SPIRIT: Year-round

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The Hales were part of a rush of buy­ers to scoop up the new­est homes be­ing of­fered, ac­cord­ing to sales fig­ures from co-de­vel­op­ers Bell­star Ho­tels and Re­sorts and the Osoy­oos In­dian Band.

With more than $5 mil­lion in sales on the open­ing week­end ear­lier this fall, Bell­star and the Osoy­oos In­dian Band launched their third phase of de­vel­op­ment at the south Okana­gan re­sort. “The Res­i­dences at Spirit Ridge marks the most suc­cess­ful real es­tate launch in the re­gion in the past three years,” says Curt Jansen, di­rec­tor of re­sort real es­tate for Bell­star in the Okana­gan. “Much has been made about the down­turn in the mar­ket for recre­ational prop­erty, but Bell­star’s sales in 2011 prove that there is still sig­nif­i­cant de­mand for qual­ity recre­ational and re­tire­ment prop­er­ties in the South Okana­gan re­gion.”

The Res­i­dences at Spirit Ridge is the first de­vel­op­ment at the ac­claimed re­sort that has been de­signed specif­i­cally for year-round res­i­den­tial liv­ing.

Sales of­fi­cially launched to the pub­lic on Sept. 17, with 12 out of 16 avail­able units be­ing scooped up in the first phase.

Con­struc­tion is sched­uled to start in early 2012 with ini­tial pos­ses­sions tak­ing place in the late sum­mer to early fall of the year. The Hales say that while their new sec­ond home may be aimed at year-round liv­ing, it’s their in­ten­tion to keep it as a get­away des­ti­na­tion for the next while.

“We just en­joy be­ing there. We haven’t been out dur­ing the win­ter so can’t com­ment on that, but in the sum­mer, the weather is out­stand­ing. We can count the days it has rained on one hand,” says Jeff.

Priced from the low $400,000s with both HST (har­mo­nized sales tax) and B.C. prop­erty trans­fer tax ex­emp­tion, the stylish two- and three­bed­room homes in The Res­i­dences are priced for to­day’s com­pet­i­tive real es­tate mar­ket.

“Our pur­chasers have told us that they are drawn to the lay­outs, the sen­sa­tional out­door liv­ing spa­ces over­look­ing desert, vine­yards, moun­tains and Lake Osoy­oos, and our ag­gres­sive in­tro­duc­tory price point,” says Jansen. “Ul­ti­mately they’ve voted with their cheque­books.”

Karen Hale says their twobed­room home, which they bought at pre-con­struc­tion pric­ing, has views over the Sonora Dunes course to Osoy­oos Lake.

“It’s been de­signed for out­door liv­ing, with a fold­ing glass wall and a 343-square-foot cov­ered deck — and all the homes are an­gled so ev­ery­one has a view,” she says.

Perched high above the re­sort and golf course, The Res­i­dences rep­re­sent the re­sort’s most ex­clu­sive en­clave of ac­com­mo­da­tion with gated ac­cess, adobe ar­chi­tec­ture, xeriscaped desert land­scap­ing, and a pri­vate club­house area fea­tur- ing an out­door in­fin­ity- edge pool, out­door hot tub, fit­ness room and sport court.

The sin­gle-level res­i­dences fea­ture dou­ble mas­ter bed­room floor plans with spa­cious walkin clos­ets, his-and-hers sinks, ce­ramic-tiled show­ers, sep­a­rate soaker tubs, gran­ite coun­ter­tops and nat­u­ral so­lar tube light­ing.

The kitchens come with pro­fes­sional-grade ap­pli­ances, in­clud­ing stain­less steel side-by­side fridge/freezer with wa­ter and ice dis­penser, flat cook­top self-clean­ing stove, mi­crowave/ hood fan, dish­washer, wine fridge and gran­ite coun­ter­tops.

As well, they fea­ture am­ple stor­age space for per­ma­nent or sea­sonal liv­ing, a qual­ity low-e win­dow pack­age, 20-foot-wide at­tached dou­ble garages, and a stack­ing front-load­ing washer and dryer.

“The sales at Spirit Ridge prove there is pub­lic con­fi­dence in the vi­sion and in­vest­ment that the Osoy­oos In­dian Band has made in con­junc­tion with Bell­star and our other part­ners,” says Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoy­oos In­dian Band, adding that the re­sort and spa is one of the “most unique and suc­cess­ful tourism des­ti­na­tions in Canada.”

Pho­tos cour­tesy, Spirit Ridge

View through the liv­ing room win­dow of a unit at The Res­i­dences at Spirit Ridge. Be­low, the spa­cious mas­ter bed­room.

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