How do you write a blog about your own house?
I could start with the extensive renos we did, both stage one and stage two, some funny anecdotes about our kids roller blading through the house (before the renos), our Granddaughter riding her first bike around and around the partition wall in the dining room, but I think I’ll start on a more formal note….
Airbnb. If you aren’t aware of this relatively new house rental service, it’s a very cool and user friendly service/program/community that is literally world wide and allows people (like yours truly) to rent out their house/room/tent to vacation renters. Now, we have a newly renovated upstairs suite that we really went all out on to make it a functional, cook’s dream, entertaining executive palace. Big TV, housewide stereo, open concept, commercial style kitchen complete with my first professional knives that were a present in 1980 from my hotel Chef in Switzerland. Beautiful stove, massive maple butcher block, four door fridge and so much more. Master bedroom, kingsize bed, ensuite, walkin closet, I can go on and on – its beautiful! There’s a covered deck right off the kitchen that in the summer is covered by a 40 year old grapevine. Weber BBQ, lounge seating and access to a huge landscaped backyard with a children’s swing and slide. In the summer we set up the badminton net and spend most of our time outside.
No more bike or roller blading in this house….
We’re in Comox, a 15 minute walk to the marina and hospital, shopping within a 10 minute walk. The Comox Valley, our little oasis, is halfway up Vancouver Island, one hour drive from Nanaimo to the south, and 30 minute drive to Campbell River to the North. BC Ferries sail from Comox to Powell River daily and you can access the Gulf Islands, Hornby Island and Denman Island from here too. Mount Washington and Strathcona Park are just a 35 minute drive to the mountain, beaches 5 minute drive and Comox Valley Recreation Centre with its kids play area and all its family programs and gym, 2 minutes – literally just around the corner…. phew! I’m out of breath…(figuratively typing).
Regarding Airbnb, we have “Superhost” standing – which means we’re really nice people, and we’ve fully outfitted our home with everything you need. We’ve had people from all over the world stay in our home. Africa, Central America, USA, Asia, and Europe. This spring we have someone coming to have a home birth. I have to say, its a first for us and it made us stop and think… “how cool!” Apparently it’s a thing… people who live in a rural area sometimes feel safer being closer to a hospital. This couple are from Argentina! I would have thought that there was a hospital closer to them, but whatever, it’s an honour! And we in the valley, apparently have a huge Midwife Association.
The Comox Valley has grown over the past couple of decades. A lot of people are moving here during or after their careers. It seems that young people grow up here with their families, leave to continue their education or simply to explore the world, but they mostly return. They find, as Danielle and I have, that although there are beautiful places in this wonderful world, the Valley is one of the best. With the rivers close by (and all the swimming holes they provide), the ocean, mountain biking in the local hills, our recreation centres, pools, North Island College, we have it all. Our marina hosts Comox Sailing Club and Compass Adventures for kids of all ages. And of course, we have our International Airport which makes travelling from anywhere in Canada or the world so easy!
So I guess that’s how you write (or attempt to) about your own house. We’re excited about it, we’re proud of our house, our community and valley. You really want to come and explore here. I’ve left maps with notes about where to go, eat, shop just because sometimes it’s hard to find things that only the locals know….. and contrary to what Danielle says, I’m a local now. I’ve been here since 1983 – that’s a local in my books.