Incorporated in 1995 in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Lake Country boasts a plethora of lakes, mountains, sunshine, and friendly people. The municipality encompasses four separate wards; Winfield, Oyama, Carr’s Landing, and Okanagan Centre. All are located above the breathtaking Okanagan Lake and Wood Lake.
In addition to all of the beautiful natural aspects of the region, Lake Country has a rich history of agriculture, including grape growing for the many local wineries and apple orchards, with over 35% of all apples grown in Canada produced there. The dry, warm climate that allows agriculture to thrive makes for a perfect setting to enjoy many outdoor activities such as fishing, sailing, hiking, swimming, and paddling.
More and more people are choosing to live outside of the hustle and bustle of Kelowna and instead are setting down roots in the more suburban communities just outside of the city. Lake Country is no exception. Their population has seen a population surge of 22% in the past five years, making it the perfect location for a fantastic new community to be developed.
Welcome to Lakestone! Recognized nationally as the Community Development of the Year by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National Award for 2020, Lake Country’s latest housing development has been designed to be the perfect place to call home for those wishing to live an exciting active lifestyle.
Comprised of three sections, Waterside, Benchlands, and Highlands, all residents of the Lakestone community get to experience stunning lake views in a picturesque natural setting with a wealth of desirable amenities at their fingertips. In addition, the area possesses an impressive 28 kilometres of hiking/walking trails on 250 acres of preserved natural space. Yet, it is only 12 minutes from the Kelowna International Airport and 25 minutes from the Kelowna downtown core.
The developers of Lakestone, Macdonald Development Corporation, have created truly awe-inspiring onsite amenities, with the arguable star of the show being the $3.5 million facility, The Lake Club.
Lakestone’s Lake Club has set a new, higher standard for community amenities, offering an extensive range of activities designed as an ideal setting for spending time with friends and families.
Features of this spectacular facility include:
- Fully equipped fitness centre
- Swimming pool and two hot tubs
- Kayak and paddleboard storage just steps from the beach
- Outdoor kitchen, BBQ, and entertainment area on the pool deck
- Covered rooftop terrace with fireplace and casual seating
- His and hers change rooms with both indoor and outdoor shower facilities
- Direct access to Lakestone Beach
Just mere steps away from the Lake Club, you’ll find the quiet and secluded Waterside Park. The perfect spot for a paddle, sail, or a relaxing swim.
Features of this beautiful park include:
- Timber pavilion with picnic tables and loungers
- Kayak racks
- Paddleboard storage
- Community Dock access (150 m to the south)
Located in the Benchlands neighbourhood, Benchland Parks is an open space adjacent to the future Centre Club. Residents and visitors can take advantage of this space to play pickleball, tennis, or basketball games. It also offers easy access to community trails.
Features of this multi-use recreation ground include:
- Open to owners and the general public
- Three pickleball courts
- One tennis court
- One basketball court
- Natural seating and play area
Last but definitely not least, the Centre Club (opening summer 2022) will be the centre of attention of the Benchlands neighbourhood. Once open, this community hub will offer workout areas, bookable meeting rooms, and a hot tub and pool with stunning lake views.
Features of this extraordinary club include:
- Current home to the Lakestone Information Centre
- Future pool and hot tub with a large terrace to enjoy lake views
- Future workout room and yoga studio, complete with change rooms
The Lakestone onsite amenities are remarkable on their own, but let’s not forget all of Lake Country's amenities. At any time, you are only a few minutes away from anything you might need. You are never far away from convenience, from wineries to golf courses and retailers to the many elementary, secondary schools and universities.
Besides the stunning lake views and sensational amenities that Lakestone provides, it is also located in a region with no speculation tax. This is excellent news for homebuyers! Unlike in Kelowna and West Kelowna, in Lake Country, it is possible to own a home that you don’t live in 24/7 and not have to pay the extra taxes because of this. Please note, though, that Lakestone does not allow short-term house rentals.
The Lakestone development has become a highly desirable and sought-after place to purchase land or already-built homes. So irresistible in fact that there are currently lots on the market priced approximately the same as one of the finished houses. Many of the lot release phases have sold out quickly, leaving many feeling like they’ve missed this unique opportunity. At a future date, the developers will be releasing their next lot release, the Summit Phase. Until then, the market continues to surge, and it’s recommended that you use a realtor you trust to help purchase your dream home at Lakestone. Desiree Brodhurst is a certified luxury home marketing specialist in the Okanagan who currently has a home available to buy in this community. Contact her today to ensure you don’t miss out on owning your piece of paradise.