By David Wylie
Picturesque lake views and wild trails are part of life at Lakestone.
The Lake Country development by Macdonald Communities is like no other, combining its stunning landscape with a wealth of amenities.
It’s minutes away from downtown Kelowna and the Kelowna International Airport. There are a variety of homesites incorporated into the master plan, including lakefront and lake-view sites.
“We attract families and empty-nesters alike who seek active rural lifestyles in an amenity-rich urban environment,” said Marc Leger, manager of community relations for Lakestone with Macdonald Communities.
More than half of the site is kept in its natural state.
There are nearly 30 kilometres of trails, leading from the lakefront to the summit, weaving through about 250 acres of preserved natural open space and connecting to the Lake Country trail system.
The Lakestone name and identity are inspired by the surroundings. It spans nearly 300 metres of elevation from the lake’s edge to the peak of the site, with a combination of rugged rock outcroppings and the sun shimmering off Okanagan Lake.
Choice in Site
Home types include single-family dwellings, duplexes, townhomes and condominiums. Design guidelines ensure a high standard of form and character throughout the development. West Coast contemporary architecture is the predominant building style.
Macdonald Communities has developed three neighbourhoods in Lakestone.
Highlands is blended into the hillside in unique “pocket” neighbourhoods to create a rural mountain setting that’s just minutes away from urban living.
Benchlands has big views and larger lots that are set among expanses of granite outcroppings and ponderosa pine.
The Waterside neighbourhood has some of the most spectacular lakefront and lake-view homesites in Lake Country.
“2019 was a tremendous year of growth here at Lakestone,” said Leger. “With our Waterside neighbourhood mostly developed, we turned our focus to the Benchlands neighbourhood.”
Located in Lake Country, a community of about 15,000 people midway between Vernon and Kelowna, the Lakestone development is one of the most powerful examples of collaboration between a municipality and a private developer. This relationship resulted in the creation and maintenance of a wealth of community parks and recreation infrastructure.
Lakestone has a variety of amenities distributed throughout the property, including private clubhouses, swimming pools, public parks, tennis and pickleball courts, a private Okanagan Lake loading dock, and a foreshore park for all types of water activities. Nearby there are championship golf courses, numerous wineries and two world-class ski resorts, and Kelowna International Airport is less than 12 minutes away.
Lakestone will eventually be home to 1,350 families and will have a range of amenities and lifestyle opportunities.