Stay Bear Aware at The Foothills

It’s officially summer, and that means more barbeques, picnics, and fun in the sun! It also means that residents at The Foothills need to be aware of their “neighbours”… raccoons, coyotes, deer and bears.

Drake Stevens is our local Bear Aware representative, and lives right here on Burke Mountain. Here are a few of his tips to ensure everyone is taking the right steps to reduce wildlife nuisances in our neighbourhoods.

  • Store garbage indoors, in your garage or shed, in a sturdy bear proof container. Freeze meat scraps and add them to your garbage on pick up day to minimize the scent
  • Garbage, recycling and yard trimmings must be placed on the curb/lane no earlier than 5:30am and no later than 7:30am on collection days (for Burke Mountain residents, no earlier than 5:30am on Monday mornings)
  • Clean your barbeque grill after each use and cover it when it is not in use. Burn grease off the grill by turning the burners on high for 20 minutes with the lid closed
  • Place birdfeeders out of bears reach and keep the ground free of seeds
  • Use a proper compost bin, turning your compost regularly. Do not put meat, fish, fat, oils, unrinsed eggshells or any cooked food in the compost
  • Bring pet dishes indoors

Properly storing and securing residential garbage and other items that attract bears is a proven method for discouraging them and preventing nuisance problems in our neighbourhoods.

For more information on bears, or being Bear Aware, go to: www.bearaware.bc.ca or pick up your Guide to Bear Safety at Home at the Foothills Information Centre.

To report a bear sighting in your neighbourhood call the Conservation Officer Service at 1.877.952.7277.

Signals of Market Upswing

Coquitlam, BC – This past weekend more than 500 potential home buyers visited the grand opening of Birchwood Estates at the Foothills near Coquitlam’s scenic Burke Mountain. The previous week more than 800 first-time buyers turned out to attend a free sponsored by the Greater Vancouver homebuilders.

After many months of decline, could this be an early sign that Metro Vancouver’s sagging real estate market is potentially turning the corner and picking up steam?

“What’s encouraging is that there are so many potential buyers out there,” says Robert Wall, of Wallmark Homes, the developer of Birchwood Estates, “proving that the current buyer’s market isn’t just for first-timers.”

Birchwood Estates at the Foothills offers 30 Craftsman Styled homes on 8,000 – 28,000 square foot lots starting at $870,000.

Wall thinks that record low interest rates and good bargains are helping consumers regain confidence and explore the housing market.

“We certainly weren’t expecting this many visitors to our opening weekend,” explains Wall. “I’d say this is an indication that better times are ahead of us.”

Visit on-line at thefoothillsatburke.com

About Wesbild
Wesbild Holdings Ltd. is a multi-faceted real estate development company who has been working in British Columbia for almost 30 years. Best known for the award-winning master planned community of Westwood Plateau in BC’s Lower Mainland, Wesbild is currently working on three communities – Predator Ridge, a golf resort in Vernon; Turtle Mountain, where residences feature spectacular views of Okanagan & Swan Lake and downtown Vernon; and the Foothills at Burke Mountain. For more information visit www.wesbild.com

For further information contact:
Jennifer Derbyshire, Director of Marketing & Community Relations
Wesbild
604-945-1131

Now Open: Three New Show Homes For Two New Neighbourhoods

February 16, 2009

Coquitlam, BC ~ The new home action is at The Foothills. And right now all that action is taking place at three brand new show homes showcasing three brand new neighbourhoods.

Belmont Walk
Part of the Shaughnessy-like Belmont neighbourhood, the heritage-inspired duplexes at Belmont Walk range from 1,700 to 2,600 square feet. Built by Polygon, they feature executive kitchens with granite countertops and custom-crafted wood cabinetry. Main floor powder rooms, master walk-in closets, and spa-inspired bathrooms.

Belmont Walk will open two stunning display homes on Saturday, February 21. Prices starting from $419,900.

Gardenia
The principals of East Village Developments, a subsidiary of CPHI Ltd., have a long history of building homes of distinction in Coquitlam, Burnaby and West Vancouver. Here they are planning residences big on contemporary design with spaces that say “home” to growing families.

Gardenia’s show home is now open.

For more information on these neighbourhoods visit: The Foothills Information Centre at: 3381 David Avenue, Coquitlam, 604-472-9320. Open 12:00pm to 6:00pm Saturday to Thursday. On-line at www.TheFoothillsAtBurke.com

About Wesbild
Wesbild Holdings Ltd. is a multi-faceted real estate development company who has been working in British Columbia for almost 30 years. Best known for the award-winning master planned community of Westwood Plateau in BC’s Lower Mainland, Wesbild is currently working on three communities – Predator Ridge, a golf resort in Vernon; Turtle Mountain, where residences feature spectacular views of Okanagan & Swan Lake and downtown Vernon; and the Foothills at Burke Mountain. For more information visit www.wesbild.com

For further information contact:
Jennifer Derbyshire, Director of Marketing & Community Relations
Wesbild
604-945-1131