When people look at homes for sale online who do not know the local area, it makes it very difficult for them to picture where the home is relative to other neighbourhoods and amenities. This is especially true for the City of Courtenay, a small city of nearly 24,000 people spread across a fairly wide area in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Courtenay real estate listings account for the majority of the real estate market.
The downtown core
of Courtenay began in the 5th street area but now many people view Cliffe Avenue as more representative of the new downtown with all of its shops, malls, and big box stores. This area of the city surrounds the area where it all began in the 1880s.
Over the years as Courtenay developed from a townsite into a city and began to grow and expand in all directions, the Courtenay River survived as a prominent a dividing line between Courtenay City and Courtenay East. This short river runs along the downtown area and it stretches from the Comox Harbour to the south to the confluence of the Puntledge and Tsolum rivers to the north. The Courtenay Riverway Heritage Walkway runs along its Western bank from the south end of the City to the original downtown area. The following short video is taken of the Courtenay waterfront.
Even though the downtown part of the city to the west of the Courtenay River is still vibrant, it is not the most popular area for many people who are new to the area and who purchase homes. Courtenay East has become the suburb of choice for many newcomers to the valley. There are any number of reasons for this that include better weather, proximity to the airport, and newer shopping malls and big box stores. This part of the city even boasts the newest Tim Horton coffee shop in the area along with Home Depot, Costco, and a new modern hospital now being built.
Homes in this part of the city are located mainly at the top of the hill that overlooks the downtown and eastward towards the Eastern part of the Comox Peninsula. In addition, Courtenay East borders the nearby Town of Comox, another popular area for home purchases by newcomers to the valley.
Some of the more popular neighbourhoods in Courtenay East include Aberdeen Heights, Valley View Estates, Crown Isle, Mission Ridge and Mission Hill. There are, of course, other areas as well sprinkled throughout this part of Courtenay. The following video This video is just over 1 1/2 minutes. It focuses on the Mission Road area of Courtenay East and starts in the Eldeberry and Huckleberry neighbourhood located off of Lerwick past North Island College and Home Depot. The drive then proceeds down Mission Road.
There is, of course, much more to Courtenay East than what can be presented on a couple of 2 minute videos. Want to know more about this area? Contact Brett to welcome you to this fantastic part of Canada as your guide and real estate agent