For an expert look at the benefits of community living, we sat down with Jody Curnow of The Cottages on Osoyoos Lake. The Cottages recently released their last hillside view lots and with home prices ranging from $517,900 to over $1.4 million making The Cottages Okanagan’s most affordable waterfront community. Jody not only helps future homeowners find the perfect lot for their new home, she is also a homeowner at The Cottages as well!
CANADIAN HOME TRENDS WHAT IS COMMUNITY LIVING?
JODY CURNOW Community living is a fairly broad term used to describe a variety of living arrangements but the one thing they all have in common is that they are based on the idea of a shared lifestyle and amenities. The Cottages is a gated community, designed to be the perfect mix of detached living and community living. Homeowners live in private, detached homes but enjoy a wide variety of shared amenities and community social events.
CHT WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST DRAW WHEN IT COMES TO COMMUNITY LIVING?
JC Community living offers the perfect mix of privacy and access to amenities. The Cottages is a gated community that offers its homeowners access to a private beach and marina, two pools and two hot tubs, a 7,000 square foot community center, a fully equipped exercise room as well as lush lawns and play areas that are maintained for you. These amenities are all located within the gated community. They offer a much quieter and more private environment than public facilities would, but they are maintained by the community staff, allowing you to simply enjoy them without the stress of maintenance and upkeep.
CHT WHAT SHOULD HOMEOWNERS CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A COMMUNITY?
JC While the amenities and lifestyle of the community itself are key to choosing the right community, you should also consider the local area and what is available there in terms of shopping, health care, schools and entertainment. The Cottages feel like a private getaway and yet it is just minutes away from shops, schools, health care, hiking and biking trails, golf courses, snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, a world class motor sport track, restaurants and wineries. Community members have easy access both to a variety of fun experiences but also to daily necessities like groceries or health care. These are important things to consider to ensure you can enjoy your new home without concern or inconvenience.