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New property listed in Lake Country

I have listed a new property at 15065 Highland Road in Lake Country. See details here

Welcome to your dream home! Nestled on a quarter acre lot, this charming 3-bedroom rancher walkout boasts breathtaking views of the stunning Kalmalka and Wood Lakes. As you step inside, you'll be greeted by a traditional floor plan that exudes warmth and comfort. The heart of this home lies in its spacious eat-in kitchen, where countless memories will be made over delicious meals and lively conversations. Adjacent to the kitchen is a welcoming dining room, perfect for hosting family gatherings and dinner parties. The large living room is a cozy haven, offering the ideal space to unwind and relax after a long day. One of the standout features of this property is the ample room for RV or boat parking and storage, allowing you to embark on endless adventures and explore the beautiful surrounding areas. With close proximity to biking and walking paths, you can easily immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the fresh air. If you're a beach enthusiast, you're in luck! Multiple beaches on Wood Lake are just a stone's throw away, offering endless opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and water activities. And let's not forget about the charming beach community of Oyama, which is just a short distance away. With almost 1200 square feet on the main floor, this home provides ample space for you and your loved ones to thrive. The fully developed basement adds even more versatility, featuring a workshop for all your DIY projects and plenty of storage to keep everything organized. (id:2493)

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July Market Update for Kelowna & Calgary

Last month I told you I would have some exciting news that I am only making known to my clients at this point.

Well, it is official now, as of last week I have officially joined RE/MAX Complete Realty in Calgary and the RE/MAX in Kelowna.

All of my contact information will remain the same, nothing changes there, the big change is being aligned with the #1 most trusted brand in real estate.

Ok, now that's over with, on to the rest of the email!

đź“Š Rate Hikes & What That Means for Markets

đź’° Quick Calgary Update

🏡 Quick Kelowna Update

🔥 How are Forest Fires Impacting the Housing Market?

📧 Save my Contact Information

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đź“Š It seems like every email I have sent you this year I have talked about rising rates, I really wish I didn't have to do that. It is time for the BoC to actually stop this madness and watch to see what (if any) affect there is on the marketplace. Many economists agree with this sentiment, so hopefully they listen to that advice. The BoC rate is now at 5% which is the highest it has been in over 20 years, typically we see a levelling off period with sales and a quick adjustment by buyers. We will see a lot of buyer's fulfill their rate holds in the next couple of months and that period of adjustment will happen, whether there is a positive bounce back remains to be seen.  Here's an article regarding a number of different local markets, click to see if yours is covered.

đź’° Now that Stampede is officially over with record setting attendance, the craziness of the market will likely continue for the short term. There is always a bit of a slowdown in the market come end of August to about mid September, so if you are thinking of selling we should probably talk sooner than later. The month of June saw 1525 Single Family sales which was an increase of 3% from June of 2022. There are currently only 1323 single family listings on the market with 335 properties pending and 622 sales so far this month. Prices have increased steadily, for the first time in a very long time (think more than a decade) apartment and townhouse pricing is outpacing single family home prices. If you want more detail on these stats specific to your area, then email me back.

🏡 The overall benchmark price for single family homes is down 3.1% from last years numbers. Sales are up however for the month of June compared to last year, which is a good sign. However, that said, we are likely to see that same downturn in the market that Calgary is going to see. My prediciton at the beginning of the year was that the Kelowna market would balance out by this time in 2023, my revision is that balance will not likely come until closer to the end of the year. Sellers have to continue to have patience, while buyer's will continue to have their pick of the lot.

🔥 Given that we are seeing record numbers of forest fires in the country this year (I believe AB is down, but BC is up...don't quote me on that), I thought this article would be fairly relevant. Construction costs have skyrocketed and lack of supply due to a decrease in housing starts is what is fuelling new home price increases.

📧 Like I mentioned my contact info has not changed, if you are wanting to get a hold of me then reply to this email. If you are in Kelowna you can always reach me at info@livelovekelowna.ca, my BC number is 778-716-7527. My AB number is 403-827-7527. Make sure you save it in case you need it!

That's all I have for you this month! 

All the best,

KELLEY SKAR

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New property listed in Lake Country

I have listed a new property at 15065 Highland Road in Lake Country. See details here

Well appointed 2400 sqft bungalow with breathtaking views of Wood and Kalmalka lake! This 3 bed, 2 bath home is situated on a spacious quarter-acre lot with tons of storage and a finished walkout basement. The property has been lovingly updated with new paint, baseboards, and kitchen countertops. It also boasts a oversized single attached garage and RV Parking for your boat or your motorhome/trailer. Enjoy the family-friendly location, steps away from the Okanagan rail trail and the Palmewash Parkway which is a beautiful road that runs along the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake, connecting Vernon and Kelowna. This scenic drive is a must-see for anyone visiting the area and is a popular destination for locals to enjoy on weekends or during the summer months. With an open concept living area, large windows, finished walkout basement with wood burning fireplace and ample natural light, this home is perfect for entertaining or relaxing with loved ones. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to own a slice of paradise in the Okanagan! (id:2493)

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New property listed in Peachland

I have listed a new property at 23 4835 Paradise Valley Road in Peachland. See details here

Welcome to Paradise Valley Road and Camp Okanagan! This recreational lot is the perfect place to park your RV and get away from it all. Located just outside Peachland, you’ll be in the middle of nature while still being minutes away from West Kelowna and Peachland. This lot offers all the amenities you need to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Enjoy a heated outdoor pool, laundry facilities, and washrooms so you can freshen up after a long day of exploring. You’ll also have access to nearby Crown land, so you can take advantage of the beautiful scenery and get back in touch with nature. The area is incredibly peaceful and quiet, and the community is incredibly friendly and welcoming. From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel right at home. You can join in on the fun and get to know your neighbours or just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. This is a great opportunity for home buyers, home sellers, and real estate investors. Whether you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or you’re looking for a place to park your RV, this is the perfect spot. With its close proximity to Peachland and West Kelowna and its stunning surroundings, you’ll never be bored. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! Come and see for yourself why Camp Okanagan is the perfect place to park your RV. Contact us now to schedule a showing and start living your dream. (id:2493)

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New property listed in Penticton

I have listed a new property at 600 WADE Avenue in Penticton. See details here

Welcome to 600 Wade Avenue West in beautiful Penticton! This investment property offers an incredible opportunity with its C2 zoning, allowing for both residential and commercial use. Situated on a corner lot, this property boasts immense development potential, thanks to its prime location near schools and the bustling main street. The main residence features a spacious layout with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, providing ample space for comfortable living. The well-maintained interior showcases a welcoming ambiance, offering an ideal canvas for customization and personalization. Additionally, a detached garage provides convenient parking and storage options, ensuring both functionality and convenience. The corner lot offers versatility and accessibility, making it an ideal choice for various business ventures or further expansion. With its prime location and C2 zoning, this property presents a unique opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs alike. Whether you envision a mixed-use development, a residential rental property, or a commercial venture, the possibilities are endless. Don't miss out on this incredible chance to own a property with significant development potential in the heart of Penticton. Schedule your showing today and explore the endless possibilities that await at 600 Wade Avenue West! (id:2493)

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New property listed in Lake Country

I have listed a new property at 15065 Highland Road in Lake Country. See details here

Well appointed 2400 sqft bungalow with breathtaking views of Wood and Kalmalka lake! This 3 bed, 2 bath home is situated on a spacious quarter-acre lot with tons of storage and a finished walkout basement. The property has been lovingly updated with new paint, baseboards, and kitchen countertops. It also boasts a oversized single attached garage and RV Parking for your boat or your motorhome/trailer. Enjoy the family-friendly location, steps away from the Okanagan rail trail and the Palmewash Parkway which is a beautiful road that runs along the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake, connecting Vernon and Kelowna. This scenic drive is a must-see for anyone visiting the area and is a popular destination for locals to enjoy on weekends or during the summer months. With an open concept living area, large windows, finished walkout basement with wood burning fireplace and ample natural light, this home is perfect for entertaining or relaxing with loved ones. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to own a slice of paradise in the Okanagan! (id:2493)

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Which City is Better to Live in? West Kelowna or Kelowna?

If you are looking at making a move to the Central Okanagan and are stuck on a community to live in then you should check out some of our blogs as we cover areas like Vernon, Kamloops as well as the differences between Calgary and Kelowna.

In today’s blog and video below, I discuss the similarities and the differences between Kelowna and West Kelowna.

What are the Similarities between Kelowna and West Kelowna?

As you have probably guessed, both Kelowna and West Kelowna are located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes. They both offer a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. 

Both cities have neighbourhoods with a great focus on families, as well as easy access to all three levels of schools. Not only are there some amazing parks, ball diamonds and soccer and football fields but you also have access to whatever sport our kids want to play through various sports leagues.

In fact, I did a video on those Kelowna sports leagues in the link right above my head!

They both obviously enjoy a thriving wine industry, with numerous wineries and vineyards in the area. Visitors can enjoy wine tasting tours and explore the local cuisine.

Both Kelowna and West Kelowna have stunning beaches that are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. Some of the most popular beaches in the area include Gyro Beach and the Downtown Park in Kelowna and Gellatly Bay Beach in West Kelowna.

I would say that’s pretty much where the similarities end so now, let's take a look at the differences between Kelowna and West Kelowna.

What are the Main Differences Between Kelowna and West Kelowna?

West Kelowna is much smaller compared to Kelowna. It has a more laid-back atmosphere and is known for its stunning natural scenery and peaceful lifestyle. The population of West Kelowna sits at just over 38,000 people and makes it the third largest city in the Okanagan.

Kelowna, on the other hand, is a much larger city with a population sitting around 142,000 people. The city has a bustling downtown core and a vibrant nightlife and is also home to universities and colleges, making it a popular destination for students.

As we have already established, both cities have some amazing wineries to choose from, if we are looking specifically at spirits, wine and beer, I would say this is where the similarities end as Kelowna has a burgeoning craft beer scene that is currently not even close to be being rivaled by West Kelowna.

Kelowna has a more diverse economy, with industries such as technology, healthcare, and tourism driving its growth, while West Kelowna is more focused on agriculture and tourism."

So there you have it, the top similarities and differences between Kelowna and West Kelowna. 

If you are thinking of relocating or selling your current home and making a move to Peachland, West Kelowna, Kelowna or Lake Country, then we should talk.

You can always shoot me an email to info@livelovekelowna.ca or give me a call at 778-716-7527.

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New property listed in Peachland

I have listed a new property at 23 4835 Paradise Valley Road in Peachland. See details here

Welcome to Paradise Valley Road and Camp Okanagan! This recreational lot is the perfect place to park your RV and get away from it all. Located just outside Peachland, you’ll be in the middle of nature while still being minutes away from West Kelowna and Peachland. This lot offers all the amenities you need to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Enjoy a heated outdoor pool, laundry facilities, and washrooms so you can freshen up after a long day of exploring. You’ll also have access to nearby Crown land, so you can take advantage of the beautiful scenery and get back in touch with nature. The area is incredibly peaceful and quiet, and the community is incredibly friendly and welcoming. From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel right at home. You can join in on the fun and get to know your neighbours or just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. This is a great opportunity for home buyers, home sellers, and real estate investors. Whether you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or you’re looking for a place to park your RV, this is the perfect spot. With its close proximity to Peachland and West Kelowna and its stunning surroundings, you’ll never be bored. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! Come and see for yourself why Camp Okanagan is the perfect place to park your RV. Contact us now to schedule a showing and start living your dream. (id:2493)

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Is There a Housing Affordability Crisis in Kelowna, BC?

What you need to know about the proposed changes to Kelowna Single Family Zoning, as well, I address the elephant in the room…the Housing Affordability Crisis here in Kelowna.

Having lived in Calgary for 18 years and in real estate for 14 of those 18, I saw a lot of shifts taking place in the housing market.

Probably the biggest shift, fundamentally, was embracing this idea of growing up and not out.

The idea was to try and control urban sprawl by adjusting bylaws to allow for carriage homes, secondary suites and infills being built on larger lots.

It is looking like Kelowna is going to embrace this ideology as well.

But mostly for different reasons.

It is in part to control urban sprawl, I mean realistically, our geography already kind of controls that.

It’s not like there’s endless prairie to build in, mountains and lakes kind of restrict the option for sprawl.

So city planners are looking for different ways to increase density and affordable housing opportunities.

Changes to Kelowna Zoning Bylaws

Back in September of 2022 the city of Kelowna made some changes to the zoning bylaw, which included 6 main points.

They are: 

  1. Consolidate zones

  2. Consolidate land-use categories

  3. Update building height regulations

  4. Allow Towers and mid-rise buildings in Capri-Landmark Centre

  5. Simplify the density bonusing policy

  6. Provide a more streamlined, modernized, and user-friendly policy

As you can see from this infographic, the city has made some fairly significant changes to how different zones in the city are classified.

One of the changes here will have a direct effect on residents living in Rutland, Glenmore and the central part of the city, so think Kelowna North and Kelowna South.

This quote is straight from the infographic and it reads with respect to density:

“Sensitive infill in residential areas and greater densification within Urban Centres and along transit corridors are being expanded in the new bylaw”

Also, according to the city’s housing policy manager, James Moore:

“This kind of initiative is going to mean that we see more construction around us, we're going to be seeing carriage houses coming up, second houses coming up. And the plan is to open up the regulations so that these changes can happen without the risk, delay and expense for property owners to go through the rezoning process.”

Ok, so here’s how I read this.

There will be more secondary suites.

There will be more carriage houses.

There will be infills which will include duplexes and potentially fourplexes and maybe even sixplexes.

There may even be secondary homes on the same lot as the primary home.

This will all lead to greater density, putting further stress on infrastructure that is already stressed to the max.

What Does the City of Kelowna Need to do to Curb Infrastructure Issues?

I don’t have any problem with increasing density, but the city of Kelowna has to move away from the last 8 years of insufficient planning and plan the infrastructure first before increasing density.

Otherwise all you are going to do is piss off existing residents even more than they already will be with the increasing density in their neighbourhoods.

The traffic here can already get pretty bad especially in the summertime, the city needs to address these issues prior to building more homes.

And sorry, more bike lanes just aren't going to cut it.

If you live in these areas where they are going to be testing these new zoning bylaws out, Glenmore, Rutland and Kelowna’s core, know that you are going to see an increase in traffic and likely less street parking.

If you are looking for your first home, if you are looking to relocate to Kelowna or are looking to downsize, one of these new style home might be an affordable option.

At least, that is what the city is shooting for here, to make owning a home here in Kelowna attainable.

Tough to do when you don’t have a lot of land to build new homes on thereby increasing housing starts and supply.

That’s all I have for you. 

If you live in West Kelowna, Kelowna, Lake Country or Peachland and are thinking of making a move, then we should talk.

Give me a call at 778-716-7527 or shoot me an email to info@livelovekelowna.ca

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City of Kelowna Cracks the Top 100 Travel Destinations in the World

How in the world did Kelowna crack the top 100 most loved travel destinations in the world?

Simple. Because Kelowna is Awesome.

Recently the Tourism Sentiment Index released their list of the top 100 travel destinations in the world.

There were 4 Canadian cities that made the cut. The top Canadian destination was Fernie. Kelowna came a close second and the list was rounded out by Niagara Falls and Canmore, Alberta.

The TSI explains how the scores are generated this way:

Quote: To calculate the score, we collect all the conversations and content around a destination and, through natural language processing, filter to those that are driven by a destination’s tourism experiences or products. The remaining data is classified as positive, neutral or negative as artificial intelligence deciphers sentiment from human expression.

How Was the Score Calculated?

So basically it sounds like they scour the internet, look for posts of pictures, videos of experiences and dialogued conversation and then feed it through an AI filter which then looks for the positive, neutral and the negative.

Then they give it a score based on an algorithm.

Ok, not sure if that’s right but hey, I gave it a shot at explaining the word salad that I found in an article on KelownaNow.

To give you some context, The Maldives came in at number 1 with a score of 40.26.

You know the Maldives right? Beautiful blue ocean. Resorts built in the ocean waters. A beautiful archipelago that spans across the equator.

Fernie came in with a score of 25.25 and Kelowna scored just behind them at 24.43.

What Was Kelowna’s Top Asset(s)?

So can you guess what the top asset was? 

Well if you’ve visited Kelowna, then you should have a pretty good guess.

Wineries and vineyards were at the top of the list.

That’s certainly a great place to start, but let’s add to the list, shall we?

What Else is Kelowna Known For?

Love to golf? So do I. Kelowna is home to about 2000 hours of sunshine per year with one of the longest and driest golf seasons in the country.

Add to that, 19 golf courses in and around Kelowna and you will never get bored of playing the same course over and over.

Hiking and Mountain Biking come to mind for sure when thinking about Kelowna. I’ve mentioned Knox and Boucherie before, but there is a ton of other spots to hike around Kelowna like Lebanon Creek, Paul’s Tomb, Glen Canyon, Layer Cake and many more spots to explore.

Loving the lake life? 

Lake Okanagan isn’t the only option to bust out the paddle board or ski boat. You’ve got Kalamalka and Wood Lake within minutes of the north end of the city. If you want to just lounge on a beach somewhere, you have about 30 to choose from.

So pack a cooler, take your lunch and head out for an afternoon but get there early to grab a good spot.

What about the winter months though?

Well, if you like to ski and snowboard you have your choice of three ski hills all within 40 to 90 minutes from downtown Kelowna in Apex, Big White and Silver Star.

Ice fishing more your thing? Well there are a ton of lakes all within an hours drive from Kelowna, plus you have the lakes that I mentioned earlier to choose from if you want to stick closer to home.

Ice skating at Stuart Park. Kelowna Rockets Hockey games at Prospera Place. Or snow shoeing at the Myra Canyon Trestles round out some winter activities nicely.

Kelowna is so much more than vineyards and wineries, in my opinion, Kelowna should have fared a lot higher than Fernie BC!

That’s all I have for you today on this video! If you can think of anymore amazing things to do here in Kelowna, then leave them in the comments below.

If you are thinking about selling your current home or looking to relocate to Kelowna, then we should talk. You can give me a call or send me a text to 778-716-7527 or shoot me an email anytime to kelley@kelleyskar.com


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New property listed in Lake Country

I have listed a new property at 15065 Highland Road in Lake Country. See details here

Well appointed 2400 sqft bungalow with breathtaking views of Wood and Kalmalka lake! This 3 bed, 2 bath home is situated on a spacious quarter-acre lot with tons of storage and a finished walkout basement. The property has been lovingly updated with new paint, baseboards, and kitchen countertops. It also boasts a oversized single attached garage and RV Parking for your boat or your motorhome/trailer. Enjoy the family-friendly location, steps away from the Okanagan rail trail and the Palmewash Parkway which is a beautiful road that runs along the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake, connecting Vernon and Kelowna. This scenic drive is a must-see for anyone visiting the area and is a popular destination for locals to enjoy on weekends or during the summer months. With an open concept living area, large windows, finished walkout basement with wood burning fireplace and ample natural light, this home is perfect for entertaining or relaxing with loved ones. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to own a slice of paradise in the Okanagan! (id:2493)

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Kelowna or Kamloops: Where Would you Rather Live?

If you are thinking about making a move to Kelowna or the Okanagan in general and are having a hard time deciding on where to live, then keep reading. Today’s blog is going to compare living in Kelowna to living in Kamloops.

There are 5 topics that I am going to cover where I point out the similarities as well as some of the differences.

Both Kamloops and Kelowna are located in the Okanagan Valley region, but they have their unique characteristics that set them apart from each other. 

Today we are going to explore the five distinct similarities and differences between these two cities.

  1. Geography and Climate

Kelowna and Kamloops are both situated in the Okanagan Valley region, but their geography and climate are quite different. Kelowna is located on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake and has a semi-arid climate with warm summers and mild winters.

Kamloops, on the other hand, is located in the Thompson Valley and has a semi-arid climate with hot summers and colder winters. 

If you like a more desert-like landscape, then Kamloops is definitely for you. Kelowna on the other hand certainly has some of that desert like landscape going on but I would say it has more lush greenery including orchards and vineyards.

One last major difference is that Kamloops is what I would call a river city where Kelowna is a lake city right on the eastern shore of Okanagan lake. 

Both areas certainly have their share of water-sports right there in each city during the summertime. One thing that may be overlooked is the amount of lakes and camping outside of each city, you can be at multiple camping sites and fish stocked lakes within an hour of each location.

Ok number two on the list…

  1. Population and Economy

Kelowna and Kamloops are both growing cities, but Kelowna has a larger population than Kamloops. Kelowna's population is around 142,000, while Kamloops' population is around 90,000. 

Kelowna has a diverse economy that includes tourism, agriculture, and technology. Kamloops, on the other hand, has a resource-based economy that includes mining, forestry, and manufacturing. 

That being said though, Kamloops has successfully been able to diversify its economy to include technology, bio energy, tourism and manufacturing.

In fact, Kamloops kind of reminds me of growing up in Prince George. They are definitely a river city with forestry as one of the main drivers of the economy and they have a pulp mill within the city itself. 

If you’ve lived in a town with a pulp mill, you know what kind of smells you can expect in the middle of a hot summer downwind from the mill!

Kamloops has a lot of the amenities and access to shopping that Kelowna does including all of the major big box stores that a city of almost 100 thousand people should have like a Costco, Home Depot and Canadian Tire.

Alright, number 3…

  1. Recreation and Outdoor Activities

Both Kelowna and Kamloops offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Kelowna has a wide range of recreational activities, including hiking, cycling, skiing, and water sports. 

The city is also known for its beautiful parks and beaches. Kamloops,is also a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with numerous hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing spots, and golf courses. 

The summers in Kelowna are amazing with multiple beaches right within the city if you’re into lounging. If you want a little more excitement you can take in some para sailing or rent a boat for the day and head out and explore the lake while at the same time, getting your surf on. 

If you’re into skiing in the winter months, you are about 45 minutes from Big White, an hour and a half to Apex out by Penticton and about an hour to Silver Star by Vernon.

In Kamloops you have the Thompson and the North Thompson Rivers which converge in the city which offers boating, fishing and paddle boarding options. The awesome part about living in Kamloops, if you are into the outdoor lifestyle, is the over 100 lakes that are within a 1 hour drive of the city.

In the winter the ski hill closest to Kamloops is Sun Peaks, which boasts 16 square kilometers of rideable terrain. This is the second largest in the entire country second only to Whistler Blackcombe. Of course we can’t forget to mention Harper Mountain, which is a great smaller ski hill that is only 30 minutes from the city!

On to number 4, one of my favorite topics, the housing market…

  1. Housing Market

I have talked at great length on this channel about the housing market here in Kelowna and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, here are some quick stats once again.

The benchmark price of a home here in Kelowna is now sitting at around $977,000. The average days on the market is 37 and we are right now sitting in a buyers market. 

Kamloops on the other hand is a lot more affordable with the single family benchmark price coming in at $605,000 for January 2023. The single family days on market is sitting at 52 days on market and the market also currently favours the buyer, albeit with about a month less of supply than Kelowna.

Of course Kamloops is a smaller in terms of population than Kelowna, but the overall size of the city is quite a bit larger at 297.3 square kilometers compared to 218 square kilometers in Kelowna giving it a little more room to expand which will ultimately keep pricing lower than the Central Okanagan area.

Lastly, number 5 on the list is…

  1. Education and Health Care

Kelowna and Kamloops are both home to several educational institutions, including universities and colleges. Kelowna is home to the University of British Columbia Okanagan, while Kamloops is home to Thompson Rivers University. 

Both of these schools offer great opportunities for students to stay here in the Okanagan, close to home and to get a great education. Both of these schools also offer a lot of employment opportunities for the residents of these two cities. 

According to the invest kelowna dot com website, the education sector accounts for approximately 8300 jobs here in the Central Okanagan.

Both cities also have well-established health care systems, with hospitals and medical centers that serve their respective populations. 

The healthcare and social assistance sectors in the Central Okanagan is the second largest employer in the region with about 13,700 employees. Kelowna of course has Kelowna General Hospital with many walk in and family clinics in the city as well as Lake Country and West Kelowna. 

I can tell you that there is a shortage of doctors in the Central Okanagan and if you are looking to make a move, be prepared to get yourself on a wait list for a family doctor.

According to Venture Kamloops, the health care sector is also the leading employer for the region with just under 8000 people employed. Kamloops has the Royal Inland Hospital which is a 254 bed acute care facility and one of only two tertiary care centres in Interior Health District.

Now, I can’t speak to the health care system there as I don’t live there, but the entire province is experiencing health care worker shortages so I have to assume that I would give you the same advice if you were looking at Kamloops as an alternative to Kelowna, get on a waitlist early!

There are a lot of similarities between these two southern interior cities, the biggest differences are in size/area, population and geography/landscape.  

Kelowna and Kamloops are two beautiful cities that have their unique characteristics. Both areas offer plenty of outdoor activities, a thriving arts and cultural scene, and excellent educational and health care systems. 

So what do you think? If you were making a move to BC and specifically to the Okanagan, which city would be right for you? 

If you are thinking of making a move to or selling your current home in, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country or Peachland, then we should talk. You can call me at 778-716-7527 or shoot me an email at info@livelovekelowna.ca

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