBC

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    Both are in the Municipality of North Cowichan so would probably share in the cost of any tax increase. Crofton without the mill being might make the land values appreciate in time as demand increases for a retirement community. The area has lots to offer with a hospital nearby in Duncan.
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  11. Commuter Boy

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    From the work I've done over there in the last two years the Comox Valley is over-priced, Victoria is approaching Vancouver levels of pricing and traffic, Campbell River and parts north are a bargain, as is the area around Duncan and Ladysmith. Nanaimo isn't that great, but I don't have a lot of real-estate data on that.

    I may have a rental house for sale in Cowichan in a couple weeks......:deal
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    I had a visit from Gus last week (our lamented ex-neighbour, who escaped to Saltair - for those who are scratching their heads, Commuter Boy and I are neighbours), and he said that his property assessment had dropped by 20 grand from last year. He says that there are good deals to be had in his vicinity. The area around Nanaimo is higher priced and therefore he looked farther south. For reasons that will go unmentioned, he is now regretting his move - he misses the Lower Mainland.
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  13. Ron from BC

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    ....oh for the good olde days when people came to Victoria via the birth canal. Nice simple life when you could race slot cars in what turned into the Olde Forge in the Strathcona Hotel. Venturing up island for summer holidays at Little Qualicum Falls and picnics at Ivy Green......

    Regardless, if you do emigrate over here we can always go for a coffee/lunch ride. There's plenty of mid 50+ retired farts over here looking for excuses for rides...
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  14. jackd

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    I won't be emigrating over there, so much as coming home - I'm originally a mid-Island boy. I left for places east to find fame and fortune - I made it as far as Vancouver... Thankfully that's as far as I got or I would have frozen to death doing this job. I would love to meet up with many of you Island Riders - from the ones that I met at a BMOC campout a few years ago, you seem to be a happy mellow lot.
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  15. triplenickel

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    Easily CR, not that I'm biased or anything but for the same reasons that brought me back a few years ago when I could have moved anywhere. Comox Valley south is too busy and overpriced, we have tons of lakes, good trails, backroad access, Mt Washington parking lot is 35 minutes from my door. We're not quite into the rain belt that Sayward rests in. The real estate pricing on it's own makes it worth while. Once you hit Nanaimo south you might as well stay in the Fraser Valley it's an over priced zoo.
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  16. jackd

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    So you're saying that the pricing in the Comox Valley beats what you find down in Ladysmith and environs south of there? I thought that all those Albertans that Westjet brought in had driven things upward. Are you talking about those spots up between Campbell River and Courtenay?
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    triplenickel Long timer

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    Nah, I don't think the CV beats anything.:rofl Merville and Black Creek would be nice if you want a more rural setting but I don't know how hey compare on prices. CR is cheap these days though. For me it wouldn't matter how cheap it was Nanaimo south, it's just too damn busy if it was cheap it would just get worse.
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    I must admit I'm torn between the North Cowichan and the Comox Valley areas. The riding out toward Port Renfrew/Sooke is a big draw and easily accessible from the one - the areas accessed from the Comox area are also ideal. Living as I do in Burnaby, the last thing I'm looking forward to would be a heavily congested area - that would be a non-starter.
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    I know this thread is the enclave for 'island people' so I won't stay long. But i too remember the good old days when my dad's old buddy ran the Qualicum fish hatchery,,,,we as kids used to hang out and help in transfer of salmon smelts to different stage tanks,,,and stay with the whole gang at his cabin on Horn Lake at summer holidays. We would jump in the old 12' car top with the old Johnstone 6hp and camp overnite on the tiny little island in the middle of the lake. Very good times.
    Rode through that area extensively last summer, back roads, gravel roads, etc,,my have things changed!!........Then again, I remember when there was 1 street light from Surrey to Abbotsford.

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  20. jackd

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    Good to hear that you experienced the Qualicum of old and spent time at Horne Lake. One of my favourite rides from my early days was doing the 'Horne Lake Trail' from Port Alberni to the east coast. Rough trails on the west side and stream fording on the east side. Some guys were on Trials bikes, me on my Suzuki DR400 thumper. I imagine it has all changed now - haven't been through there in 30 years.
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