I have sold a property at 1 1836 COMOX AVE in COMOX Z2 Comox (Town of), Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
Looking to run your own hair salon in the heart of Comox's downtown core? Step into this turnkey business that is already fully operational and has been generating a good profit for several years. Four of the chairs are rented out to established hair stylists who would like to stay on with the new owner. The existing space has a room off the back that could be used for a complimentary business such as an estheticians to increase profits even further. ALl the equipment is included and the space has recently been upgraded and renovated. Financial statements and equipments lists can be made available to serious purchasers after they have had a look. Please do not disturb the staff or owner during business hours, all appointments can be made through a realtor.
 

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Please visit my Open House at 13 717 ASPEN ROAD in COMOX.
Open House on Sunday, June 11, 2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM
This three bedroom, three bathroom townhouse is located in a central Comox location within the desirable Meadow Glen Estates. The main level living area is bright and open with a good sized kitchen. The kitchen & dining area feature tile floors while the living room has laminate floors. The master bedroom fits a king size bed with room to spare and features a walk in closet and full ensuite. This family friendly complex includes a playground, tennis court and RV parking is available. This prime Comox location is close to shopping, coffee shops, schools and recreation. Only a couple minutes drive from the new hospital, North Island College and the aquatic centre.
 
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I have listed a new property at 1385 WILLEMAR AVE in COURTENAY Z2 Courtenay City, Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
This centrally located home is within walking distance to the shops and restaurants in downtown Courtenay and would make a fantastic starter home or investment property. The spacious kitchen has a great layout and the cozy living room features a wood burning fireplace for economical heating. The second floor has a bedroom and a den which could be converted into a large bedroom by adding a window. The yard is surprisingly private for a corner lot and is fully fenced for dogs and kids.
 
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I have listed a new property at 13 717 ASPEN ROAD in COMOX Z2 Comox (Town of), Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
This three bedroom, three bathroom townhouse is located in a central Comox location within the desirable Meadow Glen Estates. The main level living area is bright and open with a good sized kitchen. The kitchen & dining area feature tile floors while the living room has laminate floors. The master bedroom fits a king size bed with room to spare and features a walk in closet and full ensuite. This family friendly complex includes a playground, tennis court and RV parking is available. This prime Comox location is close to shopping, coffee shops, schools and recreation. Only a couple minutes drive from the new hospital, North Island College and the aquatic centre.
 
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I have listed a new property at 1 1520 PIERCY AVE in COURTENAY Z2 Courtenay City, Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
This two bedroom corner unit has an open floor plan making it feel larger than it really is and creates an atmosphere perfect for entertaining. This condo also features a good sized private patio off of the living room and a large laundry room with plenty of storage space. While this condo would be ideal for an owner to live in, it also makes a great investment. Extremely well managed complex.
 
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I have sold a property at 339 NIM NIM AVE in COURTENAY Z2 Courtenay East, Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
This five bedroom home with a legal suite makes for either an excellent investment opportunity, or for affordable living by subsidizing your living costs with rental income. The downstairs unit has 3 bedrooms and two baths, while the upstairs unit has two bedrooms and a bathroom. Both units have great city & mountain views, their own hot water tanks, hydro meters, and laundry rooms. The upstairs also features a large wrap around deck which is partially covered to extend the BBQ season.
 

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I have sold a property at 4662 MACINTYRE AVE in COURTENAY Z2 Courtenay East, Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
Why settle for less? With income generated from the legal suite downstairs this beautiful home becomes more affordable than many half duplexes. This home had a legal suite added just 4 years ago at which time there was a complete remodel including all new floors, windows, kitchens, bathrooms, light fixtures, soffits, doors, hot water tanks, electrical, plumbing, and more. The downstairs two bedroom suite features it's own entrance, hydro meter, hot water tank, laundry, butler pantry, and noise insulation between units. The upstairs home is bright and modern with an open floor plan and a full ensuite off the mater bedroom. Located on a quiet street in a great neighbourhood you will love to spend time in the large back yard. This home would also make a great income property for an investor.
 

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I have listed a new property at 339 NIM NIM AVE in COURTENAY Z2 Courtenay East, Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
This five bedroom home with a legal suite makes for either an excellent investment opportunity, or for affordable living by subsidizing your living costs with rental income. The downstairs unit has 3 bedrooms and two baths, while the upstairs unit has two bedrooms and a bathroom. Both units have great city & mountain views, their own hot water tanks, hydro meters, and laundry rooms. The upstairs also features a large wrap around deck which is partially covered to extend the BBQ season.
 
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I have listed a new property at 2010 PARTRIDGE PLACE in COURTENAY Z2 Courtenay East, Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
This large 3 bed 2 bath rancher is perfect for the whole family or a retiree looking for a little more space. This home has a great floorplan with a large open concept kitchen and separate living and family rooms. The master bedroom comfortably fits a king size bed, has a full ensuite, and a walk in closet with plenty of space. Other features include large windows and skylights for plenty of natural light, an alcove in the living room with vaulted ceilings, a natural gas fireplace in the family room, and french doors in the dining room. The large backyard is fully fenced for dogs or kids and has ample parking for RVs.
 
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I have sold a property at 14 1901 RYAN E ROAD in COMOX Z2 Comox Peninsula, Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
This 2 bedroom family home is centrally located and within close proximity of Costco, Thrifty Foods, Home Depot, CFB Comox, the new hospital, and the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre. The home features laminate floors through most of the home, an updated bathroom, a large kitchen, and a cozy wood burning fireplace in the living room. Outside features a fenced yard for kids and pets as well a large deck for family BBQ's.
 

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I have listed a new property at 1 1836 COMOX AVE in COMOX Z2 Comox (Town of), Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
Looking to run your own hair salon in the heart of Comox's downtown core? Step into this turnkey business that is already fully operational and has been generating a good profit for several years. Four of the chairs are rented out to established hair stylists who would like to stay on with the new owner. The existing space has a room off the back that could be used for a complimentary business such as an estheticians to increase profits even further. ALl the equipment is included and the space has recently been upgraded and renovated. Financial statements and equipments lists can be made available to serious purchasers after they have had a look. Please do not disturb the staff or owner during business hours, all appointments can be made through a realtor.
 
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I have sold a property at 14 352 DOUGLAS STREET in COMOX Z2 Comox (Town of), Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
This large two bedroom, two bathroom patio home is located in the highly desirable Queen's Park complex in Comox. Queen's Park is located in a very quiet and secluded neighbourhood with beautiful landscaping and trees, yet centrally located and within walking distance of downtown shops. The good sized living room area features crown moulding, a sliding door to one of the patio spaces, and a cozy natural gas fireplace. The kitchen is well layed out, has a skylight for extra light, and has a breakfast nook with access to the second patio space. The master bedroom features his and hers closets and a large ensuite washroom with a stand up shower and separate bathtub. Heated with a natural gas furnace you can stay warn all year long much more affordably than similar units with baseboard heat. Other features include 9' ceilings, a roughed in central vacuum system, a crawl space through the whole unit, and updated laminate floors.
 

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I have listed a new property at 2107 44 ANDERTON AVE in COURTENAY Z2 Courtenay City, Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
This executive style condo has an ideal location being within a half kilometer of the downtown core with dozens of shops, restaurants, pubs, and coffee shops yet it has a quiet and scenic environment as it faces the park and Puntledge River. Inside you will find many high end finishings like granite counter tops, 9' ceilings, hardwood floors, tiled bathrooms, and crown mouldings. The kitchen boasts stainless steal appliances, real wood cabinets, pendant lighting, and a bar at the kitchen island for socializing as you cook. The main living area is open concept making the condo feel spacious, and features large windows with views of the park and glimpses of the river. The master bedroom is large enough to easily accommodate a king size bed, has a good sized walk thru closet, sliding doors to the deck, and an ensuite with separate tub and shower. The deck is a comfortable size for enjoying morning coffees or dining outdoors with the park as your backdrop.
 
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I have listed a new property at 1 1520 PIERCY AVE in COURTENAY Z2 Courtenay City, Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
This two bedroom corner unit has an open floor plan making it feel larger than it really is, and creates an atmosphere perfect for entertaining. This condo also features a good sized private patio off of the living room, and a large laundry room with plenty of storage space. While this condo would be ideal for an owner to live in, it also makes a great investment. Extremely well managed complex.
 
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I have listed a new property at 14 1901 RYAN E ROAD in COMOX Z2 Comox Peninsula, Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
This 2 bedroom family home is centrally located and within close proximity of Costco, Thrify Foods, Home Depot, CFB Comox, the new hospital, and the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre. The home features laminate floors through most of the home, an updated bathroom, a large kitchen, and a cozy wood burning fireplace in the living room. Outside features a fenced yard for kids and pets as well a large deck for family BBQ's.
 
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I have sold a property at 2317 BOLT AVE in COMOX Z2 Comox (Town of), Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
This home is ideal for a large family with a great elementary school only half a block away. With three bedrooms located on the main level and one bedroom plus a den downstairs, there is ample room for the whole family. The upstairs family room and downstairs rec room both feature natural gas fireplaces, making the rooms feel warm and cozy. The master bedroom is large and bright with a walk in closet and full ensuite with shower and jetted tub. The kitchen is truly the heart of this home with a great layout, granite counters, stone backsplash, wood cabinets, and a good sized pantry with pull outs. Other features include hardwood floors through most of the main level, a full crawlspace, built in vacuum system, large tile entrance, and a very large laundry room. Outside the yard is full fenced and very private. Beyond being close to the school, this very central home is within walking distance of all amenities.
 

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I have listed a new property at 2317 BOLT AVE in COMOX Z2 Comox (Town of), Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
This home is ideal for a large family with a great elementary school only half a block away. With three bedrooms located on the main level and one bedroom plus a den downstairs, there is ample room for the whole family. The upstairs family room and downstairs rec room both feature natural gas fireplaces, making the rooms feel warm and cozy. The master bedroom is large and bright with a walk in closet and full ensuite with shower and jetted tub. The kitchen is truly the heart of this home with a great layout, granite counters, stone backsplash, wood cabinets, and a good sized pantry with pull outs. Other features include hardwood floors through most of the main level, a full crawlspace, built in vacuum system, large tile entrance, and a very large laundry room. Outside the yard is full fenced and very private. Beyond being close to the school, this very central home is within walking distance of all amenities.
 
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Transform your basement into a living area, laundry, bathroom or workspace you can use now — without a full renovation


We’re always looking for more space in our homes, it seems, whether for extra storage, an additional living zone or a new spot to decorate. Often, valuable space can be found in the basement, but fully developing this square footage can be expensive. Add up the costs of framing, flooring, drywall, electrical and finishes, and your project may run into the thousands of dollars. Introduce new decor, and you’ve got an even pricier endeavor. 

But there are ways to enjoy that below-grade space while avoiding the hefty price tag of a full remodel. Partially finishing your basement can offer warmth, style and comfort, as well as that extra space you’re craving. Here is how to get the most out of an unfinished basement without breaking the bank.



Duncan Avenue Basement Renovation
 
Keep the ceiling exposed. This smart basement renovation reveals a key secret to enjoying a partially finished basement: Keep the ceiling open. We don’t all have the advantage of deep basements with high ceilings, and we need all the help we can get, height-wise. While there are some stylish drop-ceiling panels now available, keeping the ceiling joists open and painting them a bold color, such as black, creates the illusion of depth, helping the ceiling to recede and become less noticeable. The added advantage is that your wiring is available to you without having to cut into drywall.


Duncan Avenue Basement Renovation
 
Ditch the drywall. A shot of this basement from a different angle shows that in the living area, the concrete foundation walls and floor of this 1920s house have been given a clean coat of paint. Paint is quite often the quickest and least expensive way to freshen and update a room.

Another tip is to drywall only some areas of the room, as this photo shows for the wall where the bike is mounted. A limited use of drywall can demarcate spaces, add interest and keep costs down. In this remodel, a cool partition of corrugated metal offers an interesting alternative to more traditional walls.


Loft-Like Basement Renovation
 
Capture the power of white. This basement obviously gets a lot of natural light, thanks to the fact that it is a walk-out basement-style space. But a great way to provide the illusion of light and to add ceiling height is to paint everything white. In this room, with the exposed ceilings and walls painted a crisp white, it’s hard to tell where the walls end and the ceilings begin.


Washington DC Full House Remodel
 
Here’s a look at a fully buried, partially finished basement that uses the white paint trick to illuminate the space. This basement-turned-apartment is complete with kitchen, living, bedroom and bathroom zones. The white walls and open, white-painted ceiling make it bright and livable when not much natural light breaks through.


Basement Pool Room/Teen Hangout
 
Establish a focal point. Go ahead and furnish your unfinished below-grade space as cozily as you would your upstairs, finished rooms. A great way to do this is to furnish around a focal point. Here, the designer created a focal point for the room by adding a bar and a shelving area with space for a TV, books and games. Graphic rugs and large, soft furniture and lighting bring warmth and life to the space.

Note that this basement is, like the other examples, mostly unfinished. The ceilings are open, the concrete block wall is painted, and it appears the concrete floor is as well. Finally, the owner chose white wall paint. This room shows how this simple formula for a basement can form the backdrop for a cozy living space. The finished decorative and soft furnishing elements add the comforts that make the space feel homey.

Judith
 
For many of us, basement laundry means a dark and dank place to toss the clothes in, pull them out and quickly run back upstairs. But this doesn’t have to be the way we choose to live. A little effort can convert an ugly space to one where you’ll want to spend time.

Get creative with paint and decor. This basement laundry is left nearly entirely unfinished, but with some creativity it’s become a clean and bright corner nonetheless. The exposed ceiling joists are painted a deep charcoal, the concrete floor is a fun red, and wood shelving and furniture add interest and utility. A throw rug warms up the floor, and what appears to be reclaimed wood boards frame off a private bath.


PAVONIA AVENUE
 
In this laundry corner, which is essentially a small niche, the machines are found in a spot next to the furnace. The infrastructure of this laundry space is simple, but it’s wholly functional and done creatively. The counter and the shelving are useful and offer plenty of space for folding and organizing, and thanks to the cheery lime paint, they also brighten the area. The simple yet stylish utility baskets complete the look.

Humphrey House
 
Install cabinetry. The money saved on finishing flooring, walls and ceiling can often be better spent on cabinets in your basement laundry area. This basement is a new build, and the concrete floors are sealed, the stairs are painted a deep gray, and the ceiling is left exposed. There’s a clean white bank of cabinets with a countertop, adding storage and a place to fold. This technically unfinished space is inviting as well as practical. Additional cabinetry can be used for a variety of things, like storing dry goods, linens or out-of-season clothing.


Judith
 
Build a Bathroom. Adding a bathroom to your basement can be a worthwhile venture. In addition to being functional, it adds a lot of value to your home. But basement bathroom additions are costly, especially if you don’t already have the plumbing and drains roughed in. If you’re lucky enough to have this option, finishing it on a budget will be rewarding.


Washington DC Full House Remodel
 
Leave it open. Another way to save some money in your basement bathroom is to skip the walls altogether. Here, a section of the basement is used for the bathroom, which is open concept. The shower is made out of a tiled curb with a curtain bar, giving it a modern look when privacy is not a concern. The toilet, not seen in this photo, is in a separate, walled-off enclosure behind the wall with the towel bar.


Eclectic Home Office
 
Workspace. Workspaces are often hard to come by, and if you can designate a corner for one in your basement, you’ll be glad for it. Surprisingly, it doesn’t take much to create a bright and functional zone out of, well, nothing.

Furnish and decorate. This basement office room works so well because it really has everything you need. Again, this is essentially a raw basement that has been cleaned up with paint. Two collapsible tables are tucked into a corner to create ample desk space. An antique-style armoire and side table add hefty traditional elements that dress up the zone and offer storage. An area rug warms the painted concrete floor, and the bright task track lighting is layered with the warm glow of a table lamp. The pretty butterfly mobile finishes this space.


My Houzz: Post Architecture // Albany House
 
Make a rug statement. This workspace, painted entirely white, is anchored by the bold purple carpet tiles set out in an interesting shape. Carpet tiles are a cost-effective option for basement flooring as they can be purchased by the box and laid out to separate a zone or add warmth to a bare concrete floor.


Kids Studio Space
 
Make a spot for the kids. Kids come with a lot of stuff, from toys to books and crafts, and a neat little work area in your basement is the perfect spot to organize it all. Here, the worktable is placed under the window for maximum light, kids’ artwork is displayed, adding bold pops of color, and a trendy wallpaper wall provides graphic interest. This ceiling, like the others, is left open and painted white like the walls. There is drywall and finished flooring, but this space could work just as well with painted concrete flooring and walls, or a minimal use of drywall.


Source: Nicole Jacobs; Houzz Contributor. Interior design consultant and writer of home design, real estate and lifestyle articles.
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I have sold a property at 720 WILLIAMS ROAD in COURTENAY Z2 Courtenay East, Zone 2 - Comox Valley.
This 3 bedroom rancher makes for an ideal starter or retirement home and is located on a no thru street in a fantastic neighbourhood. The wood burning fireplace with modern tile and mantle makes for an attractive focal point, efficient heating, and cozy nights through the winter season. The bathroom is sure to impress with the recent remodel and heated tile floors. The exterior of the home has also been updated with new thermal windows, and hardi plank siding. The yard is extremely private, fully fenced, large enough for RV parking, and has a small creak that runs down the side of the property. The garage is extra deep for plenty of storage.
 

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Earlier last week, I was showing a bunch of small condos in the Comox Valley to a new client. Most of them had very cramped kitchens, so I thought this article would be helpful for others experiencing the same situation. 


Make the Most of a Compact Kitchen

A kitchen has to run smoothly to be livable (and likeable). Each component in a compact kitchen must be perfectly planned, from the layout to the appliances, and all must work cohesively to overcome the limitations of cooking in a confined space. This means that designing a small kitchen can often take longer than planning a room three times the size, because the requirements are so exact. Follow these tips — some of which are illustrated in more generously sized kitchens, but which can be adapted to small spots — and learn how to squeeze every inch out of your cooking space.


Penthouse -Notting Hill
 
Use drawers, not doors. Switch all your cabinets to drawers to gain maximum usability of the available area. Drawers allow easy access to every item, unlike cupboards, which require rummaging and can result in a cluttered cooking space as things pile up while you find time to make space on their bulging shelves. Rows of drawers also look chic and organized, even if their contents are not.


Scandinavian Kitchen
 
Install a petite breakfast bar. If you have no room for a kitchen table, consider sacrificing a couple of cabinets to squeeze in a small breakfast bar. This free-standing countertop ledge is a neat way of ensuring seated eating without adding bulk to the slight space.


Eat & Share London
 
Prioritize perfect positioning. If your room has a U-shaped layout, consider whether extra-slim cabinets or drawers will allow optimum positioning of your key appliances. 

Here, the narrow pullout pantry and drawers on either side of the stove mean that the coveted kitchen work triangle can still be maintained.


Chelsea House
 
Rethink your sink. An undermount sink saves countertop space and allows for a flat draining area that can be used as a second surface. A single inset sink is another option for tiny kitchens. Compact farmhouse styles also can work well.


Delawyk Modular House
 
Master savvy shelving. Be smart with shelving by looking beyond the obvious options. This modular unit is built into the wall and can be accessed from either side, and plenty of light passes through. This simple yet quirky system feels playful but inconspicuous.

Rose End Cottage - Kitchen
 
Pick pint-sized appliances. Don’t assume that big is better when it comes to kitchen appliances. It’s possible to find smart styles designed for small spaces — and you won’t have to sacrifice precious storage to shoehorn them in. For example, this electric Aga is just 24 inches wide, meaning the cozy cottage kitchen you’ve been hankering after is within reach. Great for basement suites or smaller carriage homes.


Kitchen
 
Squeeze in underseat storage. A built-in bench seat makes sense in a small kitchen because it can hug the corner of the room. The recess beneath is begging to be used for oversized pans or dry goods, so be sure to utilize this secret storage.


New Build in Islington
 
Make a tall order. Why create a dust-trap gap above your cabinets when you can gain valuable extra inches by extending them up to the ceiling instead? This sort of exact cabinet sizing is often possible only with custom cabinetry, but ask your designer about options and you may get lucky with an appropriate off-the-shelf option.


Hackney Flat
 
Work your walls. When surface space is at a premium, it pays to make good use of your walls. Install shelves, rods or a pegboard to take utensils off your countertops and onto the walls. You could free up whole cupboards by hooking everything and anything that has a handle.


Source: Laura Wheat; freelance journalist for Houzz UK
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