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Brentwood Bay is a small idyllic neighbourhood in the municipality of Central Saanich, which is nestled on the Saanich Peninsula. It lies north of Victoria and south of Sidney on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. “Previously named Slugget, after pioneer John Sluggett who settled in the area in 1876, the village of Brentwood Bay was given the rather more appealing name in 1925. Brentwood Village takes its name from the English town of Brentwood in Essex, home town of R.M. Horne-Payne, president of the British Columbia Electric Company in the 1920s, (source).” The Brentwood Bay-Mill Bay ferry is also a convenient 25-minute route across the Saanich Inlet for those travelling to or from the Swartz Bay terminal and destinations north of

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Market Report June 2017

"This year may feel a bit steady and less exciting when compared to last year's record-breaking market. People are getting used to this new tempo of brisk sales," says 2017 Victoria Real Estate Board President Ara Balabanian. "However, when we look at the longer term numbers, we're in a very active market. This June we counted over one thousand properties sold, while the ten year average for sales in the month of June is 798. If we remove 2016 sales, this June would have been the record breaker."

Victoria Real Estate stats

A total of 1,008 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this June, 14.1 per cent fewer than the 1,174 properties sold in June last year.

There were 1,915 active listings for sale on the

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Broadmead in the Past

The Broadmead area of Victoria, B.C is now home to some of the more desirable lots and amenities within Victoria. “One of the best characteristics of Broadmead, is its unique residential community full of homes within a naturalistic West Coast setting as envisioned by its original developers,(source).” Broadmead’s history wasn’t always this pretty and took some blood, sweat and tears to get it to where it is now. “Broadmead’s history comprises a varied mix of hard work, horses, rifles, religion, burial grounds, famous battles and war veterans, with an Emily Carr vision thrown in for good measure, (source).” Broadmead’s history traces back to the 1880s where it was simply forestland and a large extension of the

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660 Cain Rd

Sequestered in the warm, sandy & safe sheltered Cain beach lies this 3 bedrooom 3 bathroom fully renovated Gulf Island getaway home. Completely renovated by celebrated local custom builder Hunterston Homes, featuring engineered wide plank oak flooring, Artisan milled oak used for built in storage, railings & accents. Heated porcelain tile floors, quartz countertops & undermount sinks, heated towel bars with custom fixtures in the new spa inspired bathrooms. New concrete approaches to house & outdoor terraces allow for wheelchair accessibility. Beachside sunroom & lower library take full advantage of the 158 ft of unobstructed water frontage. Located in walking distance from the ferries and shops of Galiano Island it makes for the perfect home

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Distinguishing from what you want and what you really need in your new home can be incredibly tricky since emotions run high and can cloud your judgment. When prospective buyers come to me for assistance, two of the major questions I ask before we go out shopping together for houses are:

1: What do you want?

2: What do you need?

These two areas are major and often can provide a lot of insight into what kinds of houses I’m going to pull for my clients and also provide them with what they truly need. Couples, unsurprisingly, frequently have very different ideas of what they both want and need. Laying it out plain and simple not only shows prospective clients what they’re looking for but also means there’s less surprises. This also works in my advantage

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3955 Burchett Place | 4bed 2.5 Rancher | Cadboro Bay Queenswood

Elegant one level living in Queenswood/Cadboro Bay. This quiet cul-de-sac is in walking distance to the quaint village & white sandy beaches of Cadboro Bay. Walking in from the private SW patio, the 4 bed,2.5 bath 2627 sqft home features generous 36" wide openings onto new white oak hardwood floors throughout. Recent updates to this home include custom millwork in all rooms with sourced hardware to match. New windows along with Kolbe sliding french doors from the living and kitchen areas open to the backyard oasis with basalt stone rock water feature and gas firepit. Solid hardwood doors, rift & quartered white oak vanity & powder room features, along wth quartz countertops. Professional

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Victoria’s craft spirit scene is booming and hosts some of British Columbia’s finest small, handcrafted batches of premium liquor. “The number of local distilleries has exploded in recent years as changes to BC liquor laws have allowed small and medium sized distillers to set-up shop and sell their products directly from the distillery in on-site lounges and tasting rooms, (source).” As the building blocks of a fantastic cocktail, spirits are the backbone that bartenders and fanatics alike rely upon to make the perfect drink. “As opposed to huge corporations like the Beam Inc. from the US (Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Canadian Club) or Diageo from the UK (Smirnoff, Ketel One, Crown Royal), craft distilleries produce small runs of artisanal spirits with their

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240 Homer Rd | Victoria BC Real Estate  

Perfect, aptly decribes this lovely home in Victoria BC. Built by the current owners parents, and completely updated over the past few years starting with the kitchen, bathrooms, plumbing, electrical featuring all LED lighting.This Victoria BC Real Estate features all new windows and doors & casings, custom Hunter Douglas blinds. New sundeck, rockwalls & Allan Block stone driveway & front lot yard. New perimeter drains.. the list goes on! This large sunny lot is 'walking'close to so many Victoria Real Estate amenities eg: Uptown Mall & Whole foods, Tillicum Mall, Colquitz middle school. Access to the galloping goose bike path will take you to any work location in the city! Centrally located, this home will be

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2032 Maple Ave | 3.85 Acres | Subdividable

Sequestered on 3.85 subdividable ac, this 6-bedroom. 2.5 bathroom home was custom-built to have the charm of a well-crafted classic farmhouse. Notable features of the home are the staircases at each end of the house leading to the five bedrooms on the second floor, the custom wainscotting, generous family & dining rooms, pocket french doors,fir floors, eat in kitchen with french doors to the attached gazebo, 25' x 20' recreation room, separate powered barn/studio, wood sheds,chicken coop.  Room to move with a total 4373 sqft. 2-car garage+1 motorcycle garage, addl parking for at least 5 more vehicles. Subdivision potential with municipal sewer and water, already fitted with a large-capacity sewer connector to

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“Newly wed” or “nearly dead,” is the phrase that locals joke about when describing Sidney. I want to dispel this myth and showcase how phenomenal Sidney by the Sea is and what it has to offer. “On the northern end of the Saanich Peninsula lies a small, seaside sanctuary fondly known as Sidney-by-the-Sea. In contrast to the nearly 90,000 people living in Victoria, Sidney’s population reaches about 12,000, (source).” This town may be small compared to Victoria but hosts some of the best shopping, fishing, eats, community events and outdoor activities on the island. “Its idyllic setting on the Salish Sea, sheltered waters, myriad islands and varied landscape all contribute to Sidney's role as hub for outdoor adventure, (source).”

Culture: Sidney is a

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