Tranquille (Padova) Real Estate Development, Kamloops

Tranquille, also known as Padova is located at the eastern bay of Kamloops Lake. It is a beautiful piece of real estate that has been sitting vacant and overgrown for numerous years and it’s future has often been questioned. Recently the Kamloops This Week reported that plans are in the works to develop this site. I have included the article written by Melissa Lampman below detailing those plans.

After years uninhabited, worn and dilapidated buildings and mounds of overgrown vegetation are the only things still visible on the site of the historic Tranquille Sanatarium. But looking through the eyes of the property’s owners, it’s the beginning of what will one day be an extraordinary agrarian resort town.

BC wilderness Tours, owner of the property since 2000, shared it’s vision  this week. Estimated at $1 billion by completion, Tranquille on the Lake will be built around a 300-acre farm and feature eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyles. “We want to develop it into something we have never seen in the past,” said Tim McLeod, the company’s development manager. “We think it’s world class, we think it’s unusual and it’s in Kamloops.”

After getting the nod from the City of Kamloops, the plan is to design an entire town of about 4,000 people around a state-of-the-art organic farm, including greenhouses and a vineyard. The town will include lake shore pathway systems, a public beach, a marina, a five-star hotel and a mix of single and multi-family housing that’s affordable for most people.

“It’s not going to be gated. It’s not for the rich and famous – it’s for Kamloops,” McLeod said. The plan includes construction of 1,200 to 1,800 units at an average of 1,000 square feet, each designed so that 80 per cent of the sites remain as green space. In designing the town, the developers plan to use healthy building practices, such as recycled and energy-efficient materials, as well as incorporating solar and geothermal technologies. “It will take about 15 years to build entirely,” he said. “But we’re doing it for the love of healthy and healthy living.”

However, there are many inherent challenges – and Phase I is expected to cost about $100 million. Among the priorities is building a new water-supply pipeline, getting rid of the $1.5 million worth of asbestos, eliminating all lead paint and dismantling most of the existing site.

McLeod said the developers will restore and reuse as much of the original buildings and infrastructure as possible, including the old fire house and some of the cottages as well as fully restoring the sunken gardens and cemetery. “It’s going to take $5 to $6 million to take the town apart,” he said, adding they will be working with the historic society. “We’ve got quite a complex site…but we’ll be retaining it’s history and preserving it as we move forward.”

Phase I is slated to begin in the spring with other developments getting underway in 2010.

More information can be found here: Tranquille on the lake

Open House Weekend: February 28 & March 1, Kamloops Real Estate

Open houses this weekend will be in Aberdeen, North and South Kamloops and Westsyde.

Saturday, February 28th: 1073 Selkirk Ave, North Kamloops: 11:30-1:00

1073 Selkirk Ave, North Kamloops home for sale3 bedroom rancher in North Kamloops. Large kitchen with eating nook. Numerous updates include furnace, central air, windows, siding, hot water tank, paint, newer floors and updated bathroom to name a few. Fully fenced on a corner lot. $259,900

Saturday, February 28th: 105 Chestnut Ave, North Kamloops: 1:30-2:30

103 Chestnut Ave, North Kamloops3+2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms. Lovely property adapted with innovation by DW Builders ideal for your family dream home. Bkyd is charmingly landscaped w/grape vines, gardens, fruit trees & cedar shed. Brand new furnace, C/air, 2 gas F/P’s, jacuzzi tub & newer laminate for all the comforts of easy maint living. $319,900

Saturday, February 28th: 693 St. Paul Street, South Kamloops: 3:00-4:00

693 St Paul Street, South Kamloops2+1 bedroom, 1 bathroom Bungalow. One of the cheapest single family homes in the area. Den and bedroom in the basement. Bring your updating ideas. $214,900


 Sunday, March 1st: 2410 Abbeyglen Way, Aberdeen: 12:00-1:30

2410 Abbeyglen Way AberdeenLarge, fully finished basement entry in Aberdeen home with 5 bedrooms, den & 3 full bathrooms. Living room, family room and formal dining room on the main floor. Fenced yard. 2 gas fireplaces, central air, central vac & underground sprinklers. $398,000

 Sunday, March 1st: 755 Garnet Road, Westsyde: 2:00-3:30

755 Garnet Road, Westsyde2+2 bedroom, 2 bathroom single family home in Westsyde. Updated throughout including new kitchen. Sits on a large lot that could be subdivided. $349,900



For up to date Kamloops and surrounding area home real estate listings click here.

Featured Property: 1969 Kechika Street, Juniper Heights, Kamloops

1969 Kechika Juniper Heights Home For Sale

Juniper Heights or Juniper Ridge is a community located 10 minutes south east of the Kamloops downtown core and sits above Valleyview. Juniper Heights is a great family community Kechika Juniper Ridge Kitchenwhere children of all ages can keep busy with outdoor activities. There are no stores in Juniper, but there are plans in the works to develop a small commercial area.Kechika Juniper Ridge Back Yard

This Juniper Heights home is located in Juniper West. 3,100 square feet in size, and is beautiful inside and out. This three bedroom bungalow has two dens and three full bathrooms. There is a fully Juniper Ridge/Heights Home For Salefinished basement with a rec room, games room, den, bedroom and utility room. This property also has a two car garage with concrete driveway, fully fenced yard with exposed aggregate patio, central air conditioning and underground sprinklers. Priced at $489,900, this property is well priced and won’t last long. Many comparable homes in this area are listed for well over $500,000. Call me anytime to view this beautiful home.

To view other Juniper Ridge listings click here.

Should You Sell Or Rent Your Kamloops Home?

Many home owners today in Kamloops are wondering whether they should sell or rent. Homes are on the market for a longer period of time. More homes listings are expiring and many homeowners are getting frustrated with the recent decline in Kamloops real estate prices. I have heard numerous times in the past few months “I am going to rent my home for a year and sell it at a later time”. This plan works in theory, but when you dig deeper the rate of return on capital makes keeping the property a poor investment depending on the numbers.

Capitalization rate is a measure of the ratio between the net operating income produced by an asset (real estate) and its capital cost (the original price paid to buy that real estate) or alternatively its current market value. I have found a capitalization rate calculator that indicates “Rent” or “Sell” once you input the numbers for your property. This calculator makes the decision very straight forward. Unless you are receiving around a 5.7% rate of return, holding on to a property and renting it is not beneficial to you according to this calculation.

Click here to try the Rent or Sell calculator.

Sun Peaks, Whitecroft, Kamloops, B.C. Real Estate

For up to date Kamloops real estate information and listings click here.
Sun Peaks Village, Kamloops, BC

Sun Peaks Village, Kamloops, B.C.

Sun Peaks Village, Kamloops, BCSun Peaks is Canada’s second largest four season resort. Located 4.5 hours from Vancouver and 45 minutes north east of Kamloops. Sun Peaks is perfect for the whole family. There are a number of flights to Kamloops airport in the winter Sun Peaks Golf Course Kamloopsfrom Vancouver, Seattle and Calgary with shuttles from the airport to the mountain. There is 3,678 acres of diverse terrain, with 122 runs on three mountains. Sun Peaks has a small ski through village with numerous retailers, hotels and restaurants. Sun Peaks is known for it’s dry powder snow that is easy to ski. For people who don’t ski or snowboard, there are other activities to enjoy such as snowshoeing, dog sled rides, ice skating, snowmobile rides and snow tubing.

During the summer months there are many events and activities for the whole family. Mountain biking is very popular at Sun Peaks during the summer. Other summer activities include hiking, golfing, horseback riding, bungee trampoline, canoeing and kayaking, trail rides, tennis and swimming.

Sun Peaks visitors have a lot of choices when it comes to accommodations. From rental chalets and homes to hotel rooms, there is something for everyone. Real estate in Sun Peaks is very affordable Sun Peaks View From Slope, Kamloops Sun Peaks Chalet, Kamloops Real Estatein comparison to other ski resorts in British Columbia. Lots, apartments, townhouses and chalets are all available for every buyer on any budget. Many homes have  ski-in, ski-out convenience. Large exclusive homes are located just outside the village with varying lot sizes.

Whitecroft is a small neighbourhood that sits at the foot of the mountain. Upper Louis Creek Road, Cahilty Crescent, Cahilty Place and McGillivaray Creek Road make up the small community of Whitecroft. Whitecroft Home for SaleWhitecroft is part of the area known as Heffley. Many people that are interested in Sun Peaks real estate, but choose to be out of the village area choose to look at real estate options in Whitecroft. The homes in this area are more affordable with more square footage in comparison to the homes in Sun Peaks. It is a five to ten minute drive from Whitecroft to the hills of Sun Peaks.

Sun Peaks is still a relatively small development in comparison to other resorts. This is why it is very popular with families. A lot of people are staying away from larger resort towns because of the large crowds and long waits for ski lifts, restaurants and other amenities.
Click here to view Sun Peaks MLS listings.

Barnhartvale, Kamloops, B.C. Real Estate

5833 Todd Road Aeral photo Kamloops BarnhartvaleBarnhartvale is a beautiful area perched above Dallas and the Thompson River Valley. Barnhartvale is 15 minutes south east of the Kamloops downtown core. The views from many Barnhartvale homes are amazing.1055 Wildwood Drive, Barnhartvale, Kamloops Home for Sale

Properties & Real Estate

Barnhartvale mainly has a mix of single family homes, ranches, farms and acreages.

There are not any multi-family residential units in this area. The single family homes vary in size and style. The main road that runs through Barnhartvale is Barnhartvale Road. Pratt Road and Todd Road run through the western portion of Barnhartvale where more of the residential homes on smaller lots are located.

Barnhartvale Road is the main feeder road for most of the acreages, farms and riding stables in the Barnhartvale area. Real estate in this region varies a lot because of the terrain. Some areas of Barnhartvale sit in flat valleys and open fields, while other areas are up high on steep hills and sometimes cliffs. The view that many home owners have from their properties in Barnhartvale is priceless.

The main residential area of Barnhartvale runs along Todd Road. Most homes in the area are on lots ranging from 0.15 of an acre to over a half acre. There are a few small acreages scattered among the residential area of Barnhartvale. Click here for a map of the main residential region of Barnhartvale.

Most of the executive homes are located in the furthest West area of Barnhartvale on Uplands Court, Uplands Drive and Woodland Court. This area also has been a region that has seen some new homes come in with the last home being completed in 2015.

4900 uplans drive view deck barnhartvale home house sale real estate kamloops mls listings


There is a region of Barnhartvale that has a number of modular, single level homes. Klahanie Drive, Freda Avenue and Shelly Drive are the three streets where you will find these homes. These homes sit on lots often a little smaller than a quarter acre, have beautiful views and nice yards. Due to their location the City of Kamloops does not allow owners to dig any foundations due to the type of ground they sit on. This is why there are predominantly modular homes in this region.

Todd Road has a few acreages that house properties with horses and animals. The nice thing about the Todd Road acreage properties is they are on city services such as water, sewer and garbage collection.

Pratt Road, Blundell Place and Erin Valley Crescent intersect with Todd Road. There are a number of small acreages along these streets that range in size but are often under 10 acres. There are a number of hobby farms and properties with large workshops in this area due to the property size. These homes benefit from some city services but all depends on their location along the route.

Homes that you find along Meadowland Crescent North and South are also larger residential parcels or small acreages. The nice thing about this area is the school and public transportation is within a couple minutes walk.

To view Barnhartvale homes for sale click here.

Shopping & Services

Barnhartvale Kamloops Property for SaleThere is a small grocery store in Barnhartvale. The newes shopping is now located at the foot of Todd Road on Dallas Drive. There is a grocery store, liquor store (located in the Petro Gas Station), a Subway Restaurant and a Dollar Store. Tumbleweeds Pub/Restaurant is also located in Dallas on Dallas Drive at Bogetti Road.

The next closest shopping is in Valleyview, a five to ten minute drive. It has a few stores such as Coopers and Shoppers Drug Mart.

The larger box stores and major shopping areas are located approximately 12 to 17 minutes from Barnhartvale, in Southgate, Sahali and Aberdeen.


Robert L. Clemitson Elementary School services all the elementary aged children in this community. It is centrally located on Todd Road making it walking distance from many residential areas of Barnhartvale. Secondary students attend Valleyview Secondary School.


Barnhartvale is surrounded by nature and there are many trails for hiking and biking in the area. Due to the number of acreages and farms people also enjoy trail riding on horseback. There are not any recreation facilities in the area. The closest would be the Tournament Capital Centre in Sahali/Southgate at Thompson Rivers University or the YM/YWCA in Downtown Kamloops. There are many playgrounds in the Barnhartvale area and there is also tennis courts on Todd Road.


Barnhartvale is serviced by BC Transit busses on a regular schedule. Click here to view the BC Transit website.

Highway #1 is easily accessible to Barnhartvale as it runs parallel to Dallas Drive. From most residential areas of Barnhartvale the highway access is a five minute drive.

The Kamloops airport is approximately 30 to 35 minute drive from Barnhartvale or about 28 kilometers north west.

To view current listings for the Barnhartvale area click here.

To read more about other neighbourhoods click the link below:

Aberdeen                                          Barnhartvale                          Batchelor Heights

Brocklehurst                                    Campbell Creek                      Dallas

Deloro/South Thompson Valley      Cherry Creek                       Dufferin/Southgate

Heffley                                                Knutsford                               Juniper Heights

North Kamloops                           Paul Lake/Pinantan Lake        Pineview

Pritchard                                            Rayleigh                                  Sahali

South Kamloops/Downtown         Sun Rivers                               Sun Peaks/Whitecroft

Valleyview/Rose Hill                      Westmount                             Westsyde

Surrounding Communities

Barriere                                        Mclure/Vinsula                         Savona/Tobiano

Open House Weekend: February 21 & 22, Kamloops Real Estate

For up to date Kamloops and surrounding area home real estate listings click here.

Open houses this weekend are in Brocklehurst, North Kamloops and Westsyde.

Saturday, February 21st: 755 Garnet Road, Westsyde: 12-1

755 Garnet Road, Westsyde, Kamloops 2+2 bedroom, 2 bathroom single family home in Westsyde. Updated throughout including new kitchen. Sits on a large lot that could be subdivided. $349,900



Saturday, February 21st: 891 Rue Chez Nous, Westsyde: 1:30-2:30

Rue Chez Nous, home for sale4+2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with a 2 bedroom suite. Beautiful views of the Thompson River. Vaulted ceilings, centre brick fireplace. 3,800 square foot home. $439,900




Sunday, February 22nd: 1656 Spartan Place, Brocklehurst: 1:30-2:30

Spartin Place, Brocklehurst, Kamloops Half duplex in a cul-de-sac. 2+2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, fenced yard, numerous updates including kitchen and bathroom. Home has central air and all 4 appliances included. $239,900

The City Of Kamloops Is Finding Ways To Keep Home Owners Moving On Renovations

Kamloops Home Renovations“Getting Down To Business. Mayor and business groups continue meeting to find ways to keep the city moving.”  Written by Jeremy Deutsch of The Kamloops Daily News.  Here is a portion of the story about home renovations and the changes Kamloops City Permits Office has made to the approval process.

A second meeting of the business minds in Kamloops has led to changes in the city’s permit process. The city is working to shorten the time it takes to hand out a permit for small interior renovations to one day. In a typical renovation situation, the applicant submits the appropriate forms, but it can take up to a week to get approval by the time the building department looks at the site.

Under the new system. The applicant will go to the city with a detailed plan for the renovations An inspector will go through the plan then give it an initial OK. The renovations can begin immediately, with a building inspector giving the final OK after inspecting the site once the work is done.

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) Central Interior saw the delay as a major issue for it’s members, saying that a lot of people get discouraged from taking on renovations when they have to wait for approval.  They suggested the longer the wait, the greater the prospect of the builder losing a job.

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