Comox, British Columbia is a laid back seaside town located about half way up the eastern side of Vancouver Island. While it is currently home to just over 15,000 residents the area continues to grow. The ongoing increase in population is fuelled by the areas attractive quality of life. Comox offers many different types and styles of homes to people relocating from the mainland and out of province. Home prices in Comox are much less than you find on the mainland in and around Vancouver and you are able to find very well built quality homes in the local area.
Comox was the early focal point of development in the Comox Valley because of its potential for settlement, agriculture, deep water access, and safe moorage in Comox Bay. Settlement spread out from the wharf. Very few of the early homes exist today but there are some homes still around that were built after the local Royal Canadian Air Force base began its operations in 1943. This small settlement was incorporated as a village in 1946 and subsequently as a town in 1967. By this time the influx of military personnel had driven the population to about 2500.
Many homes built in the 1960s remain. Split level homes are commonly found in the downtown core area. Walk in the main entry of these homes and you will find a small foyer with stairs going up and down. The main living area is upstairs and the basement is downstairs. Generally there will be a kitchen area, dining area, living room, hallway, main bathroom and three bedrooms upstairs. These home were commonly built in the area in the 1960s and 70s.
The recession of the 1980s and the relocation of 409 Squadron away from Comox in 1982 added to the downturn and the number of homes sold annually dropped from about 420 to 150. Towards the latter part of the 1980s the economy started to pick up and construction on the prestigious Highwood area of Comox started.
The first recorded listing of homes in Comox on the multiple listing service was April of 1990 with the first recorded sales the following spring. A four bedroom three bathroom 3000 square foot home on Deal Street sold for $165,000 in 1991. This two storey home featured 2×6 wall construction, custom oak cabinets and upgraded trim and finishing. The main living area was upstairs. At the time this was a high end home and it touted a view of the farm and pasture in the foreground and mountains in the background. Many of the lots sold in this time frame were listed at either 7251 square feet or 10,890 square feet.
By the turn of the century the population once again began to grow. Many of the newcomers were retirees and the town median population increased in age from 42.1 to 46.2 between 2001 and 2006. The town’s population grew to 13,626 by 2011 and to 15,028 by 2016. During this period of growth Lancaster Heights and Beckton Estates were built. Most of the homes in these subdivisions were built in the 2000s and there is some construction currently going on. Rancher style homes became popular and quite a number were built in this time frame.
A more recent trend is the remodelling of older homes and the building of new homes to a higher standard than ever before. Some of this is driven by the necessity of new building codes but the higher level of finishing is being driven by consumer appetite. New home features often include a more open concept main floor living space and practical kitchens full of the latest features and gadgetry. The great room is a newer creation that appeared in the 1990s as higher end builders looked for a way to demonstrate affluence in the features of the home. This room is often distinguishable by its central location and high ceilings (11-12 feet and higher up to and including the upper level of the home) and windows. The room intends to generate spaciousness and exude a majestic and even opulent feeling in really high end homes. Other rooms such as home theatre rooms are appearing in increased number of the higher end homes.
Comox and the surrounding area offers almost every type of home style and feature. Whether in the town itself, in the Comox peninsula or in neighboring areas such as the affluent Crown Isle subdivision, this area has much to offer home buyers. Why not drop out for a visit? You may just decide to relocate to this fabulous area.