Racing to retirement in Osoyoos

The Villas, by Various Properties, function a set of 55 trendy Mediterranean-themed townhomes on the picturesque Peanut Lake.

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It might be in Canada’s solely desert and have Canada’s warmest fresh-water lake, however for Edmonton resident Ken Healey, the actual enchantment of Osoyoos was its walkability and proximity to Space 27. Taking inspiration for its title from the mysterious Space 51 in Nevada, Space 27 is a world-class racetrack situated simply north of Osoyoos, B.C., in Oliver. It’s the end result of three Canadian racers, together with former System One world champion Jacques Villeneuve, whose racing quantity was 27.

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“We visited Osoyoos rather a lot, staying on the Watermark Seashore Resort and Spirit Ridge, and the household loves the small-town environment, the lake and the seashores, however as a racing fanatic, the concept of retiring near a world-class designer racetrack was irresistible,” says Healey, a realtor with Re/Max Elite in Beaumont, simply south of Edmonton.

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Whereas Canadian racing fanatics are conscious of Space 27, it’s a hidden gem for the typical vacationer drawn to the South Okanagan for the wineries and vineyards. It’s an unique membership-based luxurious motorsports membership. Its 4.83-kilometre world-class circuit was designed by Jacques Villeneuve to seize the essence of the Traditional Grand Prix monitor. This superb facility incorporates a racing academy, motorbike racing, separate karting centre, and affords a Grand Prix way of life with the Space 27 Clubhouse that features a 3,500-square-foot eating room, commanding views of the circuit and an out of doors barbecue centre.

After buying in the course of the pre-sales marketing campaign within the new Osoyoos group of The Villas, constructed by developer Various Properties, Healey and household take possession of their residence this August. Launched a 12 months and a half in the past, The Villas function a set of 55 trendy Mediterranean-themed townhomes on the picturesque Peanut Lake. Nearly totally constructed out, with the ultimate buildings being accomplished this 12 months, there are presently 18 unsold properties nonetheless obtainable. On provide are three- or four-bedroom townhomes starting from 1585 sq. ft to 2100 sq. ft and ranging from $719,900.

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The Villas function minimalist desert structure with a distinctly trendy design route and rustic Spanish affect. Shady entrance courtyards and mushy variations of color pulled from the desert are paired with winding, landscaped streets, flowing right down to the shores of Peanut Lake. Simply opened is the personal pool membership with swimming pool, sizzling tub, patio deck, and barbecue amenities. The properties are designed for entertaining, with an open residing house, combining the lounge, eating, and kitchen areas. That includes authorized suites and master-on-the-main layouts, The Villas supplies flexibility to be a year-round residence, a trip residence or an revenue property.

“It isn’t straightforward transferring new properties by means of the approval course of in Osoyoos, so the city hasn’t grown that a lot,” says Greg Lowe, vice-president, gross sales and advertising, for The Villas, Osoyoos. “As one of many few new communities launched lately, we’ve acquired suggestions that The Villas provide the nicest townhomes ever constructed right here. We count on the remaining 18 properties to go shortly.”

Positioned within the centre of city, The Villas are a fast stroll away from Gyro Seashore and Osoyoos Lake and inside strolling distance of the city centre, residence to eating places, retailers, and grocery shops. Walkability was the second strongest attraction after Space 27, for Healey and his household.

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“We like small city residing and the walkability that comes with it. From our place in The Villas, we will stroll to all the things,” he says.

Osoyoos is within the southernmost tip of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, and it’s known as Canada’s solely desert as a result of the realm surrounding Osoyoos is the northern extension of the Sonoran Desert into Canada from the US. The city has prolonged summers, gentle winters and affords an escape from Canada’s winter, with its Mediterranean-like local weather.

Osoyoos has distinctive cultural points of interest, too, with world famend wineries like Burrowing Owl Property Vineyard, LaStella Vineyard and Nk’ Mip Cellars North America’s first Indigenous vineyard. The city sits on the ancestral lands of the Osoyoos Indian Band and its extremely praised Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, celebrates the deep historical past and traditions of the First Nations.

The wineries and cultural heritage are extremely popular, however Osoyoos Lake, the warmest freshwater lake in Canada, is the jewel of the city. Providing panoramic views, the lake is base camp for water-based actions like boating, swimming, and fishing. In winter, 40 minutes from city, the Baldy Mountain Resort supplies snowboarding, downhill and cross-country ski trails on Mount Baldy, the third highest elevation ski space in British Columbia.

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For Healey, these are all bonuses for proudly owning a townhome in Osoyoos.

“There’s a lot to do in Osoyoos, and we like our townhome because it’s a little bit larger than a resort condominium. It has a little bit of yard, and a two-car storage, plus the condominium company takes care of all the things when it comes to sustaining the swimming pools, and the group,” he says.

“Our long-term aim is to retire in Osoyoos, so I can spend extra time on the racetrack, whereas the household enjoys the lake and the seaside. All people wins.”


COMMUNITY: The Villas, Osoyoos, B.C.

DEVELOPER: Various Properties.

ARCHITECTURAL THEME: trendy Mediterranean townhomes.

HOMES: A – 2 bed room, 2.5 bogs, 1 secondary suite with toilet and separate entrance; B – 3 bed room, 2.5 bogs; C – 4 bed room, 3 bogs.

AMENITIES: Clubhouse with pool, sizzling tubs and barbecues.

PRICE: Ranging from $719,900.

CONDO/STRATA FEE: Ranging from $267 month-to-month.


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