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Properties Up Close: 6463 Willowpark Way, Sunriver Estates, Sooke

6463 Willowpark Way, Sunriver Estates, Sooke

Welcome to a new series on What The Sooke!? Each week, I’m going to profile one of my current listings. If you’ve ever checked out my listings before, you know that I’m pretty descriptive and I do my utmost to tell a story about the property I am representing. However, there’s only so much I can do to tell you about my listings, since I don’t live in them! So, I’ve sent out a short questionnaire to the sellers, who’ll tell me in their own words why their property is special.  Read more

How Many Homes Are There At Sooke’s Sunriver Estates?

A beautiful home at Sunriver Estates in Sooke, BC

…And answers to other frequently asked questions about Sunriver Estates in Sooke – one of the most popular new neighbourhoods in the greater Victoria, BC area.

Because I write a lot about Sooke, I get plenty of questions about living here, working here, and of course, about the neighbourhoods. Sunriver Estates is a huge master-planned community on the banks of the Sooke River, sloping up the Sooke Hills with various creeks and other natural features. It’s a very nice looking development, so it’s no surprise that it’s very popular. Also, the lots are larger than most other new developments in our area, so you can have a real back yard instead of a postage stamp. People move out here for the natural beauty, recreational options, quiet lifestyle, and of course the value. It amazes people when they visit Sooke what you get for your money, and how much more a similar house would cost (usually on a tiny lot) in Victoria, or even Langford, just 20-25 minutes’ drive away. Below are some answers to some frequently-asked questions about Sunriver Estates in Sooke.

Q. Is Sunriver Estates a strata development?

A. No, all homes in Sunriver are freehold, fee simple titles (except for the townhouses). Read details in this post.

Q. How many homes have been built at Sunriver?

A. There have been 371 houses built at Sunriver since it broke ground in 2004.

Q. How many homes are planned?

A. There will be 715 houses at Sunriver when construction is completed.

Q. How many more years will construction be taking place at Sunriver until it’s built-out?

A. At the current pace of construction, all homes will be sold and construction complete in approximately 5 years.

Q. What about the building scheme? I’ve heard that boats and RVs, etc are not allowed? Who enforces it?

A. The building scheme at Sunriver allows boats and RVs, etc, but stipulates that they must be behind a fence, lattice, or other sort of screening so that they don’t clutter up the character of the neighbourhood. The developer has sent out letters to offending properties asking them to comply. To date no one has been fined or needed action beyond the letter.

Q. Are any condominiums planned for Sunriver?

A. No, condos are not being built at Sunriver Estates. There are some very nice townhouses at The Pointe, and there may be a few more built.

Q. Will there be any commercial space built at Sunriver? Neighbourhood shops, cafes, etc?

A. When construction is completed, the sales centre will be sold off as commercial space. It will be up to the buyer (and Sooke zoning and business bylaws) what goes in there. Anything is possible – cafe, restaurant, pub? Who knows!

If you have any more questions about Sunriver Estates or other areas in Sooke or would like information about homes for sale in Sunriver Estates and Sooke, give me a call at 250-885-0512, email Tim@TimAyres.ca or fill in my contact form!

Do you live in Sunriver? What’s your favourite thing about living there?

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Is Sunriver Estates in Sooke a Strata?

Sunriver Estates in Sooke has many different home designs, including this Riverstone plan.

This is a question I get all the time from people who are interested in buying a home in Sooke’s popular Sunriver Estates subdivision.

The answer is no, Sunriver is not a strata. There are no councils, meetings, minutes, or strata fees. Each detached home in the development is a fee simple title, which is the same as most other detached homes in British Columbia. However, there is a townhouse complex at Sunriver, which is a strata with the usual implications thereof.

What Sunriver is, is a planned community, meaning that you can’t simply purchase a lot and build whatever home you please on it. The developer at Sunriver has the exclusive rights to sell the lots, and will only do so with the purchase of a building contract to go with it. There are a number of different home designs to choose from, both single level and two-storey, and almost all the homes can have a basement built under them for an extra level.

 While Sunriver Estates in Sooke is not a strata, people often ask me about the “rules” for the community. A common rumour is that you’re not allowed to have a boat or RV in your driveway at Sunriver. This isn’t exactly accurate. All homes at Sunriver have a building scheme registered on title. A building scheme is a set of restrictions that a developer will register on the title to the lots to ensure a community that is uniform in appearance and neat and tidy. For example, it’s common for a developer that is selling only building lots to stipulate a minimum size for the homes or that mobile homes are not allowed.

Sunriver’s building scheme has a few stipulations about boats and RVs at Sunriver. Basically, they want them out of sight. Keep them in the back yard or screened behind a fence or lattice and you’ll have no problems. That being said, there is always the question of who enforces a building scheme, how they would do that, what the penalty would be for violation, and under what conditions would they enforce it, i.e., would it take a complaint from a neighbour?

Take a drive around Sunriver – you’ll see plenty of examples of boats and RVs in various states of compliance or non-compliance with the building scheme.

If you have any questions about Sunriver Estates, please take a moment to email me at Tim@TimAyres.ca, call me at 250-885-0512, or fill in my contact form – I’m always happy to help.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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A Tour Through Sooke’s Sunriver Estates Subdivision [Video]

Check out this video I shot the other day of a drive through Sun River Estates in Sooke. It’s a little shakey at times – sorry – but will give you a good idea of what the neighbourhood looks like, and I also provide some information about the various amenities in Sunriver, the prices, sizes, and features of the homes and lots.

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As always, if you have any questions about selling or buying a home (new or resale) in Sun River Estates, please give me a call at 250-885-0512, email me, or fill in my contact form – I will help you promptly.

Click for information about Sun River Estates and other neighbourhoods in Sooke.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Sooke’s Sunriver Estates is On Sale

Sunriver Estates

Sunriver Estates

Driving home from a shift at Royal LePage’s Mayfair Mall kiosk last night, I heard a radio ad on CFAX 1070 for Sunriver Estates.

They are offering a “builder’s coupon” discount of $15,000 for purchasers. The popular planned community along the Sooke River is obviously experiencing a slowdown in sales like everyone else, so this is a great time to head on out and have a look. The ad mentioned getting a $369,000 brand new home for $354,000. It wasn’t clear from the ad whether this applied only to that plan or to any plan. The discount can be taken off the price or used for upgrades or appliance packages.

There are also 12 existing homes for sale in Sunriver, ranging from $349,900 to $500,000. Click the following link to view these Sunriver Estates homes for sale

If you are considering a new or resale home in Sunriver Estates and would like to be represented by an experienced agent, give me a call at 250-885-0512, fill in my contact form, or shoot me an e-mail at Tim@TimAyres.ca. My services are available to you, the buyer, at no cost; REALTORS® are paid by the seller.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Sooke’s Sunriver Estates launches The Pointe Townhomes This Weekend

The Pointe at Sunriver Esates

On our weekly MLS® tour yesterday, we were invited to Sooke’s popular master-planned community, Sunriver Estates to view their first multi-family development, the Pointe. The Pointe is a 4-unit-per-building townhouse complex, with 32 units sitting on 7 acres on a peninsula which juts out from De Mamiel Drive and is surrounded by the steep banks of De Mamiel Creek. The setting is stunning, and the townhomes are certainly impressive. The show suite we went through of course had all the bells and whistles upgrades – luxurious soaker tubs, hardwood floors, quartz countertops. The units are all one-level (although some require a climb of stairs from the front door) and range in size from about 1500 to nearly 1700 square feet, and feature open floor plans with lots of windows to enjoy the lush rainforest outside your door.

Prices start at $359,900 including GST. Sunriver knows their market and has done a spectacular job of their first multi-unit development. The show suite opens to the public this weekend, June 21 and 22

Tim Ayres

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Sunriver Estates Releases Townhouse Development

The Pointe is Sunriver’s first phase of townhouses

Sooke’s Sunriver Estates, the popular 382-acre planned community just west of Victoria, BC, has just released its first multi-family townhouse development. Called The Pointe, it will be a clustering of 32 units in 8 strata buildings in the tranquil, forested  setting of a 7-acre peninsula surrounded by De Mamiel Creek.

The age 55-plus project features floor plans ranging from 1493 to 1750 sqft in a choice of either ground level or upper floor. The homes will be set amongst lush landscaping and irrigation systems, and like most strata developments, the monthly strata fee (at $139-$160) will cover the maintenance of the grounds and common property. This gives residents a truly maintenance-free living experience.

All of the units will be built by Sunriver’s builder, Citta Construction, and the construction will be certified Built Green™ which I wrote about in an earlier post.­­

Prices range from $399,000 to $419,000, including net GST. Additional upgrade packages are available, and Sunriver Estates is including a $4000(approx.) stainless steel appliance package to the first four homeowners at The Pointe.

Contact me at 642-6361 or use the contact page for more information.

Tim Ayres

Sooke's Sun River Estates Goes Green

Sunriver Estates Built Green™ AdAs I was browsing the Homes section of the Times Colonist from Saturday, September 15, 2007, I came across a full page ad for Sooke‘s Sun River Estates development. The homes are now being advertised as conforming to the Built Green™ standard of construction.
The Built Green™ Web site describes the standard as “… an industry driven voluntary program that promotes “green” building practices to reduce the impact that building has on the environment. It benefits the homebuyer, the community and the environment and is an opportunity for everyone to choose a “green” future.”
So what exactly are ‘green’ building practices? The Built Green™ Web site says that homes certified to their standard are made to have increased energy efficiency, comfort, water efficiency, healthier indoor air, durability and less maintenance, and global benefits (referring to easing pressure on the environment by sourcing building materials locally, thereby reducing transportation impacts). Most of the above benefits coming from using more efficient construction materials, better draft-proofing of the house, and higher-efficiency plumbing, heating, and lighting fixtures.
The house is tested prior to occupancy to make sure it conforms to the acceptable standards for gold, silver, or bronze Built Green™ levels. Upon a successful test, the home is assigned a Canada EnerGuide rating and the appropriate bronze, silver, or gold Built Green™ label is affixed to the furnace or other permanent fixture for proof to future home owners.

Contact Tim Ayres at 642-6361 or tim@sellingsooke.ca for more information about Sun River Estates.

Built Green™ Checklist

Sooke’s Sun River Estates Goes Green

Sunriver Estates Built Green™ AdAs I was browsing the Homes section of the Times Colonist from Saturday, September 15, 2007, I came across a full page ad for Sooke‘s Sun River Estates development. The homes are now being advertised as conforming to the Built Green™ standard of construction.
The Built Green™ Web site describes the standard as “… an industry driven voluntary program that promotes “green” building practices to reduce the impact that building has on the environment. It benefits the homebuyer, the community and the environment and is an opportunity for everyone to choose a “green” future.”
So what exactly are ‘green’ building practices? The Built Green™ Web site says that homes certified to their standard are made to have increased energy efficiency, comfort, water efficiency, healthier indoor air, durability and less maintenance, and global benefits (referring to easing pressure on the environment by sourcing building materials locally, thereby reducing transportation impacts). Most of the above benefits coming from using more efficient construction materials, better draft-proofing of the house, and higher-efficiency plumbing, heating, and lighting fixtures.
The house is tested prior to occupancy to make sure it conforms to the acceptable standards for gold, silver, or bronze Built Green™ levels. Upon a successful test, the home is assigned a Canada EnerGuide rating and the appropriate bronze, silver, or gold Built Green™ label is affixed to the furnace or other permanent fixture for proof to future home owners.

Contact Tim Ayres at 642-6361 or tim@sellingsooke.ca for more information about Sun River Estates.

Built Green™ Checklist