When many people think of island living and the lifestyle that goes with it the seaside town of Comox should appear in the images that are generated. Quaint, quiet and a throwback to earlier days when people are not in a hurry are just a few of the attractions. This little town is growing but it is not overgrown. The streets are active with local residents enjoying the day for what it is and what the town has to offer. Most of the shops are family run and the attractions focus on events that get people together to enjoy things like music, socializing and food. Take the annual seafood festival at Marina Park just off of the main street as an example. This event features a celebration of fresh BC seafood and spirits, music and offers a learning experience for those who want to learn more about our oceans and seafood. There are seafood tasting stations along with BC craft beer, wine and spirit tasting stations and live music performances.
A great thing about events such as these is that many local residents can walk from the downtown area to the event. In 2018 the event will he held at the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox on June 16 and 17. This event is located just a few minutes’ walk from the main street. Comox is home to a variety of different housing options. Condominium apartment style living choices are common along the main street. They range from modest options to more recently built higher end homes. There are also patio homes, town homes and single-family homes nearby. Many of these abodes offer views of the nearby Comox Bay and Glacier and they are located within walking distance of the local mall and 9-hole golf course. Local residents are often seen strolling around and enjoying the no-rush pace of this laid-back community.
If you need a bit more action and activity the ever-growing City of Courtenay is just a few minutes’ drive away. The city is home to most of the big-box stores and just about every type of cultural, social and recreational opportunity that one can imagine. The original downtown main street is 5th street and it has local family run businesses all up and down it. This street crosses Cliffe Avenue just before the 5th street bridge. Cliffe Avenue is what most people now consider the new main street of the city as it runs the length of the city along many different shops, malls and businesses. This part of town is home to several medium rise apartment style buildings, some of which are located next to the Courtenay River and its boardwalk. This street has become more active in recent years as an ever-increasing number of people are discovering and moving to the area. Many of the homes close to the downtown core are older but newer home developments are just a few minutes’ drive away. Courtenay offers almost every type of home option that a person could want.
Courtenay East, for example, is home to a number of family-oriented neighborhoods that include Crown Isle, an expansive and constantly growing community of homes that surround a golf course. This large subdivision of homes is currently viewed as the high-end community of homes within the Comox Valley. There are, of course, many high-end homes located around the local region but this located offers the most in a localized area. Many homes built in Crown Isle are custom built by their owners. Another interesting aspect of this collection of homes is that many of their residents located here from other parts of the province and Canada so there is a wealth of varied experience represented by many of the people seen strolling around the area. Residents are joined by visitors who arrive here to enjoy the Platinum-rated golf course and other local attractions. The resort offers nicely furnished accommodations along the border of the gold course right next to the Club House.
Comox, Courtenay and Crown Isle offer a wide range of homes for people who live in, and who plan to relocate to the area. This region of Vancouver Island also offers a broad spectrum of things to do and enjoy. This diverse region is growing and continuing to attract an increasing number of people to it on both a short term and longer-term basis. If you are looking for a change in lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the city and want a more laid-back lifestyle with options to enjoy a variety of social, cultural and recreational opportunities this region may just be the one that you are seeking.