The City of Courtenay continues to develop and offer people more choice in homes. Access to Courtenay is most often by the main 4-line inland highway and down the Comox Valley parkway. From the south you can also access the city from highway 19A, a two-lane highway that runs along the coast line. This highway also provides access from the north. All homes available for sale on the MLS in Courtenay represent the vast majority of homes offered and sold in this part of the Comox Valley.
The City of Courtenay reaches across the Courtenay River to East Courtenay from the main downtown area of the city. This part of Courtenay is near the airport and it buttresses up against the town of Comox in the Comox Peninsula. The city also extends to the north, south, and west from the downtown area. Most of the newer family neighbourhoods are located in East Courtenay. Areas such as Valley View Estates, Aberdeen Heights, and Mission Hill are well known. East Courtenay is also home to the sought-after subdivision of Crown Isle. This part of the Comox Peninsula often has the best weather in the area since it is located near the military airport.
A few newer subdivisions are also being built in the area of 20th street and Arden Road, and at the end of Robert Lang Drive and in the Morrison Creek Commons area. Land in and around Courtenay is, for the most part, developed. Some newer homes are also being built to the south of the City. Further south a much larger development known as Union Bay Estates is expected to unfold in the coming years. This 850-acre project aims to bring about 3000 residential units to the Union Bay area. The developer is Kensington Union Bay properties. It is the second largest development plan on Vancouver Island north of Victoria. The first is the ongoing 871-acre development of Crown Isle in Courtenay. This new development is expected to break ground in 2019 after the new wastewater treatment plant for the area is built.
Courtenay BC, and the nearby town of Comox are the main focal points of the Comox Valley and they offer the most commercial, social, recreational and other options for people moving to the area. Over time the new Union Bay development will add to the opportunities available in the central part of the Comox Valley. This part of Vancouver Island will continue to increase as one of the main sought-after places to live on Vancouver Island.