Considered by many as vibrant, artsy enclaves, both Sechelt and Gibsons are growing up. New business growth is predominately in the retail and services, and home-based business sectors, but it also reaches into marketing, architectural design, IT services, investment and finance, book publishing and a variety of consulting services. The Sunshine Coast has become home for self-employed creatives, entrepreneurs and fledgling businesses taking advantage of the area’s more affordable real estate.
Although housing prices all over the Sunshine Coast have increased by 20.8 per cent in July from a year earlier, a typical detached house in Sechelt will cost about $500,000. The Coast’s housing is feeling some warmth, paving the way for several single-family townhome projects across the region. In western Sechelt, SilverStone Heights is a new community of 56 single-family homes slated for occupancy in mid-2019. For $650,000, buyers can get into a 1,500-square-foot rancher on the hilltop overlooking the ocean. In Gibsons a new hotel and condo project “George” is in planning stages. Eagle View Heights is a new development of ocean-view condos and a Greenlane Homes proposal for Gospel Rock Village is in the works that includes upgrades and development on a ridge overlooking Georgia Strait.
As an amazing recreational hub, both Gibsons and Sechelt lure newcomers with a vibrant arts community. Both showcase hundreds of events each year, like the Wine & Taste 2018, Famers Market, and the Performing Art Festival.
Sunshine Coast Stats
Population (total region) 29,243
Number of building permits (2017) Sechelt 149; Gibsons 79
Building permit value (2017) Sechelt $43.7 million; Gibsons $13.3 million