SCOTT SIMMONS

June Simmons

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I have sold a property at 618 Annas Dr.
618 Anna’s drive is a true “Slice of Heaven” a rare offering in coveted 600 acre Mt Tuam Estates (bare land strata) on the south end of Salt Spring Island, just 7km from Fulford Harbour. Offered at a 399k which is an exceptional price considering the stunning views of the southern Gulf islands to the San Juan Islands. The massive lot, which is almost 10 acres (9.63 acres), comes with a well, driveway, and solar-powered off-grid 100 sq ft tiny home/shed. Bring your architect and build a home and a 602 sq ft Guest cottage on the lot.
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We have listed a new property at 127 Central Ave.
Sun and privacy within a natural environment – enjoy the island life! Organic textures and natural light combine for an atmosphere of tranquility and luxury in this inviting one level home. It is perfectly suited for relaxation and entertaining. The open-plan central living area is a gathering place for family and friends with vaulted ceiling, skylights, warm fir floors and trim. Custom kitchen, with Miele cooktop and oven, makes preparing food a joy. Throw open the doors to adjacent patio and deck areas for additional versatility and space. The primary bedroom suite occupies a wing on one side of the home and media room and guest accommodations are in a wing on the opposite side. Enjoy the landscaped and fenced garden areas or the surrounding forest, including a pond, and all within ten minutes of town. Garage and covered parking complete the picture. Do watch the video and the virtual tour.
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We have listed a new property at 150 Woodland Dr.
This beautiful originally designed Schubart home, filled with natural light and high vaulted ceilings, has been tastefully re-imagined into a modern, contemporary home. The open living space features a timeless new kitchen with high-end Bosch stainless steel appliances and induction cook-top. Updates include hardwood floors and tile throughout, heated floor in the master, roof with a 50-year warranty and WETT certified wood stoves. Enjoy entertaining and living outdoors on the large decks surrounded by lush mature gardens, a fully-fenced back yard filled with trees and glimpses of St. Mary's Lake. The attached 2 bed/1 bath in-law suite is completely separate and mirrors the main house with high ceilings and skylights. It has new appliances, including an induction cook-top and separate laundry, making it a great space for extended family or long-term rental opportunity. This home is full of character and is immaculately...
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We have listed a new property at 304 Eagle Ridge Dr.
Waterfront 5 acre Lot located on the protected, tidal lagoon at the end of Long Harbour. Launch your kayaks and go exploring. Forested with large fir, cedar and deciduous trees with a mixture of flat useable land, benches & a final slope to the water. There are several potential building sites and the zoning allows for a main home as well as a guest cottage. A developed trail meanders down through the property, ending close to the ocean. There is a drilled well and power at the lot line. You can develop this property using your ideas and imagination – it’s not in a strata and there is no building scheme.
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We have listed a new property at 106 Grans View Pl.
Sunny, expansive Ocean Views on serene, west-side cul de sac. The stone column entry welcomes and leads into mature gardens with ample paved parking. Main level living features wood flooring, ocean view dining/living room with gas fireplace, eat-in kitchen and two bedrooms/baths. The bright walk-out lower level has superb views, private entrance, kitchenette, 2nd laundry, recreation room and one large living room/bedroom, media room and two bathrooms. Abundant storage spaces, double garage and detached workshop for the craftsperson. A lovingly cared for home, owned by one family since new.
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Your 2021 assessment values are available online today.
 
You should also be receiving them in the mail shortly. The deadline to file an appeal is extended to February 1, 2021 because the usual date of January 31 falls on a weekend.
 
Contact us if you would like some information on appealing the value.
 
If you are wondering why the Salt Spring BC Assessment values are sometimes very different from the listing or selling prices, there are a few reasons. Sometimes work is done without building permits and errors can also occur. The biggest reason is probably the lack of reliable comparable sales. Most of the properties on the island are unique.
It's one of the many reasons why working with agents who know the market is important.
 
The graph below is from 2018 - unfortunately more current information does not seem to be available.
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Here is a summary of the 2020 Salt Spring real estate market in graph form.


There were 240 sales totalling $187,978,383.


The numbers are from the Victoria Real Estate Board multiple listings service and there are some sales that are not captured in this data. We estimate that 2020's totals would be between 10 to 20% higher if all sales were shown.









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We have listed a new property at 5 171 Natalie Lane.
Memories are made here for generations. Rare opportunity to own a classic 1 bedroom log cabin at Cusheon Lake Resort – the only recreational resort property on this beautiful, warm-water lake. This turnkey, fully-furnished unit has a wood-burning fireplace along with modern amenities. As part of this 4-acre vacation getaway, common amenities include 2 docks, a swimming beach, and floating raft, and a boat launch for lake access. Enjoy year-round fishing, the use of canoes, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, warm summertime swimming, and an outdoor hot tub. Owner privileges allow you and your immediate family to use your cabin for 2 weeks in the summer high season and for up to 45 days a year. There are also discounted rates for family and friends, and strong rental pool cash flow to support your investment. On-site resort management makes this a hassle-free way for you to own a piece of paradise! Check out the 5-star...
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The Coronation Oak trees were planted in May, 1937

Oak seedlings were propagated from acorns gathered from trees at Windsor Great Park. They were distributed throughout the Commonwealth to commemorate the coronation of George VI and his wife Elizabeth – the parents of our current Queen Elizabeth II. 


Windsor Forest still has some huge, ancient, solitary oaks standing in the Park. According to experts, the oldest,Offa’s Oak, might be 1500 years old! Offa was a Saxon king in the 8th century.






I know the location of three Coronation Oaks on Salt Spring. Many of them across the country were placed at Anglican churches and cemeteries and that is true of two of them on the island.








The first is located at St. Mary’s, across the street from Fulford Hall. It is an historic 1894 Anglican parish church. The beautiful English oak is planted at the front of the church – you can’t miss it.



The second is on the SW corner of Fulford-Ganges Road and Dean Road. This...

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If you like to walk or bike on a flat route, North Beach Road and Walker Hook Road is the place to go. They run along the ocean, Trincomali Channel, on the north east side of the island. The Fernwood Wharf is located along the way and makes a good starting or turn around spot. There is a coffee shop and a restaurant for refreshments.


So - I thought this was a nice simple location to discuss - but I made the mistake of googling "Fernwood Wharf". I wanted some historical information because it was Federal Government property but has since been handed over to the community and is run by the CRD. There is a special Parcel Tax for SSI Fernwood Dock on your property taxes to pay the costs.


In typical Salt Spring, or is that Saltspring (?), manner names are never a simple thing.


The CRD website calls it the Fernwood Dock but has it located in Swanson Channel. Swanson Channel is on the south side of the island, nowhere near the Fernwood Dock and Trincomali Channel. School District 64 and Trip Advisor...

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Contrary to what some may think, Salt Spring Island has a number of rules and regulations affecting the use of land and water.


Here is a list of some things that could apply. Some are general and applicable to all properties. Some will only affect specific properties and you might have to refer to maps to know for sure. Staff at the Islands Trust, Capital Regional District (CRD) and the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) can and should be consulted for up to date and additional information.


Islands Trust Islands Trust – Salt Spring Island


Official Community Plan (OCP) – check maps to see if property is in one or more Development Permit Areas (DPA) as well as other guidelines. Salt Spring Island OCP


Bylaw No. 355 – Salt Spring’s land use and zoning bylaw. Salt Spring Island Bylaw 355


MapIT – Islands Trust mapping tool. You can see property outlines, add satellite imagery, contours, Development Permit Areas and lots more. MapIT


Agricultural Land Commission is...

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Yum - this is an Early Yellow Plum but it should have been called extra early. Ours is often ripe on July 1 but the wet and cold weather this year has set it back a week. It is the first tree fruit to ripen in the yard by a long shot and wins the honour of being named favorite because of that! 


The flavour is quite nice and the fragrance intoxicating but only for a brief time. It quickly turns redder and mealy. Not great for fresh eating then but it still makes delicious wine or pretty jam that point. This single tree can produce 400 pounds of fruit in a good year.


I know of three or four others on Salt Spring. I think they were available about 16 years ago at one of our island nurseries - either Foxglove or Fraser's Thimble Farms - and I'm really happy one is growing in our yard. Establishing fruit trees on your property can be a great way to add value and you get the added benefit of fresh fruit!


Note to readers: I tend to have new favorites as the season progresses so stay tuned....

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I have listed a new property at 144 Douglas RD in SALT SPRING ISLAND.
Harbour views, salt air, breezes - enjoy the island life. Hidden behind artistic privacy fence, near town, above the sailing club on a creek. Versatile 1.05 acres, two-level home and a two-level studio. Extensive reno’s and upgrades including kitchen, bathrooms and heat pump. The open-plan main floor, awash with natural light, has wood floors and vaulted ceiling. It's a gathering place for family and friends, while the high-end kitchen makes food prep a breeze. Features a spalted maple island with prep sink and seating, Heartland stove/wall ovens and Miele dishwasher. Decks and patios add versatility to the indoor spaces. The lower level walkout includes 2 compact bedrooms, den, sunroom, laundry and one of the 2 stylish, tiled bathrooms. The studio: upper level has a large room, 2 piece bath, outdoor shower and view deck - main has carport and workshop with 100 amp service. The property is...
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I have listed a new property at 278 Pringle Farm RD.
Rare usable open acreage with sweeping ocean views from this 6-acre property which is located in an area of fine homes. This acreage is very private and would be a stunning lot to build your dream home on. The property is totally fenced with a fenced orchard within the perimeter, electric power, water, and septic field in place and all ready to go. If your planning on building your dream home do not miss out on this premium acreage.
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