Jean and Dennis Wandler’s first view of Sonoma Pines was in 2004. They were sitting on the patio of the golf course enjoying lunch on a perfect Okanagan summer day.
Jean recalls: “We were so impressed with what we saw that we visited the sales centre and picked up some information from salesman Harty Podewils.”
Then a couple of years ago their daughter, who lives in Kelowna, reminded them about Sonoma Pines.
“When we returned to the development we couldn’t believe how nice it was.” Dennis says. “It hadn’t aged a bit. Matter of fact, it was even better than before.”
“And Harty was still there.” Jean says with a smile. “He’s such a professional. There was no pressure with him, no surprises, he encouraged us to take our time and look at other developments.”
Wrapped around the fairways of Two Eagles Golf Course and overlooking the shores of Okanagan Lake, the colourful Sante Fe style development offers single family, multi-level, or innovative one-level townhome options for over 300 residents. Located minutes from the retail hub of West Kelowna and nearby to beaches, wineries, and parks, the development is a quiet oasis within a busy urban centre.
LARGER THAN CONDO LIVING
After living in a small condo in Peachland, relocating to a townhome in Sonoma Pines was an easy decision for both Dennis and Jean. “We wanted to be closer to family and to everything else,” explains Jean. “I work part-time at the mall and with the new bridge it takes me 12 minutes to get to work which is fantastic.”
“I wanted my garage back,” says Dennis. “Plus, quality is really important to me. And we are very pleased with the quality of construction here, it’s second-to-none.” Although they enjoyed living in phase four when phase six opened up they went back to the sales centre and had another conversation with Harty.
Now the sales manager at Sonoma Pines, Harty recommended a new floor plan to the Wandlers.
The Santa Rosa is expansive with 1,242 square feet on the main floor and the unfinished walkout basement plus it has a standard two car garage.
“We wanted a walk-out basement for the grandkids to have room to play in,” Jean explains. “Plus, the view here is incredible and we wanted to improve upon our view.”
Harty showed them a corner lot perched on the southeast slope overlooking both the fairway and the lake with Mission Hill Family Estate Winery towering on the hill above.
“We bought the lot last June and moved in this spring,” says Dennis. “We had only five items on our deficiency list, which is practically unheard of and they were all taken care of immediately.”
Sonoma‘s Newest Neighbourhood – A View to the Good Life
Harty stresses. “Phase six is now sold out, and phases seven and eight are experiencing strong sales. Now is a great opportunity to visit the site and select your view, personalize your interior colours, and start thinking about how you would like to finish your basement. These homes are the Okanagan’s best real estate value starting from $369,900.”
Phase eight offers four different home styles including the Wandler’s Santa Rosa floor plan. It is a popular choice for couples like the Wandlers who have children living nearby who come and bring the grand children for visits.
“Sonoma Pines is the perfect location for couples who still want to have space but not the hassle of maintenance,” admits Harty.
Dennis Wandler doesn’t argue with that.
“I knew when we drove in here six years later and the place still looked like new that my strata fees were being taken care of and wouldn’t be going up any time in the distant future. That means a lot too.”
One-level Townhomes – Apartment Size Living with Street Level Convenience
As successful as phase eight is for the home buyer looking for a bit of space, the apartment sized units that are defined as one-level townhomes in phase seven have practically sold themselves into extinction. Out of the original 18 townhomes available, only four remain.
“These are the perfect alternative for buyers looking at condo living,” explains Harty. “They are conveniently at street level and range from 1,100-1,235 square feet. Prices start from $309,900 -$319,900 with one or two-car garages.”
The show homes for phase seven were opened last spring and the foundations for the sold units are now poured while the streets are roughed in.
“Our newest neighbourhood looks fantastic,” declares Harty. “We are the No. 1 new home selling development in the Okanagan. We have sold over 80 homes in the past 18 months. Smart people are buying in this market. You just have to know where to look.”