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Wilden more accessible

A home in Wilden is what many in Kelowna dream about often. Living in the Okanagan’s largest master-planned community has recently become more achievable; a new strata development has been launched with spacious, semi-detached homes starting in the low six hundreds, including the first year of strata fees when you buy in phase one. What is more, the monthly energy cost when living in a Wilden townhome is significantly lower than average.

So what makes Wilden so desirable, especially right now?

Places like this are becoming rare in Kelowna.

The neighbourhoods now selling in Wilden are the last low-density pockets available on the hillside above Okanagan Lake, a short 10-minute drive from downtown. Wilden Ridge Park, with its beautiful lake-view trails and other extended park areas, are only a short walk away.

Wilden construction is building homes to future standards.

If you buy a semi-detached home in Wilden’s new strata neighbourhood, Lost Creek Point, you will get maximum living comfort at minimum energy cost. Wilden’s own construction team builds homes far ahead of the current building code. By exceeding the current requirements for wall insulation and choosing renewable energy sources, Wilden leads the way to a sustainable future in residential living.

Wilden helps to reduce greenhouse gas.

Lost Creek Point homes have substantially less greenhouse gas emissions than the average home, extremely important to those who are conscious about climate change. Wilden is the first developer to offer new homeowners 100 per cent renewable natural gas (RNG) from FortisBC to heat their homes for one year. RNG will reduce carbon emissions for the home to near zero. Homeowners will also receive a credit on the B.C. carbon tax on their bill.

Wilden takes the pressure off your shoulders while selling your “old” home.

A special “Peace of Mind Purchase Program” for buyers of Lost Creek Point Homes in phase one allows for six months of pressure-free time to sell your existing property. During this time, the home of your choice is secured for you at the current price, regardless of other buyers coming in that could offer a quicker closing. There is no “bump clause.”

Wilden is located between downtown Kelowna and YLW airport. 

Wilden’s unique location saves you lots of commuting time on a daily basis. Regardless if you work downtown, in the university area, at the airport or require air travel for your work—less time in your car is more time spent with family and the things you love.

The Wilden Market Square has just been approved by the city and is now in planning. 

Wilden’s cultural and commercial centre, which will also include an elementary school, is currently in its final planning stages. The Wilden Market Square will enable Wilden residents to get fresh groceries and other essentials a short walk or bike ride from their front door. A huge plaza will be the place for the community to meet, have coffee and enjoy local food with neighbours. Once built, the Market Square and school will elevate the Wilden lifestyle even further and increase the value of Wilden homes.

Wilden’s townhome show unit is located at 1341 Rocky Point Dr. and is open daily from 1 to 5 p.m. except on Friday. Get more information at wildentownhomes.ca or at the Wilden Presentation Centre at 250-762-2906 or [email protected]



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Promontory leads way

Promontory is a new Kelowna housing development in a great location, and it is affordably priced for the Okanagan.

If that weren’t enough, it is also set to become B.C.’s first solar-powered community.

“We’re going to be the first master-planned solar community in B.C.,” Promontory sales director Todd Farrer says. “Solar technology has gone so far in even the last five years that I believe—and the developer believes—that we should be utilizing this solar technology in the development. We hope to lead the way in solar communities. We want to show how well it can work.”

The triple threat of location, price and innovation is proving to be an attractive set of factors for buyers. Phase one of the project sold out within a week, and phase two will go on sale this Saturday, Aug. 17. The second phase features bigger and more unique floor plans with the best views of the entire project.

“We expect a similar response,” Farrer says.

Promontory is located on the southeastern slope of Knox Mountain at the corner of Boynton Place and Highpointe Drive. It is only a four-minute drive to downtown Kelowna and just 10 minutes from UBC Okanagan and the airport. When all six phases are complete there will be 120 townhouses and apartments.

“People are able to hike and run basically right beside our property,” Farrer says. “… All the million to five-million-dollar homes are right beside us as well. So it’s just a beautiful location with beautiful views.”

Farrer says clients are buying at Promontory for all three aforementioned reasons, but the sustainability factor could end up being a real game changer for those who live there. The use of solar panels, which will be installed by Hakai Energy Solutions, could have residents paying a grand total of only $250 a year in utilities.

“We’ve based our solar panels on the square footage of each home,” Farrer says. “The vision there is drastically reduce everyone’s bill. It’s depending on the personal usage, but we believe with the amount of solar panels that we have that they will see a drastic discount on their utility bill.”

Promontory’s energy grid will be supported by FortisBC to ensure that there will always be power if residents go over their allotted use.

Promontory will break ground in September, and those who purchase phase two homes will be able to move into the neighbourhood in either late 2020 or early 2021. Homes will range in size from 466 to 1,348 square feet, and prices start as low $249,900.

“Everything is kind of well below what the average price point is for comparable units,” Vantage West Realty owner and managing broker AJ Hazzi says. “… They’re great for first-time buyers, because you can own them for at or less than the cost that it’s currently costing you to rent a comparable unit. So it makes sense for a first-time buyer, because it’s cheaper than renting.

“It makes sense for an investor, because you have cash flow, and it’s great for Baby Boomers who are looking to downsize.”

Promontory’s sales centre is located at 665 Boynton Pl.

More information about the entire project can be found at Promontory's website.



Golf club celebrates 40 yrs

A lot has taken place since Ruth and Vic Welder, with the help of their children, opened Mission Creek Golf Club on KLO Road back in 1979.

Once a racehorse track, the Welders transformed the property bordering Mission Creek Greenway into the natural playground that it is today.

The cottonwood and willow trees they planted are now mature, but what hasn’t changed is the welcoming atmosphere of the mid-length, 18-hole, par-61 golf course that attracts golfers from near and far, including one local member who recently celebrated playing his 4,000th game.

“One of the highlights of our course is definitely the landscape," Debbie Welder says. "It is a natural setting with ponds, turtles, birds and trees, along with a greenway and putting greens that have well-placed water hazards and sand traps, making it ideal for golfers of all levels. Many of our golfers enjoy walking the course, which accommodates any skill level. The short game play allows people to finish a round in 3.5 hours, so they can still do other things the same day.”

What makes Mission Creek Golf Club especially unique is that it is one of the only third-generation operated and maintained golf courses left in the Okanagan. The Welders’ son John and then wife Debbie bought into the business in the mid-1980s.

“After Vic retired, we carried on and ran it with Ruth until she retired,” Debbie says. “Both our children, Evan and Danielle, collected the cans and bottles on the course and took them in for recycling refunds. That’s how they started working on the course. It evolved for them being employed to taking it over.”

Today, Danielle manages the pro shop and does the bookkeeping, while Evan manages the grounds. The Welders’ five great-grandchildren are also getting into the family business, and are now collecting the recyclables and helping maintain the gardens.

“I have one grandson who is doing the cans and another who is doing gardening,” Debbie says. “As they get older, they'll wash the power carts and handle the groundskeeping. The cycle continues.”





Road trips rule with Modo

Kelowna’s Kodie Beckley went on a camping trip last weekend using a Modo vehicle, and he doesn’t think it could have been any easier.

“My partner and I, we took the Modo Kia Sedona—it’s right behind Interior Savings downtown—which is right beside my bus stop, too,” Beckley says. “We knew that we were going to be doing this a couple of months ago, so all we did was hop onto the website, click the days we wanted, hit ‘book,’ and it was ready for us when we wanted to show up and go. It’s ridiculously easy.”

Modo, which is a local member-owned car-share co-operative, has come up with a new bundled rate to help with that day trip or long-weekend adventure that requires putting plenty of kilometres on the road. It’s called the Day Tripper, and from $90 per day you can travel as much as 250 kilometres—all in.

And if the trip happens to work out to be less with Modo’s regular rates, which could happen with shorter distances, you will always get the lower rate guaranteed.

Modo’s shared cars can be booked in advance or on the spot. Beckley knew several weeks ago that he and his group of 10 had booked time off, so he reserved the Sedona. He and his partner removed the rear seating and filled it with the tent, chairs, camping supplies and paddleboard.

“For something like the weekend camping excursion there’s really no other way for us to get out there,” Beckley said. “It was perfect for that.”

Gas, insurance and 24-hour support is included when you use Modo, and with so many vehicle types to choose from—SUVs, pickups, hatchbacks and more—getting the right fit for your adventure is never a problem.

Beckley also uses Modo vehicles around Kelowna from time to time, which eliminates his need for a second family car. He loves how Modo sends a monthly summary of his trips, including when he booked it and how much he spent so he can see how much he is saving. When you consider the increasing costs of gas, insurance and repairs—the average annual cost of owning a car in B.C. is nearing $9,000—Modo just makes good dollars and sense.

“One of the things I like to tell people who ask me about Modo is that it’s a good way to add a second car,” he says. “If you’re a one-car family and you don’t need a second car all the time, Modo is the perfect option for you.

“You don’t need to pay all that insurance, and you don’t need to have the car sitting around in your driveway 95 per cent of the time.”

If you’re not a Modo member, you can join online today and use the promo code “CASTANETTRIPPING” to get $50 in free drive time.



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