Why are lake homes still affordable here compared to other areas? Its because the Kootenay Lake is outside the awareness of the masses. Check out this and other lake homes available for you to buy.
We may be buffered from the outside world but this doesn’t mean that we are isolated.
Participating in the Sculpture Walk is a collaborative initiative. There are members of our community who understand that local initiatives and creations are improved by going outside our sanctuary. By doing so we expand our knowledge and stimulate new ideas and growth. The Sculpture Walk does this while also providing a venue for local sculptures to have their work juried and potentially be revealed in a new market.
Artist Pokey Park: “I try to express the underlying joy in the world in my sculptures.” Her many animal sculptures testify to her success in doing just that. Zodiac Totem combines five of them in a consummate manner. - See more at: http://www.sculpturewalkcastlegar.com/sculpture/zodiac-totem/#sthash.tSeLcixE.dpuf
Our valley is taking on its vibrant green (as usual for this time of year). Blossoms are beginning to show up too. This Gooseberry bush in my yard is informing that it is Spring and therefore time to tend to my yard.
With your help I was able to sell this million-dollar lake property to its new owners. As well, many people learned about the beautiful Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake.
Just to let you know, I received several direct inquiries on this property from other parts of Canada, and across the USA (Texas to California). People took the time to show an interest in this property even at this time of year when people generally are not looking for real estate and at a time when the Canadian economy is down.
Perhaps life on a beautiful pristine lake is something most people aspire to having. If this is the case for you I can show you other wonderful Kootenay Lake properties for sale. Call me, Lee Johnson, directly at 250-428-6439.
This afternoon around 5pm I walked along the shoreline of Duck Lake with Lee, my husband. It was easy to watch from the dirt lane swans bobbing for nourishment below the water’s surface. Every spring the swans make a stopover on their way to the tundra and then return in the fall (usually October) on their way south for the winter. It is these stop overs that have made this area known as the Valley of the Swans. Be sure not to miss these special sightings.
When it comes to climate, we are lucky here in the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake because we have four pleasant seasons.
Right now, February 24, 2016, the snowdrops are out in full bloom and the tulips and daffodils have erupted through the earth. Gardeners have begun their yard prep for the new season approaching.
Many locals moved here (or stay) because of the pleasant seasons. They each have their own experience of what makes them even more special. Ask a local what makes winter special in the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake. Share here if you like.
by Debby Johnson
There are some homes built in areas with higher water table levels and this can affect their septic systems. There are also those springs that come early with rain before the ground has been able to absorb the melting of snow making basements susceptible to taking on the water. It is important that houses have their downspouts set up ready to go and that the grade of land runs away from the house. In some rare cases the house requires a new perimeter drainage system around the foundation of the house. If a property is in an area with natural springs the owner may have successfully diverted spring run off by ditching around the lot or by putting in a drainage rock system like we did on our property keeping our basement dry during those times the ground is saturated with water and the springs are running fast.
For some, living along the highway provides exposure for their home-based business signage. For others having easy access to the highway makes getting to town simple especially during the winter months when country roads are not plowed as often as the highway. Others may find living along the highway to be a hazard for children and pets. Although traffic along our highways is generally pretty light (except the traffic can be heavier downtown or when there is a stream of ferry traffic). Also the noise coming from a highway may be disturbing to some, especially when traffic picks up during the summer months. The orientation of the house and outdoor living space will affect the noise volume level of a highway.
Some people are sensitive to not having enough exposure to sunlight.
The orientation of a house with its landscaping and its design may provide more natural light into the house. Also, the location of the house in the valley or lake will also determine how much daylight it is able to capture inside.
Generally speaking, in my experience the nieghtbourhood of Lister seems to have the most natural light which also means it loses it's snow sooner in the wintertime. The area I have noticed with the least amount of sun is within the area of Arrowcreek. Although there are some properties in this area that can have more direct sunlight exposure than a nieghbour down the road. So each property needs to be considered on its own.
It is also worthwhile considering that those properties with the most sun exposure may also have the most exposure to weather elements such as wind.
Sometimes a property has all the features you want but there isn’t enough sunlight to satisfy you. This might be a blessing on a hot summer day. There are many people who have SAD “sun lamps” that provide relief from a lack of sunlight until summer arrives.
If you are an avid gardener you will want to consider wildlife being a part of it. Birds and butterflies are attracted to plantings and can contribute to the pollination of your fruit, as well as being a delightful part of your enjoyment. Deer too are plentiful so they will pass through and maybe nibble on some of your plantings. There is special deer fencing that is less harmful to deer and elk than those tall wire fences. I was told by a conservation officer a while back that we lose a deer a day to fencing.
Another type of pest is mosquitos. Some areas of this valley are more prone to mosquitos. Find out when those peak season are and make allowances for them in your plans. I enjoy Duck Lake for fishing in the fall, winter and spring but not during the summer as their are more mosquitos than I am willing to live with. Those who choose to live in areas with the most mosquitos, such as Duck Lake area, Kuskanook and parts of Boswell and West Creston, plan around the peak seasons. They go out in their yards during the dry sunny times, they have screened in porches, netting and go to other places during those time. It really isn't that long of a season. The attributes of living in these locations make up for those times when mosquitos are plentiful.
Each neighborhood within the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake East Shore has it’s own unique conditions to consider when making a decision to buy. There are variations of those conditions within each of those nieghbourhoods. For some people a condition may be an asset and to another a liability. The following is a list of some conditions to watch out for and determine how you would be affected by that condition. This is not a complete list.
There are neighborhoods within the valley and along the lake that do have fire protection and others that do not. The town of Creston does have a fire department and hydrants. There are also fire departments within Wynndel, Canyon/Lister, Riondel and Yahk Kingsgate. Some areas have fire hydrants and others rely on pumper trucks. Your insurance premium is initially determined by the availability of a responding firehall and whether there are any recognized hydrants within 1000 ft. of the home. Then additional factors such as the home and outbuildings' features, the applicants' claims history,etc. are added into the mix. To be sure if the property you are considering buying has fire protection visit the RDCK website and phone the individual fire department. Note there are some areas in Erickson which currently have issues with fire hydrants meeting standards, so insurance premiums in those areas may be somewhat higher.
Community Water System
Many homes within the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake are on some type of community water system and others are on wells. Some systems are owned and operated by the local community as Irrigation Districts and others through the RDCK. For instance Lister is operated by the RDCK. So is Erickson, Riondel, and Sanca.
Wynndel's water system is owned and operated by the Wynndel Irrigation District for the residents within Wynndel hamlet.
Become familiar with what type of water system your potential home has, what you can expect and what the implications are for that system. In some areas the water is considered hard with high concentrations of minerals including iron, and other areas like Creston have very soft water. The water I have sampled throughout the valley I consider delicious.
Septic Systems are the most common sewage systems found in rural areas. The Town of Creston does have a sewage system within the town limits. There are some houses in the town site that once were on septics systems and those tanks should have been filled in. Homes outside of town are on septic systems. When making an offer consider including a “subject to” clause that includes having the septic tank pumped and inspected. This will help you avoid the added cost of replacing your septic system if the old one is failing.
Agriculture near by
Farms help create a pastoral setting which is wonderful to look at. However, they might not smell all that good for some people. Consider the implications of being near a working farm.
Zoning is likely on your checklist of things to consider. While viewing homes you may notice the prospective property or even the neighbour's property being used for something that doesn't seem to conform to the zoning in the area. If so check to see if it is grandfathered for a nonconforming use. Not all neighbourhoods have the same bylaws. For instance some areas don't have a noise bylaws but then not having one isn't an issue for the residents and allows for a cherry orchard to run a propellor during the threat of frost or down pour. Some areas on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake have no zoning regulations.
It seems there is a shift occurring for those who live here and for those coming into our community. This shift has resulted in an increase in the number of real estate transactions closing here in our valley.
Creston is noticing an influx of baby-boomers who are ready to live a different type of life. Many now have empty nests and have a nest egg or two leftover for themselves to enjoy a more relaxed, down to earth lifestyle and be closer to nature. Those boomers who live here and raised their children in our valley are also wondering what to do with themselves now that they have this new found freedom and extra disposable income. I am busy helping many of these folks get from where they are to where they want to be. (Hey,of course- that's my job, and it's great!) There are also some of our local seniors who have come to an age where they want things a bit more manageable and are ready to move into a smaller place. To top it off, and to the delight of many residents, we are also noticing younger couples coming to our valley. Some are even coming to get back to the land, to grow and sell what they produce on their properties, beyond their regular source of income.
Well I am now off and running to ensure I take care of all these happy folks!
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