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20 Mar 2017
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Avalon, California Feb 2014: Catalina Island, Southern California’s only Island resort destination, has recently been undergoing a renaissance.

New attractions, new architecture and new experiences have been thrilling both experienced island travelers and new visitors alike.

Avalon, Catalina’s only city, has been the epicenter of the changes, with several new restaurants, tours and shops added as well as renovations to historic properties. The changes are continuing; new spas, an expanded golf course and an expansive new museum are all either planned or currently under construction.

“There have been more changes on Catalina Island in the last couple of years than there have been in the last couple of decades,” said Kevin Strege, President and CEO of Catalina Island Vacation Rentals and Catalina Island Real Estate. “It’s very exciting to be a part of this on-going transformation.”
Catalina Island Vacation Rentals, along with its sister company, Catalina Island Real Estate, recently moved back into a renovated office where both companies will be able to work together to serve Catalina’s residents and visitors.

“Our two companies are now sharing space, which allows us to work together to help our guests, homeowners and clients,” Strege said. “We’ve worked hard to develop a synergy between the two companies and that synergy has worked well as real estate clients oftentimes become our vacation rental homeowners and vice versa.”

CIVR and CIRE share an office in the recently renovated Shops at Atwater, a redeveloped space with unique shops that will soon host a coffee house and café. The new office has been completely modernized with new architectural and design elements. A dramatic dark blue accent wall spotlights both companies’ logos in brushed aluminum. Historic artwork from the Catalina Island Museum will soon adorn the walls to provide an homage to Catalina’s past.
The new office represents an investment in Catalina’s future as well as a pledge to CIVR’s guests and homeowners and CIRE’s clients, according to Strege.

“Catalina Island’s renaissance will continue for many years to come,” he said. “Our companies are a part of that renaissance and will continue to serve the Catalina community.”

Catalina Island Vacation Rentals is the leading vacation rental management company on Catalina Island. The growing company represents nearly 200 homes, including Hamilton Cove Villas, quaint cottages and luxurious condominiums in Avalon, as well as the only vacation rentals available in Two Harbors at the island’s remote West End. CIVR is a member of the Vacation Rental Managers Associations and are experts in the vacation rental industry as well as active members in the Catalina Island community.

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