Location: Hopkins Landing, Gibsons
Outdoor: Hopkins Beach
Social Recco: Gramma’s Marine Pub
Living in Gibsons is like being a kid all over again. During the summers, Morgan and Miranda Beall spend their afternoons running down to Hopkins Landing for a dip in the ocean - or hauling anchor and heading to Gambier Island for the afternoon in their powerboat. This. Is. The. Life.
The Bealls just celebrated their one-year home ownership anniversary on the The Coast. They moved to the Sunshine Coast from the Dunbar neighbourhood in Vancouver, where they were renting a tiny suite they’d nicknamed the “Bear Cave”. Their block was surrounded by newly built (and vacant) homes. When their landlady decided to sell, the Bealls knew it was time to search out a new community in which to lay roots.
After eight realtors and a house hunt that took them to Bowen Island, Vancouver Island and out to the Fraser Valley, the Bealls snapped up their 1,700 square foot home in Hopkins Landing within an hour of viewing it.
Their house, with amazing views of the ocean - and a living room so sunny you need sunglasses indoors - is a stark contrast to their former life in the city. The two bedroom main floor offers plenty of space for hosting dinner parties with their new-found friends and the sizeable backyard is perfect for gardening and lounging. Their one bedroom basement suite is sans kitchen so works as a mortgage helper for short-term accommodation through Airbnb. When it’s not booked up, it’s a comfortable space for visiting family and friends - of which they’ve had plenty since they moved here in 2016.
Miranda is smitten: “I love waking up to this. This is pretty incredible. We’re very proud of our home and being able to have our friends and family come over and have our dinner parties. We’ve met amazing people too. Like-minded people who’ve moved to The Coast as well.”
Both avid boat lovers, the Bealls dropped a mooring buoy into Hopkins Landing nearly the minute they moved in so they could bring their boat over. Gibsons is a convenient jumping off point to closeby islands like Keats, Gambier and Bowen.
As far as employment goes, Miranda has settled in with Sunshine Coast Credit Union in Sechelt. Morgan, also in finance, remained in his position at Vancity credit union and still works at their Vancouver headquarters. His employer has embraced his flexible lifestyle, allowing him to work from home twice per week. Morgan buses, walks or bikes to the Langdale ferry terminal each week and stays over two nights at their family home in the city, where he has the added bonus of remaining connected to family and friends.
“I literally can catch the bus at 6:30 and be in my office in Vancouver in an hour and 20 min,” he says “I eat and drink coffee on the ferry ride in. I have a nice bus ride. I check my email. I’ve even watched the sunrise.”
For the Bealls, being active participants in the community early on has helped them adjust quickly. Morgan is on a few community boards and is involved in the local marine Search and Rescue. Miranda, too, has found connection to the community through her passions and hobbies.
And then, there’s always the annual Hopkins Landing summer party - a fun potluck-style neighbourhood event with activities and music. Last year, they made an epic newbie mistake by showing up a week too early for the party. But, they have a lifetime at Hopkins Landing to redeem themselves.
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