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A 10 minute drive from the downtown core. Easy access to both the water and mountains. Modern townhome living for under $800,000.

If you’re in Metro Vancouver, your chances of finding a home like this are about as likely as spotting a Sasquatch on a summer’s day. But in Kelowna, there are plenty of opportunities for buyers in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley looking to relocate from the hustle and bustle of big city living, but still want to appreciate urban amenities and a sense of community. 

With Wilden’s deep roots in the Okanagan, here we share five reasons why people have decided to call Kelowna home:

Wilden Kelowna block party imageReason #1: Sense of community 

Kelowna is a bit of an enigma: it is ever-growing, yet somehow still maintains the vibe of a small, close-knit community. 

But the region’s future potential cannot be denied: Global News estimates that the Central Okanagan will see a population boom of 120,000 new residents (from 255,000 to 383,000) by 2046. Fortunately job growth is anticipated to match this pace, with up to 25,000 new jobs to open by 2040 – about one-third more jobs than the current market.

The City of Kelowna is dedicated to the continued balance between growth and new ideas while maintaining their core community values of being “collaborative, smart, connected, responsible, and friendly”. You can read more about Imagine Kelowna: The Vision to 2040 HERE.

Reason #2: Outdoor lifestyle

Snowboarder riding through powder at Big WhiteWhile Metro Vancouver is also an idyllic location for those seeking an outdoor lifestyle, Kelowna offers something that the Lower Mainland can’t always guarantee: all four seasons. While Vancouver is home to more of a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (known as Csb), Kelowna’s Humid Continental climate (known as Dfb) allows for more variance between the seasons. 

What does this mean for you and your outdoor activities?

It means actual snow on the mountains during the winter months, much to the delight of skiers, snowshoers and snowboarders, with popular spots such as Monashee Mountains, Big White Ski Resort and SilverStar Mountain Resort.

Or if summer is more your jam, then you can pick fruit at your heart’s content from the end of June to early October. Whether you love stone fruits such as cherries, apricots or peaches or prefer treats like berries, pears or apples, there’s something to fit everyone’s appetite.

Reason #3: Quiet and Busy at the same time (yes, that’s possible) 

Kelowna is truly the best of worlds: where else in BC can you enjoy the quiet serenity of a smaller community while still benefiting from the modern conveniences of urban living? 

The team at Wilden, knowing the landscape of the Okanagan as well as they know the back of our hands, develop communities with both current and future residents in mind. Our latest Townhome project, Pondside Landing, was built with carefully designed entrance and exit points for better traffic flow – all while sitting on the shore of two natural ponds.

“As Wilden has evolved over 2 decades we have recently incorporated Modern Farmhouse Design in the community. Pondside Landing ties in perfectly with our newest single family neighborhood, Hidden Hills. The architectural flow in the community is something very important to us and with this in mind it will help the homes and community age well over time.” says Lisa Dalcin, Vice President of Sales.

Reason #4: More bang for your buck

Wilden Pondside Landing Townhomes on Union Road in Kelowna from above

Stating that the real estate market in Kelowna is cheaper for home buyers than Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley is not a new or ground-breaking statement. But really, how of a difference is there?

Let’s say your home budget was roughly $775,000. In Kelowna, that could help a buyer grab a 1,500 sq.ft. townhome in a project like Pondside Landing. In Metro Vancouver, though, that same budget might be enough for a 580 sq.ft. 1 bedroom condo. And if you wanted that 1,500 sq.ft, waterfront townhouse within the 604 area code? You’ll need at least $1.5 to $2 million in the piggy bank.

Cameron Dodd, our current Vice President of Development and Wilden resident himself, speaks from first-hand experience:

“Unfortunately not as relevant today, but cost of living at the time was our biggest driver”, shares Dodd. “Vancouver was out of hand, and we had just started a family while living in a condo and didn’t see any appealing options in the Lower Mainland. Kelowna was a bargain at the time!”

While prices have undoubtedly risen since Dodd first moved to Kelowna, there are still bargains to be found in the Okanagan. 

Reason #5: Live a ‘future proof’ lifestyle

Whether you’re a family with young children, working professionals exploring opportunities in the Okanagan or downsizers hoping to retire, Kelowna is making its mark as the place to live what Wilden CEO Karin Eger-Blenk describes as a ‘future proof lifestyle’.

“Together with industry partners and researchers from UBC Okanagan we put a lot of effort in moving towards net zero homes. Additionally, in our town planning, we are continuously exploring concepts of a self-sustaining community and a way of living that has the efficient use of resources and renewable energy  in mind.”

If you’re curious about making the relocation leap from Metro Vancouver to Kelowna, reach out to Lisa Dalcin today: [email protected] 

Our Wilden Presentation Centre, located at 1454 Rocky Point Drive, Kelowna, and our “Pondside Landing” Showhome, located at #36 1550 Union Road are open daily 1-5pm except Fridays – but you can always come in by appointment.