Victoria pool home: Canada's only Med. climate!

Victoria pool home: Canada's only Med. climate!

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5 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
3 Bathrooms

About our home

Our home is on a leafy and quiet street very close to the ocean and is, we think, charming and comfortable. In the summer, we live on our back patio overlooking in our completely private, mature and gorgeous garden. Our pool is above ground, but substantial and built beside the large deck so it feels more like an in-ground one. We have a 2015 Toyota RAV available or a 2011 Honda Accord, canoe, kayak, and several bikes. No smokers please. Our home feels a bit like an English cottage - hardwood floors, French doors, and classic moldings. Our home is full of books and comfy furniture, although we also have the latest in 50” plasma t.v., new appliances, etc. Upstairs you will find a tiled master bedroom with king sized temperapedic bed, full bathroom, and small balcony. The main floor has living room, dining room, kitchen, full bathroom, and his / her dens that double as guest bedrooms. The extra two/three bedroom basement suite ( 6’8’’) with separate entrance, kitchen and full bath set up is perfect for an extended family or a family with older children or 2 families travelling together. Although the house itself is small, it offers a great deal of flexible accommodation.

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More about us

  1. We have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

  2. I am an IB ( lit) teacher and my husband a businessman - we are nearly retired

  3. Rodger loves biking, learning things, and sauna; Valerie loves books, theatre and swimmiing

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

The neighbourhood of Oak Bay is, arguably, the most lovely and affluent area of Canada, although not in an ostentatious way. Victoria is the capital city of B.C. - on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island, a ferry ride away from the larger cities of Seattle and Vancouver. Our neighbourhood is very established, lush and flowering, surrounded on 2 sides by ocean and with snow-capped mountains beyond. There are 2 famous golf courses within walking distance and several hill-top vistas of ocean & mountains. We often bike along the ocean, or we roll our canoe or kayak down to the ocean bay 2 blocks away. It is also a five minute walk to Oak Bay Avenue, a charming neighbourhood shopping area akin to an English village. If you google my beach front campus (Glenlyon Norfolk School) or The Oak Bay Beach Hotel ( only hotel in the area) or Oak Bay, you will see the ocean setting with mountain backdrop. Victoria has the only Mediterranean micro-climate in Canada, since half of Vancouver/Seattle’s rainfall disappears over the Straits of Georgia. ( 23 inches per year, only .55 in July) April to early Nov. is usually perfect for walking. The summer is sunny and warm, but with an ocean breeze. The Southern Vancouver Island landscape is unique: gardens and farmland with a backdrop of forest, ocean, and snow capped Olympic Range mountains beyond. Victoria is within very easy driving or even biking distance of breathtaking wilderness areas: Pacific Rim National Park, The West Coast Trail, Long Beach, Strathcona Park, The Gulf Islands, etc. Many whale watching trips depart from here. Ocean /lake swimming is near-by.

Buzzy restaurants
Olo, Padella's, Il Terrazzo, Redfish/Blue Fish, Fishhook, Bon Sushi, Vis a Vis
Cool bars
The Snug (close), Smuggler's Cove, Veneto,
Cozy cafés
The Oaks, The Village, Demi-tasse,
Retail therapy
Oak Bay Ave. ( 3 blocks away - wonderful), Market Square, Government St., Lower Johnson
Bit of culture
Provincial Museum ( fabulous first nations section), B.C. Legislature, Chinatown, Symphony Splash, Belfry Theatre, Victoria Opera,
Walks in the park
Gonzales Hill Park ( 2 blocks) Anderson Hill Park (4 blocks) MacNeil Bay ( 2 blocks) Willows Beach, Gonzales Beach, Beacon Hill Park, Dallas Road Waterfront
Spot of exercise
walking, biking ( google Galloping Goose trail)
Day tripping
Juan de Fuca trail, Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, Cowichan Valley, Parksville

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