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Last month we wrote a blog post featuring North Port Alberni, which included its up-and-coming neighbourhoods, amenities and features. Now, we are taking a deeper dive into the beautiful Alberni Inlet, and the features within it!

Port Alberni is a deep port city which lies within the Alberni Valley at the head of the Alberni Inlet,  Vancouver Island's longest inlet. Downtown Port Alberni is situated right on the inlet, nestled in between mountains, including the iconic Mount Aerosmith. This area provides residents beautiful water views, boat slips in their backyard and access to local shops, breweries, restaurants, galleries, and much more.

The Alberni Inlet stretches from the Pacific Ocean inland roughly 40 kilometers to the heart of Port

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It doesn’t need to be prime summer season to enjoy the benefits of a vacation (or living) on a lake! Residents and visitors to Port Alberni’s Sproat Lake know this well. Sproat Lake offers a variety of vacation rentals, year round homes and recreational properties.

This fall, Randi and her daughter Steph tried a Sproat Lake winter mother-daughter getaway… and they loved it! Randi and Steph stayed at Stirling Arm Lakehouse right on Sproat Lake.

The lakehouse offers visitors stunning south exposure on Stirling Arm with 160 degrees of water views. Amenities include: private sun decks, propane fireplaces, pool table and media room, downstairs bar kitchen, hot tub, bbq, sun deck with propane fire pit, four grass terraces and large dock with a

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When buyers are looking to purchase a home, they are looking at more than what appliances are in the kitchen, or how much storage space there is – perhaps you’ve heard it before; location, location, location!

As well as purchasing the actual home, home buyers are buying a lifestyle; which is greatly influenced by the entire neighbourhood. For this reason, different neighbourhoods attract different types of buyers.     

Port Alberni has a “twin city” status; natural ravines – Rogers Creek and Dry Creek –which break up the city into South Port Alberni and North Port Alberni. Each “city” gives residents unique landscapes, amenities and property types. In the valley, you will also hear people talk about “upper and lower” parts of North and South

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One thing we LOVE about living in Port Alberni? Our vibrant, close-knit community offers residents tons of opportunities to connect and enjoy one another at events, shows, games and more.

This time of year, there’s no need to stay indoors - with countless family-fun activities to choose from, there’s something for everyone here.

From Halloween to the holidays, get outside with your family and friends and be part of the Port Alberni community.

  HALLOWEEN

  • Jeepers Creepers at McLean Mill – a Halloween hit with haunted houses, bonfire, treats, activities and a haunted train (make reservations). Costumes are encouraged! Friday, October 27, 2017-Sunday, October 29, 2017

 (Dave was recently with his kids on their school trip to

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One thing we LOVE about living in Port Alberni? Our vibrant, close-knit community offers residents tons of opportunities to connect and enjoy one another at events, shows, games and more.

This time of year, there’s no need to stay indoors - with countless family-fun activities to choose from, there’s something for everyone here.

From Halloween to the holidays, get outside with your family and friends and be part of the Port Alberni community.

Here is a list of the Port Alberni events that should be on your radar:

 HALLOWEEN

  • Jeepers Creepers at McLean Mill – a Halloween hit with haunted houses, bonfire, treats, activities and a haunted train (make reservations). Costumes are encouraged! Friday, October 27, 2017-Sunday, October 29, 2017
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Renowned as one of the best times to sell your home, the autumn we experience in the Alberni Valley is second to none - making it the ideal time to put your home on the market. Temperatures have cooled from the summer months, and families are back in routine; ready to tackle things they have been putting off during the summer, like beginning their home search!

Here’s why – and how - you should take the autumn advantage and list your Port Alberni or Sproat Lake home this fall.

Buyers mean business

Traditionally, people who are looking for a home in the fall are motivated, qualified, and ready to commit to a sale for the perfect home. They might be looking due to job relocation or another life change that is forcing them to move. They’ll also

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Autumn is the perfect time of year to create that to-do list and tackle home repair projects before the colder, shorter days of winter come. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry! We’ve done half of the work for you (sort of…).

Whether it’s your Port Alberni home you’re preparing for fall - or your Sproat Lake recreational property – we’ve got you covered.

We’ve created your home maintenance checklist so that you can rest easy knowing that your investment is ready for winter. You can even do most of these in an hour or so over your next weekend!

Your Autumn Home Checklist:

Wipe and store outdoor furniture – since the days of sun bathing on the deck are coming to an end, take the time to clean your patio furniture and store it

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Port Alberni, Vancouver Island’s Best Community

“Woah, that’s cool Dad!!!” was the collective agreement from the Koszegi kids around the kitchen table when they saw the CTV clip for the first time.

And, we couldn’t agree more – the talented producers at CTV did an awesome job of highlighting the FUN we have here in Port Alberni!

What started in summer of 2016 as a dream turned into weeks – then months – of planning, preparation, and eventually, filming.

Why?

Having lived here his whole life, Dave has seen our city grow immensely. With the highest income per capita in the 60’s, the future of Port was looking incredibly prosperous… then, a general downturn in the forestry industry in the 80’s resulted in a decline in the local economy.

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Are you getting ready to sell your home? Making sure your home is as ready as you are is an essential part of the selling process. Simple staging tricks will WOW potential buyers and can lead to a quick, profitable sale. Here are our top 5 cost-effective tips to stage your home before you put it on the market.

Alter your mindset

Emotionally detaching yourself from your house can be difficult; especially if it is a place you have lived for a while and have raised kids. Before you invite buyers into your home, remember you need to look at your property from a buyer’s perspective. Ask your real estate agent to do a walk-through of your home with you. They will help you get into this mindset and look at your house from a different POV! Working together,

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Think beyond paint colours and fabrics…

Surely you’ve spent time in a well-considered space, and instantly felt the benefits of an aesthetically pleasing abode – you feel calmer, grounded, and sometimes eveninspired!

That kind of inspiration doesn’t just have to be for high-end homes or catalogues, though. Today’s homeowner can keep it simple and cost-effective by just incorporating even 1-2 of today’s top trends into their space.

Here are a few of our favourites to get you started!

Think Green

Greenery is Pantone’s 2017 Colour of the Year (15-0343) – and it complements our West Coast vibe perfectly! This tangy yellow-green shade plays off our jewel-toned lake and brings a breath of fresh air into our indoor spaces. Pair this hue

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