Axe The Tax at Shelter Bay in Kelowna

Axe the tax on Kelowna Property

As a Sales Manager at Shelter Bay, I speak with many people daily as they tour through are show homes and Community. With our current economy and taxes on the top of everyone’s mind I’m always asked how this will affect their purchase of a new home at Shelter Bay.

I tell them “Axe the Tax!”

As Canadians, we are one of the most heavily taxed people in the world. You may have to pay nearly half your income in taxes if you’re in a high tax bracket. Chop down the amount of tax you pay and protect more of your family’s wealth you have worked hard to build by purchasing your new home or vacation property at Shelter Bay.

No Provincial Property Transfer Tax, GST or Speculation Tax

You heard us right. Your new home at Shelter Bay is exempt from the Provincial Property Transfer Tax, GST and Speculation Tax (vacation home tax). This tax savings is like putting money right back in your pocket.

BC Short Term Rental Legislation Does Not Apply at Shelter Bay

Shelter Bay is also uniquely positioned so that BC’s new short term rental legislation does not apply to our Community. Short Term Rentals (STR’s), which are defined as rentals of five consecutive days or less, are allowed. You may use your home for vacation rentals and earn substantial rental income when not using it yourself. Giving you the freedom to do what you please with your home and another good reason to buy at Shelter Bay.

Show Home Open and 2 New Units Available

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Shelter Bay lately, you should. We have two show homes and two brand-new homes ready for immediate occupancy available for viewing. You don’t have to wait to start enjoying life at Shelter Bay, townhome 163 and 157 is ready for this summer’s vacation/rental season. Give me a call anytime 250-819-9205 to chat about our pricing and our incredible Shelter Bay Community.

Try Before You Buy

Shelter Bay has its very own short-term rental. This is a rare opportunity to try before you buy and stay in our fully equipped 3-bedroom luxurious townhome with private hot tub and outdoor kitchen. And, if you purchase a unit with us within 30 days of your stay the developer will refund your entire booking fee.


Townhome 105 is generating a lot of attention!

Shelter Bay Kelowna Townhome 105

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Shelter Bay lately, you should! Even if getting to the site is a challenge, our website construction cam Video Gallery – Shelter Bay Living Kelowna New Townhomes Community offers a 24-hour view of the daily progress.

If you do manage to take a peek, you’ll see our latest structure under construction. This building includes townhome 105 and this home is generating a lot of attention!

Townhome 105 is an incredible 2,567 square feet featuring a home elevator that is accessible from all floors including your rooftop patio. This home has 5 large bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, plus a huge 546 square foot roof top terrace and a spectacular view of Okanagan Lake. This home also comes with side-by-side double car garage, open concept living plan, luxuriously finished with exposed wood beams, high-end appliances and window coverings all for a purchase price of $1,407,900. Just imagine the ease and convenience of moving heavy loads from floor to floor by taking your personal elevator and avoiding the stairs.

If you are interested in viewing our community stop by Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 4pm. Or, to arrange your own private viewing and site tour, give me a call 250-819-9205.

Sincerely, Jody

PS…This home is currently under construction but still at a stage where you can choose your own interior finishes and obtain early occupancy. Please give me a call to discuss our limited time special offer on this unit.

Our Show Home Is Open Now

Our stunning new Show Home is now open. Feel free to visit us at #154-2100 Campbell Place, in beautiful West Kelowna. The Show Home is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 AM to 4 PM. Or by appointment outside these hours. Please contact Jody Curnow for more information 855.742.5555.

Shelter Bay is a spectacular 108-Unit townhome development by Van Maren Construction Group. This is one of Kelowna’s most anticipated communities with its excellent beachfront location, array of luxurious amenities and high-quality features and finishings. We are only five minutes to downtown Kelowna parks, shops, services and restaurants.

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Shelter Bay is loaded with features you'll love

The Location

  • Less than 1 km from Okanagan Lake Bridge
  • 3 km to Kelowna City Park
  • 3.5 km to Downtown Kelowna
  • 4.1 km to Kelowna Hospital
  • Separated multi-use path direct to Downtown Kelowna

Project Amenities

  • Quiet location with little traffic noise
  • Spectacular lake views from rooftop patios
  • Waterfront with sandy beach
  • Beach Pavilion with playground, beach volleyball and pickle ball court, and dock
  • 5,800 sq. ft. Amenity Centre with swimming pool, hot tub, and exercise facility

Stylish Exteriors

  • Distinctive modern architecture
  • All homes include a +/- 400 sq. ft. rooftop patio with spectacular views of Okanagan Lake and Kelowna. Roof decks are designed to accommodate hot tubs
  • Large modern style dual glazed Low-E and argon filled windows
  • Design and rough-ins have been completed to accommodate a hot-tub location
  • Exterior finishes combine Hardi horizontal siding, Metal Proboard and Hardi Panel Soffit and Fascia
  • Single-lite fiberglass front entry door
  • Modern satin nickel front door handle with Weiser smart lock dead bolts
  • Metal framed railings with glass on entertainment sized balconies
  • Landscaped and irrigated yards
  • Double garages with door opener

Luxurious Bathrooms

  • Modern flat-panel cabinetry
  • Spa-like ensuite with glass enclosed and ceramic tile shower and double vanity sinks
  • Chrome faucets and matching bath hardware
  • Full-length vanity mirrors
  • Main bathroom bathtub is a 5 ft tub/shower one-piece unit

Exceptional Interiors

  • Two professional interior designer colour schemes to choose from
  • Faux wood beams on the ceiling of the living area
  • Bright and open floorplans with flexible living / dining room layouts
  • “A” & “B” units to have 9 ft ceilings on all of the levels
  • “D” & “E”units to have 9 ft ceilings on the basement and upper level with 10 ft ceilings on the main floor
  • Elegant linear gas fireplace in each home
  • Vinyl plank flooring in the entry, basement, living and, dining room, kitchen, stairs and bedrooms
  • Ceramic tile flooring in bathrooms and laundry area
  • Spacious walk-in closet in master bedrooms
  • Flat stock trims throughout the home and 5” baseboards throughout

Gourmet Kitchens

  • Quartz countertops with tile backsplash
  • Plenty of storage and counter space
  • Large islands with 11” overhangs to create bar seating
  • Stainless steel appliance package includes: 30” slide-in all gas range and low profile hood fan, counter-depth French door refrigerator with ice-maker and drawer freezer, dishwasher with hidden top control buttons and built-in 24” microwave
  • Sophisticated flat-panel cabinetry in designer finishes
  • Stylish and energy-efficient recessed lighting in kitchen and dining room ceilings
  • Beautiful pendant lighting over kitchen island
  • Double stainless steel under-mount sink with single lever 3-function pulldown spray head with touch controls

For Peace of Mind and Convenience

  • Homes heated and cooled with ground source geothermal
  • Front loading washer & dryer
  • Energy saving on-demand, gas-fired hot water tank
  • Wired for Internet, television and telephone
  • Hard-wired smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detector and sprinkler systems installed in each unit and alarmed individually
  • Visitor parking throughout site for guests
  • All homes will include an HPO approved 2-5-10 New HOME Warranty provided by WBI Home Warranty
  • Built by a reputable developer with almost 50 years of experience and over 20,000 completed homes

Kelowna's Best Beaches

Kelowna's Best Beaches

For generations, the beaches of Okanagan Lake in Kelowna and West Kelowna have been the place to go enjoy the sun, the sand and the summer. It’s not surprising Kelowna and West Kelowna is one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada. And, our unique West Kelowna location, with easy access to the Okanagan Lake Bridge and only 5 minutes to the parks, shops, services and restaurants of downtown Kelowna makes Shelter Bay the perfect location for your new home with the perfect beach.

Before setting off for your day in the sun, see our picks of Kelowna’s best beaches.

1. Shelter Bay’s Private Beach

Feel like you are living a full-time vacation, only steps from your townhome to your own private beach located on the shores of Okanagan Lake (236 steps, we counted). Shelter Bay owners will enjoy beach pavilion with playground, beach volleyball, pickle ball court, and day use dock. Once you start feeling hungry, wander up to your townhome and settle onto your roof top terrace and continue enjoying the spectacular views of Okanagan Lake over a long, lingering lunch. Stroll back to your private beach and perhaps have a nap in the sun until it’s time to head home. Shelter Bay owners are most definitely “Living the Dream”.

2. Hot Sands Beach at Kelowna’s City Park

Shelter Bay owners have easy access to a multi-use path to the Kelowna Bridge, you are close enough to be able to walk or ride your bike into Hot Sands Beach at Kelowna’s City Park. This beach and recreational space are popular for biking, rollerblading and skateboarding along the boardwalk. There’s lots of trees and greenery, making it a nice place to relax and enjoy a drink or snack from the nearby restaurants and cafes of downtown Kelowna.

3. Sandy Beach at Strathcona Park

located 2.1 kilometers south of downtown Kelowna or across Okanagan Lake via paddleboard or kayak for our Shelter Bay owners. This beach has a calm vibe and more of a local feel, it’s less about loud music and more about lying in the sun with a good book. For a livelier atmosphere, head to Gyro beach just a bit farther south.

4. Boyce-Gyro Beach

Located 3.8 kilometers south of downtown Kelowna and across the lake from our Shelter Bay townhomes development. This 3.6-hectare park has the longest beach within the Kelowna city limits and is a hot spot for beach fun. Gyro Beach has long been a destination for a younger

crowd looking to have a good time. The beach has beach volleyball, restrooms and changerooms. On the lake rent pedal boats, aqua cycles, standup paddleboards, kayaks or canoes. Pack a picnic lunch or grab lunch at the Big Red Apple concession located along the paved walkway.

It’s Summer and time to enjoy your backyard full of adventure. Try out a few of our beach picks, find the perfect patch of sand and soak up the Okanagan Lake atmosphere.

New "D" Elevator Plan

Okanagan Lake View Property

When purchasing a multi-level home, aging homeowners and their family members are often faced with a common challenge: how to navigate the stairs. Home elevators offer a great solution to maintaining your independence and adding convenience and value to your property. With this in mind, Shelter Bay Developments has introduced the New “D” Elevator Plan. This is an incredible 2,450 square foot home featuring a home elevator that is accessible from all floors, four large bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, plus a huge 569 square foot roof top terrace and a spectacular view of Okanagan Lake. This Kelowna town home comes with side-by-side double car garage, open concept living plan, luxuriously finished with exposed wood beams, and high-end appliances and fixtures. Just imagine the ease and convenience of hauling heavy loads from floor to floor by taking your personal elevator and avoiding the stairs. Life is so much simpler with an elevator!

Due to the overwhelming demand for our next phase we decided to make available seven more units, including our new D Elevator plan.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Better yet, come visit in person and experience Shelter Bay firsthand. Please call Jody at 1.855.742.5555 to arrange a private viewing.

Home Values on Leased Land

Kelowna Town House Real Estate

As developer of Shelter Bay, I’m often asked what happens to home values as the remaining lease term declines. I can best answer that question by looking at the values in three projects that our company has developed.

We developed our first residential community on First Nations land in 2004: Halcyon Meadows, 224 detached homes in Chilliwack. This was on a 99-year prepaid lease, of which there are now approximately 81 years remaining. Since 2005 the average home value has increased by 228%.

Our second residential community on First Nations land, Clover Creek in Chilliwack, was built in 2007. There are currently approximately 70 years remaining on the lease. Since 2011 the average home value has increased by 137%.

We are nearing completion on a 285-home development on First Nations land, The Cottages on Osoyoos Lake. There are approximately 88 years left on the lease. Recent sales show that values have doubled since 2014.

As you can see from the above examples, values on leased land tend to track with the values on freehold land. As the price of freehold homes increase you can expect leasehold lands to increase as well.

Eric Van Maren

Co-managing partner Shelter Bay Partnership

Kelowna's Scenic Route

Kelowna Scenic Route - Market at Quails Gate

This morning I took the backroad to my office at Shelter Bay in West Kelowna, one of the best ways to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Okanagan is by taking a drive down Boucherie Road. Tucked away in a quaint old building I stumbled upon the Market at Quails Gate Winery. This Market is known for a wide selection of artisanal cheeses, breads, fresh brewed coffee, espresso, and classic desserts. I took a cappuccino and croissant to enjoy on the go. On my way home I may stop in for a charcuterie spread in their outdoor picnic area with a relaxed atmosphere, and of course, wine. If you are planning to visit our new Town Home Development at Shelter Bay in West Kelowna, I would suggest taking the scenic route.

Kelowna Westside Mornings

Kelowna farmers markets

Getting out of bed at the crack of dawn, or letting the light gradually ease you into the day… whichever your preference, mornings are always better with a little help from your friends coffee or tea.

While brewing your favourite at home may be the norm, it’s hard to beat holding a steaming cup of your personalized morning beverage, perfectly presented by a professional, talented barista and on the West Side of Kelowna, there are a number of great spots to rev up the start of your day.

Perhaps it’s a quick dash through the Timmy’s drive-through for a Dark Roast and a dozen Timbits, or a quick stop at a familiar Starbucks or Blenz Coffee. Whichever your’e used to, West Kelowna has several locations to choose from.

But if you awake on the “ adventurous” side of the bed and feel like something a little different to start your day, why not try one of a handful of hidden gems that the city has to offer. Here are a few worth a shot or, maybe even a double-shot.

To get that real Kelowna Westside feeling, we suggest you venture over to Annie’s Café and Lounge at 3725 Boucherie Rd. Located right on the beach inside Frind Estate Winery. Anne’s Beach Café and Hut has take-out, sit-in, or sit-out service on their patio and lakefront picnic area. A lakeside Latte sounds just about perfect!

Even though the patio section is closed during the off season, what makes Annie’s so unique is their Dining Domes! Regardless if its during the chilly winter months, you can experience their famous menu outside while protected from the elements in one of their see-through domes! Book your own dome reservation here or learn more about Annie’s on the winery website.

Another interesting spot we highly recommend is the Kekuli Café, located at #307-3550 Carrington Road, in West Kelowna; it’s the Okanagan’s only Aboriginal cuisine eatery. We love the Kekuli Café slogan, “Don’t Panic, We Have Bannock”, where aside from the traditional aboriginal ambience and food they have cultural art and jewelry. Make sure you give their Aboriginal cuisine a try and sample their signature Bannock, famous smoked salmon, and delicious Pow Wow Tacos!

Grab a Spirit Bear Organic coffee or step outside the usual and try one of their incredible Matcha Green Tea Lavender Lattes or their Tiger Spiced Chai Cinnamon Tea Latte, or a Maple Coquihalla Frog Tea Latte!

All fuelled up and ready to take on the afternoon as a Westsider your possibilities are endless! We’ve blogged about West Kelowna’s dog parks, hiking, sightseeing, winery tours etc., before, but we haven’t mentioned something most Westsiders consider just a part of life, and that’s the Westsider’s practice of living local by eating local.

So with your morning brew in hand it’s time to check out the area’s incredible farms and produce markets.

Fresh Finds Market Garden comes to mind, located at 4205 Gellatly Rd., near the waterfront by the Cove Resort. They feature a two acre garden with vegetables and flowers that you can purchase or pick yourself as you wander this peaceful garden.

Another great spot specifically for berries is Cherrywood Farm. They close for the off-season but this smaller hobby farm focuses on “agritourism” and offers u-pick cherries and a wonderful little raspberry patch. Located at 3169 Shelter Drive there’s lots of parking so drive right in.

While you’re out and about, why not try Griffin Farms at 3344 Elliott Rd? Established in 1918 and operating as a farm for nearly 100 years they provide cherries, apricots, four varieties of peaches, as well as plums, prunes, nectarines, pears and apples. They make their own juice right on site and it’s an experience for the entire family.

Another great family run operation is Ingram Farms at 2660 Lower Glenrosa Rd. Ingram added their own bees back in 2008 to pollinate their cherries, apricots and peaches and now they offer honey all year round!

We’ve blogged about the Gellately Nut Farm in the past as a great spot to spend the day, walk amongst the trees and splash in the lake, but did you know you can also buy nuts there? Their nut harvest takes place early September to mid November and is managed by the Gellatly Nut Farm Society with 100% of the proceeds used for improvements and restoration projects within the park.

If you really want the full “farm experience” check out Jackalope Farms at 2655 Rufli Rd. They open in the summer and run private farm tours that explain and demonstrate all aspects of farming and have partnered with the City to offer farm camps for kids 7-12.

To check out a husband and wife run farm, why not visit JM Farms at 907 Douglas Road. This great little farm is located beside the Volcanic Hills Family Estate Winery on the Westside Wine trail (one of our other favourite treks) and here you’ll find berries, fruits and veggies a plenty!

Another interesting food stop with history is Paynters Fruit Market which has operated as a family business for 60-years, all started by Henry Paynter who immigrated from England in 1919. Located at 3687 Paynter Rd., you can head over and pick the fruit yourself or browse the market indoors.

Just a short jaunt away at 3607 Paynter Road you’ll find Rabbit Hollow where Martine and Kristin guide you through a very hands on garden experience and educate you on the process of bringing food from farm-to-table. They offer meals and classes and everything is an interactive experience!

And if you want more of a “one stop shop” we suggest you visit the Westbank Farmers’ Market. It is open every Saturday from early July to mid September and located at 2484 Main Street in West Kelowna. They offer everything local from fruits and vegetables to berries and baked goods.

There are many more interesting farm stops and markets worthy of your time throughout West Kelowna. For a full PDF list and map just click on this great link from

Kelowna Dog Walking Beaches, Parks and Trails

Kelowna dog walking parks, beaches and trails

Dogs maybe humans’ best friends… but they also help to increase our longevity, health and happiness… Who knew!

Get up, let dog out. Get up, let dog in. Repeat. All. Day.

But what are you going do? Those big eyes, wagging tail, slightly tilted head. It’s hard to say no to your pooch. Especially when they want to go for a walk.

Our dog is named Louie. The lovely outcome of a random cross-breeding accident between a Poodle and a German pointer. Born with an unruly grey and brown furry mane. He’s 90 pounds of happy, and more human in character than K9.

Louie, like most furry four leggers, possess the power to motivate. Their ability to make us drop the remote and lace-up our walking shoes is second to none.

At our home we avoid saying the “W” word in his presence or pulling the leash from its hook too early for fear of his tail clearing a coffee table or denting our drywall. How can you say no to that level of happiness?

If your home is blessed with this type of furry folk, well, for all the getting up and letting the dog in and out you’ll be happy to know the health benefits of having human’s best friend are endless.

Who knew, Louie is helping us live longer!

According to a recent study published in the USA Today, the American Heart Association completed 10 studies with more than 3-million participants. Scientists found dog owners to live longer than those who don’t have a pup. More than that, they found that dog owners had a 24% risk reduction for death from any cause!

Kelowna’s Best Dog Walking Beaches

kelowna dog friendly beaches

And life at Shelter Bay is smack dab in the middle of Kelowna dog walking beaches and basically a dog’s sniffing paradise in West Kelowna.

One spot we have mentioned before is Gellatly Dog Beach. A short jaunt from Shelter Bay. This is a great place for you to unhook the leash and let your four-legger run and splash in the lake! There are benches and picnic tables for you to relax and just watch the fun unfold. It is a dog and human only area and there is lots of room to burn off that K9 energy.

Kelowna BC Dog Walking Parks

Kelowna best dog parks

Kalamoir Regional Park is located at 3041 Collens Hill Rd, in West Kelowna. The reviews all agree that it’s a wonderful walk and a great place to stretch your legs with your pup. Kalamoir has two designated dog beaches and part of the trail runs along a gravel beach, there is a swimming dock and plenty of spots to go jump in the lake.

Connemara Park, located at 1419 Gregory Rd, West Kelowna, is another undeveloped park area perfect for leashed walks with your pup. A local website that reviews and rates local services and spots in B.C., Connemara Park offers locals the possibility to take a break for a while and get in touch with nature.

Eain Lamont Park, located at 3088 Lakeview Cove Rd, West Kelowna, that according to, is situated on Mt Boucherie, a dormant volcano that erupted over 50 million years ago. The park offers dog friendly hiking trails and stunning panoramas of the West Kelowna and Kelowna area from two different summits, a great hike for the adventurous where dogs are allowed on leash.

Westbank Centre Park, located at 2569 May St. in West Kelowna and is home to the Kids Care Spray/Water Park, a Community Garden and an off-leash dog area. The park has benches and picnic tables for you to enjoy a lunch in the park along with a large grass play area beside the spray/water park.

Shannon Woods Park, located at 2490 Shannon Woods Dr. is an off-leash dog area that’s open year-round. This area also has a community garden with plots for rent as well as a field for soccer or football. Bring a ball or your dog’s favourite toy and enjoy a game of fetch.

For a different experience you can take your furry friend along on leash to Memorial Park, located on 3737 Old Okanagan Hwy in West Kelowna. It is adjacent to the Johnson Bentley Aquatic Centre and is home to the Annette Beaudreau Amphitheatre where you can walk your pup while enjoying the free Music in the Park concert series Friday nights during the summer.

You can visit this link for more information on Kelowna’s many dog friendly parks and beaches.

And even if you don’t own your own furry four legger, or don’t have one you can borrow from a friend, it’s worth the exercise, health and the happiness you’ll receive to go for a walk and take in the views, vistas and witness the pure joy of these pups as they sniff around the trails, bounce on the beaches and splash in the lake at these designated dog spots, and all of them close to Shelter Bay Townhomes.

Who's Building Your New Home?

Who's Building Your New Home?

Buying a new home? You’ll need to understand a few things; size, style, floor plans, finishings, fixtures, location and view… but nothing more important than knowing who’s building it, and why.

For that, you could consider, reputation, length of time in the industry, or number of past homes built. Perhaps focus on after-sales-service and past customer satisfaction. Maybe even research how long their people have been at the company, the number of past communities they’ve developed or where they built these new homes. Each detail gives unique insight into the Developer’s true value, their character and purpose.

At the Van Maren Group, it is important that our owners are extremely happy with their new homes. For us, the best reward is having nearly a third of our communities regularly purchased by past clients from the 20,000 new homes we’ve built throughout the lower mainland, interior and beyond.

Our homeowners are incredible people. You can see their five-star reviews and watch their YouTube videos recommending our company as highly regarded developers. It is a reputation we are proud of, and something we’ve built, one homeowner at a time.

But to say that our purpose is to build new homes, may not be 100% accurate.

As a matter of fact, even after a half century in the development business, our purpose isn’t actually to build new homes… our purpose is people.

We believe that putting people at the core of what we do is the key to what we do.

It starts with the people in our company, many have been with us for more than a decade. We believe that if you have happy people, you have excellent people, and excellent people build amazing homes.

And amazing homes attract incredible homeowners.

We know that a home isn’t just a place to sleep and eat. It’s our independence, our sanctuary. It is where we live, dream, breath, feel safest, raise and nurture our families, refresh, and reenergize. It is the center of our lives. It is where we welcome our closest friends, it is where we live and we love. Our home is everything.

At Van Maren, our commitment is to provide people with all of the things a new home offers.

So you see, our purpose is people. The people who live in our homes, the people we work with, the people in our company. Yes, we are developers, but our homes are built by people for people, and this is who we are. It’s who we’ve always been.

And when you are contemplating your next new home, we hope you will consider our company, our communities, and most of all, our purpose.

If you would like to learn more about our communities please visit Base10 in Chilliwack or The Cottages in Osoyoos at, or learn more about our past developments at Van Maren Group.