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Old 05-16-2007, 12:57 PM
 
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Moving to Victoria, BC. Which neighbourhoods should we consider buying a house in?

We have two kids, I'll be working downtown, max of 600,000 to spend on a house.

I've never been there before so any tips on where to live would be welcome.

Thanks.
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Old 05-27-2007, 08:11 PM
 
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You should be able to find something decent in Oak Bay or Fairfield for $600K.

Oak Bay is the nicest part of Victoria, in my opinion. It has character, very nice neighbourhoods, beaches and waterfront, a great recreation centre and library, and a very pleasant commercial avenue. Oak Bay Avenue also runs through Victoria proper and I'd bet the houses in the adjacent neighbourhoods are a bargain compared to their counterparts in Oak Bay proper.

Esquimalt tends to get a bum rap but there are actually some great bargains to be had re: real estate. It's just as close to downtown and the ocean as Oak Bay, but since it's on the west side of the city, rather than the more expensive east side (where Oak Bay/the Uplands are), there's no cachet and the houses are much cheaper.

I already mentioned Fairfield. It's in Victoria and it's very similar to Oak Bay, situated smack between Oak Bay and downtown Victoria. Rockland is a fine area, if you can afford it. If you want to save some cash but Esquimalt turns you off, then check out some of the nicer streets in the central neighbourhoods of the city of Victoria (Oaklands/Fernwood/Jubilee).

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Old 05-27-2007, 08:28 PM
 
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Can you guys tell me how it is like living in Victoria? Is it easy going to Vancouver? What happens if it's night time and I want to use a fairy? Is there anything to do on the island itself?
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Old 05-27-2007, 11:40 PM
 
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Using a fairy at night can get you in a lot of trouble with the police. Although I hear the prostitution laws are pretty lax in BC. Sorry couldn't resist.
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Old 05-29-2007, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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My mom moved to James Bay 2 years ago. She loves it! They live within walking distance to the downtown parliament area and many other cool places. It is more expensive but worth it if you can afford it.

I don't know about the suburban areas around there. I think the last ferry runs at 11? Depending on what day it is.

As for, is there anything to do on the island, we are taking our holidays there for 3 weeks in our tent trailer. I can always find new and interesting things to do. It is quite a large island.

We live on the mainland so that shows you how much we like the island, vacationing there!!
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Old 05-30-2007, 10:36 AM
 
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Thanks for the info Roominant and Skoe.

Is there much in Esquimalt itself or do you have to go into downtown for shops and restaurants and that sort of thing?
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Old 05-30-2007, 11:44 AM
 
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