Explore Gabriola, BC
By Tina, Randi & Jennifer Lynch
(Coast Realty Group (Gabriola Village) Ltd.)
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Tomorrow (May 27th), our Coast Realty Office on Gabriola will be closed and all the Realtors ® and staff will head over to the Gabriola Museum give back to the community by caring for the Native Plant garden at the Museum.  I thought I would get a head start and do a little web research about a few of the native plants I've seen on walks and came across the Chocolate Lily (one of my favourites) on the The Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT) website.  The website has great information on how to beautify your garden with native plants, removing invasive plants and restore Garry Oak Habitat. It also lists nurseries  on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands that supply native plants.  If you're on the island this summer stop by the Museum to view some of Gabriola's native plant speci...
By Tina, Randi & Jennifer Lynch
(Coast Realty Group (Gabriola Village) Ltd.)
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The old folklore suggests that if the Groundhog sees his shadow today, we're in for 6 more weeks of winter, apparently it's a 39% chance of correctly predicting the weather. Well, I guess it's great news for the Winter Olympics that the groundhog saw his shadow today, although I was trying to dodge my shadow this morning in hopes that Spring would be here. Oh well, just more time to plan a low maintenance, draught tolerant garden on Gabriola.
By Tina, Randi & Jennifer Lynch
(Coast Realty Group (Gabriola Village) Ltd.)
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Well one of the perks of shopping at the road sidestand, versus something that you might pick up at the big box stores from half way around the world, is the character that goes with it. When I stopped by to check out the stand at the corner of Thompson and South Road, I found this sign. I would have been happy to pay 50 cents for my new Greek Oregano seedlings, but thought the marked down price of 25 cents was great. I wasn't really planning on any more herbs for the garden, but what the heck ! I got a free laugh out of the deal as well and thought it was a great marketing approach, a little different then we see in our Real Estate promotional material.
By Tina, Randi & Jennifer Lynch
(Coast Realty Group (Gabriola Village) Ltd.)
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In January, the BC government announced that as of the 31 March 2009, home inspectors will need to be licensed. BC is the first province in Canada to license home inspectors to better protect buyers & ensure qualified inspections. Currently, a home inspector training is voluntary thus leading to different levels of training and qualifications.After consultation from consumers and the industry the province opted for licensing under the Business Practices & Consumer Protection Authority (BPCPA) – this will help home buyers on Gabriola and throughout BC, to ensure that the person doing the inspection has the qualifications to make a professional assessment. It will also offer home inspectors the backing of a professional organization to help ensure that the home inspector follows their st...
By Tina, Randi & Jennifer Lynch
(Coast Realty Group (Gabriola Village) Ltd.)
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In January, one of my girlfriends signed me up for a facebook running group, a group of 6 of us that have been through the good times and the bad during our 20 year friendship (and I’m young). How could I resist joining these friends when I looked and saw the picture of the girls running a race in heels, I knew this was going to be fun and another one of our group adventures. Three of us live close enough to join the Running Room in Nanaimo together, close means I’ll hop on the ferry once a week and that one of us drives 1 hour to get there. The training we get at the Running Room is definitely worth the effort, we listen to the informative speakers and learn effective and safe ways to run, apparently not in heels! We finished our last group hill run last night, there is nothing like th...
By Tina, Randi & Jennifer Lynch
(Coast Realty Group (Gabriola Village) Ltd.)
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Over the years several homes to Gabriola have come as reclaimed homes from various areas. As real estate values have soared in parts of the Province, the land value is so great in some cases that it affords home owners the opportunity to build new. But with all the “green” and recycling initiatives, the idea of relocating homes, instead of demolishing them, has had a strong appeal. Many of our relocated homes to the island have come from the mainland, via a barge, allowing a home to be relocated a greater distance than by trucking it. It’s quite the site to see from the shores of the island, a home floating past, and coming into Descanso Bay, where it is then put on a truck and delivered to a property, usually in the middle of the night. The T&T property which was recently sold, had a h...

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