Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Legendary golfer, Greg Norman, aka The Shark, was on-site in Peachland last Friday to survey his new design and construction progress of the Ponderosa Golf Course. Management executives from Treegroup Developments and members of the Greg Norman Golf Course Design team walked the course in the brisk autumn air. It was a clear day and easy to see some of the spectacular views that the new design will feature, overlooking Lake Okanagan and the waterfront town of Peachland. The site promises terrific views for both golfers and homeowners alike at what many are saying will be the finest Okanagan golf course community.

The golf course construction has been moving along briskly, with completion expected in 2012. Along with the new golf course, road infrastructure for the new home community has been progressing as the Ponderosa village centre and new golf club facility sit adjacent to the new course. Pre-selling of initial real estate including single family and multi-family new homes is expected to begin in 2011. The new homes at Ponderosa in Peachland will be a welcome addition to the Kelowna real estate market as they are expected to provide great value, sustainable features and offer a variety of housing options for different markets including young family buyers, retired empty-nesters and vacation home buyers.

Rising up from the waterfront to Pincushion Mountain, historic Peachland is one of the most desirable locations to live in and purchase Okanagan real estate, graced by amazing views and a close-knit community atmosphere. As part of the town of Peachland, the Ponderosa new home community will capture the style and character of the region in its architecture as well as its culture, embracing a healthy lifestyle and offering year round recreational amenities.

When Greg Norman first visited the Ponderosa site in 2008, he described it as a gem. His team referred to the Peachland region as a combination of Lake Tahoe and Napa. By all recent accounts, Ponderosa promises to be one of the finest golf courses in Canada, and offer the best new home opportunities in Kelowna and Okanagan real estate.

Okanagan celebrating fall grape harvest

Thursday, September 30, 2010
As summer turns to autumn in the Okanagan Valley, vintners from scores of wineries are carefully tending to this year’s harvest of sun drenched grapes. And as wineries gear up to produce this year’s vintage, the valley is preparing for its annual wine harvest celebration.

The Okanagan Fall Wine Festival is the only festival in North America that celebrates the harvest. Now in its 30th year, the festival showcases wine and food from around the valley while paying homage to the agricultural traditions that produce some of the best wines in the world.

Okanagan Valley real estate comes with easy access to more than 120 wineries, hundreds of brands and varieties of wine and four festivals that match the Okanagan seasons.

Fall is harvest time and this year’s festival features 165 events from Vernon to Osoyoos. For 11 days starting September 30, wineries, restaurants and caterers will team up to produce countless pairings of Okanagan wine and fine food.

Individual wineries have their own quaint events, while grand celebrations are held in key locations, featuring selections from many wineries, throughout the festival. From the All You Need is Cheese event on September 30 in Kelowna, to the Grand Finale Consumer Tastings on October 8 and 9 in Penticton, there are major events being held in every city along the valley’s length.

Have you ever wanted to kick off your shoes and socks and squish some grapes between your toes? Check out the grape stomp at the House of Rose Winery. Want to try wine with captivating art? The Evans Gallery and others are holding wine tastings with artist meet and greets.

There’s a nearly endless variety of things to do during the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival. There’s wine and chamber music, or jazz if that’s your thing. You can try wine with chocolate, wine with cheese or wine with just about anything else you can think of. From multi-course dining with Okanagan wines to vineyard tours and sampling after, there is a wide array of things to do during the wine festival.

The Peachland new home community of Ponderosa, is centrally located in wine country, just minutes south of West Kelowna. It’s the perfect place to live, with easy access to scores of wineries and all of the events held during the four annual wine festivals.

Unlike most Okanagan real estate being built today, the Ponderosa community will have its own vineyard and winery – a reminder of the agrarian roots that run deep through Peachland and the Okanagan Valley.

To learn more about the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival and its events, check out www.thewinefestivals.com