Kelowna has quickly become the most desirable location to invest in property and real estate in BC, outpacing the growth of the major cities of Vancouver and Victoria. With a full range of scenic neighbourhoods and suburbs to decide from, those looking to pick up a piece of prime real estate will need the guidance of a realtor to find their forever home. Growing up around real estate, Sean Skuter has been involved in project management, development, marketing and everywhere in-between. Harnessing his knowledge of buildings and properties, Sean is the guiding hand you will need to make the right choice.
Selecting from the diverse options takes a bit of understanding on the amenities and nearby destinations that make each community unique. To better understand Kelowna, it helps to know a few of the greatest developments that have made this city so well known in the Okanagan and far beyond. Take a trip with us to the five top communities in Kelowna!
Stonegate: Luxury Living at Big White Ski Resort
This global destination ski resort has evolved massively since the original launch in 1963, when the hill featured a single T-bar. Now, Big White has 16 chairs crossing 118 trails and runs for your snow day enjoyment. With an average yearly snowfall of 750cm, this hill has created a name for itself – rated the #1 Ski Resort in Canada for “Best Family Resort”, “Best Grooming”, and “Best Snow” by Ski Canada Magazine. TELUS Park is home to jumps, rails, and boxes ranging from intermediate to advanced in skill level – don’t forget your helmet!
It doesn’t stop at the snowy, powder covered peaks. Big White has a blossoming village community with boutique shops, rental equipment, and fantastic food to top it all off. At the heart of the village is Stonegate Resort. This place is a skiers’ dream, with ski-in ski-out from the doorstep you’ll be off to the races whenever you want! Stonegate has on-site recreation, pools and whirlpool spas, bike or equipment storage, and an 18 seat theatre. This resort has been designed from the ground up to be the most exclusive and luxurious residence at Big White. For world-class skiing and top tier living, look no further, it starts and ends with Stonegate Resort.
Wilden: Housing inside Nature
Nestled near the forest, this housing development is tucked away in the hills of Glenmore, Kelowna. “Nature inspired living” is the motto here, if you are after the Pacific Northwest experience, Wilden is for you. Mixing single family homes with townhouses, you will find Wilden is as peaceful as it is scenic.
Outside your door is a world of hiking trails, then only five minutes away is the Glenmore shopping centre. Several schools are nearby, including three elementary schools, and Dr. Knox Middle School. For secondary students, Kelowna Secondary School has buses running to service the area. Great for families, this development has a bit of everything, while keeping a focus on sustainable, green living. There are homes overlooking the lake and the city, so you can have your dream vista awaiting you at your doorstep!
Kettle Valley: Real Estate in Kelowna’s Peaks
This dynamic neighbourhood has invested in building a community of its own. With spas, restaurants, and clinics all located in the Village Centre, Kettle Valley has grown into its own subset of the greater Kelowna area. You will find safe parks for your kids, including an exciting splash park. Schools are conveniently located nearby, including Chute Lake Elementary and Okanagan Mission Secondary. For your regular shopping, groceries and all, you will find a variety of markets and stores within 15 minutes of the area. Many wineries and vineyards dot the path to Kettle Valley, creating a beautiful drive into and out of this community. There are three nearby golf courses, all less than twenty minutes from home. Experience life elevated in Kettle Valley.
Lower Mission: City Life without the Noise
Within five minutes from downtown Kelowna, Lower Mission is ideal for those wanting to be within walking distance of the downtown core. Covering a large area of land, Lower Mission has a number of amenities and destinations for residents – from the H2O Aquatic Centre to Gyro Beach, this is true four-season living. Walk to the beach or sports fields in the Summer, then head indoors for the best waterpark experience this side of the Okanagan when it gets chilly. The downtown core of Kelowna is rich with the arts, culture, and countless restaurants and bars to keep you busy. You will find the majority of schools in Kelowna are within the area, so you won’t have to worry about commuting further to find a French-Immersion school. Shopping is everywhere in Mission, take a walk down any block towards downtown and you’ll be lost in the variety of shops and malls. City life is right around the corner in Lower Mission.
Southeast Kelowna: Acreages and Rural Living in the Scenic Outdoors
As you drive towards Southeast Kelowna, it is hard to not be taken aback by the colourful countryside filled with farms, vineyards and golf courses along the way. Large plots of land and acreages make up the area, and the prestigious Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club is within minutes of most homes. See the starry sky out here in the peace and quiet of the great outdoors. Pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables from the ranches and fields of Okanagan farmers, or drive to the nearby Mission for your choice of shopping centres and restaurants. Explore Kelowna’s booming agriculture and wineries within walking distance of Southeast Kelowna.
Whether you are looking for a rural escape, or to be living in an urban environment, Kelowna has it all. Emphasizing the contrast between these two worlds, you’ll find a home to fit your person in one of the surrounding communities, always situated near walking paths and hiking trails. Discover Kelowna, with Sean Skuter ready to assist every step of the way!
Sean Skuter Realtor
RE/MAX Kelowna #100 – 1553 Harvey Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y6G1
C (250) 801-3654 O (250) 717-5000