This may be a “watershed” season for Tobiano, says an update from the golf-resort-residential community west of Kamloops.
Sixteen lots that went on the market at savings of up to $40,000 per lot experienced strong sales, and only a few are left, marketing director Mary Putnam said Thursday.
Out on the course, golf rounds increased by 71 per cent over the previous year, and memberships are up 157 per cent.
General manager Terry Smith credited the growth to the course’s design and condition, and “a re-igniting of the consumer confidence long held in Tobiano.”
The development has had a turbulent history since it was first proposed on the former Six Mile Ranch property and made its way through a controversial re-designation from protected Agricultural Land Reserve land to a "provincial interest" status.
Despite changing hands a number of times, the development has continued a gradual growth. In May, new owners held a grand re-opening of the "new Tobiano."
In August, Tobiano hosted a large group of Vancouver-based investors and licensed real estate agents for a day. More than 40 Kamloops realtors also took part in a site tour later the same month.
A new luxury show home, marketed by the Finch Group, boasts 2,800 finished square ft. and a 14,000 square ft. fully landscaped lot.
Visitors to the Tobiano presentation centre have come from China, Korea, the U.S., Alberta, and northern B.C, as well as the Lower Mainland, Okanagan and Kamloops markets.
In its second year of business, Bruker Marina at Tobiano has increased full-time occupancy by 200 per cent this year, with 73 of their current 100 boat slips now occupied.
The marina rents out ski boats, Seadoos, paddle boards, kayaks, and a double-decker pontoon party barge.
“Locals, visitors, business operators and even Tourism Kamloops’ Asian tour operator guests are impressed by our marina atmosphere, rental fleet, and exceptional staff,” said Kayla Matusiak, the marina’s general manager.