West Kelowna’s sunny allure shines
Boucherie Beach cottages offer the perfect summer getaway for Albertans
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.”
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.
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.