West Kelowna’s sunny al­lure shines

Boucherie Beach cot­tages of­fer the per­fect sum­mer get­away for Al­ber­tans

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recreation & Investment Properties - JOSH SKAPIN

Boucherie Beach was the back­drop for many of Rob Chet­ner’s child­hood sum­mer mem­o­ries. He first vis­ited the devel­op­ment near West Kelowna with a child­hood friend and his fam­ily in 1977. And it’s been an im­por­tant part of his life ever since.

“We couldn’t wait to get there and hated the idea of leav­ing,” says Chet­ner, who was raised in Cal­gary. He’s now with Tra­solini Chet­ner Con­struc­tion and Devel­op­ment, a com­pany that’s writ­ing a new chap­ter to the sun- soaked Okana­gan escape.

“Grow­ing up, we always loved go­ing to Kelowna and to the old Boucherie Beach.”

The first in­car­na­tion of the resort was launched by the Frank fam­ily in 1963. For decades, it buzzed as a favourite land­ing spot for sun seek­ers from across Al­berta and B.C. The fam­ily sold the prop­erty in 2011. Chet­ner’s group is now shap­ing a wel­com­ing devel­op­ment called Boucherie Beach Cot­tages at The Lake.

It’s a 35-cot­tage resort on land next to Okana­gan Lake, with prop­er­ties start­ing from the $565,000s, be­fore tax. At press time, just nine were still for sale.

“The pre­vi­ous con­cept had this huge grass field in the mid­dle. That was part of the glue that stuck ev­ery­thing to­gether,” says Chet­ner.

“All the cot­tages were ori­ented to­ward the cen­tre court­yard and as kids, we all grew up just play­ing in this court­yard. It was a great way to in­ter­act with ev­ery­one.”

The same idea was brought to the re­de­vel­op­ment. In a horse­shoe-shape pat­tern, the cot­tages wrap around a large green space.

“It’s just a great place where you’re go­ing to get lots of foot­ball games and base­ball and soc­cer,” says Chet­ner. “All the cot­tages are con­nected to the lake, to the out­doors and to each other. And the nice thing is you have your own space, but you’re also a part of a com­mu­nity.”

The cot­tages come in four floor plans, rang­ing from 1,308-to-1,960-square feet. They’re of­fered in three bed­room and two-bed­room-plus den ori­en­ta­tions. The units boast a tra­di­tional cot­tage ar­chi­tec­tural theme. They have a num­ber of stand­out fea­tures, Chet­ner says. Th­ese in­clude nine-foot ceil­ings, a stacked washer and dryer, vinyl plank floor­ing through the main level and wool car­pets on the top floor. They also have air con­di­tion­ing, high-speed In­ter­net and dou­ble-glazed win­dows. Chet­ner says a com­plete fur­ni­ture pack­age is also avail­able.

The kitchens have quartz coun­ters, gran­ite and glass back­splashes, dou­ble-bowl stain­less steel sinks and wood cab­i­nets with soft-close hard­ware. They also come in one of two colour schemes, dubbed sand and wa­ter. The bath­rooms fea­ture cus­tom van­i­ties, frame­less shower doors and dual flush toi­lets.

On the prop­erty, there’s a heated out­door pool and hot tub, along with quick ac­cess to a sprawl­ing 350-foot beach­front.

“The set­ting of walk­ing to the wa­ter, you’re not high up and walk­ing down a cliff. You just walk right out,” says Chet­ner. “You just have this beau­ti­ful sense of an amaz­ing re­treat on the wa­ter.”

The devel­op­ment pro­motes fun on the wa­ter with a dock and pri­vate boat slips.

“The front of the resort has an or­ganic vine­yard planted on it,” says Chet­ner. “It’s in its sec­ond year of growth and will prob­a­bly be pro­duc­ing fruit ei­ther the next year or the fol­low­ing year.”

Off site, there’s no short­age of ameni­ties within a short dis­tance.

“Within three or four min­utes, you can be at Star­bucks and back,” says Chet­ner. “Your cof­fee is still warm and you’re back at the lake. All the con­ve­niences you could imag­ine and want are within a five-minute drive.”

The devel­op­ment has seen a mix of buy­ers, in­clud­ing many young families and re­tirees with grand­chil­dren. Since open­ing sales, the de­vel­oper has seen strong in­ter­est from Al­berta, which is no sur­prise, says Chet­ner.

“Cal­gary has always had a love af­fair, my­self in­cluded, with Kelowna,” he says. “It’s rel­a­tively close. It’s easy to get to both by car and by air. And it’s just an amaz­ing place to go.”

Boucherie Beach

A swim­ming pool and hot tub add to the ap­peal for young families at Boucherie Beach Cot­tages at The Lake. The 35-cot­tage resort is next to Okana­gan Lake.

Pho­tos: Boucherie Beach Cot­tages at The Lake

An or­ganic vine­yard is tak­ing shape near the en­trance to Boucherie Beach. It will prob­a­bly pro­duce fruit in the next year or two.

A view from the lake at the scenic cot­tage devel­op­ment near West Kelowna.

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