Pender Island, BC Real Estate News

By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
Welcome to all of our visitors who have come over to spend Spring Break with us here on Pender!  I know that many more of you will be coming over in a couple of days for Easter.  Here's some of what's up this looong weekend: Thursday, March 20 Special Easter holiday ferry schedule in effect Thursday, Friday & Monday.  7:30pm - Film Night at the Hall presents:  Across the Universe.  Admission by a suggested donation of $5.  Friday, March 21 2:00pm - Easter Concert:  The Confession Stone (Songs of Mary) - Anglican Parish Hall 6:00pm - Friday Night Dinner at the Legion -- Turkey! 6:30pm - Hawaiian Luau Dinner at the Pistou Grill.  4 course set-menu for $55/person.  Phone 250.629.3131 for the menu and reservations.  Highly recommended!  (Also on Sat, March 22) Saturday, March 22 9:30am - Fa...
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By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
Please take a visit to my new virtual tour of Pender Island!While you're there, have a look at the rest of my site.  If you have any questions about Pender Island, or the listings available on my site, please contact me for more information.Email:  Howard@HomesOnPender.comCell:  (250) 222-HOME (4663)Toll Free:  (866) 629-3166Best Regards,  Howard on PenderPS.  If you have trouble viewing or loading the tour, I would appreciate your feedback.
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By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
Southern Gulf Islands, British ColumbiaBritish Columbia's Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast communities are drawing more and more people who want a piece of the stunning physical beauty, gentle climate, and rural charm.  Steadily increasing demand for land in these areas is resulting in higher property values and taxes. More development also means more pressure on sensitive island ecosystems that are frequently home to rare and endangered species. The Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program (NAPTEP) is a property tax incentive program designed to encourage landowners to protect the natural features of their land.  Launched by the Islands Trust and the Islands Trust Fund in 2005, NAPTEP got a facelift in early 2008 in response to landowner feedback. I encourage all island landowners ...
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By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
Another one of my random photos from my Pender Island/African Photos page.  Here we have the Pender Island Highlanders performing for the Canada Day celebration.  In the background you will also see our island RCMP officer dressed in full regalia for the occasion.It is so great to live in a small community like the one here on Pender.  Celebrations like Canada Day take on a whole different meaning when you gather with a group of friends to take some time off and enjoy each others' company -- rather than running off to the mall to get some shopping in on a statuatory holiday.  (Not that we don't sometimes take a day to go off island and get some errands accomplished -- I just find that I take more easy days here on Pender than I did in my "previous life.")Although February is sadly void ...
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By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
 There is a good inventory of homes and building lots for sale on Pender right now, with new homes and lots being added everyday.  If you have been watching the Pender housing market for a while, now may be the perfect time for you to come over an take a tour!  Whether you are looking for a affordable building lot for your future dreams, or an oceanfront home with beach access and mooring for your boat, I can help you find the perfect property to make your Pender dream a reality.Have a look at my website, and check out my Pender listings.  You can see more homes for sale by checking out my office's listings. When you are ready, contact me to set up an appointment.  I love to tour people around our beautiful island, and show them why my family have decided to call Pender Island, BC home!...
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By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
As a proud member of the Dockside Realty team here on Pender Island, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the newest member of our extended family:  Bev Gerry of Island Explorer Property Management. Are you looking for a short or long term rental on Pender Island or elsewhere in the Southern Gulf Islands?Island Explorer Property Management (IEPM) is a fully licenced and bonded property management company serving the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada.IEPM offers a large inventory of short to long-term rentals on SaltSpring, North and South Pender, Galiano, Mayne, Thetis and Lasqueti.  Depending on the property, your stay can be as short as two days, or as long as one year.   Properties range from rustic cottages in the woods offering privacy with peaceful, natural surrou...
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By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
The Otter Bay ferry dock on Pender Island will be closed on Tuesday, January 8th (after the 7:20 sailing to Vancouver and the 7:45am sailing to Victoria) until the end of the day on Thursday, January 10th in order for repairs to be made to one of the dock’s aprons. The terminal is scheduled to re-open on January 11th for the arrival of the ferry from Vancouver at 7:05am.  Check www.bcferries.com or call 1-888-223-3779 for up-to-date schedule information. BC Ferries will be operating a foot passenger service via water taxi from Otter Bay Marina to the government dock at Swartz Bay (Victoria).  Free parking at Swartz Bay for Pender Island vehicles will also be available.  The water taxi schedule is as follows: Tuesday, January 8th: Leave Otter Bay Marina 11:35am, 7:15pm Leave Swartz Bay (...
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By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
Happy New Year to all of you!We had a great time bringing in 2008 here on Pender Island.  This year's Magic Lake Lantern Festival has been described as one of the best in its 9 year history.  This is thanks to the hard work of so many performers and volunteers.  I wish I had some pictures to post, but I was assigned to crowd control duties this year, and didn't get a chance to get my camera out.  Not to say that crowd control is a tough assignment here on Pender!  We're hardly an unruly bunch...To see pictures of Lantern Festivals from the past, please see my Photo Album.We had the largest number of people join the Lantern Procession this year.  I saw lots of families walking together with their homemade bamboo and paper mache lanterns, leading in the the Giant Puppets, Masked Performer...
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By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
If you are coming over to Pender for Christmas or New Years from Victoria (Swartz Bay), there are a couple of changes to the ferry schedule that you should know about:  December 25 & January 1:  There is no 5:10am sailing from Victoria to Pender Island December 25 & January 1:  There is no 7:45am sailing from Pender to VictoriaThe Vancouver/Pender ferry runs on its regular schedule through the holidays -- although it can be very busy.  For more information, or to make a FREE reservation on the Tswawwassen to Pender Island ferry (highly recommended!), please visit http://www.bcferries.ca/I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my past (and future!) clients a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  The best of the season to everyone!For more about Pender Island real estate,...
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By Salt Spring Island real estate agent Scott Simmons
(One Percent Realty Vancouver Island)
There is nothing like keeping up with the market. Every day I write my stats blog that goes into the details about Pender island real estate. The stats blog actually helps me out by making me read over every new listing, expired listing (which I usually call and try to find out why it did not sell), new sales ( I like to see how close to asking price they sold for and check them to see if they where re listed) and closed sales. I cover all the gulf island I try and leverage the Internet to the maximum and have two system for customers who want to stay up on the gulf island real estate market: you can RSS my statistical blog http://www.escapetosaltspring.com/blogs/scott_simmons/default.aspx  log into my PCS system which will give you access to live market watch feed. I have an immediate ...
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By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
Background: The Magic Lake Lantern Festival is a Pender Islands tradition that takes place every New Year's Eve. Giant Puppets, Bamboo Lanterns, Stilt Walkers, an enchanting shadow play and Kayak Ballet on the lake are only some of what entertains and delights residents and visitors alike just after dark falls on December 31. Pagan in nature, it is a truly unique family event whose fame is just starting to spread beyond its Gulf Island home. As indicated in the letter below, due to an unexpected shortfall of funds, the producers of the event, the Three on the Tree Productions Society, finds itself doing some last minute fundraising to ensure this year's event goes ahead, and to secure the future of the Magic Lake Lantern Festival for Pender Island in the years to come. If you would lik...
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By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
Great progress has been made on the health centre expansion over the past couple of months. The sub-floor is complete, the walls are all up, and the roof trusses installed. In the first 2 weeks of November, the roof was sheathed, and a new metal roof is currently being installed over the expansion and existing building. The windows and doors are going in, and the outside siding and trim will soon be complete. Work is progressing on time and within budget. The inside work will continue over the winter months, including the electrical, plumbing and the heating/air exchange systems. The Pender Islands Health Care Society estimates that at least another $250,000 will be needed to complete the expansion as planned in Summer 2008. Thank you to everyone for their donations of time and money to...
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By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
Hello to all Pender residents and potential visitors!  Although a bit quieter than last weekend, there are still some things going on to keep you busy this Saturday and Sunday: Saturday, Nov 17 9:00am - Dad 'n' Me Pancake Breakfast for kids under 10 and their respective Dads, Uncles or friends at the Dragonfly Daycare Centre Saturday 10am - 4pm & Sunday 12pm to 4pm - PIRAHA Annual Christmas Craft Fair at the Community Hall.  Come out and support our local crafters, as well as selected crafters from surrounding areas.  $5 Admission goes to support Hall activities and maintenance, and gets you a ticket for all of the door prizes.  Lots of food, musical entertainment, and, of course, Christmas shopping!Sunday 1:30pm - Texas Hold'em at the Legion Hall.Have a great weekend all, and don't for...
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By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
This month, the Pender Islands' Health Care Society (PIHCS) announced that they have completed negotiations with Dr. Michael Thompson to fill the vacancy left by Dr. Hudson's recent departure.  Dr. Thompson will be moving to the island with his wife Sandra late this year, and will begin practising at the clinic on January 14.  Dr. Michael brings with him an extensive background in family medicine, having worked in Shawnigan Lake, the Queen Charlottes and the NATO airbase in Germany, providing primary medical care to families stationed there.  We are fortunate to have such an experienced physician choose to relocate to our little island! Many thanks go out to Dr. G. Moore, who will continue to single handedly "man the fort" until mid January.
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By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
The Pender Islands Parks Commission announced this month the creation of Ursula Poepel Park in Magic Lake Estates on North Pender Island, BC.  The park has been made possible by Ursula's generous donation of an undeveloped .8 acre lot on Schooner Way.  The new park provides an environmental corridor between Schooner Way and Chart Drive, and has been gifted to the CRD for protection in perpetuity as an environmentally sensitive site.The site is an older second growth forest, with some first growth trees, and contains Douglas Fir, Arbutus and Cedar Trees.  A very large veteran Douglas Fir on the property provides a recognized alternate nesxting site for eagles.Ursula, along with 11 other individuals from the Gulf Islands, was recently nominated for Islands Trust Community Stewardship Awar...
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