Welcome to the Upper Mission one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Kelowna. Upper Mission is home to the Village of Kettle Valley which back in the early 2000s won the best community in Canada for several years in a row. This community development saw a return to traditional style homes with a “Wisteria lane” feel. Many of the homes in Kettle Valley have a commanding 180-degree view of Okanagan Lake. As one of our clients mentioned it is almost too much lakeview!
As the community grows in Upper Mission new subdivisions continue to move up onto the slope as well as northward towards Crawford estates and the Bellevue Creek Corridor. These subdivisions include The Ponds, Trestle Ridge, The Highlands and Southridge and a number of other new developments.
Several of these neighborhoods are putting in a higher density townhome section to accommodate the city’s request for more affordable housing. This can be seen in The Ponds community were nicely done smaller homes have a nice row housing feel. While just down the street are executive homes with commanding views of Kelowna and Okanagan Lake.
This area will continue to see strong growth as the Community Plan for Kelowna is to have a bench road follow behind Kieper Peak across Bellevue Creek and over to Stewart Road above Crawford Estates. This ties in the “Upper Bench” with East Kelowna and will result in a new section of the South Slope going to custom homes and new housing developments.
One nice feature of Upper Mission apart from the views is the local amenities. There are excellent hiking and biking paths and many excellent local wineries not to mention a terrific waterfront dog-friendly park and the excellent Bertram Creek Regional Park.
The cost of homes in the Upper Mission is reflective of the properties there. Single-family homes available from developers range in price from $500,000 to $1,000,000. Many building lots are sold here that provide for custom-built homes or the owner who want to build privately with a custom architectural design. See our pages on Building a Home in the Okanagan to learn more about this process. These often see exceptional custom homes go in with prices well over $1 million.
There are a few examples of townhome complexes in this area although they are not common. These tend to be high-end units and often popular with retired professional couples. No multilever condos developments are in this area.
Upper Mission and The Village of Kettle Valley is on a major bus route but the frequency of service is not that convenient. Most families in this area tend to pick up things on the way home from work as the return trip in the evening will easily take 40 minutes. Being a little farther out has its advantages though and much like Ellison, there is a real peaceful rural feeling to this very desirable Kelowna Neighbourhood.
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