Best features of a Waterfront home

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Quincy Vrecko, RE/MAX Kelowna’s waterfront specialist, shares some of the best features of a waterfront home.

Owning a waterfront home in the Okanagan offers one of the best lifestyles in British Columbia.  Once a small beach town, now Kelowna and surrounding area is home to some of the most spectacular waterfront homes and luxury properties.

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“I have seen some amazing homes in the Okanagan over my career.  When a waterfront home has these 3 features, is sure to impress.  Nothing is better than the living the ultimate Okanagan lifestyle on the water.”  

Here are Quincy’s top 3 picks for the best features of a waterfront home:

 

Dock with boat lift

Most waterfront homes have a dock or the ability to build a dock.  Having your own dock is one of the best perks of owning a waterfront home.  This allows the homeowner the ability to have private moorage so a boat lift is a must.  There are many rules regarding dock licenses, read our recent blog for more information.

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Outdoor seating areas

The key to outdoor living in the Okanagan is to have multiple seating areas throughout the property.  This allows the homeowner to have options such as full sun, shade, view of the lake or pool, quiet areas and spaces for large gatherings.  The key is to keep any patio furniture comfortable and easy to care for. This is where you go to relax!

 

Pool or beach house

Whether or not the waterfront home has a pool, a pool house (or beach house) is a must.  A perfect pool house should have a bathroom with a shower and a changing area. This allows the homeowners and guests to get ready for the pool or a swim in the lake without having to go inside the house.  This also keeps sand and water outside!

Like many luxury finishings, the sky’s the limit when it comes to a pool house.  You can include a kitchenette or bar and even a lounging area with TV.

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If you are looking for an Okanagan waterfront home, contact Quincy Vrecko of RE/MAX Kelowna. Quincy is the luxury real estate specialist for Quincy Vrecko and Associates of RE/MAX Kelowna.

He has over 28 years of experience in luxury sales and has helped many luxury homeowners purchase Okanagan waterfront property. Get in contact with Quincy, our luxury real estate expert today!

Call 1-250-863-8810

 

 

Okanagan Real Estate Series: Lakeview community

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The Okanagan is home to amazing real estate with incredible views of the lake.  Each lakeview community has a different surrounding making each view unique. 

We are real estate professionals in the Okanagan specializing in lakeview homes, therefore we are the best team to take you on a tour of the Okanagan.   On this journey we will give you our perspective of each lakeview community and explain the differences in these breathtaking views.

In this 3 part blog series, we will tour homes in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake  Country. We will explain how each lakeview community captures the stunning beauty of Lake Okanagan in a unique way.  All beautiful and captivating. From sunrise to sundown, to the twinkle of the lights at night reflecting off the water.  

First of all, we start our tour of homes in Kelowna

Upper Mission

This area was cleared out by the Okanagan fires of 2003 as a result, is now one of Kelowna’s fastest growing communities.  High in the hills of Kelowna, this Lakeview community features mainly newer homes with vast panoramic views of Lake Okanagan.  These lakeviews are primarily of Lake Okanagan and the growing community around it. Because of the south and west facing views, it  makes this Lakeview community popular for the sun seekers looking to soak in the Okanagan sun.  While some of the north facing views get a glimpse of downtown Kelowna.

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Glenmore

The Lakeview community of Glenmore is nestled up against Knox Mountain.  A popular mountain for hiking, biking and sightseeing right in the heart of Kelowna’s downtown.  This small lakeview community has a mix of old and new homes. There are some of the best waterfront properties in Kelowna found in this area.  Most homes here offer big, west facing lakeviews from Peachland to Vernon.  

 

Dilworth

Established in the 90’s Dilworth is still building homes today.  Dilworth mountain is in the centre of Kelowna making lakeviews quite unique.  This lakeview community has some of the most diverse views of Lake Okanagan. Depending on the position of the home, these lakeviews can encompass both city and Lake Views.  A more lively night view with lights twinkling for miles.

Wilden

Wilden is a newer lakeview community located north of Glenmore.  This area has a more rustic feel with the lakeview through the towering evergreen trees.  This area is on the other side of Knox mountain and features newer, craftsman style homes.  

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Lakeview community Upper Mission-Quincy Vrecko Luxury Real Estate

South East Kelowna

East of Kelowna, this lakeview community seems like it is miles from the city yet it is only minutes away.  Surrounded by acreages, orchards, vineyards and golf courses, the views are serene. Mainly larger homes in the area, and only few with these prime Lakeviews.  Therefore, the ones that do are picturesque. Lake Okanagan is framed by the lush rolling hills of South East acreages. Truly a spectacular setting to view the lake.

Ellison

Ellison is mainly a flatter residential area and farming community, also home to the Kelowna International Airport.  The views in this lakeview community are found in the homes perched above the flats of Ellison. These lakeviews are just a portion of the views captured in this area.  The lake is off the distance over the city of Kelowna, the vast orchards and large acreages in the area. An active night view as planes land of the tarmack of YLW.

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There are mainly newer homes in this lakeview community.  The furthest distance from the lake, the west facing view is complex with a mix of city, mountains, orchards, golf courses and farms.  The higher up the mountain you go, the more vast the view gets, as a result, you get a little bit of everything from this lakeview community.

 

Above all, depending on what view you are after, there is a lakefront community that will capture it.  Our next series will explore West Kelowna lake views.  

Quincy Vrecko and Associates specializes in Premium Properties and waterfront homes that feature incredible lakeviews.  As a result, our team of professionals can find the best lakeview community that suits your lifestyle.

Kelowna Waterfront home

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A Kelowna Waterfront home: Now and then

The shores of Lake Okanagan have certainly changed over the years.  Those small cabins that once lined the lakefront, are now few and far between.  These prime waterfront lots are now home to spectacular, luxurious Kelowna waterfront homes.

Back in the early 1970’s Kelowna was the place for a beach vacation.  Laid back and perfect for a summer in the sun. Most of the Kelowna waterfront homes were small cabins and beach houses, very different from the luxury properties that line the shores today.

Let’s take a look at  one Kelowna Waterfront home: Then and now.

The CEO of QVA, Quincy Vrecko, is a leading waterfront real estate specialist in Kelowna and will compare what this Kelowna Waterfront home used to be and what it is now.

Let’s start with then:

 4084 Lake shore cabin Kelowna Waterfront home

 

 

Sale Price:  $1 470 000

House: 1000sq.ft beach home built in the 1940’s

 

 

I sold this home to the current owners back in 2014.  A hard working couple from Calgary looking to get into the real estate market in Kelowna and secure a Kelowna Waterfront home for their future retirement.

The home was a small waterfront cabin built in the 1940’s.  Quaint and cute, the home was only 1000 sq.ft with 2 bedrooms, one bathroom.  

What attracted them to the property, was the lot and location.  The lot was 62ft of waterfront and offered amazing beach and deep water for moorage.  This is where they would eventually build their dream home.

After enjoying this little cabin on the Lake for 2 years, they eventually brought it down and started to build their dream home.  

Fast forward to now:

4084 Lakeshore Kelowna Waterfront home

 

 

Estimated Price:  $6 500 000

House: 6000sq.ft luxury home with high end finishings, 3 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, one bedroom suite

 

 

 

Now that .20 acre lot is home to a spectacular luxury Kelowna waterfront home.  Built by James Debruin from Debruin fine homes. This luxury estate boasts, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, guest quarters, media room, wine room, inground pool and lush private patios just to name a few.

Out on the shores of Lake Okanagan, this Kelowna waterfront home has a beautiful dock with electric boat life to complete the perfect Okanagan lifestyle.  

Truly a masterpiece on the waterfront.  This Kelowna Waterfront home is enjoyed all year round by the newly retired couple who had a dream 5 years ago and has now made it a reality.

Quincy Vrecko Luxury Real Specialist

 

 

To find your piece of paradise on Kelowna’s waterfront, call Quincy Vrecko.  Quincy specializes in waterfront properties and luxury home

Quincy Vrecko

250-863-8810

quincy@quincyvrecko.com

Buying a Waterfront property in Kelowna

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Considering buying a Waterfront property in Kelowna?

Start by calling talking to expert in Waterfront properties and Luxury homes in the Okanagan.  

The most important step in starting your search is to hire a luxury real estate agent.  This agent will have experience with this complex transaction.  Quincy Vrecko with RE/MAX Kelowna has been selling waterfront property in Kelowna for years.  He understands how complex this type of transaction can be.

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“There are so many important details when buying waterfront property in Kelowna”, says Quincy.  “I have extensive experience with buying and selling on the water. The rules and reulations are constantly changing with regards to waterfront properties and you need to know what questions to ask”

 

Some of these important factors could drastically change the use of the property or even the value.  Before diving into this large investment, the following factors should be considered and carefully examined.  As a waterfront specialist, Quincy can help protect your investment and bring some clarity when buying a waterfront property in Kelowna.

Things to consider

Waterfront:  When you are buying a waterfront property in Kelowna, you are buying the land  but you do not own the waterfront. There are very few properties in the Okanagan where the homeowner owns the foreshore right.  This means, you do not own the beach out in front of your home.


Docks:  If that waterfront home has a dock, the dock must have a specific permission or general permission. You must ensure it is compliant with the rules and regulations set out by the ministry. Different areas of Lake Okanagan have different requirements for dock construction.  This is based on the salmon spawning, depth of the water, protection of the foreshore and indigenous plants to name a few.  You will want to make sure your dock is a legal dock before your purchase.  

 

Building:  When buying a waterfront property in Kelowna and tearing down the current home, there are new setbacks that are now in place for new home construction on the waterfront.  Years ago, structures were allowed to be closer to the water but new guidelines are in place once that old cabin or beach house is taken down.

 

When looking into buying a waterfront property in Kelowna, it is important to hire a real estate agent who is experienced in selling waterfront properties.  Someone who is knowledgeable in the details of a waterfront sale.  

 

Quincy Vrecko of RE/MAX Kelowna is one of the top luxury real estate agents for waterfront sales in the Okanagan.  His extensive knowledge gives his clients the advantage when buying a waterfront property in Kelowna. Call Quincy before starting your waterfront search.  

Top 3 Kelowna lake view neighbourhoods

Okanagan Lake dominates the Kelowna landscape and many people live here for the fantastic lake views. The mountains surrounding the city provide excellent spots for lake view homes. If you are searching for the perfect Kelowna lake view home there are multiple options, but we have done the research for you. Here are our top 3 neighbourhoods for a Kelowna lake view home.

Highpointe

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1191 Eaglecrest in Highpointe. Recently sold with RE/MAX Kelowna

On the southern end of Glenmore the neighbourhood of Highpointe is nestled on the side of Knox Mountain providing panoramic lake views. A perfect site for a Kelowna lake view home. Comprised of 65 home sites the area is a high end strata community with strict architectural and landscape design controls. This ensures long term value for the area home owners. Features such as clean lines and open architectural design maximizing the views are standard in this neighbourhood. The location is convenient to downtown Kelowna and provides walking access into Knox Mountain park.

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1001 Westpoint listed with Quincy Vrecko & Associates.

Westpoint

Overlooking desirable Lower Mission and out to Okanagan Lake, Westpoint is filled with statement luxury homes. The elevation of the area ensures that a Kelowna lake view home on Westpoint has beautiful views. These Kelowna luxury homes are designed to maximize the views and high end features such as media rooms, wine cellars and luxurious outdoor spaces are the norm. All this in close proximity to the shops, restaurants and ameneties of Lower Mission.

Lakestone

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1656 Lakestone listed with RE/MAX Kelowna

The relatively new community of Lakestone is popular for its proximity to the airport, natural surroundings, and of course the fabulous lake views. Popular as a spot to build a custom Kelowna lake view home, each home site is placed to maximize the lake views. Glass nano-walls and deep covered decks are popular features.  The neighbourhood features the luxurious Lake Club for residents, featuring fitness room, pool, hot tub and direct beach access. Many building sites and brand new homes are currently available.

If you are on the hunt for the perfect Kelowna lake view home be sure to contact Quincy Vrecko & Associates. Their experienced team of luxury realtors specializes in these luxury real estate neighbourhoods.

Okanagan Waterfront Feature – Whiskey Cove

Okanagan Lake provides us with miles of beautiful shoreline and with that some stunning waterfront luxury homes. If you are looking for a one of a kind Okanagan waterfront estate we have the perfect one for you. A short drive north takes you to 15870 Whiskey Cove Road and an incomparable piece of Okanagan waterfront.

  • Lakeshore with 145’ of Shoreline

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    Deep water access on the Okanagan waterfront

  • 1.75 acres of Level Property
  • 4 Bedroom & 6 Bath Main House
  • 2 Bedrooms Guest Cottage
  • Private Gated Driveway
  • Panoramic Lake Views
  • Deep end of the cove
  • Large Dock with Boat Lift
  • Oversized Garage with RV parking

“Just such a rare piece of land.”

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Open space for the family to enjoy

The current owners were drawn the property due to its location on the Okanagan waterfront as well as for the landscaping and other natural features that surround the home. At the dead end of a quiet road the property spans a level 1.75 acres boasting established landscaping with fruit trees, perennial gardens and open grassy areas to enjoy. This park-like setting provides endless enjoyment for the whole family, who often uses the open spaces for sports games and family reunions.

“Classic Beach House”

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Beach house inspired design

The two-bedroom guest house is the original structure build on the land while the four-bedroom main home came later. When time the property was purchased by the current owners it needed a major renovation. For a family who enjoys renovation projects it was the chance to create the Okanagan waterfront home of their dreams.

Stripped down to the studs the functional layout of the main home was left untouched. Redesigned using a classic beach house as inspiration, maximizing the view was the topmost priority. The orientation of the home at the deep end of the cove means that it faces south. This allows for a view that extends for miles, much like an ocean view.

“Inspiring Landscape”

Beautiful artwork throughout

Much of the artwork in the home are originals painted by one of the owners. The acrylic pieces are inspired by the natural landscape and the ever-changing view of Okanagan waterfront.  They stand out boldly among the more muted tones of the home’s décor. The owners’ favorite piece is an action scene of five boys in soccer uniforms jumping off the dock along with their dog.

 

 

Are you searching for the perfect home on the Okanagan waterfront? The team of luxury real estate agents at Quincy Vrecko and Associates specialized in Okanagan waterfront properties. Contact the team at 778-760-2860 and take the next step towards owning your own piece of waterfront heaven.

Make your Waterfront Kelowna home Stand Out

Recently we wrote a blog on how to make your Kelowna home stand out. Now, as a follow up, we are going to focus on how to make your waterfront Kelowna home stand out. There are different ways you can attract a home buyers to your waterfront Kelowna home. The process of selling your Kelowna home versus a luxury waterfront home is totally different. So check out these three ways on how to make your waterfront Kelowna home stand out!

Staging is key

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Staging is key!

When you are trying to make your waterfront Kelowna home stand out, it’s important to ensure your home is staged properly. These Kelowna home buyers are serious about your Kelowna waterfront property, they want to envision themselves sitting on the deck watching the sunset or enjoying a glass of Okanagan wine. It’s important to stage your Kelowna waterfront home, it truly does make a difference!

Access to the lake

When a Kelowna home buyers comes to check out your waterfront home, they want to check out the view! You are selling your home as a waterfront property. Sell the view! Ensure that the Kelowna home buyers have access to the shore or at least are able to see the shore from your deck. The view is one of the most important features of your Kelowna waterfront property, focus on it the most!

Luxury listing with Quincy Vrecko and Associates

Clean your windows

Clean your windows

As stated in the previous point, the view is one of the most important features for your Kelowna home, sell it! If your windows that feature the Okanagan lake are filthy, how are the Kelowna home buyers going to get the full experience? Hire a team of professional window cleaners in Kelowna and have your windows sparkly clean for your showings!

If you are looking for a luxury Kelowna real estate agent to sell your Kelowna waterfront home, contact Quincy! Quincy is the luxury real estate agent for Quincy Vrecko and Associates, RE/MAX Kelowna. He has over 28 years of experience in luxury sales and will be the perfect fit as your luxury real estate agent. All you have to do is call him directly to get started, he will take care of the rest! Call Quincy today 1-250-863-8810!

Top Kelowna Private School: Aberdeen Hall

You have found your fabulous Kelowna luxury home and have settled in. Now it’s time to get the kids sorted and ready for back to school. If you’re interested in giving your children an education beyond the basic BC Curriculum you’ll be looking for a Kelowna private school. We’ve done the research for you and found Aberdeen Hall, the top Kelowna private school.

Important Factors in Choosing a Kelowna Private School

Kelowna is a great place to get a private school education. When you are looking at a Kelowna private school there are important factors to consider;

  • Location
  • Curricular approach
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Class sizes
  • Community life

Top Ranked: Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School

Founded in 2004, Aberdeen Hall is in the Kelowna neighbourhood of North Glenmore on Academy Way next to the UBCO campus. The campus spreads across 44 acres of beautiful Kelowna landscape. It is ideally located for easy access and just a short drive from your Kelowna home.

This Kelowna private school strives to achieve student excellence in academics, athletics and the arts and provides a wide variety of extracurricular activities, producing exceptionally well-rounded students. Aberdeen Hall students are consistently accepted into the best universities.

Yearly highlights for parents and students alike are the Horizon Week excursions, theatre performances, and the athletic prowess demonstrated by the 33 different athletic teams.

Class sizes are small which maintains a low teacher to student ratio allowing for more personal attention and the ability to foster creativity and provide enhanced opportunities in academics. Critical thinking skills and independence are also an important focus of this Kelowna private school.

Aberdeen Hall recently released their strategic plan for the next 7 years with a strong master plan dedicated to maintaining student excellence and consequently their rank as the top Kelowna private school.

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State of the art facilities at this Kelowna private school

Fraser Institute Ranking

Aberdeen Hall is continually ranked as the top Kelowna private school by the Fraser Institute of Canada. These rankings provide a detailed report on how a school is performing in academics in comparison to other schools. The Fraser Institute uses objective, publicly available data such as average scores on province wide tests. Aberdeen Hall’s ranking as the top Kelowna private school can be viewed HERE.

The team of experienced agents at Quincy Vrecko & Associates knows all about making the right choice for your Kelowna luxury lifestyle. From school recommendations to Kelowna neighbourhoods and recreation opportunities. Contact them today to get started building your Kelowna lifestyle.

Sell your Kelowna Luxury Home Quicker than your Competition

When you put your Kelowna luxury home up for sale, it’s important you make your home stand out from the competition. There are plenty of Kelowna luxury homes for sale, it’s all about how you go about the sale process that will make yours sell quicker than it’s competition. So what are our three tips for selling your Kelowna luxury home quicker than your competition? Check out below for our three secrets…

Have an experienced luxury real estate agent

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Hire a professional luxury real estate agent

We recently wrote a blog on the difference between hiring a Kelowna luxury realtor vs. hiring a Kelowna real estate agent. Check out that blog here. To summarize, Kelowna luxury real estate agents are experienced in the luxury real estate market and they have the proper marketing techniques to reach the most amount of people in the least amount of time. It takes an experienced luxury real estate agent to really sell your Kelowna luxury home. It’s not just putting a for sale sign up and waiting for an offer.

Highlight the best features

What makes your Kelowna luxury home the best on the block? What separates you from other homes on the market? Do you have breathtaking views? Do you have an unique pool? Whatever the features are of your Kelowna luxury home, focus on that and highlight them! Spend extra time in those areas to ensure that your potential buyer knows that these areas are the most unique!

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Is the price right?

Is the price right?

This takes a experienced real estate agent who is knowledgeable in the market! In order to price your Kelowna luxury home, it’s important to have a knowledgeable luxury real estate come into your home and do a market evaluation. They will be able to view the other homes that sold in the area and that are currently listed and give you a fair market price for your home. Keep in mind, what your Kelowna luxury home was valued at 6 months ago may not be the same today. If you need an updated market evaluation, call us!

If you are looking to sell your Kelowna luxury home quicker than your competition, start by calling Quincy! Quincy is the luxury real estate agent with Quincy Vrecko and Associates! He has over 28 years experience in luxury sales. Look no further for a Kelowna luxury real estate agent who truly cares about his clients and always has their best interests in mind! Call Quincy today for a free market evaluation and let’s get your home sold! Call 1-250-863-8810 today!