Viewing Category – Sooke Living

The Cedar – custom design and energy efficiency in an affordable new home – winner 2013 Gold CARE Award for Best Single Family Detached Spec Home under 2,000 sq.ft.

Looking for a custom home feel with the latest in energy efficient heating and cooling system at an affordable price?  Visit the Cedar showhome at Woodland Creek —  winner of the 2013 Gold CARE Award for Best Single Family Detached Spec Home under 2,000 sq.ft and one of the featured Times Colonist’s Hot Properties.

The convenience of Woodland Creek’s central location in the beautiful west coast town of Sooke near Victoria and the elevated level of finishing in the homes on Callumwood Lane are showcased perfectly in The ‘Cedar’ where 1858 square feet of comfort & style combine in this ‘Built Green’ 3 bedroom 3 bathroom + den Craftsmen style home built by Built Green Builder of the Year SC Smith Building Co.

Abundant windows and vaulted ceilings create a bright and spacious floor plan enhanced by a professionally designed West Coast themed interior by Nygaard Design throughout this 2 level home.  Hardwood floors are on the main floor and featured in the stepped up gourmet kitchen with energy star stainless appliances and through the living, dining areas, and den. Access through french doors off the living room to a fenced  and landscaped back yard with a concrete patio. Three well proportioned bedrooms upstairs include a beautiful separate master bedroom area with a spacious walk in closet and a deluxe 5 piece ensuite with a double vanity and separate tub and shower.

Geothermal forced air heating and air conditioning provide comfort, better air quality and energy efficiency saving you over a $1,000 a year in hydro costs. The home boasts Built Green Gold certification and an Energuide rating of 84 plus many other leading edge features.

Wired for today & tomorrow with central media box and Telus Fibre Optik.  The home is pre wired for a security system and central vacuum is roughed in.  New home warranty included.

 

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties and developments with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC.  A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

The Elm – a classic rancher offering style and comfort

The ‘Elm’ offers an ideal 1380 square foot one level living environment in this spacious well crafted  2 bedroom  plus + Den/Office,  2 bathroom rancher plan. With an individual geothermal heating and air conditioning heat pump system and many other ‘green’ features it earns a Built Green Gold accreditation and an Energuide 80+ rating resulting from it’s high energy efficient.

An open concept great room features a well designed gourmet kitchen and island adjacent to dining & living with a coffered ceiling and gas fireplace with wood mantle. Access is off the living room to a fenced back yard with a concrete patio.

The master bedroom features a vaulted ceiling with an elegant 5 piece ensuite bathroom & walk-in closet.  A nice sized 2nd bedroom & den offer additional space and the crawl space offers storage room.

The Elm featured in the picture gallery below is a corner lot plan that was finished in a Premium Woodland Scheme.

 

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties and developments with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC.  A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

Grand Opening of Sooke’s Newest Park draws a crowd.

New Park in Sooke

Beautiful weather, cotton candy, cup cakes and face painting drew out the neighbourhood and visitors to the grand opening of Sooke’s newest park.  Woodland Creek Park in the heart of the Woodland Creek residential community was officially opened on Saturday September 22 by the Mayor of Sooke Wendal Milne.

The new, three-acre park features a playground, pond and walking trails, surrounded by tall trees and adjacent to the local elementary and middle school. As the newest municipal park in Sooke, Woodland Creek Park offers residents and visitors an opportunity to access parkland within their community without needing to drive.

“It was a great day,” said Blair Robertson, co-owner of Totangi Properties the developer of Woodland Creek.”We are really pleased that the hard work of our construction team, in particular Billy Cameron and Nick Wagstaff, has paid off in the creation of this beautiful park that can be enjoyed by the neighbourhood and the community.”

Discover Sooke blogger and photographer  Jason van der Valk attended the event with his family and created a fun video blog of the event incorporating his new ‘baby cam’ technology.

Woodland Creek Park is part of the fifth phase of development that includes 29 single family homes. Homes in this latest phase are Built Green certified, Energuide rated 80+, and offer energy saving geothermal heating and cooling. At completion, the Woodland Creek community in the heart of Sooke will include over 220 homes and town homes, a neighbourhood commercial area, parks, and trails all conveniently located adjacent to local schools and shopping.

For more information visit www.woodlandcreek.ca.

 

 

 

Sooke Real Estate at Power to Play

New home development in Sooke BC supports Power to Play

Sooke and the Power to Play

 

It’s spring so it’s time to unleash our Woodland Creek “Up the Creek” team at the Power to Play event on May 27, 2012. We will be participating in an all day, mind and body bending outdoor adventure race to raise money for the Power to Be.

 

The event is to support Power to Be adventure-based programs that connect families living with significant life barriers with their abilities through activity and nature.  Last year we discovered the power of social media to help us support and sustain the wonderful impact that Power to Be has in our community (see our blog “The Power to Be (Social)” . We’d are excited this year to build on this approach and ask for your support once again.

 

You can watch our Woodland Creek Sooke BC Facebook page for our dirty pictures (I mean mud and lots of it – last year was insane!) though we hope you will help us further support the Power to Be by helping us reach our goal of $3,000 through our Power to Play giving page.
Until May 26, 2012, for every new Facebook like, we will give $2.00 to the Power to Be up to a total of Cdn $2,000.

 

For our current Facebook friends, please make a comment on this blog, share the URL to this blog, or tweet out your support using the hashtag #powertobe . Follow us on twitter at @woodland_creek

 

For every action, we will send another $2.00 to Power to Be.
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Woodland Creek is a community of new homes in the community of Sooke, BC. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson are Sooke real estate developers and community supporters who love the outdoors but would normally avoid the kind of mud slinging found during Power to Play!
Totangi Properties is the developer of the Sooke, BC Real Estate development, Woodland Creek – an award winning community of affordable, new homes for sale that use geo-thermal heating and air conditioning and are Built Green certified.

How to Increase your Return on Lifestyle – the Sooke formula.

Or Why Sooke, BC is becoming a top choice for West Coast living.

It used to be that some only thought of Sooke as a 2nd choice because their housing dollars wouldn’t allow them to locate closer to Victoria – but that has changed.  So why is Sooke fast becoming a top choice for homebuyers?  Well, start with a quaint west coast community that has a friendly small town feel and is next to beautiful beaches, parks, and forests.  Then add more and more amenities such as public boardwalks, boat docks, fishing, shopping, cool coffee shops, and award winning restaurants and finally top it off with the lowest housing costs in the Victoria area and it becomes pretty clear – Sooke offers a top notch return on lifestyle.

Another factor increasing the attractiveness of Sooke has been the growth of the City of Langford and all that it offers. While Sooke has many wonderful community merchants, and we recommend shopping and attending community events in Sooke whenever you can, we also recognize that there are some purchases and entertainment that require going to a larger centre. If you need your fix of Victoria’s charm, the drive is always worth it though we find most Sooke residents now head to Langford.

“Langford is rapidly becoming the new town centre for Greater Victoria,” says Dan Spinner, CEO of the Westshore Chamber of Commerce. Not only does Langford offer all major amenities and entertainment a short 20-minute drive from Sooke, it is also a growing employment centre for Greater Victoria.

We’ve counted down our top four favourite places for you to spend your disposable cash in Langford – a booming city that’s located just 20 minutes east of Sooke.

  1. Shopping – When you need a big box store, you need a big box store, it’s just that simple. Pick up a coffee at the Stick in the Mud coffee house in Sooke and then enjoy the drive to Langford’s Millstream Village or Westshore Town Centre and have your pick of Costco, Best Buy, Home Sense, Winners, Canadian Tire, Golf Town, and more. See you in power tool aisle at Home Depot.
  2. The Cineplex Odeon at Westshore Town Centre- As the first theatre on Vancouver Island to go fully digital, the newly-opened Cineplex Odeon at Westshore Town Centre has a crisper picture, sharper sound and more vivid images than other local screens. The theatre is home to seven auditoriums (four with 3D technology) – and while tickets can be a bit pricier ($12 for adults, $9.50 for children/seniors and an extra $3 for the UltraAVX theatre), you can afford it with what you’ve saved by living in Sooke. You might even find yourself splurging for popcorn… (900-2945 Jacklin Road.)
  3. Market on Millstream ­– Named 2009’s Canadian Independent Grocer, the locally-owned Market on Millstream is your recipe to fresh produce, local meats and organic, vegan or gluten-free products. With an on-site bakery, deli and floral shop and hundreds of local, BC or Canadian-produced items, this is your perfect one-stop-shop to full body health and wellness. ­(125-2401C Millstream Road.) You might also want to pop in next door at Everything Wine for a tasting and experience Victoria’s largest wine store.
  4. Langford LanesWhat list would be complete without including the hip, new bowling alley at the Langford Sportsplex? Situated beside the soccer pitch, family fun park and a spanking new hockey arena, Langford Lanes puts life back in the game we enjoyed as kids. This facility has a licensed 6 lane VIP Room that will make you want to rush out and buy a pair of two tone bowling shoes. (1097 Langford Parkway)

There are so many more things to do in Langford and the West Shore to mention here but for true adventure check out our blog Sooke – A Place where even Indiana Jones wouldn’t get bored.

All the best,

Blair

 

Totangi Properties is the developer of the Sooke, BC Real Estate development, Woodland Creek – an award winning community of affordable, new homes for sale that use geo-thermal heating and air conditioning and are Built Green certified. Follow us on twitter at @woodland_creek and Facebook at facebook.com/woodlandcreeksookebc.

 

Sooke Real Estate Sense

Move to to Sooke, Save a bundle, and Live better!

Crowned by MSN Money as Canada’s second most Expensive City to Buy a Home, Victoria’s average single-family dwelling sells for a whopping $524,258 – compare that to Sooke’s average of $395,120 and you can see why more and more people are cashing in their equity and heading from Victoria and other urban centres to Sooke.

Cash in your equity and head to Sooke for princely lifestyle.

Here at Woodland Creek, you can buy one of our, three-bedroom, three bathroom homes for just $379,900 – about the same price as a one-bedroom condo in downtown Victoria. But maybe condo-life doesn’t sound so bad to you: less square-footage to clean, located in walking distance to downtown attractions and eateries and no lawn to mow. Before taking the leap, consider these top three complaints I hear again and again about downsizing to a condo:

 Strata Fees – Oliver Katz of DFH Realty says that one of the biggest challenges of going from owning a single-family property to a condo is adjusting to the world of strata councils and fees. Not only do you have to pay steep monthly payments to receive the same privileges you enjoyed as a homeowner, but also decisions about how you live are no longer within your control. Found a beautiful curtain fabric that’ll look perfect in your place? Sorry, only white window coverings are permitted. Want a canine companion to keep you company? Your search might be limited to pooches 15 pounds or less. (And if it’s a barker, expect noise complaints and maybe even strata fines – yikes!) If you want to speak to Oliver and chat in greater detail about strata-shock, call 250-642-6480 or email info@sookeshometeam.com .

 Relearning Daily Routines – As a homeowner, there are numerous little things you take for granted – and once you move to a condo, many of your daily routines go out the window. Suddenly you’re wistful about the days when you could just drive up to your front door and unload groceries, avoiding elevator rides and long treks down building corridors. Oh, and remember the time when you could have guests over and they could park in front of your home, avoiding those pesky downtown street parking fees and the risk of tow-away if the dinner party goes a bit longer than expected? Sigh.

 Lack of Space – According to Oliver Katz of DFH Realty, downsizing from a 2,400-square-foot home to a 900-square-foot apartment is simply too big of a leap for most people. While the extra space might be perceived as neither wanted nor needed, Katz says most people still desire sufficient space for their hobbies, home offices and the occasional visit from the grandkids. Not to mention a spot to stow the vacuum cleaner away from view.

It can be a wise financial decision to sell a larger house and relocate to a small community according to a recent MoneySense article, noting the average Canadian home has doubled in value since 2001.

And with a move to our Woodland Creek development, you’re also winning in terms of extra square footage and price. Since our homes are brand new and built with awesome, eco-friendly features (we are the first housing development in Sooke to offer homes with geo-exchange heating, cooling and hot water), you don’t have to invest a dime in upgrading your home prior to move-in and you are protected by a full new home warranty.

Just think: no more Saturdays spent repairing the deck, fixing broken screens or touching up chipped paint. All you have to do is grab a glass of wine, head to your patio and put up your feet.

Now this is what retirement is really all about!

Best regards,

Blair

 

Totangi Properties is the developer of the Sooke, BC Real Estate development, Woodland Creek – an award winning community of affordable, new homes for sale that use geo-thermal heating and air conditioning and are Built Green certified. Follow us on twitter at @woodland_creek and facebook at facebook.com/woodlandcreeksookebc.

Oh Sooke, don’t look at me with those bedroom eyes

Sooke BC Homes Woodland CreekLocated just 45 minutes from downtown Victoria  and only 20 minutes to City of Langford the new service and shopping hub of Victoria, it’s no wonder why Sooke has earned a rep as one of Southern Vancouver Island’s more popular bedroom communities..

And when you compare the average price of a single family home in Sooke ($395,120) to this region’s other nearby commuter towns, such as Colwood ($445,610), Sidney ($506,944), Langford ($524,059), Metchosin ($570,000), it’s easy to see why Sooke reigns as bedroom-community-king.

But wait just a second before you grab those furry bunny slippers – Sooke has so much more than just great real estate prices and accessibility. Sticking out like a pea hidden in a pile of commuter-town mattresses, the town of Sooke thrives with plenty of outdoor adventure opportunities (everything from biking to hiking and beachcombing), an active arts scene, a number of world class restaurants and cafés and more. In fact, Sooke has a lifestyle that’s more akin to spunky than sleepy.

So what’re you waiting for? Head to Sooke to find out what we’ve been hiding behind our closed (bedroom) doors for all these years.

Blair and Warren Robertson of Totangi Properties, created the Sooke, BC Real Estate development, Woodland Creek – a community of affordable, new homes for sale that use geo-thermal energy heating. They are unabashed Sooke supporters, tweeting as @woodland_creek with the hashtags, #sooke, #ysookerox and updating fans with Sooke offers and deals at facebook.com/woodlandcreeksookebc.

Cool, Clean, and Green – Summertime in Sooke.

We love summer in Sooke – –  now that it’s here.  With West Coast beaches, fishing, whale watching, kayaking, hiking, and fine food at your doorstep the charming town of Sooke, British Columbia offers a lot. So over the next month I will blog about what I think are some ‘cool things’ to do in Sooke and with our partners in the Sooke community create some neat offers to get you out to experience some real Sooke fun.

We also think it’s cool that the new homes in Woodland Creek are green and conserve energy, but did you know that another great feature of a Geothermal (or Geo Exchange) system is that it Air Conditions the home during warmer months.

Callumwood Lane, the lastest phase of Woodland Creek, offers homes with geothermal heating, air conditioning, and hot water. Woodland Creek is the first neighbourhood in Sooke to offer this energy and cost efficient form of climate control for homes. The result is you live in a better, healthier, and more comfortable environment and at the same time consume less energy, save money, and reduce your carbon foot print.  That’s smart living. (more…)

Crazy for ceramics? Watercolours make you woozy?

Woodland Creek gives away tickets to Sooke Fine Arts Show

Boy, do we have a contest for you.

For art lovers, the arrival of summer means more than 80 SPF, barbeques and board shorts – it’s a season chockfull of art shows, festivals and celebrations!

And to kick off this season of art appreciation, our team here at Woodland Creek is holding three separate contests with awesome prizes that’ll make art lovers of degrees weak at the knees.

From winning tickets to preview the Sooke Fine Arts Show to an overnight Sooke grand prize getaway at the new Best Western Prestige Oceanfront Resort, it’s time to break out that lucky four-leaf clover, matted rabbit’s foot and upside-down horseshoes!

Retweet to win a pair of tickets to the Purchasers’ Preview of the Sooke Fine Arts Show

Can’t wait for the Sooke Fine Arts Show? Well now you don’t have to – enter our Twitter-based contest to win one of five pairs of tickets to the exclusive Sooke Fine Arts Show Purchasers’ Preview event on Thursday, July 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. Join a group of art lovers, enjoy an evening of music, delicious appies and fine wines and get the first peek at the show that celebrates Vancouver Island and Gulf Island artists.

To enter: from now until Tuesday, July 12, retweet any @Woodland_Creek messages containing the hashtag #sooke1. Only one entry per Twitter user, winners will be picked by randomized draw and announced July 13. Each prize is valued at $50.
This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our lucky tweeters!

Fill out a Facebook entry form to win a pair of tickets to the Sooke Fine Arts Show

Want to check out some of the stunning works from this region’s top artists? The Sooke Fine Arts Show, held at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex in Sooke from July 23 to Aug. 1, is an awesome showcase of emerging and well-known artists from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Enter our Facebook-based contest to win one of five pairs of tickets to see the show! For more information about this event, visit http://www.sookefinearts.com/ticket-info.php.

To enter: from now until Monday, July 18, Like our Woodland Creek Facebook page and fill out the contest form for a chance to win a pass (for two people!) to the Sooke Fine Arts Show. By randomized draw, we’ll pick (and announce) the winner on July 19. Each prize is valued at $16.
This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our lucky Woodland Creek Facebook friends! Enjoy the show.

Visit our Woodland Creek show home to win a doozey of a grand prize

Win the ultimate Sooke getaway package with our Sooke Fine Arts Show Grand Prize giveaway – an overnight stay at the beautiful Prestige Oceanfront Resort and a $100 dining gift certificate at Markus’ Wharfside Restaurant overlooking the Sooke Harbour. This grand prize will make your summer a whole lot sweeter!

To enter: During the Sooke Fine Arts Show from July 23 until July 31st , visit our Woodland Creek show home (6580 Callumwood Lane, Sooke) to get your ballot and enter to win.

The winner for the Sooke Fine Arts Grand Prize will be drawn on Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. at the Sooke Fine Arts Show. This prize is valued at $600.

Good luck to all our contest entrants!

Blair

PS: prize must be accepted as offered, no cash value…

Woodland Creek is a planned community of stylish affordable new houses in Sooke, BC. We know you’ll love our small town charm, home designs and the fact that our homes are heated with inexpensive geo-thermal heating to keep you cosy with your art work. Come for the Sooke Fine Arts show and stay for the Sooke westcoast living.

Sooke: a place where even Indiana Jones wouldn’t get bored.

Things to do in Sooke

From breaking out the hooks, lines and sinkers to strapping on a lifejacket and exploring the Pacific Ocean’s whales, Sooke, BC has just about everything you want when it comes to adventuring.

I’ve counted down my Top Four Sooke adventures below (it’s really my wife’s Top Four, as she loves to get me out of the house). And there’s always room for more. Let me know some of your faves: post me a comment here on this blog, or on the Woodland Creek Facebook page or tweet me on Twitter @Woodland_Creek!

4. Diving into Sooke Potholes.

As the only potholes that don’t make me curse, a visit to Sooke Potholes is an awesome trek into BC’s beautiful backyard. Explore the nearby wooded trails before taking a dip in the cool, clean natural pools. Make it a day and pack up the family and a picnic lunch.

3. Having a whale of a time with Sooke Coastal Explorations.

As a family-owned company that focuses on respecting the environment, I have a whale of a time with Sooke Coastal Explorations. Jump aboard the 12-passenger Zodiac and head out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Southern Vancouver Island’s dramatic, windswept coastline. We just might encounter killer whales, porpoises, humpback whales and more.

2. Making up some good ole’ fish tales.

Grab that tackle kit and join Sooke Fishing Adventures – hop aboard a scheduled charter or head out with the family or some buddies. We’re lucky enough to have a great, year-round fishing season here in Sooke, with our local waters packed with pink salmon, silvers, halibut and more.

1. Hiking with a llama… and a sandwich.

Yes, you read that right. Where else but Sooke can you harness up a llama and take it on a three-hour trek through thick forests en route to the beautiful Pacific Ocean? Once you reach your destination, pull out your lunch from your very own llama-pack (think: large fanny pack) and chow down (don’t forget to triple saran wrap your PB&J beforehand – I heard llama sweat isn’t that tasty).

All the best,

Blair

Blair and Warren Robertson of Totangi Properties, created the Sooke, BC Real Estate development, Woodland Creek – a community of affordable, new homes for sale that use geo-thermal energy heating. They are unabashed Sooke supporters, tweeting as @woodland_creek with the hashtags, #sooke, #ysookerox and updating fans with Sooke offers and deals at facebook.com/woodlandcreeksookebc.

Photograph from www.sookepotholes.com courtesy Natalie Harvey