When Does the Spring Season Start on Salt Spring?
April brings showers, sun, blossoms, warming, as authentic Spring unfolds itself around us on Salt Spring Island. “Almost summer” lushly arrives by month’s end.
Many loved annual events, cancelled for two years due to covid restrictions, are back on: sailing races, art displays, craft and artisan showcases, theatre and musical events, farmers markets, studio tours, wine tastings, live music venues, even dancing…wow.
Have we forgotten how to engage face to face? Unmasked and without a vaccine passport (this restriction apparently to be gone by April 8), will we be able to calmly transition from Zoom to real connection?
Salt Spring Island Attractions & Events
Spring’s restless energy invites discovery and that’s a reason to voyage to a nearby Gulf Island, to get to know the charms of our sister southern islands. Day trips are easy-peasy. That Galiano book store is a gem…the Japanese memorial garden on Mayne (at Dinner Bay) is not to be missed…and south Pender’s beaches are there to savour. Saturna offers a yesteryear glimpse and appreciation of magical Winter Cove. Treat those ferries like the sea voyage they are and play tourist in your own backyard.
Outdoor Dining & Parks Abound on Salt Spring Island
Speaking about backyards…when did you last play visitor on delectable Salt Spring? Time to rediscover the alluring spaces on this special island: Ruckle Park, Mt Erskine trails, wine tastings, lunch or dinner on a patio/deck at our great coffee places/restaurants, cider tastings, farm gate stands…beach combing pleasures. The natural world smiles a Spring hello and welcomes us to all these Gulf Islands.
Real Estate in April, 2022, Salt Spring Island
And what about the real estate market at this very beginning of April? We see continuing thin inventory with ever diminishing entry level options. It is the same story in all communities. The Gulf Islands are no exception. The lack of supply, with very strong demand, keep prices stable or escalating.
Residential, Salt Spring Island Real Estate
- 48 residential listings with 18 of them between 259,000 and 998,000.
Of these, the choices are a modular 55+ development where one does not own the land, the final phase at a townhome development, so they are not yet under construction (pre-sales), and cottage-houses, perhaps needing renovation and/or expansion into a family home
- 12 residential properties between 1,175,000 and 1,989,900.
- 7 listings between 2,100,000 and 2,800,000
- 4 listings between 3,750,000 and 3,995,000
- 1 listing at 4,595,000
- 3 listings between 6,300,000 and 6,950,000
- 1 listing at 11,975,000
- 2 listings at 14 million
- 18 land listings
- 12 of these listings are between 259,000 and 995,000
- 4 listings between 1,198,000 and 1,495,000
- 1 listing (waterfront) is asking 2,995,000
- 1 (a 16 acre farm) is listed at 4,900,000
As interesting residential properties thinned out, below a million, we saw a turn to land sales. In some cases, land purchases were also a type of land banking…perhaps a desire to have real estate in one’s portfolio, to preserve capital, in these inflationary times. Buyers of land did not always plan to build. Hmmm……
Recent Sales on Salt Spring Island
At this very beginning of April, there have been 42 sales to date, ranging from 100,000 to 3,200,000.
There have been approximately
- 24 of them were between 100,000 and 998,000
- 16 sales between 1,038,000 and 1,995,000
- 1 sale at 2.295
- 1 sale at 3.2 million
It usually takes till end of June to see this number of sales. Buyers clearly remain very active.
So far, 2022 has seen those higher list prices in the very few new listings that intermittently pop onto the market. Sales are very strong in residential homes below a million. Waterfronts, however, are also again catching serious interest, regardless of price point.
So: very early April…yes, real Spring and “almost Summer” dance us through this month of an ever flowering season.
In spite of worries and unclear outcomes, with supply chain and inflationary pressures, with outbursts of wars in seemingly distant regions, in spite of diminishing buyer opportunities as real estate inventory remains extraordinarily low, in spite of struggles to keep covid outbreaks low and personal connections coming forward, in spite of changes as the digital world takes precedence and business practices must keep up with changes…in spite of shift and re-creation of how we now exist…early April sings the song of calm and ease. What does this mean for Salt Spring Island Real Estate?
Thinking of Salt Spring or a Gulf Island? The Islands Trust, a provincial government form of governance, in place since 1974, with a mandate to preserve and protect the environmental beauties of the Gulf Islands, ensures growth controls (via strict zoning/bylaws). More info? Contact me. Contained and controlled growth are important concepts in the Gulf Islands. This also means a consistent low inventory, regardless of market trend in play.
Early April. An invitation to emerge from winter’s cocoon and to allow enjoyment of the natural world to frame our longer days. We can (and should) give ourselves permission to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.