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What the New Legalization Rules Mean for BC Real Estate

We’ve known for a while that this day was coming. Although Marijuana is now legalized in BC, this does not constitute a free-for-all in terms of growing, selling, or consumption. Homeowners, Landlords, and Tenants all need to be informed and educated on the do’s and don’ts of our new laws.

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An Overview…

In British Columbia, Bill 30, the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act (CCLA), governs possession, use, and cultivation of recreational cannabis. The CCLA permits individuals aged 19 or older to purchase and consume cannabis, possess up to 30 grams in public, and grow up to 4 plants at home provided the plants are not visible from public spaces and are not cultivated in homes used as day-cares. The CCLA provides guidance for landlords and strata councils on their rights and obligations. British Columbia has also passed Bill 31, the Cannabis Distribution Act (CDA), which guides entities looking to establish a physical retail cannabis presence and presides over the distribution of recreational cannabis.

Residential Tenancies

In British Columba, the CCLA amends the province’s Residential Tenancy Act such that if a residential tenancy agreement entered into before October 17 (i) includes a term that prohibits or limits smoking tobacco; and (ii) does not include a term that expressly permits smoking cannabis, then the agreement will be deemed to include a term that prohibits or limits smoking cannabis in the same manner smoking tobacco is prohibited or limited. Further, residential tenancy agreements entered into before October 17 are deemed to prohibit growing cannabis plants, unless (i) the tenant is growing federally authorized medical cannabis; or (ii) growing these plants is not contrary to the terms of the tenancy agreement. Residential tenancy agreements entered into on or after October 17 must expressly state whether there are any prohibitions or limitations on growing or smoking cannabis. In the absence of any such prohibitions or limitations, landlords and tenants are free to negotiate terms regarding growing and smoking cannabis.

Strata/Condo Bylaws

In British Columbia, the CCLA does not make amendments to the Strata Property Act nor has the provincial government imposed any specific cannabis related restrictions on strata councils. This implies that strata councils and condo boards in BC are free to enact bylaws and rules that restrict smoking or growing cannabis, although as noted below, this may raise some issues with respect to cannabis used for medical purposes.

Residential Insurance

Home insurers may have clauses in their policies stating that they will not insure homes used for the production of cannabis. In a recent court decision in Saskatchewan, a judge held that such a clause disentitled a landlord from an insurance payout for damages caused by their residential tenant’s cannabis grow-op, even though the landlord had not been aware of the existence of the grow-up at the time, and had not given the tenant permission. While this case was decided in Saskatchewan, similar clauses may be found in insurance policies across Canada.

Medical Cannabis Restrictions in Leases or Bylaws

Medical cannabis is currently governed by the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). On October 17, this legislation will be repealed, and the Cannabis Regulations, which accompany Bill C-45, will govern medical cannabis.

If a landlord, strata council, or condo board attempt to restrict an individual’s use of medical cannabis they may be violating Human Rights Codes or Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. However, there may be existing obligations to other tenants, including provision for the quiet use and enjoyment of their leased property, and the use of medical cannabis may pose a nuisance to these others. These obligations and the rights of an individual using (or growing) medical cannabis may be irreconcilable. Recent authority suggests that in some situations a no-smoking provision in a lease or bylaw may continue to apply if medical cannabis can be ingested in other ways.

If you are concerned about how these new laws may affect you and your home, contact us today.

 

Information and statistics obtained from Lawson Lundell Real Estate Law. To read the full article, click here

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A Rare Opportunity to Ensure a Lifetime of Privacy – 2029 Rivers Cross

Situated on the most private lot in the Bear Mountain development, 2029 Rivers Cross is surrounded by conservation land ensuring privacy and peaceful greenery for years to come.

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With an ever-growing population in the Victoria and Bear Mountain communities, coming across properties with any sort of privacy and a price tag under $1,000,000 are few and far between. Bordered by conservation land, this home provides you with a clean slate for design and the serenity to enjoy the beautiful, natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.

This gorgeous home will impress you and your guests from the moment you enter the front door… Spacious, open-concept living offers an abundance of natural light flowing through the many large windows which frame the parkland beautifully. Custom built-ins, a gas fireplace and double doors leading out to an expansive deck overlooking a lush, green forest can also be found in the main living area.

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The kitchen offers stainless appliances, an oversized island, quartz counters and no shortage of cabinetry and storage space. An office space (or bedroom), and a four-piece bathroom finish off the main level. The upstairs living quarters feature wide, skylit hallways leading to three bedrooms which include the spacious master boasting a spa-like ensuite, a walk-in closet and access to the upper deck with more private, woodland views. The generously sized guest bedroom features a separate deck providing your guests with the comfort and privacy of their own space and even includes a hot tub hookup!

The lower level provides endless possibilities! Wired for an in-law suite, office, rec room or whatever feature space you can imagine. Other features of this incredible Bear Mountain home include LED lighting throughout, central vac, a 2-5-10 warranty and more!

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Are you interested in viewing our other listings? Do you have any questions about Bear Mountain real estate? Visit our website!

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206-1969 Oak Bay Ave | Oak Bay Living at its Most Convenient

An open concept layout, floor to ceiling windows, and light finishing details make up this astonishing Oak Bay property…

Situated on one of Oak Bay Avenues most prominent corners, this former show suite is where quality meets exceptional design. This 2014 built, 1,082 square foot apartment provides residents with the space of a detached home and the convenience of central living. With two bedrooms and two bathrooms in the award-winning Village Walk development by Abstract Development, this property features a generous open-concept layout with over-height ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the bright eastern exposures.

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Sophisticated details continue into the kitchen where you will enjoy premium appliances, gas range, two-toned cabinetry and chic quartz counters. The master suite offers his and her closets and a bright, spa-like ensuite. Your covered, private balcony allows for enjoyment year-round and provides residents with ample outdoor space. Other unparalleled details include textured feature walls, a custom built-in desk, in-floor heating, a fifty-feature fireplace, triple glazed windows and many more luxuries you won’t find anywhere else. This is an exquisite property within close proximity to all amenities including trendy cafes, fine dining, shops, entertainment, and beaches.

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Oak Bay living provides its residents with the ease of access to all amenities with the peace and tranquility of a tight-knit community. Located right on Oak Bay Ave, you have access to nearby parks, the Oak Bay Marina, and a wide range of eclectic shops and cafes. Walk the seawall to the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and enjoy a day at the world-class spa or an afternoon on the patio at The Snug overlooking the coastal mountains and occasional boat traffic. Oak Bay is one of Victoria’s oldest and most sought-after neighbourhoods. With history dating back to its incorporation in 1906, Oak Bay consists of a mix of character conversion homes, new-construction seaside oasis’ and heritage homes built in the early 1900’s.

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Do you have any questions about Victoria or Bear Mountain real estate? Are you interested in viewing our other listings? View our listings page or contact us today!

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Some of Bear Mountains Most Impressive Views

1200 Natures Gate | Bear Mountain Real Estate

Unique paradise property set above parkland protected land, offers expansive, flat, fenced, private, yet full viewing back garden on the mountain. Perfect for croquet, putting green, family ball games, social extravaganzas and quiet reflection. A haven for the birdwatcher, nature lover, photographer, enthusiast.

Bear Mountain luxury Westin resort village spread out below offers the full range of tennis, golf, cycling, athletics, swimming, hiking, dining and socialising [www.bearmountain.ca].

Balanced energy flow defines this near 5,000 sf rock solid architectural gem and its over 1,500 sf of viewing decks.

A flat entry welcomes your guests to breathtaking views, offering formal dining, reception room, a bistro prep bar, walk-in pantry, chef’s kitchen with stunning views, high vaulted living room and breakfast area, multimedia, gas fireplace, double sets of french doors leading out to the main level dining/view deck. Slate floors anchor the main level. A wraparound front porch offers walk down storage through a secret hatch.

Massive cabinets and closets feature throughout the home. Double car garage accommodates workshop, storage, double hot water on demand copper boilers, garden irrigation and illumination controls, security system, centra vac. High efficiency heating, A/C.

Top level features the master suite with private view deck, unique stone figure spa w view soaker, private yoga and fitness studio, 2 guest bedrooms w 5 piece bath.

Garden level offers a guest bedroom w 5 piece bath, huge library, office and multimedia; double french doors lead out to covered stone view deck, private gardens.

A purpose built legal, self sufficient 1 bedroom suite enjoys its own gardens and private entry, parking.

Walking path at the end of the cul de sac leads directly down to the Westin Bear Mountain village.

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To learn more about living at 1200 Natures Gate contact Lewis Ratcliff today. To learn more about living at Bear Mountain click here. 

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Introducing: The Ratcliff Group

The Ratcliff Group

Previously entering Victoria’s highly competitive real estate atmosphere as Lewis Ratcliff, the Victoria local has teamed up with his loving wife, Amy Ratcliff, and two new Victoria agents, Kyle Fuzi and Ryan Messer, to create one of Victoria’s most sought-after Bear Mountain and luxury Teams.

The Man Himself, Lewis Ratcliff:

Lewis grew up in London, England as a child and had a passion for sports. Particularly lacrosse, which he still plays and coaches to this day. Prior to joining real estate firm Engel & Völkers, Lewis played professional lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League. Lewis is still involved in the lacrosse community and loves to coach, train, and be involved when the opportunity presents itself.

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Aside from real estate and lacrosse, Lewis’ all-time favorite pass-time is spending time with his two kids, Carter and Issy, and of course, the beautiful Mrs. Ratcliff. The family loves their Bear Mountain life and spends their free time at the pool, mini golfing, or goofing around at home. With a thriving business, a happy and loving family, and a love for the game (both lacrosse and real estate) Lewis and his family lived a fulfilled life on Bear Mountain.

The Design Guru, Amy Ratcliff:

A born and raised Vancouver gal, Amy moved to Victoria 5 years ago. With a wealth of experience and education under her belt, Some fields Amy excels in include Event and Wedding planning, Interior design (Pacific Design Academy), and Land Developing (Client Design Coordinator).

As of this year, Amy has been licensed as a Real Estate Agent here in Victoria. Through meshing all of her many talents, she found a love in real estate and figured it would be a way to build connections and create a very powerful, fulfilling career.

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“I’ve always loved interior design and would always pay attention to the details when seeing new homes and because of this… found myself helping friends and family with home decor and renovation choices (and spending most of my time wandering around furniture stores).”

–  Amy Ratcliff.

Amy enjoys connecting with people, finding out what their home goals are, and helping them through the process, but there aren’t many things Amy enjoys more than a glass of bubbly after completing another successful project. 🍾 *pop*

Amy has been an integral member of the Ratcliff Group and continues to expand her interior design business by offering their clients home staging services. for more information on Staged by Ratcliff, visit their website 🖥✨

“[Lewis] has really made a name for himself in Victoria real estate and I am proud of the amount of work and care that he puts into every deal.”

– Amy Ratcliff

The Go-Getter, Ryan Messer:

Realizing at an early age that the real estate industry is where he wanted to be, Ryan was first introduced to the profession in the Okanagan where he was born and raised. Leaving his business marketing studies behind, Ryan then followed his passion and love of European architecture to the historic streets of Victoria where he decided to set up camp and further his career.

bear mountain real estateRyan quickly fell in love with the ocean, the eco-friendly lifestyle, the community, and of course, the housing market. He has many passions including rugby (he actively played for Team BC 4 years straight!), traveling, hiking, kayaking, and fishing but his number one is real estate. He truly appreciates helping people get ahead in life and loves to watch his clients plant roots here in Victoria just like he did.

 

The Island Man, Kyle Fuzi:

A born and raised Island guy, Kyle grew up in the small town of Port McNeill but made Victoria his home when he was 19 after having fallen in love with the city through various trips here. Kyle, his wife Kristyn, and two children, Olivia and Elliot, have called the Bear Mountain Resort Community our home for years. You can usually find them riding bikes, walking and hiking the trails, or playing at one of the many parks in their spare time. Kyle is also an avid snowboarder and has been so for roughly 25 years so they love to spend as much time as they can at their family property at Mount Washington.

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Kyle’s goal as a Realtor® is to make premium client service and marketing available to all, regardless of the price point of your home. As a client of Kyles, you are incredibly important to him and he takes the level of confidence you place in him very seriously. Sparing no effort to ensure that you receive the most diligent professional service, Kyle is the newest member to the Ratcliff Group bringing with him industry experience, a love for the game, and a fun-loving demeanor to the Team.

Dominating the Bear Mountain market, the Ratcliff Group is a versatile, high-functioning Team working around the clock to ensure their clients get the best care and attention the industry has to offer. If you’re interested in working with them, contact them today!

Interested in viewing their current listings? View their listings page.

 

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Introducing Staged By Ratcliff Group

Oh, you’re in need of staging services? We now offer our clients professional design insight!

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Now offering staging services to clients selling their homes with the Ratcliff Group (contact your Ratcliff Group REALTOR for a quote), Staged by Ratcliff is the creative offspring of the real estate company operated by Amy Ratcliff herself. Amy’s keen eye for design, incredible taste in décor, and access to contemporary furnishings bring life to homes maybe needing a little love in the design and décor department.

Your experience with Staged by Ratcliff begins with a consultation allowing Amy to measure the area, draw out a floor plan, and discuss design details with you. While still following professional rules of placement for your selected pieces, Amy listens carefully to her clients’ vision and expectation to ensure she is delivering a product they will be happy with. Ultimately, clients have full creative control over their vision for their home with the expertise and resources of a professional.

victoria real estate - interior design - Victoria stagingProviding clients with a style board detailing colour, texture, and pattern and handling the hassle of warehouse packing, moving, and setting up, Amy walks her clients through the process start to finish. She has a background in customer service and worked for a local developer as a Client Design Coordinator, helping new homeowners select interior finishing’s. Working closely with a developer and having a husband in real estate, Amy realized she could blend her passions of design and real estate and quickly began setting the stones for a design company.

As a licensed realtor, design fanatic, and bubbly people-person, Amy found her calling in staging. Continuing to build client relations and guide homeowners through the sale of their home through style and design, Amy’s detail-oriented nature ensures she is putting your homes best foot forward. The difference is truly in the details when working with Amy and the Staged by Ratcliff Team, ensuring quality service and products, and obtaining the best price for your home.

To learn more about Staged by Ratcliff Group services, visit their website

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3900 SQFT Home Includes Executive Golf Membership for 1.55M

1421 Champions Place | Offered at $1,550,000

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Bear Mountain is the most prestigious urban resort in Canada. The new and luxurious neighborhood of Bear Mountain offers residents resort living at its finest.

Nestled in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Bear Mountain is a sophisticated and charming metropolis with world-class recreational opportunities and a year-round temperate climate. The private community introduces a relaxing atmosphere complete with golf, tennis, spa amenities, shopping, and cycling just footsteps from your front door. Purchase a one-of-a-kind piece of real estate and get resort-like-living every day of the year!

Located on the 10th fairway and at the end of the cul-de-sac on sought after Champions Place, this 3,900 square foot home has it all! Spectacular kitchen with two toned cabinets, high end stainless appliances, two sinks, eat-in island and tons of storage opens up to dining room with access to outdoor heated/covered patio and built in barbeque station.

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The living room offers large windows for natural light and features a fireplace with custom tilework and built-in storage. Coffered ceilings, massive walk-in closet and spa inspired ensuite can all be found in the master on main as well as a walkout to the rear yard. Powder room, full bathroom, laundry room and two bedrooms are also found on the main level. Downstairs you’ll find a media room with bar, wine room with glass entry, office, two bedrooms and two full bathrooms with outstanding finishings (heated floors, glass doors, custom tilework).

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The home also includes an annual membership to the world renowned Bear Mountain Golf Resort. The Mountain Course is the first Jack and Steve Nicklaus co-designed course on Vancouver Island. It is quite simply, a masterpiece offering challenging terrain and spectacular natural beauty.

Host of the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship, a PGA TOUR Champions event, and the 2010 TELUS World Skins Game, Bear Mountain Resort stands apart as one of the finest golf resorts anywhere. Featuring wide panoramic views of mountain, city and ocean all framed by undulating fairways and lush coastal forests, the Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Resort will entice you to pull out your camera more than once in your round.

For more information on this 1421 Champions Place or to book a tour click here.

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How to Sell Your Bear Mountain Home

5 Steps to Successfully Selling your Home in the Bear Mountain Real Estate Market

Selling a home in a unique market, like that of Bear Mountain real estate, takes a combination of finding the right people to help you and putting the highest quality in front of the right buyers. It all begins with selecting the right area expert to represent you and your home. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are 5 steps to follow to ensure you start and finish on the right foot.

1. Find a good REALTOR

Experience is key when on the hunt for a knowledgeable and reputable REALTOR. Hiring someone with a history of transactions in the area ensures you are pricing your home appropriately and their local connections will be invaluable when it comes time for open houses and potential showings. A REALTOR with experience in specific neighbourhoods will know how to market your property to the right buyers and will in the end save you time, money, and present you with the best offer available.

2. Prepare your home for photos

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When it comes to physically preparing your home for sale, aesthetics are everything. Filling those nail holes that have been in your walls for years and maybe giving your bathroom a paint job will do wonders for increasing the value of your home. Small repairs are recommended and clearing up any clutter that may be hanging around will present potential buyers with a clean slate for their imagination. People want to envision themselves in their new home, therefore tying up any loose ends, tidying the space, and removing personal photos or memorabilia will present them with a tidy, depersonalized space to let their imagination run wild. Staging is also recommended, and any good REALTOR will have connections to a great staging company that will transform your space into a home that will be hard to leave!

3. Make time for Professional Photo’s

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Although this is in the hands of your decided REALTOR, we want to stress the important of professional photos to showcase the unique highlights of your property. Bear Mountain is a stunningly picturesque community and your REALTOR should be connected with the best available photographer who is capable of encapsulating the beauty that is Bear Mountain. Bringing life to your property will attract the right buyers looking for quality and photos are the first visual evidence of this.

 

4. Get your property live on the market!

Now that the hard stuff is done, you can finally list your property! Your REALTOR will have effectively highlighted Bear Mountains expansive list of amenities (including a world class golf course, a full-service spa, parks, and hiking trails), and will continuously be marketing your property to targeted areas. This is when having a REALTOR with intimate knowledge of Bear Mountain will help tremendously in the sale process of your home and ensure any interested parties are property vetted and approved before entering your home.

5. Be Patient

Finding the right buyers for your property isn’t always an easy task but hiring a confident area professional will put you ahead of the pack. Like we mentioned before, a vetting process allows your REALTOR to qualify potential buyers before asking you to leave your home for a showing. Ensuring they are serious buyers before they walk through the door is a huge time-saver for you and your family, but it is also important for you to prioritize showings and ensure your home is easily accessible for your REALTOR and ready for company at any time. Bear Mountain is a unique community and finding the right buyer means getting top-dollar for your home.

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Bear Mountain Recreational Fun Means a Hot Real Estate Market

Summer Has Finally Made an Appearance and Bear Mountain Is Gearing up for a Busy Real Estate and Recreational Season

A golf lovers haven, adrenaline junky’s paradise, and spa goddess’ dream, Bear Mountain is the recreational hub on the west coast for relaxation and activity. Within a twenty-minute drive you can find yourself on an amazing hike, shopping the boutiques of downtown Victoria, cruising through the trees via zip line at Adrenaline, or strolling one of the many local beaches. All this plus the luxuries of Bear Mountain that could be just a few steps from your front door. The Bear Mountain real estate market is hot for a number of reasons and with Summer quickly approaching we don’t expect things to slow down. Here are a few of our favourite things to do on and around the Mountain.

 

Bear Mountain Golf Course

bear mountain real estateWith two distinct golf courses, Bear Mountain is the premier golf experience in Canada. Choose between the rugged Mountain Course, a challenge for your avid golfer, or the more serene Valley Course. With the perfect mix of challenge and leisure, Bear Mountain is the perfect location for your next golf getaway. All rates at Bear Mountain include power cart with GPS, club valet and club cleaning services, and warm up balls on the practice facility. Along with the perks of a membership or just a day on the green, you enjoy the serenity and views atop the Islands own resort community for free. For more information, Visit their website.

 

Sante Spa at the Westin Bear Mountain

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The award-winning Sante Spa Victoria offers nurturing spa treatments including offerings for men, couples, and golfers. Appreciate the surrounding views from the comfort of the spa lounge, or relax on the terrace and soak in the mineral pool. Enjoy the ultimate experience in relaxation and wash away the stress from your day with one of the many services offered. For more information on available services visit their website.

 

AdrenaLINE Zipline Adventure

bear mountain real estateAs the Islands only canopy zipline tour, you’re sure to satisfy the need for speed and adventure during an outing to AdrenaLINE. Less than half an hour from the top of Bear Mountain, it’s an easy trip down the Mountain for a guaranteed great afternoon. A great day-trip for the family, the adventure park offers a range of courses depending on comfort and skill level. Feel free to take it easy on an easier course or confront your fear of heights on one more challenging. AdrenaLINE also offers packages that include whale watching, rainforest hiking and kayaking so spend the day seeing the sights of the west coast as well as zipping through the trees. You’re sure to have a great time and leave with some amazing stories to tell your friends and family!

 

Western Speedway

Offering mini golf, batting cages, go-kart racing, and a weekly swap and shop, Western Speedway is a great place to take the family for an afternoon of fun and games. At the base of bear mountain real estateBear Mountain, the Speedway is open every day (weather permitting) from April to September and offers a variety of activities for the whole family. For more information regarding hours of operation and activities, visit their website.

 

Jack’s Place
After a long day on the course, what better way to unwind and relax than sitting on a beautiful patio with a beer in hand and a delicious meal. Jack’s Place is the perfect spot to do bear mountain real estateso. Centrally located at the top of the Mountain, Jack’s offers a diverse menu for the more adventurous foody to the plain-Jane diners. Stroll right from the course over to the restaurant in under two minutes and enjoy great service, amazing food, and an all-round satisfying dining experience. Jack’s is also happy to offer Kuma Sushi daily from 2:30-9:30pm and takes reservations for the more busy evenings or lunch rushes. For a look at the full menu or contact information visit their website.

 

With more and more amenities popping up on the mountain all the time, Bear Mountain is quickly becoming a sought-after destination for out of towners and locals alike. From vast, forested adventures, to a luxury spa and golf course, the Mountain offers a number of diverse activities for adults and children alike. Summer has finally made it to Bear Mountain and you should too!

Interested in becoming a resident of Canada’s premiere resort community? Want to learn more about Bear Mountain Real Estate?

Contact me today!

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7 Amazing Bear Mountain Homes Sold in the Last Year

7 AMAZING BEAR MOUNTAIN HOMES SOLD IN THE LAST YEAR

20 minutes from downtown, Bear Mountain is quickly becoming known as the most prestigious urban resort in Canada. Breathtaking views, dense forest, and the luxuries of a full-service spa and golf course just outside your door are a few of the many reasons more and more people are deciding to make Bear Mountain their home. With property values sky -rocketing and limited supply, current bear mountain residents have a unique opportunity to cash-in on their current Bear Mountain homes in this ultra-exclusive neighbourhood. With a tremendous amount of growth over the last few years, new-construction dominates the Bear Mountain real estate market and with that come some pretty spectacular properties that have recently sold. Here are seven of our favorites…

bear mountain homes- bear mountain real estate - Lewis Ratcliff Group1481 Pebble Place – $1,399,000

Overlooking the 5th fairway of the golf course atop Bear Mountain, this home is perfect for entertaining guests in the welcoming and spacious kitchen. Don’t forget to show off the high-end Miele appliances!

bear mountain real estate - lewis Ratcliff group2153 Champions Way – $1,299,000

Constructed by award-winning builders, this 3 bedroom 3 bathroom family home is spread over 2,800 square feet and offers beautiful details in every room.

1421 Champions Place – $1,588,000

Another home for the golf buff, the sale of this property came with a membership to the local course. with 3,900 square feet to call your own, this home sits on the 10th fairway and at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Fore!

bear mountain real estate - lewis Ratcliff group2186 Navigators Rise – $1,898,000

With ocean, mountain and city views overlooking Victoria, Port Angeles, Mt Baker and the Peninsula, this contemporary 4000+ square foot home sits high atop Bear Mountain.

bear mountain real estate - lewis Ratcliff group2279 Nicklaus Dr – $1,888,888

City and mountain views are enjoyed from your custom gourmet kitchen in this breathtaking custom build. Not to mention it is built on the widest lot on the block!

bear mountain real estate - lewis Ratcliff group2149 Champions Way – $1,488,000

An oversized pivot front door, open concept living room, dining room and kitchen as well as white oak engineered hardwood floors are just a few of the many features of this home. And for the avid golfer: the sale of this property came with a golf membership to the local course!

bear mountain homes - bear mountain real estate - lewis Ratcliff group2106 Nicklaus Dr – $1,148,000

Floor to ceiling windows in the main living area overlooks the 18th fairway & Village at Bear Mountain Resort and Golf Course.

 

Thinking of moving to Bear Mountain? Already a resident and thinking of selling? We’d love to help! Get in touch with Bear Mountains top real estate team today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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View Royal Real Estate – The Hidden Gem of The Westshore

View Royal Real Estate – The Hidden Gem of The Westshore

A gateway between Victoria’s urban core and the growing West Shore municipalities, the Town of View Royal is a vibrant community. Since its incorporation in 1988, the Town is home to over 10,800 residents and is continuing to grow. The parks and trails, recreation, arts, and community center are places to visit, for every age. With over 700 hectares (1,700 acres) of parkland, View Royal includes McKenzie, Pike, Prior and Thetis Lakes and portions of the Esquimalt Harbour and Portage Inlet. View Royal real estate has the home for you!

View Royal Real Estate is divided into eight neighborhoods based on topography, transportation corridors, natural environment and the age of housing stock. With each neighborhood comes timeless, heritage homes, and an abundance of new structures being built every year.

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View Royal has an amplitude of municipal parks and over 25 kilometers of trails. View Royal is also known for its stretch of shoreline, which includes sandy beaches with small caves, large driftwood, and rocks, which are home to starfish, crabs, seals and other marine life. The area of View Royal is rich with environmentalism that can turn a house into a home.

Home of the biggest Casino on Vancouver Island, Elements Casino Victoria. Cash in your chips and meet some good friends for an evening out on the town.

Several changes have gone on in View Royal in recent years, including the completion of the Island Highway Improvement Project in 2011, which included new cycle lanes, sidewalks, turning lanes, and planted medians.

Beginning in 2013, the Town of View Royal and District of Saanich replaced the 80-year-old Craigflower Bridge and approach roads, and construction began on the new Public Safety Building, which is now completed.

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Lewis Ratcliff & The Ratcliff Group is your go-to Realtor in View Royal.

Lewis Ratcliff has an abundance of real estate properties for sale from Bear Mountain to Goldstream to Langford Lake; View Royal has a neighborhood you will love to call home.

 

To view, all of Lewis’s listings click here.

To discuss buying and/or selling with Lewis, contact him here, and see why Langford real estate is meant for you!

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Langford Homes for Sale | Why you should invest in Langford real estate? 

Langford Homes for Sale | Why you should invest in Langford real estate?

Why should you invest in Langford Real Estate? Here is why.

Langford is a progressive city just northwest of Greater Victoria and north of Colwood. The city includes a variety of subdivisions for every type of buyer. Whether you are a home buying veteran or looking to break into the Victoria real estate market, you will be able to find the home of your dreams and within your budget here.

Langford is a relatively new city and was only incorporated in 1992. Since then, the city has become one of the fastest growing communities in British Columbia and it is easy to see why.

From Bear Mountain to Goldstream to Langford Lake, Langford has a neighborhood you will love to call home.

The Langford real estate market offers a wide variety of homes. You will find a lovely selection of single-family homes, condos, townhomes, and luxury estates. There is also a nice mixture of older and newer properties. If you are searching for a residence with individuality, you will appreciate the character homes in Langford. If you are looking for something more contemporary, with a West Coast feel, you will welcome the selection of modern and new estates.

First time home buyers will find homes for sale in Langford in the $350,000 range. An impeccably maintained older townhomes, set back from the main street, with a fully fenced backyard, may be exactly what you need for your growing family. How about a 2-bedroom penthouse suite, in the heart of Westshore? Whatever your need homes for sale in Langford range in pricing from the high $100,000s to almost $4 million, promising a property for every budget.

Buyers interested in living in this city will appreciate the amount of property they will receive for the cost. You will not find this high of quality homes for these prices in Victoria!

Lewis Ratcliff is your go-to Langford realtor. Living on Bear Mountain with his wife and two children, Lewis understands the relationship between community, sport, education, and family. Whether you are looking for the best schools for your children or prefer the many attractions Langford has to offer, Lewis has the knowledge to provide you with the inside scoop on buying or selling your home!

Lewis Ratcliff has an abundance of real estate properties for sale from Bear Mountain to Goldstream to Langford Lake; Langford has a neighborhood you will love to call home.

To view, all of Lewis’s listings click here.

To discuss buying and/or selling with Lewis, contact him here, and see why Langford real estate is meant for you!

 

 

Bear Mountain Ownership has its Privileges

Bear Mountain Ownership has its Privileges

Bear Mountain residents can register for homeowner cards and utilize the savings resort-wide.

Membership comes with its privileges and when it is combined with home ownership, then, you have something truly exclusive.

Bear Mountain Resort is proud to be the first residential community on Vancouver Island to offer its homeowners an exclusive membership card that allows access to elite offers and reduced rates on the amenities at the Resort and beyond.

When purchasing a home on the mountain, All homeowners will receive a complimentary Homeowner Card that entitles them to a minimum 10% discount* at select resort venues.

Should you wish to take advantage of a wider range of offerings, Bear Mountain is pleased to extend two additional levels of membership for a monthly fee.

Want to find out what is to offer each month? Bear Mountains own homeowner e-newsletter will keep you updated as new businesses & owner exclusives are added.

The benefits of Bear Mountain ownership are continually evolving, check out their website to view all the discounts and to stay up to date.

View the application form here!

2017 Bear Mountain Holiday Home Tour with Lewis Ratcliff 

Bear Mountain’s 3rd annual Holiday Home Tour features Lewis Ratcliff, Engel & Volkers Realtor, beautiful Bear Mountain home.

In 2015, KC Custom Designs and Bear Mountain created the Holiday Home Tour, an event that has seen great success in a short period of time and now become annual. This year Bear Mountain Holiday Home Tour featured Lewis Ratcliff, Engel & Volker’s, Realtor.

The event gives the construction community of Bear Mountain the opportunity to come together, in order to give back to the community in which they have the privilege of working and living in.

The Holiday Home Tour supports Our Place, Goldstream Food Bank and The Mustard Seed – organizations that require assistance in providing nutritious food, programs, and activities during the wet, cold months. Without help, many people in our community have left no choice but to remain hungry and stranded outdoors during the coldest time of year. In 2016, the Home Tour raised over $27,000!

This year, I had the privilege and opportunity to represent the Bear Mountain community, by opening my home to The Holiday Home Tour. The event gives the Bear Mountain community the opportunity to come together and give back to those who need it the most during the Holiday Season. My wife and my home were one of the six beautiful homes on the tour this year – very cool! We are both very grateful to be showcasing our home as members of the Bear Mountain community.

 

 

 

History of Bear Mountain

The History of Bear Mountain: Where it all Started

Have you ever wondered how the History of Bear Mountain contributed to making Bear Mountain an empire?

Read about the History of Bear Mountain and how it became Langford’s most luxurious neighbourhoods. 

The History of Bear Mountain: Bear Mountain is Canadas Urban Resort community. Located on southern Vancouver Island, Bear Mountain is nestled in between the City of Langford and the Highlands, offering residents and guest alike, resort living at its finest. The idyllic natural setting of Bear Mountain is just minutes from downtown Victoria, BC.

Up at Bear Mountain, the premier luxury homes terrace the mountainside, many with panoramic vistas. You will never see Greater Victoria the same way after seeing it from one of Bear Mountain’s beautiful homes.

The existing community alongside the resort contains approximately 1,150 homes with 3,000 people, and at build-out over 4,000 homes and the community could exceed 10,000 residents, and has been zoned for 645,000 square feet of commercial space.

Bear Mountain is a neighbourhood growing toward becoming a sustainable community. More and more amenities are introduced every year as the development expands its variety of single-family homes and townhouses. You will find the Cypress neighbourhood, nestled amidst the pristine beauty of the 4th Fairway, 5th Tee and 3rd Green of our prestigious Mountain Course. Made up of single-family building lots and two townhome developments, Cypress is one of those special neighbourhoods that just takes your breath away. You will be surrounded by stunning greenery, amazing views,  and the vast history of Bear Mountain.

You will find the newest development, the Cypress neighbourhood, nestled amidst the pristine beauty of the 4th Fairway, 5th Tee and 3rd Green of our prestigious Mountain Course. Made up of single-family building lots and two townhome developments, Cypress is one of those special neighbourhoods that just takes your breath away. You will be surrounded by stunning greenery, amazing views, and the vast history of Bear Mountain.

The History of Bear Mountain is inspired by the natural surroundings of stunning viewscapes at Goldstream Park, Mount Finlayson and, of course, the spectacular golf courses.

Playgrounds dot the neighbourhood and extensive wilderness trails coil around the mountain, perfect for families. The mountain atmosphere promotes healthy living and an active lifestyle.

For kids, elementary and middle schools are to the south. Millstream Village is to the north and is Langford’s commercial hub. It is just a few minutes off the mountain and has a variety of restaurants, national chains, and boutiques.

Bear Mountain may be best known for its golf courses and resort accommodations; but, the history of Bear Mountain is an astonishing part of how the mountainside became Langford’s most luxurious neighbourhood.

Learn more about why you should Buy Your First Home in Bear Mountain – Contact me today! 

 

 

Perks Bear Mountain Living

Stroll, Hike, Sip, Bike or Shop until your Heart’s Content: Perks of Bear Mountain Living

Stroll, Hike, Sip, Bike or Shop until your Heart’s Content: Perks of Bear Mountain Living

Perks of Bear Mountain Living: Bear Mountain is the perfect hub for exploring Southern Vancouver Island. With most attractions a quick drive away, you can enjoy them all in one day. Experience the rugged nature of the west coast with a hike up Mt. Finlayson, stroll through the gardens at Hatley Castle or zip through the trees at the Adrenaline park. Of course, retail therapy is never far away either. Best of all, you could live this opportunity every day. At Bear Mountain, the real estate opportunities are many and varied. Each exceptional property has been thoughtfully sited to take full advantage of the natural terrain and pristine beauty that makes Bear Mountain such an incredible place to live. Most homes purchased from Ecoasis is also Golf Membership Eligible (GMEA), adding value to your property and to your lifestyle. You’ll find yourself just a short drive from Victoria, BC with direct access to Highway #1. Best of all, you could live this opportunity every day. At Bear Mountain, the real estate opportunities are many and varied.

The resort and Spa offer two vast golf courses for a combined 36-hole design by Jack Nicklaus. The Mountain Course, a par 70 playing at 6,900 yards, sets atop a 1,100-foot mountain and has been assigned a slope rating of 142 from the back tees. The 18-hole, par 71 Nicklaus Design Valley Course measures just under 7,000 yards. Bear Mountain is also home to the Canadian training center of Golf Canada’s National Development team, the high-performance training center of Canada’s National Mountain Bike team, and construction recently commenced on Canada’s largest indoor/outdoor clay court tennis facility supported by Tennis Canada and Tennis BC. Plans are also in the works for a professional disc golf course.

The award-winning Sante Spa Victoria offers nurturing spa treatments including offerings for men, couples, and golfers. Appreciate the surrounding views from the comfort of the spa lounge, or journey to the terrace and soak in the mineral pool. Enjoy the ultimate in relaxation at Sante Spa right from your doorstep.

Bear Mountain also offers a full-service hair salon, offering hair designs and styles, beauty services and nail services in a unique, relaxing and elegant atmosphere. Twist hair salons services are customized and tailored to client’s specific needs.

Restaurants and grocery are at your fingertips as well. Jack’s Place restaurant offers casual, pub-style fare and is located by the second Mountain green in the heart of the Bear Mountain Resort Village.

The Mountain Market is open seven days a week located right on Bear Mountain Parkway and offers a wide variety of grocery essentials plus specialty coffees and fresh, made to order sandwiches.

Experience the feeling like you are on vacation every day of the year – this is Bear Mountain Living.

To Learn more about the Perks of Bear Mountain Living,  Contact me today!

 

 

Image from: bearmountain.ca

 

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