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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.

View Royal Real Estate

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.

View Royal Real Estate Ratcliff Group Realtor Victoria BC Real Estate

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!

Langford Real Estate

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!

 

 

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Why You Should Invest in Oak Bay Real Estate – Lewis Ratcliff Realtor

Oak Bay is quickly becoming a Canadian real estate hotspot attracting investors from across the globe. Oak Bay is unique to Canada for a number of reasons, rivalled only by its significantly more expensive neighbour, West Vancouver. Living in Oak bay means you’re only a couple of minutes away from the beach, Victoria Golf Club, St Michaels University School, Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Oak Bay Beach Hotel and a short drive from Harbour Air/Kenmore Air, which provides quick transport to major cities and airports. All the while, you’ll be experiencing the best climate in the country, stunning scenery, and having access to skiing, hiking, and surfing whenever the mood strikes.

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Another Busy Month in the Victoria Real Estate Market

Another Busy Month in the Victoria Real Estate Market – Lewis Ratcliff Realtor

April 1, 2016 Victoria BC – The Victoria Real Estate Board today released its report on Multiple Listing Service® real estate activity in the Victoria area for the month of March 2016.

A total of 1,121 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this March, an increase of 52.7 per cent compared to the 734 properties sold in the same month last year.

Inventory levels remain lower than the previous year, with 2,618 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of March, 30.5 per cent fewer than the 3,769 active listings at the end of March 2015.
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February Sales Expose Extraordinary Demand for Victoria Area Properties

VICTORIA, BC–(Marketwired – March 01, 2016) – The Victoria Real Estate Board today released its report on Multiple Listing Service® real estate activity in the Victoria area for the month of February 2016.

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