Lifestyle

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Mid-Century Modern West Coast Contemporary.

Designed and built in 1963, this timeless architecture is married with the ecological ethics of our evolving culture. A private arrival at this farm status South facing 5 acre homestead on Salt Spring Island you are greeted by a large carport connected to the home via covered walkway amongst mature landscaping. Inside we have 6 bedrooms and 2 kitchens reflecting the walkout one bedroom suite. An open plan with a recent custom kitchen update featuring local clear fir millwork and marble countertops .

An adjacent open pantry with laundry is beautifully constructed with Douglas Fir custom cabinets.Throughout the home you will enjoy relaxing on the hardwood floors, if you like doing your early morning yoga or

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Things to do in Victoria

 

One of the many great things about living on Vancouver Island is the ability to hike out to incredible places like Mystic Beach | Juan de Fuca Marine Trail.

An hour out of Victoria is this beautiful part of the world. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a rugged 47-kilometre wilderness hiking trail located within Juan de Fuca Provincial Park along the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island. The trail stretches from China Beach, 35 km west of Sooke, to Botanical Beach, just outside Port Renfrew. Panoramic views of the coastline, Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains can be seen from many points along this rainforest trail. Lucky are those who spot a pod of whales, but it is not uncommon to view sea lions, bald eagles,

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322 Plaskett Place | Waterfront Property for Sale | Victoria BC

322 Plaskett Place is a rare combination of four high value elements in today’s Victoria; an protected waterfront location, a estate sized lot , a gracious single family dwelling and a short commute to the downtown core. 

The Location

Set back on a no-through road and nestled between Macauley Point and Saxe Point park, it is a 10 minute walk to shopping, restaurants, cafe’s, groceries and the brand new Esquimalt recreation center. Launch your boat for sight seeing or fishing right next door at the Esquimalt Anglers Association at Macauley Point Park.  Downtown Victoria is a 10 minute drive or bike to the inner harbour and the vibrant culinary and cultural downtown core.

The Property

The

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Westbay Quay

The Westbay Quay is probably one of the most aesthetically compelling new real estate developments in the greater Victoria area. This collection of three, low rise buildings features both residential and ground floor commercial space in the heart of the Westbay Marina. The collection features 85 condominiums incorporating the waterfront into the 

lifestyle that so many people are looking for in a city home.

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Waterside Living

 

 

Residents of this new home will enjoy the inner harbour walkway that begins at the Quay and runs all the way to downtown Victoria, the harbour taxis, and the many great Westbay Quay lifeamenities that will be featured on-site, such as restaurants and cafe's, to some the many other establishments close by including

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If you are a family considering a move to the Victoria Area, you may have children who are involved at competitive levels in sports, like swimming or hockey. Schools and sports are two important decisions when you are planning to purchase your next home in the Victoria Area. 

As fellow parents, we can appreciate the consideration that occurs when you are considering relocating to a new area. Many of you may have children involved in Hockey programs. Once they get the the Bantam and Midget levels the stakes become higher, and the requirement to manage academics and sport become a more serious commitment. Victoria Minor Hockey and Saanich Minor Hockey have good information on the various general hockey programs that exist in and around the Victoria region. 

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Moving to a new home is always stressful. Throw in a new neighbourhood, or even a whole new city, and everyone involved is bound to feel anxious. We’ve seen our fair share of house moves within Victoria real estate, and have noticed behaviours that lend to a smooth relocation and behaviours that lend to a not-so-smooth one. Here’s what we’ve found to be the top five savvy tips to make your next move as stress-free as possible. With a little planning and organization, this move could be a breeze (and hey, maybe even enjoyable!)

Make a list

First things first: write down what needs to get done. By getting clear on specific tasks (like “donate lamp in attic” or “clean behind fridge”), you’ll break the daunting moving process down into manageable chunks

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There are two main reasons you might need a home renovation: firstly, you think you need a reno (you’re bored of the way your space looks and feels), and secondly, physical deterioration indicates you’re in need of an upgrade. The second reason can be trickier to spot, since some deterioration (like mold or corrosion) can be hidden.

Of course renovations can be costly and very disruptive to your living arrangement in terms of noise and mess, which can add temporary stress at home. So want to make sure you’re investing in a reno when it’s actually necessary.  Take some time to go through your space and think about the following factors when deciding whether or not to reno.

Kitchen

Some say the kitchen is the most important room in the house. More often

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It’s that time of year again...the leaves are turning, the days are shorter, and something in the brisk air seems to whisper “pumpkin spice latte” and “let’s stay home tonight.” With the change of the season and Halloween just around the corner, you may be looking for ways to get your house prepared for Trick or Treaters, autumnal dinner parties, or simply to get in the spooky spirit while at home cooking dinner or watching scary movies. Here are some tips on how to prepare your space for the spooky season.

Choose a theme and stick to it

Before decorating your space, I suggest choosing an overall Halloween theme. With so much Halloween paraphernalia to choose from (black cats to cauldrons...goblins to the Grim Reaper), it can be overwhelming to take on

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There is a growing trend throughout the U.S. and Canada towards bigger and bigger homes. We want to discuss this trend and also ask the question is there ever such thing as too much house? As with any dispute personal taste and individual prerogatives are the driving forces.  People quite often look at upgrading their existing home for a larger one when they have outgrown their smaller one, receive a promotion or raise at work, or when they live a particular lifestyle. The idea of a “dream,” home is usually placed alongside having a large lot and home on that property but in real estate we learn everyday that everyone has a different idea of what their “dream,” home could be.

 

Income: How much house can you afford? The driving forces for the

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James Bay is nestled into the southwest region of downtown Victoria and is home to charming Victorian and Edwardian character homes. “It’s the oldest residential neighbourhood on the West Coast of Canada, (source),” making it rich with history and diversity. This lovely neighbourhood is surrounded by water on three sides; Victoria Harbour to the north and west, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the south. Beacon Hill Park also provides a green border to the east. These attractions lend themselves to a wide array of tourism opportunities. Everything from horse drawn carriages to the vibrant Fisherman’s Wharf can be enjoyed year round.

History: Historically, James Bay was home to the Swenghwung First Nations who belong to the Lekwungen people of the

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