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What It Feels Like To Come Home to the Lake

Have you ever dreamt of coming home to a place where the summers are long, the majestic lake view is as long as you can stretch your neck from side-to-side, and the atmosphere is calm and relaxing? If that is your heart’s desire, it is time to take a closer look at the benefits of living by the lake and why Lakestone is one of the Okanagan’s fastest growing lakeside communities. What better opportunity to get the feel of lakeside living than to actually walk through Lakestone’s beautiful show homes. Located within the Benchlands neighbourhood, these show homes offer a glimpse into some of the finest lake view homes and the possibilities that exist at Lakestone!

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Meet the Hefkeys

We were fortunate to sit down and hear from Dan and Maryann Hefkey on the August long weekend to hear their story of how they came to build a home to live in at Lakestone, as well as their take on this very special community. We’re sure you will agree that it’s people like the Hefkeys that help make Lakestone what it is today and for the many years to come.

HOW DID YOU END UP AT LAKESTONE?

Hefkeys: Our kids were out west in Whistler, so we explored all options on-line from Osoyoos to Vernon. Osoyoos was interesting because it’s a warm climate and has lots of wineries, but as many businesses and activities tend to shut down in the winter, we started looking towards Penticton, Summerland, Peachland, and as far north as Vernon – we looked at absolutely everything. Initially we weren’t looking to build, but after considering all available options, building a home just made sense. We spent one month renting in West Kelowna to really get to know the area. We had a realtor, and on our first day here, he brought us to Lakestone Waterside (to Travertine). We were immediately impressed and started building our home in 2015 and officially moved into our home at Lakestone in 2016. We were one of the first here, and, because it’s a new community, we realized there wasn’t an established social network for people new to the area, so we created a Facebook group, and organized community potlucks at “the Hub” (The Lake Club) every 2nd week to introduce new neighbours – some who come from all across Canada – that want to mingle and get to know each other. Before the new neighbours move in, we welcome them to the Lakestone Facebook group, so they can get plugged in and learn everything about their community. It’s easy making friends at Lakestone. Everyone blends well, and there’s lots of opportunity to get involved. The Lake Club has become the hub of the community where all are welcome.  Others have initiated Women’s Wine Wednesdays, and the ever so popular High Intensity Interval Training in the pool.  Both are well attended.  Some of our other activities include rowing or swimming across to Lake Okanagan Resort, with others who kayak or paddle along with us. The Lake Club is our true community hub. Neighbourhood kids put on an annual July long weekend talent show as part of the potluck now…singing, violin, ukulele, magic card tricks, dancing, ballet, and more. One grandfather even played guitar as his two granddaughters sang a song they co-wrote.

WHAT WERE YOUR DECIDING FACTORS IN MOVING TO LAKESTONE?

Hefkeys: We had to have a view, or we weren’t leaving our home in Ontario. Wherever we moved, it had to be better than what we were leaving, which was a lovely home on the golf course near a ski hill, with great neighbours in Ontario. You have to make a checklist and be clear on your wants and needs. We checked out many mountain and lake view properties, but nothing compared to the views at Lakestone. We were uncompromising on having a spectacular lake view.  Aside from that, proximity to an airport was paramount, and next, we had to do a bike test, to see if we could go cycling here. We can literally leave our back door and bike for 60 kms and not be on a busy highway, fighting for road space. (Cyclists in Ontario often have to drive 1.5 hours outside Toronto just to find a safe place to ride).  We ride down the road from our house toward Pebble Beach in Okanagan Centre, up Oceola Road, across Highway 97 and up Oyama Road, and around Oyama to Pelmewash Way, and along the rail trails as far north as Vernon, or throughout Kelowna. The rail trails are great and enjoyed by all kinds of outdoors enthusiasts including families, cyclists, hikers, joggers, dog-walking, dog park, boaters…people trekking from all over the Okanagan.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT LAKESTONE THAT APPEALED TO YOU MOST?

Hefkeys: We love how Macdonald Communities (MCL) integrated the recreational aspects like The Lake Club and The Centre Club from the beginning, including a gorgeous hiking trail between Waterside and the Benchlands, which is frequented by families, children and their pets. If you’re an avid pickle baller, you will love it here, and they even added tennis and basketball courts – the latter of which is also suitable for ball hockey. The amenities are incredible, and you don’t have to wait for them to be built like some other communities. They are here now.  With the connection of Tyndall Rd to Camp Road, there’s a handy alternative to cycle, or walk the long widely-paved sidewalks, and we’re within walking distance of some of the best Okanagan wineries. There’s always something to do, whether it’s the arts and crafts events at the wineries, Creekside Theatre plays and musical performances, “Live in Lake Country” – a free weekly summer open-air music event for all of the community to enjoy, the Arts Tour in August, or the Art Walk in the Fall. As a former Strata council member and Director on the Amenities Association, Dan worked closely with the ownership team of MCL, and appreciated how much they were willing to listen to the wants and needs of the community. 

WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT LAKESTONE’S FUTURE?

Hefkeys: We’re really looking forward to The Centre Club opening. Once the Benchlands community is at 85% occupancy, the existing Centre Club building will be to ready to open up with a large gym, yoga and Pilates studio, community room, pool and hot tubs, men’s and ladies’ changerooms, and a possible coffee/wine bar. It’s also great having a Community Relations Manager here also, as there’s lots of communication, and we know things are being looked after whenever they’re brought to the developer’s attention.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT LIVING AT LAKESTONE?

Hefkeys: There is so much to discover. No word of a lie, every morning we wake up, raise the blinds, look out on Lake Okanagan, and might even spot an osprey or an eagle and say “Oh my God…we live here!” We’ll look at each other and ask, “What are we going to do today?” Today, after this interview, we’re going for a four-hour hike, then we are going to do some paddle boarding, prepare supper, have a nice glass of wine on the deck and relax. We feel so blessed to live in such a wonderful community with such great people. We plan on staying here forever. We’re not leaving!

HOW DID YOU MEET?

Hefkeys: We just celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary in Lake Louise. We met just before doing volunteer work in Africa for two years. One year in we were engaged, then married. Adventure has always been the common denominator, and we definitely find that excitement living here at Lakestone.

WHAT HIDDEN GEMS HAVE YOU DISCOVERED WHILE LIVING HERE?

Hefkeys: Lake Country has so much to offer. We can walk or zip down the hill on our bikes for a great cup of coffee at the Salty Caramel or the Museum, or head over to The Coffee House on Bottom Woodlake Road. Even though we have gyms here, if we want classes, we can work out at any of the local gyms like Crave Fitness with its many classes, Bodyz in Motion, Invati Yoga, or 24-Hour Fitness. We’ve found other hidden gems too like the many hiking trails including Spion Kopj, and if you have an ebike you can easily ride, pretty effortlessly, all the way to Kelowna for coffee. If you want to explore north, we’ve found great places like Friesen’s in Lavington, the Vernon Farmer’s market, and love Pane Vino Pizzeria at Gatzke’s Fruit Stand in Oyama. Fresh fruit and vegetables are in abundant supply at various farm gates like the 3lbs of asparagus we bought for $7.50, and the peaches at Wendel’s. Grocery stores and other shops are about 5 minutes away. We looked at other neighbourhoods with nice views, but after talking to people in their communities, we weren’t excited about dealing with 30 or 40 minutes of traffic to get to a store.

AS OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SEEKERS, WHAT’S NEXT ON THE LIST?

Hefkeys: We’re going to Kilimanjaro in October with Mike and Lori Wright, another adventurous Lakestone Waterside couple, so we have been working our way through a trail book and have discovered other great trails like Ellison Park (toward Predator Ridge), Enderby Cliffs, Black Knight (east of Black Mountain), McCurdy Rim (near Shannon Lake/Rose Valley Rim). We’ve been doing a lot of biking and hiking to get ready, and appreciate all the advice provided by neighbours.

WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO OTHERS CONSIDERING A MOVE?

Hefkeys: In making a decision to move, you have to be very settled in your mind on what you’re looking for. For us, #1 was the view – it had to be spectacular, and #2 was deciding whether we were comfortable building or not. Envision a check list, similar to planning our trip to Kilimanjaro. Ask yourself, what’s available here/there? Know what you want and need, and make sure it checks all your boxes. Be willing to spend some time in that community to see if you like it and talk to people who live there. That’s how we ended up here, and not in Osoyoos or Penticton. People tend to spend more time researching shoes and cars more than a home, and some even buy sight unseen. If you want the buzz of a city, Kelowna’s not that far away, but it’s more about quality of life at Lakestone, it’s the lifestyle, we wanted out of the city, and these days anything you want that you’d find in a mall, can be ordered on-line. We like winters and the sun, and really knew what we wanted as part of our lifestyle. We’d never even heard of Lake Country, let alone Kelowna, or the Okanagan, but it has everything we needed, including a great doctor and dentist, and some of the best medical infrastructure anywhere. If you want a senior’s community, it’s not that. There’s just the right cross section of people here, where everyone is valued and feels at home in the community. There’s mutual respect amongst all ages and the whole community feels cohesive.

WHAT ARE YOUR NEIGHBOURS LIKE?

Hefkeys: For some, this is an opportunity to leave the big city, and live the Okanagan dream, or be mortgage free. There’s no speculation tax in Lake Country, which is a big plus. The community appeals to younger families and retirees. Residents are as diverse as Lakestone itself; there’s so much variety. As one example, we have neighbours from Fort McMurray who have made this their primary residence.

People here love to contribute and look out for their neighbours. If you need anything, someone is bound to have exactly what you’re looking for or knows someone who does. It’s hard for us to walk down the street, without someone saying hello, or inviting us in for a glass of wine. Everyone is so interesting and contributes in their own way. Whether it’s giving someone a ride to the airport or even taking you out on their boat…you don’t have to own a boat and Kicking Back’s boat rental service is handy here in the community. There are so many people from different places, with diverse backgrounds, and incredible resources and lifetimes of experience.  For example, someone who can maintain a pool, or teach someone’s child about science.

While Lakestone isn’t a gated community, it feels very safe, so you don’t worry about going for a walk in the neighbourhood. The roads are wider, and people drive responsibly.

Probably 30% of residents currently have Lakestone as their summer home, and 80% of residents are probably from somewhere besides the Okanagan Valley. Approximately 50% are retired. There’s a diverse mix of people at Lakestone and on any given day, you’ll find 20 couples doing something interesting. There’s lots to do if you want to be active. You can pick and choose, whether it’s wineries, golf, boating on the lake, sitting by the pool, or taking your dog for a hike; people love the proximity and access to the lake, trails, great roadways, and proximity to ski hills –  half way between Silver Star or Big White – some of the best skiing you’ll find anywhere. Though there are some multi-generational households, it’s important to note that short term rentals, like AirBnB’s or suites are not supported here – and that’s a good thing. There’s less traffic here and Lakestone is a joy to come home to. This is the perfect place! We don’t regret the decision we made.

WHAT ARE THE FIVE BEST THINGS YOU’VE EVER DONE?

Hefkeys: The five best things we’ve ever done 1) meeting each other 2) retiring when and early as we did 3) career choices as an adult-ed teacher and after a career with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) becoming the Commissioner of Community Safety; responsible for policing services, fire, and emergency management including animal welfare for the province…and ironically moved to OPP Opal Peak Place at Lakestone 4) having our children Kyle and Jordan, and 5) moving here to Lakestone.

 

No Speculation Tax

Unlike the city of Kelowna, the district of Lake Country is exempt from the speculation tax. Property owners at Lakestone are also excluded from this British Columbia wide tax designed to discourage housing speculation and people from leaving homes vacant.

Lakestone’s newest release in the Highlands neighbourhood is selling quickly. For information on these spectacular lakeview homesites, REGISTER today, or visit the Lakestone Information Centre & Show Homes. Current hours and location here > https://bit.ly/2FhEJOs Call 250.766.1213 to speak to a Lakestone representative.

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*Lakestone offering and prices are subject to availability and subject to change without notice. E.&O.E.

Records Set in Lake Country

Lake Country issued a record-setting number of permits last year valued at almost $100 million and construction continues to surge during the beginning of 2019. The building boom shows no signs of slowing down as development projects including Highlands at Lakestone and 190 new homes adjacent to Main Street draw residents who otherwise would have settled in Kelowna or West Kelowna.

While Lake Country has many draws, it’s what this community lacks that is also attractive.  Lake Country has a handle on homelessness and a recent count found not a single homeless person. As well, Lake Country residents are not subject to the controversial speculation tax applied to neighbouring Kelowna.

Read the full interview with Mayor James Baker here > https://bit.ly/2EqK0T8

For information on lake view homesites now selling in our Benchlands and Highlands neighbourhoods, REGISTER today. Visit the Lakestone Information Centre & Show Homes, open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 to 4 pm (closed on Mondays). Information Centre is located at 9678 Benchlands Drive and our 3 Show Homes are just around the corner.  Call 250.766.1213 to speak to one of our representatives.

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*Lakestone offering and prices are subject to availability and subject to change without notice.

Introducing Highlands

The new Highlands neighborhood has just been released! Located at the highest point of Lakestone, Highlands offers 107 fully-serviced homesites blended into the Okanagan hillside, creating a rural mountain setting within minutes of urban living. With sweeping 180 degree views of Okanagan Lake and a combination of homesites and multi-family options, Highlands appeals to the young and the young at heart. 
Lakestone has partnered with the Okanagan’s top builders. Choose from one of Lakestone’s “Preferred” or “Accredited” builders including Destination Homes, Gibson Contracting, Noba Vision, Candel Custom Homes, Richmond Custom Homes Ltd., Douglas Lake Custom Homes and Valley Craft Homes. To select a home building team behind the award-winning custom lake homes at Lakestone, CLICK HERE.
Residents of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland were able to take a closer look at the new Highlands community. Macdonald Communities Limited showcased the newly released community at the Vancouver Fall Home Show last October and received a phenomenal response from visitors and builders alike.
Read the full article > CLICK HERE

 

For more information on lake view homesites now selling in our Benchlands and Highlands neighbourhoods, REGISTER today. Visit the Lakestone Information Centre & Show Homes, open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 to 4 pm (closed on Mondays). Information Centre is located at 9678 Benchlands Drive and our 3 Show Homes are just around the corner.  Call 250.766.1213 to speak to one of our representatives.

*Lakestone offering and prices are subject to availability and subject to change without notice.

Lake Country Excluded from BC’s Speculation Tax

The lake view homes at Lakestone will not be included in the province’s newly proposed real estate tax.  The Government of British Columbia has named Lake Country as an area where the tax will not be imposed.  Designed to capture foreign and domestic speculators, the tax will not affect the master-planned community of Lakestone.  Lakestone is located outside of the designated urban centres deemed taxable by the housing-related tax which is scheduled to took effect in the fall of 2018.

Lakestone is a master-planned community located just 12 minutes from the Kelowna International Airport and a 20-minute drive from the vibrant culture of Kelowna.  Lake Country is a world-class leisure destination with endless recreation adventures all year round including water sports, cycling, golf, hiking, skiing, the arts, wineries and fine dining.

For more information on lake view homesites now selling in our Benchlands and Highlands neighbourhoods, REGISTER today. Visit the Lakestone Information Centre & Show Homes, open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 to 4 pm (closed on Mondays). Information Centre is located at 9678 Benchlands Drive and our 3 Show Homes are just around the corner.  Call 250.766.1213 to speak to one of our representatives.

*Lakestone offering and prices are subject to availability and subject to change without notice.

Kelowna – Top Cities to Buy In

The city of Kelowna has been named one of the top 10 best cities to purchase real estate in 2018. Recognized for having desirable neighbourhoods, a strong economy and a solid rental market, this Okanagan area has established itself as an ideal place to invest in an income property or family home.

The community of Lakestone is located 15 minutes north of Kelowna in a peaceful, lakeside landscape. Lakestone’s masterplan is unparalleled in the Okanagan. No other community combines such a stunning landscape with such wealth of desirable amenities.  The spectacular $3.5 million Lake Club offers a fully equipped fitness centre, swimming pool and two hot tubs, his and hers change rooms with both indoor and outdoor shower facilities and direct access to Lakestone beach.  Coming soon to the heart of the Benchlands neighbourhood is the Centre Club which will include a large gym, yoga studio, pool and coffee shop.

Read the full article > CLICK HERE

For more information on lake view homesites now selling in our Benchlands and Highlands neighbourhoods, REGISTER today. Visit the Lakestone Information Centre & Show Homes, open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 to 4 pm (closed on Mondays). Information Centre is located at 9678 Benchlands Drive and our 3 Show Homes are just around the corner.  Call 250.766.1213 to speak to one of our representatives.

 

*Lakestone offering and prices are subject to availability and subject change without notice.

New Lake View Lots Released at The Highlands

Macdonald Communities Limited, the developer of Lakestone, has just announced the release of Lakestone’s newest community – ‘The Highlands’. After an overwhelming response and strong sales in the neighbouring Benchlands community, it is clear that the demand for new lake view homes in this first-class Okanagan real estate community is not slowing down.

The Highlands at Lakestone is located on the bench of Lakestone’s 550 acre master-planned real estate development in Lake Country, B.C. and boasts the most incredible, elevated panoramic views of Okanagan Lake. Crowning this new community will be a natural amphitheatre and park to enjoy, as well as access to both state-of-the-art Lakestone amenity buildings including The Lake Club and The Centre Club.

The first release of 15 building lots for sale at The Highlands is grand in panoramic lake views and tranquil in privacy. Every single home in this first phase of The Highlands will boast stunning Okanagan Lake views with Southwest corridor vistas all the way to Kelowna’s Bennett Bridge. New luxury homes designed and built in this release are perfectly suited for popular walk-out rancher homes with a few homesites at over .4 acres in size.

Lakestone has partnered with the Okanagan’s top home builders and home designers to ensure clients have their choice of the best talent to design and build their homes. Candel Custom Homes, Noba Vision Lakeside Homes, Gibson Contracting, Richmond Custom Homes and Destination Homes are Lakestone’s preferred builders. Homeowners may also choose to bring in their own accredited builder.

Discover Lakestone yourself and view this first-class Okanagan real estate development first hand.

For more information on lake view homesites now selling in our Benchlands and Highlands neighbourhoods, REGISTER today. Visit the Lakestone Information Centre & Show Homes, open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 to 4 pm (closed on Mondays). Information Centre is located at 9678 Benchlands Drive and our 3 Show Homes are just around the corner.  Call 250.766.1213 to speak to one of our representatives.

To receive occasional invitations, new release information, community events and more, register here.

Okanagan Growth Continues

High demand for real estate and growth in the Okanagan is strong in multiple development sectors. The following news article states, in Kelowna housing starts grew 71.5 per cent from 2015 to 2016. See the B.C. interior comparison to the coast. You will see that the Okanagan is trending higher in returns than Vancouver.

To read the full article via Western Investor > CLICK HERE

For more information on the lakeside homes or lots for sale, visit the Lakestone Information Centre, open 7 days a week from 11am-3pm, located at 9295 Okanagan Centre Road West or call 250.766.1213. To receive occassional Lakestone invitations, new release information, community events, register here.

Waterfront Showhome Grand Opening

Join us at Lakestone on Friday, September 15th for the Grand Opening of the New West Showhome. Explore the beauty of Lakestone from the community’s newest showhome and celebrate with the Lakestone team, the public, fellow owners, and builders.

LAKESTONE WATERFRONT SHOWHOME GRAND OPENING
Date: Friday, September 15th, 2017
Time: 4:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: 1785 Lakestone Drive (follow the signs when you get to Lakestone). 20 mins north of Kelowna.

Macdonald Development Corporation is excited to welcome and reveal this stunning new edition to the Waterside community at Lakestone. Explore the amenities of Lakestone and launch your paddleboard or kayak from the beach at The Lake Club or tour around the new real estate opportunities in The Benchlands.

See you at the lake!

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