You’ve seen the headlines. Housing affordability is further out of reach than ever before. That sounds grand for the slim few taking advantage of this ‘buyer’s market’. However, it doesn’t fair well for the larger majority, who are qualified, and eager to secure a piece of the ownership pie. In a delicate attempt to re-balance the market, BC has introduced a few new laws every house hunter should understand. We’ve got you covered. Navigate ‘The Big BC 3’ to make home ownership work for you with a few easy tips.Read More
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It would be hard to deny the beauty that is B.C., with its gorgeous scenic backdrops from every angle, a season for every lifestyle, and the delightful urban perks. Joining the long list of the province’s most vibrant communities is a hidden gem that for more reasons than one is sure to be the next place you’ll want to call home.
1) MODERN BEACH HOUSE CHARACTER| Our townhomes are a balance of contemporary and modern design. Distinct geometric constructs including staggered elevations, clean architectural lines and a blend of natural and non-traditional materials invite functionality with a touch of coastal flair.
2) BRINGING THE OUTDOORS, INSIDE | An expansive open concept featuring oversized windows throughout invite the natural warmth of the outdoors inside, met with neutral tones, smooth surfaces, and sleek hardware accents.
3) PRIVATE ROOFTOP PATIOS WITH A VIEW | The extended 600 square foot space brings the finest of indoor living comforts outside to suit every occasion and season. With upgrades such as a hot tub, bbq, and kitchen you’ll find yourself on your very own private rooftop patio enjoying early mornings with a cup of coffee in hand, and sunsets entertaining guests while enjoying the stunning views of Wood Lake and the Okanagan Valley mountains in the distance.
4) ADVENTURE & CONVENIENCE|The Landing is an oasis nestled between small-town adventure and big city conveniences. Residents can enjoy the inspiring scenery of the local beaches and parks, and The Okanagan Rail Trail, mere steps away, in addition to shopping, dining, and entertainment in Lake Country’s busy city center.
5) A TOUCH OF LUXURY | Putting a personal mark on style and function of your dwelling is what truly makes it a home. Select from a custom range of high-end finishes and tailored upgrades to satisfy your lifestyle and tastes.Read More
In the last few years, Lake Country has progressed into a vibrant community that’s full of life.
With the area being exempt from the proposed speculation tax in B.C., this fast-growing region has peaked developers’ interests.
“The experience and expertise that Troika Developments and CorWest builders bring to the table will give our buyers peace of mind knowing that they have purchased a quality home from a reputable and trustworthy developer,” says Calvin Lechner, Director of Sales and Marketing at Troika.
The Landing, which is located at the southern end of Wood Lake, will feature 25 two- and three-bedroom townhomes with rooftop terraces. Introductory pricing will start in the low to mid $500,000s.
Full the full article, click here.
1,200 children will be receiving meals this Christmas thanks to the efforts of iheartradio’s Stuff A Bus event.
$450,000 worth of food and donations were gathered in 2 days as the Central Okanagan pooled their efforts. Our team was also there to support the cause. Troika’s construction team CorWest put forth their best and pitched in on the 600 turkeys.
“A little food, a little cash, a little love for those that need a little help.”
“Mike and I had an opportunity to represent all the staff in the TRIBE by stuffing the bus on Saturday…” said Ray Wynsouw CHP. “We at CorWest Builders and Troika Developments are passionate about building communities. We are equally as passionate about helping those in the community.”
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–Celebrate Date Night for a Great Cause This Weekend – Mission Hill’s Festival of Trees
BC Children’s Hospital takes the spotlight for the second year in a row at Mission Hill Estate Winery’s ‘Festival of Trees’. Starting Nov. 23 and running until January 4th, you will have a chance to experience “professional” tree design and maybe steal some ideas for yourself. Each tree has its own theme, lending itself to the expression of each philanthropist.
Votes are represented by the total donations earned by each piece and are tallied at the end of the event. The totals are then donated to the BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital, meaning that you will be in the company of others who are just as much about the advancement of our medical facilities.
Troika’s own in-house interior designer Dalaun Klaasen has been brought on to consult for a local submission by Audrey Houghton of Remax.
We sat down with Dalaun to learn more about the inspiration behind this piece.
“I wanted to do something different”
Dalaun and Audrey wanted the decorative collaboration to celebrate a specific experience. One that you might remember, that of being a child, waking up to cocoa on Christmas morning.
“I knew the piece had to take advantage of its place within the winery; it needed to showcase a bit of glamour and instill in the viewer a touch of nostalgia”.
This meant that the “Nut-Cracker Prince” tree-topper was important, but that’s not all you’ll notice. The antique french doors seem like they are part of the tree and not just an accessory. However, this was not only a nod to heritage. It celebrates the prestige that Mission-Hill has garnered for itself by pairing these features with the feathers of a peacock. “It’s like your looking through your own window at our gorgeous valley”. The painting behind the piece will pull you right into the living room that a tree decorated with this much love just has to occupy.
Pairing these with the hand-carved childhood alphabet blocks and antique candy canes was important aswell. These minor details will push you towards those cosy feeling you get thinking of a simpler time.
Interested in learning more?
Visit Mission Hill to view more of these West Kelowna Christmas Tree submissions! There will be hot cocoa for the kids and adult beverages available.
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Under the leadership of Renee Wasylyk, Troika Developments has proven once again that community will always come ahead of business.
It was a late evening in September when Lake Country residents would learn the fate of Wood Lake project at the final city council meeting. Attendees who urged for a considerate development were pleased to find that The Landing, initially slated with an allowable density of 45 units, would be comprised of a relaxed 25 unit design instead. The updated plans called for extra green space in the community and a building height kept to a moderate three stories, preserving the nature and integrity of its surroundings.
Read more about the project from Kelowna’s Capital News.
Here at Troika, we wanted to reflect on what it means to be Canadian and how that informs our values. We came up with some answers that really spoke to us and we wanted to share them with you!
To be Canadian is to be Tolerant
Canada is a gorgeous, beautiful place to be. But Canadians have had to band together for a common goal to accomplish great things. Hence, our capacity to “stand on guard for thee” is in large part bound by how well we can stand together. Furthermore, multi-culturalism and freedoms of association, religion, and thought are engraved in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Therefore we stand for the values of tolerance and embracing diversity.
To be Canadian is to be Kind
A nation is shaped by the character of its residents. Kindness is an ideal that has defined the self-perception of Canadians for generations. We are consistently stereotyped as polite and kind, but we have to continue to maintain it as more than an empty stereotype but as a genuine truth.
To be Canadian is to be Resilient
Canadians have always overcome the obstacles in their way to being the nation it is today. From fighting at Vimy Ridge to building the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canada’s collective resilience prevailed over obstacles. Now we have to continue to build on this ideal and create a better Canada and a better world it was than when we came into it.
To be Canadian is to be Resourceful
Speaking of resilience, another quality that goes hand-in-hand with that is resourcefulness. We here at Troika are always trying to be resourceful and innovative, and we think this is a uniquely Canadian quality that helps define who we are.
So to conclude, it’s important for us to reflect on the positive traits that have defined us and attempt to pass those traits on to our successors. This Canada Day, think about what you define those traits as. This is just our interpretation!
Today immediately following National Aboriginal Day we here at Troika wanted to do a post showcasing the local Aboriginal community. The Westbank First Nation was first recognized in 1963 and the community became self-governing in 2005. The properties we develop at West Harbour aren’t actually ours; they’re the property of the Westbank First Nation, which is part of the Sylix Nation.
We at Troika and West Harbour are grateful to the Westbank First Nation for leasing us the land upon which we build and being a partner throughout. So today on National Aboriginal Day Troika is proud to honor the history, present, and future of the Westbank First Nation. We appreciate the generosity of the Westbank First Nation in allowing us to sit down with Westbank Chief Roxanne Lindley. In our time together, she spoke powerfully and authentically about the Westbank First Nation Band’s challenges, solutions, progress, and what we can do as developers to ensure a satisfying outcome for all.
When we sat down with Chief Lindley, we started by discussing some of the challenges her band faces. She was deeply concerned about the impact of drugs and crime on her community. Although the land is urbanizing, she believed in the need for her band to preserve the values and heritage that had been passed down.
“But I think us being so urbanized, I would look at and say that brings a bit of a difficulty because when you want to do language and cultural lessons and you want to do community stuff it’s really difficult to compete with Orchard Park Mall and the theatres and the shops and stuff like that. So I think with us… The city provides so many wonderful things. But there’s also things that large cities provide that aren’t so wonderful like the drugs, the gangs, etc. Especially our youngers ones… Going over, taking the bus over and having such close access to some unhealthy things.”
Chief Lindley was upbeat and optimistic about the possibility of overcoming those obstacles through outreach and collaboration. She laid out for us a vision of continuing to collaborate with the city, the RCMP, and neighbouring bands to combat these issues and reach out to at-risk individuals through counselling and activities.
“The chiefs will be meeting first week of July and we’re looking at having a very difficult discussion about drugs and the impact of drugs and working with RCMP and bringing together all of these organizations to ensure that we have safe communities.”
“We’re worried if we have a drug problem, we need counsellors, we need male and female counsellors, we need outreach workers. So we’ve gone through some of those discussions and we have the staff in place to take care of all of those social needs. We’ve recently opened our youth centre. It’s a 8 million dollar building we’ve got staff in there we’ve got young people in there, and the idea is to capture them, take them in, embrace them, and give them activities that will give them strength, will give them guidance, will give them clarity for what’s to come down the road. We will be opening a skateboard park right besides the youth centre. So there’s been a lot of activities that the past council and this council have undertaken where the focus is really about community and community development and I’m very proud of that.”
During our time with her, Chief Lindley also took time to reflect about where we’ve been, and the progress we’ve made. She highlighted the area of education in particular as a major point of emphasis and progress over the course of her time with the Westbank First Nation, working on Aboriginal issues. Additionally, she wanted to raise awareness of how open to collaboration the Westbank First Nation is.
“What I really like people to know is this council really believes in partnerships. We believe in collaboration, we believe in going forward together, we believe in giving our kids the best of the best.”
“For example, in our community schools, we’re going through renovations, we’re going through additions, and we want to increase the size of our community schools so we can have more classrooms, more grades, more language, more cultural activity. So education for us and I believe I could say that for this whole council is really quite critical and ensuring that we have partnerships. When I was young and in school we had nobody there to be a liasion between myself and my parents and the school. That was like a long time ago, but where we are now, we have advocates, we’ve gotten an Aboriginal Education Committee where we sit together as First Nations people, we sit together as politicians, and we talk about what can we do that’s best for our children.”
“Look I know that Westbank is often seen as being very progressive which we are, we’ve got one of the best self-government agreements in the country, we’re very proud of that, so now it’s time to look at, focus on, and nurture our children and their education and support.“
What can we do
To conclude our Aboriginal Day piece, when asked about how we as developers can honour the Westbank First Nation when we develop, Chief Lindley again echoes the need for collaboration at each stage of the building process, citing the Bridge Hill as an example.
“We have people that can come in and deal with some of those really extreme sensitive issues that could perhaps delay development or delay projects such as unearthing our ancestral remains. And we’ve seen that happen with Bridge Hill. When they were doing the bridge, had we not been there on site it would’ve been a very lengthy uncomfortable process but we have all of that infrastructure in place. And I would just like developers and real estate people, before you go in and alter the ground, think about the Heritage Conservation Act, think about the accountability, responsibility, and just remember that we’re here, and we would love to work with any developer or real estate person within our area of interest.”
For more information about the Westbank First Nation and their band, click here, and for more information about the larger Aboriginal Sylix Okanagan nation they’re a part of, click here. For more information about West Harbour and our development on their land, click here, for more information about us here at Troika, click here.
Our partner builders in Edmonton TroiWest organized and completed a trip to the town of Zapata, Mexico located in San Quentin Valley, Baja California. The goal of this trip was to assist them however they could in building homes in the area. The TroiWest team, alongside some exceptional local guides and labourers, ended up successfully completing a home for an underprivileged family and they loved it.
Soccer and Games
But this trip wasn’t only about construction! The TroiWest team also played a couple physically taxing game of soccer with the local children and rented out a fairground for everyone to play in for a day.
Reflections on our Trip
After returning from their trip, TroiWest principal Jesse Wielemaker had this to say:
“There was a lot of effort made to interact with the family and community we were in, I’ll admit this is not something I had been as intentional with on previous trips and I am thankful to have been challenged in this way as it made the experience much more meaningful and memorable, especially the dedication of the home which was an emotional experience for everyone.”
We are all very proud of Jesse and his team for continuing to demonstrate their generous commitment to outreach to those less fortunate than ourselves and then taking those values back home to Edmonton. Indeed, we here at Troika, alongside our partners, believe that our values stretch beyond the borders of wherever we call home and are always open to the opportunity to spread them far and wide.