KELOWNA – #1 ENTREPRENEURIAL COMMUNITY IN CANADA

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This news comes just in time for Canadian entrepreneurs -“Small Business Week” – October 17 through the 23.

Congratulations to Kelowna, BC ranked – #1 ENTREPRENEURIAL COMMUNITY IN CANADA.   Click here for more information.

The results are not surprising to those of us doing business in Kelowna. These are our businesses, and our dreams, in our neighbourhoods so, who better than us to be RANKED #1.

Tip: Always, do something productive to help your customers find you. Offer referrals, offer discounts, send out old fashioned snail mail or make phone calls – bring the customer to you!

Tobi McNeil

Author, Business Bliss? Ignorance: Liability or Bliss

 

THE TECH INDUSTRY AND THE OKANAGAN

I recently attended a very informative conference put on by the Urban Development Institute Okanagan Chapter: “Our Future City”.

Significant to me was the keynote speaker “Cameron Uganec, Senior Director of Growth Marketing & Education at Hootsuite Media Inc.”  addressing the rapid technological change in the world and the opportunities that we “The Okanagan” have with our already booming tech sector.

Can we really be an industry leader in this exciting technological or are we already?

Our local tech industry has recently shown a 30 percent growth in revenue over 2 years in its 1.3 billion dollar tech industry.

Do we have the young talent that is required in this industry?

BlueSky at Black Mountain  is pleased to have a diverse mix of people living in our development. We are proud to be building a quality community that appeal to the lifestyles of many residents and we hope to be part of the movement to attract the needed talent for the tech sector in Kelowna.

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BLUESKY AND GOLF

 

People living in BlueSky at Black Mountain know that their neighborhoods; Fairways, Meadowlands, Uplands, and Highlands have obvious ties to golf but, each road name also has very special meaning in the golf world overall.  http://BLUESKY COMMUNITY

Road Name Interesting Facts
Barra

Situated at Cleat, Isle of Barra, Scotland its club was established in 1992 and is the most westerly golf course in the United Kingdom. (and by the way, my family “The McNeil’s” hail from the Island of Barra)

Birkdale Founded as Birkdale in 1889 and awarded “Royal” status in 1951, this course in Southport, England will host “The Open” in 2017. Previous years hosting: “The Open”: 1954, 1961, 1965, 1971, 1976, 1983, 1991, 1998, 2008

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Carnegie In 1898 Andrew Carnegie commissioned Royal Dornoch’s Secretary, John Sutherland to build a private nine-hole links course. Now 118 years later less than 1000 rounds are available to be played on this course located in Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland.

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Carnoustie The playing of golf has been recorded at this course as early as the 16th century in Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland. “The Open” was played there in 1931, 1937, 1953, 1968, 1975, 1999, and 2007.

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Dunbar Golf was recorded at Dunbar as far back as 350 years and in 1794 one of the game’s oldest recorded organization, “The Dunbar Golfing Society” set down its rules and listed 27 members.
Prestwick Formally organized in 1851, this special course is where “The Open” began in 1860 and remained there for 10 years. After that Prestwick hosted “The Open” 13 more times ending in 1925. They extended their clubhouse in 1877 and built 90 lockers that are still in use today in the town of Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland.

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DEVELOPMENT INDUSTRY GROWING BC

I have been thinking what to “blog” about this infographic created for UDI that shows the overall economic impact of the BC Development Industry on our economy…… and I think it says it all.

$17 billion in GDP and 107,000 jobs generated as a result of meeting the needs of new living spaces for our expanding population.

http://udi.bc.ca/policy/publications/policies/infographic-ecomonic-impact-bc-development-industry

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OKANAGAN IN JANUARY

January in the Okanagan can be tough because the sun often forgets we are down here down by these beautiful lakes.

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On January 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 16% of the time, partly cloudy 6% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 73% of the time. https://weatherspark.com/averages/28296/1/Kelowna-British-Columbia-Canada

So, to make up for it, us locals have no trouble finding the sun by heading up into the mountains on snowmobiles, sleds, snowshoes, and skis. Yesterday was a great day; we had a sliding party just off the road to Oyama Lake. Why there? Because that was how far the snow was ploughed and it was easy to get there in cars with 20 kids, 20 adults, 6 dogs, tubes, sleds, sliders, and snow racers. Warming up by a camp fire we had non-stop fun with a view overlooking the incredibly beautiful Woodlake and Kalamalka Lake.

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Next Sunday, we head up to BlueSky at Black Mountain to watch the 4th Annual Rockets Skate. I never get tired of this event. All the Kelowna Minor Hockey ATOM teams create videos to determine which team wins the coveted day of skating with the Kelowna Rockets. It starts out as lessons and ends up in an ultimate good ole hockey game where I think the ATOM team usually prevail after much effort of racing through the legs of the towering Rockets.

This very inspiring event is always great fun. Melcor Developments Ltd. provides hotdogs and drinks at their outdoor Community Rink at BlueSky with all donations going to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. If you get cold, the Grill is open for hot toddies and soup.

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Come check it out – Sunday, January 24, 12-2:00 and you are welcome to skate on the rink after the event.

http://blueskyatblackmountain.ca/community/residentsandevents/

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KELOWNA’S FIRST EVER FREEHOLD, NO STRATA, FEE SIMPLE VILLAS

DUNBAR VILLAS AT BLUESKY

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What do these terms mean?  Well, generally speaking they all mean the same for the purposes of this blog.

It’s a new concept that BlueSky at Black Mountain is now offering called the Dunbar Villa’s.

Villas with City of Kelowna owned roads, sidewalks, curbs and lights just like single family homes.  No need for strata, just a “Party Wall Agreement” that binds both unit owners to certain performance obligations for some common elements including insurance.

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Highlights:

  • Fully finished in Modern or Classic styles
  • Double car garages
  • Meticulously landscaped
  • Adjacent to Birkdale Park with tennis court, kids play area, & lookout
  • An easy stroll to the Black Mountain Golf Club and Grill
  • Direct access to a walking trail network and recreation corridor

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http://www.blueskyatblackmountain.ca/villas/

 

THERE’S A NEW KID AT BLUESKY

BlueSky at Black Mountain is thrilled that there is a new kid in town, sort of.  Actually, he has been around for a while but, as of June 1, has become a full-fledged, 100%, Melcor employee doing sales at BlueSky which is why we think of him as the new kid.

Greg Vinton is no longer affiliated with any specific home building company; he’s a salesman with a twist.  Not only is he a really nice guy with a great voice for radio but, he has also worked with hundreds of clients guiding them through the home building process.  Greg can answer the tough questions about building homes like:  “Where does the driveway go on this lot?  Where does the sewer go?  What does changing the grade mean?  How much glazing is allowed?  How do I get my mail?  Why do I need a building permit?  Do you know any good lawyers? Where are the closest schools?” And even, “How high can my retaining wall be?”

He also has a great sense of humor.  On a tour through the new BlueSky showhome at 553 Carnoustie Drive, Greg even taught me how to use the “Control 4 System” which is the home automation and smart home control that runs the house.  It sounds very technical and challenging but, I burst out laughing when he referred to it as the, “integrated lighting/video and audio control, with a crazy fun doorbell cam…to get rid of solicitors or unwanted family”. It’s simple to use and a feature well created for hanging out in the nice, cool media room under the garage slab.

If you want a custom home like this beautiful one in the pictures, go see Greg at BlueSky! www.blueskyatblackmountain.ca

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HIGH HEELS, DEMOGRAPHIC SYNERGY, & DAVE PFUETZNER OF ALIGNWEST HOMES

Alignwest Homes’ has created townhomes at BlueSky that showcase the synergy that can be created in two homes under one roof, each for a different demographic!

Oddly, Baby Boomers are happy to share a party wall with unrelated Generation Y, Echo Boomers.

“It’s a very cohesive experience for each homeowner that still gives them the ability to incorporate the different tastes, ideas, and styles needed in their personal lives,” says Alignwest Homes owner Dave Pfuetzner.

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What else would we expect from the President of the CHBAO (Canadian Home Builders Association Okanagan), a Registered Housing Professional, Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter, and carpentry teacher at Okanagan College who has built almost 300 homes in his 25 years of design and building?

From my standpoint it’s more than just carpentry skills and credentials.  It’s about a person (Dave) who has the unique skill required to understand relationships and encourage collaborative success while planning and executing a home standard that can be utilized for years to come.

My tour with Dave began outside the building where he explained why he likes to use “High Heels” in all of his homes.  I was surprised by the comment until I understood that he was telling me about high heeled trusses for full R50 rating.

Apparently, high heeled trusses are fitted with a “heel” that provides extra space for uncompressed attic insulation which in turn reduces the temperature and pressure differences between living space below and the attic area.  A big advantage is the extra space enables installation of roof framing in just one day which reduces costs; helps mitigate moisture issues and potential ice buildup at the eaves.

Another impressive feature in the duplex is the soundproofing installed with the demising wall between each home. In the past there was less effort on sound control with single insulated fire walls without an airspace.  Align West builds multiple walls incorporating air space, multiple layers of drywall, sound board and insulation.  Extra “sound walls” are also installed in the more sensitive areas making them 4 walls thick.  Gone are the challenges of the past; like trying to listen to soothing music being drowned out by the children next door play a rousing game of floor hockey just inches away from your sacred meditation spot.

There are plenty of features Dave also provides including sealing the garage floor as well as the exterior concrete, outside rock that matches the exterior stone, and underground concrete pillar sidewalk supports.

For more information call Dave Pfuetzner at Align West Homes, “Bringing dreams, designs and expertise together”.  http://www.alignwesthomes.com/ IMG_7597

WHO ARE KELLY AND ANITA FROM OUTBACK DEVELOPMENTS?

As we all are witnessing, Kelowna’s buzzing economy has resulted in a great deal of real estate changing hands and many new homes being created.  I thought it would be wise to provide profiles of some of the people building these homes, especially the ones at my favorite community in the middle of everywhere called, “BlueSky at Black Mountain”.  www.bluesky@blackmountain.ca

This blog is the first of a series that I intend to do on builders in and around our neighborhood.

Kelly and Anita Whitehouse own Outback Developments, and like their business cards state; they provide “Classic Construction with a Conscience”.  I really enjoyed interviewing them at the home they recently built on Prestwick Street so I could see exactly what that meant.

Kelly and Anita are both 47 years old with 2 grown children.  They have chosen to build in BlueSky at Black Mountain so they can be near Anita’s family home where she grew up.  Anita’s dad, Mr. Paavilainen still lives on his farm in Black Mountain at 94 years of age and has been out in the garden planting strawberries during this beautiful Okanagan spring.

They started Outback Developments in 2003, so they could build houses that would allow owners to be confident in the long lasting value of their home. After many years of real estate experience they had previously witnessed homes going up by builders trying to save a few dollars here and there, that eventually lead to premature failure, excessive on-going maintenance problems or even longer term adverse health consequences for the residents.

Continuing to build different homes with very high standards they challenge themselves to mitigate potential impact on the planet while delivering a truly healthy home to last a lifetime. They balance this concept by creating quality homes that are affordable and practical yet still provide owners with flexibility in how they use their homes, so that as their needs change over time their home will change with them.  They stand behind their name and quality, never use OSB, and have been ahead of the grade for years incorporating energy efficient products that are now becoming standard.

Anita is responsible for the design work and her exceptional eye for color and materials brings warmth and life to the beautiful homes they build.

Personally, after the tour of the home, if I was to choose one particular item that stood out it would be the luxurious walk-in curbless shower with glass enclosure in the master bath.  Superb!!

And, I just learned today that they have an offer pending on the house I toured.330_Prestwick-019 curbless tub