Where The Action Is
Outside the 2-block tourist radius around the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Parliament Buildings, BC Museum, and inner harbour, you'll find our multifaceted mecca of culture and personality -- Downtown Victoria. Explore our buzzing designer boutiques, vibrant local market, lively restaurant, coffee shop, and pub scene. Our lucky residents reside in our time-worn heritage buildings that have been lovingly refurbished as ultra-urban, brick-walled apartments. Livable art! Stroll down streets where cherry-blossoms decorate your path and find a jewel -- the eclectic and cultural icon that is Chinatown (did you know we have the OLDEST Chinatown in Canada?). There's no end to our communal city spaces: Market Square, Bastion Square, Centennial square. When it comes to Downtown, art, culture, and community abounds! It is truly a highly dynamic and interactive place to dwell. Make Downtown, Victoria your home today.
James Bay / Fairfield / Gonzales and Fernwood / Cook Street Village
Our Comfy Yet Eclectic Outlying Communities
Slightly further out from Downtown (just 5–10 minutes), Vic gets funkier, and homelier. Here you'll find Victoria’s outlying neighbourhoods -- but don't call it surburbia. Find cozy separated homes with 2 stride wide front gardens and affordable apartments. James Bay and Fairfield lay along the ocean, south of the inner harbour. Houseboat? Yes you can! In the market for a character home? James Bay is where you want to be! Many houses here are divided into suites where many young families reside.
You'll find that Fairfield has the same calm, cozy character with more duplexes and a smidgen lower rent. Heading north you'll find Fernwood and Cook Street Village. Here’s where the cool kids of the 90s rented, settled, and opened art collectives and free-range burger joints (recommended!). Experience these easy going and welcoming neighbourhoods that aren’t out of sight rent-wise. (Think rent rather than own here). Homes don’t come up for sale often, and when they do, they can cost a pretty penny -- being so pretty, comfortable, and close to town – all within happy bike riding distance to downtown. Who says you can't have it all?
Oak Bay and Uplands
Where The Established Reside
Just 10 minutes from town you'll find our most well-heeled neighbourhoods. Oak Bay and the Uplands area are lined with trees, tea-shops, tudor homes, and top-end knick-knack shops plus delis to die for! Here the houses are stately and prestigious and are worth every penny. Fantastic for families with offerings like Willows Beach, our popular sunbathing beach with protected waters suitable for young children, as well as the Oak Bay Marina. Don't forget to pack your clubs, Oak Bay and Uplands are book-ended by two impeccable golf courses, the Royal Victoria Golf Course, as well as Uplands Golf Course. Fondly knows as "More English than England itself," Oak Bay is home to the annual Oak Bay Tea Party, and classic car festival.
The Gorge / Vic West / Esquimalt / Selkirk / Tillicum
Industrial Areas Making More-Than Good
Historically industrial and working-class neighbourhoods, 10–15 minutes out of town. The Gorge, and Selkirk (across the Gorge waterway), are among the most reasonably priced apartments and strata condos, the most community-centered for pee-wee sports, and the most up-and-coming for reclaimed and progressive public spaces. “Dockside Green” in Victoria West boasts über-green condos, Montessori school, whack o’ kayaks splashing along the waterway, and certified Neapolitan wood fire pizza nestled in beside Vic’s working port and gravel industry. These are hugely interesting, dynamic, pocket-friendly pockets to inhabit affordably, be you single or with kiddies. Bring your bike, kayak, and a taste for artisanal bread. Winners shopping, and waterway scenery nearby.
Cadboro Bay / Hillside / University Heights
Boroughs Adjoining University Of Victoria and Camosun College
If you thought 'student ghettos', think again! Cadboro Bay on the upper end features lovely large houses with views of the Pacific. There's also a great organic butcher nearby. University Heights and Hillside on the other sides of ‘student central’ offer quiet streets with starter 70s-era single-family homes with yards. Only 15 minutes out of town, enjoy access to the more moderately priced good things in life: small mall, cozy cinemas, corner stores, gas stations, laundromats, gyms, pubs, pet stores, smattering of retirement homes, and moderately elevated Mount Doug to conquer for a fine view of Greater Victoria. You'll find these neighbourhoods safe, clean and convenient, truly picture perfect easy living --- an excellent choice for renters, or that new family seeking a starter home.