Courtenay, the hub of the Comox Valley, has something for everyone
If you’re considering relocating to Vancouver Island, you need to consider the city of Courtenay.
One of Vancouver Island’s most vibrant communities, Courtenay is located midway up the east coast of the Island in the picturesque Comox Valley. In a region known for its beauty, charm and culture, Courtenay truly shines.
What makes Courtenay so special? Read on . . .
Buying property in Courtenay – there’s something for everyone
As a resident of the area for more than 25 years, I know that every community within the Comox Valley has its own appeal. Certainly, the vibrant downtown core is a big part of what makes Courtenay special. And within the city limits, there are plenty of parks, waterways, green space and recreational opportunities. Others love the fact that Courtenay has a small-town feel but plenty of big-city amenities. However, as a Comox Valley Realtor®, I think the thing that makes Courtenay stand out is its diversity.
No matter what you’re looking for in a home and neighbourhood, you’ll be able to find it here. Like a small-scale version of the Valley itself, there are distinct areas that make up the City of Courtenay – each with its own character and features.
Buying a home in Downtown Courtenay
One of the first areas settled in the Comox Valley in the late 1800s, Downtown Courtenay is where the action is. Unique boutiques, pubs, eateries and the Sid Williams Theatre anchor many of the seasonal activities and annual festivals that occur in the area. Recent years have seen a desire from both the public and the local government to have increased development in terms of housing options, but no firm plans or timeline have been established. Currently, the residential areas surrounding the downtown business centre consist mainly of older houses on city lots.
Real estate opportunities in East Courtenay
Bordering the Comox peninsula, this region of Courtenay is conveniently located close to the local Canadian Forces base (19 Wing Comox) and public airport (YQQ). It is also the home of the new hospital, which is set to open in Fall 2017. Within this area are numerous other amenities including the Aquatic Centre, Home Depot, Costco and several schools. Centrally located, the densification here is higher than other parts of the Valley. A large portion of the area’s housing options is in the form of detached homes in a variety of subdivisions, including Crown Isle. East Courtenay is very popular with both families and those nearing retirement.
Properties in North Courtenay
For a rural feel that’s close to town, this is the place to be. Offering homes on a variety of property sizes ranging from regular lots all the way up to farmlands, this area offers plenty of options for homebuyers. And even though this area is known for its great farmland and agricultural bounty, there is still the opportunity to be near the ocean!
West Courtenay realty options
Another area with potential for a country feel, the west side of Courtenay has a good variety of smaller acreages and is within easy access of biking, hiking and other recreational areas. Some locations that are farther afield may not be part of the public water system. Close to the mountain and minutes from town, the West side has plenty of perks!
Why buy in South Courtenay
Together with the neighboring settlement of Royston, this region gives homebuyers a chance to get an ocean vista with the convenience of being near the highway connector and malls. Lots are typically city-sized or slightly larger.
Do you have questions about moving to the Comox Valley?
For more information about Courtenay or any of the other Comox Valley communities, please download my free homebuyer’s guide to moving to the Comox Valley. Full of local information and resources, it will help answer your questions about relocating to this spectacular part of Vancouver Island.
Contact me or my associate Andrea Davis to find out more about the local area and property listings in the Comox Valley. And be sure to visit our website mikefisherhomes.com or call me directly at 250.218.3895 with any real estate questions.