Aug. 2, 2019

Central Okanagan Real Estate Market Statistics: July 2019

Overall, residential sales in the Central Okanagan Real Estate Market increased by 13% to 511 from June's 451. Compared to this time last year, sales increased by 17% from July of 2018's 432.

The average price of single-detached residential declined 9.2% in July to $713,290 compared to July of 2018's $782,108. The average price of townhomes only decreased by .06% to $517,908 from last year's $518,211, while the average price of condos increased 5.5% to $362,685 from July of 2018's $343,315.

The number of new residential listings in the Central Okanagan real estate market decreased 13% to 841 from June's 961 and is down by 19% compared to July of 2018's 976. 

The average days on market (DOM) decreased 3.6% to 81 from June's 84 but was still 57% higher than July of last year's 45 DOM.

If these numbers bring any questions to mind or if you would like to discuss what's next in buying or selling a home in the Central Okanagan, feel free to email Jeff Creamer at jeff@shopkelownahomes.com or call 250-575-7112. Enjoy weekly updates on the Central Okanagan real estate market by following Jeff on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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July 5, 2019

Central Okanagan Real Estate Market Statistics: June 2019

The Central Okanagan residential real estate market saw a 7% decrease in residential sales in June to 451 over June of 2018's 483, and a 12% decrease from May's 509. The federal government's June announcement of key details of the first-time home buyer incentive may have impacted the number of sales. This program does not come into effect until September 2 and may have caused some first-time buyers to hold off on their home purchase until the program is up and running. If this is the case, then September could see an increase in sales and competition for homes that would qualify under the program. My opinion would be if you are not planning on utilizing the program and are shopping for homes that would otherwise qualify, you may want to beat the rush and avoid the inevitable influx of buyers come September 2.

The average price for single-detached residential homes decreased by 3.7% to $692,246 from June of 2018's $716,472. The average price for townhomes fared better this year, increasing by 1.2% to $508,397 over last year's $501,989, while the average price for condos declined 2.3% to $350,506 compared to June of 2018's $358,683.

The number of new listings in the Central Okanagan decreased by 17% to 961 from May's 1,137 and is down 11% over last June's 1,072.

June saw a slower turnaround in residential sales over last month, with the average days on market (DOM) at 81 versus May's 59, a 37% increase. Compared to June of 2018, DOM last month increased by 57% from last year's 45. 

If you have any questions on these figures or would like to explore next steps in buying or selling a home in the Central Okanagan, contact Jeff Creamer directly by email at jeff@shopkelownahomes.com or by phone at 250-575-7112. Receive weekly updates on the Central Okanagan real estate market by following Jeff on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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June 25, 2019

Moving to Peachland: Beaches

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Moving to Peachland: Part 4

Beautiful beaches are a huge part of the allure of the Okanagan for both visitors and residents. There are over 30 beaches in the greater Kelowna area alone, and Peachland has 11KM of waterfront to enjoy, including the Okanagan Valley's only lifeguard-protected beach, Swim Bay. From swimming to paddle boarding, kayaking to boating, sandcastle-building to playing in the Wibit Water Park, Peachland's beaches provide a plethora of things to do for people of all ages and abilities, some of which can be enjoyed year-round. In part 4 of our "Moving to Peachland" series, we'll provide more details on Peachland's major beaches with hope that it will provide another piece of the puzzle in helping you decide if a move to Peachland is right for you.

Public Beaches in Peachland

Swim Bay, Beach Avenue at 6th Street, Peachland

Swim Bay Beach, Peachland, BC

The greatest stretch of publicly-accessible waterfront in Peachland is located along Beach Avenue in Peachland's downtown core. 140 metres of Beach Avenue's waterfront near 6th Street is known as "Swim Bay," and is host to a variety of aquatic activities, including swimming, swimming lessons, a wharf with diving from two levels of diving boards, rope swinging, and ziplining. This pebble beach has a supervised area that is lifeguarded for 10 weeks during the summer, this year (2019) from late June to late August, Monday through Sunday, 12:30-6PM. Swim Bay is also unique in that it has a fully-accessible aquatic wheelchair ramp as well as an aquatic wheelchair. Furthermore, there is a concession stand that is open during the summer, and change rooms, washrooms and picnic tables are also available for public use. Click here for more information on Swim Bay, swimming lessons and the 2019 lifeguard schedule.

Swim Bay Beach, Peachland, BC

Centennial Park, from Centotaph Park to Swim Bay, Beach Avenue, Peachland

Centennial Park Peachland BC

The section of waterfront along Beach Avenue between Centotaph Park and Swim Bay is a long, narrow stretch of pebble beach offering beach access, multiple docks, a picnic area and a memorial park featuring a pyramid-shaped stone statue and a four-sided historic-looking clock provided by the Rotary Club of Peachland, both commemorating the centennial of the confederation.

Centennial Park Beach Access, Peachland, BC

Strachan's Corner Doggy Beach, Beach Avenue at 8th Street, Peachland

Strachan's Corner Doggy Beach, Peachland, BC

A small stretch past Swim Bay across the street from the 50 Plus Activity Centre is Strachan's Corner Doggy Beach, a pebble beach featuring a boat launch, swimming and picnic areas. Dogs are allowed off-leash in the water only; otherwise, they must remain on-leash and in designated areas.

Strachan's Corner Doggy Beach, Peachland, BC

13th Street Viewpoint, Beach Avenue at 13th Street, Peachland

13th Street Viewpoint, Peachland, BC

Directly across from The Gateway building on the corner of Beach Avenue and 13th Street that is home to a neat variety of retail businesses, there is a large deck providing access to the beach, which is mostly pebbles but has significant shaded, grassy areas, picnic areas, and a xylophone and bongo drums available for public use. This is also the site where Witbit Water Park can be accessed (see additional information below). The views from the 13th Street Viewpoint are simply outstanding. This beach access point doesn't have washrooms nearby or a parking lot, but there is loads of street parking available, and some nearby businesses offer their clientele washroom access. Paddle board rentals are also available here during the warmer months of the year, and there is currently a proposal pending council approval to allow for a food truck in the vicinity.

13th Street Viewpoint Beach Access, Peachland, BC

Trepanier Bay Beach, Beach Avenue at Todd Road, Peachland

Trapanier Bay Beach, Peachland, BC

Located at a somewhat quieter, lesser traveled part of Beach Avenue at the south-east end of Trepanier Liner Park, Trepanier Bay Beach is a large pebble beach with significant sandy and grassy areas, some of which are shaded by several large trees. It encompasses Trepanier Creek where the Rubber Ducky Race is head each year. This beach offers multiple swimming areas, a boat launch, public washrooms across the street, several picnic areas, and a paved walkway along the waterfront. Lots of street parking available.

Trepanier Bay Beach, Peachland, BC

Cove Beach, Beach Avenue North, Peachland

The Cove Beach, Peachland, BC

Cove Beach is a small section of publicly-accessible, sandy beach adjacent to Davis Cove Resort at the north end of Beach Avenue near Buchanan Road. It is a very basic beach area including a small area for swimming and a picnic table; there are no public washrooms or other amenities available. Cove Beach has no parking lot of its own, and there is limited street parking around it due to its location at the bottom of a large hill between two private properties.

Burdekin Lane, Buchanan Road, Peachland

Burdekin Lane Beach, Peachland, BC

In the general vicinity of Cove Beach and adjacent to the Stonewater residential development (a private property) on Buchanan Road, is a small public park with beach access. This beach has minimal signage marking its existence, and limited parking is available on the gravel shoulder of the road. Named after local residents, the beach at Burdekin Lane is accessed by taking a long, winding, mostly-gravel path through the woods, some parts of which include stairs. Once arriving at the beach, which is sandy, quiet and secluded, you will find a small swimming area and a bench.

Doggy Beach Boat Launch, Highway 97 at Princeton Avenue, Peachland

Doggy Beach T-Boat Launch, Peachland, BC

Near where Beach Avenue and Princeton Avenue intersect is a busy boat launch with a fenced off pebble beach including a swimming and picnic area. It is a great beach to freely enjoy the water with your dog as dogs are allowed both on and off-leash. It's also a popular boat launch due to its proximity to the highway and the large amount of public parking. As this beach is located at a major Peachland intersection on the highway, there is significant road noise in this area.

Doggy Beach T-Boat Launch, Peachland, BC

Antlers Beach Regional Park, Highway 97 at Hardy Street, Peachland

Antler's Beach Regional Park, Peachland, BC

Antlers Beach is a regional park located on the south end of Peachland on Highway 97. This pebble beach with some small sandy areas boasts a swimming area, picnic area, large parking lot and a small dock for fishing or enjoying the views, which are among the best out of any beach in Peachland. As this beach is situated directly along the highway, there is a significant amount of road noise; however, the further south you go along the beach, the quieter it gets. Antler's Beach has some unique outhouse-style washrooms, and there are publicly-accessible washrooms across the highway on Hardy Street, which are part of Hardy Falls Regional Park.

Antler's Beach Regional Park, Peachland, BC

Other Points of Interest Along Peachland's Waterfront

Centennial Way, Beach Avenue from 1st to 13th Street, Peachland

Centennial Way, Peachland, BC

Along the waterfront is Centennial Way, a paved, continuous walkway that stretches 13 blocks, from Heritage Park at 1st Street to 13th Street. Numerous Peachland residents and visitors use this walkway for their daily walks and to access downtown businesses and amenities.

Ray Kandola Heritage Pier, Heritage Park, Beach Avenue at 1st Street, Peachland

Ray Kandola Heritage Pier, Peachland, BC

A recent initiative of the Rotary Club of Peachland, the Peachland Lions Club and the Peachland Sportsmen's Association, the Ray Kandola Heritage Pier is a beautifully-constructed, wheelchair accessible pier in downtown Peachland, allowing for excellent access to the lake for fishing and enjoying the spectacular views.

WitBit Water Park, Beach Avenue at 13th Street, Peachland

WitBit Water Park is a huge, inflatable water park for ages 5 and up that is typically open from early July to early September. Admission is $25 for an all-day pass, $15 for an evening pass, or $99 for a 5-day pass that allows you to come and go at-will. For more information and to purchase admission, visit okanaganwibit.com/peachland-wibit

Additional Information on Peachland's Beaches

Beach Access: District of Peachland
Peachland Recreation Guide
Regional District of the Central Okanagan

If you would like more information on living in Peachland or are ready to take the next step in your search for a home in Peachland, Jeff Creamer can help you navigate the Peachland real estate market. Contact him directly at jeff@shopkelownahomes.com or 250-575-7112, or click here to view Peachland's latest MLS listings.

June 5, 2019

Central Okanagan Real Estate Market Statistics: May 2019

Residential real estate sales in the Central Okanagan saw a slight increase in May over May of 2018 and a 17% increase to 509 from last month's 424.

The average price for a single-detached home decreased by 4.7% to $689,469 compared to May of 2018's $723,309. The average price for townhomes decreased by 4.3% to $489,555 from last year's $511,364, while the average price of condos increased by 4.5% to $357,184 from $341,761 at this time last year.  

The number of new residential listings in the Central Okanagan increased by 5.7% to 1,137 over April's 1,075, but were only 1% less than last May's 1,149. This increase in listings from April to May is typical for the onset of the warmer, summer months.

May saw a quicker turnaround in residential sales over last month, with the average days on market (DOM) at 59 versus April's 68, a 13% decrease. DOM in May increased 28% compared to May of 2018's 46 DOM.

If you have any questions about the Central Okanagan real estate market or would like to take the next step in buying or selling a home, feel free to contact Jeff Creamer by phone at 250-575-7112 or email at jeff@shopkelownahomes.com. Receive weekly updates on the Central Okanagan real estate market by following Jeff on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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May 3, 2019

Central Okanagan Real Estate Market Statistics: April 2019

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Central Okanagan residential real estate sales increased by 24% to 424 from March to April, an expected continued sales increase typical of the spring season. Sales in April 2019 were 11% less than April of last year's 478.

The average price for single-detached homes decreased 4.3% to $695,659 from April 2018. The average price for townhouses also decreased by 4.3% to $471,881 compared to April of 2018, while the average price for condos increased by a shocking 13% to $409,629 compared to the average price for condos at this time last year. 

The number of new listings increased by 20% from March (1,075 versus 898 in March) and by only 7% from April of last year's 1,006. Average days on market (DOM), the average number of days it takes to sell a home, increased slightly to 68 versus March's 67; DOM in April of 2018 was 36% lower at 50.

If you have any questions about the Central Okanagan real estate market or would like to set up a consultation, please contact Jeff Creamer anytime by filling out this form, by emailing jeff@shopkelownahomes.com, or calling Jeff directly at 250-575-7112. Also, receive weekly updates on the Central Okanagan real estate market by following Jeff on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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April 23, 2019

Moving to Peachland: Health & Safety

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Moving to Peachland: Part 3

Peachland Health & Safety Amenities

Access to health and safety amenities becomes increasingly more important as we get older. As many of those moving to Peachland are retirees, it's valuable to know what's available with regard to health and safety amenities before moving. If you're thinking about moving to Peachland, BC, Peachland's health and safety amenities are quite typical of an average small town -- a few pharmacies, a community policing force, fire department, dentist office and a few other amenities. Additional health and safety amenities can be accessed in the nearby metropolitan areas of Westbank, West Kelowna (a 10-15 minute drive from Peachland) and Kelowna (about a 30 minute drive from Peachland). This post will outline these amenities in more detail so you will know what's available before you decide if a move to Peachland is right for you.

Health Amenities in Peachland

Medical Clinics in Peachland

Beach Avenue Medical Clinic, Peachland's sole medical clinic, recently closed due to the main physician/ medical director retiring and no other physicians stepping up to take his place, but the clinic may reopen in the future if a new medical director and physicians can be found to take placements there. The District of Peachland is exploring ways to help organizations recruit a medical director to take over. In the meantime, there are family doctors in nearby Westbank and West Kelowna accepting new patients. Visit the Central Okanagan Divisions of Family Practice website for an excellent list of all of the family practice and walk-in clinics in the area.

Dental Care in Peachland

Where Peachland lacks in medical care it makes up for in dental care as Peachland is home to one of the largest family dental practices in the Okanagan, the Peachland Dental Centre (4405 3rd St., Peachland).

Operating in Peachland since 1993, Peachland Dental Centre offers family-friendly dental care, cosmetic services, orthodontics, and more.

Ambulance Service in Peachland

There is a s BC Emergency Health Services ambulance service station in Peachland (Station #342, 4479 3 St., Peachland) providing the public with emergency pre-hospital treatment and transportation.

Pharmacies in Peachland

There are two pharmacies in Peachland: Peachland Pharmacy (5848 Beach Ave., Peachland), located in Peachland's city centre, and Okanagan Pharmacy, located off of Highway 97 in the Peachland Village Mall (#24 - 5500 Clements Crescent, Peachland).

Operating in Peachland since 1974, Peachland Pharmacy offers full medication reviews, vaccinations, on-site blood pressure monitoring, specialty compounding, and other pharmaceutical services. Their location on Beach Ave. offers a variety of over-the-counter medications, home health care products and rentals on medical equipment.

Recently established in 2016, the Okanagan Pharmacy Remedy’sRx is a community pharmacy that also offers online pharmacy services with Canada-wide free shipping. In addition to prescription fills, refills, and medication counseling, their physical location in the Peachland Village Mall offers medication reviews, travel medication consultations, specialty compounding, vaccinations (including travel vaccines), blood pressure monitoring, over the counter medications, home health care products, and more.

Home Health Care Providers in Peachland

Mhel's Senior Services (#137 - 4000 Trails Pl., Peachland) offers in-home health care services to seniors in Peachland and throughout the Central Okanagan.

Other Health-Related Practitioners in Peachland

The satellite clinic to KLO Chiropractic in Kelowna, Peachland Lakeside Chiropractic & Massage Therapy (4403 2nd St., Peachland) provides Peachland residents with quality chiropractic care and massage therapy. Massage therapy services are also offered at Restoration Station Massage Therapy (#105B - 4200 Beach Ave., Peachland).

Hospitals Near Peachland

The closest hospitals to Peachland residents are Kelowna General Hospital (2268 Pandosy St., Kelowna) - about a 25-30 minute drive by car from Peachland, and Penticton Regional Hosptial (550 Carmi Ave., Penticton) - about a 30-35 minute drive by car from Peachland. Both provide 24/7 emergency care and a wide variety of health care services. Visit the Interior Health Authority website for a full range of hospital services and amenities.

Safety Amenities in Peachland

Policing in Peachland

Peachland Community Policing consists of volunteers from the community who assist the RCMP in keeping the community safe. They operate the community policing station (4440 – 5th St., Peachland), conduct neighbourhood and speed watch, coordinate the Seniors Contact Program, assist in stolen auto recovery and child I.D., among other assignments. Peachland is otherwise policed by the West Kelowna Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment (2390 Dobbin Rd., West Kelowna. 24/7 Non-Emergency Phone: 250-768-2880). Peachland residents can call 911 in the event of a health or safety emergency.

Peachland Fire & Rescue Service

Established in 1909, the Peachland Fire Department (Station 21, 4401 3rd St., Peachland) is a paid, on-call fire department providing emergency assistance in the event of fires, vehicle accidents, first responder medical emergencies, rescues and HAZMAT emergencies. They also provide fire safety education and station tours to community and school groups as well as the general public. In addition to their emergency responder and education duties, members of the Peachland Fire Department maintain the Peachland Ice Rink (Mountain View Park, 5380 Princeton Ave., Peachland), play an instrumental role in the operation of Peachland's Annual Rubber Ducky Race, and bring Christmas greetings to residents each year by means of Fire Truck Christmas Caroling.

If you're thinking about moving to Peachland, click here to view and search for Peachland's latest listings, and sign up to receive alerts on new listings as soon as they hit the market. If you're ready to take the next step in your search for a new home, Jeff Creamer is ready to help. Contact Jeff by filling out this form, by calling 250-575-7112 or emailing jeff@shopkelownahomes.com.

*Have we missed something regarding Peachland's health and safety amenities? Please let us know!

April 9, 2019

Central Okanagan Real Estate Market Statistics: March 2019

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Residential real estate sales in the Central Okanagan increased by 30% in March from the previous month, an expected upswing for the beginning of Spring; however, compared to March of last year, they are down by 17%.

Average price of single-detached residential homes and townhouses slightly decreased compared to March of 2018; average price of condos increased by 1.9%.

The number of new listings increased by 36% from last month, while March of 2019 saw 7% fewer new listings than March of 2018. A lighter housing supply this year can be attributed to the government imposing stricter mortgage rules, higher interest rates and speculation taxes.

Although a higher decrease in average days on market (DOM) is typically expected with a significant increase in sales, the overall residential market experienced only a slight decrease in DOM of 3% from the previous month. DOM is 34% greater this March than March of 2018.

If you have any questions on the information above or would like to take the next step in your quest to buy or sell a home, please feel free to contact Jeff Creamer by emailing jeff@shopkelownahomes.com or calling or texting directly at 250-575-7112. Also, receive weekly updates on the Central Okanagan real estate market by following Jeff on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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March 18, 2019

Moving to Peachland: Education

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Moving to Peachland: Part 2

Peachland Education Amenities

"Where will my child go to school?" is a common question that arises when considering a move to a new location. Access to schools, libraries and other educational amenities is important for your child's well-being and future success. Or, perhaps you or someone in your household is interested in attending post secondary school or a trade school in the future to further enhance an existing career or to change careers altogether. Whatever the case may be, it is helpful to know what's available in the area before moving; therefore, Part 2 of our Moving to Peachland Series will cover educational amenities and programming in and near Peachland.

Education Amenities in Peachland

There is one school within the District of Peachland, Peachland Elementary, that serves approximately 400 students grades K-6. According to the school's principal, Ross Hett, "the school's learning culture is centered in kindness, where each child is supported in their learning journeys by a caring and dedicated team of teachers and support staff."

Peachland Elementary is part of Central Okanagan Public Schools, District #23 (SD #23), serving roughly 180,000 students throughout Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, Lake Country, and the Regional District of Central Okanagan. 

Peachland Elementary is located just off of Highway 97 behind the Peachland Village Mall at 5486 Clements Crescent. In 2018, the school received provincial funding to build a new playground, which opened for student use in September of 2018. Parents and guardians of students attending Peachland Elementary are invited to attend Peachland's Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meetings, which typically take place on the second Tuesday of each month during the school year. School bus transportation is available for a fee through the school district.

For students ages 3 to 5, the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club (OBGC) in Peachland operates a preschool program at Peachland Elementary. OBGC also facilitates an after school club for students ages 6 to 12. The program runs at the Historic Primary School building (5684 Beach Avenue) from 2:30-6:30pm and engages students in activities to enhance skills in the arts, sports, and personal growth. Drop-ins for youth, Parent's Nights Out and other recreational programs are available through OBGC.

Peachland has a small public library located in the Peachland Village Mall at #40 - 5500 Clements Crescent. The library provides access to books (digital and hard copy) as well as visual and audio media available throughout the Okanagan Regional Library system. The library hosts events for all ages to engage the public including children's story time, Summer Reading Club, an adult book club, and more.

Middle & Secondary School Near Peachland

As there are no middle or secondary schools in Peachland, students must travel to West Kelowna to attend public school (typically about a 15-minute drive). Students grades 7 through 9 attend school at Glenrosa Middle School, located at 2974 Glen Abbey Place in West Kelowna. Glenrosa Middle was established in 1994 and now serves nearly 500 students. The school relationship with Daiichi University Haruhigaoka Junior High School, a sister school in Japan, through which the schools facilitate a cultural exchange program for students and staff.

Mt. Boucherie Secondary School serves the student population grades 10 through 12. Located at 2751 Cameron Road in West Kelowna, Mt. Boucherie Secondary has approximately 1,500 students in attendance from the Peachland and West Kelowna area. Students come from diverse backgrounds representing 26 countries and multiple First Nation, Métis and Inuit nations, allowing for a culturally-rich learning environment that offers a comprehensive range of academic, athletic, artistic and leadership development opportunities.

It is possible for students to attend a school outside the catchment area; see the SD #23 website for the following information:

A French immersion program is available through SD #23; students must enter the program in Kindergarten or grade 1.

Private Schools Near Peachland

The following private schools are also in the area:

West Kelowna & Westbank

Okanagan Montessori School - West Kelowna Site (Preschool Ages 3-6)
1162 Hudson Road, West Kelowna, BC

Our Lady of Lordes Catholic Elementary School (Grades K-7)
2547 Hebert Road, West Kelowna, BC

sənsisyustən House of Learning (Grades K-6, open to all students)
1920 Quail Lane, Westbank, BC

Kelowna

Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School (Preschool, Grades K-12)
950 Academy Way, Kelowna, BC

CEFA Early Learning Kelowna (Ages 1-5)
#100 - 590 McKay Avenue, Kelowna, BC

Heritage Christian School (Grades K-12)
907 Badke Road, Kelowna, BC

Immaculata Regional High School (Grades 8-12)
1493 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, BC

Kelowna Christian School (Grades K-12)
Preschool and Elementary: 3285 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC
Middle and High School: 2870 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna, BC

Okanagan Christian School (Grades K-12)
1035 Hollywood Road South, Kelowna, BC

Okanagan Montessori School - East Kelowna Site (Preschool Ages 3-6 & Elementary Ages 6-12)
3439 East Kelowna Road, Kelowna, BC

St. Joseph Catholic School (Grades K-7)
839 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC

Studio 9 Independent School if the Arts (Grades K-12)
1180 Houghton Road, Kelowna, BC

Willowstone Academy (Preschool & Pre-K, Grades K-9)
4091 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC

Summerland

Summerland Montessori School (Preschool & Pre-K, Grades K-5)
10317 Prairie Valley Road, Summerland, BC

Unisus School (Day and Full-Time Boarding School for Preschool, Grades K-12)
7808 Pierre Drive, Summerland, BC

Penticton

Concordia Lutheran School (Grades K-6)
2800 S Main Street, Penticton, BC

Holy Cross School (Grades K-8)
1298 Main Street, Penticton, BC

Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning (Penticton EXCEL - for students with high-functioning autism)
#120 - 3547 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton, BC

Post-Secondary & Trade Schools Near Peachland

There are two major post-secondary institutions in the area: the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Okanagan campus and Okanagan College, both of which are located in Kelowna, about a 30 minute drive from Peachland. UBC's Okanagan campus, located at 3333 University Way in Kelowna, serves almost 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, offering 62 undergraduate programs and 19 graduate (Masters and PhD) programs. 

Okanagan College's Kelowna campus, located at 1000 K. L. O. Road in Kelowna, serves 5,500 students, offering a variety of first and second year university transfer courses, two bachelor degree programs (Business Administration and Computer Information Systems) and two associate degree programs (Arts and Science). There is another Okanagan College campus location located in Penticton (583 Duncan Avenue West), also about a 30 minute drive from Peachland, as well as an Okanagan College Centre in Summerland (13211 Henry Road), offering some continuing studies programs, about a 15 minute drive from Peachland.

There are also a number of trade schools in the area, some of which include:

Academy of Learning Computer & Business Centre  
#101 - 1740 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC

Canscribe Career College 
#340 - 1632 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna, BC

Career City College 
#201 - 1634 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC

Focus College 
#10 - 1753 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna, BC

MC College (Hairstyling & Esthetics) 
#100 - 1875 Spall Road, Kelowna, BC

Okanagan Cosmetology Institute
358 Main Street, Penticton, BC

Sprott Shaw College 
#200 - 546 Leon Avenue, Kelowna, BC
2603 Skaha Lake Rd, Penticton, BC

Vancouver Career College - Kelowna Campus
1649 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC

To view other posts in the Moving to Peachland Series, click here.

If you're considering Peachland for your next home, click here to view Peachland's latest listings and search for Peachland homes, and sign up to receive alerts as soon as Peachland properties come on the market. If you're ready to take the next step in your home search, we'd love to be part of your journey - contact Jeff Creamer by filling out this form, by emailing jeff@shopkelownahomes.com or calling 250-575-7112.

*Have we missed something with regard to Peachland's education amenities? Please let us know!

March 5, 2019

Central Okanagan Real Estate Market Statistics: February 2019

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Residential real estate sales in the Central Okanagan Real Estate Market are up in February by 38% from last month but are down 23% from February of last year. This increase in sales from the previous few months is typical for this time of year. 

Average price for single-detached residential decreased by 1.4% to $669,073 from February 2018. The average price for townhouses remained flat, while average price for condos decreased by 11.3% from last year. The largest shift in average price for condos can be attributed to the volume of new condos coming on the market as well as a shift towards the construction of smaller, more affordable units. As the region still lacking in affordable, single-detached homes, and two-parent families with children represent the largest group of home buyers, the average price for single-detached residential has remained mostly consistent from last year.

February saw only a slight decrease in the number of new listings from January (660 versus 664 in January) and increased 1.8% from February of last year's 648. Average days on market (DOM) decreased 16% to 69 from last month's 80 but increased 15% from February of last year's 59. 

If you have any questions on the information above or would like to set up a consultation, please feel free to contact Jeff Creamer, professional real estate specialist, by filling out this form, by emailing jeff@shopkelownahomes.com or by calling direct at 250-575-7112.

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Feb. 25, 2019

Moving to Peachland: Arts, Recreation, & Wellness Amenities

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Moving to Peachland: Part 1

Peachland Arts, Recreation & Wellness Amenities

When searching for a new home, there are lot of items to consider - the home's condition, approximate square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, its proximity to your place of employment, schools, and the like. However, before relocating your entire life to a new location, it is also very important to take the neighbourhood and its amenities into careful account. Access to health and safety services, parks, recreation, arts and cultural offerings, retail opportunities and transportation are all important items to think about when contemplating a move to a new area.

Although we provide real estate and property marketing services to clients throughout the entire Greater Kelowna area, we live in Peachland, and as residents, are personally familiar with the services offered to residents day-to-day. While not all-inclusive, as the first part of a multi-part series, we have compiled a brief overview of arts, recreation and wellness amenities available in Peachland to give you a better idea of what Peachland has to offer and ultimately help you decide if a move to Peachland is right for you.

 

  1. Peachland Historic Primary School - 5684 Beach Ave., Peachland, BC
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    The Peachland Primary School building, originally built in 1908 and closed in 2003, was repurposed into an accessible location for arts, recreation, cultural programming for people of all ages. This beautiful venue is now home to the following organizations: 

    Peachland Art Gallery and Community Arts Council
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    The Peachland Art Gallery, operated by the Peachland Community Arts Council (PCAC) and located in the Mary Smith Hall in the centre of the building, features work in an assortment of mediums of local recreational artists as well as professional artists from across the Okanagan, British Columbia, and Canada. The Gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions year-round as well as musicians, authors, speakers, art workshops and art markets. The PCAC also supports local arts and culture organizations and organizes events throughout the year to engage the community in the arts, such as their annual HeARTS Festival.

    Peachland Visitor Centre
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    The Peachland Visitor Centre promotes Peachland tourism opportunities and produces and distributes information on Peachland's attractions, festivities, dining and accommodation options. The Visitor Centre has a boutique gift shop that features Peachland, Okanagan and BC-themed merchandise such as clothing and accessories as well as artwork by local artisans and seasonal items produced by local businesses and wineries. Also home to Peachland's bats, possibly the largest Yuma bat colony in BC, and the organization dedicated to their protection and preservation, the Bat Education and Ecological Preservation Society (BEEPS), the Visitor Centre hosts a Bat Interpretive Display and educates visitors on bats and their importance to the ecosystem.

    Peachland Chamber of Commerce
    The Peachland Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that supports, promotes and advocates for 140+ member businesses in Peachland and the surrounding areas. The Chamber hosts informational and networking events and business development workshops and provides benefits to its members.

    The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club in Peachland also operates out of the Historic Primary School building but will be covered in depth in Part 2 of this series: Moving to Peachland: Education.

    Prominent Peachland arts, recreation and wellness organizations not located in the Historic Primary School building include:

  2. The Peachland Museum - 5890 Beach Ave., Peachland, BC
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    The Peachland Museum is located in a unique, 8-sided church building dating back to 1910 and has been a British Columbia Heritage Site since 1981.

    The museum displays hundreds of artifacts, documents, photos and newspapers that help tell the story of the rich history of Peachland and its residents. A scale model of the Kettle Valley Railway is housed on the museum's top floor, which was built and continues to be maintained by the Central Okanagan Railway Company.

  3. Royal Canadian Legion Branch #69 - 4407 2nd St., Peachland, BC
    Founded in 1926, the Peachland branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL #69) has been providing support and advocacy for veterans and promoting Remembrance in the Peachland community for almost 100 years. RCL #69 hosts a wide variety of social events like crib tournaments, concerts, holiday dinner and dances, and much more. Additionally, the Peachland branch location boasts a popular restaurant and pub, Cook's Mill, which is open seven days a week, has daily specials, and also offers catering and takeout.

  4. Peachland Community Centre - 4450 6th St., Peachland, BC
    The epicentre of Peachland recreation, the Peachland Community Centre hosts a wide variety of recreational programming all year long. From fitness classes to cooking classes, art demos to social activities, the Peachland Community Centre provides Peachland residents and visitors with a place to engage in activities meeting an array of interests, skill levels and ages.

  5. Peachland Wellness Centre - 4426 5th St., Peachland, BC
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    Even though it operates in a small house in Peachland's city centre, the breadth of programming offered by the Peachland Wellness Centre (PWC) is huge. Computer literacy training, income tax preparation assistance, intergenerational signing, coffee socials, tai chi, non-medical home support services, a community garden program, and a weekly Sunday morning community breakfast are only a few of the many programs and services provided by the PWC. There are also a plethora of opportunities to get involved as a PWC volunteer.

  6. Peachland 50 Plus Activity Centre - 5672 Beach Ave., Peachland, BC
    The Peachland 50 Plus Activity Centre provides a setting where members age 50 and over can use their talents to organize a variety of activities that benefit other members as well as support the community at large. The Centre hosts weekly social activities ranging from fitness to singing to wood carving as well as pancake breakfasts, monthly potlucks, a famous Thursday night bingo, and other activities.

  7. Peachland Branch - Okanagan Regional Library - #40-5500 Clements Crescent, Peachland, BC
    Located in the Peachland Village Mall, Peachland's public library provides access to books throughout the Okanagan Regional Library system, including hard copies, digital e-books and audiobooks, as well as access to music and movies. The library also hosts programming to promote lifelong learning, including a weekly children's story time, LEGO in the Library, Summer Reading Club, an adult book club, and more.

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