sland development

Mike Jacobs, chairman of Emil Anderson Construction and Patrick Murphy of Hunters Hill, have announced their joint venture agreement to develop a large, multi-phase residential housing project in Summerland.

A 160-acre plot of land in Summerland will soon be home to a major housing development.

The Hunters Hill project has been in the works for over five years and is now moving forward after a joint venture agreement was struck between local property owners Patrick Murphy and his brother and Dilworth Quality Homes and Emil Anderson Construction.

“Summerland hasn’t been well known for having developments,” said Murphy. “We felt very much a responsibility to do this right and I have high level of confidence that it will be.”

The strata-free development overlooking Okanagan Lake across from Sumac Ridge Winery will feature 142 lots, beginning at one-third of an acre and moving up to half an acre or larger.

Of the 142 lots, 120 are lake-view.

And 80 acres, added Murphy, will remain untouched land spared from development.

“The land itself dictates the guidelines,” said Murphy, explaining the natural land features benches and ridges.

“A significant amount of environment study and research and approval was done to get to this point,” he said. “It’s really important and is the fundamental basis of this project.”

There will be development standards for homes and a list of preferred contractors to use, Murphy added.

“We don’t want a monster in front of a rancher, and with continuity in the design … it leads to happy homeowners.”

Murphy, who opened the Re/Max office in Summerland, has years of local development experience, being credited for the 22-lot Jewel Place and the Angus Place assisted seniors’ living complex.

And having been approached by numerous developers over the years, said Murphy, the choice to partner up with Dilworth Quality Homes and Emil Anderson Construction came from the fact that both companies – local to the Okanagan – prioritize consumer satisfaction.

“Throughout their whole organization, it’s what’s the best project for consumers at a fair price,” said Murphy.

No firm date has been set for a sod turning event, and Murphy is unsure of the prices of the lots or when the public can expect to see them go up for sale.

But within the next 60 days, said Murphy, the community can expect to see heavy equipment move in to the area.